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SPORTS: Young Boys Tennis Team Looks To Improve

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By Emma Caserta – Staff Reporter

The Jonathan Law boys tennis team has hit the courts.

The team currently has an 0-5 record, but is hoping to turn things around for the better by the end of the season.

There are many new players this season who joined the team in hopes of finding a new sport to love and meet new friends.

Junior Ronnie Spangle has recently joined the tennis team.

“We all work together really well as a team,” Spangler said. “We always find time to be together even outside of matches.”

 

The team has set many goals for the upcoming season.

“Our team is in good shape to make SCCs for the second year in a row,” junior captain Nick Dostal said. “It is looking to be very achievable.”

The team is looking forward to upcoming matches against West Haven and Shelton.

Each player on the team not only has hopes for the entire team, but also holds their own personal goals as well.

“My personal goal is to make state tournament as a doubles team with Fassih Sherazi and help our team make it to SCCs,” Dostal said.

Their personal goals allow them to have something to work towards and make the team more successful.

Junior Jack Pincus-Coyle has similar goals to his teammates.

“What I hope for this upcoming season is to become close to the team, develop new friendships and win as many matches as possible,” Pincus-Coyle said.

All players on the team are working their hardest to achieve goals and they all deserve recognition for their commitment.

Their dedication allows them to further themselves and become a united team.

“I hope we make states again,” senior captain Sean Ancheta said. “I am seeing my teammates improve everyday, so hopefully we can make it happen.”

SPORTS: Boys Track Races Out To Perfect Start

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By Chloe McCullough – Staff Reporter

The boys track team is off to a perfect start this season.

The Lawmen are 6-0 to start the spring, including a win over rival Foran.

Junior Matt Marino, a key runner on the team, has big plans for himself and the team this year.

Marino competes in the 800m, 4×400 meter, and the 4×800 meter. His personal goal is to get accepted to a Division I college and run track. As a junior, he is one of the leaders on the team and helps set a high standard for the underclassmen.

“It’s more of a job and responsibility to teach the freshman the right things to do,” Marino said. “You also have to act appropriately, so you are not setting bad standards.”

Junior Alex Pratcher has many personal goals for the season. He also wants to be a leader and win states in the 100m and 200m races, which are his main events.

“I can influence the younger people on the team by helping to fix things in their races, such as helping them with the block since that is an important part of sprinting,” Pratcher said.

Senior Charlie Fonck plans to help his teammates “win everyday” by showing them that he can be a leader, as a senior on the team. He runs the 4×100, 400m, and 4×400 meter.

“I’m not really looking to try anything new just because the events I run can take a lot of my energy already,” Fonck said.

Senior captain Ryan Wasserman believes that he can encourage the younger people on the team to improve, while improving his own times.

“Making it past states would be a tremendous accomplishment,” Wasserman said. “I must put my heart and soul out on the track. I think that if all of us goes by Coach Beler’s slogan, ‘win everyday,’ I’m confident some of our athletes can make it past states.”

Freshman Mike Loschiavo is excited for the upcoming season. He runs the 4×800, 1600m, and 3200m. He hopes to bring his skills from cross country and indoor track into the outdoor season.

“I believe I can make it past states this year because as long as I run faster in every event, I can make my way up to states and win,” Loschiavo said.

The boys’ track team hopes to have many participants make it to states this year.

SPORTS: Girls Track Team Races Towards Successful Season

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By Amelia Trapp – Staff Reporter

With the start of a new spring season comes the start of a new outdoor track season.

Track season officially started March 18, but many athletes started off-season training beforehand.

Head coach Mr. Schulte is looking forward to another great indoor track season. Both he and the team have big plans for this year.

Some of his other goals include winning another Hammonassett Division championship and finishing in the top of SCC League.

Among the 45 athletes on the team, two are All-State athletes – seniors Kiki Smith and Olivia Steiner.

Smith has done track all four years of high school and she plans to go to college and run on a Division I track team.

Smith runs 55 meter dash, long jump, and is part of the 4×100 team. This year her goals include break her own personal records in the 100 meter and 200 meter, and for her 4×100 team to go to New Englands.

“I will push myself at practice, even when the workout is tough,” Smith said. “I will keep a positive attitude and continue to have confidence I can win.”

