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SPORTS: Law Indoor Track Team Hits The Ground Running

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UPDATE: For a complete list of Law track athletes who have qualified for states, follow head coach Mr. Beler on Twitter (@JLHSTrack)!

By Amelia Trapp – Staff Reporter

With the start of a new winter season comes the start of a new indoor track season.

Track season officially started in early December, but many athletes started off-season training much beforehand.

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

This year, Law’s indoor track team has 110 students participating. Beler said he hopes for at least 30 of those athletes to make states.

Some of his other goals include getting more All-State banners hung in the gym, making New Englands, and making Nationals.

Among the 110 athletes, two are returning All-Staters: Kiki Smith and Olivia Steiner.

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

Smith runs the 55 meter dash, long jump, and is part of the 4×200 team. This year her goals include making it to Nationals in New York City with her 4×200 team and for the 55m dash.

“The most difficult thing about track are handoffs,” Smith said. “It makes a huge difference with time, and if a handoff is bad it adds on to our time.”

Over her high school track career, Smith has gone All-State three times in the 55 meter dash, 200 meter dash, and as a member of the 4×200 team.

She was awarded MVP last year and she qualified and competed at Nationals with her relay team.

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

On the boys side, Jordan Beck, Charlie Fonck, and Alex Pratcher will be some of standout competitors. All three compete in sprints and Beck competes in the long jump. Ryan Wasserman will also be a runner to watch in the mid-distance and relay events.

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.

“(We will be) training like we want to accomplish these goals,” Rhode said.

Rhode has enjoyed his time as a member of the coaching staff.

“It has been one of the most satisfying and unique experiences as a coach,” Rhode said.

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

“It’s like being apart of a family and I love being apart of that,” Murphy said. “I will miss indoor track, and all the great friendships I have made when the season is over.”

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: Gymnastics Team Leaps Into New Season

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By Kiana Walker – Staff Reporter

The Law gymnastics team has high hopes for this year’s season.

After finishing last year’s season with a record of 17-9, the team has its eyes set on the state tournament.

So far this season, Law is 3-2, with wins over Hamden, Valley Regional, and Morgan.

The gymnastics team is made up of two separate varsity and junior varsity teams. Head coach Mr. Simon wants as many individuals from the team to make it to the state Tournament.

“Law gymnastics provides the opportunity for every girl on the team to compete,” Simon said.

Team members said that the gymnastics team is a way for girls to demonstrate their individual talents and cheer on their fellow teammates as they compete.

“Here I get to cheer for everyone and help out everyone,” senior captain Melanie Coleman said.

The team believes that this season will be as productive as last season based on their practices so far.

“We are constantly practicing which I believe will contribute to this season’s success,” said Amelia Trapp.

Law gymnastics provides an optimistic environment for all of the participants.

“It’s never intimidating to compete because my teammates are constantly cheering me on,” senior captain Kristen Frank said.

The girls seek results for their personal goals and their team goals.

“My personal goal is to beat my best all around score,” senior captain Madison Sosa said.

Although Simon doesn’t teach at Jonathan Law, he has felt very honored and welcomed to have been a part of the staff.

“It has been a pleasure being the team’s coach, and we have a very supportive administration,” Simon said.

This season conjures very mixed emotions for the seniors who will competing for Law for the last time.

“I am so happy I was able to be a part of such an amazing team and be able to be captain of it,” Frank said.

SPORTS: Boys, Girls Hockey Teams Skating Into Upcoming Season

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By Irmina Chrzastek – Staff Reporter

The boys and girls ice hockey teams are looking forward to their winter seasons.

Last season, the girls team finished with a record of 9-13-1. The boys finished with a record of 4-15-1.

The girls coach, Ms. Rowland, is very hopeful for the upcoming season.

“My prediction is that we will work hard enough to make the playoffs,” Rowland said. “From there my hope is that we will have developed enough individually and as a team to win.”

Law sophomore Laura Dennigan said that despite the girls team being made up of three schools – Notre Dame-Fairfield, Foran, and Law – the players still get along very well both on and off the ice.

“Off the ice we get along very well,” Dennigan said. “Most of us hang out with each other and there is no drama with one another.”

One of the girls team’s goals is to make playoffs.

“My team’s goals for the season are going to states and winning,” freshman Desiree Sleath said.

Another one of their goals is to improve their record from last year.

“Our team goals for the season are to have a better record and to work better as a whole on and off the ice,” Dennigan said.

A final goal for the team is to not only make the playoffs, but to win a round.

The boys team has similar goals set in place for this season.

