Saturday, October 24, 2020

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Samuel Gott is impressing during his freshman campaign with the North Branford boys’ cross country team. Samuel works tirelessly to improve his times with the T-Birds. Photo courtesy of Samuel Gott

Gott Has the Goods to Be a Top-Notch Runner

Published Oct. 22, 2020 02:17 p.m.

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Lenora Longway has transitioned to defense to start her junior season with the Branford field hockey team, but will play multiple other positions throughout the year based on the Hornets’ needs. Photo courtesy of Lenora Longway

Longway Brings Versatility to the Hornets

Published Oct. 15, 2020 02:59 p.m.

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Carolyn Heffernan has found her niche as a distance runner and is looking forward to a productive sophomore season with the North Branford girls’ cross country team. Photo courtesy of Carolyn Heffernan

Heffernan’s Forging a Path at North Branford

Published Oct. 08, 2020 12:56 p.m.

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Branford’s Zach Vandale is putting together a nice career as baseball and ice hockey player. Zach is currently a senior at Choate Rosemary Hall. Photo courtesy of Zach Vandale

Vandale Shines on the Diamond and the Ice

Published Oct. 01, 2020 02:27 p.m.

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Junior defender Katie Laska is an emerging leader for the field hockey team at Branford High School. Photo courtesy of Katie Laska

Laska Ready to Lead Through Actions and Words

Published Sep. 24, 2020 01:54 p.m.

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Bennett Gentile was a fixture in left field for the Branford baseball team during his final two seasons with the program. He was also named a senior captain for the Hornets.

Photo courtesy of Bennett Gentile

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Former Branford field hockey standout Jenna Limone is entering her second season on the Hornets’ coaching staff and her first year as a full-time varsity assistant. Jenna also works as special education paraprofessional at East Haven High School.

Photo courtesy of Jenna Limone

Limone’s Honored to Coach at Her Alma Mater

Published Sep. 10, 2020 11:40 a.m.

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Jake Bodner has improved both his athletic abilities and mental fortitude by virtue of playing baseball in Branford. Photo courtesy of Jake Bodner

Bodner Found His Calling on the Ballfield

Published Sep. 05, 2020 12:11 a.m.

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Caitlyn Buckanavage was inducted into the Branford Sports Hall of Fame by virtue of the plethora of success she saw as a member of the Hornets’ field hockey and girls’ lacrosse squads. Photo courtesy of Caitlyn Buckanavage

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Emily Olson wanted to lead the North Branford girls’ volleyball team as a senior captain, and now she has her opportunity to do just that. Photo courtesy of Emily Olson

Olson’s Proud to Lead the T-Birds as a Captain

Published Aug. 20, 2020 02:43 p.m.

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Eric Sokolosky enjoyed a storied career as a swimmer at Branford High School and Bucknell University. Now, Eric is a member of the Branford Sports Hall of Fame.

Photo courtesy of Eric Sokolosky

Sokolosky Swims His Way to the Hall of Fame

Published Aug. 13, 2020 01:19 p.m.

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Mike Tamsin excelled in three sports at Branford High School and went on to have a record-breaking career with the baseball team at Northeastern University. Now, Mike is a member of the Branford Sports Hall of Fame. Photo courtesy of Mike Tamsin

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Eddie Bethke had a storied career as a pitcher at Branford High School and Southern Connecticut State University, after which he went on to coach in the baseball programs at both schools. Now, Eddie is a member of the Branford Sports Hall of Fame.

Photo courtesy of Eddie Bethke

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Mairead Aiken made a big impact with North Branford softball team and was also a positive influence around the school through her involvement in a wide variety of extracurricular activities. Photo courtesy Mairead Aiken

Aiken’s a True Leader On and Off the Field

Published July 16, 2020 12:31 p.m.

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John Steady has taken photos of some of the most iconic moments in the history of Branford sports. Last year, John was recognized for his dedication to photojournalism when he was inducted into the Branford Sports Hall of Fame. Photo courtesy of John Steady

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Brianna Shaw served as a senior captain for the Branford field hockey team last fall and was slated to hold that same position with the girls’ lacrosse team this spring. Brianna scored 106 goals and was part of consecutive Class M state titles during her lacrosse career. 

Photo courtesy of Brianna Shaw

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JJ Gargano worked his way up the ranks of the North Branford boys’ lacrosse program, ultimately becoming one of the T-Birds’ senior captains this year. Photo courtesy of JJ Gargano

Gargano Came a Long Way on the Lacrosse Field

Published June 25, 2020 12:41 p.m.

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Ray Figlewski feels proud that the Branford Road Race has become an annual favorite in town. Photo courtesy of Ray Figlewski

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Johnny Pollock put together an outstanding junior season with the North Branford baseball team and was named one of the T-Birds’ senior captains heading into this year. Photo courtesy of Johnny Pollock

Pollock Appreciates How Baseball Shaped Him

Published June 11, 2020 01:17 p.m.

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Junior Markus Indeck has been starting for the Branford boys’ lacrosse squad since his freshman year, lending a hand to the Hornets on both offense and defense.

Photo courtesy of Markus Indeck

Indeck’s an Asset Everywhere on the Field

Published June 04, 2020 03:41 p.m.

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Kayla Despres secured her place as the starting catcher for the North Branford softball squad during her freshman season. Kayla helped the Thunderbirds claim the Shoreline Conference crown in all three years that she played for the team. Photo courtesy of Kayla Despres

Despres Provides a Presence Behind the Plate

Published May 29, 2020 01:44 p.m.

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Nolan Scott loved every second that he competed for the Branford track program. Nolan contributed to several school records and was also named a senior captain for both the Hornets’ indoor and outdoor squads. Photo courtesy of Nolan Scott

Scott Found His Passion on the Track

Published May 23, 2020 12:41 p.m.

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Third baseman Abby Spivey was named a senior captain for the Branford softball squad after displaying great leadership skills as a junior last year. Photo courtesy of Abby Spivey

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Senior Izzy Schanz recorded 29 victories and earned the right to represent North Branford as a varsity fencer at the Individual State Championships this year.

Photo courtesy of Izzy Schanz

Schanz Fenced Her Best as a Senior

Published May 07, 2020 04:23 p.m.

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Trevor Holzer worked his way into the starting point guard position with the North Branford boys’ basketball team as a junior this year. Photo courtesy of Trevor Holzer

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Junior captain AJ Robinson claimed third place in the 160-pound division on behalf of the Branford wrestling team at the Class M State Championship this year.

Photo courtesy of AJ Robinson

Robinson Pins Down Wins for the Hornets

Published April 23, 2020 02:32 p.m.

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Junior Nadia Becker earned Most Valuable Player honors for the North Branford girls’ indoor track team after making big-time improvements as a sprinter this year.

Photo courtesy of Nadia Becker

Becker Sprints Her Way to MVP Honors

Published April 16, 2020 04:07 p.m.

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Bret Fee provided a powerful presence in the paint as a senior captain for the North Branford boys’ basketball team this year. Bret is also a baseball player who will compete for Bryant & Stratton College next year. Photo courtesy of Bret Fee

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Junior captain Jess Armin earned a spot on the All-Shoreline Conference First Team for the North Branford cheerleading squad this winter. Photo courtesy of Jess Armin