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Hail to the Champions! Girls Lax Wins Class M Title

by Bill O'Brien | Jun 16, 2017 8:16 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Last Saturday the no. 4 ranked Branford Lady Hornets stopped a 23-year streak of missing a SCC school win a girls’ lacrosse championship when they defeated no. 1 Pomperaug 15-8 in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score indicated.

Bill O'Brien Photo Before a raucous crowd of supporters from both teams, the Lady Hornets dominated the game from the middle of the first half to the very end. The victory was sweet revenge from an earlier loss to the Panthers on the road, 13-12, in overtime in the rain last month. Here team members show their championship medals as the coach holds the title plaque.

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Girls’ Lacrosse Heads to Semi-Finals in State Tournament

by Bill O'Brien | Jun 5, 2017 8:33 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford girls’ lacrosse team emerged victorious in the first two games in the Class M State Tournament last week, defeating the Foran Lions 15-3 last Tuesday and the Farmington team in a home game on Thursday. Next is the semi-finals against top rated East Lyme on Wednesday, June 7 at Guilford High School at 7 p.m. Here Morgan Gillman has an intense look getting in position to score.

Bill O'Brien Photo Before the lacrosse team, coached by Jackie Ceccolini entered the state tournament, they were up against a series of strong teams, including Lauralton Hall, Cheshire, and Daniel Hand. These are the teams that made up the SCC final four and they played last week. Based on team records for the season Branford was the no. 4 ranked team and drew Cheshire, which was ranked no. 1.  Here Sophie Spencer celebrates after getting a big goal.

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Winning Season for Golf Team

by Bill O'Brien | May 29, 2017 8:37 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Branford boys’ golf coach Jen Kohut and her team are having a successful season and they’re peaking at the right time with the conference tournament coming up Tuesday followed by the CIAC state tournament.

Bill O'Brien Photo “I’m thrilled with this team,” said Kohut. “They were committed to having a successful season from the beginning and so far so good.” On Tuesday, the Hornets defeated both North Haven (168-190) and Jonathan Law (168-170) in a dual match and on Wednesday they split, defeating Guilford by (166-170) and bowing to Hand (158-166). The Hornets finished the regular season with a 16-4-1 record.

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Softball Picks Up Third Win Over Hillhouse

by Bill O'Brien | May 24, 2017 8:21 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford Hornet’s softball team had an easy time in their recent game against the visiting Hillhouse Academics when they pulled off a 17-5 lopsided victory in an abbreviated five-inning game. The SCC has a “Mercy Rule” to end a game when a team is ahead by 12 runs after five innings.  Here Marissa Minore makes perfect contact on one of her two home runs in the game.

Bill O'Brien Photo “It’s nice seeing our players get a lot of hits and score a bunch of runs,” said coach Chuck Reale after the recent Hornets win. “Those things help when you’re having an off year.”  And here Minore is shown rounding third on her way home. She had 6 RBIs in the game. 

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Red Hot Hornets Nine on Eight Game Winning Streak

by Bill O'Brien | May 16, 2017 7:23 am

Bill O'Brien Photo When the Branford baseball team started out this season 4-5, there might have been some naysayers who said, “Here we go again.” The Hornets had losing records the past three years finishing with 7-13, 8-13, and 8-13 records. Now they are hot. Really hot. Yesterday was sweet revenge as they defeated rival East Haven 5-3.

Bill O'Brien Photo Some on the other hand may have said, “Hey, we lost four of those games by a total of only five runs. A hit here or there and we could have been 7-2.” Not only that, the offense sputtered during that stretch and the Hornets only scored a total of five runs in the five losses.

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Girls’ Tennis Looks For Strong Finish

by Bill O'Brien | May 11, 2017 7:53 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Last year after their first eight tennis matches, the Branford Lady Hornets were looking good and were off to a 6-2 start. This year, after the loss of several key players to graduation, they stand at 1-7 after their first eight matches, but are optimistic about how they will finish. Indeed yesterday they beat Lyman Hall 4-3 in what was the team’s best match so far.

Bill O'Brien Photo “It’s exciting and a lot of fun to watch the players develop their technique and match play skills over the course of the season,” said coach Jim Cole.

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Hornets Girls’ Lacrosse Off To A Fast Start of Victories

by Bill O'Brien | May 7, 2017 7:38 am

Bill O'Brien Photo This year’s Branford girls’ lacrosse team is on a mission. They have improved each of the past three years from 8-7-1 in 2014 to 10-8 in 2015 and 15-4 last year. Right now they are off to a 9-2 start with four victories in the past week, including a 13-4 victory over Masuk and a 7-4 win over Joel Barlow High School yesterday. 

Bill O'Brien Photo The game the Eagle covered was last Saturday and pitted the Lady Hornets against the Masuk Panthers of Monroe, members of the South West Conference (SWC).  Here Autumn McHenry, a junior,  fires a shot between several Masuk players for one of her four goals. 

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Hornets Fall After North Haven Comeback

by Bill O'Brien | Apr 26, 2017 7:41 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford baseball team is probably one of the better 4-4 teams in the state. Of their four loses three of the games have been close. They lost to West Haven 2-1, Cheshire 2-1 and Xavier 2-0. Their fourth loss was this past week against North Haven by a score of 7-3 and that game was only a one run game going into the last inning.

Bill O'Brien Photo North Haven scored early on a triple by leadoff batter Matt Solomon and a sacrifice fly by Chris Simmons to lead 1-0 after one inning. The score remained the same until the bottom of the fifth when Branford started hitting and erupted for three runs to take a 3-1 lead. 

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Softball Falls to Tough Yellow Jacket Nine

by Bill O'Brien | Apr 24, 2017 7:43 am

Bill O You can always expect an interesting game when Branford plays East Haven in any sport.

Bill O Last week the East Haven Yellow Jackets girls’ softball team hosted a young Branford softball team that has four sophomores and three freshmen on the team. Team co-captains Olivia Datre and Hunter Kelly are the only seniors and Kelly can’t play because of a nagging shoulder injury.

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