April 16, 2014

Old Lyme’s Lee is New England Freestyle Champion

New England's freestyle champion, Jessica Lee.

New England’s freestyle champion, Jessica Lee.

Jessica Lee, a senior at Lyme-Old Lyme High School, joined the Valley Shore Marlins swim team to participate in the YMCA New England Championships at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Natatorium in Cambridge, Mass., on March 21 through 23.  Lee claimed the New England Championship title for the 50 yard freestyle in a time of 25.01 and placed seventh in the 100 yards freestyle (55.55).

Lee will be participating in the YMCA National Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina on April 1, where she is hoping to improve on her time of 24.47, which she achieved at the 2013 National Championships.

Lee has been accepted into Tufts University in Medford, Mass., next year, where she will be swimming for the Jumbos.

Congratulations, Jessica!


Little League Registration Opens, Online Sign-ups Offered

Lyme – Old LymeLittle League Baseball, Little League Softball, and Tee Ball announce online registration at  www.lolll.orgLyme.  Old Lyme residents with children ages 4 – 12 are encouraged to participate.

In order to participate, parents/guardians must go online and complete registration and medical release form.  Player registration must be completed online by Feb. 28.

There is one open registration at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School, 53 Lyme St., on March 1,  from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. But don’t wait, space is limited, register online now.

Visit  www.lolll.org for more information, or contact Deb ONeil, Little League President, at 860-501-7232


Wildcat Boys Win 4 x 800 Class ‘S’ State Title

Class 'S' 4 x 800m state champions!

Class ‘S’ 4 x 800 meter state champions!

The Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) boy’s team of (from left to right in photo) Ross Golebiewski, Cole McKnight, Stuart Ross and Jeff Davis won the 4 x 800 meter relay yesterday during the  Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Class S boys’ indoor track and field championships at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven.

The boys finished in an outstanding time of 8:18.49.  Click here to watch a video by Euan Ross of the race.

Congratulations boys, on this amazing achievement!

Kaylin Wiese successfully clears the bar in the Class 'S' pole vault.

Photo by G. Wiese.  Kaylin Wiese successfully clears the bar in the Class ‘S’ pole vault.

In the girl’s competition, Old Lyme’s Kaylin Wiese finished sixth in the pole vault — extraordinarily Wiese only took up this sport three short months ago.

The LOLHS girl’s 4 x 200 meter relay team of Sam Lee, Megan Burns, Caroline Cox and Allison Scott came in sixth in their race in a time of 1:54.37.


Shoreline Champs! Wildcat Boys Win Indoor Track Trophy


Photo by E. Krasney.
Indoor track Shoreline champions!

The Lyme-Old Lyme High School boy’s indoor track team achieved a sensational victory yesterday to take first place in the Shoreline championship in the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven with 110 points, nudging Haddam-Killingworth (H-K) into second with 97 and Morgan into third.

First-place finishes by Jeff Davis (1,000), Ross Golebiewski (600), Cole McKnight (1,600) and Stuart Ross (3,200) helped lift Old Lyme to victory.  These same four Old Lyme runners also combined to win the 4×800 relay.

Golebiewski’s victory in the 600 meters produced a thrilling finish with the Wildcat defeating Morgan’s Brian Gendron by a mere half a second.

The Old Lyme girls came in eighth;  H-K took championship honors for the girls.

Congratulations to both teams!


Valley/Old Lyme Meet Brookfield in State Semifinal Today

The teams warm up before the game tonight at Valley Regional HS.  Photo by T. Devlin.

The teams warm up before the game tonight at Valley Regional HS. Photo by T. Devlin.

The seemingly unstoppable Valley/Old Lyme Warriors surged past Quinebaug Valley 48-3 tonight in the CIAC Class M quarterfinal game played at Valley Regional High School.

The top-ranked Warriors now meet fifth-seeded Brookfield at Cheshire in a semi-final game on today at 2 p.m.


Valley/Old Lyme Complete Undefeated Season Tonight, Defeat H-K 48-0

The Valley Regional/Old Lyme football team advanced to an 11-0 undefeated record and ended a spectacular season as the top seeds in the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) Class M division with a 48-0 win over Haddam-Killingworth tonight.

The Pequot Football Conference South Division game at the H-K field saw Old Lyme senior Phil Cohen throw two touchdown passes for  the Warriors.

View a video of the Warriors previous game against Gilbert-NorthWestern at this link.

Congratulations, Warriors!


Unbeaten Valley/Old Lyme Football Wins Pequot Conference, Moves Onto State Championship

The teams line up before the start of tonight's game.

The teams warm up before the start of tonight’s game. Photo by T. Devlin.

The Valley Regional /Old Lyme football team blanked Gilbert/Northwest Regional 35-0 tonight to complete an amazing 10-0 unbeaten season and win the Pequot Conference overall title.

