November 24, 2020

Region 4 Asks Valley-Old Lyme Co-op Football Coach to Resign

Action from a Warriors game against Old Saybrook played on the Lyme-Old Lyme Varsity Field in 2016. File photo,

AREAWIDE — The press and social media are currently swirling with articles*, opinion pieces* and comments relating to the requested resignation of the extremely popular Valley Regional High School (VRHS) football coach and gym teacher Tim King by the Region #4 Superintendent Brian White.

Region 4 comprises the middle and high school-age students of Chester, Deep River and Essex; each of the three towns operates their own elementary schools.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) students play football on the VRHS ‘Warriors’ team in a formalized co-operative arrangement, which has been in place for some 10 years. Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser explained, however, that the co-op arrangement does not mean LOL Schools had any involvement in the recent actions of the Region #4 Superintendent.

Neiaser said by email, “In our current cooperative football agreement with Valley Regional, Region #4 employs the head coach. Therefore, any action or proposed action is independent of the Region #18 [Lyme-Old Lyme Schools] Board of Education.”

According to news reports, the issue that prompted White to ask for King’s resignation was King’s presence at an Independent Football League practice held in Lyme, which included players from both VRHS and LOLHS. The League was formed in response to the cancellation of the high school football season by the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference.

Since he is the VRHS/LOLHS football coach, King was not permitted by Region #4 to coach in the Independent Football League. According to numerous reports, King submits he complied with that ruling and many witnesses have substantiated that statement.

Neviaser noted in his email, “Region #18 has no involvement in any independent sports programs that are not a part of our annual budget.”

The captain of the VRHS/LOLHS co-op football team Jack Cox started a petition on, requesting that Tim King should retain his positions at Valley Regional High School. As at 12 a.m., Nov. 23, more than 2,760 people had signed the petition.

Editor’s Note: *Articles and opinions referenced for this article include:
Three local teams to compete in 11-on-11 Independent Football League by Ned Griffen, published Oct. 23, by The Day.

Players, parents upset that Valley/Old Lyme coach King being forced to resign by Ned Griffen, published Nov. 21, by The Day.

Coach asked to resign for involvement in independent football league by Sean Patrick Bowley, published Nov. 21, in the New Haven Register.

Tim King has the community — and the truth — on his side by Mike DiMauro, published Nov. 23, by The Day.

Valley Regional high school coach asked to resign by school district for involvement in independent football league formed during the pandemic in The Courant.


Lyme-Old Lyme Coaches, Athletes Feature Prominently in Shoreline Conference Fall Awards

Emily DeRoehn is the 2020 Shoreline Conference Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year.

LYME/OLD LYME — Emily DeRoehn has been named Shoreline Conference Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year.

Lyme-Old Lyme boys’ soccer coach Ally Gleason and girls’ volleyball coach Erin Crayton were both named Shoreline Conference Coaches of the Year for their respective sports. Kendra Flaherty was named Shoreline Conference Girls’ Soccer Assistant Coach of the Year.

Additional honors awarded to Lyme-Old Lyme High School players included:

First Team

Emily DeRoehn
Ellie Zrenda

Second Team
Sam Gray, Alexis Fenton and Grace Lathrop made the second team and

Honorable Mention
Abby Manthous
Stephanie Mauro
Lauren Wallace

First Team
Mike Milazzo
Anders Silberberg

Second Team
Avery Welch

Honorable Mention
Tim O’Brien and Jesper Silberberg

Second Team
Melanie Warren
Abigail Sicuranza

Honorable Mention
Abby Speckhals

Boys’ Team
Aidan Powers

Girls’ Team
Maddy Morgado
Alyssa Spooner

Congratulations to all these excellent athletes!


Old Lyme Fall at Final Hurdle Losing Shoreline Championship 3-2, but Exit with Their Heads Held High

Junior Abby Manthous (left) scored both goals for Old Lyme in Monday’s Shoreline Championship loss to Haddam-Killingworth. All photos by E. Mauro.

OLD LYME — It just wasn’t meant to be …

Top-seeded Old Lyme could not pull off a victory in their final game of the season to win the Shoreline Championship for the first time since 2016.

