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SPORTS: Law Wraps Up Successful Spring Season

Jonathan Law’s spring season featured many impressive team and individual accomplishments. Here’s a recap of each team’s season:

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Softball

The Jonathan Law softball had a successful season this year, finishing 11-9 during the regular season and qualifying for the state tournament.

Even though the team lost some important players who graduated last year, senior captains Justine Bannon, Amanda Leone, and Aubrey Bepko, and junior captain Gege Romero did not let that stand in their way this season.

“It was a tough transition because we lost a lot of seniors but everyone who came in stepped up,” Bannon said. “We all get along really well so that made playing together more fun.”

Law qualified for states as the 16 seed and defeated 17th-seeded Naugatuck 7-5 in the first round. Law advanced to play 2 seed Fitch in the second round, eventually falling 3-0.

According to Romero, some key players who helped them make the tournament are Leone and junior Erin Saley, both of whom were selected for the 2015 Coaches All-State team.

“Erin and Amanda showed up to play every game and came through both offensively and defensively when we needed them which helped our team a lot,” Romero said.

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Baseball

The Jonathan Law baseball team, led by junior captains Nick Catandella, Evan Carollo, and Rob Griswold, had a tough season this past year, finishing 3-17. However, expectations are high for next season.

“We just have to keep working and build off a lot of the games we had this season because we had some really close games,” Catandella said.

“We worked hard, played some tough teams this season and things didn’t go our way,” Carollo said. “The good thing is for next year we now know how to handle that and make the best out of how things are going for us and make an adjustment.”

Some players who were key to the season according to Catandella were Griswold and Carollo, and someone who the captains are looking forward to seeing step up next year is sophomore Nick Glorioso.

“We’re a young team with a lot of experience,” Carollo said. “That’s an advantage we will have for next year.”

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Golf

The Jonathan Law golf team had a successful season finishing 8-8, an improvement over last season.

The team was led by sophomore Jake Mola who finished the season with a year average of 45. Mola and junior Max Caserta represented Law at the SCC tournament recently at Racebrook Country Club while the entire Law team took on the Platt Tech and Foran golf teams in the Mayor’s Cup.

When asked about the team and this past season, head coach Mr. Koorejian said two newcomers who helped contribute to the team were juniors John Ralston and Matt Marino.

“I’m looking forward to seeing [Ralston and Marino] contribute next year as seniors,” said Koorejian. “We had a good season this year but we’re looking for a greater season next year.”

Mola was also optimistic, saying, “This season was okay but next year is going to be better through practice and new players.”

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Boys Lacrosse

The Jonathan Law boys lacrosse team finished 5-11 this past season and is already optimistic about next season.

“This season was better than expected, although we could’ve capitalized in a few games that we were in close battles with the other team that we ended up losing,” said senior captain Jarrod Butts.

Butts and senior co-captain Brady Dennigan cited players such as Tyler Curtin (senior), Logan Danville (junior), Tyler Stein (sophomore), David Patrick (junior), Tyler Cavallaro (junior), and Austin Fratello (sophomore) as players who were crucial to the success of the team this season.

“We performed well against Foran,” said Dennigan, “And we expect the underclassmen to step it up next year to hopefully make states.”

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Girls Lacrosse

In their first season as a varsity team the Jonathan Law girls lacrosse team finished 7-9-1 and qualified for the first round of states.

“I think from here we’ll just keep getting better and better,” said junior captain Molly Vargo.

Vargo and senior co-captain Zoe Taylor said that some of their most important players this season were freshmen, specifically naming Olivia Keator, Jillian Parsons, and Colleen Goodwin.

When asked about the team’s prospects for next season Taylor said, “I think there will be a lot of incoming freshmen that will give us a lot of help along with the girls who are getting more experience this year.”

Girls Tennis

The Jonathan Law girls tennis team finished the season with a record of 7-13.

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Senior captains Sofya Calvin, Sravya Jaladanki, and Raeven Grant were excited about the way the team played down the stretch and proud that several players qualified for the state tournament.