“The team’s goals for the season is to make it to playoffs and to improve last year’s record,” junior Santiago Palacio said.

The boys coach, Mr. Follo, has high hopes for the team this season.

“My prediction for the season is if we get consistent play from everyone, we should do well and make the state tournament,” Follo said.

The players also have high hopes for this season and are excited to play the best that they can.

“The team looks good this year we definitely ready for this year we are definitely ready for this season,” junior Trevor Morlando said.

The girls and boys coaches both enjoy watching their teams develop throughout the season.

“My favorite part of coaching hockey is to see the players improve from their freshman year to their senior year and when they graduate, they still want to come around and skate with the team when they are on break from college,” Follo said.

SPORTS: New-Look Girls Basketball Team Looks For Return To States


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By Mike Dattilo – Staff Reporter

The girls basketball team is gearing up to make states once again.

Last season, the girls finished with a 10-10 record, qualified for the state tournament, and won an SCC Tournament game against Amity.  

“Our team definitely has the potential to make states again this year,” junior Olivia Keator said. “We still have many strong players and our record will reflect the hard work we put in practice.”

As of January 11, the team is 2-7, with wins coming against Branford and Hillhouse.

This season the team has three captains from three different grade levels: sophomore Samara Thacker, junior Colleen Goodwin, and senior Taylor Haase.

It has been a good mix with captains from each of the three grades,” head coach Mr. Young said. “It allows all the captains to have a connection with girls from each class.”

Players said the age range between captains helps team chemistry.

“The young leadership helps the younger kids have a voice,” senior Melissa Chodziutko said. “Instead of [the team] just being ruled by seniors, now there are differing opinions from other grades, and it’s been positively impacting our team.”

During the offseason the Lady Lawmen lost many key players to graduation, including Erin Saley, Kailee Frank, Laura Dulin, and Jessica Centore.

“It is a big adjustment,” Young said. “I was lucky to have Jess, Erin, Laura, and Kailee over the past four years. We are completely a new team and finding our identity.”

The departure of seniors from the Class of 2016 has created opportunities for the younger players to gain more minutes on the court.

“We mix in different players into different positions than they have previously played,” senior Lexi Fisk said. “I think it is better for the team because we are all becoming better at every position and learning how to play well with each other.”

So far, the sophomores and juniors look like they are ready to make a difference.

“While we are taking a bit of a hit by losing our seniors from last year, our sophomores and juniors  are stepping up and accepting the challenge,” Chodziutko said.

Both the freshman and junior varsity teams look prepared for this upcoming season.

“The freshmen and junior varsity players are working very hard to become varsity players,” freshman coach Mr. Robinson said.

Law has upcoming home games against North Haven, Sacred Heart Academy, and Cheshire. Their Senior Night is scheduled for February 13 against rival Foran.

SPORTS: Boys Swim Strives To Meet Team, Individual Goals

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By Chloe McCullough – Staff Reporter

The boy’s swim team is excited to dive into its winter season.

With many meets upcoming throughout January and February, the team has many goals that they are hoping to achieve.

There are a total of 14 meets this season, including two meets against crosstown rival Foran. Members of the team are excited by what they have seen so far.

“I believe our team will be very strong in SCCs because of the returning players that swim offseason and the new swimmers that are getting better everyday at practice,” senior captain Manar Almidani said.

Almidani and the rest of the swim team hope to have more wins than losses this year and to have everyone on the team individually make states.

Head coach Ms. Kizavul also has aspirations for this upcoming season.

“Last year we went 4-8, which is the most wins that we have had in a long time,” Kizavul said. “Our swimmers are doing very well and most are reaching or beating their best times in practice”

Kizavul pointed out that there are many swimmers who stand out this year, and hopes that they will lead the team to victory. Those swimmers include Molly Mercaldo, Jake Gwirtz, Daniel Dormez, and Drew Ancheta.

“Last year we lost a few valuable members to our team, and I believe that this year if we train hard, and everyone is put in the right events, that we will be able to succeed,” Mercaldo said.

Mercaldo and Gwirtz are three-year members of the team. There are some new swimmers who are hoping to help the team win meets as well. Those swimmers include juniors Kyle Shugrue and Carson Carr, as well as freshmen Andrew Frenzel, Carson Carr, and Daniel Dormez.

Frenzel is enjoying his time on the team so far, and hopes to help the team break records and win races.

“I hope that I can win a race this year, and I hope for the team to exceed some standards that were set beforehand,” Frenzel said.

The swim team is very enthusiastic about the upcoming season, and the promising success that will come with it.  

