Hillhouse Team Overcame Practice-Field Challenge

by Edgar Ayala and Jared Klim | Dec 21, 2015 12:30 pm

When the James Hillhouse High School football team played its first game on brand-new renovated Bowen Field, the scenery was in contrast to where it spent the season practicing—on the “torn-up” dusty outfield of the school’s two baseball fields.

Despite the challenges, the team finished its season in late November with an 8-2 record and ranked 36th among all football teams in the state, according to MaxPreps, a website that tracks high school sports statistics.

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Hopkins Swimmer Looks Toward Olympic Trial

by Katherine G. Krajcik and Amy Kulikowski | Dec 16, 2015 7:20 am | Comments (1)

Three female high school swimmers in Connecticut have a chance to earn a spot on the 2016 Olympic team. Erin Earley, a student-athlete at Hopkins School and a member of the USA Swimming National Junior Team, is one of those three.

“I’m extremely excited. But it’s so close and I don’t feel so prepared for it yet, but I’m just working really hard trying to get there,” said Earley.

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Hillhouse’s Other Champs Ready To Tear Up The Track

by Jene Thomas and Krystal Goethe | Dec 11, 2015 10:55 am

In the words of Assistant Coach Darrell Brown, the James Hillhouse High School indoor track team is a “diamond in the rough.”

Football and basketball often get more attention. But Hillhouse’s indoor track team, which opens the season Saturday, holds its own.

“We have championships on championships, rings on rings,” said TIffany Bromfield, the other assistant coach.

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An Arm Wrestling Champ Is Born

by Lucy Gellman | Dec 7, 2015 4:03 pm | Comments (1)

Lucy Gellman Photo Gabe Stiles stepped up to the table. Around 20 arm wrestlers and spectators pressed their bodies closer to Trinity Bar‘s shallow stage, craning their necks around a group of photographers.

Stiles (at left in photo), a baby-faced 18 year-old Wilbur Cross senior, remained calm and slack-jawed, his bicep and elbow steady on the table. He threaded his fingers into those of his opponent, Anthony Vidal, as if this were just another practice in the school gym. Breathed in. Breathed out. 

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