September 23, 2017

Old Lyme Soccer Girls March On Undefeated

Photo by Peter Glaser on Unsplash

Paul Gleason’s Old Lyme soccer girls defeated Old Saybrook 3-0 at home today. Lydia Tinnerello was first to score and Mya Johnson followed up with two goals. There were no assists.

Emily Rivera was in goal for Old Lyme and had two saves. Kelsey True was in net for Old Saybrook with six saves.

Old Lyme is 6-0-0 overall and 3-0-0 in the Shoreline.

The following are brief reports from each game that has contributed to the Wildcats’ current unbeaten record.

On Wednesday, Old Lyme defeated East Hampton 4-0 at Lyme-Old Lyme High School. Kaylee Armenia had two goals, Maddie Ouellette had two goals and one assist, while Caroline Wallace added an assist.

Emily Rivera was in net for Old Lyme with three saves and Emma Cook was in net for East Hampton, also with threee saves.

Old Lyme defeated Westbrook at Westbrook High School last Friday, Sept. 15, 6-0. Mya Johnson was the first to score in the first half with an assist from Maddie Ouellette. Ciara Klimaszewski scored three goals; one in the first half unassisted and two in the second half assisted by Britney DeRoehn and Colleen Walsh. Grace Lathrop scored unassisted in the first half and Maddie Ouellette scored unassisted in the first half.

Emily Rivera and Emma McCulloch were in goal for Old Lyme with one save each.

On Sept. 12, Old Lyme defeated Morgan 2-0 at Lyme-Old Lyme High School. Maddie Zrenda scored the first goal assisted by Mya Johnson in the first half. Emily DeRoehn scored the second goal in the second half assisted by her sister Brittany DeRoehn.

In goal for Old Lyme was Emily Rivera who had seven saves. In goal for Morgan was Rebecca Cockley with nine saves.

Go Wildcats!

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Wildcat X-Country Teams Start Season with Second Place Overall in Blue Dragon Invitational

The LOLHS Cross-Country girls came in first place overall in the Blue Dragon Invitational.

In a terrific start to the season, the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Cross-Country team placed second Wednesday in the Overall Girls/Boys Division in the Blue Dragon Invitational in Portlad, Conn., which was their first meet of the new academic year.

The LOLHS Cross-Country boys came in second overall.

The girls team came first overall out of 14 teams while the boys placed second out of 24 teams.

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Old Lyme Girls Crush East Lyme 3-0, First Win in Wildcat History Over Vikings

Senior Captain Keelin Hurtt races towards the goal in Saturday’s game against East Lyme.

In their first game of the season, the Lyme-Old Lyme High School varsity soccer girls defeated East Lyme 3-0 at East Lyme High School for the first time in school history. The Wildcats are coached by Paul Gleason with Assistant Coaches Allyson Gleason and Jeremy Kiefer.

The Wildcats gather in their famous huddle before the game begins.

Senior captain Keelin Hurtt scored two goals assisted respectively by Mya Johnson and Kaylee Armenia. The ‘Cats third goal was unassisted by senior captain Maddie Ouellette.

Emily Rivera was in goal for Old Lyme where she made 13 saves.

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Boys Relay Team Advances to State Open; Other Wildcat Sports Notes

The LOLHS 4 x 800 relay team of (from left to right), Danny Cole,Trevor Wells, Danny Reid, and Corey Knepshield, has advanced to the State Open Championship.

Track

The Lyme-Old Lyme High School boy’s 4 x 800 team of Danny Cole, Trevor Wells, Danny Reid, and Corey Knepshield raced their way to 3rd place in the CIAC Class S track state championships Thursday. They now advance to the CIAC State Open Championship on Monday.

Congratulations to this great team and Go Wildcats!

Baseball

The Lyme-Old Lyme High School baseball team fell to Lyman Memorial 2-1 in a CIAC state quarter-final Saturday afternoon at Lyman Memorial.

Congratulations on a great season, boys!

Girl’s Lacrosse

Sadly, Emily Macione’s girls, who had already claimed the Shoreline Conference championship, bowed out of the state tournament on Thursday after a devastating 12-11 loss to New Fairfield. Congratulations on a great season, girls!

