Friday, October 22, 2021

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Caroline Hutchinson is a senior captain for Valley girls’ soccer team and also competes for the Warriors’ indoor track and crew programs. Photo courtesy of Caroline Hutchinson

Hutchinson Has Lifelong Love of Soccer

Published Oct. 21, 2021 01:53 p.m.

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Lilly Lavigne is not only leading the Warriors’ field hockey team in scoring as a freshman, but is the top scorer in the Shoreline Conference, too. Photo courtesy of Lilly Lavigne

Lavigne Packs Offensive Punch as a Freshman

Published Oct. 14, 2021 12:25 p.m.

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Tucker Burr, a senior captain for the Valley boys’ soccer team, will continue playing at the collegiate level at Colorado College next fall. Photo courtesy of Tucker Burr

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Sophia Surber stepped up as one of the Valley Regional girls’ soccer squad’s captains this season. Sophia’s senior leadership and obvious talent are major boons for a Warriors’ team with Shoreline Conference championship aspirations in 2021. Photo courtesy of Sophia Surber

Surber Supplies Senior Leadership for Warriors

Published Sep. 30, 2021 01:45 p.m.

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James Marsden keeps busy all year playing for the Valley Regional-Old Lyme football team, the Warriors’ boys’ basketball squad, and the Valley baseball team. Photo courtesy of James Marsden

Marsden Makes Every Minute Count

Published Sep. 23, 2021 12:31 p.m.

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Emily Kateley plays right defense for the Valley Regional field hockey squad, and serves as a facilitator and communicator for the Warriors in the backfield. Photo courtesy of Emily Kateley

Kateley Playing Stingy Defense for Valley

Published Sep. 16, 2021 02:52 p.m.

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Katie Cullina returns to Valley Regional this fall as Assistant Coach of the Warriors’ girls’ volleyball squad alongside her younger sister Sofia Cullina, who is the team’s new Head Coach. Photo courtesy of Katie Cullina

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Sofia Cullina takes the reins of the Valley Regional girls’ volleyball program this fall as the team’s new head coach, returning to the program after spending four years playing collegiate volleyball for Becker College. Sofia is joined by her older sister Katie Cullina as assistant coach. 

Photo courtesy of Sofia Cullina

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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

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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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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

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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

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Brooke Dellarocco recently earned a plethora accolades performing with the Westbrook Dance Academy at the Starpower Talent Nationals including a National Championship for her vocal rendition of It Roars. Brooke was also awarded the Discovery Spotlight Scholarship at the event. Photo courtesy of Brooke Dellarocco

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Hill Gbunblee is the new head coach of the Valley Regional-Old Lyme football team. Gbunblee is eager to see what the Pequot Conference competition will look like this fall. Photo courtesy of Hill Gbunblee

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Mason Erwin posted a strong sophomore campaign with the Valley Regional baseball team this year. Mason began the year as a backup catcher, but caught fire at the plate and moved into the starting role by season’s end. Photo courtesy of Sharon Erwin

Erwin Brought it as the Warriors’ Backstop

Published July 15, 2021 02:21 p.m.

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Emi Bisson supplied 65 goals and 22 assists en route to All-Shoreline Conference First Team and All-State Second Team honors for the Valley girls’ lacrosse team as a junior this season. Photo courtesy of Emi Bisson

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Joanna Petrone earned her spot at No. 4 singles as a freshman and helped the Valley girls’ tennis team put together a quality season this spring. Photo courtesy of Joanna Petrone

Petrone Plays Pivotal Role as a Freshman

Published July 01, 2021 01:43 p.m.

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Junior defender Grace Haskins used her speed to slow down opposing offenses, but also played other positions when the Warriors needed her to. Photo courtesy of Grace Haskins

Haskins Holds the Line on Defense

Published June 24, 2021 12:11 p.m.

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Riley Soares earned a spot playing third base with the Valley Regional softball squad this season as a freshman. Riley relished the opportunity, and feels as though she learned so much to prepare her for years to come with the Warriors. Photo courtesy of Riley Soares

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Brian Dailey, a Chester resident who teaches in Westbrook, has thoroughly enjoyed his first season as head coach of a growing Old Saybrook golf team. Photo courtesy of Brian Dailey

Dailey’s Loving Life on Old Saybrook’s Links

Published June 10, 2021 12:40 p.m.

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Andrew Salbinski has turned in a strong season at third base for the Valley Regional baseball squad. The junior infielder earned All-Shoreline Conference Second Team honors for his steady play in the field and solid bat at the plate. Photo courtesy of Andrew Salbinski

Salbinski Brings It on Both Sides of the Ball

Published June 03, 2021 12:45 p.m.

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Axel Johnson is proving a solid leader as a senior captain goalie for the Valley Regional boys’ lacrosse team. Axel has been a steadying voice in the backfield for a Warriors’ team that finished the regular season with a 10-4 record. Photo courtesy of Axel Johnson

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Nick Mardjekaj came back to the Valley Regional baseball team as an assistant coach this spring and is bringing a unifying energy to the dugout. Photo courtesy of Nick Mardjekaj

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Junior Hayden Lombardi has been serving up some missiles against his opponents while playing the No. 3 singles position for the Valley boys’ tennis squad this year.

Photo courtesy of Hayden Lombardi

Lombardi Climbing Up Valley’s Lineup

Published May 13, 2021 12:17 p.m.

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Olivia Baldwin is off to a strong start with the Valley Regional girls’ tennis team this spring. The sophomore has won all seven of her matches at the No. 3 singles spot and one match at No. 2 singles. Photo courtesy of Olivia Baldwin

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Junior Cede Peno is primed for a nice year as a corner infielder for the Valley Regional softball team this spring. Photo courtesy of Cede Peno

Peno Becoming a Cornerstone for the Warriors

Published April 29, 2021 12:07 p.m.

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Ryan Ellison has been a bright spot on the bump for the Warriors so far this season. In addition to pitching, the senior also plays first base. Photo courtesy of Ryan Ellison

Ellison Finding His Happy Place at Valley

Published April 22, 2021 11:49 a.m.

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Jeremy Arnum earned All-Shoreline Conference First Team honors for his exceptional play with the Valley Regional boys’ basketball team this year. The sophomore wing sustained a broken wrist during the middle of the season, but worked hard to make his way back to the team in time for the Shoreline Conference Tournament. Photo courtesy of Jeremy Arnum

Arnum’s a Shoreline Star on the Court

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

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Sophomore Siena Schaller has a keen eye on the court as a shooting guard for the Valley Regional girls’ basketball team.

Photo courtesy of Siena Schaller

Schaller Takes a Team-First Approach at Valley

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

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Olivia Cunningham moved into a new position on a new team in the midst of a pandemic this year, and the freshman post player handled all those challenges with aplomb.

Photo courtesy of Olivia Cunningham

Cunningham Produces in the Paint as a Freshman

Published April 01, 2021 11:17 a.m.

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