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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.

SPORTS: Boys Basketball Wins Pair, Looks To Future

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By Emily LaLuna – Sports Editor

The Law boys basketball team ended its season recently with a strong finish.

The team finished with two wins, but had many close losses late in the year, including a pair of narrow defeats to rival Foran.

“Throughout the course of the season we improved as a team and as individuals,” head coach Mr. Dooley said. “I think we learned a lot of life lesson about ourselves both as basketball players , as young men and for me, as a coach.”

The captains this season were seniors Patrick O’Brien, Jeremy Doucette, and Dylan Vienneau.

“My most memorable game out of the years I was on the team was this year against Guilford,” Vienneau said. “We went into overtime and won by five points.”

The score ended with 68-63. Vienneau led the team with 20 points.

The win over Guilford was the team’s first conference road win in years. The Lawmen are in a very competitive division, which made this a huge accomplishment for the boys.

“I’m going to miss my teammates and coaches the most,” O’Brien said. “The games and practices were always fun, but they became my second family and will continue to be.”

The team beat Lyman Hall 71-62 which was the highest scoring game they had all season.

“The game I will remember the most would be our home game against Foran,” senior Giovanni Marzullo said. “Our student section cheered us on no matter what the score was, everyone played great and even though we lost it was still amazing.”

The graduating seniors this year are O’Brien, Doucette, Vienneau, Marzullo, and Tyler Curtin.

“I’m going to miss playing our cross town rivals Foran the most,” Vienneau said. “The roaring fans cheering my name and all the adrenaline that goes along with it is really a great feeling.”

With five seniors graduating, the team has a lot of room for potential underclassmen being moved up varsity.

“I’m really going to miss the seniors next year,” junior Matt Marino said. “Their leadership on the team is great and it’ll definitely be different without them around next year.”

Ten potential juniors on the team next year gives the team a good outlook for next season.

“They have a lot varsity experience so we hope to improve our record and our competitiveness,” Dooley said

SPORTS: Boys, Girls Indoor Track Teams Break School Records

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By Morgan Hennessey – Columns Editor

The fourth winter season for Law’s indoor track team came to a successful end.

Records were broken by athletes in all grades and events on the boys and girls sides.

“We had some amazing accomplishments this season,” head coach Mr. Beler said. “This year we set many outstanding records.”

The team worked out together for two hours every day after school. Beler often refers to track as a team sport, something many people tend to overlook.

Senior Jason Garlock, who is one of the captains of the boys team, ran the 55 meter event as well as the 1600 sprint medley relay.

“Being captain of the team was a great experience,” senior Jason Garlock said. “Especially getting to meet new people and all working out together.”

Garlock tied Law alum Justin Sherrick’s school record in the 55 meter sprint with a time of 6.92 seconds.

The boys’ 4×400 meter team included Garlock, senior Mick Murray, sophomore Charles Fonck, and junior Jason Baker. They broke the school record running it in 4:04.13.

Many of the boys broke personal records of theirs. Junior Antonio Gjuraj, junior Mike Lanzaro, and senior Mike DeLorio all made it to the leaderboard for the 100 meter event with outstanding times.

The girls’ team was just as successful this season, as they were led by senior captains Cori Kalafus and Holly Stewart.

“I’ll miss the family bond that grew in my hurdle world throughout my four years on the team,” Steward said.

Stewart said she improved her skills immensely over the course of her four years, and was able to break a school record her last season. She ran the 55 meter hurdle event in 10.06 seconds.

Senior hurdler Hailey Ashcroft broke her own personal records as well in her final season, running the 55 meter hurdle event in just 11.24 seconds.

“Beler always pushed us to new limits,” Ashcroft said. “He believed we could always do better.”

Kalafus broke the school record for the shot put with a distance of 29 feet, 11 inches.

The girls’ 4×200 meter relay team, composed of junior Bryanna Jennings, sophomore Kiara Smith, freshman Holly Caldwell, and sophomore Olivia Steiner, broke Law’s record with a time of 1 minutes and 57.3 seconds.

