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SPORTS: Law Swimmers Dive Into Winter Season

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By Leslie Terres – Staff Reporter

The Law boys swim team is beginning its season with a new coach and new goals.

Although many team members are swimming for the first time, it looks like they have a very bright future ahead of them based on their positive attitudes.

“I’m looking forward to seeing everyone improve their times and forms so that by the end of our season they will be able to look back on the first practice and be proud of how far they’ve come,” junior captain Colby Brennan said.

New members of the team are also excited to get started.

“I love swimming with all my friends and watching (everyone) work hard to improve every day,” freshman Jack Pincus-Coyle said.

The team will be competing in individual and relay events using all strokes. They will compete in 11 meets, not including SCCs and states.

“We have a lot of great talent on the team and we’re working towards breaking some records which I definitely think will happen by the end of this season,” said Miss Kizavul, who takes over as head coach this year replacing Miss Rosner.

For practice, the boys are bussed to Foran, which is also where all of their home meets will be.

Practices consist of a warm-up to start where the boys use pull buoys and kick boards followed by a variety of different workouts focusing on strokes, sprints, and long distances. They also set time aside to work on starts and flip turns.

“I am excited to coach this year; it’s a new experience for me, but because I am a former Law swimmer myself it made the transition a little easier,” Kizavul said. “My favorite things about coaching the team so far are getting to know more students and helping them succeed in a sport that I love.”

The team already competed in their first meet. Even though they fell to Hand, they still seem very motivated to improve and do better as the season goes on. They are focused on personal improvement.

“I love being on the team, all of the guys are nice and I’m looking forward to getting in better shape and enjoying some banter with my mates,” junior Ian Hugo said. “Since there’s not that many kids on the team I think it makes us closer and more like a family, from day one there was an instant bond between all of my team members and I feel like I’ve known them forever.”

The team also has meets this season against Hamden, Haddam-Killingworth, Sheehan, Foran, Lyman Hall, Bunnell/Stratford, Kennedy, North Haven Shelton, and West Haven.

“Our team is filled with great kids with great sportsmanship and camaraderie that would make anyone feel welcome,” Kizavul said. “It’s also a great exercise. We’re a smaller team with a big heart and would love to have more swimmers join us.”

SPORTS: Gymnastics Tumbles Into New Year

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(Photo courtesy yearbookavenue.com)

By Emily LaLuna – Sports Editor

The Jonathan Law gymnastics team is looking forward to a successful season.

The team opens its season on Monday, December 22 against Hamden.

Head coach Mr. Simon and assistant coach Miss LaLuna see bright things in the team’s future.

The captains for this season are seniors Kayla Patrick, Kelsey Kopazna, and Mathilda Hill.

“I’m helping the freshman get used to the way things go,” Patrick said. “I enjoy helping them learn new skills and spot them when they do it themselves.”

The freshmen are a great addition to the team. Many are coming into the season with experience, which really helps the team out a lot.

The gymnastics team is also performing at the next pep rally with an all-original routine choreographed by Kopazna, Patrick, and sophomore Kristin Frank to the new song by Meghan Trainor, “Your Lips are Movin’.”

The seniors have set many goals for themselves in their final seasons.

“Personally, this season I’m hoping to perfect my half on, half off on the vault,” Patrick said, “I want my score to count more towards the team, improving this skill would ensure that.”

Some key members on the team this year are seniors Tiffany Coleman and Kopazna, junior Kira Chandra, and sophomores Melanie Coleman, Madison Sosa, Arielle Eighmy, and Frank.

“Having these girls on the team really help boost our overall team score,” Hill said.

Even though the team only began practicing a few weeks ago, the girls feel like the time has flown by already. They are all excited for their meets to begin.

“This year’s team is so close and I feel like we’re a family,” Hill said, “I know it’s only the beginning but I don’t want it to end.”

The freshmen and other new additions to the team all look promising

“I’m happy I decided to join the team this year,” Coleman said. “It’s like we’re one giant family and it’s so much fun.”

The team faces a few hard teams on their way to their ultimate goals of placing well at SCCs and qualifying for states. Those teams include Daniel Hand and cross-town rival Foran.

“Knowing it’s the last time I’ll ever compete against Foran is sad,” Patrick said. “But I’m ready to work hard and beat them.”

SPORTS: Indoor Track Teams Set Sights On School Records

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By Kayla Patrick – Sports Editor

Jonathan Law’s indoor track teams began their winter seasons this week.

