Jonathan Law’s spring season featured many impressive team and individual accomplishments. Here’s a recap of each team’s season:
The Jonathan Law softball had a successful season this year, finishing 11-9 during the regular season and qualifying for the state tournament.
Even though the team lost some important players who graduated last year, senior captains Justine Bannon, Amanda Leone, and Aubrey Bepko, and junior captain Gege Romero did not let that stand in their way this season.
“It was a tough transition because we lost a lot of seniors but everyone who came in stepped up,” Bannon said. “We all get along really well so that made playing together more fun.”
Law qualified for states as the 16 seed and defeated 17th-seeded Naugatuck 7-5 in the first round. Law advanced to play 2 seed Fitch in the second round, eventually falling 3-0.
According to Romero, some key players who helped them make the tournament are Leone and junior Erin Saley, both of whom were selected for the 2015 Coaches All-State team.
“Erin and Amanda showed up to play every game and came through both offensively and defensively when we needed them which helped our team a lot,” Romero said.
The Jonathan Law baseball team, led by junior captains Nick Catandella, Evan Carollo, and Rob Griswold, had a tough season this past year, finishing 3-17. However, expectations are high for next season.
“We just have to keep working and build off a lot of the games we had this season because we had some really close games,” Catandella said.
“We worked hard, played some tough teams this season and things didn’t go our way,” Carollo said. “The good thing is for next year we now know how to handle that and make the best out of how things are going for us and make an adjustment.”
Some players who were key to the season according to Catandella were Griswold and Carollo, and someone who the captains are looking forward to seeing step up next year is sophomore Nick Glorioso.
“We’re a young team with a lot of experience,” Carollo said. “That’s an advantage we will have for next year.”
The Jonathan Law golf team had a successful season finishing 8-8, an improvement over last season.
The team was led by sophomore Jake Mola who finished the season with a year average of 45. Mola and junior Max Caserta represented Law at the SCC tournament recently at Racebrook Country Club while the entire Law team took on the Platt Tech and Foran golf teams in the Mayor’s Cup.
When asked about the team and this past season, head coach Mr. Koorejian said two newcomers who helped contribute to the team were juniors John Ralston and Matt Marino.
“I’m looking forward to seeing [Ralston and Marino] contribute next year as seniors,” said Koorejian. “We had a good season this year but we’re looking for a greater season next year.”
Mola was also optimistic, saying, “This season was okay but next year is going to be better through practice and new players.”
The Jonathan Law boys lacrosse team finished 5-11 this past season and is already optimistic about next season.
“This season was better than expected, although we could’ve capitalized in a few games that we were in close battles with the other team that we ended up losing,” said senior captain Jarrod Butts.
Butts and senior co-captain Brady Dennigan cited players such as Tyler Curtin (senior), Logan Danville (junior), Tyler Stein (sophomore), David Patrick (junior), Tyler Cavallaro (junior), and Austin Fratello (sophomore) as players who were crucial to the success of the team this season.
“We performed well against Foran,” said Dennigan, “And we expect the underclassmen to step it up next year to hopefully make states.”
In their first season as a varsity team the Jonathan Law girls lacrosse team finished 7-9-1 and qualified for the first round of states.
“I think from here we’ll just keep getting better and better,” said junior captain Molly Vargo.
Vargo and senior co-captain Zoe Taylor said that some of their most important players this season were freshmen, specifically naming Olivia Keator, Jillian Parsons, and Colleen Goodwin.
When asked about the team’s prospects for next season Taylor said, “I think there will be a lot of incoming freshmen that will give us a lot of help along with the girls who are getting more experience this year.”
The Jonathan Law girls tennis team finished the season with a record of 7-13.
Senior captains Sofya Calvin, Sravya Jaladanki, and Raeven Grant were excited about the way the team played down the stretch and proud that several players qualified for the state tournament.
“Seven wins isn’t what we were hoping for but it’s still a great accomplishment and gives us reason to work even harder next season,” said Calvin.
According to Calvin, the team had many players who were key to its success, such as sophomores Victoria Contaxis, Megan Gleason, Trisha Brady, Maeve Rourke, and Deepika Snethilnathan, junior Emma Shea, and seniors Grant, Jaladanki, and Hayley Sanchez.
The team swept Foran this year for the first time in nearly 20 years.