“Track is a sport that requires a lot of dedication,” senior Emily LaLuna said. “Doing it has made me strong and really keep my motivation up.”

The Nation of Domination has been running strong for four seasons now, and will keep growing for years to come.

“Next year we will be looking forward to even more great things happening,” Beler said. “The athletes give us so much effort and we are all excited for next year to come.”

SPORTS: Freshman Gwirtz Swims Into Jonathan Law Record Books

By Ian Hugo – Staff Reporter

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Imagine being a freshman in high school and already holding a school record.Jonathan Law’s Jake Gwirtz knows the feeling. Gwirtz recently broke the school record for 100 meter backstroke with a time of 1:01.13, a record that has stood since 1980.

“I don’t see what the big deal is,” said Gwirtz. “I should’ve broken [the record] at the beginning of the season. It didn’t affect my training, it was just annoying.”

Gwirtz, a quiet, humble guy, is all but quiet in the pool. At SCC Finals he finished 14th in the 100 meter backstroke with a time of 1:02.26, at State Trials a time of 1:01.13 and a finish of 14th which broke the school record, and a time of 1:01.78 and a finish of 15th for his second best time in the event at State Finals.

“Jake is a great swimmer with a lot of passion for the sport and it’s great coaching someone who always wants to make every swim his best,” said head coach Asli Kizavul. “I definitely knew Jake was going to break the record, it was just a matter of when. He really wanted to do it before the season ended and he took all of our advice and was able to do it.”

Gwirtz has been a swimmer for seven years, since he was in second grade.

“I started swimming because of my parents,” said Gwirtz. “I wasn’t immediately good at it and I kind of liked it, but I continued to train to get to where I am today.”

Before moving to Milford in seventh grade, Gwirtz lived in West Virginia. As a swimmer, Gwirtz travelled to different parts of West Virginia in order to compete in various swim meets.

After moving to Milford, Gwirtz began to swim for the Hamden Hall Aquatic Club where he swims year-round, minus the school swim season.

Gwirtz came into the season with a goal to set a school record, one which he accomplished during states. Gwirtz broke the school record, set by Don Duncan in 1980, at state trials with a time of 1:01.13, and at state finals broke the previous school record again, however he did not break the time he previously set at trials.

Gwirtz was cool, calm, and collected, saying he wasn’t nervous about the fact he was at states nor was he nervous before his heat.

“Before the race I was thinking, ‘I’m hungry.’ During it I was wondering, ‘What am I going to eat?’ Afterwards my thoughts were, ‘Wish I could be eating right now.’”

Gwirtz said he became aware of his feat when he looked at the board after his heat. According to Gwirtz, his initial reaction upon seeing his time was “Finally.”

“Having Jake in my lane during practice truly benefitted me,” said sophomore Kevin Keramis, Gwirtz’ lane mate in lane 6. “His fast-paced swimming really challenged me to try to swim as fast as him.”

Swimming isn’t Gwirtz’s only talent. He also has a pretty sharp wit that no one, not even his coaches, are safe from.

“Not only is he a fast swimmer, but he also has a lovable sense of sarcasm,” said Keramis. “That [wit] always kept the coaches on their toes and added some humor to the bleak repetition of swimming laps.”

Kizavul is optimistic about what next season has in store for Gwirtz and the boys’ swim team.

“We’re looking forward to him breaking his own record again as well as some of the other ones that haven’t been broken in years and making it to States again,” said Kizavul. “My goals for the team next year are to continue the progress we’ve made so far, continue to get personal bests every meet, and hopefully get another win under our belt!”

Gwirtz says his goal for next season is to set some more records and plans to train in the offseason through long course swimming (In long course, one lap is 50 meters as opposed to short course which is 25 meters).

Although it seems far away, Gwirtz has his sights set on the long term and hopes to be able to swim in college. With the start he’s off to in high school this plan seems more than realistic.

Aside from his feats in the pool, Gwirtz is just like any other kid. When asked about what he does in his spare time, Gwirtz replied, “Sleep,” and said he plans to run cross country his sophomore year in addition to swimming.