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Old Lyme’s Lacrosse Girls Are Shoreline Champions … Again!

The Lyme-Old LymeHigh School’s girls’ lacrosse celebrates their Shoreline Conference victory with smiles … and the trophy.  Photo by Nancy Mesham.

Emily Macione’s girls held out in a thrilling Shoreline Conference final yesterday evening at the Indian River Sports Complex in Clinton to claim their second championship in as many years, this time defeating North Branford 11-9.  The Thunderbirds made a late run for the title cutting the Wildcats lead to a single goal at 10-9, but in the final minutes Old Lyme prevailed with an additional goal by Anna Mesham.

Seniors Sydney Cowell and Anna Mesham respectively had five and three goals while fellow senior Laura Quaratella added two goals and Abby Berger, also a senior, had a goal and an assist. Mesham notched up two assists and Hannah Guenther in goal made a staggering 13 saves.

Congratulations, Wildcats!  Now onto states …

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Dedication Ceremony for New Boathouse Celebrates Old Lyme’s Decades-Long, Continuing Passion for Rowing

Surrounded by VIPs at the Dedication Ceremony for the Fred Emerson Boathouse, Old Lyme First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder cuts the ribbon to declare the boathouse officially open.  Photo by Tanya Patten.

More than 100 people gathered Saturday morning at Hains Park on the shores of Rogers Lake  to join a ceremony to dedicate the recently completed Fred Emerson Boathouse.  All joined by a love of rowing, they were there to celebrate the official opening of the boathouse, which is the new home for boats owned by Lyme-Old Lyme Schools and the Old Lyme Rowing Club/Blood Street Sculls.

Old Lyme Rowing Association/Blood Street Sculls President Greg Hack spoke to the assembled crowd expressing thanks to many individuals and organizations saying, “On behalf  of  the over 150 athletes who will row on Rogers Lake this year, I would like to express how thrilled we are that the new Boathouse is now complete.  We all feel a deep sense of gratitude to the people of the Town of Old Lyme, and to the State of Connecticut, for their support throughout this project.”

Construction of the boathouse was initially funded by a Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grant for $478,000, which was awarded in July 2013, and then subsequently Old Lyme residents approved a request from their board of selectmen in October 2014 for an additional $405,000 to be taken from town funds.  The proposed renovations were intended to make the boathouse ADA accessible, and provide sufficient space to store all the boats owned by Lyme-Old Lyme High School, the Old Lyme Rowing Club/Blood Street Sculls and Old Saybrook High School.  There will also be space available to carry out equipment maintenance and repair.  Renovation of the basketball court and new bathrooms, which would be accessible to the public, were also included in the project.

Hack continued his words of gratitude thanking Old Lyme First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder, “for her leadership and unwavering support during all phases of the project … [Old Lyme Selectman] Skip Sibley, a former collegiate rower who shared our dream of a new boathouse when it was first just a sketch on a cocktail napkin … and [Old Lyme Selectwoman] MJ Nosal for her enthusiasm and support.”

He also thanked Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser and Athletic Director Hildie Heck, “for their support, and for recognizing how important the sport of rowing has been for Lyme-Old Lyme High School.”

Turning to the members of the Boathouse Hains Park Improvement Committee (BHPIC), Hack commended, “their tireless work, and in particular [the efforts of] our co-chairs Paul Fuchs and Paul Gianquinto.  Paul F brought tremendous expertise on rowing matters to the project, and Paul G brought intimate knowledge of construction procedures that were oh so valuable, not to mention his incredible dedication and tenacity throughout the project.”

Hack also thanked Nina Peck, “our architect, for creating a wonderful plan for the new building that is both attractive and highly functional.”

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser commented, “We are grateful to the Town of Old Lyme for pursuing the STEAP grant that helped support the construction of the new boathouse. This structure will allow our rowing programs to continue to grow and allow us to build upon our past successes. The new boathouse will provide much needed support for our student rowers for many years to come.”

Old Lyme Selectman Skip Sibley addresses the crowd at the Fred Emerson Boathouse Dedication.  Photo by Tanya Patten.