Sophomore Alexis Fenton played a determined role in the game.

Although they were the underdogs as third seeds and playing away from home, Haddam-Killingworth had a certain determination about them. They scored first after 27 minutes taking the score to 1-0 at half-time.

Despite H-K coming out and scoring again after six minutes in the second half, the Wildcats were anything but beaten at that point.

MacKenzie Machnik takes the ball up the field while junior Ali Kyle (#21) keeps pace with her.

Junior Abby Manthous put the ball in the net off a corner kick a short time later bringing the score back to 2-1 and giving Old Lyme renewed hope.

Junior Emily DeRoehn set up the first Old Lyme goal for Manthous.

That hope was dissipated somewhat when the Cougars scored again with 13 minutes remaining, but still the Wildcats didn’t give up.

With the score at 3-1 and 2:23 left on the clock, Manthous found the back of the net again, this time directly from a corner kick.

Senior goalie Sam Gray defended the goal valiantly throughout the game.

It was not enough to win the game, but the girls ended the season with an extraordinary record of 10-1-1 and prior to this game, an unbeaten season behind them on which they can look back with tremendous pride.



Old Lyme Girls Sail Into Shoreline Semis After Boys Bow Out

Lila Powers races down the field in a determined effort to beat her Old Saybrook opponent to the ball. All photos by E. Mauro.

OLD LYME — Having watched the third-seeded Old Lyme boys unexpectedly lose 3-1 to #6 seeds Haddam-Killingworth, the top-seeded Old Lyme girls came out slightly nervously Wednesday afternoon to face Old Saybrook, who were seeded eighth.

Jesper Silberberg (left) scores the only goal for Old Lyme in Wednesday’s quarter-final game against Haddam-Killingworth.

The lone scorer for the boys, who are coached by Ally Gleason, was Jesper Silberberg.

Ali Kyle at right in photo (#21) scored the first goal for Old Lyme while #17 McKenzie Machnik guarded an Old Saybrook defender closely.

In the girl’s game, Old Saybrook scored first and then Ali Kyle equalized for Old Lyme off a rebound from a Maddie McCullough shot.

Maddie McCullough (center) created the opportunity for Ali Kyle to score Old Lyme’s first goal and then scored the decisive third goal herself.

Emily DeRoehn scored the second goal for the Wildcats to take the score to 2-1 at the half.

Grace Lathrop (#3) storms down the field ahead of a Saybrook defender.

Coach Paul Gleason must have had some motivating words for his team during half-time because the girls came out firing on all cylinders in the second half.

Luisa Raby (#10) advances towards a loose ball.

The Wildcats came out in the second half with renewed confidence and sophomore McCullough then put the ball in the net herself to score the ‘Cats third goal.

Abby Manthous

The impressive fourth Old Lyme goal was scored off a free-kick by sophomore Alexis Fenton.

Alexis Fenton scored Old Lyme’s fourth goal.

Senior Lauren Wallace (#18 in photo below) scored the final goal for the ‘Cats.

Sophomore Ryleigh Russell, filling in for regular goalie Sam Gray, made numerous important saves.

The final score was 5-1 to Old Lyme, who now play their semifinal game at home against fourth-seeded Coginchaug on Friday with a 2 p.m. kick-off.

Stephanie Mauro (#4) and McKenzie Machnik (#17) made important contributions to Old Lyme’s victory.

In the boy’s game, Tim O’Brien (center in photo below, at left) played a significant role …

… while Jonah Lathrop gave a strong performance in goal.


Wildcat Soccer Quarterfinal Double-Header to be Held Today in Old Lyme

The Cromwell goalie saves a shot by an Old Lyme player in the Wildcats 3-1 victory over Cromwell on Saturday.

OLD LYME — UPDATE: 3:30pm: LOL Boys lose 3-1 to Haddam-Killingworth.
3:48pm: LOL Girls defeat Old Saybrook 5-1

The Shoreline Conference Soccer Championship brings a quarterfinal double-header to the Old Lyme varsity field tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 11.

The Lyme-Old Lyme boys, seeded third, coached by Ally Gleason, take on #6 Haddam-Killingworth at noon followed by the top seeded Lyme-Old Lyme girls, coached by Ally’s father, Paul, face #8 Old Saybrook with a 2 p.m. kick-off.


