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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Walsh Athletic Fields Removed for Renovation

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 4, 2018 8:30 am

Sally E. Bahner PhotoThe dual renovation projects – at the Walsh Intermediate School and the Community Center – are resulting in the need to juggle sports schedules. Now it turns out that virtually all the fields at Walsh have been removed and at this juncture there are no funds to revive them.

This latest turn of events came to light at a recent Public Building Commission (PBC) meeting as PBC members, wading through the details of both projects, learned about the overall condition of both the Walsh and the town’s fields.  The PBC has discussed sports schedules over the past year.

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Little League Opens 2018 Season at Sliney Field

by Bill O'Brien | May 23, 2018 9:55 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoLittle League season opened two weeks ago and the way the weather has been since then, they may not finish until September. That’s not likely to happen, but they already have some games to make up because of so many rainy days.

Bill O'Brien PhotoOpening day was held for the 68th year in a row. What started years ago with one field, now has a complex of six fields including a concession stand in the center. Sometimes getting started requires perspective.

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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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