Field Hockey Keeps Rolling Along

by Bill O'Brien | Oct 12, 2017 1:00 pm

Bill O'Brien Photo The 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 Photo Branford’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 9:02 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The 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 Photo Cody 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 8:59 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Looking 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 Photo The 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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P&Z Takes Up Ballfields Parking & Rescinding Exit 56 Dev’t Extension

by Diana Stricker | Sep 12, 2017 8:05 am

Diana Stricker Photo The Town of Branford has come up with a plan to provide safer access and more parking at the Sliney ballfields by extending Melrose Avenue.  This could incidentally create an opportunity for emergency access to the rear of the proposed Parkside 1 housing complex.

Alex Palluzzi Jr., director of Parks and Recreation, outlined plans at Thursday’s meeting of the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission.

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Branford’s Mike Olt Wraps Up 7th Season

by Bill O'Brien | Sep 9, 2017 8:20 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Without a doubt, Branford’s Mike Olt has had an interesting career so far in baseball. From Little League teams to four outstanding years at Branford High School followed by three seasons at Division I UConn and being drafted as the 49th pick in the Major League Draft in 2010 by the Texas Rangers points to that being very true.

Bill O'Brien Photo Mike was a four-year letter winner at Branford. He was an All SCC and All State player for three years and led the Hornets to the 2006 Class L State Championship under coach George Dummar. He holds the school’s hit record with 115 and the career batting average of .475., also led his American Legion team to both State and Regional Championships in 2005 and 2007 and was also the tournament’s MVP winner both years. Here Dummar thanks Mike on Senior Day.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 1, 2017 8:00 am

File Photo Cool Events in the next couple of weeks or so have the Branford Green as a focus as well as the river and shore and the town’s iconic library. Labor Day weekend brings the ever-popular Short Beach Days (pictured) and a walk along the Greenway Trail with the Branford Land Trust. The popular Guilford Fair kicks off the fall agricultural season. The weather is blissfully cool (as well)… there will be plenty of time to hunker in within the coming months with books collected from the annual Friends of Blackstone Library book sale. Speaking of the shore, we’re thinking of those who have been displaced in Texas by Hurricane Harvey. We’re aware of our vulnerability here; we remember Sandy and Irene and the Texas disaster gives us pause to rethink our own plans.

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Seabreeze Team Defeats North Haven

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 28, 2017 7:18 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford Little League provides baseball to youngsters of all ages beginning with T-Ball for boys and girls between 4 and 6 years of age. That’s where the ball is put on top of a tube and the batter hits the ball and runs to first base. It is intended as an introduction for boys and girls aged 4 to 6 to develop ball-game skills and have fun.

Bill O'Brien Photo The next level for players age 7 and 8 is called “coach pitch” where an adult pitches to the batter from the front of the mound and lobs it more than pitching it hard to the batter. The boys and girls who play in this age group called the Seabreeze Division build their confidence because the pitching is more consistent and their coach is throwing the ball so the players can hit it.

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Branford Baseball Honored

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 27, 2017 8:01 am

Even though the high school baseball season ended several weeks ago, the honors are still accumulating for the 2017 Branford Hornets.

Not since the 2012 season, when they finished 14-6, has Branford had a winning record. Over the past four years they have won no more than nine games in any year. This past year was a break-out year when coach Steve Malafronte and the Hornets finished with a record of 18-7 that included a 12-game winning streak to close out the regular season.

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