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SPORTS: Patrick Looks Back On His Final Football Season


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By Nick Ferrara – Staff Reporter

Senior captain and running back David Patrick is starting to reflect on his last year playing for the Law football team.

Patrick has been a member of the varsity team since his freshman year. This season, Patrick was chosen to be a team captain.

“Personally, good things that came for me this season involved becoming a leader and becoming a better player physically and mentally,” Patrick said.

The Law football team may not have performed as well as it hoped this season, but that hasn’t stopped Patrick from stepping up as a leader.

“As a team we became closer and learned to keep fighting, even when the results do not go the way you want them to,” Patrick said.

Patrick is a multi-sport athlete. He also plays lacrosse and track which keep him in shape year-round.

On and off the field, Patrick has an impact on all of his teammates.

“David impacted me greatly by hyping us up come game time, and leading us on the field by doing the right thing in certain situations like confrontations with other teams,” junior cornerback and running back Joe Mugford said. “He leads in practices and keeps us on track.”

The football team’s goals for finishing out the season are to beat Lyman Hall on November 13 (Law won 30-7, Patrick had a touchdown) and then to beat Foran on Thanksgiving. Patrick said he hopes to make some more memories in those games to add to the ones he has from earlier in the season.

“I would say our Senior Night vs. Hillhouse was the most memorable moment for me,” Patrick said. “We were down 26-0 at the half but made a comeback and were within 12 points about to score on the 11 yard line. Although we didn’t win, it was the best we’ve played all season as a team, and individually I had 110 all purpose yards (rushing and receiving), an interception, and seven tackles.”

Teammates say they are going to miss Patrick next season.

“David is a great leader, and is destined for success in the future,” Mugford said.

SPORTS: Volleyball Season Comes To A Close

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By Colleen Rice – Staff Reporter

The Lady Lawmen recently wrapped up their volleyball season.

With a record of 6-14 this year, the team improved from last year. Their six wins came against Hillhouse (twice), North haven (twice), West Haven, and Shelton.

“Some games we got lazy and didn’t move our feet enough which costs us easy wins,” senior captain Kailee Frank said.

Key players on the team include juniors Kristin Frank, Cassidy Boath, and Angela Sciuto, as well as sophomores Colleen Goodwin and Stephanie Felag. The girls are already excited for next year’s season.

“Talking is a big part of volleyball, it makes the game so much easier,” junior setter Kristin Frank said.

Junior Cassidy Boath was a key part of the varsity team as the libero. She recently went All-SCC and has improved immensely throughout the season. Boath had 311 digs and a 93 serving percentage.

“It feels really great to know that my hard work helped me achieve this,” Boath said. “I couldn’t have done it without the support from my coaches and teammates throughout the season.”

In order to qualify for the state tournament teams need eight wins. Sadly the girls fell short this year but are determined to redeem themselves in the upcoming season.

“We want to make states and continue to be a team that works well together,” said Boath.

The team is losing five of their starters next year including Renee Lynch, Tori Nabors, Kailee Frank, Heather Sherrick, and Molly Vargo.

Their Senior Night was held at Law on Monday, October 19 against Daniel Hand. The team performed well and worked together to play all five games. Hand won 3-2 but it was a memorial night as the seniors played their final home game.

“I’m going to miss ‘LV’ more than anything,” Kailee Frank said.

Kailee Frank has improved throughout her four years on the team and intends on playing club volleyball in college. She is very excited to see how the girls do next season.

Head coach Ms. Loch has a positive outlook on the past season and is ready to improve and see the girls succeed.

“I am very proud of the girls this year,” Loch said. “Every game was a close game which shows how well the girls played against competition.”

Although the team usually consists of 24 varsity players, freshman are always welcomed and Loch is excited to see the new talent coming in next year.

SPORTS: Quarterback Smith Hopes To Lead Lawmen Into Win Column

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By Brianna Arnold – Staff Reporter

Junior Mitchell Smith, Law’s quarterback, is looking to turn the team’s season around on Thanksgiving and give the Lawmen some momentum going into next year.

Law’s current record is 0-8. The team is looking to improve their season within the next couple of games against Lyman Hall on the road and against Foran at home in the highly-anticipated Thanksgiving game.

“The Thanksgiving Day game looks like it’s going to be a close game,” said Smith. “Even though our current record isn’t great we are getting better week by week and all of our hard work should pay off on Thanksgiving.”

The team is excited for the Thanksgiving game, hoping to finally take home the trophy after last capturing it in 2007.

Senior captain running back Tim Caldwell sees great potential in Smith for his future as a football player.

“QB1 is the man,” Caldwell said. “Watching QB1 on the field is electric, he’s a great quarterback and very intelligent.”

Smith wants to make the end of the season a good one, and as a leader he has some goals for the rest of the season.

“In order to make this season better we have to win our last two games,” Smith said. “If we can win these games it could give our underclassmen starters some confidence going into next year.”

Smith started off the season pretty well on a personal level. He was excited for the rest of the season; however, it did not go exactly the way he wanted.

“Even though I personally had a decent game week one, we still didn’t win the game which is the goal every week,” Smith said.

