January 22, 2019

Wildcats March on with Unbeaten Record in Shoreline

Coach Kirk Kaczor (center) leads the traditional Old Lyme boy’s huddle before resuming play after a time-out.

Continuing their dominating season Old Lyme defeated Hale Ray 59-31 last Thursday, using a 12-0 blow-out late in the third quarter to secure their fifth win in succession.  Brady Sheffield led the scoring with two three-pointers during that stretch.

Sheffield ended the night with 15 points, while Aedan Using notched 14 points and Quinn Romeo scored 10 points with nine rebounds. Liam Holloway contributed four steals.

Old Lyme is now 8-0 in the Shoreline Conference and 8-1 overall.

Jan. 14

Old Lyme crushed North Branford 86-47 in a Shoreline Conference game with Aedan Using leading the scoring for the Wildcats with 26 points and seven assists. Brady Sheffield added 13 points and seven assists to take Old Lyme to its fourth straight victory.

Mike Sitro led North Branford’s scoring with 16 points.

Old Lyme is now 7-0 in the Conference and 7-1 overall.

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Wildcats Overwhelm Bellringers 70-29, Continue Unbeaten Conference Run

Playing on their home court, Old Lyme crushed East Hampton Monday evening ultimately winning by 70-29. Coach Kirk Kaczor said by email, “The boys played their best game of the season.” 

Aedan Using leaps to make a shot in this file photo from the Old Lyme game against the Haddam-Killingworth Cougars.

Aedan Using led the team with an extraordinary 21 points, 14 rebounds, five assists and four steals. 

Brady Sheffield added 11 points and, in Kaczor’s word, “… did a fantastic job of setting the tone on the defensive end.”

Connor Hogan added 10 points. 

The win advances the Wildcats to 6-1 overall and 6-0 in the Shoreline Conference. 

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Basketball Round-up: Using Has Huge Game in Wildcat Win Over H-K

Aiden Using in action.

Old Lyme soundly defeated Haddam-Killingworth 67-47 yesterday evening.  Aedan Using led the Wildcat scoring with 18 points, 11 rebounds, six steals and four assists. 

Brady Sheffield contributed with 16 points joined by Jared Ritchie and Connor Hogan with 11 and 10 points respectively. 

Haddam-Killingworth’s scoring was led by Matt Wills with 20 and Jimmy McGoey with 14.   

Old Lyme is now 5-1 overall and 5-0 in the Shoreline Conference. 

Playing at home Friday night, the Old Lyme boys’ basketball team defeated Portland 79-41.  Their delighted coach, Kirk Kaczor, noted, “It was a great team effort with seven players scoring nine or more points.” 

Jared Ritchie led the scoring with 16 points while Brady Sheffield notched 11 to add to his six assists.  Aedan Using meanwhile had 10 rebounds.   

The boys lost 59-51 away Thursday evening against Daniel Hand High School in Madisaon.  Brady Sheffield led the scoring for the ‘Cats with 17 points and Ray Doll chipped in 11 and took eight rebounds. 

Nick Donofrio led Hand with 24 points.  

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Old Lyme’s Johnson named The Day’s ‘All-Area Soccer Player of the Year’

Mya Johnson, a senior at Lyme-Old Lyme High School, was named yesterday by The Day as their ‘All-Area Soccer Player of the Year.’  We send hearty congratulations to Mya on this well-deserved honor.  Read the  full story published yesterday on TheDay.com and written by by Vicki Fulkerson at this link.

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Unbeaten Old Lyme Defeats Valley in Gritty Game; Using Scores 24

Old Lyme continued their unbeaten run last night with a hard-fought, away victory over Valley Regional in a Shoreline Conference game. 

Senior Aedan Using dominated the scoring with 24 points, 15 rebounds and five assists. 

Jared Ritchie added 12 points while Liam Holloway notched nine points and six rebounds.

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OLD LYME DEFEAT IMMACULATE 2-1! State Soccer Champs for 4th Year in a Row

STATE CHAMPIONS 2018!  Photo by B. Butler Danes.