Valley/Old Lyme are likely to be the top seed in the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) Class M tournament, which starts with the quarter-final Tuesday, Dec. 3, with a home game on the Valley field.

Congratulations and go Warriors!


Old Lyme Boys Storm into State Semis, Defeat Top Seeded Saybrook 3-1, Face Cromwell Tomorrow

The Wildcats celebrate their victory.

The Wildcats celebrate their victory.  Photo by M. O’Donnell.

In a major upset Saturday afternoon, the 9th-seeded Old Lyme boys stunned top-seeded Old Saybrook with three goals in the CIAC state quarter-final, while only allowing one goal past Wildcat keeper Spencer Saunders.

After a scoreless first half, Alex Klippinger scored first for the Wildcats when the Saybrook keeper caught his shot and then dropped the ball over his head allowing it to roll into the goal.  Nate Peduzzi followed up with two superb goals, crushing the Rams brief come-back attempt when they scored a lone goal with the score at 2-0.

The ‘Cats now meet Cromwell in the semi-final at Guilford tomorrow.


Wildcat Boys Advance to State Quarters, Meet Saybrook Today


Photo by E. Krasney.

Marc Vendetti’s Wildcats had a convincing 3-1 win away over Somers Thursday afternoon with goals by Jacob Olsen, Eric Behringer and Nate Peduzzi.

The 9th-seeded Wildcats now move forward to the CIAC Class S quarter final when they play top-seeds, Old Saybrook, away at the ram’s home field at 2 p.m. today.


Wildcat Girls Win Shoreline Soccer Championship!


With just over four minutes remaining in a scoreless game and a repeat of Wednesday’s semifinal overtime looming, Paul Gleason’s Wildcats earned a corner against top-seeded Portland in last night’s Shoreline Conference final at Indian River in Clinton.  Hannah O’Brien stepped up to take the corner kick, crossed the ball to the far side of the penalty box where it connected with Julia Strycharz’s head.  To the joy of her teammates, Strycharz completed the play by pushing the ball passed the keeper and  into the goal.

The ‘Cats then defended their 1-0 score with rugged determination for the final few minutes to secure the championship and bring the Shoreline Conference trophy back to Old Lyme.

Congratulations, Wildcats!


Wildcats Soccer Girls Face Portland in Shoreline Championship Tonight


The Lyme-Old Lyme High School girls soccer team ended the Shoreline Conference season with a solid statistics (10:5:1), which took them into the Shoreline play-offs this past Wednesday.

The Wildcats played Coginchaug High School in the Shoreline semi-final game held Wednesday evening in what turned out to be one of the most exciting games of the season.

Entering the game as the under-dogs, the entire team gave everything to end the game 2-2 in regular time.  The goals were scored by Meredith Aird and Hanna O’Brien.

A period of overtime failed to break the tie and so the girls moved into penalty kicks.  Displaying remarkable concentration and determination, the ‘Cats were able to eke out the win, primarily through the efforts of freshman Tory Sims, who successfully saved two of the five penalty kicks.

The Wildcats now meet Portland in the Shoreline Conference final with a 7 p.m. kick-off at the Indian River Complex in Clinton this evening.

Go Wildcats!


Wildcats are X-Country State Champs for First Time in History!

Class 'S' State Champions!

Class ‘S’ State Champions!

The Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) boy’s cross-country team made history yesterday by winning the Class ‘SS’ state championship for the first time in the school’s history.  The boys gave an amazing performance at Wickham Park taking victory in the meet featuring 179 boys from 26 schools, scoring 57 points over runner- Haddam-Killingworth with 74.

Running a magnificent race, Ross Golebiewski came in first, while the results for the remainder of the LOL  team were:

  • Stuart Ross 9th
  • Cole McKnight 10th
  • Jacob Watts-St. Germain 14th
  • Nicholas Milazzo 23rd,
  • Jeff Davis 37th
  • Jack Castonguay 39th.

Congratulations, Wildcats!


Wildcat Boys Are Shoreline X-Country Champs! Boys, Girls Combined Also Take Top Honors


The 2013 Shoreline Champions gather for a photo, from left to right, coach Bill Rayder, Jake Watts-St. Germain, Ross Golebiewski, Jack Castonguay, Jeff Davis, Stewart Ross, Cole McKnight, Nick Miilazo, and coach Barbara O’Leary. Photos by D. Watts-St. Germain.

The Lyme-Old Lyme High School boys cross-country team was crowned Shoreline Conference champions this afternoon – the first time the school has claimed the honor for 17 years!  The boys came in first place out of 12 schools combining 84 runners at the meet held at Haddam-Killingworth High School.  At the same location, the girls finished fifth out of 10 schools totaling 70 runners.   Combining both scores, the Wildcats achieved an extraordinary overall first place.

