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 last week was against North Haven and that game had only a one-run difference until the last inning when the Indians soared with a final score of 7-3.

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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Boys’  Lacrosse Rolls to Victory Over Wilbur Cross

by Bill O'Brien | Apr 17, 2017 7:12 am

Bill O'Brien Photo When you think of powerhouse boys’ lacrosse teams in the Southern Connecticut Conference, schools like Fairfield Prep, Daniel Hand and Cheshire come to mind. Wilbur Cross does not.  Basketball and track maybe, but not lacrosse.

Bill O'Brien Photo The Wilbur Cross Governors have struggled since they started a lacrosse program a dozen years ago and have only won 10 games in the last five years. Last week, they ran into the upstart Branford Hornets, who cruised to a lopsided 18-0 victory at the James L. MacVeigh Alumni Athletic Complex. Here Robbie Lionetti gets past a Cross defender en route to one of his two goals. He also had an assist.

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Hornets Qualify for SCC, CIAC With Win Over Easties

by Bill O'Brien | Feb 21, 2017 8:43 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Over the last few weeks it looked bleak for the Branford boys’ basketball team in its goal to qualify for both the upcoming SCC conference tournament and the CIAC state tournament.

Bill O'Brien Photo The Hornets lost four games in a row to Cheshire, West Haven, Amity, and Career and needed two wins in their last four games to make the end of season playoffs. The East Haven game always brings out a big crowd.

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Branford Swimmers Say, “Bring It On”

by Bill O'Brien | Feb 18, 2017 9:36 am

What the Branford/Guilford boys swim coach Ray Beaulac says about his team would fit the old Mark Twain saying, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”

After the Branford/Guilford co-op team lost its most recent swim meet last Friday to perennial power Cheshire, coach Beaulac said, “We pride ourselves on never backing down from a race, no matter the opponent, even though we often are competing against teams twice our size.”

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Hornets Stand at 6-6

by Bill O'Brien | Feb 6, 2017 9:20 am

Bill O'Brien Photo When you are a hockey team midway through the season playing at or below .500, every game is important to win in order to reach your goal to qualify for the state tournament. The Hornets are trying to attain their goal.

Last Wednesday, the Hornets defeated Hand 4-2. “That was a big win for us,” said Branford Coach Jim Dinapoli. “Hopefully it will give us momentum for our next game on Saturday [Feb. 4] with Cheshire.” Not quite. It was close but the Hornets lost 4-3 to Cheshire at the Wesleyan Rink.

The Hornets are now 6-6 including the Hand and Cheshire games. Their next game is at New Fairfield/Immaculate (Danbury) is on Wednesday Feb. 8 at 5:30 p.m. and their next home game is against Watertown-Pomperaug on Friday Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

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Branford Takes Hand, Winning 54-44

by Bill O'Brien | Jan 31, 2017 9:00 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford boys’ basketball team moved a set closer to qualifying for the state tournament with a hard-fought 54-44 win over the Hand Tigers on Monday at the James L. MacVeigh Alumni Athletic Complex. The Hornets succeeded with stamina and grit by delivering a strong 4th quarter. 

Bill O'Brien Photo Cheerleader Elena Gruendel sang the National Anthem before the game got underway.

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Lady Hornets Fall to Sacred Heart Academy

by Bill O'Brien | Jan 25, 2017 11:27 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford Lady Hornets basketball team didn’t help their chances to get to this year’s state tournament, losing to Sacred Heart Academy 63-55 at the James L. MacVeigh Alumni Athletic Complex on Friday.

Bill O'Brien Photo {The loss was the fourth in a row, dropping their record to 4-8 with eight regular season games remaining. They will have to win four of the eight to qualify.

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Wrestling Captain Heads to West Point

by Bill O'Brien | Jan 24, 2017 9:23 am

Bill O'Brien Photo When Branford’s wrestling team match with Shelton was scheduled, it looked like it would be pretty even. Both teams had some good wrestlers in the different weight classes. But a series of illnesses and injuries over the season have resulted in the Hornets not being able to field a complete lineup.

But there was one highlight of the evening. It came with an announcement by Coach Christopher Bonagiuso that senior captain HyunJin Lim, who was injured and didn’t wrestle on Wednesday, was accepted at the United States Military Academy at West Point and would be attending the school.  “This is a great honor for HyunJin, his family, Branford High School and the entire community,”  the coach said. Lim is also a student representative on the Branford Board of Education  

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Girls’ Hockey Splits Two Games with Conard-Hall

by Bill O'Brien | Jan 18, 2017 9:02 am

Bill O'Brien Photo 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.

Bill O'Brien Photo Welcome to the more competitive division and the mostly bigger schools.

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