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SPORTS: Volleyball “Digs Purple” On Senior Night

(Photo by Emily LaLuna)

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By Emily LaLuna – Sports Editor

Senior Night was more emotional than ever for the Law volleyball team this year.

Law hosted its first “Dig Purple Game” on Wednesday, October 22, in memory of Maren Sanchez. The game also served as the team’s Senior Night.

The opponent for Senior Night was crosstown rival Foran, which added another exciting component to the evening.

Freshman Maddie Baldieri opened up the night with an amazing performance of “The National Anthem.”

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(Photo by @annatango115)

“She did an awesome job,” senior Samantha Hudak said “She sounded flawless.”

This year’s seniors are Kayla Patrick, Megan Gritz, and Martha Smith. They are also the team’s Senior Leaders.

“It was our last home game and it was sad to think that I’ll never play on this court again,” Gritz said.

The girls also honored Foran’s seniors: Ashley Mendillo, Janae Owen, Jenna Zacharelli, and Kayla Ellis.

To fit the game’s “Dig Purple” theme, everyone who attended wore purple. The team also sold purple T-shirts and purple signs were hung around the gym.

On the back on the shirt was a quote that read, “Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather an opening where you are shining down to let us know you are happy.” Underneath the quote were the words, “We love you, Maren.”

The game had a lot of meaning to the players and the crowd. The game took place following dedication of Maren’s Memory Garden.

“Knowing that the game was dedicated to Maren, we wanted to play our hearts out for her,” Patrick said.

The game was challenging for the Eagles, who lost 3-0 despite playing a very close third set.

“It being our last game, and more importantly our last time ever playing Foran, it was sad, but I’m proud that we put up a good fight,” Patrick said.

Law ended their season with a record of 3-17, which included one win over Stratford and two wins against Hillhouse.

SPORTS: Girls Swimming Breaks Several Records

(Photo courtesy Rostrum Yearbook)

(Photo courtesy Rostrum Yearbook)

By Morgan Hennessey – Columns Editor

It has been an incredible season for the Law girls swimming and diving team.

As their fall season comes to a close, records continue to be broken. The SCC meet was held on Monday, October 27, and 25 out of the 37 girls on the team qualified in at least one event.

That is the highest total in head coach Ms. Paolini’s tenure at Law.

“We aim to get better every day,” said Paolini. “This year with many newcomers to the sport, we surpassed expectations.”

During the SCC trials, senior Jamie Loma and freshman Hannah Savoie both qualified for finals in two events each, and will continue on with their season.

The relay squad for finals will consist of juniors Kelly Scianna and Haley McNulty, and freshman Pamela Olmos.

“I’m excited to continue swimming,” said McNulty.

This will be the final high school season for many girls on the team, including senior captains Loma, Melissa Hanania, and Phoebe Herbert and senior Hayley Sanchez. Herbert has been on the team for four years.

“It’s been fun, all of the girls get along with each other,” said Herbert. ”I’m going to miss it a lot.”

Loma plans to swim for Penn State after she graduates from Law.

“I think this season went really well, a lot of personal records were broken, a lot of school records were broken, and I achieved most of my goals,” said Loma. “I’m going to miss my teammates a lot, we were like a family and I’m going to miss them when I will be swimming in college next year.”

This season was Sanchez’s first year on the swim team.

“Being a part of the team for the first year was really cool, to see the support from the team was amazing,” said Sanchez. “I was really proud to be a senior and a part of the team.”

The team finished off the season with a dual meet record of 3-11 and individually, many of the girls achieved personal best times.

Senior captain Kelsey Kopazna joined Law’s Top 10 list in diving and is now second all-time in diving score behind alum Alex White.

Savoie also became a part of the Law’s Top 10 times list. She is close to breaking a school record in the 200 and 500 meter freestyle.

Loma has broken three school records so far this season in the 200 meter individual medley, the 100 meter butterfly, and the 100 meter backstroke.

SPORTS: Football Team Picks Up First Win, Looks For More

960x540By Emily LaLuna – Sports Editor

The new-look Jonathan Law football team is finally on the scoreboard.

After a tough stretch of games to begin the season, the Lawmen, in their first season under new head coach Derrick Lewis, picked up their first win of the year on October 10 with a 38-8 road victory over East Haven.

The Lawmen are now 1-4 with six games left to play this season.

Senior Max German led the team to victory against East Haven with four touchdowns and over 200 yards rushing.

The Lawmen started out the season with a tough schedule and are easing back into the second half of their schedule which features many winnable games. Law has games remaining against Sheehan, Guilford, Branford, Lyman Hall, East Lyme, and Foran.

“We have the potential to win the next few games,” senior captain Giovanni Marzullo said. “This would put us in a good place for the Thanksgiving day game against Foran.”

The team is staying focused week-to-week, but they are also thinking ahead to their Thanksgiving Day game against the rival Lions. They believe a win is possible if they stay on the path they are on now.

Senior Night is also right around the corner for the team. The Lawmen host Lyman Hall for Senior Night on November 15 at 7 p.m.

