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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A Litany for a Divided Country

by marcia chambers | Jan 17, 2017 9:00 am

Marcia Chambers  PhotoAs a young teen with a passion for the hurdles, James Barber (pictured) intuitively understood how to reach high even on the segregated track fields of Washington, D.C., where he grew up.

He came to Connecticut in 1960 from the nation’s capitol to attend college and he found racism here, too, only it was more subtle and indirect. He slowly figured out how they do it in the North. At one point he tried to enlist in the U.S. Coast Guard. “I am fourth in line of the young men who were waiting, ages 18 to 25. Even though I am fourth in line and 13 other young men came in behind me,” he did not move up. 

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Boys’ BB Team Picks Up Second Win in Holiday Tourney

by Bill O'Brien | Jan 7, 2017 9:39 am

Bill O'Brien Photo 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.

Bill O'Brien Photo “We didn’t play our best against them tonight,” said coach Jake Palluzzi(pictured), “but we’ll take it.”

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Hornets Fall to Yellow Jackets on Thanksgiving

by Bill O'Brien | Nov 28, 2016 9:11 am

Bill O'Brien Photo 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.

Bill O'Brien Photo 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.

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