Sibley gave a brief history of the man after whom the boathouse is named, Fred L. Emerson Jr. of Lyme. Sibley noted Emerson was an avid rower who founded and financed crew programs at more than 60 high schools, colleges and private clubs throughout the nation. In Connecticut alone, Sibley mentioned, Emerson is solely responsible for the creation of programs at the East Lyme High School, the Coast Guard Academy, Old Lyme High School, Connecticut College, Simsbury High School, and the Middletown High School.  Emerson also gave strong support to university crew programs at Wesleyan, Trinity and Yale , and school crew programs at Choate, the Thames River Sculls, South Kent, and Gunnery.

Emerson was born and raised in Upstate New York where his father founded a prosperous shoe company. He started his rowing career at the Culver Military Academy in Indiana, and later captained the rowing squad at the University of Wisconsin Class of ‘32.  Sibley noted that, while competing for the Badgers, Emerson became aware of the challenges of financing a rowing program when his own varsity career was impacted by budget restrictions. This lesson inspired Emerson later on in his life to support fledgling rowing programs generously.

Sibley submitted that Emerson was widely regarded a champion of the underdog, who sponsored women’s crew long before Title IX established the legal requirement for equity across the genders.

Sibley went on to share the origins of Rogers Lake rowing, drawing his information from a number of sources.  He commented that the catalyst for US Women’s Rowing was when the U.S. announced their plan for a women’s rowing team to compete in the 1976 Olympic Games scheduled to be held in Montreal.  At that time, women’s rowing was still in its infancy — the US announcement precipitated a quantum leap in the sport onto the national stage.

Sibley explained that in February 1971 Emerson connected with Connecticut College rowing coach C. Bart Gullong.  They organized the first meeting of women’s rowing coaches from across the country and this marked the inception of the New England Association of Women’s Rowing Colleges.

The following spring, in May 1972, the New England Association of Women’s Rowing Colleges (NEAWRC) held its first regatta on Rogers Lake in Old Lyme, thanks in great part to the generosity of Emerson, who designed the 1,000-meter course, donated boats to many of the participating schools, and provided almost all of the financial backing for the event. One eight from each institution was allowed to participate, with the Princeton crew emerging victorious.

In 1974, the name of the organization was changed to the Eastern Association of Women’s Rowing Colleges (EAWRC) and 19 teams took part in the first race known as the EAWRC Sprints on Lake Besek in Middlefield, Conn.  (The schools participating were Barnard, Boston University, Connecticut College, Dartmouth, Drexel, MIT, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Middletown High School, Pennsylvania, Princeton, Radcliffe, Rhode Island, Syracuse, Washington, Wellesley, Williams, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Yale.)

Because this was the first year in which five or more women’s teams from the Ivy League participated in a championship event, this 1974 regatta is generally seen as marking the beginning of championship competition for women in any sport, in any Division I conference. Radcliffe won that event and is thus considered the first Ivy League and EAWRC champion.

Sibley concluded, “Fred’s ‘can do’ philosophy of building programs and his passion to share the benefits of rowing amongst all skills will endure for ever. And this new boathouse bearing his name is certainly a testament to that.”

State Representative Devin Carney (R-23rd) addresses rowing enthusiasts of all ages who attended Saturday’s Dedication Ceremony. Photo by Sheree Sibley.

State Representative Devin Carney (R-23rd) and BHPIC Co-chair Paul Fuchs also spoke enthusiastically about the boathouse and its future impact on the local rowing programs.  Fuchs noted that Saturday, June 3, is National Learn To Row Day and for the fourth year, this event will be celebrated at Fred Emerson Boathouse by opening its doors to everyone to try rowing at no cost.

Before the speeches ended and the celebrations began, Hack summed up the joy and excitement of the occasion saying, “Over 50 years ago, Fred Emerson first coached young people out of the original boathouse on Blood Street.  Since then we have grown and achieved new levels of enthusiasm and success in what are truly community-based programs.  I am hopeful that Fred would be pleased with what we have built here together.”

