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5 QUESTIONS WITH…Law Senior Connor Creane About Boys Basketball Making States

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By Nick Owens – Staff Reporter

The Jonathan Law boys basketball team has followed in the footsteps of many other Law sports team this year and is on its way to states for the first time since 2010. The Lawmen clinched a berth in states by beating rival Foran 62-57. Sports Editor Nick Owens caught up with senior Connor Creane to discuss the accomplishment.

Nick Owens: The big news is obviously is that the team has made states for the first time since 2010. What does this accomplishment mean to your team?

Connor Creane: It really give the team confidence and improves the overall culture of the program.

NO: It’s has been a huge turnaround for you guys from this season to last season. What do you think led to the huge turnaround?

CC: A lot more guys stepping up and our defense has really improved.

NO: What’s the goal for this team from this point on? You reached your first goal, what’s the next one?

CC: A state championship.

NO: If you had to pick one special moment from this year, what would it be?

CC: The win against Foran was huge, especially coming off of a loss.

NO: How excited are you for the future of this the team and Law’s athletic program in general?

CC: I’m very excited to look back and see the changes we made.

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5 QUESTIONS WITH…Freshman Naheim Washington On His Indoor Track Success

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By Cassandra Soda – News Editor

The Jonathan Law boys indoor track team started the season off right with many athletes breaking records and making states. Freshman runner Naheim Washington is a part of the 4×200 team who made states at an invitational meet. He also won the boys 55 meter freshman race at a developmental meet and broke the broke the school record for the 55 meter dash while improving his state qualifying time. Washington sat down with Advocate News Editor Cassandra Soda to talk about his upcoming season.

Cassandra Soda: What do you do to improve?

Naheim Washington: I train with with the other sprinters who are older than me like Alex Pratcher.

CS: Did you run before entering high school?

NW: I ran in the middle school track meets, running has always been a second nature to me

CS: What made you want to join indoor track?

NW: Seeing all the banners and all of the runners we have that have made it to states.

CS: What do you hope to accomplish this season?

NW: I want to get my name on a banner and make nationals.

CS: What are you most excited for this season?

NW: I want to go all-state my freshman year.

5 QUESTIONS WITH…Freshman Swimmer Edward Platonov About His Record-Breaking Start

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By Molly Mercaldo – Entertainment Editor

The Jonathan Law boys swim team has recently gained a new member. Freshman Edward Platonov has dove into the season, breaking two school records at the first meet of the season against Amity High School. He has since broken the 200 IM (which had stood since 1980) and the 100 fly (which had stood since 1979) Platonov sat down with Advocate Entertainment Editor Molly Mercaldo to discuss the upcoming season.

Molly Mercaldo: What records have you broken so far?

Edward Platonov: I broke the 200 freestyle (time of 1:53) and the 500 freestyle (time of 5:06) so far this season. (Note: Since this article was published, Platonov broke the 200 IM and 100 fly records.)

MM: What is your favorite part of swimming?

EP: My favorite part of swim in the competition and swimming against other people.

MM: What do you hope to accomplish this season?

EP: I hope to make states and bring some teammates up with me.

MM: How do you feel about the Jonathan Law boys swim team?

EP: I feel like we’ll be really good this year, and I hope to go positive.

MM: What do  you need to succeed going further into the season?

EP: I think we need team positivity and practices with effort to strengthen us.

SPORTS: Law’s Fall Sports Teams Finish Record-Breaking Seasons

 

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By Morgan Taylor – Staff Reporter

Here is a recap of all of Law’s fall sports teams. A stand-alone football article can be found on jlawadvocate.wordpress.com)

Boys Soccer

The season for Law boys soccer was one for the books.

The team has had one of their best records in years, finishing 9-7. The Lawmen managed to get a home game for states as one of the top 16 teams in Class L.

All the players did their best and worked so hard in practice and on the pitch,” head coach Mr. Gruber said.  “I couldn’t be more prouder as a coach and I am happy I got to coach this team.”