Dennis Theis, a varsity receiver and one of Smith’s closest friends, knows how hard Smith works everyday to improve.

“Playing with you best friend as a quarterback is a great experience and I will hopefully be captain alongside him next year,” said Theis.

Smith’s younger brother Zach is a freshman and also has a spot on the team. He looks up to Mitchell and is just as committed to the team.

“Being able to play football with my brother is a great experience and I cannot wait to see what he does as a captain next year,” said Zach Smith.

Mitchell Smith sees great potential for the freshman team, however, believes that they need to work harder off the field and in the classroom.

“To have a brother on the team is not a big deal to me,” said Mitchell Smith. “I treat him as I do everyone else because our whole team is a family.”

Smith views Jake Mola as one of the best juniors on the team. They have been friends for years and have always had each others back.

“Mitch is a great offensive leader,” said Mola. “Next year as a captain he will bring great confidence to our team.”

Ideally, Smith’s hard work and dedication to his team and the sport will lead to a successful season next fall for the Lawmen. Now it’s just about winning these last two games and putting in the work during the offseason to get off on the right foot come Week 1.

SPORTS: Paredes Finishes Season Strong, Sets Sights On Senior Year

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By Emma Saley – Staff Reporter

Junior cross country captain Lauren Paredes is looking to improve in the off-season and hopefully go All-Division next year.

This past season, Paredes consistently ran well and improved, reaching many personal goals she had set for herself.

A highlight of Paredes’ season was when she ran her personal record, 22:40,  at the SCC meet.

“My personal goal was to run under 24 minutes in every race, which I achieved,” Paredes said. “As a team, our goal was for everyone to run well at SCCs and place in the top 20 at states, which we did.”

As captain, Paredes focuses on motivating the other girls on the team by pushing them to do their best every race, and working hard every practice to become better runners.

“Lauren cheers on and believes in everyone,” junior teammate Taylor Haase said  “She motivates us to do our best.”

Paredes has been running cross country for the past three years, but it wasn’t until her sophomore year that she started to prove herself as a runner, cutting her times down from 29:00s to 24:00s and 23:00s.

“Freshman year I was running 29:00s, but last year I worked hard and was able to really improve” Paredes said

Paredes is looking forward to next season, and hoping to improve by running long distance during the indoor and outdoor track seasons.

“To prepare for next season I’m going to be running a lot during off seasons and the summer, and participating in a lot of 5k road runs,” said Paredes.

One area she hopes to improve on is speed.

“I struggle most with sprinting, so I’m looking to work on that so I can have a stronger finish.”

Another challenge that Paredes is looking to overcome for next season is to beat cross-town rival Foran, which the team was unsuccessful in doing at the multiple meetings they had this season.

“Foran’s our biggest rival, but if we work hard during the summer we can beat them next year.” Paredes said

Paredes is already setting big goals and hopes for next season.

“My biggest goal for next season is to run under 22 minutes or better,” Paredes said “As a team I want everyone to improve, and run well at states again.”

Paredes is excited for the upcoming season, and for the team to continue to bond and motivate each other to run their best times.

“I love cross country and the girls on the team, and I can’t wait for next year,” said Paredes.

SPORTS: Law Girls Swim Wraps Up Season


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By Megan Grabowski – Staff Reporter

The Jonathan Law girls swimming and diving team is wrapping up their season.

The season is coming to a close as the girls attend SCCs, SCC Finals, and States. They finished their regular season with a 3-13 record.

Senior captain Kelly Scianna is impressed with how the season went this year.

“In the beginning I was nervous, having lost some solid swimmers last year, but we pulled through with some great times,” said Scianna. “SCCs (went) really well.”

At SCCs, Scianna finished 31st overall in the 100 backstroke. Sophomore Hannah Savoie finished 15th overall in the 200-meter freestyle and 18th overall in the 500-meter freestyle breaking a school record set back in 1983. Both Scianna and Savoie will be competing at the Class M state championships.

Head coach Ms. Paolini feels that many girls contributed to the team this year.

“Our depth in many of the odd-stroke events helped us win meets against Bunnell, East Haven, and West Haven,” said Paolini.

The girls believe that their hard work all season is more important than their record.

“We didn’t win a lot of meets, but together as a team we tried our best and beat our times,” said freshman Julie Myers.

On top of swimming, the team also has three successful divers, including freshman Christina Gleason who finished 17th overall in the SCCs. Junior divers Arielle Eighmy and Maddie Sosa have big plans for their senior year.

“My goals for next season are to go to SCC’s and to qualify for states,” said Sosa.

Paolini is looking forward to more success in the future.

“We had many personal bests accomplished this year and had an amazing season with the girls,” said Paolini. “We had a very strong freshman class which shows a bright future ahead of us.”

Freshmen are also excited for their next three years on the team.

“I’m so happy I joined the team, everyone was so welcoming and fun,” said Myers. “I’m super excited for the next three seasons and to meet the new swimmers next year.”

With the season coming to a close, the seniors are reflecting on all of the memories they have made over the past four years.

“I feel really lucky to have bonded with so many people over my four years of being on the team and to have had this experience that I can cherish forever,” said senior Jess Schreiber. “I’m definitely going to miss the bus rides both to and from Foran’s pool and having the pre-meet jitters.”

