Girls’ BB Team Loses to East Haven Rivals

by Bill O'Brien | Jan 14, 2018 8:08 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe Branford girls’ basketball team had high hopes going into the game against their long time rival, the East Haven Yellowjackets, now ranked no. 8. But they fell short in their quest to upset their rivals, falling 67-39.

Bill O'Brien PhotoBranford entered the game with a 4-3 record with wins over North Haven, North Branford, Wilbur Cross, and Foran. East Haven came in at 6-1 with their only loss coming at the hands of the New London Whalers, the no. 1 girls team in the state.

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New BB Coach Takes First Loss in Stride

by Bill O'Brien | Jan 2, 2018 8:36 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoIt was not the way new boys’ basketball coach Chris Burnham would have preferred to start his tenure at Branford High School, losing to Lyman Hall in the Hornets season opener 61-37. But a win came a week or so later.

Bill O'Brien PhotoBurnham succeeded Jake Palluzzi (pictured at right), who coached the Hornets for 29 years, winning 302 games at Branford; this was his first game at the helm. Prior to Branford, Palluzzi was the coach at North Branford for four years where he had 45 additional victories. He also serves as co-athletic director at Branford.

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Hornets Lose Hard Fought Title Game To Tigers In OT

by Bill O'Brien | Nov 14, 2017 8:17 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoIt was one of the best high school games of the year. On a recent Saturday, the Branford Hornets girls’ field hockey team battled the Hand Tigers through a scoreless 60 minutes of regulation and three 10-minute overtime periods before falling 4-2 in the penalty stroke session in the SCC title game at Guilford High School.

Bill O'Brien PhotoSCC Commissioner Al Carbone presented the Regular Season Championship plaque and Runner Up plaque to captains LanLe Crotty (left), Brittney Bunbanlu, Sabrina Torcellini, coach Cathy McGuirk, and Autumn McHenry

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 10, 2017 11:30 am

Have you turned on your heat yet? If you’ve been a hold-out, this may be the weekend – an Arctic cold front is descending on us, bring the coldest weather of the season. Indoor activities top the list this week, but given the fickle nature of New England weather, we’ll be heading outside soon. Got a cool event? Email by Wednesday noon.

Saturday, Nov. 11

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Win Over Law Bright Spot of Football Season

by Bill O'Brien | Oct 21, 2017 7:30 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoIt’s been a tough season so far for the Branford football team. With a bye week coming up the Hornets are 1-5 with their only victory being against Jonathan Law 45-21 back on Oct. 6. The Eagle was there as Jackson Seward breaks free on his way to a 32 yard gain for the Hornets.

Bill O'Brien PhotoThey have fallen to Guilford, New Fairfield, Sheehan, Notre Dame and no. 5 ranked Fitch.  Here Dalton Carden leaps to bring down a Law player

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Field Hockey Keeps Rolling Along

by Bill O'Brien | Oct 12, 2017 12:00 pm

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe Branford field hockey team has made it a habit of winning the past several years. Last season the young Hornets won 19 games and made it to the state championship game before falling to perennial power New Canaan 1-0.

Bill O'Brien PhotoBranford’s Hall of Fame coach Cathy McGuirk said after that game, “Don’t hang your head. You played a very good team tonight and you played very hard. I’m very proud of you.”

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New Coach Eager To Lead Girls’ Volleyball

by Bill O'Brien | Sep 28, 2017 8:02 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe new volleyball coach at Branford High is only a few years older than some of the players on the high school team. And for her that’s a plus.

Bill O'Brien PhotoCody Michaels, 22, was graduated from Quinnipiac University this past June where she majored in Health Science Studies. A former All City First Team honoree and All Tournament player in high school, Michaels played volleyball for the Division I Bobcats and coach Kris Czaplinski. Here the coach smiles at Marisa Minore after winning a point.

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Girls’ Soccer Falls to Sheehan on Late Goal

by Bill O'Brien | Sep 25, 2017 7:59 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoLooking to get their first win of the season the Branford Hornets girls’ soccer team came up short losing 2-1 on a header by Sheehan’s Samantha Larkin that evaded goaltender Nina Grabowiecki with a minute left to play in the game.

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe low-scoring game finished 1-0 at the half with Sheehan leading. Branford tied it up when co-captain Taylor Brown {pictured) scored with 10 minutes left.

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