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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.

SPORTS: Girls Basketball Team Finishes Impressive Season

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By Kayla Patrick – Sports Editor

The Law girls basketball team recently wrapped up a very successful winter.

The team finished its season with a 14-6 record and qualified for the SCC and state tournaments.

This year’s captains were juniors Kailee Frank, Erin Saley, Jessica Centore, and Laura Dulin. The team was coached by Mr. Young, and was managed by juniors Nicole Macchio and Seamus O’Reilly.

“Mr. Young has very high expectations for us but he is very motivating,” Frank said. “He teaches us so much and helps us get better at our ‘basketball IQ.’ He works us hard but he is also fun. He is like the dad of our family.”

The Lady Lawmen won twice as many games as they did last year and swept rival Foran. They finished second in their division behind Hand and hosted Kennedy in the first round of the Class L tournament. The game was close throughout, but Kennedy pulled away late to win 62-57.

Several members of the team mentioned how the team is like a “little family” and that they are very close.

“I will miss the girls on the team the most,” senior Amanda Leone said. “They all made this season really memorable and made it a lot of fun. There was never a dull moment.”

The team had many goals coming into the season, including qualifying for the SCC and state tournaments and winning the Christmas tournament they attended.

“One memorable moment of the season was when we beat East Haven in the championship game in the Christmas tournament,” Leone said. “We worked really hard and we never hung our heads. We just stayed focused and won the game.”

Some tough opponents this season included Mercy, Hand, and Hillhouse.

Key players this season were the team’s captains, along with Leone and junior Paige Szygiel. Saley, Centore, and Dulin all made the All-SCC team and Saley made the New Haven Register’s All-Area team.

Saley and Szygiel excelled in the post, Centore played well on offense and defense, and Frank was a defensive specialist.

Dulin was an outstanding offensive player all year. She led the team in scoring at 17.9 points per game, and scored 34 points in a game against Hamden.

“My favorite memory this season was beating our rival Foran at our last home game,” Dulin said.

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