As for the state tournament, Contaxis qualified as a singles player while Grant and Jaladanki qualified as a doubles team. Both won their first match to advance before being knocked out in the second round.
Jaladanki is optimistic for next year, saying, “We had a lot of young talent this year, and each one of them has now become an even more dedicated, experienced player. With the skills set we have right now, I’m confident that the team is well on its way to meeting and exceeding many of its goals for next year.”
Captains for next year’s team include Shea, Contaxis, and Gleason.
“The girls worked so hard this year and we got better and better as the season went on,” head coach Mr. Kulenych said. “We gained so much experience this year and our future is very bright.”
The Jonathan Law boys tennis team had a solid season this past year, finishing 4-16 and playing up to the expectations of senior captains Amar Almidani, Dhruvit Patel and junior captain Bobby Phong.
“The season went pretty well, we had a lot of new players who all improved throughout the season,” said Almidani. “The veteran players helped all the new players adjust to the game of tennis and being a part of the team.”
According to Almidani, some players crucial to the team’s success were Phong and several doubles partnerships, including Patel and sophomore Manar Almidani and juniors Brandon Macey and Ian Hugo.
Both Almidani and Phong are looking forward to a successful season next year, both as a team and individually, as well. Phong, who qualified for states with a 10-10 record, reached the third round of the state tournament before falling to Avon.
“I didn’t accomplish my goals this year, which were to win the Class M tournament and go All-State, but I’m going to work harder to improve so next year I can go further in the tournament and improve both for Law and in the USTA,” said Phong.
“I expect a lot of improvement [for next year], there are many returning players who will bring the experience they gained this year into next season,” said Almidani.
Girls Track and Field
The girls track and field team, led by senior captains Cori Kalafus, Kelsey Kopazna, Tiffany Coleman, and Holly Stewart, had a very successful season this year with many athletes qualifying for states and even one athlete winning a state championship.
“This year’s season went really great despite having a wrist injury, I was able to PR in all three throwing events-shot put, javelin, and discus,” said Kopazna. “There was also a smaller team this year so I felt like we were more of a family this year than ever.”
According to Kalafus, some key athletes who qualified for SCCs and states were Coleman (100m sprint, 200m sprint, 4×1 relay), Kopazna (javelin, discus, shot put), sophomore Kiki Smith (100m sprint, 200m sprint, 4×1 relay), and sophomore Olivia Steiner (long jump, 4×1 relay). Kalafus herself competed in states for javelin after finishing second at SCC championships, finishing fourth at Class MM States and qualifying for State Open in which she placed tenth.
Another prominent athlete who was successful this season is junior Jessica Centore (400m sprint), who finished first at SCC East Sectionals and SCC Championships, before finishing first at Class MM States and the CT State Open. Centore also broke her own school record for the 400m by 4.52 seconds with a time of 57.38 at the Katsmartzic Meet.
When asked how she trained for the 400 and prepared herself, Centore said, “It was worth it, I think training for my race is better than the actual race but nothing’s better than the feeling of winning a race.”
Kalafus is optimistic about next season, saying, “There are a lot of underclassmen runners who are definitely going to help out the team next year.”
Boys Track and Field
The Jonathan Law boys track and field team , led by senior captains Mick Murray, Max German, and Jeremy Doucette, enjoyed a successful year with many athletes qualifying for states in various events.
“We’ve improved from last year,” said Murray. “Better times, more wins, and more people competed at states. We had some very good relay teams this year.”
Athletes that qualified for states and were undoubtedly crucial to the team’s success include Doucette (800m), junior Mark Dow (shot put), German (pole vault), junior Nick Ferrara (100m, 200m), sophomore Joe Mugford (100m), junior Gabe Haynes (100m, 200m), senior Herbie Pritchard (high jump), sophomore Charlie Fonck (400m), and sophomore Glenn Orpiano (110m hurdles).
“The team definitely could’ve done better this year, but everyone still worked hard and pushed themselves till the very end of the season,” said Doucette. “There is not much else myself, the other captains, or Coach Beler could ask for.”
German is optimistic and believes that next season the underclassmen will step up and fill the holes left by the graduating seniors.
“I believe that we will perform well next season, granted the team will be losing some seniors but there will be some freshman coming in that may have some talent,” said German. “This season we had some freshman starters so hopefully next season will be the same to fill in the spots from the now graduating seniors.”