by Bill O'Brien | Jan 18, 2017 8:02 am
In 2015 the Branford girls’ hockey team had a successful season finishing with a 16-3 record and winning the SCC D-II championship. As a result the Hornets were required to move up from Division II to Division I for the next two years. Last season the Hornets fell to a 9-10-1 record against the more difficult D-I schedule.
Welcome to the more competitive division and the mostly bigger schools.
Continue reading ‘Girls’ Hockey Splits Two Games with Conard-Hall’
by Bill O'Brien | Jan 7, 2017 8:39 am
As 2017 began, the Branford boys’ basketball team picked up their second win of the season by beating the Academy of Aerospace 49-37 in the consolation round of the North Haven Holiday Tournament at the Fred Kelly Gymnasium at North Haven High School. The Hornets fell to the host team in the first round 53-47.
“We didn’t play our best against them tonight,” said coach Jake Palluzzi(pictured), “but we’ll take it.”
Continue reading ‘Boys’ BB Team Picks Up Second Win in Holiday Tourney’
by Bill O'Brien | Nov 30, 2016 8:04 am
Saturday couldn’t have been a better night to come to the center of town for the 16th annual Branford Tree Lighting Parade. The weather was cool but pleasant and a large crowd, about 2,500 people, including hundreds of kids and their families came to welcome Santa, view the parade and witness the lighting of the Christmas tree.
It was quite an event.
Continue reading ‘Tree Lighting Parade Draws Huge Crowd to the Green’
by Bill O'Brien | Nov 28, 2016 8:11 am
The Branford football team started out the season where they left off last year. The Hornets won five of the last six games last season, including a 10-7 upset win over East Haven knocking the Yellow Jackets out of state playoff contention.
This year they started out winning three of the first four before going on a four-game losing streak, including the final game of the season to East Haven 14-0 on Thursday at Frank “Coach” Crisafi Field.
Continue reading ‘Hornets Fall to Yellow Jackets on Thanksgiving’
by Bill O'Brien | Nov 20, 2016 7:37 am
Dreams to win a state championship in field hockey this year came up short on Wednesday night when the Branford Lady Hornets fell to the defending Class M State Champion New Canaan Rams 1-0 at the James L. McDougall Stadium at Trumbull High School.
Branford entered the game ranked third in the division with a 19-2 record to play the number seven Rams, who entered the game with a 13-5-1 record. New Canaan was the defending Class M champions from last year, and defeated the Hornets in the first round on route to the 2015 title.
Continue reading ‘Field Hockey Dream of Title Falls Short’
by Bill O'Brien | Nov 2, 2016 7:00 am
It’s not uncommon in any sport for an underdog to rise up when they play a favorite in a game.
Sometimes they pull off the upset and sometimes they fall short. That was the case in a recent match when the Branford boys’ soccer team, with a 5-8 record at the time, hosted the Shelton Gaels, one of the top teams in the SCC, with a record of 10-2-1.
Continue reading ‘Great Effort Falls Short for Boys’ Soccer Team’
by Bill O'Brien | Oct 26, 2016 7:04 am
The Branford girls volleyball team has been playing well down the stretch winning six of the last eight matches on route to a 12-6 record and a spot in the upcoming SCC tournament.
Included in the six wins at the end of the regular season were five shutouts and one match were they only lost one set. The stretch included 3-0 wins over North Haven, Guilford, Hillhouse, Wilbur Cross and Sheehan. The only win where Branford lost a set came in their 3-1 victory over Lauralton Hall.
Continue reading ‘Volleyball Wraps Up Season Winning 6 of 8 Matches’
by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 20, 2016 9:00 am
October is National Bulling Prevention Month. It’s part of a nationwide campaign found by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center to educate communities and raise awareness. Bullying prevention month encourages participants to wear orange as an expression of solidarity.
The website also offers tips on creating awareness through social media.
Continue reading ‘National Bullying Prevention Month is Underway’
by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 18, 2016 6:59 am
The Branford Board of Education has approved a third revision of education specifications for the $88.2 million Walsh Intermediate School renovation, which included a net reduction of 6,000 square feet. Now the latest revisions head to Hartford.
The reduction in square footage will bring the design closer to the 150,000 square feet mandated by the state for its 35 percent reimbursement, but the town will still be in need of a space waiver. That reimbursement is based on the highest projected enrollment of 944 students, officials told the BOE at a meeting at the Walsh school Thursday.
Continue reading ‘Walsh Plans Headed to State for Grant Approval’
by Bill O'Brien | Oct 15, 2016 7:59 am
You might think that before starting her 40th year at the helm of the 2016 Branford field hockey team coach Cathy McGuirk might be ready to take it easy. Easier said than done.
Not only is she still coaching, but she’s still winning. Branford defeated Hamden last week 2-1, bringing the Hornets record for the season to 6-0. The win brought coach McGuirk’s overall record to 528-129-64-10.
Continue reading ‘Field Hockey Starts Season With 6 Wins in a Row’