Things weren’t looking good for Old Lyme five minutes into their championship game against Immaculate when their opponent scored off a penalty.  But (Paul) Gleason’s girls aren’t ones for getting despondent or worse still, giving up. No, Mya Johnson went on to score her 100th and 101st girls to lead the Wildcats to a 2-1 victory over their arch nemesis.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE GIRLS, COACHES AND PARENTS!

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Old Lyme Wildcats Meet Immaculate in Class S State Final Today in Middletown

The Wildcats celebrate their 3-1 victory over East Hampton in traditional style. Photo by Jennifer Alexander.

11/16 UPDATE:  Due to the anticipated inclement weather Saturday, the CIAC Class S state final has now been rescheduled to Sunday, Nov. 18, at 5:30 p.m at Middletown High School.

11/15 UPDATE: The final will be played Saturday at Middletown High School at 3 p.m. 

Mya Johnson put the ball in the net three times last night in Old Lyme’s Class S CIAC semifinal against East Hampton. Her hat-trick takes Paul Gleason’s girls into the state final for the fourth time in as many years.

Gleason’s girls respond to the thrill of the final whistle!

The final against Immaculate will be played on Saturday at a location and time to be announced.

GO WILDCATS!!!  The whole LOL community is rooting for you …

Editor’s Note: Read a full report by The Day’s Vickie Fulkerson, which was published  Monday evening, at this link.

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Defending Champs Old Lyme Girls Storm Into State Soccer Semis; Face East Hampton Tonight

On to the semis! The Wildcats celebrate their 2-0 win over Portland in traditional style.  Photo by B. Butler Danes.

Defending Class S champions Old Lyme defeated Portland 2-0 Friday afternoon in the CIAC Class S quarterfinals.  Britney DeRoehn scored both Wildcat goals with one assisted by her sister Emily DeRoehn. Both goals were scored in the second half.

Britney DeRoehn scored both goals in Old Lyme’s quarter final against Portland. File photo.

Sam Gray was in goal for Old Lyme and notched eight saves, while Kelly Boutin tended goal for Portland making 13 saves.

Old Lyme, seeded #14, now advance into the semifinals and will face seventh-seeded East Hampton Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. at Fitzgerald Sports Complex in West Haven.  The other semifinal will be between #4 Immaculate and #17 Coginchaug and will also be played on Monday.

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Wildcats Advance to State Quarterfinals; Play Portland This Afternoon After Defeating Cromwell Yesterday

Mya Johnson scored the first goal for Old Lyme in Thursday’s game against Cromwell. File photo..

Old Lyme won 2-1 yesterday in the second round of CIAC State Tournament defeating Cromwell, to whom they had previously lost in both the regular season and conference playoffs.

Mya Johnson was the first to score for the Wildcats off an assist from Kaylee Armenia.

Old Lyme led 1-0 at halftime but Cromwell tied the game up at 1-1 at the 28 minute mark after a goal mouth scramble.

Britney DeRoehn scored the game-winning goal unassisted with 6:20 minutes left on the clock.

Sam Gray was in goal for Old Lyme and had seven saves.

Jessica DellaRatta was in goal for Cromwell and notched 16 saves.

Old Lyme now faces Portland in the quarter finals at the of neutral site Old Saybrook High School this afternoon at 2 p.m.

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Wildcat Soccer Girls Fall to Morgan

The Old Lyme girl’s soccer team lost to Morgan 0-1 at Indian River in Clinton on Monday evening. Taylor Maher was the lone goal scorer for Morgan.

In goal for Old Lyme was Sam Gray with three saves while Rebecca Cockley made eight saves for Morgan.

Old Lyme is now 7-4-4 overall and 5-3-3 in the Shoreline Conference.

