Friday, January 15, 2021

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Marcus SantaMaria has persevered throughout his career to become a versatile contributor for the Valley Regional boys’ basketball team. This year, the senior earned a team captain distinction for his efforts. Photo courtesy of Marcus SantaMaria

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Senior forward Andrew Sherman made a significant impact for the Valley Regional boys’ soccer team this season, despite having to quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19. 

Photo courtesy of Andrew Sherman

Sherman Shows Strength in Limited Time

Published Jan. 07, 2021 12:50 p.m.

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Jackson Bisson used his extra time during the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to improve his overall fitness, losing 30 pounds through a rigorous training regimen of running and lifting. Jackson is a goalie for the Valley Regional boys’ soccer squad and a midfielder for the boys’ lacrosse team. Photo courtesy of Jackson Bisson

Bisson Makes the Most of 2020

Published Dec. 24, 2020 08:56 p.m.

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Junior Chase Conrad has been a steady supporter of her teammates on the Valley Regional girls’ volleyball squad. Chase, who plays mainly in the back row, has a steady hand as a server and was successful on 88 percent of her attempts this year. 

Photo courtesy of Chase Conrad

Conrad Keeps Things Positive on the Court

Published Dec. 17, 2020 01:12 p.m.

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Sam Helsel put together a strong season for the Valley Regional boys’ soccer team this fall, and the senior forward earned the Warriors’ Most Improved Player Award as a result.

Photo courtesy of Sam Helsel

Helsel Improved Every Step of the Way

Published Dec. 10, 2020 12:56 p.m.

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Fallyn Belisle took over the starting varsity goalie position for the Valley Regional field hockey team as a sophomore this season. Fallyn showed tremendous promise and made some brilliant stops in big spots throughout the campaign.

Photo courtesy of Fallyn Belisle

Belisle Brings Her Best to the Net

Published Dec. 03, 2020 12:14 p.m.

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Senior Cameron Ruel was steady as a center attacking midfielder for the Valley Regional boys’ soccer team this year, helping the Warriors go 9-3 on the season. Cameron was also called on to slide into the forward position and fit in perfectly in that role.

Photo courtesy of Cameron Ruel

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Margaret Jacaruso took on a major leadership as a junior captain for the Valley Regional field hockey team this year. Margaret was also named a captain for the Warriors’ girls’ lacrosse squad. Photo courtesy of Margaret Jacaruso

Jacaruso Excels as a Junior Captain

Published Nov. 19, 2020 02:11 p.m.

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Alena Crosby is a senior captain setter and one of the keys to Valley Regional girls’ volleyball team’s success. Alena also served as a junior captain with the Warriors’ girls’ basketball squad last season. Photo courtesy of Alena Crosby

Crosby Sets the Tone for the Warriors

Published Nov. 12, 2020 01:39 p.m.

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Brooke Lavigne plays an integral role on the Valley Regional field hockey squad as a center attacking defender. A junior, Brooke has excellent field vision and provides a steady voice in the backfield for the Warriors. Photo courtesy of Brooke Lavigne

Lavigne Brings Staunch Defense to the Field

Published Nov. 05, 2020 01:55 p.m.

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Keenan Pindar plays a pivotal role in the backfield for the Valley Regional boys’ soccer team. The senior left back is also a shooting guard for the boys’ basketball squad and a midfielder with Valley boys’ lacrosse. Photo courtesy of Keenan Pindar

Pindar’s a Dauntless Defender for the Warriors

Published Oct. 29, 2020 03:21 p.m.

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Abby Amara has tremendous versatility and can play anywhere for the Valley Regional field hockey team. This season, Abby is taking on the role of junior captain as she patrols the midfield for the Warriors. Photo courtesy of Abby Amara

Amara Earns Captain’s Honors as a Junior

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

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Patrice Nelson is holding multiple roles with the Valley Regional girls’ volleyball team this fall. Patrice is the varsity assistant coach, but she also has been fostering development for the Warriors’ freshman team. Photo courtesy of Patrice Nelson

Nelson Ready to Write New Chapter at Valley

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

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Senior Ryan Silva recently moved up to the attack for the Valley Regional boys’ soccer team and showed that he feels right at home at the forward position. Photo courtesy of Ryan Silva