He concluded, “I thank the people of Old Lyme and all who were involved in the project for their vision and for their understanding about how rowing helps to make the Town of Old Lyme such a unique and special place.  We pledge to be good stewards of this new facility for decades to come.”

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Lyme-Old Lyme HS Girls Take Second Place at State Gymnastics Championship

Class S State Championship runners-up!

Coach Kim Detuzzi led Lyme-Old Lyme to an amazing second place in the CIAC Class S gymnastics state championship, which was held Saturday at Pomperaug High School in Southbury. This result was the culmination of an extremely successful season during which numerous records were shattered by this talented team.

The contest was won by Woodstock Academy, which triumphed for the fifth time in a row with 151.425 points, while the Wildcats finished with an impressive 132.075 points.

Team members include Mary Bolles, Britney Detuzzi Anna Donato, Caroline Montanaro and Melia Tyrol.

Detuzzi scored 8.925 on both floor exercise and vault, 8.55 on balance beam and 8.2 on uneven bars, achieving the highest score of the team on each event.

The Wildcats, who finished as one of the top four scoring teams in the divisional championships, have now qualified to compete in the open team championship to be held March 4 at New Milford High School.

Congratulations, Wildcats!

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Old Lyme/Valley Warriors Take on St. Joe’s Tonight in Class M Championship Semi-final

Warrior football action from the team's victory over H-K. File photo by Laura Matesky.

Warrior football action from the team’s victory over H-K. File photo by Laura Matesky.

Tonight at 6:30 p.m. on their home field at Deep River, the top-seeded Valley/Old Lyme Warriors face Saint Joseph’s in the semi-finals of the CIAC Class M football championship.

Go Warriors!

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UPDATE: Warriors Win! A Senior Season to Remember: Old Lyme’s Burdick Helps Power Valley Warriors to Top Seed in CIAC Play-Offs

Garrett Burdick (#3) in action in last week's blow-out 31-0 victory over Haddam-Killingworth.

Garrett Burdick (#3) in action in last week’s blow-out 31-0 victory over Haddam-Killingworth. Photo by Laura Matesky.

UPDATE 10:00pm: Warriors win 30:12 over Berlin!  Now the boys advance to the semi-final Monday, Dec. 5, at Valley Regional High School against Saint Joseph.

Tonight at 6:30 p.m. on their home field at Deep River, the Valley/Old Lyme Warriors face Berlin in the quarter-finals of the CIAC Class M football championship. The Warriors are the top seeds in the contest but Berlin’s Redcoats will be no push-over according to sports writer Ned Griffen in an article published at this link in The Day yesterday.

Proud parents Paul and Judy stand with their son, Lyme-Old Lyme High School senior Garrett , at Senior Night celebrations last week. Photo by Laura Matesky.

Proud parents Paul and Judy stand with their son, Lyme-Old Lyme High School senior Garrett , at Senior Night celebrations last week. Photo by Laura Matesky.

Much will ride tonight on the shoulders of Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) senior Garrett Burdick, who has been enjoying an exceptional season, especially considering the fact that he had never played football prior to his freshman year.  Moreover, he didn’t even attend LOLHS for his first two years of high school and so had to sit out his early games last season to comply with CIAC transfer regulations.

Ned Griffen wrote a comprehensive article at this link highlighting Burdick’s remarkable career and major contribution to the Warriors that was published in the Nov. 27 edition of The Day.

Go Warriors!

 

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Two Lyme-Old Lyme HS Seniors Sign National Letters of Intent to Play D1 Lacrosse

Proud parents Peter and Chrissy Cowell of Old Lyme watch as their daughter Sydney (left, seated) signs her National Letter of Intent to play lacrosse at Quinnipiac University after graduation from Lyme-Old Lyme High School. Similarly, John and Nancy Mesham of Old Lyme watch as daughter Anna (seated right) signs to play at Sacred Heart University. The girls Nor'easter club team coach (wearing black jacket) stands in the center.

Proud parents Peter and Chrissy Cowell (standing left) of Old Lyme watch as their daughter Sydney (seated left) signs her National Letter of Intent to play Division I lacrosse at Quinnipiac University after graduation from Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) in June 2017. Similarly, John and Nancy Mesham (standing right) of Old Lyme watch as daughter Anna (seated right) signs to play Division I lacrosse at Sacred Heart University, also after her June 2017 graduation from LOLHS. The girls Nor’easter club team coach (wearing black jacket) stands in the center.

