Sports

Hornets Defeat T-Birds, 42-12, Before Huge Crowd

by Bill O'Brien | Oct 3, 2018 1:38 pm

All photos by Bill O'BrienWTNH Channel 8 received over 320,000 votes from fans for the recent Branford-North Branford football game, and looking at the packed house sitting in the in the stands and surrounding the field, it looked as if many of them were at the game. Ryan Christopher of WTNH (left, grey shirt) gets the BHS students worked up early on game day morning.

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Hornets Split Cross Country Meets at Supply Pond

by Bill O'Brien | Sep 30, 2018 9:34 am

All photos by Bill O'BrienSome coaches believe in order to get better in their sport they should “Play Up,” which basically means competing against better teams or teams that historically have success. Such was the case last week when Coach Kevin Connell and his Hornet cross country team ran the 3.1 mile course at the Supply Pond against perennial power Fairfield Prep in their dual meet.

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Boys’ Soccer Off To Strong Start

by Bill O'Brien | Sep 24, 2018 10:31 pm

All photos by Bill O'BrienThe Branford boys’ soccer team is off to another good start, winning their first three games of the season. Last year they rattled off five straight wins on their way to a 13-7-1 record and an appearance in both the SCC tournament and the Class L State Tournament before falling to no. 3 ranked Guilford 3-0 in the quarter finals. Above, co-captains Marzio Mastroianni and Ben DeMaio hustle to catch up with the ball.

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Field Hockey Alumni, Families Honor McGuirks

by Bill O'Brien | Sep 12, 2018 7:51 am

All photos by Bill O'BrienA large number of former players and many parents recognized legendary coaches Cathy and John McGuirk at a casual get together at the Branford Yacht Club recently for their years of dedicated coaching of the Branford field hockey teams.

Cathy McGuirk is the longest serving head coach in Branford sports history, according to co-athletic director Jake Palluzzi She coached the Hornets continually for 41 years. Her husband John is close behind, assisting his wife for 38 years.

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RTM Denies Melrose/Parkside Easement

by Diana Stricker | Jul 30, 2018 7:45 am | Comments (7)

Diana Stricker photoWednesday’s meeting of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) was a lesson in irony.

The RTM denied a request from Branford’s Housing Authority to grant an easement on Melrose Avenue for two years during construction of the proposed Parkside Village affordable housing project. Some RTM members said the easement would actually be in perpetuity, which they opposed; and they also objected to the $200,000 donation to help build the road, offered by the Housing Authority and its developer, Beacon Communities LLC of Boston.

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Spring Sports Season Capped By Title, Honors

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

A couple of Branford spring sports teams concluded their seasons on high notes: One, Boys’ Baseball, made it to the Class L state semi finals before being defeated by a heartbreaking 1-0 score, and the other, Girls Lacrosse,  took it to the mountain for the second straight year, winning 11-8 over an arch rival their second consecutive Class M State Championship.

The Branford baseball team under coach Steve Malafronte finished the regular season winning 11 of the last 14 games, ending up with a 13-7 record and securing a spot in both the SCC and CIAC State Tournament. The Hornets earned an 8-5 upset win over eventual Class LL State Champion Cheshire in the SCC Tournament before bowing to rival Hand 6-3 in the semis.

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Strong Finish Earns Hornets Playoff Appearance

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

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe regular season for boys’ lacrosse coach Jim May and the members of the Hornets team ended on a high note when they defeated West Haven 14-9 on Senior Night last month. It was their fifth win out of their last six regularly scheduled games..  That successful stretch earned the Hornets a spot in the state tournament in the Class M division.

Bill O'Brien Photo“If your team was going to play in the upcoming state tournament, it would be much better going in when you’re winning then when you’re losing,” said Coach Jim May. And that’s what the Branford Hornets did as the regular season came to a close.

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The Fields Are All Right

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 7, 2018 8:31 am

File PhotoMaintaining sports schedules and school and town athletic fields in light of two major construction projects – renovation of the Walsh Intermediate School and the Community Center – is a big juggling act.

Recreation director Alex Palluzzi, Jr., a self-described “field guy,” takes pride in his hands-on approach toward the fields; it’s a cooperative effort between the schools, the Recreation Department, and the Public Works Department.

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Boys’ Golf Wins Match Against Foran, East Haven

by Bill O'Brien | Jun 5, 2018 9:25 am

The Branford boys’ golf team won two matches last Monday at their home course, the Pine Orchard Yacht and Country Club. With a score of 162 they defeated Foran, whose score was 177 and East Haven with 204. The two wins brought the Hornets record to a 9-9 at the time.

The 162 was the lowest score recorded for the year for Branford whose previous low was 170 in their last match against Fairfield Prep.

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Boys’ Tennis: Getting Stronger Every Year

by Bill O'Brien | Jun 4, 2018 9:15 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe Branford boys’ tennis team has been on a steady climb over the past four years: from eight wins in 2015, to 10 in 2016 , and 11 last year. This year the Hornets, under coach Matt Fraenza have won 12 matches including six of the last seven.

Bill O'Brien Photo“It’s nice seeing our program get better each year,” Fraenza said. “The boys are committed to playing hard, and it’s been showing more and more in the results. We have been playing pretty well this year.”

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