Sunday, January 24, 2021

The Sound Sports Person of the Week

East Haven Courier

All-time East Haven basketball and baseball player Patrick Paulson was selected as a member of the Class of 2020 for the East Haven Alumni Association Hall of Fame. Photo courtesy of Steve Narracci

Paulson Named to the East Haven Hall of Fame

Published Jan. 21, 2021 10:53 a.m.

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Harbor News

Senior captain Olivia Riccio solidified a spot on the All-Shoreline Conference First Team after playing some great defense for the Huskies last fall. Photo courtesy of Olivia Riccio

Riccio Locks Things Down on Defense

Published Jan. 21, 2021 10:53 a.m.

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North Haven Courier

Tom Ermini recently became the District Athletic Director of Branford High School and Walsh Intermediate School. A North Haven resident, Tom will take on the challenge of helping both athletic programs navigate the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy of Tom Ermini

Valley Courier

Sophomore Callie Breitenbach earned a spot on the Valley Regional field hockey team’s varsity squad after proving herself as a JV captain last year. Callie also plays ice hockey and lacrosse. Photo courtesy of Callie Breitenbach

Guilford Courier

Evan Chapman didn’t play 11-on-11 football in his senior year of high school, but still feels honored to have manned the lines for Guilford during his junior year. 

Photo courtesy of Evan Chapman

The Source

Freshman Cole Merriam netted seven goals to help the H-K boys’ soccer squad enjoy a championship season in the fall of 2020. Photo courtesy of Cole Merriam

Merriam Sees Fantastic Freshman Campaign

Published Jan. 21, 2021 10:53 a.m.

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East Haven Courier

Senior Teal Graziano spent her last two years of high school competing for the East Haven girls’ soccer squad, finishing her career as a varsity player last fall. Photo courtesy of Teal Graziano

Graziano Has Happy and Healthy Senior Season

Published Jan. 14, 2021 11:09 a.m.

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Harbor News

Senior Kate Heiden helped the Old Saybrook field hockey squad have a stellar season with her excellent play as a defender. Photo courtesy of Kate Heiden

Valley Courier

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

The Sound

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

Guilford Courier

Reese Puchalski worked hard to come back a few injuries and lead the Guilford boys’ cross country team as a senior captain during the 2020 fall season. Photo courtesy of Reese Puchalski

The Source

Junior Kevin Cavrell does a little bit of everything as a member of the H-K football team. Kevin suits up as a wide receiver, cornerback, kicker, and punter for the Cougars. Photo courtesy of Kevin Cavrell

Cavrell Does it All for the Cougars

Published Jan. 14, 2021 11:09 a.m.

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North Haven Courier

North Haven’s U-12 comp girls’ soccer squad went 4-0-1 on its way to winning a South Central District division title last fall. Pictured are (front) Estelle Hammarlund, Marcy Funke, Ava Tarasuk, Lillianna Osborne, and Maddie de Lencastre with (back) Head Coach Jen Merck, Kayden Goss, Lia Calderon, Addison Whitcomb, Peyton Harkins, Maya Thompson, and Leila Sweet. Missing from the photo is Assistant Coach Erika Fronte. Photo courtesy of Chris Kirby

East Haven Courier

Sophomore Gianna Mendez has turned in two productive seasons as a midfielder for the East Haven girls’ soccer team. Gianna and the Easties are a club on the climb in Connecticut’s soccer ranks. Photo courtesy of Gianna Mendez

Mendez Makes an Difference in the Midfield

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

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Harbor News

Senior Emma Lindsay garnered All-Shoreline Conference Honorable Mention after earning the starting goalkeeper’s position with the Morgan girls’ soccer squad this fall.

Photo courtesy of Emma Lindsay

Lindsay Meets Her Goal at Morgan

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

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Valley Courier

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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The Sound

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

Guilford Courier

Scout Climie recovered from COVID-19 to have a sophomore solid season as a defender with the Guilford field hockey team. Scout helped Guilford win the SCC Division A Tournament during the fall campaign. Photo courtesy of Scout Climie

Climie Makes Triumphant Comeback to the Field

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

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The Source

Junior striker Maddie Hummel scored six goals on her way to earning a couple of big-time honors in her first season as a member of the Hand girls’ soccer team. Photo courtesy of Maddie Hummel

Hummel Makes a Great Debut in Madison

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

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North Haven Courier

Senior captain Nick Howlett finished his career with the North Haven boys’ cross country team by taking 17th place at the SCC Division A Championship. Howlett led North Haven alongside fellow senior captains Tiernan Neville and Patrick Rourke. File photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

East Haven Courier

Nicole Pendziwater rebounded from a knee injury that prevented her from running cross country as a junior to lead the Yellowjackets as a captain in her senior season this fall. Photo courtesy of Nicole Pendziwater

North Haven Courier

Senior captain defender Mackenzie White garnered All-SCC Division B accolades on behalf of the North Haven field hockey squad this fall. Photo courtesy of Mark Curcio

White Makes All-SCC as a Senior

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

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The Sound

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

Valley Courier

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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East Haven Courier

Senior Gia Buonfiglio earned a spot in the starting lineup as an opposite hitter for the East Haven girls’ volleyball squad this year. Photo courtesy of Kris SanGiovanni

Buonfiglio Secures Starting Role as a Senior

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

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North Haven Courier

Senior captain Maddie Bergin finished her career with the North Haven girls’ swimming and diving team as a four-time All-SCC and All-State honoree who has five individual and two relay school records to her credit. Last year, Maddie helped North Haven win its first state championship in team history. Photo courtesy of Maddie Bergin

Valley Courier

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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The Sound

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

East Haven Courier

Senior captain Isabella Pilato secured a spot on the All-SCC Division B Team for her performance as a midfielder with the East Haven girls’ soccer squad this fall. Isabella also played a key role in helping the Yellowjackets build themselves up into an SCC contender during the past four seasons. Photo courtesy of Bella Pilato