When asked about his attitude towards swimming, Gwirtz said, “Sounds like work. That sums it up.”

People wouldn’t think so from watching him.

SPORTS: Butts Wins Scholar-Athlete Award

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By Emily LaLuna – Sports Editor

Law senior Jarrod Butts recently won the Scholar-Athlete Award from the New Haven Chapter of the National Football Foundation.

Each spring, the New Haven Chapter recognizes seniors that have played football and excelled in the classroom. The student-athletes are nominated by their schools and must have excellent grades and participate in school and community activities.

“It was an honor to receive such an award,” Butts said.

While Butts won the award for his performance on and off the football field, he is also a captain of the Milford Indians hockey team and the Law lacrosse team.

“I’m excited to be co-captains with Jarrod during lacrosse season,” senior Brady Dennigan said. “He’s a great leader on and off the field, always giving positive feedback, and I can’t wait to see what this season has in store for us.”

As for extracurricular activities, Butts volunteers at his church doing office work and other various tasks.

“Jarrod is probably one of the nicest guys I’ve met,” senior Kayla Patrick said. “He is such a well-rounded kid and is a great friend to have.”

Butts also excels in the classroom where he takes several Advanced Placement courses, including AP Biology, AP Literature, and AP U.S. History. These classes involve a lot of dedication and take a lot of time out of any student’s day.

“He is always willing to try and help me figure out how to do a problem I don’t understand,” senior Samantha Hudak said. “He doesn’t just give you the answer, he actually explains it.”

Butts’ college plans are not set into stone yet, but he will attend Messiah College, Northeastern University, or the University of Connecticut.

He is looking to get his Bachelor’s degree in engineering, then earn a Master’s degree, and eventually achieve his main goal of becoming an engineer.

“I really want to become an engineer,” Butts said, “I want to make a difference in communities around the world through problem solving and innovation.”

SPORTS: Three-Sport Star German Excels On, Off Playing Field

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By Kayla Patrick – Sports Editor

Senior Max German has made history at Law.

German is a hard-working student-athlete who is a four-year varsity member of Law’s football, wrestling, and track teams.

He holds the school record in the pole vault at 12 feet, 6 inches, was All-SCC and All-State this fall for football, and recently won his weight class at the SCC Class M wrestling meet. This year, he is the captain of the wrestling and track teams.

“Going varsity all three sports ever since my freshman year was the biggest achievement of my high school career,” German said.

This year, German also picked up his 100th wrestling win.

“Max is a great kid and he had an awesome year for us,” assistant wrestling coach Mr. Ruzbarsky said.

German’s athletic career began long before high school. He was a dedicated member of the Milford Eagles Pop Warner team and the Milford Indians wrestling team growing up.

In the classroom, German’s accomplishments are equally impressive. He was a CAPT scholar as a sophomore, and this year he will be graduating this spring with distinction. Graduating with distinction is reserved for those students who have successfully completed 200 or more community service hours.

In his spare time, German enjoys working hard at his house, on his farm, and at his job at at Parklane Deli. He also enjoys snowplowing and working on his truck.

“He is the epitome of a great friend,” senior Cori Kalafus said. “I know he will be successful in whatever he does in life, and never fails to put a smile on your face.”

German is known to have a positive attitude and a one-of-a-kind personality.

“He is a hard working student-athlete, and thrives for greatness in every aspect of his life,” senior football player Drew Carolan said.

German’ s favorite courses at Law are history and tech ed. He also enjoys his honors Latin class.

His favorite teacher at law is Miss Rosner and his favorite coach is his football and track coach Mr. Beler. He also gave credit to his family for inspiring him on and off the field.

“My role model is my dad,” German said. “Everything I’ve wanted to be in my life is because of him. I want to follow in his footsteps.”

German will be attending University of New Haven and hopes to be a part of their Division II track team.

He will be majoring in civil engineering with a minor in business. One day, he hopes to own a construction business or become a high-end civil engineer.

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