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 sebahner@snet.net 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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P&Z Takes Up Ballfields Parking & Rescinding Exit 56 Dev’t Extension

by Diana Stricker | Sep 12, 2017 7:05 am

Diana Stricker PhotoThe 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 7:20 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoWithout 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 PhotoMike 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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