The team is looking to set as many personal bests as possible and hopes to break several school records along the way this season.

“Indoor track is a sport for anyone to participate,” senior Tyler Thammavongsa said. “Whether it’s long jump, the 55m dash, or shot put, there’s a place for everyone on the team.”

The team is coached by Mr. Beler and Mr. Rhode. Members explained how the coaches are extremely supportive in giving them specific workouts, and helping them with anything in order to improve.

“The coaches always know what they’re talking about,” senior Sean Rice said.

The girls indoor track captains are seniors Cori Kalafus, Hilary Luchetti, Holly Stewart, and Haley Palmer. Captains for the boys team are seniors Jason Garlock, Mick Murray, Sean Rice, and Tim Edson.

The boys’ captains are being helpful to the younger members of the team by showing them proper form and technique.

“The freshmen and new additions this year look very promising,” Rice said. “They’re working very hard and I notice them getting better.”

The goal for everyone on both teams is to get better every day.

“As long as everyone has shown improvement from the beginning of the season until the end, I would consider that a successful season,” Murray said.

Hillhouse, Hamden, Amity, Xavier, and rival Foran will be difficult meets for the Lawmen.

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Key players for the boys team are sophomore Joe Mugford, juniors Nick Ferrara and Mark Dow, and seniors Mick Murray and Jason Garlock.

In the boys’ first meet of the season on December 18, many members already qualified for states, including the 4×200 meter relay team.

The girls will be participating in their first meet on Tuesday, December 23.

Key members for the girls’ team are sophomores Kiki Smith, Olivia Steiner, Colleen Rice, and Bethany Edwards, and senior captains Cori Kalafus and Holly Stewart.

The girls said that they are looking to send as many members as possible to SCCs and states.

“These goals will be achieved because we work so hard in the cold weather everyday which shows how committed everyone is and we all give 110% from the beginning to the end and do the best we absolutely can,” Kalafus said. “As a captain I try my best to help out anyone who is struggling with their event, especially shot put and help them so they can be the best they can be.”

The team practices two hours a day, which includes several vigorous workouts. Depending on the person’s event, a practice often includes sprinting, distance workouts, handoffs, and working and perfecting form.

 

 

 

SPORTS: Girls, Boys Basketball Teams Shoot For States

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By Nicole Macchio – Entertainment Editor

Head coach Mr. Young has high expectations for this year’s girls basketball season.

So far, the girls are living up to those expectations. The Eagles opened their season with a 55-41 win against Branford and a 59-53 win against Sacred Heart, making them 2-0 to start the year.

“We really want to make it states, which is one of our biggest goals,” said junior captain Jessica Centore. “But it’s also important that we work together really well and beat teams that think we won’t win because of our previous record.”

Making it to states is one of the main goals for the girls this year, and they are working to get the eight wins necessary to make it there. After finishing one win short of states a year ago, Young believes that this could be their year.

“The team is looking good, they work hard and they have good chemistry,” Young said.

The key players for Law this year are junior captains Erin Saley, Laura Dulin, Kailee Frank, and Centore, as well as juniors Paige Szygiel and Brooke Hiatt and senior Amanda Leone.

Dulin was named to the New Haven Register’s Preseason Top 25 Players in the Area list. Centore is the team’s leading scorer through the first two games and was named GameTimeCT’s Star of the Day after scoring 15 points against Sacred Heart.

The four junior captains have made it a point to set the tone for this season. The biggest games for the Eagles this season will be against Hillhouse, Hand, Guilford, and rival Foran.

One major focus of the team this year is to get better every day at practice. In order to have the right mindset, Young has been focusing on working hard during daily practices.

“Practices are fun, and practices are difficult so that when we play the games the games are easier,” Young said. “Preparation is making sure that whatever team we are playing, we know exactly what we’re doing and we are ready to adjust.”

“Deserve Victory,” the team’s motto that is recited at every practice, speaks for itself.

“’Deserve Victory’ has to do with the work before you get to the game,” Young said. “You know whether you have done what you need to before, the idea is deserve it before you play it and that’s done in practice.”

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Expectations are also high for the boys basketball team this year, as head coach Mr. Dooley believes his team has a lot of promise.

The team won two of its three preseason scrimmages, including one by 40 points.

“We look much improved from the last three years,” Dooley said. “Skill-wise, we have improved our shooting and our defense, and mentally we come in with a better attitude and more focus than we have in past years.”

The team has tried to set the tone at practice this season with tough drills.