Silva’s Moving Forward for the Warriors

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

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Lauren Wiegman is taking the reins as a senior captain for the Valley Regional field hockey team this season. Lauren can play multiple positions, but will most likely be up front on the attack with the Warriors. Photo courtesy of Lauren Wiegman

Wiegman Ready for Different Kind of Season

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

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Senior Jeremy Rand became a leader in the weight room for the Valley Regional-Old Lyme football team during the offseason. Jeremy plays left guard and outside linebacker for the Warriors. Photo courtesy of Jeremy Rand

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George Talmadge joined the Royals as a sub and helped them take the crown in the Deep River Horseshoe League this summer. Talmadge, who lives in Clinton is a retired mechanical engineer. Photo courtesy of George Talmadge

Talmadge Takes His Talents to Deep River

Published Sep. 17, 2020 01:19 p.m.

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Senior Hannah Jenkins is ready to take on the captain’s role for the Valley girls’ soccer squad. While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the complexion of sports in Connecticut, Hannah is overjoyed at the prospects of playing a 2020 season.

Photo courtesy of Hannah Jenkins

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Lana Bargnesi will be competing for the Valley Regional field hockey team for the first time as a senior after having served as the team’s manager for the past two seasons. After osteosarcoma led to the amputation of her right leg, Lana has been cancer-free for more than a year and a half and will join the Warriors by using a prosthetic leg specifically designed for athletic competition. Photo courtesy of Lana Bargnesi

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Ava Boyles is preparing for her final season with the Valley Regional girls’ volleyball squad this year. Ava, who plays the pin hitter position, recorded 178 kills while helping the Warriors claim the Shoreline Conference crown last fall. Photo courtesy of Ava Boyles

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Michael Brooks has been a varsity starter for the Valley Regional boys’ soccer squad since his freshman season. Michael is a staunch defender and hopes to pick up some of the slack as a senior leader this year. Photo courtesy of Michael Brooks

Brooks Ready for Battle on the Soccer Field

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

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Recent graduate Kate O’Brien played a huge role as one of the Valley Regional field hockey team’s senior captains last year, setting a great example for the future leaders of the program. Photo courtesy of Kate O’Brien

O’Brien Built a Family Bond Among the Warriors

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

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Jamie Pullin is eager to help lead the Valley Regional volleyball squad in the 2020 season. Jamie also does indoor track and rows crew for the Warriors. Photo courtesy of Jamie Pullin

Pullin Ready to Lead the Warriors on the Court

Published Aug. 06, 2020 02:30 p.m.

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Tony Cutone climbed his way up the ladder in the Deep River Horseshoe League to become a Division A Player after just two seasons. Tony is also an avid gardener, beekeeper, and cook. Photo courtesy of Tony Cutone

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Recent Valley Regional graduate Maeve Collins was slated to be a captain with the Warriors’ girls’ lacrosse squad this year. Maeve was also involved in a plethora of extracurricular activities at Valley Regional. Photo courtesy of Maeve Collins

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Rising senior Jack Cox played quarterback and served as a captain for Valley Regional-Old Lyme football last season. Jack will be reprising those roles this year as the Warriors aim to make playoffs with plenty of talent all around the field. Photo courtesy of Jack Cox

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Colbe Andrews is a senior captain on the Valley Regional-Old Lyme football team and will play a variety of positions for the Warriors this year. Photo courtesy of Colbe Andrews

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Senior captain Jill deJongh and her doubles partner Alex Halsey were primed to assume the No. 1 doubles position for the Valley Regional girls’ tennis team after posting a record of 22-2 last year. Photo courtesy of Jill deJongh

Defense Was the Name of the Game for deJongh

Published July 02, 2020 02:25 p.m.

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Abby Shakun was recently named a senior captain for next year’s Valley Regional girls’ lacrosse team. An attacker on the lacrosse field, Abby also plays defense for the Warriors’ field hockey squad. Photo courtesy of Abby Shakun

Shakun’s Eager to Wear the Captain’s Hat

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

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Caroline Baldwin enjoyed plenty of success as a member of the Warriors’ girls’ tennis and soccer squads, earning the title of captain for each of those teams. 

Photo courtesy of Caroline Baldwin