On Senior Night, the team’s underclassmen will honor this year’s senior class for all the hard work and effort that they have put in over the years.

“(Senior Night) is very sad to think about,” senior captain Drew Carolan said, “It makes the rest of the seniors and I work harder every day at practice.”

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SPORTS: Law Volleyball Seniors Look To Finish On High Note

CDL_2704By Darby Hudd – Sports Editor

While it has been a rebuilding year for the Law volleyball team, the seniors have stepped up and motivated the team to keep fighting.

Despite having just one win on the year, the seniors say that their record doesn’t represent the hard work they have put into this season.

“We don’t stop giving up,” senior Kayla Patrick said. “We’ve had some pretty big comebacks this season.”

Law’s one win came against Hillhouse. Another big accomplishment for the team was winning a set against Cheshire.

“It was a necessary win against Hillhouse and really important to the season,” Patrick said. “It really helped us work together as a team on the court.”

For the varsity team, juniors Kailee Frank, Molly Vargo, Heather Sherrick, and Renee Lynch have all been solid contributors.

This year, the team added 10 new freshmen to their JV team, and all the sophomores were put on varsity.

Seniors said that the freshmen really had to step up because they were the only ones on JV. They had to learn quickly since they were such a young team.

“The freshmen have adjusted well, they have been improving so much since their first game,” senior Martha Smith said.

In past years, volleyball has done several “Dig Pink” games to support breast cancer awareness. This year, the team decided on something new.

On their Senior Night on October 22, the team is dedicating the game to Maren Sanchez.

“The Dig Purple game is just honoring Maren; she had such large impact on our lives and school and we will never forget her,” Patrick said.

The team encourages everyone to come to the game and wear purple.

“I’m really excited to see the intensity of the game and the outcome because it is against Foran,” senior Megan Gritz said.

Everyone on the team is really excited for the big game and is ready to beat Foran.

“It’s bittersweet because it’s going to be a really fun game but knowing that it’s the last time I’ll play in that gym as a senior is sad,” Patrick said.

All of the senior agree that they are going to miss this team and all the fun they’ve had throughout the years.

“I’m going to miss the girls, we play so well together,” Gritz said. “They are all like family to me.”

Some memories that the seniors remember are all their pasta parties and especially the bus rides home from away games, with all the obnoxious singing.

“I’m going to miss saying the cheers after every point made on the court,” Smith said.

Patrick said she is going to miss her teammates on and off the court.

“I wish the team the best of luck next year,” Patrick said. “It’s going to be so sad saying good-bye. I’m going to miss this team and they bond we’ve all had.”

(Photo courtesy Rostrum Yearbook)

SPORTS: Law Boys, Girls XC Teams Race To Finish Line

CDL_5671By Nicole Macchio – Entertainment Editor

At the beginning of the season, both the Law girls and boys cross country teams said their seasons would be difficult.

Their schedules have proven to be tough, but there have also been some bright spots along the way. As of October 14, the boys have a record of 5-10 and the girls have a record of 7-10.

The girls’ wins include Sheehan and Foran. The boys’ wins include a victory over Notre Dame of West Haven, which marked the first Law had defeated Notre Dame since the 1980s.

For the girls, senior captain Marissa Prizio finished 10th at a meet in Wallingford.

Senior captain Jeremy Doucette won first place in the boys race against Hillhouse, where he also set his personal best time. He took second place against Foran, losing by a mere three seconds, and also received an award for placing in the Windham Invitational.

Some of the losses for the girls team have due to an incredible amount of team injuries and illness.

“Unfortunately, our team has been facing a lot of injuries so not everyone is competing right now,” senior captain Haley Palmer said. “But overall everyone had a successful season.”

At the beginning of the season, both teams said they wanted to try to improve their times each race – a goal which has been met according to the captains.

“Most everyone has dropped time and has worked hard each practice,” Doucette said. “And that’s all the captains, including myself, and coach can ask for.”

Every year, the top runners from each team go to states. This year, Doucette, Thomas Gambardella, Matthew Zancewics, and Matthew Paulus are heading to states, leaving four spots still open. The spots can go to anyone on the team, according to the captains.

The girls team has not made decisions on who will go to states as of yet.

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SPORTS: Boys, Girls Soccer Teams Eye States (UPDATE: The Boys Team Qualifies!)

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UPDATE: The boys soccer team officially qualified for states with a 6-1 win over East Haven on Wednesday, October 15. Their first round game will be played during the first week of November.

By Kayla Patrick – Sports Editor

Law’s boys and girls soccer teams are hoping to kick it into states this fall.

Boys soccer has the best record of any Law fall sports team this year. The team is one point away from qualifying for states for the first time in 13 years.

As of October 14, the boys have a record of 5-5-2.

The Lawmen are coached by Donato Piselli and has been led this season by senior captains Craig Calderone, Herbie Pritchard, Mike Chodziutko, Jon Costa, and junior Antonio Gjuraj.

“As a captain I try to lead by an example on the field always giving 100%,” Calderone said.

