This winter, several sports teams of EHHS have been officially qualified due to their hard effort and excellent teamwork, to enter into CT State Championships. These sports include Boy’s Basketball, Girl’s Basketball, and Boy’s Hockey. The teams’ reactions showed that it was a thrilling experience and an exciting, proud moment for them as a team and as coaches. The teams have shown a great amount of skill and talent within the sports, they all show a great amount of dedication, work ethic, teamwork, and game participation that makes them qualified to compete competitively with other schools and towns. The teams are preparing for this next big step in their career and are ready to share their opinions on this achievement.
Mr. Archambault, the girl’s basketball coach, described “It was an exciting moment towards myself as a new coach and when the girls found out, they immediately started prepping goals to prepare for the game.” Mr. Archambault has been a coach of East Haven sports for 30 years and ongoing, he explains that he believes in their work ethic and teamwork. He understands the importance and pressure of a growing, young student-athlete. Kate Pycela, a senior team captain of the girl’s basketball team says, “When being a captain, it is my job to keep our team motivated even during the hardships as a team, such like a practice that wasn’t the best or a game.”
Student-athletes and sports teams have been through challenges, and they help athletes push themselves to be better and continue to keep fighting for the team. Students have described their opinions and revealed what happens in practice behind closed doors. Rocco Lombardi, a junior guard player of the boy’s basketball team, explains his reaction and how he preps for a game. “My reaction was probably the same as everyone else’s, proud. . . I just move onto the next game, worry about the team’s personnel, and work harder every day”. The boy’s basketball coach, Frank Lyon, also says how he can make himself better as a coach and team the team about obstacles and how they face them “Obstacles we face is team chemistry. This is built by trust one another on and off the court. The more these guys(the team) play together, the more they’ll know one another.” He explains that teamwork is always key in a sports team, that your energy and effort should be the same in practice and in games.
All of the teams, Boy’s Basketball, Girl’s Basketball, and Boy’s Hockey, have similar practice preparations to championships, such as watching educational videos of games, classroom-like material. As well as picking up different skills and helping each other one at a time to have maximum efficiency for the team and for themselves to have the best outcome possible for games and the future. Louis Pane, an East Haven coach for Boy’s Hockey, explains what happens when his team loses a game, and how he keeps his team motivated “You take that loss as a learning tool and learn from it”. Jon-Paul Garea, a junior goalie, says “I keep myself motivated by keeping my head up and worrying about the next game.”
All of these EHHS teams have been thriving and going on winning streaks throughout the 21-22 school year season. Now are qualified for CT State Championships, and are continuously working harder to achieve higher goals as student-athletes and school coaches. This is only the beginning of EH Sports History and is looking for more opportunities to express EH and EHHS.