Last Saturday, Nov. 7, the Old Lyme girls defeated Cromwell 3-1 with goals by Abby Manthous, Kyle and Emily DeRoehn. Below are some action photos from that game taken by Elizabeth Mauro, captions to be added shortly.






Girls Win, Boys Draw Against Hale-Ray, Tuesday

Stephanie Mauro (#4) had the assist on the first goal in Old Lyme’s 3-0 victory over Hale-Ray on Tuesday.

Playing away, the Old Lyme girls pulled off a resounding 3-0 defeat of Hale-Ray on Tuesday with all the goals scored in the first half.

Maddie McCulloch scored first, assisted by Steph Mauro, and then Mauro herself scored the second goal assisted by Abby Manthous .

Ellie Zrenda scored the third and last of Old Lyme’s goals unassisted.

The third goal came when Ellie Zrenda put the ball in the back of the net unassisted.

Stephanie Mauro (left) takes on a Hale-Ray defender.

Since regular goalie Sam Grey is out until Nov. 13, sophomore Rhyleigh Russell started in goal for the Wildcats. Later in the game, Nyla Goulis and Margot Paynter also went in goal .

Playing at home, the Old Lyme boys tied Hale Ray 2-2 on Tuesday.

Anders Silberberg scored both goals for Old Lyme with assists from Jesper Silberberg and Mike Milazzo.

Matt Conroy scored both goals for Hale Ray

Jonah Lathrop was in net for the Wildcats and made one save. Meanwhile, Loudon Chupas was in goal for Hale Ray and notched 12 saves.

Old Lyme is now 5-2-2


Old Lyme Boys Crush Cromwell 4-1 on Senior Day

Mike Milazzo (center), who scored two goals for Old Lyme, moves swiftly down the field. All photos by E. Mauro.

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme boys celebrated their Senior Day with a resounding 4-1 win over Cromwell.

Mike Milazzo scored two goals and an assist, while Anders Silberberg and Tim O’Brien put away one goal each for the Wildcats.

Anders Silberberg (#30) sets the ball before scoring for Old Lyme.

Jesper Silberberg contributed two assists.

Cromwell’s lone goal was scored by Zack Randazzo with an assist from Logan Fox.

Tim O’Brien (#2) scored a spectacular header for the Wildcats.

Jonah Lathrop was in goal for the Wildcats and notched seven saves for Old Lyme. At the other end of the field, James Grodzicki was in goal for Cromwell and made seven saves.

Old Lyme is now 5-2-1.


Old Lyme Soccer Girls Continue Unbeaten Season With Win Over East Hampton

Emily DeRoehn (#15) heads the ball into the net in the second half of the Wildcats game Thursday against the Bellringers. DeRoehn’s lone goal in the game gave the Wildcats a 1-0 victory. Photo by E.Mauro.

LYME/OLD LYME — The Old Lyme girls celebrated Senior Day Thursday afternoon with a 1-0 victory over East Hampton which, in turn, meant they retained their unbeaten record.

After a scoreless first half, Emily DeRoehn headed in a ball off of a corner kick from Abby Manthous with 21:51 left on the clock.

Wildcat goalie Sam Grey made eight saves.

Old Lyme is now 5-0-1.



Old Lyme Boys Continue Unbeaten Run, Defeat Coginchaug 6-1

OLD LYME — Allyson Gleason’s Old Lyme boys continued their unbeaten run with a convincing 6-1 win over Coginchaug Thursday afternoon on the Lyme-Old Lyme High School home field.

Tim O’Brien, Jesper Silberberg and David Evers each had a goal for Old Lyme while Anders Silberberg, Avery Welch and Luke Celic each had a goal and an assist for the ‘Cats.

Coginchaug’s lone goal was scored by Shane Buckheit unassisted.

Jonah Lathrop was in goal for Old Lyme and made eight saves; Dylan Zolnik was in goal for Coginchaug and notched six saves

Old Lyme’s record is now 4-0-1.