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Lyme-Old Lyme HS Volleyball Team Hosts Fundraising ‘Superman Night’ Tonight to Honor Player’s Late Father

LOLHS Varsity volleyball team members Leah Fouquette (right) and Katelyn Wells model the Superman shirts, which will be on sale tomorrow evening at the Volleyball fundraiser in memory of Leah’s late father.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 10, the Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) Girls’ Volleyball team will host a fundraiser to honor the memory of Joe Fouquette, who passed away this summer after a long battle with thyroid cancer. Mr. Fouquette’s daughter Leah is a varsity player for the volleyball team, so the players want to support her and her family in any way they can.

The whole volleyball team and their coach Ms. Beth Schreindorfer (second from left) will be participating in tomorrow evening’s fundraiser.

Every year, the volleyball team holds a fundraiser where all the proceeds go towards a designated cause. Because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, usually the money raised goes to support breast cancer research. But for the past few years, the team has dedicated the night to causes that are a little more personal for them. Junior Katelyn Wells lost her mother during the summer of 2017, and the team hosted Pass the Love last season to remember Katelyn’s mom, Kathy Wells.

Pass the Love meant a lot to me and my family,” says Katelyn. “Losing a parent at our age is incredibly hard. But with the support that Leah and I have had, it’s been a lot easier, and we’ve been able to be strong. We are so grateful for the coaches and the team, and for everyone who donates.”

This Wednesday, everyone is welcome to attend Superman Night, so named in recognition of Joe Fouquette’s nickname. The Junior Varsity game starts at 4 p.m. and the Varsity game will start around 5 p.m. in the LOLHS gym.

The volleyball team have been working hard to publicize their fundraising event.

There will be pizza and baked goods available for purchase during the game as well as Superman shirts to honor Mr. Fouquette’s legacy. All of the proceeds will benefit a college fund for Leah.

“We would really appreciate it if a lot of people came out and showed their support on Superman Night,” says senior volleyball captain Jocelyn Campbell. “We hope that Leah and her family realize how much love and support they have and how much we care.”

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Wildcat Soccer Girls March On With 2-0 Win Over Holy Cross

Mya Johnson scored both goals for Old Lyme in Friday’s game against Holy Cross.

Yesterday afternoon, the Lyme-Old Lyme High School soccer girls continued their successful season with a 2-0 victory over Holy Cross.

Mya Johnson scored both goals, one assisted by Kaylee Armenia. Sam Gray was in goal for Old Lyme and made four saves. In  was Tori Schaffner was in goal for Holy Cross and notched six saves.

Old Lyme is now 5-3-1 overall and 3-2-1 in the Shoreline Conference.

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HS Soccer: Old Lyme Girls Crush Westbrook 6-0

Britney DeRoehn displays some deft footwork during today’s game.  All photos by by Jennifer Alexander.

Old Lyme blanked Westbrook 6-0 today at Westbrook High School. Kaylee Armenia scored one goal and had an assist.

Kaylee Armenia put the ball in the net against Westbrook HS this afternoon.

Both Britney DeRoehn and Melissa Mauro scored two goals each while Mya Johnson notched one goal and three assists.

Britney DeRoehn scored two goals against Westbrook this afternoon.

Danielle McCarthy also contributed an assist.

Danielle McCarthy displayed her agility during the game.

In goal for Old Lyme were Sam Gray and Grace Coverdale, neither of whom had to make any saves.

Mya Johnson not only scored a goal for Old Lyme but also contributed three assists.

Old Lyme is now 3-3-1 overall and 2-2-1 in the Shoreline Conference

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Wildcat Soccer Girls Claim a Draw at Portland

Lyme-Old Lyme Senior Captain Mya Johnson, who was named to the 2017-18 All-New England team, moves down the field with the ball in yesterday’s game.

Paul Gleason’s Lyme-Old Lyme High School girls tied Portland 2-2 yesterday away at Portland High School.

Mya Johnson and Caroline Wallace scored for Old Lyme with an assist from Danielle McCarthy. Olivia Smith was one of the scorers for Portland.

Wildcat goalie Sam Gray made nine saves for Old Lyme while Kelly Boutin, who was in goal for Portland, notched six saves.

Old Lyme is now 2-1-1 overall and 1-1-1 in the Shoreline Conference.