Smith speaking about what she plans on doing to achieve her goals this year.

Smith competes in four events for outdoor track – the 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, long jump, and the 4×100 relay.

Along with these events, she holds the school records for the 55 meter dash and the 100 meter dash.

Assistant coach Mr. Rhode has some of his own goals for the team which include getting as many athletes to states as possible. He has a plan to make this happen.

Rhode plans to work hard from the beginning to the end of the season to achieve his main goal of winning the Hammonasset Division for the third time in a row.

“I love coaching and I love getting to know the girls,” Rhode said. “My workout is one of the hardest in the program.”

One of the captains this year, senior Melanie Coleman, has done track all four years of high school.

“Track is not my main sport, but it is something I love to participate in,” Coleman said, “I’m going to miss it and all my teammates, but I’ve made so many great memories the past four years.”

Jonathan Law’s indoor track coaches and athletes have big aspirations for this season and plan to do whatever it takes to make them happen.

SPORTS: Law Girls Lacrosse Team Off To Unbeaten Start

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By Molly Mercaldo – Staff Reporter

The Jonathan Law girls lacrosse season started on March 18.

The Lady Lawmen still haven’t lost.

At 6-0, the team is off to the best start in school history. Law has already posted wins over Lyman Hall, Sheehan, Wolcott, Hamden, Notre Dame-Farifield, and West Haven.

For the 2017 season, the team’s captains are senior Bethany Edwards, senior Angela Sciuto, and junior Stella Patrick.

“I’m really excited to be captain because I think we have a good chance at being really successful,” Patrick said.

The team’s record has improved each of the last few years and has included wins over rival Foran.

“It is a great feeling to beat Foran,” junior Olivia Keator said. “It is always one of our goals through the year.”

The girls lacrosse team is being coached by head coach Lynette Martinez and assistant coach Nicole Healy.

“The coaches really push everyone to become better players and athletes,” freshman Jane Iwanicki said.

The team has been competing for four years and has been coached by Martinez every year.

This season, Healy will be joining the coaching staff of the girls lacrosse team for the first time. This will be her first time ever coaching a lacrosse team.

The team has set several goals for this season, including winning a round in the state tournament.

“I hope that we can make it past the first round of states and have a winning record again this season,” junior Chloe McCullough said.

In the 2016 season, Law’s Lacrosse team went 8-8 in their regular season. The team made it into the state tournament and was able to win their first game.

“I think our team will be more successful or just as successful because we have a lot of girls returning from last year,” Patrick said.

The girls lacrosse team has only been at Jonathan Law for four seasons so far and it going on its fifth season this year.

“The team is young but we have many experienced players,” McCullough said.

During this spring season, Law girls lacrosse will be playing 16 games with the hopes of playing more in the state tournament. They also have their sights set on beating Foran.

“Foran is always competitive, but I trust the process at Law and believe we’ll come out on top,” junior Colleen Goodwin said.

SPORTS: McCullough Shines On Lacrosse Field

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By Cassandra Soda – Staff Reporter

Jonathan Law junior Chloe McCullough is a key player to the girls lacrosse team.

McCullough has been playing the sport for six years. Freshman year she was a swinger, playing both junior and varsity. Her sophomore and junior year she played strictly varsity.

“She is a fast runner and can move the ball quickly and is a good goal scorer,” sophomore Laura Dennigan said.

McCullough has worked hard throughout her high school career to improve.

“I have worked hard to improve my stick skills and my knowledge of the game,” McCullough said. “I have improved in areas I was once weak in, such as defense.”

She is always willing to put others needs before hers while playing.

“Chloe gets along great with the girls and is a great teammate,” head coach Ms. Martinez said. “She’s always willing to sacrifice her own wants and needs in order to do what is best for the team to succeed.”

McCullough works on improving herself as well as working to help others improve.

“Seeing Chloe play has made me want to push myself to get better from start,” sophomore Amira Samih said. “I came in freshman year not knowing anything about lacrosse and she reached out to me to try and help me learn the sport.”

Working together with the other players is not something that she struggles doing.

“Chloe works very well with other players,” junior Irmina Chrzastek. “She helps them if they are struggling and makes them become better players.”

Her will to succeed in the sport pushes others to try to work harder.

