by Bill O'Brien | Feb 22, 2018 8:15 am
Senior Night had all the makings of a special night – looking at the size of the crowd last week and hearing that all senior basketball players, cheerleaders and championship dance team members would be recognized before the game.
Add to that the dance team (pictured)and high school Unified basketball team that were going to perform at half-time, and you could possibly ask, “What could go wrong?”
Continue reading ‘Trojans Spoil Hornets Senior Night Ceremonies’
by Bill O'Brien | Feb 15, 2018 8:52 am
When former coach Ray Beaulac left as the boys’ swim coach at Branford last year to pursue his professional career in medical prosthetics the co-athletic directors, Sav Synodi and Jake Palluzzi, posted the position and went to work to find a replacement.
Enter Jennifer Amasino. “We were very lucky to find Jenn,” said Palluzzi. “She had a wealth of experience as a swimmer, aquatic director, assistant coach, and head coach and she was a great fit for our program.”
Continue reading ‘New Boys’ Swim Coach Looking To Build Team Roster’
by Bill O'Brien | Feb 13, 2018 8:48 am
Less than a month ago, the Branford girls’ basketball team played Sacred Heart Academy (SHA) in Hamden and fell to the “Sharks” by nine points, 42-33. This past Friday night you wouldn’t think it was the same Hornets’ team as they crushed SHA by 35 points, 49-14. Here Sophomore Mikayla Brown looks to pass as she’s guarded by SHA’s Elena Farquharson.
“It feels good to win tonight. It’s good to win any night,” said a smiling Coach Justin Henry. “I’m happy for the seniors.” Friday was Senior Night honoring the four senior girls on the team, (L-R):The four seniors are Mia Tomasello, Marisa Minore, Victoria Raffone and Emma Pierson.
Continue reading ‘Hornet Girls Get Revenge Over Sacred Heart Sharks’
by Bill O'Brien | Feb 6, 2018 7:58 am
The Branford boys’ hockey team under coach Jim DiNapoli just passed the halfway point of their season. The team still has the goal of qualifying for both the SCC and CIAC end of season tournaments despite losing its last two games.
The club as of this game stands at 6-4-1.
Continue reading ‘Hornets Pass Halfway Point With 6-4-1 Record’
by Bill O'Brien | Feb 3, 2018 8:30 am
The Branford girls’ co-op hockey team is made up of players from Branford, East Haven, and North Branford high schools. The team, whose nickname is the “Wings,” plays in the SCC South Division and is off and running with a 12-3 record including a streak of 10 out of the last 11 games played.
Last Saturday they defeated the co-op team from Avon-Southington-East Granby-RHAM 6-2 and followed that with an upset 2-1 win over perennial power Hamden on Wednesday.
Continue reading ‘Co-Op Hockey Team Hot Streak Reaches 10 of 11’
by Bill O'Brien | Jan 30, 2018 8:32 am
When there are 14 weight classes in a high school wrestling match, it would seem unreasonable to expect too much success if you don’t have the personnel to fill upwards of five of those spots. Well, that hasn’t happened with the Branford wrestling team and their new coach Jesse Hurlburt.
“We wrestled with aggression and pride, which is all we have asked of our kids,” said Coach Hurlburt, after the Hornets’ loss to the Amity Spartans on Tuesday. “It’s very hard to win a dual (meet) when you are forfeiting five weight classes, but that has not stopped this team from winning 13 matches this year.” Under these circumstances Branford’s record is currently an impressive 13-10 on the season.
Continue reading ‘Mindset Motivates Team’s Success’
by Bill O'Brien | Jan 25, 2018 7:01 am | Comments (1)
Football has been a big part of Dave Callahan’s life. He played football as a youngster, was a star player at Branford High and continued his football playing days at SCSU. Later on, he became a coach for his three young sons, Cooper, Ben and Scout all of whom were major players on several Branford youth teams in the Shoreline Youth Football Conference.
Called by their dad “Number one, Number two and Number three” based on the order of their birth, Callahan made sure they wore team jerseys with those three numbers so their teammates and friends knew who was who during the game’s action.
Continue reading ‘All-American Family Treated to All-American Weekend’
by Bill O'Brien | Jan 14, 2018 8:08 am
The Branford girls’ basketball team had high hopes going into the game against their long time rival, the East Haven Yellowjackets, now ranked no. 8. But they fell short in their quest to upset their rivals, falling 67-39.
Branford entered the game with a 4-3 record with wins over North Haven, North Branford, Wilbur Cross, and Foran. East Haven came in at 6-1 with their only loss coming at the hands of the New London Whalers, the no. 1 girls team in the state.
Continue reading ‘Girls’ BB Team Loses to East Haven Rivals’
by Bill O'Brien | Jan 2, 2018 8:36 am
It was not the way new boys’ basketball coach Chris Burnham would have preferred to start his tenure at Branford High School, losing to Lyman Hall in the Hornets season opener 61-37. But a win came a week or so later.
Burnham succeeded Jake Palluzzi (pictured at right), who coached the Hornets for 29 years, winning 302 games at Branford; this was his first game at the helm. Prior to Branford, Palluzzi was the coach at North Branford for four years where he had 45 additional victories. He also serves as co-athletic director at Branford.
Continue reading ‘New BB Coach Takes First Loss in Stride’
by Bill O'Brien | Dec 5, 2017 8:38 am
It’s a year to remember.
Sometimes when two teams with losing records play a football game, it turns out to be a close exciting game, maybe even a barnburner. You never know. Add to that the fact that the two teams have a long intense rivalry and it makes the game even more exciting.
Continue reading ‘Hornets End Season With Big Win Over Yellowjackets’