Monday, April 19, 2021

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Lauren Thompson had a great freshman season for the Branford girls’ basketball team, earning All-SCC East Division accolades on behalf of the Hornets.

Photo courtesy of Lauren Thompson

Thompson Enjoys Fantastic Freshman Campaign

Published April 15, 2021 12:10 p.m.

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Senior guard Justin Elpi finished his career with Branford boys’ hoops by making the All-SCC East Division Team on behalf of the Hornets this winter. Photo courtesy of Justin Elpi

Elpi Always Puts His Team First

Published April 08, 2021 12:45 p.m.

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Senior Zachary Abbagnaro became a defensive anchor in the paint for the North Branford boys’ basketball squad this year. The senior center started all 13 games for the Thunderbirds and recorded a career-high six blocks in a game versus East Hampton. 

Photo courtesy of Zachary Abbagnaro

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Luke Volpe saw his wrestling career at Branford come to an untimely end, but he still made huge contributions for the Hornets and was ultimately named a senior captain. 

Photo courtesy of Luke Volpe

Volpe Helped the Hornets However He Could

Published March 25, 2021 01:19 p.m.

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North Branford sophomore Spencer Carroll is turning in some quality performances as a member of the Greater New Haven Warriors co-op swim squad.

Photo courtesy of Spencer Carroll

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Jake Palluzzi has made a quick impact with the Branford boys’ basketball team as a freshman guard for the Hornets. Photo courtesy of Jake Palluzzi

Palluzzi’s Netting Success as a Freshman

Published March 11, 2021 12:34 p.m.

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Junior forward Braeden LeBeau has established herself as a top player for the North Branford girls’ basketball team during the course of her high school career. 

Photo courtesy of Braeden LeBeau

LeBeau Stands Tall for the Thunderbirds

Published March 04, 2021 12:32 p.m.

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Peyton Tracy notched 88 career wins for the Branford wrestling team and was also named one of the Hornets’ captains as a senior. Photo courtesy of Peyton Tracy

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Gabby Lucertini is excited to be leading the Branford girls’ basketball team as a senior captain during the 2021 winter season. Photo courtesy of Gabby Lucertini

Lucertini Loves Everything About Basketball

Published Feb. 18, 2021 01:32 p.m.

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Junior captain Blake Pearson is geared up to lead the T-Birds as both a varsity starter and a junior captain during the 2021 season. Photo courtesy of Blake Pearson

Pearson’s a Team-First Player for the T-Birds

Published Feb. 11, 2021 12:55 p.m.

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Jacqui Montano is stepping down as head coach of the Branford dance squad following an exceptional run of success throughout the past several years.

Photo courtesy of Jacqui Montano

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Sabrina LeMere is assuming the mantle as head coach for the North Branford girls’ basketball team this season. Sabrina graduated from North Branford five years ago as the Thunderbirds’ all-time scoring leader. Photo courtesy of Sabrina LeMere

LeMere Comes Back Home to Coach the Thunderbirds

Published Jan. 28, 2021 12:32 p.m.

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Senior Andrew Sellitto served as a captain of the North Branford boys’ soccer squad for the past three seasons. In his final season, Andrew earned All-Shoreline Conference Second Team honors on behalf of the Thunderbirds. Photo courtesy of Andrew Sellitto

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Senior captain midfielder Sophia Anastasio helped the North Branford field hockey squad claim its fourth-straight Shoreline Conference title this fall and earned All-Conference Second Team recognition for her efforts. Photo courtesy of Sophia Anastasio

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Kelli Jacobson capped off an outstanding career with the North Branford field hockey squad by helping the Thunderbirds win the Shoreline Conference title for the fourth year in a row. Kelli scored 13 goals while leading the team as a captain for the second-straight season. Photo courtesy of Kelli Jacobson

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Senior captain striker Ralph Ciarleglio finished his career with Branford boys’ soccer as a two-time All-Conference and All-State recipient. Photo courtesy of Ralph Ciarleglio

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Ashlee Amendola became a strong leader for the North Branford girls’ soccer squad. The senior captain midfielder finished her career by garnering All-Shoreline Conference Honorable Mention this fall. Photo courtesy of Ashlee Amendola

Amendola Proud to Lead the T-Birds as a Senior

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

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Junior captain Kendall Infantino earned All-SCC and All-State honors for a Branford girls’ soccer squad that advanced to its divisional final this fall.

Photo courtesy of Kendall Infantino

Infantino Sees Decorated Season on the Field

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

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Catie Dow earned her spot as a senior captain with the North Branford girls’ soccer team through hard work and dedication. Photo courtesy of Catie Dow

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Junior Julia McHenry is a pivotal part of the Branford field hockey team’s offensive attack. Julia also plays lacrosse for the Hornets. Photo courtesy of Julia McHenry

McHenry’s a Catalyst for Branford’s Offense

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

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Ava Candelora has earned the title sophomore captain for the North Branford girls’ soccer team. Ava is a relentless goalkeeper who refuses to quit. Photo courtesy of Ava Candelora

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Branford graduate Billy Alessi is giving back to his hometown as an assistant coach for the Hornets’ girls’ soccer and lacrosse teams. 

Photo courtesy of Billy Alessi

Alessi Giving Back to Branford as a Coach

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

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Mackenzie Burwell has progressed from a novice in the sport of volleyball to a senior captain and starting middle blocker with the Thunderbirds. Photo courtesy of Mackenzie Burwell

Burwell Leading North Branford on the Court

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

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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