A ceremony was held Nov. 13 at Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) when two seniors signed National Letters of Intent to play Division I lacrosse at colleges in the fall of 2017.

Sydney Cowell (seated left) and Anna Mesham (seated right) sign National Letters of Intent proudly watched by (from left to right) Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) Athletic Director Hildie Heck, LOLHS Girls' Lacrosse Coach Emily Maciano and LOLHS Principal Jim Wygonik. standing,

Sydney Cowell (seated left) and Anna Mesham (seated right) sign National Letters of Intent watched by (from left to right, standing) LOLHS Athletic Director Hildie Heck, LOLHS Girls’ Lacrosse Coach Emily Macione and LOLHS Principal Jim Wygonik,

Sydney Cowell will play at Quinnipiac University and Anna Mesham at Sacred Heart University.

Congratulations, girls — what a well-deserved honor and achievement!

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Wildcats Win! Gleason’s Girls Take State Championship Title in 1-0 Win Over Old Saybrook

The team with their trophy.

The team with their trophy!  All photos by Caitlin O’Neil.

In Saturday’s Class S championship game, Lyme-Old Lyme High School senior Caleigh O’Neil kicked the ball in the back of Old Saybrook’s net with 37 minutes left on the clock.

The four Wildcat seniors proudly display the trophy.

From left to right, Maddie Zrenda and Wildcat seniors Jenna Peduzzi, Caleigh O’Neil and Mary Bolles proudly display the trophy.

Old Saybrook failed to equalize before the final whistle and so Old Lyme brings home the state trophy, which they also won last year — but as co-winners with Fairfield Notre Dame.

Caleigh O'Neil, who scored the lone goal that won the championship for the Wildcats, was interviewed after being named game MVP.

Caleigh O’Neil, who scored the lone goal that won the championship for the Wildcats, was interviewed after being named game MVP.

This year, Paul Gleason and his amazing band of soccer players have it all to themselves and can place it alongside the Shoreline Championship trophy that they won a few weeks ago.

The Wildcats celebrate the moment of victory. Photo by T. Tinnerello.

The Wildcats celebrate the moment of victory. Photo by T. Tinnerello.

Congratulations, Wildcats on this awesome victory!

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Lyme-Old Lyme HS Alum Nick Walker Finishes 9th of New England Entrants in D3 National Championship XC Race

Nick stands with LOLHS Cross-country coaches Barbara O’Leary and Bill Raider in this 2011 photo.

Nick stands with LOLHS Cross-country coaches Barbara O’Leary and Bill Raider in this 2011 photo.

11/20 UPDATE taken from Bowdoin College website: Nick Walker raced to a strong finish on Saturday at the NCAA Division III Championship meet at E.P “Tom” Sawyer State Park in Louisville, finishing 47th in the men’s 8k race (25:04.5).  In extremely windy conditions, Walker finished ninth among New England entrants, capping a fantastic senior campaign. He finished just 1:24.5 off the winning pace.

Nick Walker, who graduated from Lyme-Old Lyme High School in 2012 and is presently a senior at Bowdoin College, runs today in the NCAA Division 3 National Championship, which is being held at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. Last Saturday, he came in 10th place overall in the NCAA Division 3 New England Men’s Cross-country Regional Championship, when he ran the 8K (4.97 miles) in 25:00.01 minutes and, as a result, qualified on an individual basis for today’s National Championship.

Walker’s cross-country career began and developed running the roads of Lyme and at both Lyme-Old Lyme Middle and High Schools, culminating in him becoming the Shoreline Cross-country champion in 2011.

This photo shows the Bowdoin Mens Cross-country team. Nick Walker is fourth from the right.

This photo shows the Bowdoin Mens Cross-country team. Nick Walker is fourth from the right.

He has been running at Bowdoin College ever since and has qualified for the first time for the national championship, an exceptional feat requiring a significant amount of training.  He is co-captain of the Bowdoin team and a neuroscience major.

