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SPORTS: Pydipati Leads Girls Tennis On, Off Court

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By Molly Mercaldo – Entertainment Editor

Monica Pydipati is a junior captain on the Jonathan Law girls tennis team.

Pydipati has been on the team since her freshman year, but has been playing tennis for almost 13 years overall. She is the team’s No. 1 singles players and recently qualified for the State Open Individual Tennis Tournament for the second year in a row.

“My favorite part would have to be the adrenaline rush that comes after winning a particularly difficult match,” Pydipati said.

Pydipati has been a valuable asset to the team and is continuing to practice and improve for the rest of the season. Her record is 6-4 so far this season.

“Monica has worked so hard the last three years and is now one of the best kids in our league,” head coach Mr. Kulenych said. “She’s too humble to call herself a star, but she’s a star. She’s someone we can always count on to compete against the best players and win big matches for us.”

Last year, Pydipati made it to states in singles and her goal was to qualify again this season.

“I wanted to make states individually again, as well as be named to the All-SCC team this year,” Pydipati said.

Pydipati also aspires to break career record for wins which is currently held by Victoria Contaxis and Emma Shea with 49.

She is currently a co-captain and she hopes to be a team captain next year as well.

“Monica is very dedicated and she’s funny and a really good friend to the team,” freshman Umnia Rahman said.

Pydipati started her high school career off playing doubles before moving to singles halfway through her freshman year.

She believes that the team has improved over the course of the season and said it has been visible during matches.

Pydipati believes that in tennis, “Success is about learning from your mistakes. Only by knowing what you did wrong will you be able to fix it.”

Kulenych said that Pydipati never shies away from the pressure of being the team’s top player.

“Playing 1 singles is a grind, but Monica is so mentally tough,” Kulenych said. “It’s not easy knowing that people expect you to win a lot of your matches, but the pressure never gets to her. She always steps up when we need her most.”


SPORTS: Dostal Looks To Lead Law Boys Tennis Team To SCCs

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By Cassandra Soda – News Editor

Senior captain Nicholas Dostal stands out on the tennis court when up against other players.

Dostal is captain with his fellow teammate Kenny Fields, and he plays doubles with his partner freshman Brian Zirkel.

“My favorite thing about tennis is that each point is its own unique battle so it never gets boring,” Dostal said.

In order to make states a person needs 10 wins individually or with one partner. Dostal’s record is currently 3-5 and he is on pace to make states.

“Nick knows a lot about the game that I don’t and teaches me as we go through the season,” freshman Brian Zirkel said. “He has been really understanding this season when I mess up and he tries to help me with it.”

To make states as a team, 10 wins is required, and to make the SCC Tournament the team needs to place in the top 8. The team’s current record is 4-8.

Ever since he was a kid, Dostal has always enjoyed tennis – both the aspects of watching and playing the sport.

“I’ve always loved watching Wimbledon and the U.S. Open as a kid and I wanted to improve my own skills after being inspired by watching legends like Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal,” Dostal said.

Dostal has been playing tennis for years and plans on continuing to play after high school – not competitively, but as a hobby.

“I started doing tennis camps during the summers at Eisenhower and Milford Indoor as a kid,” Dostal said. “I began playing competitively my freshman year.”

Zirkel said that Dostal is a great addition to the team and always tries to contribute in every way.
“Nick gets us all excited for out games and even when we have a tough loss he still makes us feel good,” Zirkel said.

The team has already improved immensely since last year, which is shown by their current record.

Some other key players on the team include Zirkel, Fields, who plays third singles, and first singles player Sanskar Shah.

SPORTS: Law Softball Team Optimistic For Spring Season

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By Nick Owens – Sports Editor

The Jonathan Law softball team is ready to start fresh this season and exceed the level of play from last year – even with a few changes.

Captain Kacy O’Connor said the changes will affect the team’s performance.

“Our pitching rotation looks a little different this year,” O’Connor said. “We also have good freshmen coming up that have played well so far.”

Junior Gina Boccamazzo is also excited about some of the team’s newest members.

“We lost a few valuable players last year because they were seniors,” Boccamazo said. “But we do have really good freshman in Maddie Lula and Sarah Paulus.”

So far this season, the Lady Lawmen are 2-1 with wins over Lyman Hall and Platt Tech and a loss to West Haven.

Captain Skylar Bender says the hitting rotation looks better this year compared to last year.

“We have been batting every single practice,” Bender said. “We have put a lot of emphasis on it.”

Head coach Ms. Blude said the team has higher expectations this year.

“This year we have higher expectations because we have a great group of girls that like to play together,” Blude said. “This is a great group of girls.”

Law plays Foran on Monday as the team gets ready for its big rivalry game of the year.

SPORTS: Baseball Team Looks To Make Return To States

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By Nick Owens – Sports Editor

After a rebuilding year last season, the Jonathan Law baseball team is hoping to bounce back this spring.

With nine returning seniors and a young core right behind, senior captains Nate Merchant, David Flynn, Dillon LaRoche, and Conor Creane are excited to get back on the field.

