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  • Naiiya Patel

One Last Look at the Winter Sports Season


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As the winter sports season comes to a close, EHHS can remember it for some significant moments. From December 2019 to March 2020, student athletes have given their all to represent EHHS. They’ve made a memorable season to look back on.

EHHS cheerleaders have cheered at every football and basketball game. No matter the outcome, they continue to rally on every player. Junior cheerleader, Sophia Speringo said, “We love being there to support in any way possible.” During their competition season, the girls took third place at the Hatters Festival Cheer Competition in Danbury on January 11, 2020. The team has been proud of what they have accomplished.

The EHHS Girls Pom Pom team has worked hard between football and hockey games and their own competitions. On October 18, 2019, they hosted their alumni Pom Pom performance. They invited former Pom Pom members to participate in their thriller performance. The girls competed at Quinnipiac, Fairfield, and States at Hamden High School. During their competition, the girls honored Trenton O’Brien by wearing yellow ribbons.

The EHHS Boys Co-Op Hockey team ended their regular season with a record of 8-12. Senior captain Logan Hamilton was selected for Division Two All-SCC First Team and All-State Second Team as a goalie. During their game against Guilford on January 18, 2020, the team raised over $200 for Trenton O’Brien. The boys qualified for the Division II State Tournament and the Division II SCC Tournament.

Julia Crisci, Jaimie Forest, and Jordan King joined the East Haven Co-Op Girls Hockey team this year. They ended the season with a lot of close games, finishing with a record of 4-1, including 2 ties.. Despite a tough season, they gave it their all and were proud of every game, no matter the outcome.

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The EHHS Girls Basketball team had a strong season this year. They ended the season with a record of 13-7. The girls qualified for States and the SCC tournament for the tenth year in a row. For the third year in a row, the girls have gotten to the SCC finals. Alexis Pendziwater, Isabella Ragaini, and Erin Curran all received Hummel players of the game during the season. Isabella Ragaini made the all SCC second team, Taylor Salato and Alexis Pendziwater made all SCC first team.

The EHHS Boys Basketball team gave it their all this season, finishing with a record of 4-16. They honored the 1980 State Championship team and hosted their alumni game on January 10th. Junior Ian Reynolds said, “The most memorable moment for me was beating Branford on their home court.”

For every practice on and off the mat, the EHHS Wrestling team has been able to achieve a lot. They ended the season with a record of 18-6. They won the Jonathan Law Invitational with 198 team points, and ten kids placed in the top 4. Alec and Tanner DiVito were the two Class M champions with Mathew DiVito as runner-up. Also, Dominic Milano was an SCC Champion. The Girls CIAC Invitational Winner was Zayuri Castaneda. They also set the record for most team points scored at a Class M tournament in school history with 145 points.

This year, two sophomores, Hethon Foster and Pavlo Meinyk, joined the Co-Op Greater New Haven Swim Team. The team ended the season with a record of 8-2. On March 2nd, they started SCC trials and placed 5th overall. Hethon Foster said that “SCC’s was the most important because it was one of our last championship meets with our seniors and a great meet as everyone placed really well.”

The Indoor Track team has worked diligently this season. From every practice to meet, they never gave up. At the SCC West Meet, the girls came in second place with only eight girls competing total. Kisha Francois won the Class M Girls Long Jump with a jump of 17-03.25 and placed second in the 55 meter dash. Junior Samantha Franceschi was proud of this season, saying, “This season I was proud of the team to be able to make it to state opens and be 14th in the state.”

No matter the wins or losses, every team had a memorable season. EHHS principal Vincent DeNuzzo found each team's performance to be especially strong. “There have been some very good individual performances but there have been even better team performances.” The record breaking season for each team has started to stir up excitement for next year. The future looks bright for EHHS winter athletes!