SPORTS: Track’s Dynamic Duo Hoping To Lead Team To Successful Indoor Season

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By Arianna Goenaga – Staff Reporter

Seniors Olivia Steiner and Kiki Smith have been competing in track since middle school.

Over the years, they both have excelled tremendously in their track careers.

Steiner and Smith also share a friendship that drives them both to success.

“They are a dynamic duo and sometimes share a brain, but their willingness to push each other has lead them to success,” indoor and outdoor track coach Mr. Beler said.

The girls’ desire to motivate one another has also pushed other athletes on the team to success.

“Olivia and Kiki are really good role models for the team,” senior teammate Kristen Passaro said.

Beler agreed.

“Having two athletes like that, that bond and really push each other, is a really special thing,” Beler said.

Smith went All-State last year for indoor track in the 55 meter dash. For outdoor, Smith competed all state for the 200 meter, 4×100, and even made it to nationals with the 4×100 team.  

Smith also holds the indoor 55 meter record with a time of 7.51 seconds. She also broke the outdoor track records for the 4×100 with a time of 49.3 seconds and the 100 meter with 12.4 seconds.

“I hope to keep breaking more records this year and to go nationals for indoor track,” Smith said.  

Steiner went All-State in the long jump in both indoor and outdoor track. She broke the school’s indoor long jump record with a jump of 16 feet, 7.5 inches and holds the 4×200 record with a time of one 1:53.89 seconds.

“I have had a lot of individual successes throughout the track seasons, so my goal is focused more on the team’s success this year to make it to nationals,” Steiner said.

Along with their own successes, the girls’ continue to bring positivity and encouragement to their team as a whole.

“Kiki and Olivia are two people to look up to on the team,” teammate Kiana Walker said. “They are very committed to the team and even on their offseason.”

As they complete their last track seasons this year, Smith and Steiner will continue to try make a difference and rewrite the record books.

SPORTS: Law Swimming & Diving Makes Splash In 2016 Season

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By Kristin Frank – Sports Editor

Jonathan Law’s swimming and diving team stayed optimistic throughout the season and supported each other at every meet.

The swimming and diving team has completed their regular season after their Senior Night meet against Foran High School.

“The energy from our team and the crowd made it feel like we were neck and neck the whole meet,” senior captain Maggie Sullivan said. “It was a great night.”

Sullivan also shared that her favorite meet happened to be the one against Foran. Even though Law did not win, she explained it as a great night and was filled with energy.

The team’s freshmen felt an ample amount of support by the upperclassman by guiding them to success throughout the season.

“My favorite part about the swim team was definitely meeting a bunch of new people and becoming really close with them,” freshman Lily Baldieri said. “Everybody would cheer for one another and we would all congratulate each other.”

Baldieri went on to explain that she had grown to love all of her teammates over the course of the season and she is very excited for next year.

The senior captains of the swimming and diving team were Sullivan, Madison Murphy, and Abby Williamson.

“As captain, I believe I as well as my co-captains and the rest of the seniors were a positive influence on the girl’s,” Sullivan said. “We made sure we all had a great few months together as a team.

Although the girls did not win as many meets as they wished, they practiced to the best of their ability and cheered each other on while competing.

“Our team worked well together this year,” senior Arielle Eighmy said. “ We were constantly cheering each other on even when we would win or lose.”

Many of the underclassmen and juniors set goals to accomplish within next year’s season.

“Some personal goals were to keep up with the really competitive swimmers on my team throughout the year so i could swim some of my best races,” sophomore Bella Caroll said.

Baldieri has already broken many records and school times this season. She does not plan to stop here; she has another list of goals for next year.

“I really want to make it to states again and just improve my times overall,” Baldieri said. “I also really want to beat my time in the 100 freestyle.”

The team had an overall goal to win at least one meet this year. At the end of the season, they had won three meets.

A lot of the underclassmen helped out the team a lot this year as they stepped up to be the key swimmers.

“Our most valuable swimmers are Brooke Nabors, Lilly Baldieri, Tess Rosato, Hannah Savoie, Bella Caroll, Julie Myers,” senior Maeve Rourke said.”

The girls believe they have improved a substantial amount since the beginning of the season.

“Our team improved throughout the season by working hard at practice,” Rourke said. “Everyday we would push ourselves to complete hard sets, practice our dives and do flip turns, and do a lot of sprints.”

The athletes returning for next year’s season are excited to be back together as a team and improve for record from this season.

“I am looking forward to meet all the new swimmers coming in,” Baldieri said. “I am also looking forward to breaking new times and becoming even closer with my teammates.”

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