Shoreline Conference 1st team honorees.

Shoreline Conference 1st team honorees.

The Wildcats dominated the race with junior Ross Golebiewski coming in third at 16.56.7 – a split-second after second-placed Brian Gendron of Morgan High School who clocked 16.56.2.  Golebiewski was followed across the finish line by senior Stuart Ross in fourth place (17.13.0) while senior Cole McKnight completed the 3,4,5 sequence for the ‘Cats with fifth place at 17.8.8.  Only two runners behind McKnight was senior Jake Watts-St. Germain, who took the seventh spot (17.37.4).  These four runners all deservedly earned Shoreline Conference 1st team honors through their commendable performances.

Jeff Davis and Jack Castonguay, who came in 13th and 20th respectively, both were awarded Shoreline Conference 2nd team honors.

Two Wildcat girls were named to the Shoreline Conference Second team, Jenna Duxbury (17th) and Rachel Vandette (20th).

LOLHS girls and boys cross-country teams celebrate the boy's victory.

LOLHS girls and boys cross-country teams celebrate the boy’s victory.

Congratulations, Wildcats!


Last Day to Vote: Help Hometown Hero Hack Win US Rowing Collegiate Athlete of the Year

Austin Hack, fourth from left, is hard at work in this file photo of the US Men's U23 Eight.

Austin Hack, fourth from left, is hard at work in this file photo of the US Men’s U23 Eight.

Austin Hack, who graduated in 2010 from Lyme-Old Lyme High School, has been nominated as US Rowing Collegiate Athlete of the Year.  Help him win by voting for him at this link  before voting closes on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 5 p.m. EST.  Hack is currently in second place and just a couple of percentage points behind the leader.
After leaving Old Lyme, Hack went on to Stanford University, where he rows on the Varsity rowing team and is also a  member of the US National U-23 rowing team.  There is no question he is on the radar of the Olympic rowing team selection officials.
Austin is the son of Dr’s Greg and Barbara Hack of Old Lyme.
The  US Rowing Collegiate Athlete of the Year is a “fans’ choice” award where people vote for their favorite rower and the person with the most votes on 10/15 wins the title.
You can only vote once from each IP address, but if you own an i-Phone, an i-Pad and a laptop, you can vote three times … and if you can vote from a computer at your workplace, that’s another vote!
Austin is one of five rowers nominated for the award — he is currently in third place so let’s see if all our LymeLine readers can move him up to first.
Thanks to you all — and good luck, Austin!

Wildcat Soccer Teams Give Strong Performances Against Valley at Dodd Stadium, Girls Win, Boys Lose


View across the field at Dodd Stadium tonight. Photo by Jennifer Ferucci.

Both Wildcat soccer teams played this evening against Valley Regional High School in a double-header at Dodd Stadium.  Sadly, the boys, coached by Marc Vendetti, were defeated  2-0, while the girls coached by Paul Gleason, pulled off a great 2-1 victory.


Wildcat Boys Run To Victory at Tuesday’s Cross-Country ‘Mega-Meet’ at H-K

Celebrating the combined first place girls and boys trophy at Indian River in Clinton

Celebrating the combined first place girls and boys trophy at Indian River in Clinton

This has been an exciting year so far for the Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) cross-country team.  After three years of renovation at the school, the teams were finally able to host their first meet, a scrimmage,  on Sept. 6.

Boys_teamAt that meet, senior Stuart Ross finished first for the boys in 18.03.06 followed by sophomore Ross Golebiewski with a time of 18.20.25.  The boys (pictured left) handily won the scrimmage with leaders Ross and Golebiewski followed by Cole McKnight, Jacob Watts-St. Germain and Jeff Davis (all seniors).  The Old Saybrook girls were the winners on the girls side.

The boys have continued to rack up the wins, taking first place in all but one of their meets so far this season.  The boys Junior Varsity team is also doing very well with several first place finishes.

The girl’s team is relatively young, but turning in some good performances with three promising freshman on the varsity team.

Cross Country at LOLHS continues to be dominated by the boy’s team (39 members) compared to the relatively small (13) girl’s team.

A “mega meet” was held today at Haddam-Killingworth (HK) High School where, although the competition was fierce, the Wildcat boys achieved a superb 1st place, defeating HK 32-33.
The top five LOLHS runners came in 1st, 5th, 6th, 7th and 13th places, while Haddam-Killingworth’s top five finished 2nd, 4th, 8th, 9th and 10th.

Many congratulations to all the runners and also, coaches Barb O’Leary and Bill Rayder!


Wildcats Open Season With Some Sensational Wins

Hanna Behringer and Callie O’Neil congratulate Sam Lee on her goal during the Morgan Game – all three players scored goals during their 5-0 victory.

Hanna Behringer and Callie O’Neil congratulate Sam Lee on her goal during the Morgan Game – all three players scored goals during the Wildcat’s 5-0 victory.