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Two Goals Down, Wildcat Soccer Girls Bounce Back to Defeat Saybrook Rams 3-2

In a thrilling game played yesterday on their home field, the Lyme-Old Lyme High School soccer girls defeated Old Saybrook 3-2.

Old Saybrook’s Allison Cody scored two goals in the first half, both unassisted, to lead the game 2-0.

Later with 5:25 minutes left in the first half, Wildcat Britney DeRoehn scored off of a cross from Kaylee Armenia.  Mya Johnson then scored unassisted at 23:46 in the second half to tie the game.

With 2:12 remaining on the clock, Johnson — the Wildcat’s all-time leading scorer — netted the game-winning goal off a corner kick assist from Danielle McCarthy.

Grace Coverdale and Sam Gray were in net for Old Lyme and made two saves each, while Kelsey True was in goal for Old Saybrook with 10 saves.

Old Lyme is now 2-0-1 overall and 1-0-1 in the Shoreline.

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Wildcat Soccer Girls Take First Loss of Season Against North Branford

Playing away, the Lyme-Old Lyme High School girl’s soccer team lost to North Branford by a single goal in their first Shoreline Conference game of the season   The Thunderbirds goal was scored by Lexi Rosado in the second half.

The goal came against the run of play with Paul Gleason’s Wildcats having outshot their opponents by 15-3. Allie Augur was in net for North Branford notching 13 saves while Sam Gray defended the Old Lyme goal with two saves.

Old Lyme is now 1-0-1 overall and 0-1 in the Shoreline Conference.

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Greenho, Danes are Class S State Tennis Doubles Champions

From left to right, Morgan Greenho celebrates his Class S state doubles tennis victory with coach John Pfeiffer and partner George Danes.

Last Thursday, Lyme-Old Lyme High School senior Morgan Greenho and freshman George Danes won the CIAC Class S boys’ tennis doubles championship at Yale. The pair, who were top seeds, defeated Patrick Markovics and Matthew Newfield of Morgan High School 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

Moment of victory! Morgan Greenho raises his arms in celebration while his doubles partner George Danes gives a thumbs-up sign.

Old Lyme has not won the Class S doubles championship since Dane Pfeiffer and David Neaton’s success in 2003. Dane is the son of the current coach, John Pfeiffer.

Reaching for the sky … or rather the ball!

Sadly, Greenho and Danes lost on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the CIAC State Open at Amity, but despite that, the pair still enjoyed an extraordinarily successful season.

Many congratulations to Morgan and George!

 

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Wildcat Boys are Shoreline Lacrosse Champions! OL Fall to N. Branford in Girls’ Final

The Old Lyme Wildcats celebrate their victory in the 2018 Shoreline Championship. Photo by L. Wallace.

The second-seeded Old Lyme boys defeated #4 seeds Valley Regional by a single goal to win the Shoreline Conference championship game Thursday evening at the Indian River Sports Complex in Clinton.  The final score in the thrilling game was 9-8.

Key members of the Wildcats’ victorious 2018 Shoreline Conference Championship team.  Photo by W. Visgilio.

Sadly in the girls’ Shoreline Championship played earlier in the evening, the Old Lyme girls, who were also seeded second, fell 7-10 to top-seeded North Branford.

Wildcat boys’ lacrosse coach JC Flaherty (right) celebrates his team’s victory in the 2018 Shoreline Championship.

Hearty congratulations to boys’ coach JC Flaherty and his team, and commiserations to girls’ coach Emily Maccione and her team!

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Evan Visgilio of Old Lyme Places at Special Olympics Vermont Winter Games

Evan Visgilio stands proudly for a photo after winning a fistful of awards at the Vermont Special Olympics and being named Vermont Special Olympics Rookie of the Year.

Evan Visgilio of Old Lyme returned from the Vermont Special Olympic Winter Games in Mendon, Vt., with a Participation  Ribbon, a Seventh Place Finish and a Sixth Place Finish.  He was also named Vermont Special Olympics Rookie of the Year.

