Parents Confront BOE on Walsh Bullying Problem

by Sally E. Bahner | May 20, 2016 7:10 am | Comments (2)

Sally E. Bahner Photo The Board of Education (BOE) Wednesday night faced a barrage of emotional comments and criticism from Walsh Intermediate School parents whose children have been the victims of bullying, allegedly by a seventh grade “Project Choice” student. Project Choice is a longtime program that enables the two-way movement of urban and suburban students in the areas neighboring Connecticut’s three largest cities.

The parents spoke during the public comments segment of the meeting, preceded by the warning from BOE chair Michael Krause that individual students could not be discussed and that the incidents will be investigated and actions taken as deemed appropriate. He said the board was not going to offer specific responses to the parents’ comments.

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Girls Lacrosse Beats West Haven 16-5

by Bill O'Brien | May 18, 2016 7:23 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford girls’ lacrosse team is having a special year. After losing their opening game to Old Lyme 10-8 on April 5 the Hornets have rattled off 11 straight victories.

Bill O'Brien Photo Last week the Lady Hornets played West Haven at Home and defeated the Blue Devils by a score of 16-5. Five sophomores, led by Autumn McHenry (see top photo above)with four goals, scored 14 of the 16 goals for Branford. She also had four assists.

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The Williams School Sinks Hornet Sailors

by Bill O'Brien | May 15, 2016 7:41 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The first regatta of the season for the Branford High School sailing team ended in a loss when the team lost two races in a row to The Williams School of New London.  Race competition requires the winner to win two out of three. The regatta was held at the Yale Corinthian Yacht Club in Short Beach last month.

Bill O'Brien Photo “We had some gusty practices and chilly temperatures so our work at practice has mostly focused on boat speed and handling,” Coach Amy Casey said. “Williams was our first race of the season and the first day with winds allowing for a true team race, tapping into tactics and strategy.”

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Sophomore Zane Kmietek Pitches a No-Hitter Against Indians

by Bill O'Brien | May 4, 2016 7:10 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Branford baseball pitcher Zane Kmietek did something that hasn’t been done on a baseball diamond in Branford since 2009. The young sophomore pitched a no-hitter against the defending state champion North Haven Indians, winning 3-0 on Monday.

“Zane’s performance was dominate,” said coach Steve Malafronte. “He stuck to the game plan and worked ahead in most counts and was able to throw his off speed for strikes. When he is locked in like he was he is a difficult pitcher to hit. Every time he takes the mound he has a bulldog mentality and competes on every pitch.”

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Girls’ Softball Loses to Career

by Bill O'Brien | May 3, 2016 10:00 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Last year the Branford Hornets softball team had an easy time playing against the ‘city’ teams with wins over Wilbur Cross, West Haven and Career in the tough Southern Connecticut Conference. In fact the Hornets victories over Career were lopsided, with scores of 15-0 and 17-0.

Bill O'Brien Photo This year the Panthers have improved, defeating the Hornets 10-1 last week in a home game at the James L. MacVeigh Athletic Complex.

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Boys’ Tennis Beats Cheshire For Third Straight Win

by Bill O'Brien | Apr 20, 2016 10:52 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford boys’ tennis team is off to their best start since 2013 winning their third straight match of the season, a 5-2 victory over the Cheshire Rams last week. In 2013, the Hornets won their first eight matches in a row.

Last year the Hornets lost three of their first four matches and lost twice to Cheshire during the season, 3-4 and 2-5.

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Hornets Baseball Team Beats Yellow Jackets

by Bill O'Brien | Apr 19, 2016 6:59 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford Hornets baseball team broke into the win column for their first win of the season last week with a 5-1 victory over their SCC rival, the East Haven Yellow Jackets.

Bill O'Brien Photo “It’s a new start for us”, said first year coach Steve Malafronte after the win. The Hornets lost their first three games to Law, Sheehan and FCIAC member Brian McMahon of Norwalk.

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Boys Lacrosse Team Loses One But Moves On

by Dan Zumpano and Christopher Zuniga | Apr 8, 2016 8:00 am

Christopher Zuniga photo Editor’s note: This article was reported by students in the Multimedia Journalism class at Southern Connecticut State University through a collaboration with the Branford Eagle, New Haven Independent and Valley Independent Sentinel.

The river behind James L. Macveigh Alumni Athletic Complex at Branford High School allows for some forceful winds when teams practice and play on the turf field.

The voice of boys lacrosse head coach Jim May cut through the howling breeze during a recent practice, as he urged his team to hustle.

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