Nick stands with his parents, Cary and David Walker of Lyme, after a recent race.

Nick stands with his parents, Cary and David Walker of Lyme, after a recent race.

Nick Walker in action at Franklin Park earlier this year.

Nick Walker in action at Franklin Park earlier this year.

Nick’s parents are David and Cary Walker of Lyme and his sister Lucy, who also attended Bowdoin, was valedictorian of Lyme-Old Lyme High School’s Class of 2010.

Today’s National Championship meet in Louisville will be broadcast over the web for all those from Lyme and Old Lyme wishing to cheer on Walker (hopefully!) to victory.

For more information on today’s National Championship schedule, visit http://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule

For more information on the Cross-country National Championship, visit https://www.gotolouisville.com/cross-country/

For more information on Bowdoin athletics, visit http://athletics.bowdoin.edu/sports/mxc/2016-17/releases/20161112m6ib7t

Good luck, Nick — we’re all rooting for you!

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Old Lyme Wildcats Face Saybrook Rams in Class S State Soccer Final Today

Photo by Lori Archambault Wallace.

File photo by Lori Archambault Wallace.

Second-seeded Old Lyme face perennial Shoreline Conference rival and 13th seeded Old Saybrook in the CIAC Class S state championship tomorrow at the West Haven Sports Complex. Kick-off is at 11 a.m.

Paul Gleason’s ‘Cats defeated #11 seeds Terryville earlier in the week with a convincing 3-0 win after goals by Jenna Peduzzi, Maddie Ouelette and Keelin Hurtt.

Old Saybrook defeated Portland on penalties to reach the final.  The Wildcats are defending Class S co-champions having drawn 2-2 with Notre-Dame Fairfield in the final last year.

GO WILDCATS!!!!

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Wildcats Advance to State Soccer Final for Second Consecutive Year

Photo by Lori Archambault Wallace.

File photo by Lori Archambault Wallace.

Second-seeded Old Lyme dominated last night’s Class S state semifinal game against #11 seeds Terryville coming away with a convincing 3-0 win after goals by Jenna Peduzzi, Maddie Ouelette and Keelin Hurtt.

Paul Gleason’s team now advances to the final on Saturday against perennial Shoreline Conference rival Old Saybrook, who defeated Portland on penalties last night.  The Wildcats are defending Class S co-champions having drawn 2-2 with Notre-Dame Fairfield in the final last year.

The location and time of this Saturday’s game is yet to be determined.

GO WILDCATS!!!!

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Gleason’s Girls Take on Terryville Tonight in Class S Soccer Semifinal

The Wildcats celebrate after defeating Coventry 2-0 in Saturday's game.

The Wildcats celebrate after defeating Coventry 2-0 in Saturday’s game.

9:50PM UPDATE:  Wildcats Win 3-0!!  Now the girls advance to the state final on Saturday. GO WILDCATS!!!

The Lyme-Old Lyme High School girls soccer team takes on #11 seeds Terryville in the CIAC Class S state semi-final tonight at 7 p.m. at Falcon Field in Meriden.  A win would take the Wildcats, who are seeded second, into the final for the second time in as many years where they potentially could meet perennial local rival Old Saybrook, who play Portland in the other semifinal in Middletown tonight.

Coach Paul Gleason’s girls are defending Class S co-champions after drawing 2-2 with Notre-Dame Fairfield in the final last year.  The Wildcats reached the semifinal on Friday after defeating Coventry 2-0 in the quarterfinal played in Old Lyme.

Go Wildcats!

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Valley/Old Lyme Warriors Qualify for Class M Football Playoffs

Coach Tim King didn’t bother to tell his players that a win Saturday would earn the Valley Regional/Old Lyme cooperative program a trip to the CIAC Class M football playoffs.

His first concern was taking care of business against a struggling opponent, winless Canton.

“The kids did exactly what we asked,” King said. “We wanted to get our varsity kids off the field by halftime and we wanted to get our JV group some experience.” … Read the full article by “Day Staff Reports” and published in The Day on Saturday, Nov. 12,  at this link

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Wildcats Win! Gleason’s Girls Secure Record Fourth Consecutive Shoreline Championship

Champions! Paul Gleason's girls won their fourth consecutive Shoreline Conference championship Friday night at Portland High School.