“Seven wins isn’t what we were hoping for but it’s still a great accomplishment and gives us reason to work even harder next season,” said Calvin.

According to Calvin, the team had many players who were key to its success, such as sophomores Victoria Contaxis, Megan Gleason, Trisha Brady, Maeve Rourke, and Deepika Snethilnathan, junior Emma Shea, and seniors Grant, Jaladanki, and Hayley Sanchez.

The team swept Foran this year for the first time in nearly 20 years.

As for the state tournament, Contaxis qualified as a singles player while Grant and Jaladanki qualified as a doubles team. Both won their first match to advance before being knocked out in the second round.

Jaladanki is optimistic for next year, saying, “We had a lot of young talent this year, and each one of them has now become an even more dedicated, experienced player. With the skills set we have right now, I’m confident that the team is well on its way to meeting and exceeding many of its goals for next year.”

Captains for next year’s team include Shea, Contaxis, and Gleason.

“The girls worked so hard this year and we got better and better as the season went on,” head coach Mr. Kulenych said. “We gained so much experience this year and our future is very bright.”

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Boys Tennis

The Jonathan Law boys tennis team had a solid season this past year, finishing 4-16 and playing up to the expectations of senior captains Amar Almidani, Dhruvit Patel and junior captain Bobby Phong.

“The season went pretty well, we had a lot of new players who all improved throughout the season,” said Almidani. “The veteran players helped all the new players adjust to the game of tennis and being a part of the team.”

According to Almidani, some players crucial to the team’s success were Phong and several doubles partnerships, including Patel and sophomore Manar Almidani and juniors Brandon Macey and Ian Hugo.

Both Almidani and Phong are looking forward to a successful season next year, both as a team and individually, as well. Phong, who qualified for states with a 10-10 record, reached the third round of the state tournament before falling to Avon.

“I didn’t accomplish my goals this year, which were to win the Class M tournament and go All-State, but I’m going to work harder to improve so next year I can go further in the tournament and improve both for Law and in the USTA,” said Phong.

“I expect a lot of improvement [for next year], there are many returning players who will bring the experience they gained this year into next season,” said Almidani.

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Girls Track and Field

The girls track and field team, led by senior captains Cori Kalafus, Kelsey Kopazna, Tiffany Coleman, and Holly Stewart, had a very successful season this year with many athletes qualifying for states and even one athlete winning a state championship.

“This year’s season went really great despite having a wrist injury, I was able to PR in all three throwing events-shot put, javelin, and discus,” said Kopazna. “There was also a smaller team this year so I felt like we were more of a family this year than ever.”

According to Kalafus, some key athletes who qualified for SCCs and states were Coleman (100m sprint, 200m sprint, 4×1 relay), Kopazna (javelin, discus, shot put), sophomore Kiki Smith (100m sprint, 200m sprint, 4×1 relay), and sophomore Olivia Steiner (long jump, 4×1 relay). Kalafus herself competed in states for javelin after finishing second at SCC championships, finishing fourth at Class MM States and qualifying for State Open in which she placed tenth.

Another prominent athlete who was successful this season is junior Jessica Centore (400m sprint), who finished first at SCC East Sectionals and SCC Championships, before finishing first at Class MM States and the CT State Open. Centore also broke her own school record for the 400m by 4.52 seconds with a time of 57.38 at the Katsmartzic Meet.

When asked how she trained for the 400 and prepared herself, Centore said, “It was worth it, I think training for my race is better than the actual race but nothing’s better than the feeling of winning a race.”

Kalafus is optimistic about next season, saying, “There are a lot of underclassmen runners who are definitely going to help out the team next year.”

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Boys Track and Field

The Jonathan Law boys track and field team , led by senior captains Mick Murray, Max German, and Jeremy Doucette, enjoyed a successful year with many athletes qualifying for states in various events.

“We’ve improved from last year,” said Murray. “Better times, more wins, and more people competed at states. We had some very good relay teams this year.”