Junior Kevin Linn scored over 20 goals and had six assists this season. Senior Jack Pincus-Coyle recorded the most saves for a goalkeeper at Law in decades.

“We had a great group of young men that strived for certain goals and each and every day we worked hard to achieve them,” said Gruber, who was named SCC Coach of the Year.

Girls Soccer

This season for the Law girls soccer team was not only record-breaking, but it created a statement for the future of the program.

The team ended the season 13-4-3 which was the best record in school history. The team made it to the SCC finals and to the Class L state tournament achieved almost all of their team goals.

I think the season went great,” said junior Grace Wooton.  “It was one of our best records and the furthest we’ve ever been.”

Thanks to all their supporters, girls soccer was able to beat Cheshire, Amity, and Foran throughout their season which was one of their many goals.

“Coming in as a freshman the record was never that good,” said freshman Ashley Shaw. “This year we had the mindset to change that and we totally accomplished it.”

Head coach Mr. Rhode, who was named the SCC and New Haven Register Coach of the Year, continuously instilled in the girls the idea of deserving to be placed as far up as they were. Taking this message into each game, the girls always played their hardest.

Girls Swimming & Diving

It was also a record-breaking season for the girls swim team this season. In the regular season, the team went 6-8. Their key players include Hannah Savoie, who became the first ever girls swimmer in school history to be named All-State, Christina Gleason, Athena Homorodean, Lily Baldieri, Hennessey Shane, and Brooke Nabors.

“We have met all of our team goals including having more team members qualify for states (we have 10) and winning at least four meets (we won six),” head coach Ms. Rosner said.

The team broke dozens of records during the regular season and several swimmers advanced to SCCs and states.

“Now that we are in post-season the girls who made it to states are practicing hard to try and beat their times, break records, and place high,” Baldieri said.

Volleyball

The Law volleyball team had another amazing season this fall.

The team finished 13-7 in the regular season and qualified for the SCC and state tournaments. Pam Ellison, Shawna Winters, Colleen Goodwin, Katie Eighmy, and Stephanie Felag took key roles in the success of the team.

“We didn’t meet all, but definitely met many of our goals,” head coach Ms. Loch said.

Ellison, the team’s libero, made Second Team All-SCC and was dominant on defense with 226 digs and 23 aces.

“This season was a successful season,” said Loch.

Girls Cross Country

The Law girls cross country team had one of its best seasons in years.

Freshmen members and returning runners were all great assets to the team.

We reached most of our goals for the season, one of them being having everyone on varsity under 26,” said junior Amira Samih.

The team was able to beat teams such as Hillhouse and improve their personal times.

“I did very well and had a consistent time throughout the season,” said junior Laura Dennigan.

Boys Cross Country

This season was a positive one for the Law boys cross country team.

The team got new personal records this season as well as achieved some of their goals.

This was probably the best team in a long time,” senior captain Matt Marino said. “We worked well together.”

Many members of the team made states as well.

“I had a time of 23 minutes which is a personal best,” said junior Alex Lazar.

SPORTS: Law Football Team Beats Foran, Makes First-Ever State Tournament

By Molly Mercaldo – Entertainment Editor

It was a historic year for the Jonathan Law football team.

The Lawmen ended their regular season with a 34-28 win over crosstown rival Foran in the annual Thanksgiving Day game. They also advanced to the Class M State Tournament for the first time in school history, falling 57-21 to top-seeded Killingly in the quarterfinals.

“The Thanksgiving game had a different meaning to it,” senior captain Dean Pettway said. “Milford gives us the motivation to come out and show we have what it takes.”

The win was Law’s first over Foran on Thanksgiving since 2007.

Junior Mike Plaskon was named the Offensive Player of the Game, and Pettway was awarded Defensive Player of the Game.

“I couldn’t have done it without any of my linemen, receivers, and everybody else,” Plaskon said. 

