Girls Lacrosse Wins 15-11 Over Staples on Senior Night

by Bill O'Brien | May 15, 2018 8:02 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoFor the first time in history, the defending Class L Champion Branford Hornets girls lacrosse team hosted perennial FCIAC power Staples at the James L MacVeigh Alumni Athletic Complex.

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe senior-laden Hornets played their last home game of the regular season on Senior Night and won a hard fought battle, 15-11. Here Sophia Spencer gets one of her seven goals in the game

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BOE Honors Judith Hotz, School Teams

by Sally E. Bahner | May 3, 2018 9:30 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo‘The Board of Education (BOE) honored the late board member Judith Hotz at its recent meeting and recognized the wrestling and dance teams from Walsh Intermediate School and Branford High School. The meeting took place at the high school’s Cathyann Roding Auditorium.

The “lunch ladies,” employees of outgoing Chartwell Food Service, also returned to restate their demand that they be rehired as part of any new food service contract.

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Permitting Process, Weather May Delay Community Center

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 30, 2018 10:01 pm

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe Public Building Commission heard updates on the completion of the Walsh Intermediate School and Community Center projects at its April meeting at Fire Headquarters. Timelines and possible delays regarding resumption of sports activities, specifically football and swimming, were discussed.

Sally E. Bahner PhotoTom Arcari (speaking) of QA&M Architects (formerly Quisenberry-Arcari) said there is “some slippage” in the schedule for the Community Center completion. A 40-day adjustment may be necessary due to inclement weather and in receiving the final building permits from the town.

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Hornets Defeat Easties 2-1 in 8-Inning Nailbiter

by Bill O'Brien | Apr 30, 2018 8:01 am

Some folks like to see a high-scoring baseball game with lots of hits and lots of runs, but there is something exciting about being at a close game and all that goes into it.  A pitchers’ duel, lots of close plays, collisions and high emotions, a nail biter. Well that’s what happened last week in a tight 2-1 game between the Branford Hornets and their arch rivals, the East Haven Yellow Jackets.

Branford’s Alphonse Suppa (pictured) and the Easties’ Ryan Spano hooked up in a classic pitchers’ duel over the first seven innings. Senior Alphonse Suppa pitched seven innings gave seven hits, struck out five and only allowed one run.

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Hornets Softball Gets Big Win Over Hillhouse

by Bill O'Brien | Apr 25, 2018 8:03 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe Branford girls’ softball team opened the season with a 19-12 win over Wilbur Cross then lost six in row, including three to the SCC’s perennial softball contenders, Hand, East Haven and Guilford. On Friday, the Hornets earned a big win over Hillhouse with a 15-2 victory over the Academics at home.

Bill O'Brien Photo“We needed this win today,” said coach Chuck Reale. “Our team played well in all aspects of the game and we came away with the ‘W.’ I was happy with our performance.”

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Girls’ Lax Coach Jackie Ceccolini Reaches 100 Wins

by Bill O'Brien | Apr 24, 2018 8:09 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoLast year was a dream year for the Branford Hornets girls’ lacrosse team as they won the Class M State Championship. They were the no. 4 ranked team in the CIAC tournament and defeated the no. 2 Pomperaug Panthers 15-8 for the title. The Hornets had finishing with a 16-4 record.

Bill O'Brien PhotoThis year has started out pretty much where last year left off for coach Jackie Ceccolini and her veteran club. They finished the 2017 season winning the last six games on route to the title and this year they have won their first seven in a row.  Sabrina Torcellini (pictured) had five goals for the Hornets.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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