“Practices are intense and we’re focused on improving skills and also reviewing offense and defensive concepts,” Dooley said. “I don’t like to practice for a long time. I think ‘get them in, do what you need to do, then get them out.’”

Winning eight games and qualifying for states is a major goal for the team. New and returning players will contribute to the team’s success this season.

“Returning starter Dylan Vienneau and newcomers Nolan Beardsley and Justin McFadden are going to be scoring a lot of points and have been hustling a lot,” senior captain Jeremy Doucette said. “They’re going to be key players for sure.”

The team is working hard with their motto always in the backs of their minds: work hard, play together, overcome the obstacles, meet the challenges, and make sacrifices.

Law will key early season games against Derby, Ansonia, and Lyman Hall. They play rival Foran on January 16 and February 13.

SPORTS: Milford Indians Look To Return To States

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By Darby Hudd – Sports Editor

This year the Milford Indians co-op hockey team has the ultimate goal of making it to states once again.

Last year the Indians went 13-9-1 and made it to the semifinal round in states, where they eventually fell to Amity 5-4. This year, they’re looking to match they’re looking to redeem themselves.

“Our overall goal is to get those eight wins and make it to the states playoffs,” senior Charles Knights said. “We also are trying for a division title.”

The team has been training hard for the upcoming season, starting in the summer with conditioning and captains’ practices.

“I wanted the boys to be able to keep up the intensity the entire game, so we started captains’ practices earlier this year,” senior captain Jarrod Butts said.

The team has seven seniors, four of which attend Law. All four of them said the year is already moving too fast.

“Playing as a senior already is unreal; the time is flying by,” senior Colin DiPisa said. “Before we know it, it’s going to be senior night.”

The seniors have been playing together on the Indians for the past four years, and some also play together on a travel team in the offseason.

“I’ve made such a bond with all the boys, we are more like brothers now,” senior Brady Dennigan said. “It’s sad knowing it’s my last season with them.”

The seniors have also had to step up and help lead the underclassmen. With a handful of new teammates the seniors are really trying step up.

“We’re trying hard to become a closer team,” Knights said. “Chemistry is key on and off the ice.”

With 28 members on the team, the captains say it’s hard to pick just a few key players.

“Without just one person we wouldn’t be able to get the job done,” Butts said. “Everyone is extremely important.”

The SCC is one of the toughest conferences in the state, so the Indians have some tough matches coming up this season.

“Our biggest competitor is probably Branford, considering we beat them to knock them out of the state tournament last year,” Knights said. “They’ll be looking for revenge on us.”

Butts thinks that the team will have to fight for every win because of how competitive all the teams are.

The Indians open up their home schedule at the Milford Ice Pavilion on Saturday, December 20. The team is really looking for everyone’s support this season.

“The team can’t wait to see all the fans ready to support at our games,” Dennigan said.

SPORTS: Law Powder Puff Shuts Out Foran 13-0 (With Photo Slideshow)

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By Emily LaLuna – Sports Editor

The Powder Puff trophy has returned home.

After a tough loss last year, the Law Powder Puff team won back the trophy from cross-town rival Foran with a dominant 13-0 win on December 1.

Law has now won six of the past seven Powder Puff games.

“We couldn’t have scripted it any better,” head coach Mr. Kulenych said. “Our defense played lights out and our offense put together a couple of big drives. We played tough, smart football and it was a total team effort.”

Senior running back Tiffany Coleman set the tone for the game with a 62-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage. Senior Emily LaLuna hit the extra point, putting the Lady Lawmen up 7-0 less than a minute into the game.

The Law defense kept the score that way the rest of the half, thanks to the stellar play of senior linebackers Justine Bannon, Cori Kalafus, and Nina Martinez, and junior linebacker Kailee Frank.

“These Powder Puff games usually have nothing to do with talent,” defensive coordinator Mr. Ragaini said. “Normally the tougher kids who want it more that year get the win. Clearly we established our toughness throughout the game.”

The score remained 7-0 until the start of the fourth quarter when junior running back Jessica Centore scored on a 34-yard touchdown run.

Law finished with 200 yards of total offense for the game. Coleman finished with 92 yards rushing on five carries and Centore added 80 yards on six carries. Junior quarterback Gege Romero carried the ball six times for 23 yards and junior Kayla Carollo had 11 yards on two carries.

“Everyone contributed on offense,” Kulenych said. “Our running backs ran hard, our receivers blocked great, our line was outstanding, and Gege ran the show perfectly. It was tough out there with the rain, but we fought through it and made plays when it mattered.”

