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North Branford Sports Person Of The Week

Person of the Week • Published Feb 27, 2024 11 am

Gott Garners Track of Confidence as Multi-Event School Record Holder

Sam Gott looks at the world of competitive running and track through the prism of stress and anxiety relief, along with constructing connections. He has utilized that ess...
Person of the Week • Published Jan 30, 2024 12 am

O’Brien’s Competitiveness Knows No Bounds for NB Basketball

When it comes to raising his spirits and his game in the midst of competition, few will surpass Jack O’Brien. In terms of hustle, effort, and drive to leave no stone untu...
Person of the Week • Published Jan 16, 2024 11 am

Deng Earns Joyous Medals at Junior Fencing Olympics Qualifier

Joy Deng only just recently got into the sport of fencing upon her arrival into the Nutmeg State. Yet she has certainly made up for lost time, while grasping the essentia...
Person of the Week • Published Jan 09, 2024 11 am

Preiss Prides Herself on Excelling for T-Birds Girls’ Hoops

The frenetic pace of the game of basketball works Emma Preiss up into a frenzy, and truly houses the source of her passion for the court. She loves the sport, along with ...
Person of the Week • Published Nov 21, 2023 02 pm

Hansen Heaping Gains On the Ground for T-Birds’ Football

Camaraderie among a unit of players, or an entire team on a bigger front, can draw attraction to the game of football in many young athletes. Tommy Hansen falls under tha...
Person of the Week • Published Oct 31, 2023 12 pm

Kendrick Keeping Strong on Field Hockey Turf at Eastern

Alyssa Kendrick came into learning the sport of field hockey under the umbrella of one of the state’s most prestigious programs in the sport at North Branford High School...
Person of the Week • Published Oct 20, 2023 10 am

Brigance Brings It to the Floor as Freshman Spark for Thunderbirds' Volleyball

Once Reese Brigance first grasped a volleyball, it was all systems go, as she hit the ground floor running and is now quickly ascending up the ranks as a resounding rooki...
Person of the Week • Published Oct 11, 2023 09 am

Hutchinson Lets Friendships Fly as Three-Sport Star for Thunderbirds

Friendship has been the biggest conveyor for Aiden Hutchinson when it comes to him becoming connected with a sport, and so it is almost fitting that when it comes full ci...
Person of the Week • Published Oct 06, 2023 08 am

Melillo Makes Moves on the Court for North Branford Volleyball

Whether it is gliding across the dance floor, or maneuvering herself around the volleyball court, Sam Melillo has always been fast on her feet, and is setting the North B...
Person of the Week • Published Sep 22, 2023 08 am

Falcioni Found Sound Mind as Leader for T-Birds’ Baseball

Nico Falcioni has enjoyed baseball from the first time he hit a ball off a tee, very much so for its tendency to reward the patient and mentally fortified athlete, and it...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 25, 2023 04 pm

Garrett Gave Nothing but Gratitude for North Branford Baseball

If any individual spent just a few quick moments speaking to Cameron Garrett, they would instantly come away from the conversation knowing full well that he is someone wh...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 18, 2023 06 am

Lucibello Lit Up Plate as First Team All-Shoreline Third Baseman

An absence of complacency has proven to be quite an asset for the North Branford softball program and its lengthy string of success, and Natalia Lucibello embodies that s...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 11, 2023 05 pm

Onofrio Displayed Strong Leadership as T-Birds’ Shortstop, Captain

While other toddlers were playing in their toy boxes with trucks and various other trinkets, John Onofrio took his play time outside with a bat, ball, and glove in his ha...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 04, 2023 04 pm

Defaranos Dedicated to T-Birds’ Lax as Midfielder, Captain

When he first picked up a lacrosse stick, Eli Defaranos was not all too keen on the idea of playing the game, yet he changed his tune after being drawn to the entertainme...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 18, 2023 12 pm

Juniver Jumped High as Two-Sport Captain for T-Birds

Intensity is not always an early indication of proficiency with any given task, as Tessa Juniver has learned with a more relaxed approach in the field, at the plate, and ...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 11, 2023 11 am