Both Old Lyme Soccer Teams Crush North Branford Opponents; Girls Win 7-0, Boys 6-0

A corner taken by Abby Manthous (center) led to Old Lyme’s second goal against North Branford and she also assisted the third goal scored by the Wildcats. Photo by E. Mauro.

LYME/OLD LYME — In a remarkable display of strength and skill, both Old Lyme soccer teams came away with convincing victories over their North Branford counterparts Wednesday afternoon. Playing at home, the Old Lyme girls won 7-0 while the boys, playing away, handed a 6-0 defeat to the Thunderbirds.

First half goals in the girl’s game were scored by Mackenize Machnik assisted by Alexis Fenton with 27:59 on the clock and then Grace Lathrop headed in the second goal off of a corner kick by Abby Manthous with 15:21 remaining.

Alexis Fenton scored 1 minute and 50 seconds into the second half with an Abby Manthous assist followed by a Livie Bass goal with 28:02 left in the half. Alexis Fenton had the assist on the second goal in the second half.

Ella Curtis-Reardon assisted Kayla O’Leary’s goal with 10:31 on the clock and Maddie McCullouch scored the sixth goal unassisted with 8:21 remaining.

Maddie McCullouch (center) scored the sixth goal for Old Lyme unassisted. Photo by E. Mauro.

The seventh and final goal came when Alexis Fenton scored a penalty after she had been tripped in the box with around six minutes left in the game.

Sam Grey made two saves for the Wildcats in goal.

The boy’s game saw both Anders Silberberg and Jesper Silberberg contribute two goals and an assist each, while Owen Macadam and Tim O’Brien also both scored a goal apiece.

Avery Welch, Nevin Joshy and Lucas Dasilva each added assists for the Wildcats.

Jonah Lathrop was in goal for Old Lyme and made one save.

Michael Virginelli was in goal for North Branford and notched seven saves.

Old Lyme’s record is now 3-0-1.


Wildcat Sports Notes: Welch Scores All Four Goals in Old Lyme’s Victory Over OS, Girls Continue Unbeaten Run With Win Over Portland

LYME/OLD LYME — Boy’s Soccer: In a remarkable performance, senior captain Avery Welch scored all four goals in Old Lyme’s crushing 4-1 victory over Old Saybrook, Thursday, Oct. 8. Assists for the goals came from Mike Milazzo, Angus Tresnan and Anders Silberberg.

Jonah Lathrop was in goal for the Wildcats and made seven saves.

Nick Rothman scored Old Saybrook’s lone goal unassisted.

William Peralta was in net for the Rams and notched five saves.

Girl’s Soccer: The Old Lyme girls won their first home game Tuesday, Oct. 6, against Portland. After a scoreless first half, Old Lyme went ahead with a goal scored by Emily Deroehn off a free kick.

Sam Grey, who was in goal for Old Lyme, made nine saves.

Old Lyme’s current record is 2-0.


Wildcat Sports Notes: Soccer Boys Draw at Portland, X-Country Girls Lose to East Hampton

LYME/OLD LYME — Boy’s soccer: The Old Lyme boys tied 2-2 with Portland Monday, Oct. 5, at Portland High School.

Mike Milazzo scored a goal and also had an assist, while Anders Silberberg notched a goal and Avery Welch an assist.

Jonah Lathrop was in net and made seven saves.

Old Lyme is now 1-1-0.

Girl’s Cross-Country: The Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) girls cross-country team hosted East Hampton Friday, Oct. 3, on the LOL home course. The teams raced safely and it was a competitive event. The Old Lyme girls were defeated 21-52.

Top runners for Old Lyme were 1st place finisher sophomore Maddy Morgado, junior Anne Colangelo and sophomore Alyssa Spooner

The full results are at this link.


Old Lyme Soccer Girls Start Season Strong With Win Over Morgan

LYME/OLD LYME — Old Lyme defeated Morgan 0f Clinton with a resounding 2-0 win Thursday, Oct. 2, in their opening game of the season.

Both teams were scoreless at half-time.

Then in the second half, after a handball by a Morgan defender in the penalty box, Lyme-Old Lyme senior Emily Deroehn took the penalty and put the ball in the back of the net.

The Wildcats second goal was scored on a follow-up after a shot by sophomore Maddie McCullouch bounced off the post.

