Girls Tennis Runs Into a Guilford Buzzsaw

by Bill O'Brien | Apr 18, 2018 9:48 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe Branford girls’ tennis team started off the season winning three of their first four matches. They lost the first match to Sheehan by only one game (3-4) and then went on defeat Shelton (5-2), Law (6-1), and avenged their loss to Sheehan, 4-3, in their rematch.

Bill O'Brien PhotoLast Thursday, on a cool and blustery afternoon, the young Hornets knew they were going up against a conference power. The Guilford Indians came to town riding a five-game winning streak and winning all their matches by lopsided scores ranging from 7-0 to 5-2. They actually won 38 of the 42 matches played.

Continue reading ‘Girls Tennis Runs Into a Guilford Buzzsaw’

Lady Hornets’ Season Ends With Two Big Efforts

by Bill O'Brien | Mar 14, 2018 8:23 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe Branford Lady Hornets basketball team entered the CIAC state tournament ranked 28th in the Class L Division. Their first game was on the road against the no. 3 ranked Naugatuck Greyhounds.  Wouldn’t you know it? The Greyhounds played like they were overconfident against the lowly Lady Hornets and were upset, 41-24. 

Bill O'Brien Photon the next playoff game against SCC opponent and no. 12 ranked Jonathan Law, the Hornets started out like the Lady UConn Huskies, jumping out to a 22-8 lead after the first quarter. “We were doing pretty much everything right in the first quarter,” said Hornet coach Justin Henry. “Talk about putting it all together.”

Continue reading ‘Lady Hornets’ Season Ends With Two Big Efforts’

Girls’ Hockey Advances to Semifinals in State Tournament

by Bill O'Brien | Mar 6, 2018 9:08 am

Bil O'Brien PhotoThe Branford-East Haven-North Branford co-op hockey team is on a roll. Since Dec. 27, the club won 15 of 17 games, including several CIAC tournament playoff games. The most recent victory was Tuesday’s 6-3 win over the Mercy/Northwest Catholic co-op team and again this past Saturday, 4-1 over the top-seeded Greenwich Cardinals.

Bil O'Brien PhotoThey now stand at 17-4 and are headed to the semifinals of the state tournament this Wednesday.

Continue reading ‘Girls’ Hockey Advances to Semifinals in State Tournament’

Will the Community House/Senior Center Be Delayed?

by Sally E. Bahner | Mar 2, 2018 9:00 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe Public Building Commission this week grappled with the possibility of a later completion of the Community House/Senior Center due to a delay in the fabrication and delivery of structural steel. It’s a delay that shines a light on the logistics of the town handling two major construction projects at one time.

Sally E. Bahner PhotoOne project centers on the $12.1 million Community Center and the other on the $88.2 million renovation of the Walsh Intermediate School.  The topic was raised at the most recent Building Commission meeting held at Fire Headquarters.

Continue reading ‘Will the Community House/Senior Center Be Delayed?’

Trojans Spoil Hornets Senior Night Ceremonies

by Bill O'Brien | Feb 22, 2018 9:15 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoSenior Night had all the makings of a special night – looking at the size of the crowd last week and hearing that all senior basketball players, cheerleaders and championship dance team members would be recognized before the game.

Bill O'Brien PhotoAdd to that the dance team (pictured)and high school Unified basketball team that were going to perform at half-time, and you could possibly ask, “What could go wrong?”

Continue reading ‘Trojans Spoil Hornets Senior Night Ceremonies’

New Boys’ Swim Coach Looking To Build Team Roster

by Bill O'Brien | Feb 15, 2018 9:52 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoWhen former coach Ray Beaulac left as the boys’ swim coach at Branford last year to pursue his professional career in medical prosthetics the co-athletic directors, Sav Synodi and Jake Palluzzi, posted the position and went to work to find a replacement.

Bill O'Brien PhotoEnter Jennifer Amasino. “We were very lucky to find Jenn,” said Palluzzi. “She had a wealth of experience as a swimmer, aquatic director, assistant coach, and head coach and she was a great fit for our program.”

Continue reading ‘New Boys’ Swim Coach Looking To Build Team Roster’

Hornet Girls Get Revenge Over Sacred Heart Sharks

by Bill O'Brien | Feb 13, 2018 9:48 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoLess than a month ago, the Branford girls’ basketball team played Sacred Heart Academy (SHA) in Hamden and fell to the “Sharks” by nine points, 42-33. This past Friday night you wouldn’t think it was the same Hornets’ team as they crushed SHA by 35 points, 49-14. Here Sophomore Mikayla Brown looks to pass as she’s guarded by SHA’s Elena Farquharson.

Bill O'Brien Photo“It feels good to win tonight. It’s good to win any night,” said a smiling Coach Justin Henry. “I’m happy for the seniors.” Friday was Senior Night honoring the four senior girls on the team, (L-R):The four seniors are Mia Tomasello, Marisa Minore, Victoria Raffone and Emma Pierson.

Continue reading ‘Hornet Girls Get Revenge Over Sacred Heart Sharks’

Co-Op Hockey Team Hot Streak Reaches 10 of 11

by Bill O'Brien | Feb 3, 2018 9:30 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe Branford girls’ co-op hockey team is made up of players from Branford, East Haven, and North Branford high schools. The team, whose nickname is the “Wings,” plays in the SCC South Division and is off and running with a 12-3 record including a streak of 10 out of the last 11 games played.

Bill O'Brien PhotoLast Saturday they defeated the co-op team from Avon-Southington-East Granby-RHAM 6-2 and followed that with an upset 2-1 win over perennial power Hamden on Wednesday.

Continue reading ‘Co-Op Hockey Team Hot Streak Reaches 10 of 11’

Mindset Motivates Team’s Success

by Bill O'Brien | Jan 30, 2018 9:32 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoWhen there are 14 weight classes in a high school wrestling match, it would seem unreasonable to expect too much success if you don’t have the personnel to fill upwards of five of those spots. Well, that hasn’t happened with the Branford wrestling team and their new coach Jesse Hurlburt.

Bill O'Brien Photo“We wrestled with aggression and pride, which is all we have asked of our kids,” said Coach Hurlburt, after the Hornets’ loss to the Amity Spartans on Tuesday. “It’s very hard to win a dual (meet) when you are forfeiting five weight classes, but that has not stopped this team from winning 13 matches this year.”  Under these circumstances Branford’s record is currently an impressive 13-10 on the season.

Continue reading ‘Mindset Motivates Team’s Success’