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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.”

SPORTS: Law Gymnastics Team Flips Its Way To Success

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By Arianna Goenaga – Staff Reporter

The Law gymnastics team has completed its final routine of the season.

Law had many personal and team accomplishments this year, including posting its highest score – a 130 – in a win over rival Foran. The team placed third in SCCs this year and finished the year in seventh place at the Class S state tournament.

All of the girls on the team are close with one another and love to spend time together at meets and practices.

“I am sad this is my last year, but I am thankful that I have been a part of this team and have gotten to learn a lot from my coaches and peers,” senior Madison Sosa said.

Senior captain Kristin Frank has done gymnastics for 14 years and has been a part of a gym outside of high school as well. Being a part of another team has helped her tremendously when it comes to increasing her strength and improving her skills.

She is sad to see her high school career come to a close.

“I was actually very emotional my last week of high school gymnastics because this is my last season in sports,” Frank said. “The girls on the team have been so supportive and showed how much the seniors meant to them on senior night and at states.”

Senior Melanie Coleman set a school record this year in the beam and floor scores of 9.5. She beat the previous record of 9.4 for both events.

“Being my last year I am sad to go, but it was fun while it lasted,” Coleman said. “My teammates helped me get through a lot of things and I am glad I got the opportunity to help some of them as well.”

Coleman suggested that the team continue to work on trying to save their falls next year.

“A lot of points could be gained back just by practicing our skills and that repetition will lead to less mistakes,” said Coleman.

The girls help one another all of the time, whether it is making routines, spotting, or sharing knowledge and teaching new skills.

As the seniors this year leave, they all hope that the girls continue to support and help each other be successful.

SPORTS: Indoor Track Team Completes Record-Setting Season

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By Nick Owens – Staff Reporter

It was a record-breaking year for the Law indoor track team.

The team broke a total of 15 school records this season, had multiple athletes make the state tournament, and even had one member make to the New England Indoor Track Championships and Nationals this year.

That member was senior Kiki Smith, who broke the school record in the 55 and 300 meter dashes and qualified for Nationals in the long jump.

“I had to put in a lot of work when I was training,” Smith said. “My coaches definitely helped by motivating me to do better. They made me want to be better as an athlete.”

Junior Matt Marino also turned heads this season, breaking the school record for the 600 meter by beating the previous record by a full four seconds.

“(It was) a lot of hard work from the guys,” Marino said. “I was on two of the relay teams that broke the record this year. It’s all thanks to Coach Beler and Coach Rhode.”

Junior Jordan Beck broke the school long jump record this season.

“I’d like to try to jump 22 feet (now),” Beck said. “It’s the coaches, the captains, the leaders who inspire me to be great and I think also it’s just people who realize we can be a part of something great on this team.”

Junior Rhea Grant was recently announced as a co-captain for next year’s track team. This year, she put up the second-best 55 meter time in school history.

“Our motto is win everyday; everybody works hard and shows up to practice each day giving 100% effort,” Grant said. “It’s just a mindset that you always have to work hard.”

Beler has the love, trust and respect of all his athletes. Track team members said that he is the most enthusiastic man on the track.

“We have a great group of kids who have bought into the system,” Beler said. “We have a great senior class that has shown leadership and is committed to the program for four years and have been a role model for the young (kids) to go through. We are cultivating a program here where the students feel part of the Program it’s not a coach vs player kind of relationship it’s a one team one family kind of message.”

SPORTS: Boys Swim Finishes Last Lap Of Its Season

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By Chloe McCullough – Staff Reporter

The Law boys swim team ended its season on a high note.

This year, the boys swim team finished off with an overall record of 2-12 but many individual members qualified for states.

In addition, almost all team members competed in the SCC meet at Southern Connecticut State University.

Senior captain Sean Ancheta had a successful final season with the team. He posted personal bests in all of his events and was one of the qualifiers for SCCs.

“I think the season was great for the team,” Ancheta said. “Everyone did their best in making personal records and motivating each other during the meets.”

Senior captain Manar Almidani also had a great final season. 

“Individually this season, I got a best time for all events and I also qualified for SCC trials in the 50 free and 100 breast,” Almidani said.

Both Ancheta and Almidani really enjoyed being captain this season.

“Being captain of the team was a somewhat challenging job to keep the team close and be a model for the captains next year,” Almidani said.

Ancheta had similar thoughts about being a captain of the team.

“I was helping out my coaches and teammates,” Ancheta said. “I felt like I got to understand everyone a little more as a captain.”

Junior Molly Mercaldo also had a successful season with the team. She made it to both states and SCCs, and also set many new personal records for herself.

“I achieved my personal goals in my main event in swim. As a team we have done well and are happy with our successes,” Mercaldo said.

Along with Mercaldo, Junior Jake Gwirtz made it to both states and SCCs for the third season in a row. 

Bobby Fisk, a junior on the team, improved greatly this season and accomplished some of his personal goals this season, such as making states in one of the relays.

“This year was a successful year for me,” Fisk said. “I feel like I’ve gotten so much better and I’m already looking forward to next season. This season, I made SCCs for the first time, and I made it to states in my relay team.”

Assistant coach Ms. Bolcer had a great time coaching the boys team this year.

“It was such a pleasure coaching the boys this season,” Bolcer said. “They all worked so hard and it showed many of the swimmers dropping time and beating personal bests throughout the season. Some swimmers who come to mind are Manar Almidani, Bobby Fisk, and Jake Gwirtz, for achieving their goals this season.”