Chasanoff Overcame Elbow Injury to Win Shoreline Triple Jump Crown

Sports can often wield instances of overcoming hurdles and personal adversity on the road to triumph, and another fine example of that resided at North Branford High Scho...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 08, 2023 09 am

Lucibello a Passionate Defender for T-Birds Girls’ Lax

For Morgan Lucibello, the physical nature of the game of lacrosse really attracted her to the turf, and in such a short time span with the sport, she has laid down the hi...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 02, 2023 10 am

Chittenden Notched Championship-Caliber Chops as T-Birds’ Shot Put Sensation

Sometimes in athletics, through rigorous reps and training, an action for an individual can transform from a simple hobby to pass the time to someone’s personal pastime–t...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 13, 2023 12 pm

Palma Played as a Proud Defender for North Branford Girls’ Lax

Gianna Palma sees the game of lacrosse as a strong stress reliever and, for the North Branford girls’ lacrosse team, the feeling was mutual as she helped put the Thunderb...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 02, 2023 08 am

Gamble a Midfielder and Defender Double Agent for T-Birds’ Girls’ Lax

Gianna Gamble was drawn to the game of lacrosse through the desire to be amongst her companions and friends when she was very young. Yet years later, it is that camarader...
Person of the Week • Published May 16, 2023 08 am

Riordan a Rousing Leader for T-Birds Girls’ Lax

For over a decade, the one steady aspect of Mea Riordan’s life and athletic career has been the game of lacrosse, and while even through switching positions this spring, ...
Person of the Week • Published May 05, 2023 08 am

Kamienski a Captivating Three-Sport Athlete, Captain for T-Birds

For Payton Kamienski, she truly sees the micro-level impact of individuals’ actions on the macro stage that is a total team’s success–an observation she has taken to hear...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 18, 2023 08 am

Lacroix Learned the Ropes Quickly for North Branford Tennis

Molly Lacroix stepped onto the North Branford High School campus as a rookie to the sport of tennis, yet with only two full seasons under her belt with the girls’ tennis ...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 25, 2023 07 am

Manganiello Makes Most of Being One-Man Show for T-Birds’ Wrestling

For some, representing your entire school in one sport could be quite intimidating and cause great mental and physical trepidation. Yet Chris Manganiello is not like most...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 14, 2023 11 am

North Branford’s Mascari Makes 1st Team All-SCC for ND-WH Hockey

From a young age, James Mascari found a fire from the ice when it came to his passion for the sport of hockey. It is that love of the game, combined with his unrelenting ...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 07, 2023 06 am

Holzer Holds Competitive Fire as Sharp Shooting T-Birds’ Guard

No matter whether she was watching her family play in New York from afar as a spectator or had the ball in her hands down one with seconds left on the clock in the fourth...
Person of the Week • Published Jan 18, 2023 08 am

Sherwood Drives Hard Toward Teamwork, Triumphs on the Ice for T-Birds

CJ Sherwood has played hockey since virtually he could first walk, and ever since then, no matter the name of his team, he has always been about winning games while gaini...
Person of the Week • Published Jan 15, 2023 10 am

Kuczynski Led by Example as State Champion Captain for Notre Dame

Sometimes when you want to reach a goal or objective in life, you may have to dip out of your comfort zone a little bit. For Joshua Kuczynski, he did just that and it yie...
Person of the Week • Published Dec 24, 2022 08 am

Hills Has Sights Set High as Sensational Sophomore Libero for T-Birds

Only halfway through her second year of high school athletics within North Branford, Adriana Hills has proven that she can excel in multiple sports at multiple positions ...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 24, 2022 12 pm

Carroll’s Ready to Lead the T-Birds as a Senior Captain

Spencer Carroll is capable of playing any position and filling any role when she’s on the volleyball court. Heading into her senior season with the North Branford girls’ ...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 17, 2022 12 pm

Cappella Swings His Way to Great Freshman Campaign

While growing up, Robert Cappella’s backyard was in the out-of-bounds section on the second hole at Sleeping Giant Golf Course in Hamden. Naturally, it made sense for Rob...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 12, 2022 10 am

Ackerman Rewarded for Her Leadership as a Senior

Lauren Ackerman’s senior season with the North Branford softball team saw her earn the role of captain while garnering All-Shoreline Conference honors as she helped the T...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 21, 2022 12 pm