The Lady Lawmen defense held Foran to just 53 total yards for the game. Martinez led Law with eight flags and Kalafus and Bannon added seven each. Seniors Kalya Patrick and Annalyse DeLucca and junior Leslie Terres made big plays on the defensive line.

“I feel like we were more prepared this year, and we were in the zone and ready to win,” Bannon said.

Ragaini said he couldn’t have been prouder of the way his defense played.

“Our defensive motto was ‘if they don’t score, they can’t win’,” Ragaini said.

Coleman, who didn’t play Powder Puff last year because of her gymnastics schedule, was glad she participated this year.

“If I didn’t play Powder Puff this year I definitely would have regretted it,” Coleman said. “Knowing that my touchdown really helped us believe we could win was a great feeling.”

Coleman was named the game’s Offensive MVP and Martinez was named the game’s Defensive MVP.

“Being MVP was a great feeling because I thought I played well,” said Martinez. “Especially when I got Foran’s quarterback Danielle Kemp’s flag in the backfield as she went to pitch the ball.”

For the second year in a row, the game was moved to the Monday after Thanksgiving because of rain. The weather was rainy for most of the first half Monday night, which caused some fumbles and botched handoffs on both sides.

Instead of traditionally wearing all black, the Lady Lawmen wore purple bandanas and purple eye paint this year in memory of Maren Sanchez. They also had a special jersey with Maren’s name on it on the sideline during the game.

“It was a special night,” Kulenych said. “The only bad thing about Powder Puff is that’s only one game, but when you win, it’s unbelievable. The girls worked so hard and as coaches we were so proud of the way they played.”

Senior safety Samantha Hudak agreed.

“Winning the game after putting in all the hard work we did was the most rewarding thing to happen this year,” Hudak said.

Senior left tackle Amanda Leone called the game a “perfect night.”

“Being part of this year’s Powder Puff team was unbelievable,” said Leone, who was a tri-captain along with Bannon and senior right tackle Kelsey Kopazna.”It was truly a dream come true. It was an incredible experience and I wish I could relive that moment every second of every day.”

To watch the complete Powder Puff game or a 10-minute edited version of the game, go to dailymotion.com/eagleeyenews.

SPORTS: Lawmen Fall To Foran, Finish Season With Five Wins

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By Darby Hudd – Sports Editor

The Law-Foran football rivalry was as intense as ever this year at the annual Thanksgiving Day game.

Both teams put up a tough fight, but Foran pulled away in the second half for a 41-21 win.

The Lawmen said that they added extra practices the week before to prepare for the big game.

“Everyone knew they had to work harder that week,” senior Tim Edson said. “I saw an extra spark of intensity in all the players.”

In the first half of the game, the action was back and forth between the two teams.

Law scored all three of its touchdowns in the first half. Senior captain Giovanni Marzullo returned a kickoff 75 yards for a score and had a 10 yard touchdown run, and senior Max German added a 55-yard touchdown run.

All of the players were proud of how they performed, but they knew the win slipped away after a few mistakes just after halftime.

“We had some costly mistakes in the second half which led to some quick scores,” Marzullo said.

Overall, the team and especially the seniors were very proud of what they put out of that field.

“My personal best play of the game was tackling their QB just after he let the ball go,” senior captain Drew Carolan said. “I’m sure he felt that one.”

The Lawmen said they played their hearts out, and the seniors were proud that they got to finish this game with their brothers by their side.

Looking back, the team had a memorable season.

Law opened the year 0-4, but rallied to win five games in row, defeating East Haven, Sheehan, Guilford, Branford, and Lyman Hall.

“The most memorable moment of the season was the Sheehan game,” senior captain Sean Rice said. “We were down the entire game and then came back to win.”

Law beat Sheehan 35-34 on October 24 when Marzullo intercepted a two-point conversion in the closing seconds.

“When Gio picked off the conversion and the team stormed the field, I’ve never felt so proud to be a part of any program,” Edson said.

This year proved to be one of the best seasons for the Lawmen since 2007, when Law finished 9-1. Marzullo, German, Carolan, Rice, and Mick Murray were all named All-SCC, the SCC coaches and the New Haven Register voted head coach Derrick Lewis as SCC Division II Coach of the Year and the Sheehan vs. Law game was voted Game of the Year by the Register.

“I’m so proud to not only be a captain of this team but to just be a part of it,” Marzullo said.

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