Sam Grey made seven saves in goal for the Wildcats.

Old Lyme is 1-0-0.


Subscribe to Lyme-Old Lyme HS Athletics YouTube Channel to Watch LiveStreamed Games This Season

10/03 UPDATE: The Lyme Old Lyme High School Athletics YouTube channel now has 1,100 subscribers! Many thanks to all the LymeLine readers who subscribed and supported the LOLHS athletes in this way.

Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools are permitting spectators at home sports games this season but several other schools are not. Consequently, the LOL Schools Athletic Department is trying to find a way to live-stream games so that students, parents, friends and supporters of any team can watch a game that is being played at a school where spectators are not permitted.The Athletic Department has determined the best way to do this is via YouTube, but in order to be able to livestream from an i-Pad or i-Phone at any school other than LOL High School, YouTube requires a minimum of 1,000 subscribers to your YouTube channel.

The LOL Schools Athletic Department is therefore asking all those interested in watching LOL athletic games this season via a live-stream on YouTube to subscribe to the Lyme Old Lyme High School Athletics YouTube channel at this link.

As at publication time, the channel has 489 subscribers — let’s help them get to the 1,000 they need!

Wildcat Boys Start Soccer Season With Big 3-1 Win Over Morgan

LYME/OLD LYME — Starting the season in great form, Old Lyme defeated perennial Shoreline Conference rival Morgan of Clinton 3-1 today at home.

Avery Welch scored two goals for the Wildcats with assists from Anders Silberberg and Owen Macadam. Mike Milazzo scored for Old Lyme with an assist from Avery Welch.

Alex Gallardo scored Morgan’s only goal.

In net for Old Lyme was Jonah Lathrop who had five saves, while Bailey Goss was in goal for Morgan and made eight saves.

Old Lyme is now 1-0-0.


Wildcat X-Country Boys Defeated in First Meet of Season

LYME-OLD LYME — The Lyme-Old Lyme Boys Cross-Country team hosted East Hampton at home for the first meet of the 2020 season.  It was run safely and smoothly and the teams were able to have a touch of normalcy in an abnormal sports season.

They were defeated 17-46.

Top Lyme-Old Lyme runners were: Aidan Powers grade 12, John Almy 11th, and George Williams 10th.

Full results are at this link.  Boys tab at bottom.

The cross-country girls host East Hampton today.


Remaining CIAC Basketball, Boys’ Swimming & Hockey Games Cancelled, Petition Urging CIAC to Reconsider Just Started

BREAKING NEWS: A petition has been started urging the CIAC to reconsider its decision to cancel allfurther tournament games this season and consider a compromise of playing the games in front of a limited audience and live-streamed.

The petition states in part, Therefore, just as many schools’ classes are moving to an online format, signers of this petition would like to come to a compromise with the CIAC, to allow the continuation of the state tournament with a restricted spectator audience, with the condition that games are live streamed on the internet. We understand that the tournaments are unable to carry on as normal in previous years, and postponing would be a scheduling nightmare, and for that reason we would like to compromise with the committee. 

Details of the petition and how to sign it are at this link.

CHESHIRE – In an unprecedented decision in the history of state high school sports, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) is canceling the remainder of the state boys basketball, girls basketball, boys ice hockey and boys swimming tournament due to the growing coronavirus issue.

The decision was announced at a press conference Tuesday morning.

Glenn Lungarini, the executive director of the CIAC, said …

Read the full article titled, In unprecedented move, CIAC cancels remaining winter state tournaments over coronavirus concerns, at the link given, The article was published earlier today on

After winning the Shoreline Championship, the Old Lyme boys, who were last year’s CIAC Division V losing finalists, were scheduled to play in the second round of this year’s CIAC tournament tomorrow against Stafford.  As top seeds in the tournament, Old Lyme received a bye in the first round.

The Old Lyme girls were scheduled to play a quarter-final game in the CIAC Class S tournament against East Hampton on Thursday, March 12.


Old Lyme Girls Fly into State Quarterfinals with 61-22 Win Over Aerospace

Old Lyme and Aerospace team members chase after a loose ball in action from Friday’s second round game in the CIAC Class S championship. Photos by S. Thompson.