“Last year we had a bad year because we were rebuilding,” Merchant said. “ his year I think we can win half our games and make a run for states.”

Members of the team believe this year feels different than any year in the past.

“Last year we didn’t have that much leadership,” LaRoche said. “This year we turned things around and the vibe and the attitude around the program has really changed this year.”

The team’s main goal this year is to make states.

“We’re definitely looking to go for that states this year and were looking to make a big impact in it,” senior Matt Boath said. “We got a lot of players that are hungry for a win.”

Creane says the defense and the pitching rotation will see an upgrade this season.

“Our defense is a lot better so it’s easier to get outs,” Creane said. “This year we have a pitching rotation of all seniors compared to last years all juniors.”

Senior Carl Maxwell said the team has put more emphasis on the hitting in practice this year.

“I know this year we spent a lot more time focusing on hitting in practice,” Maxwell said. “We spent a lot of time in the cages and working with the coaching staff I think that’s going to be the biggest difference this year.”

The Lawmen opened their season with a 2-0 win over North Haven on March 31. They  have 12 games remaining in the month of April and then they begin the final run at states starting May 2 against East Haven.

SPORTS: Boys, Girls Lacrosse Teams Ready For Spring Seasons

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By Molly Mercaldo – Entertainment Editor

The Jonathan Law boys lacrosse season is starting up led by head coach Mike Forget and assisted by coach Matt McCloskey.

This season’s team features junior Austin Danville, senior James Boyle, and senior captain Cole Egersheim, who was also captain last year.

“I think if we all play to our full potential every game we can have a great season,” Egersheim said.

Last season the team went 5-11 in the regular season.

“We are looking very strong this year,” senior defender Bobby Fisk said. “Our starting team has been playing since their sophomore year.”

Egersheim had 39 goals last season and hopes to score more this year. He is approaching 100 career goals.

“We hope to make the playoffs and keep as many goals out of the net as possible,” junior defender Matt Evanko said.

Boyle led the team with 18 assists last year and is currently starting varsity again this year.

Sophomore Brett Pisani is starting in goal. 

Law opened its season with a 15-7 win over Lyman Hall on Saturday, March 31. The team’s next game is Tuesday, April 3, at 4:30 p.m. against Notre Dame-West Haven.


The Jonathan Law girls lacrosse team is also getting ready to start its spring season.

The girls lacrosse team has been in existence at Law for five years and went 13-5 last season.

Leading the team this year are senior captains Stella Patrick, Colleen Goodwin, Olivia Keator, and Andria Torres.

To be even more successful this season my captains and I are going to work really hard to bring the team close together and keep a competitive attitude,” Goodwin said.

The team had its first scrimmage of the year on Thursday, March 29, at 6 p.m. at home against Stamford which ended in a victory for Law.

Last year, the team advanced to the quarterfinals of the Class M State Tournament and the second round of the SCC Tournament.

“I think our program will be stronger than last year,” senior Chloe McCullough said. “We have determined players and we are working hard everyday.”

The head coach of the girls lacrosse team is Lynette Martinez and the assistant coach is Nicole Healy.

“I am definitely looking forward to the Foran game,” Keator said. “It is always a great rivalry between us.”

This year, the girls team will be giving out pamphlets before the games consisting of advertisements, team shout-outs, and a roster to raise money for team apparel.

SPORTS: Indoor Track Team Finishes Successful Winter Season

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By Cole Egersheim – Staff Reporter

The Jonathan Law indoor track team had a very successful 2017-2018 season.

The senior class paved the way for a great season. In all, 27 athletes made states, 28 athletes competed at SCC championships, and one member competed in the New Balance Nationals.

“We had a very successful season,” head coach Mr. Beler said. “We had a strong group of senior leadership and a great group of young freshman energy that continued our programs high level expectations both now and in the future.”

Senior Matt Marino set a school record with a time of 125.96 in the 600 meters.

“Even though the team was lacking important members, major components on the team stepped up and broke many records,” Marino said.

Senior Jordan Beck set a new school record in pole vault with a 11-6.0 and set a new school record in the 55 high hurdles with a time of 7.89.

“With so many disciplines in the decathlon, I wanted to use the indoor season as an opportunity to build upon some of my weaker events,” Beck said. “ But to my surprise, I went All-State in the 55 hurdles, which adds huge depth to our already versatile squad.”

Freshman Nahiem Washington helped break the school record in the 4×200 meters with a time of 1:35.77. Nahiem also competed in the New Balance Nationals.

Freshman Alexis Voytek won the team’s mid- and long-distance runners award thanks to her performances in the 600 meter and 4×800 meter relay. She qualified for the SCC Championships as a freshman.

Junior Jocelyn Wirth had a year full of personal bests. She set a new personal best in every meet and finished with a time of 7.87 in the 55 meter.

“My season went great,” Wirth said. “I improved on my time for almost every race in the 55 meter and I’m excited to be captain next year and to continue to improve.”

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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