Plaskon scored the first and last touchdown for Law against Foran in a game that the Lawmen trailed by eight in the fourth quarter. Plaskon also scored the first touchdown for Law against Killingly.

Law went into the playoffs seeded 8th and played at undefeated Killingly. Law scored first, but Killingly’s rushing attack was too much for the Lawmen to contain.  

“To get there we had to all work tremendously hard which involved many hours in the weight room in the off season,” senior captain Andrew Paulus said. “We achieved the goal… states.” 

Law students, faculty, and alumni supported the football team all season long and into the playoffs. Law’s Sports Booster Club provided a Fan Bus to students who wanted to attend the game at Killingly.

“This is why I took the job,” head coach Erik Larka said. “When I was playing, I wanted to go to the playoffs. As an assistant coach, I wanted to go to the playoffs.”

Jonathan Law athletic director Mr. Sarullo was thrilled with how the season unfolded.

“We had good individual performances and a great team performances and I think it got the school excited,” Sarullo said. “It made the fall season pretty awesome.”

5 QUESTIONS WITH…Freshman Hennessey Shane On Law Girls Swimming

By Nick Owens – Sports Editor

The Jonathan Law girls swim team hit this season with a splash and broke multiple records in the pool this year. The team finished with six wins and broke several individual school records, the medley relay record, and the 400m freestyle relay record, which they broke multiple times. Freshman swimmer Hennessey Shane sat down with Advocate Sports Editor Nick Owens to talk about the team’s season and what’s to come.

Nick Owens: What do you think the key to your team’s success in the pool was this year?

Hennessey Shane: I think the key to success was that we all worked very hard everyday and always did our best even during practice.

NO: Your team broke the medley relay record and 400 freestyle relay record. What’s the plan to break more records?

HS: Our plan is pushing ourselves to the limit and always swim our fastest in every meet.

NO: What can we expect from the team as the post-season continues?

HS: We expect to break more records.

NO: What can we expect from the team next year?

HS: We will do even better than last year.

NO: What impact does head coach Ms. Rosner have on the team?

HS: She encourages us when we swim and we always want to do our best for her in practices and meets.

5 QUESTIONS WITH…Coach Rhode About The Success Of The Girls Soccer Team

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By Nick Owens – Sports Editor 

The Law girls soccer team is off to a hot start this year with a 7-0-1 record, which includes big wins against Wilbur Cross, Bassick, and Cheshire. Head coach Mr. Rhode sat down with Advocate sports editor Nick Owens to talk about the team’s success and what to expect in the near future.

Nick Owens: What do you think is the biggest factor that is leading the charge of success right now for the the team? 

Coach Rhode: I believe our team chemistry and leadership (from the captains on downwards) are the biggest contributing factors. This is now the third year that we’ve played our current formation and system. This has been very helpful.

NO: After going 8-6-2 last year.to almost matching that this year not even halfway through the season. What does that mean to you?

CR: The most telling aspect of our improvement is the attitude and mental change from previous years. Our girls believe it more and aren’t afraid of any teams.

 

NO: What’s the plan to carry on with this success throughout the rest of the season? What is going to carry  this team further?

CR: My main plan is to keep the girls mentally focused. It’s a long season, so to maintain this for the longevity will be tough. We just have to keep winning. It’s more fun when you win.

NO: Come playoff time, what is the mindset for this team? How far do you believe they will go?

C: Our immediate focus is qualifying for SCCs and seeing how that tournament goes when we make it.  But I feel there are no limits to what our team can achieve this year. We’re going one game at a time.

NO: Do you think other Law sports teams can learn from the success of your team? What do you see for the future of Law sports in general?

C:  I absolutely feel the other teams in our program can do the sam, and have already had very successful seasons. With the right attitude and belief in the mission, all teams at Law can do it.  I believe over the past few years a mental shift has occurred where we are no longer accepting of being mediocre.

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