Hills Helps North Branford Continue its Tradition of Excellence

During her time in the North Branford softball program, Bella Hills has become a three-time Shoreline Conference champion, an All-Conference honoree, and a captain of the...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 13, 2022 12 am

Helwig Excited to Continue Playing Sports in College

Samantha Helwig never expected to be playing lacrosse at the collegiate level, but after competing for North Branford, her outlook on the future changed. Following a stro...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 06, 2022 12 am

Scalia Pushes Past Setbacks for Super Senior Season

Dom Scalia had to battle through numerous injuries on his way to being named a captain and then making All-Conference and All-State in his senior season with the North Br...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 29, 2022 12 am

Wilson’s a Defensive Stalwart for the Hornets

Aryana Wilson has been making a name for herself as a three-sport athlete in field hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse over the past three years at Branford High School. Dur...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 22, 2022 12 am

DePino Honored to Be Part of T-Birds’ Dynasty

When she first started playing softball, Gianna DePino looked up to the older girls on her team and wanted to be just like them. In her senior year with the North Branfor...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 15, 2022 12 am

Gaudreau Serves Up Amazing Freshman Campaign

Peyton Gaudreau had a storybook freshman season with the Branford girls’ tennis team by going undefeated while earning All-SCC honors as the club’s No. 1 singles player t...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 08, 2022 12 am

Patel Sets an Excellent Example On and Off the Court

Working hard to improve in any sport is typically the focus of every athlete. For Dhruvi Patel, the hard work that she puts into her everyday life has translated into her...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 01, 2022 12 am

Acquarulo Leads the Hornets on the Links

Justin Acquarulo has grown into a one-of-kind athlete as a member of Branford boys’ golf team. In his final year with the program, Justin has become one of the steadiest ...
Person of the Week • Published May 25, 2022 12 am

Berdon’s a Force on the Hornets’ Court

Josh Berdon has proved a valuable commodity while playing No. 1 singles for the Branford boys’ tennis team the past two years, earning All-SCC accolades in each campaign....
Person of the Week • Published May 18, 2022 12 am

Brindisi’s True Keeper for the T-Birds

Dradon Brindisi’s first year of high school lacrosse ended with him being named to the All-Shoreline Conference Second Team in the 2021 season. Now back for year two as a...
Person of the Week • Published May 11, 2022 12 am

Patel Serving as a Leader with T-Birds’ Tennis

Diya Patel was brand new to tennis when she joined the program at North Branford as a freshman. During the past four years, Diya has seen both her skillset and passion fo...
Person of the Week • Published May 04, 2022 12 am

Gomez Goes Above and Beyond for Thunderbirds

Nichole Gomez has made the full-time leap to varsity team as a senior with North Branford softball squad this season. During her time with the team, Nichole has served as...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 27, 2022 12 am

Strebel Loves Protecting the Hornets’ Net

Aidan Strebel has been the starting varsity goalie for the Hornets’ boys’ lacrosse team from the first day the he stepped foot on Branford’s campus. As he’s improved his ...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 20, 2022 12 am

Raffone Loves Patrolling the Midfield for the Thunderbirds

Marissa Raffone first started playing lacrosse when she was in 8th grade—just four short years ago. In that amount of time, Marissa has transformed herself into a standou...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 13, 2022 12 am

O’Brien Excited to Coach Lacrosse at Her Alma Mater

After growing up in Branford and playing lacrosse for the Hornets, Cait O’Brien dreamed of becoming the team’s coach one day. Now, Cait’s dream has turned into a reality ...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 06, 2022 12 am

Morgan Becomes a Force for the Hornets

Matt Morgan started as a forward on Branford’s second line during his freshman season and helped the Hornets claim a conference title. After making an immediate impact, M...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 30, 2022 12 am

Michonski Thrives on the Ice and Diamond

For the past three years, Ryan Michonski has been a two-sport varsity athlete at North Branford High School, playing ice hockey and baseball for the Thunderbirds. Ryan, w...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 23, 2022 12 am

Angelo Made the Most of Her Chance to Dance

As she watched her two older sisters compete in dance, Emma Angelo knew that she wanted to be in their shoes one day. During the past four years, Emma has had that chance...