Hornets End Season With Victory Over Rival Easties

by Bill O'Brien | Nov 28, 2018 10:22 am

Photos by Bill O'BrienFor the second time since 2014 the Branford Hornets football team defeated their arch rivals, the East Haven Yellow Jackets, knocking the Easties out of the upcoming state playoffs. Here, Aiden MacNeil followed by Spencer Landsbach causes East Haven’s Tanner DeVito to fumble.

Back in 2014 East Haven entered the game with a 7-2 record needing a win over the Hornets to qualify for the playoffs. Branford won 10-7. This year the results were the same. The Hornets jumped on their rival early scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter en route to a 20-7 victory.

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Sports Hall of Fame to Honor 11

by Bill O'Brien | Oct 28, 2018 10:06 pm

The 31st Annual Branford Sports Hall of Fame dinner will be held on Friday, Nov. 16, at Woodwinds Restaurant, 29 Schoolground Road. Eleven outstanding individuals will be honored for bringing honor and distinction to Branford. Tickets are $55 and are available at the Branford Parks and Recreation Department at 203-315-2355.

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McGuirk Named to National Hall of Fame

by Bill O'Brien | Oct 22, 2018 7:44 pm

All photos by Bill O'BrienCongratulations to Branford’s own Cathy McGuirk for being named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame. She will be inducted on Jan. 17, 2019, at the NFHCA annual dinner in Lake Mary, Florida.

“I’m thrilled to receive this high honor,” said McGuirk. “In my wildest dreams I never thought about being chosen for the National Field Hockey Hall of Fame, It’s overwhelming.”

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

by Bill O'Brien | Oct 3, 2018 12:38 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 8:34 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 9:31 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 6:51 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 6:45 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 8:30 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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