OLD LYME –UPDATED March 8 with additional statistics and photos On Friday evening, the Old Lyme girls basketball team (#8) cruised past 9th seeded Aerospace and into the  quarter-finals of  the CIAC Class S State Tournament with a convincing 61-22 win.

The girls will now meet top seeds East Hampton on the latter’s home court on Thursday, March 12.

Coach Don Bugbee (Kneeling) sets strategy with his team during a time-out from Friday evening’s game.

Junior Sam Gray was the game’s top scorer with  21 points (including five three-point baskets), four rebounds and three steals while sophomore Megan Loflin  nabbed 12 points  along with eight rebounds.

Freshman Alexis Fenton, pictured at right of Coach Bugbee in photo above, made a notable contribution with six points (including two three-point baskets), three steals and four assists.

Coach Don Bugbee commented that it was, “A solid team effort from start to finish on both the offensive and defensive aspects of the game. They moved, shared and shot the ball very well.”

He added, “Scoring 61 points, including eight three-point shots, 15 two-point shots and making seven out of 10 shots from the foul line made them a very tough match-up for Aerospace.”


Old Lyme Boys Crush Cromwell, Advance to Tonight’s SLC Final v Morgan; Girls Defeat Gilbert, Move on to Friday’s State Tourney 2nd Round

Aedan Using (#33) scored a game-high 27 points in Tuesday night’s semifinal against Cromwell. Old Lyme won the game and now meet Morgan in Thursday’s final. File photo by C. Using.

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme boys avenged their overtime loss to Cromwell in last year’s Shoreline Conference final by soundly defeating Cromwell 54-34 Tuesday night to advance to Thursday’s Shoreline Championship final against Morgan. Tonight’s game tips off at 7:30 p.m. at Polson Middle School in Madison. The game against Cromwell was played in the Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) gym.

After trailing by one point at the half, Old Lyme outscored Cromwell 29 to 8 in the second half.

Aiden Using led the Wildcat scoring with 27 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks. Ty Dean contributed nine points to the victory and Jared Ritchie eight.

Coach Kirk Kaczor told LymeLine, “The difference in the second half was our defense. Brady Sheffield and Ray Doll sat [on the bench] most of the second quarter with foul trouble.  When they came back in, that gave us a big lift.”

Kaczor continued enthusuastically, “We’re excited to go back to the finals.”

In the first round of the CIAC Class S Girl’s tournament, in a game played immediately prior to the boy’s game, eighth-seeded Old Lyme defeated Gilbert (seeded 25th) 46-32 to advance to a second round game against Aerospace to be played on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in the LOLHS gym.

Highlights from the game were Junior Sam Gray scoring 20 points, taking 10 rebounds and three steals, and making two blocks while Junior Emily DeRoehn scored seven points, took eight rebounds and five steals, and made two blocks. Senior Taylor Thompson added seven points with eight rebounds and one block.

Coach Don Bugbee commented after the game to LymeLine, “It was a solid team performance, especially defensively, and this was the difference in this game.” He added, “Tournament time is the time for minimal mistakes and you need contributions from everyone to advance from each round of games. Each possession is valuable and all of the little things you can do to contribute add up and put you in the best position to win a game.”

As always, we wish both teams the best of luck in their upcoming games and say with vigor, “Go Wildcats!”


Old Lyme Girls Gray, DeRoehn, Thompson Receive All-Shoreline Honors

Players receiving All-Shoreline honors from the Old Lyme girl’s basketball team were Sam Gray (third from right–First Team), Emily DeRoehn (extreme right–Second Team}, and the lone senior on the team, Taylor Thompson (being held), who was awarded an Honorable mention.

LYME/OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Girls start Class S tournament play today in the Lyme-Old Lyme High School gym when they face Gilbert with a 5 p.m. tip-off.

In the recently announced Shoreline Conference Girl’s Basketball honors, Junior Sam Gray was named to the First Team All Shoreline, Junior Emily DeRoehn to the Second Team and Senior Taylor Thompson was awarded an Honorable Mention.

Coach Don Bugbee told LymeLine, “My congratulations go out to them all.”