The boys’ game against Hamden was a big win as it was their first road win of the year. The Lawmen also won tough games against Hillhouse, East Haven, and most importantly, Foran.

“It felt amazing to beat Foran after all the times they beat us,” Pritchard said. “I was happy to represent Law with that important win.”

Many of the boys mentioned how the Foran game was very high intensity and emotional. They also said their mission to make states is their top priority right now.

“It’d be a dream come true to makes states especially after four years of not winning any games it’d be a big step,” Costa said. “We will try harder every day to improve as a team and I’ll be very vocal in the midfield.”

Pritchard agreed and said he hope the team would win at least one game in states if they qualify.

“If we make states our new goal is to do our best in the tournament and try to advance as far as possible,” Pritchard said. “As a captain I’m going to encourage the team to work as hard as we can to achieve our goal.”

Some other key players for the Lawmen this season have been the five captains, freshman Kevin Linn, and junior Taylan Altin.

“If we make states it would be one of the biggest accomplishments, but we won’t stop there,” Calderone said. “This will be a stepping stone for seasons to come.”

The boys’ Senior Night is October 22 against West Haven.

“I’m definitely excited to give it my all one last time on the Law field,” Calderone said.

Boys soccer has eight graduating seniors – Calderone, Costa, Pritchard, Chodziutko, Josh Kucewicz, Amar Almidani, Tyler Thammavongsa, and Max Slusky.

“It’s going to be a very emotional game,” Costa said. “I’m going to miss the atmosphere on game day as well as the players and coach.”

smithMeanwhile, the girls soccer team is coached by Mr. Rhode. This year’s senior captains are Amanda Leone, Cori Kalafus, and Emily LaLuna.

“Being captain is a very important and stressful role but having such a great relationship with the girls on the team made it much easier and a lot of fun,” Leone said. “Also, being a goalie made the role of being captain a lot easier because a goalie is someone who takes charge on the field and the position helped me lead my team.”

So far this season, the girls have two wins. Both came in thrilling victories over rival Foran.

“It felt awesome to win against Foran twice because it’s such a big rivalry and we beat them both times last year so we’re 4-0 against them,” Laluna said.

The second game was intense, with Law winning 2-1 on a late header by sophomore Cassidy White. That victory kept the team alive for the state tournament. They will qualify if they win all of their remaining games.

“Beating Foran was unbelievable,” Leone said. “Unfortunately we cannot make states this year, but coming out of the season with our two wins against our town rival is an incredible feeling.”

Senior night was said to be “unforgettable” by some of the senior players. Although it was a lot of fun, the seniors mentioned how upsetting it was to know it was their last time playing on their home turf.

“I am going to miss being with my teammates,” Kalafus said.

Girls soccer has five seniors graduating this year – LaLuna, Leone, Kalafus, Erica Velky, and Shannon Williams.

“My teammates were literally my second family and I made such a great relationship with every single person on the team,” Leone said. “Practices and games were always a lot of fun and I am going to miss these memories the most.”

(Photos courtesy Rostrum Yearbook and newstimes.com)

SPORTS: Law Cheerleaders Ready To Compete

IMG_1664By Emily Carroll – Staff Reporter

The Jonathan Law cheerleading team is asking for support to help raise money for future competitions.

On September 29, at Texas Roadhouse, money will for music and new signs. Guests who bring the flyer will donate ten percent of their check to the team.

Other fundraisers, including a Yankee Candle sale, will be held to raise money.

“We come up with fundraising ideas as a group, like if someone has a good idea we’ll try it,” senior captain Darby Hudd said.

The girls have already started choreography and went away to a two day camp this summer to start preparing.

“I really want our team to place first at NECA again because we’ve won first for the past two years,” Hudd said.

States and NECA are the cheerleaders’ two biggest competitions. NECA is the New England Cheer Association which hosts the All-Star Classic cheerleading championship which the cheerleaders will start training for in February.

If they place first, second, or third they will go into the U.S. finals.

With 20 new girls on the team, the captains have been getting together to help the team become one.

“We help them when they need it,” senior captain Maggie Williams said. “We try to create a family atmosphere because that’s what our team becomes.”

Juniors on the team that have been there since their freshman year are ready to show the new cheerleaders and everyone else how successful they can be.

“I want to take the time to talk to the new girls,” junior Monica Lomme said.

The juniors are also excited for the season and are doing what they can to prepare to become captain.

“I want to improve on my tumbling and stunting skills,” junior Courtney Tanski said. “Another thing I want to achieve is improving my leadership skills this year because my ultimate goal is to show my coach and team that I want to be captain next year.”

The cheerleading coaches both agree that the team works well together and that they are a great group of athletes.

“If at each practice, game, and competition they know they have done all they can do than it’s a successful season,” assistant coach Miss Williston said.

The cheerleaders are always being challenged, whether it’s trying to get fit or trying to perfect one of their routines.

“I know they are going to hit solid, clean routines in competition this season,” head coach Mrs. Etense said.

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