Athletes that qualified for states and were undoubtedly crucial to the team’s success include Doucette (800m), junior Mark Dow (shot put), German (pole vault), junior Nick Ferrara (100m, 200m), sophomore Joe Mugford (100m), junior Gabe Haynes (100m, 200m), senior Herbie Pritchard (high jump), sophomore Charlie Fonck (400m), and sophomore Glenn Orpiano (110m hurdles).

“The team definitely could’ve done better this year, but everyone still worked hard and pushed themselves till the very end of the season,” said Doucette. “There is not much else myself, the other captains, or Coach Beler could ask for.”

German is optimistic and believes that next season the underclassmen will step up and fill the holes left by the graduating seniors.

“I believe that we will perform well next season, granted the team will be losing some seniors but there will be some freshman coming in that may have some talent,” said German. “This season we had some freshman starters so hopefully next season will be the same to fill in the spots from the now graduating seniors.”

SPORTS: Law Tennis Teams Hit The Court

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By Valeria Araujo – Staff Reporter

The Law girls and boys tennis teams have high hopes entering the spring season.

Last year, the girls team had one of its most successful seasons in decades. They qualified for the SCC tournament for the second year in a row, qualified for the state tournament as a team for the first time in 10 years, and won a division title for the first time in 34 years. The team’s 10 wins were its most since 2004.

The team is confident it can repeat many of those accomplishments this year.

“Last year was an amazing year but this year has the potential to be even better,” head coach Mr. Kulenych said. “The girls have worked so hard since last season to get ready for this year and we have a lot of talent from top to bottom in our lineup.”

The captains for this year’s team are seniors Sravya Jaladanki, Raeven Grant, and Sofya Calvin. Key singles players this year are sophomores Victoria Contaxis and Megan Gleason and junior Emma Shea. Sophomores Trisha Brady, Maeve Rourke, and Deepika Senthilnathan and senior Hayley Sanchez will be important doubles players.

Contaxis said she enjoys how exciting and close some matches can be.

“I love how intense it can get,” Contaxis said.

Several members of the team said they enjoy the family atmosphere that develops over the course of the year.

“With only 16 members on the team, we all become really close during the season and it’s great because it creates an amazing atmosphere that makes playing all the more fun,” Jaladanki said. “It’s actually funny because it get’s to the point at the end of every year where we still opt to practice even after the season is over just because we all love playing and being together.”

Although the boys team only won three matches last season, they believe they have a chance to be better this year.

“As a team we’re looking to get as many wins as we can, and we’re all looking forward to working together so we can all improve collectively,” said senior captain Amar Almidani.

They also plan to redeem themselves this season by training hard and playing even harder.

“Individually, we’re all looking to improve and step up our games so we can get as many wins as possible this year, and the only way to do that is by working hard at practice and showing dedication to the sport is the only way to do that,” Almidani said.

The boys team will be led by junior Bobby Phong, who qualified for the state tournament individually last season.

“One of my favorite parts about tennis here at Law is being able to have a team to support you during the matches,” Phong said.

SPORTS: Young, Talented Softball Team Has Lofty Expectations

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By Darby Hudd – Sports Editor

The Jonathan Law softball team has its sights set on a return to postseason play.

Coming off a second round loss in the state tournament to Sacred Heart, the Lady Lawmen are determined to make it further this year.

“We try to take one thing at a time yearly here,” head coach Ms. Paolini said. “Goal 1 would be to qualify for states and SCC tournament (winning Hammonasset back to back) and after that we would like to make a run deep into the tournaments, possibly winning.”

After the first week of the season, the team is 2-1, including a dramatic walk-off win over rival Foran on April 11.

The team’s captains this year are Justine Bannon, Aubrey Bepko, Amanda Leone and Gege Romero.

“The four of them work really well together and their focus is on team bonding and ultimately, winning,” Paolini said. “They lead by example with how they treat each other and how hard they work. They are all great examples and with a close knit team, anything is possible.”

Even though the team lost four key players last year, the incoming underclassmen will be able to fill those holes. Junior Erin Saley and sophomore Maddie Murphy will also be key contributors.

“Our team this year is pretty young, but I think we have great players filling in their positions,” Leone said. “We have a new lineup. I believe we are stronger than ever and we are always going to do our best in every game we play.”

