Friday, October 22, 2021

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Senior Franceska Stakaj is in her second season as a starter middle hitter for the North Branford girls’ volleyball squad. Photo courtesy of Franceska Stakaj

Stakaj Stands Tall for T-Birds’ Volleyball

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

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David McDonald is leading the Branford football team as a senior captain while playing tight end, outside linebacker, and defensive end for the Hornets this fall. Photo courtesy of David McDonald

McDonald Feels Honored to Lead the Hornets

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

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Senior Macey Girard is in her fourth year as the starting goalie for the Branford girls’ soccer squad and her second season as a team captain. Photo courtesy of Macey Girard

Girard’s a True Leader as a Keeper

Published Oct. 07, 2021 11:47 a.m.

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Branford graduate Mike Martone, Jr., is in his first season as head coach of the Hornets’ varsity girls’ volleyball squad. Branford is off to a 5-1 start to the season with Mike on the sidelines. Photo courtesy of Mike Martone, Jr.

Martone Happy to Coach His Hometown Hornets

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

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Senior captain Nina Shamas in her second season as the starting goalie for the Branford field hockey team after making All-SCC and All-State as a junior. 

Photo courtesy of Nina Shamas

Shamas Protects the Hornets’ Net

Published Sep. 23, 2021 12:30 p.m.

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Carley Parente was named a senior captain for the North Branford girls’ volleyball team heading into the 2021 fall season. Photo courtesy of Carley Parente

Parente Made a Great Call to Play Volleyball

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

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David Loomis played second base for the Hornets this spring and then shifted over to shortstop with the Branford Senior Legion team in the summer. Photo courtesy of David Loomis

Loomis Loves Everything About Baseball

Published Sep. 09, 2021 12:03 p.m.

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Marissa Ricardo led the North Branford girls’ volleyball squad as a junior captain last year and is now ready to reprise that leadership role as a senior. Photo courtesy of Marissa Ricardo

Ricardo Ready to Lead the T-Birds as a Senior

Published Sep. 02, 2021 01:54 p.m.

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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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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

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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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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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Senior captain Sophia Esposito battled through an injury to get back on the field for the home stretch of her last year with Branford softball squad.

Photo courtesy of Sophia Esposito

Esposito Proves a True Leader for the Hornets

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

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Senior captain center fielder Kaitlyn Dugan garnered All-SCC Second Team accolades for the Branford softball squad this spring. Photo courtesy of Kaitlyn Dugan

Dugan Finishes Senior Year with All-SCC Honors

Published July 22, 2021 12:03 p.m.

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Maddie Humphery worked hard to start as a senior and put together a solid season for the T-Birds on defense. Photo courtesy of Maddie Humphrey

Humphrey Makes Her Mark on Varsity

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

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Cam Paleski garnered All-SCC accolades as a junior with the Hornets’ boys’ lacrosse squad and will lead the team as a senior captain next season. Photo courtesy of Cam Paleski

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Carly Villano loved playing doubles for the T-Birds and especially enjoyed leading the team as a senior captain this spring. Photo courtesy of Carly Villano

Villano’s Glad That She Gave Tennis a Shot

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

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Junior captain Dakota Cooper garnered All-Shoreline Conference honors for his performance on the golf course with the T-Birds this spring. Photo courtesy of Dakota Cooper

Cooper Chips His Way to All-Conference Honors

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

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Senior Lily Hitchcock led the Branford softball team from the captain’s chair, behind the plate, and even second base. Photo courtesy Lily Hitchcock

Hitchcock Leads the Hornets as a Senior

Published June 17, 2021 12:51 p.m.

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Sophomore Keegan LaLonde of the Branford golf squad earned a spot to play at the State Open, following a regular season that saw him collect medalist honors on multiple occasions for the Hornets. Photo courtesy of Keegan LaLonde

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Emma Serenson made the jump from No. 3 doubles to No. 2 singles with the North Branford girls’ tennis team this spring, while also leading the T-Birds’ as one of the club’s senior captains. Photo courtesy of Emma Serenson

Serenson Finds Her Niche Between the Baselines

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

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North Branford senior Charliana Criscuolo has enjoyed every second of serving as a team manager for multiple Thunderbirds’ clubs. Photo courtesy of Charliana Criscuolo

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Nick Chieffo has constantly worked hard to become a better lacrosse player, and that work ethic earned him the title of senior captain for the Hornets’ boys’ lacrosse team this spring. Photo courtesy of Jim May

Chieffo Never Stops Working on the Field

Published May 20, 2021 02:20 p.m.

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Freshman Jack O’Brien has been posting solid scores from the get-go during his first season as a member of the North Branford boys’ golf team. Photo courtesy of Jack O’Brien

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After serving as a captain for the North Branford girls’ basketball team the past two seasons, Erica Piercey is leading the T-Birds on the ballfield in that same capacity this spring. Photo courtesy of Erica Piercey

Piercey Leading the T-Birds on the Field

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

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Francesca Valletta did an excellent job while leading the Branford girls’ basketball team as a senior captain this winter. Photo courtesy of Francesca Valletta

Valletta Enjoyed Leading the Hornets on the Court

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

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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