SPORTS: Freshman Loschiavo Makes Immediate Impact On Law Track Team

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By Cassandra Soda – Staff Reporter

Jonathan Law freshman Michael Loschiavo shines brightest when he is in the middle of a race on the track.

Loschiavo has run cross country and indoor track where he was on varsity and he will be running outdoor track in the spring.

“He is only a freshman and he qualified for states and he runs with all of the seniors,” senior captain Lauren Paredes said.

Loschiavo stands out from other runners his age because of the amount of work he puts in. He practices when it is not mandatory and asks his coach for workouts beforehand.

“He is so kind and hardworking,” sophomore Samantha Franzman said. “He tries his best so he can improve each meet.”

The races Loschiavo runs during indoor track are the mile, the two mile and the 4×800 meter “A” team relay.

“My favorite race probably to run is the 1600 meter because it is so much fun, you start out slow and then increase your pace,” Loschiavo said.

Before coming to high school, Loschiavo worked to improve his times by running in running clubs. 

“I expect Mike to lead the distance crew as both a captain and as an example of what hard work and determination can do for an athlete,” indoor track coach Mr. Rhode said. “He has the potential to be one of the better distance runners that Law has had.”

The work that Loschiavo puts in on the track shows others what they can do to become better and inspires them.

“Mike’s running does inspire me to push myself in track to become better,” junior Irmina Chrzastek said. “Seeing how hard he worked as a freshman makes me want to try harder and I can’t wait to see all of the great things he’s going to accomplish within the next three years.”

Loschiavo is always trying to figure out and plan ways to better his times at meets.

“Mike always runs with better and experienced athletes during training,” Rhode said. “This shows that he’s not afraid to push himself everyday in training.”

Even though he plays three sports during school, Loschiavo still finds the time to play other sports such as recreation basketball and lacrosse.

Loschiavo looks forward to the upcoming outdoor track season and is expected to succeed most in his individual races which are the 1600 meter and 3200 meter.

SPORTS: Brocksom Wrestles His Way To The Top

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By Kiana Walker – Staff Reporter

Last year, Jonathan Law gained a new, talented wrestler.

This year Kevin Brocksom went All-State.

Brocksom was a key member this season of the wrestling team, which went 17-15 with five State Open qualifiers.

Teammates said Brocksom’s hospitable attitude made him a great fit for the team.

“Kevin is always there to cheer us on during our matches,” junior Ronnie Spangler said.

Law’s wrestling team is a way for boys to explore their strengths and form a brotherhood that lasts forever. Brocksom was an important part of that.

“If I ever need help with my techniques during practice I can count on Kevin to help me out,’” junior Jack Pincus-Coyle said.

Brocksom’s leadership is recognized by not only his teammates, but by his coach as well.

“Kevin is a good leader because he works very hard on and off the mat,” assistant coach Mr. Ruzbarsky said.

The team fell short of their overall goal of 20 wins, but are still optimistic for their upcoming season.

“Despite our record, our team is thankful that we have Kevin for next season,” sophomore Aisaiah Rodriguez said.

Brocksom’s teammates were excited when they found out he went All-State.

“Since we are so close, Kevin making All-State is also our victory,” junior Cole Egersheim said.

Rodriguez believes that Brocksom is a great fit for captain, and hopes to have many more victories with him.

“He’s a great leader and I’m very lucky to be co-captains with him,” Rodriguez said.

Regardless of his victories this season, Kevin’s humble personality has him wanting to excel further.

“I plan on taking first or seconds at Opens and placing at New Englands,” Brocksom said.

SPORTS: Wrestling Finishes Successful Winter Season

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By Amelia Trapp – Staff Reporter

The Jonathan Law wrestling team has had a very successful season this year.

With a 17-15 record, assistant coach Mr. Ruzbarsky is happy with the season the Lawmen had.

Ruzbarsky had many goals for this past season, which included 20 wins and five open qualifiers. While they didn’t quite reach the 20 wins, the team did have five boys go on to State Opens.

The five that made it to Opens were sophomore Troy Anderson, sophomore Aisiah Rodriguez, sophomore, sophomore Shane McCourt, junior Alexi Giantomidis, and junior Kevin Brocksom.

Brocksom not only made Opens; he also went All-State. He is the first to do this at Law in four years.

Brocksom has been wrestling for eight years, and his goal for this year was to go All-State. Brocksom said he is happy with the season he had.

Brocksom plans to “hit better shots” next year in hopes to improve on his wrestling.

Ruzbarsky has been coaching for nine years and began coaching because he was previously a wrestler at Jonathan Law. He wanted to coach students going through the same path that he did. Ruzbarsky plans to have an even more successful season next year.

“We will work on a lot more technique and will have longer practices along with strength training,” Ruzbarsky said.

Junior Jack Pincus-Coyle decided to join the wrestling team this past season. Before he wrestled for Law, his winter season was occupied by swimming.

Pincus-Coyle said he has always wanted to wrestle, and he is glad he decided to do it this year. “

Ever since I joined the wrestling team this year I feel that I am part of a close group of kids that I can call family,” Pincus-Coyle said.

Junior Cole Egersheim has been on the wrestling team since he was a freshman. This past season he had a few personal goals, one of which was to get 25 wins.

Egersheim reached this goal, and finished with a total of 26 wins. Next year, he wants to beat his record from this year, and plans on doing this by, “taking practice time more serious and working hard throughout the season.”

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