Against Foran, the Lady Lawmen held a bake sale and all the proceeds went to the Maren Sanchez Memorial Fund. The team will also be having a Breast Cancer Awareness game against Guilford on April 22.

Looking ahead, Law’s Senior Day will be held on May 18 against Sheehan at 4 p.m.

“Its bittersweet playing as a senior,” Bepko said. “It’s hard to think this is the end of my Law softball career but I know myself along with the other seniors are making the most of our last year.”

Bannon has one individual goal as well.

“My goal as a senior this year is to hit a home run,” Bannon said.

SPORTS: Law Baseball Team Eyes Return To States

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By Emily LaLuna – Sports Editor

The Jonathan Law baseball team heads into this season with their eye on a return to states.

After a tough loss in the semifinals of the state tournament last year against Masuk, the team is looking to win it all this year.

The Lawmen opened up their season last week, and as of April 11, they are 2-1. They beat Career in their season opener, then lost to Amity and defeated rival Foran 14-5.

The captains for the team this season are juniors Nick Catandella, Evan Carollo and Rob Griswold. All three captains bring unique qualities to their leadership roles.

Catandella and Carollo look to lead the team with their pitching skills, along with junior Kyle Frey.

“We have many juniors that have significant varsity experience,” head coach Mr. Simler said. “We were lucky enough to be able to get them ready for this season by getting them into games their freshman and sophomore years.”

Some of the most challenging opponents that the Lawmen will face this season are Notre-Dame West Haven, Fairfield Prep, and Amity.

“I think we’ll have a good chance against these teams,” junior third baseman Frankie Mucciacciaro said. “We have been working really hard during preseason to be ready for whatever the regular season throws at us.

Seniors Charles Knights and Mike Delorio are also looked up to by the other players for guidance and leadership. Knights and Griswold are two big at bats for the team.

“I’m looking forward to see how our team bounces back from losing so many seniors last year,” Griswold said.

The Lawmen are a very tight-knit group. They play for the love of the game and see themselves as a family.

“I’m mostly excited to just be back on the field with the kids I’ve played with since I was little,” Mucciacciaro said.

The team’s seniors are motivated to have a successful final season.

“I’m sad that it’s my final season playing,” Knights said. “But I plan on making it a memorable one.”

SPORTS: Boys, Girls Track Teams Off And Running

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By Kayla Patrick – Sports Editor

Law’s track and field teams are expected to have great seasons this year.

This year’s girls captains are seniors Cori Kalafus, Kelsey Kopazna, Tiffany Coleman, and Holly Stewart.

“The captains are fun and take the sport seriously,” sophomore Kristin Frank said. “They are good leaders and are great to go to for help.”

The four captains have high expectations for this year’s team, including placing well at SCCs and states and breaking school records.

“I expect everyone to try their best and help others no matter what event they do,” Kalafus said. “(I also expect them) to cheer each other on and push every to the best of their ability.”

One goal the team has for this season includes winning the annual Katzmarsic Invitational meet that is held at Law.

These goals are more in reach thanks to the arrival of some valuable freshman. Holly Caldwell and Dominika Michnik are key freshman in sprinting events for the track team, and freshman Colleen Hugo will contribute in distance.

“We have many new freshmen that are ready to take on the field,” Coleman said.

Some other key performers for the girls team are sophomores Kiki Smith, Olivia Steiner, and Frank, junior Jess Centore, and the senior captains.

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The boys track team’s captains are seniors Mick Murray, Jeremy Doucette, Max German, and Jason Garlock.

Their goal this season includes winning their division and placing well at the state tournament. Team members are also hoping for new school records to be set this year.

“We are a very strong team this year,” senior Giovanni Marzullo said. “We have many seniors that have been to the states meet before and are looking to make it back this year.”

Key players for the boys are the four captains, plus juniors Gabe Haynes and Jason Baker and seniors Tyler Thammavongsa and Sean Rice.

German is attending University of New Haven next year and plans to be a part of their track team.

The girls track team is coached by Mr. Schulte and Miss Wilcock. The boys team is coached by Mr. Beler. Mr. Rhode and Mr. Robinson help coach both groups.