The CIAC Class M Qualifying meet will be held on November 14 and the CIAC Class M Finals will be held on November 18.

SPORTS: Girls Soccer Finishes Season With High Hopes For Upcoming Year

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By Renee Lynch – Staff Reporter

The Jonathan Law soccer team finished their season 2-10-2 and is already looking forward to next season.

The girls wins came against Foran and Harding.

“I had higher expectations for this season,” senior captain Paige Szygiel said. “However, our girls pulled through a much needed win against crosstown rival, Foran.”

The Lady Lawmen shut out Foran, winning 4-0 on their home turf. However, when the girls played at Foran, they tied 2-2.

¨Next year we will have a majority of our starters returning,” junior captain Bethany Edwards said. ¨This is going to be key for us to get wins.”

The girls are looking forward to the 2016 season next year. The team has a lot of underclassmen talent, so they are preparing for a big season.

¨Key players this season have been Paige Szygiel, Kristen Passaro (junior), Bethany Edwards and Taylor Kandrach (sophomore),” junior Colleen Rice said.

Underclassmen will need to step up their game to reach their goal of making states.

¨In the off season we will need to work together to get faster as a team” junior Catie Rice said. ¨Sprints will help us get the speed we need.¨

Captains Szygiel, Edwards, Passaro and Megan Smith (senior) lead the team throughout their victories.

The team’s pair of ties came against West Haven and Foran.

¨Our toughest games included Shelton and East Haven,” Colleen Rice said. “We had to fight hard against an advanced team.¨

The girls plan to win more games in the upcoming season and to work hard to achieve their goals.

Edwards went All-SCC and led the team as a strong midfielder. Edwards used her speed to end the season as the team’s leading scorer.

The underclassmen talent will help the girls make their way to states for the upcoming years.  

¨I´m looking forward for the incoming freshman to advance our team,” freshman Joceyln Wirth said. ¨We can make it far in states with all our talent combined.¨  

Seniors will be missed and the Lady Lawmen will need to pick up the slack since key players will have graduated.

¨I¨m going to miss being out on the field every fall season,” Szygiel said. ¨Also, I made bonds with these girls that are irreplaceable, I¨ll miss everyone and I wish the girls best of luck next year.”

SPORTS: Edwards Shows Off Her Talent This Soccer Season

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By Kristin Frank – Staff  Reporter

As junior captain of the girls soccer team, Bethany Edwards had a great season and led her team to success.

Edwards, personally, had a very strong season by playing her absolute hardest at every game. Her job as captain is to lead the team to a great season and pick up their spirits when needed. Being the outstanding captain she is, she did just that this fall.

“As captain I tried keeping everyone’s spirits up,” Edwards said. “Every time we would get a goal against us, I would tell my teammates to just brush it off.”

Edwards believes that coming together during a stoppage in play is very important and helps pump the players up. Soccer is a game of mostly endurance, so this will provide the players with a lot of energy to finish out the rest of a game.

“Before each half of the game, the captains have a huddle with the girls and say what we need to work on and accomplish to win, this also helps pump us up,” Edwards said.

Her teammates and fellow captains believe she does an impressive job with leading the team.

“Bethany is a great player and is very easy to get along with,” junior captain Kristen Passaro said. “She is a great leader.”

Mr. Rhode is the head coach for the girls and has watched Edwards mature and develop over the past three years.

“(She is) an outstanding player always makes their mark on the game; Bethany does just that in the midfield,” Rhode said. “Despite her smaller stature, she plays big on the field.”

Rhode has high hopes for Edwards for next year, believing she will continue to lead the team.

“She’s super technical on the ball and has outstanding vision,” said Rhode. “We rely on her to dictate plays on the field.”

Having a favorite game is very common in sports. This usually reflects off the team’s effort as a whole, as well as how that individual player performed.

Edwards explains that her favorite game was their home game against Foran High School. This game really set the pace for the rest of the season.

“At the Foran game, we beat them 4-0 which is a crazy score in soccer,” Edwards said. “We worked as a team and that pumped us up for the rest of the season.”

Edwards received the All-SCC Hammonasset Team award this year for her outstanding performance on the field and her dedication to the sport as well as her team.

To be selected for this team, an athlete is nominated by the coaches from other teams that they play against. Other girls in Law’s division will be nominated as well.

Rhode explained that he is looking forward to next year with Edwards because she’s developed strong leadership skills this past season, and has the potential to be an All-State player.

Edwards shows what a true team player really is. Many of her fellow teammates look up to her, and she is always trying to get the other players involved during games.

“Bethany helps out all the girls on the team and really knows her teammates’ strengths and weaknesses,” junior Rebecca Tighe said.

As a growing athlete, it is important for Edwards to know what she needs to work on personally during the off season. She explains that she could improve on communicating better with the other players and to talk more on the field.

All the returning players for next year are excited to build from their record of this past season. Edwards believes they are a promising young team that can only improve themselves by working to the best of their ability.

“I’m looking forward to next season,” Edwards said. “I think towards the end we really figured out how to work as a team.”

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