Pico Mountain located in Mendon, Vt., hosted the Vermont Special Olympics Winter Games the weekend of March 19-20.  Evan, who skies for The Hermitage at Haystack Team, participated in Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super G events, winning a Participation Ribbon in Slalom, a Seventh Place Ribbon in Giant Slalom and a Sixth Place Ribbon in the Super G.  Evan advanced to Intermediate Division 3 this year. He was born with Down Syndrome and has been skiing for eight years.

Evan, who is 14-years-old, lives in Old Lyme with his parents John and Wendy Visgilio, as well as his siblings Brenna, Will and John.  Evan attends Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School where he is in 8th Grade.

He trains at The Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain in Wilmington, Vt., with his coaches Scott Serota, Corey Robinson and Kate Riley.

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Madison Senior Men’s Tennis Club Welcomes New Members of Any Skill Level From All Along Shoreline

Dan Janiak and Will Tuthill confirm it was a pleasure to play.   All photos by Peter Pearce.

“Sometimes you’re looking to play perfect tennis but it’s not going to happen all the time and you have to accept it.”   Andy Murray, professional tennis champion

For the men of the Madison Senior Men’s Tennis Organization, the tennis is far from perfect – but that’s not the point. Oh, they may step onto the court feeling sure that today, for just once, it’s all going to come together. But the reality of slower reflexes and an aging body’s aches and pains quickly snaps them back to reality.  The players all accept their shortcomings and can even joke about them; it’s the camaraderie that matters.

For men 60 years or older, the Madison Senior Men’s Tennis group is a great retirement activity and a perfect way to spend two to three mornings a week.  You’ll get exercise, competition, laughter, friendship, caring, and more.

Dave Cassano puts away a volley.

But you don’t have to be retired …

Some players adjust their work schedules to fit in tennis. Along the way, you just may be stimulated by seeing guys in their 80s who can still get around the court and hit winners. As player Greg Fahey said, “I happen to be one of the younger members of the group … all of the members are an inspiration in both physical and mental condition … in the spirit they demonstrate and the example they provide.”

The league is now recruiting new players for both the upcoming summer season as well as next winter’s. There’s no need to worry about your skill level. As octogenarian Tom Dolan told one player who was feeling dejected by his poor play, “Don’t worry about it. Think about the alternative; you could be horizontal.”

Art Paquette hits a forehand while his partner John Kraska watches the play closely.

Players range from beginners to seasoned veterans and span in age from 60 to 88. The league’s steering committee divides them into three groups based on ability, the goal being to slot players into the level in which they are likely to find comfortable, enjoyable play. A wide geographic area is represented, stretching from Hamden and New Haven up to Cromwell and down to Old Lyme.

Matches are all doubles, with partners being agreed upon by the foursome at the start of the match. You will be in a different foursome every match. With the emphasis on recreation and friendship, no standings are kept.

Matches are scheduled year-round, with the summer season running from May through early October and the winter season from October through April. Summer season is outdoors at public and private courts in the Madison/Guilford area; winter season is played indoors at the Madison Racquet and Swim Club. You may choose to play one, two or three days a week.

Article author Tom Soboleski runs down a forehand.

Madison Seniors Tennis is now in its 21st year. It began when a small group of friends, led by John Sadek and Joe Pegnataro of Madison, began playing at Pegnataro’s home court. It now includes more than 70 men and all scheduling is administered through a web-based program.

Whether you’re a high-skilled player or just a beginner, Madison Senior Mens Tennis will happily and comfortably welcome you. “Best thing I’ve ever done,” said Peter Lemley. “I find more often than not, when a player scores a great point, not only his partner, but his opponents will cheer.”  Besides the aforementioned benefits, your ego may get a boost as well. As tennis great John McEnroe has said, “The older I get, the better I used to be.”

If interested in joining, or if you have any questions, the organization can be contacted:

  • By text message or call to: Chris Hill at 203.641.7100, or John Sadek at 203.245.1261

More information is also available on the league’s website at https://sites.google.com/site/mseniortennis/home

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