“I see her accomplish things that I wish I could,” Samih said. “This makes me want to get better each and  everyday and seeing her accomplish what she does and become a versatile player is one of the things that made me want to come back and play this year.”

The expectations for her are high this year, with many people predicting she will succeed.

“I’m hoping that Chloe is a big piece to the puzzle on the lacrosse field this season,” Martinez said. “I really see her thriving in the midfield and on defense.”

Lacrosse is not the only sport that McCullough plays. She also does cross country in the fall in which she will be a captain for next year.

McCullough wants to play club lacrosse in college and possibly play at a Division III school.

SPORTS: Law Baseball Prepares For Spring Season Ahead

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By Kristin Frank – Sports Editor

Jonathan Law’s baseball team has reassembled in search of a successful spring season.

The seniors on the team are Jeremiah Bravo, Mitchell Smith, Ethan Ferguson, Sean Ahrens, and Joseph Prizio. These players have been teammates with each other for the past four years.

“The thing I’m going to miss most is the new friends I made and sports make everyone closer,” Bravo said. “The players become a mini family to you.”

Bravo is attending Salve Regina University next fall and will be playing Division III baseball. He will contribute to his new team next fall by being a pitcher.

The underclassmen that are expected to have a breakout season this spring include a handful of dedicated sophomores.

“Garrett Tutlis, Colby Primavera, Bryan Reed, and Nick Hudak should have a breakout season,” Bravo said. “Even as sophomores when they get their shot to help the team I think they will contribute in a big way.”

The players are excited to unite as a team again this spring and work together.

“I’m excited to see us all come together again like we do every year,” junior Matt Boath said. “We’ve put in a lot of work on and off the field as a unit and it’s great finally knowing we’re back on the field.”

Some seniors on the team said they will miss both their teammates and coaches next year.

“I will miss the coaching staff the most,” Prizio said. “Especially our head coach Simler. He is a good guy and has a lot of heart for the sport.”

The boys realize there are some holes to fill with the loss of six valuable graduates from last year.

“We’ve moved a lot of players with the loss of most of our starters from last year,” Boath said. “We’re still figuring out where we are all going to end up but everyone gives their best and we now work as a team.”

The players have explained their progress as looking like a brand new team from two weeks ago, to today.

“I think if we work day in and day out I don’t see why we can’t make it to the state tournament,” junior Jack Lawless said.

These boys plan to work hard during practices and stay dedicated during the season.

“I am most excited for the potential our team has and how far we have come along in such a short period of time,” Prizio said.

The baseball team has many games to look forward to this season to try and secure their spot in states.

“I am most determined to beat Foran High School because they are the school’s crosstown rival,” Lawless said.

SPORTS: Boys Basketball Improves, Looks To Future

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By Irmina Chrzastek – Staff Reporter

The young Jonathan Law boys basketball team recently finished its winter season.

The team posted a 2-18 record, but took many positives away from the season.

“Our biggest goal was to win back-to-back game this year, which we did against Lyman Hall and Platt Tech,” sophomore William Contaxis said.

The team has improved as a whole since last year.

“The team has very much improved,” senior captain Thomas Gambardella said. “We lost most seniors, but obtained a lot of talent from the junior class and underclassmen.”

Head coach Mr. Dooley also believes the team has improved since last season.

“I think we improved on offense, especially in our transition game and press defense,” Dooley said.

Not only did the team get along well on the court, but off the court they had great chemistry as well.

“We actually had a good chemistry because most of us have been playing for a while,” junior Dean Pettway said.

The team is proud of their improvements from last season and their achievements from this season.

“Our goals were to win eight games, beat Foran, East Haven, and Lyman Hall,” Dooley said. “We did beat Lyman Hall but fell short of those other goals.”

The team is also happy with how the incoming freshmen looked and their potential for the seasons to come.

“The incoming freshmen looked talented and full of potential and they need to work hard in the offseason to possibly contribute on the varsity level next year,” junior Conor Creane said.

Gambardella also has advice for next year’s captains.

“Be a role model on and off the court,” said Gambardella. “Just because you’re not playing doesn’t mean that younger players won’t watch the way you act.”

Returning players are very excited for next season.

“I’m very hopeful,” Contaxis said. “Next season we are hoping to get more wins and maybe make states as our ultimate goal.”

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