Tuesday, September 28, 2021

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Harbor News

Westbrook’s Chris Wanat had a big year on the hill at the Hopkins School and also with the Madison Senior Legion team. Photo courtesy of Chris Wanat

Wanat Has Masterful Year on the Mound

Published Aug. 26, 2021 06:23 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Karen Perna is posting some top-notch scores in the Deep River Horseshoe League as the Marlins’ C player this summer. In Week 16, Karen turned in a score of 129 to outpace all players in both the C and B divisions. Photo courtesy of Karen Perna

Guilford Courier

Sam Ametrano notched five victories on mound and batted .323 to help the Guilford AAU baseball team put together a special season. Photo courtesy of Sam Ametrano

Ametrano Delivers Big Time for the Grizzlies

Published Aug. 26, 2021 06:23 p.m.

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The Sound

Zoe Miller played a pivotal role in the North Branford girls’ lacrosse team’s 2021 Shoreline Conference title scoring a hat trick to help lift the Thunderbirds over Old Saybrook by a 9-3 final score. Zoe moved from midfield to attack in the early stages of the season and it paid dividends for North Branford. Photo courtesy of Zoe Miller

Miller Was Brilliant in the Shoreline Final

Published Aug. 26, 2021 06:23 p.m.

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The Source

Anna Steffen recorded a slew of first-place finishes at the championship meets during her career with Hand’s cross country and track programs. This spring, Anna took first place in the 3,200 at sectionals, SCCs, and states. Photo by Melissa Wilson Photography

Steffen Excels on the Track and the Trails

Published Aug. 26, 2021 06:23 p.m.

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East Haven Courier

Anthony Sawicki is pumped up to begin his senior season as a member of the East Haven boys’ soccer team. 

Photo courtesy of Anthony Sawicki

Sawicki Excited for Senior Soccer Season

Published Aug. 19, 2021 01:45 p.m.

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Harbor News

Old Saybrook resident Mara Kelley finished her career with Westbrook Dance Academy by delivering some excellent performances alongside her teammates at the Starpower Talent Nationals. Photo courtesy of Chris Brown

North Haven Courier

Rob Manzo has held several roles in the Max Sinoway baseball program and is currently serving as its vice president of Little League and president for the Babe Ruth level. Photo courtesy of Rob Manzo

Valley Courier

Di’Angelo Jean-Pierre returns to the football field this fall with the Valley Regional-Old Lyme Warriors two years removed from earning All-Shoreline Conference First Team honors as a defensive back. Photo courtesy of Di’Angelo Jean-Pierre

Jean-Pierre Ready to Receive with Warriors

Published Aug. 19, 2021 01:45 p.m.

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The Sound

Jake Saldutti turned in a stellar junior season with the North Branford boys’ lacrosse team. An attacker, Jake netted 38 goals in just 12 games for the Thunderbirds.

Photo courtesy of Jake Saldutti

Guilford Courier

Walker Mulligan made All-SCC and All-State after going 10-4 at No. 1 singles for the Guilford boys’ tennis team this spring. Photo courtesy of Walker Mulligan

The Source

Senior captain Morgan Schultz finished her H-K track career by helping the Cougars win the Shoreline title with a second-place finish in the pole vault at the conference meet.

Photo courtesy of Morgan Schultz

Schultz Soars to New Heights as a Senior

Published Aug. 19, 2021 01:45 p.m.

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The Source

Scott Testori was named the USA Today Male Soccer Player of the Year on the heels of a remarkable career with the Hand boys’ soccer team that featured a tremendous amount of success for both himself and the Tigers. Photo courtesy of Scott Testori

East Haven Courier

CJ Lombardi earned the starting first baseman’s job for the East Haven baseball squad this spring and also led the team as a senior captain. Photo courtesy of CJ Lombardi

Lombardi Earned His Place at First Base

Published Aug. 12, 2021 02:14 p.m.

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North Haven Courier

Riley Minns worked her way into a starting midfielder’s position with the North Haven girls’ lacrosse squad in her junior year and will lead the team as a senior captain next season. Photo courtesy of Riley Minns

Minns Ready to Lead North Haven as a Senior

Published Aug. 12, 2021 02:14 p.m.