“The coaches are very helpful this year,” Marzullo said. “They are always coming around and working on each individual event every day.”

SPORTS: Law Golf Team Tees Off New Season

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By Leslie Terres – Staff Reporter

The Jonathan Law golf team is on par for a great season this year.

The golf team, coached by Mr. Koorejian, has high hopes for this season and features a young group of golfers looking to achieve their goals.

“My goal for the team this year is to be competitive in each match,” Koorejian said.

There was a quite a good turnout for tryouts this year, with not only freshmen coming out for the team but also upperclassmen hoping to play their first year of golf.

“I’m stoked to be playing golf this year,” junior Jaret Petrie said. “I can’t wait for the season to start.”

Ideally, tryouts would have been held at a golf course but due to weather conditions they were held at an indoor facility. Tryouts consisted of a variety of fundamental golf skills including chipping, long drives, and putting.

One of the crucial golfers for Law this year is sophomore Jake Mola. Mola hopes that this will be a successful year for Law.

“Our goal is to bring the Mayor’s Cup back to Law and have a great season for the remainder of our matches,” Mola said.

The team will be competing in 14 matches that pit them against the likes of Branford, Career, Lyman Hall, Sheehan, Wilbur Cross/Hillhouse, and Foran.

“I think our biggest competitor is Foran,” said Koorejian. “We compete best while playing against them.”

In addition to regular season golf matches, the Law golf team will also be taking part in several other tournaments this year including the Mayor’s Cup which will be held on May 27 after the regular season has ended.

“I’d also like to win the Mayor’s cup, I think we’re a good candidate,” said Koorejian.

At a match, there are five players sent out ranked 1-5 and the top four scores are counted. There are no spectators other than players allowed at matches.

“I’m new to the team this year, so far it’s difficult but I’m focusing on improvement,” Petrie said.

After the graduation of last year’s seniors, Koorejian is left with a brand new team and lots of room for improvement.

“I’m looking forward to the season,” junior Matt Marino said. “I’m excited to be part of this team.”

Law is already off to a promising start this season, defeating Career Magnet 212-249, which Koorejian hopes will be the first of many victories.

SPORTS: Milford Indians Make States For Second Straight Year

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By Darby Hudd – Sports Editor

This year, the Milford Indians hockey team ended its season strong with a 10-9-1 record.

The Indians made it back in the state playoffs for the second straight year. The team had a goal of returning to the semifinals, but fell to Fairfield in the opening round.

“The season went really well,” junior Brandon Argyros said. “We made it to playoffs, which no one thought we could do.”

Some of the team’s wins this season included Cheshire, East Haven, Guilford and Amity.

“My favorite memory from this season has to be beating Amity, since they knocked us out of the tournament last year,” senior captain Jarrod Butts said.

This year, the Indians had seven seniors graduate, including four from Law.

“I’m going to miss skating sprints at the end of practice with the seniors,” Argyros said.

Although most of the seniors don’t plan to continue hockey in college, Butts and senior Colin DiPisa said that they would enjoy playing intramural or club hockey.

DiPisa said he has many fond memories of his senior season.

“One of my favorite memories was playing against Guilford,” DiPisa said. “It was my first game scoring two goals in one game and then becoming MaxPreps Player of the Week.”

Other memorable moments for the seniors included playing at Ingalls Rink their junior year, hanging out in the locker room before the games, and the pasta parties.

“Not only am I going to miss the game of hockey itself but I’m going to miss the bond I’ve made with my teammates the past four years,” senior Charles Knights said.

Last year, the Indians held a “Skate For Maren Night” at the Milford Ice Pavilion and are hosting another one on Sunday, March 29.

“I think it’s great that we can all come together for this,” senior Brady Dennigan said. “The Indians act as the skate guards to make sure everyone is safe and to make it a good time.”

Some of the key players for next year include Argyros, Andrew Gobany, and Nash Ericson.

“Even though (we lose) a lot of seniors I think we will be able to grind it out and make playoffs next year,” Knights said.

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