Champions! Paul Gleason’s girls won their fourth consecutive Shoreline Conference championship Friday night at Portland High School.

The Lyme-Old Lyme High School girl’s soccer team shattered a Shoreline Conference record this evening when they defeated North Branford 1-0 to win their fourth consecutive championship.  Wildcat Mya Johnson scored about five minutes into the second half and the goal stood unanswered until the final whistle.

This win places the Wildcats in the Shoreline Conference history books as four consecutive wins by the same team has never before been achieved.

The girls took a well-deserved few minutes to celebrate their victory

The girls took a well-deserved few minutes to celebrate their victory

The ‘Cats went into the final as top seeds while the Thunderbirds came in at number six after defeating second seeds Cromwell in their semifinal.

CONGRATULATIONS, WILDCATS!

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Wildcat Girls Win, Boys Lose in Shoreline Semis Today

The traditional Wildcat huddle takes place before every game.

The traditional Wildcat huddle takes place before every game. Photo by K. Winters.

3:30pm UPDATE:  Girls defeat Valley 1-0 with goal by Keelin Hurtt with 59.5 seconds left on the clock! The Wildcats now advance to Shoreline finals on Friday. Congratulations, Wildcats!

4:05pm UPDATE: Boys game now in overtime against Morgan.

4:30pm UPDATE: Heartbreak for the Wildcat boys.  They lose 1-0 to Morgan after their own earlier goal was disallowed.

Both the Wildcat boys and girls soccer teams play in the Shoreline Conference semifinals in an exciting double-header at home today.

Paul Gleason’s girls kick off at 12 noon against Valley Regional High School and Marc Vendetti’s boys play The Morgan School of Clinton at 2 p.m.

Go Wildcats!

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‘Bound for the Sound’ Road Race Benefits Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation

And they're off! Runners participating in last year's 10K start the race.

And they’re off! Runners participating in last year’s 10K take their first steps in the race.

The Lyme–Old Lyme Education Foundation’s (LOLEF) 5th annual Bound for the Sound Road Race takes place next Saturday, Sept. 24, starting at 8 a.m., on Hartford Ave., in the Sound View area of Old Lyme.

Runners can choose between a 10K or 5K course, or a one-mile Fun Run. The course travels through the scenic, easy terrain of South Lyme. All proceeds from the race benefit the Foundation’s educational programs in the Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools.

Runners of all ages are welcome, including those in strollers. Register for the race at http://lolef.org or in person before the race. Registration is $35 for adults, $10 for high school students and younger, with faculty and staff of the Region 18 Schools receiving a $10 discount off the registration fee.

Mary Stone, LOLEF President, commented, “We draw a great crowd each year, especially for the 10K. It’s one of the few 10K races in the region: the course is beautiful and runners really love it.” LOLEF race organizer Chris Staab added, “It’s a great community event that supports public education while promoting health and wellness.”

The LOLEF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization, governed by a volunteer board of directors from the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme.

The LOLEF’s mission is to create, continue, and enhance the valuable educational programs above and beyond those traditionally provided by the Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools. The Foundation aligns its work with the District’s strategic planning process to encourage innovative and effective learning opportunities for students of all ages. It raises and distributes funds to enhance enrichment programs, support innovative teaching and learning, and build educational partnerships between Lyme-Old Lyme students and the community.

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Are You Ready For Some Football? 1pm Kick-Off at Lyme-Old Lyme HS for OL/Valley Warriors v. Saybrook Rams

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Action from last year’s game at Old Lyme.

This afternoon the Valley-Old Lyme Warriors meet the Saybrook Rams in the only game to be played in Old Lyme this season.  The Warriors regular home field is at Valley Regional High School.

Kick-off is at 1 p.m. on the Lyme-Old Lyme High School varsity field.

The Warriors come into today’s game with an unbeaten record having defeated Ellington 14-7 in the only game of the season to date.

We may not traditionally be a football town, but let’s turn out a huge crowd to support our boys!

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