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Harbor News

Dom Carpenter led the Morgan baseball team to a solid season as a senior captain and then continued to see success with the Clinton Huskies AAU team. Photo courtesy of Dom Carpenter

Carpenter Has the Tools to Thrive on the Diamond

Published Aug. 12, 2021 02:14 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Andy Perna is a B Division B play for the Red in the Deep River Horseshoes League. The Reds hold the top spot in the standings thanks in part to Andy’s stellar play over recent weeks as he’s topped all Division B players in score from Week 10 through Week 14.

Photo courtesy of Karen Perna

Guilford Courier

Caleb Harris made great progress as a runner for Guilford the past few years and finished his high school career with an excellent season as a senior this spring. Photo courtesy of Caleb Harris

Harris Comes a Long Way as a Runner

Published Aug. 12, 2021 02:14 p.m.

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The Sound

Senior captain Shae Lepre garnered All-SCC Division II accolades for her stellar play at the No. 1 singles position with the Branford girls’ tennis squad this spring. Photo courtesy of John Steady

Lepre Makes All-SCC for Second-Straight Season

Published Aug. 12, 2021 02:14 p.m.

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The Source

Matt Doyle finished his career with the Tigers as a three-time All-SCC and All-State golfer. This year, the senior captain earned medalist honors at the SCC and Division II State championships, helping the Tigers take first place at the state meet. Photo courtesy of Matt Doyle

Harbor News

Clinton resident Gabriella Navarra helped the Westbrook Dance Academy Senior Competition Team turn in a trio of five-star performances at the Starpower Talent Nationals.

Photo courtesy of Gabriella Navarra

Navarra’s a Natural on the Dance Floor

Published Aug. 05, 2021 12:29 p.m.

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East Haven Courier

Bob Davis has made a big impact in the East Haven track program by working with the Yellowjackets’ jumpers, throwers, and hurdlers since 1998. Photo courtesy of Bob Davis

North Haven Courier

Dave Donle has been the commissioner of the North Haven Flag Football program for kids entering kindergarten through grade 3 for the past four years. This year marks the first time since 2019 that games will be played, and Dave is excited for everyone to get back out on the field. Photo courtesy of Dave Donle

Valley Courier

James Beckman plays handler for two ultimate Connecticut ultimate squads: a 20-U squad named Harpoon and a men’s club named Colt Light. James will be a senior at Valley Regional High School this fall where he also plays football with the Warriors.

Photo courtesy of James Beckman

The Sound

North Branford High School health teacher Nicole Lacroix enjoyed her first season as an assistant coach with the T-Birds’ girls’ tennis team. Photo courtesy of Nicole Lacroix

Lacroix Enjoys Teaching the T-Birds

Published Aug. 05, 2021 12:28 p.m.

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Guilford Courier

Harry Loyd played goalie for the Guilford boys’ lacrosse squad this year and will lead the team as a captain next spring. Photo courtesy of Harrison Loyd

Loyd Holds the Fort in the Grizzlies’ Goal

Published Aug. 05, 2021 12:28 p.m.

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The Source

John Kowal had a memorable senior year at H-K that saw him help the boys’ soccer and outdoor track squads put together storybook seasons. Photo courtesy of John Kowal

Kowal Goes Out on a High Note at H-K

Published Aug. 05, 2021 12:28 p.m.

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East Haven Courier

Jilien Ayala garnered All-SCC Second Team accolades as a junior for the East Haven softball squad this spring. Jilien mostly played left field, but made contributions at a few other positions, too. Photo courtesy of Jilien Ayala

Ayala Enjoys All-Conference Campaign

Published July 29, 2021 11:52 a.m.

As she walks through the hallways of East Haven High School, Jilien Ayala looks at the names of past softball...

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North Haven Courier

Kaitlyn Ha played No. 2 doubles for North Haven this year and recorded 10 victories while competing alongside fellow senior Sophia DelVecchio. Ha was selected as co-Most Improved Player with DelVecchio at the end of the season. Photo courtesy of Kaitlyn Ha

Ha Loved Playing Doubles for North Haven

Published July 29, 2021 11:52 a.m.

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Harbor News

Rising senior Bree Koplas was an All-Shoreline Conference First Team honoree alongside Xan Zanzalari at the No. 1 doubles position for the Westbrook girls’ tennis team this spring. Photo courtesy of Bree Koplas

Koplas Finds Her Stride on the Doubles Court

Published July 29, 2021 11:52 a.m.

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