Coach Paul Gleason is delighted with the start his Lyme-Old Lyme High School girl’s soccer team have made this season. The team, captained by seniors Hannah Behringer, Lexi Sibley and Jess Lee, is going to be a force to be reckoned with this year comprising a remarkable combination of seven seniors and 12 freshman on the team.

To date, the Wildcats have won four games, tied one and lost three games.

Solid defense by Katie Quaratella, Meredith Aird and Jess Lee provide a strong defense for the Wildcats.

Solid defense is offered by Katie Quaratella, Meredith Aird and Jess Lee for the Wildcats.

This week has been an extraordinary one since the girls defeated Morgan High School of Clinton 5-0 on Tuesday and then repeated the performance on Thursday beating North Branford by an identical score.

The ’Cats play East Hampton tomorrow (away) and then take on Valley Regional at Dodd Stadium at 4:30 p.m. next Tuesday, Oct. 8.

Go Wildcats!


‘Bound for the Sound’ Road Race Takes Place Today, Raises Funds for LOL Education Foundation


The starting gun is ready today morning for the ever-popular Lyme-Old Lyme Education “Bound for the Sound” Road Race.

Formerly known as the ‘Artistry in Motion’ Road Race, ‘Bound for the Sound’ 10K and 5K races starts at Sound View Beach in Old Lyme and take runners by some of the most picturesque natural vistas Old Lyme has to offer.

The 10K route is mostly flat with some gently rolling hills along country roads, while the 5K is very flat making a pleasant run through the Old Lyme beach community.  There is also a very popular one mile Family Fun Run, which brings out families of all generations to run together to help raise money for local education initiatives in and beyond the Lyme-Old Lyme Regional School District.  All the runs are capped off with a finish down historic Hartford Avenue towards the beach.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers.  A race T-Shirt is available to the first 150 registered participants.

Race organizer and president of the Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation, Michael Kane, says, “The run has historically attracted a wide field of participants with quality runners competing in both the 5k and 10k, alongside many who see this local race in support of local education initiatives as the perfect incentive to start training for their first competitive run”.

Local companies Vitality Spa and Bonne Sante will be providing pre- and post-race massage in return for tips donated to the Foundation.

The Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization established in 2006 to support and enhance public education in our community.  The Foundation is governed by a volunteer board of directors and supported by an advisory group of members of the community.  In the past, the Foundation has funded initiatives in Lyme and Old Lyme schools such as a new kiln and a third printer for the high school, as well as helping fund the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School’s successful Science Olympiad team on their trip to the national finals.

To find out more about the Foundation or to make a donation go to www.lolef.org.  Follow the Foundation on Facebook here.

Registration for the race is through Active.com or search on “Bound for the Sound”.


Old Lyme’s Harrison Recruited to Play Football at UConn

Last winter, Rick Harrison of Old Lyme was recruited to play for UConn’s Division 1 football team, making the roster as a kicker and punter.

Harrison, who graduated with the Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) Class of 2013 this past June, was a three-time All-Conference pick and named Hartford Courant Special Teams Player of the Year.

Old Lyme's Rick Harrison in uniform.

Old Lyme’s Rick Harrison in uniform.

“For months, Rick was talking to other D1 and D2 teams,” said Barry Harrison, Rick Harrison’s proud father.  “But he was wondering why he couldn’t get on UConn’s radar.  When he was recruited by UConn last winter, all the other offers paled in comparison.”

According to Barry, Rick was “bouncing off the walls” when he received the good news.  After watching a UConn practice in April, he was invited onto the team as a preferred walk-on, allowing him to go to the training camp that started on Aug. 1.

Harrison first began playing football his freshman year at LOLHS when the team needed a good kicker.  Although he did not have experience kicking a football, he grew up playing baseball and soccer, and was a natural fit for the varsity team.  By junior and senior year, he was getting noticed by collegiate recruiting and special team coaches.

Because Old Lyme doesn’t have its own football team, it is big news when talented players like Harrison get recruited to play at the college level.  Last year, Old Lyme saw LOLHS Class of 2012′s Jimmy Fairfield-Sonn leave for Amherst College to play defensive back on their team, where he completed an outstanding freshman season.

While Barry is worried about his son’s transition from a small-town school to a big-league college, he is glad that Rick is going to a school that is known for its athletic and academic programs.

“I want to be sure that Rick is going to put his studies first,” said Barry on the subject.  “Luckily, UConn is a tremendous school that takes good care of its students and its athletes.”

A successful student, Rick graduated from LOLHS with high honors.  His father says that he plans to major in biology with an eye on pre-dental.

We wish Rick good luck on his new path and look forward to hearing more about him in the near future!

Editor’s Note:  Click to view Rick’s profile on the UConnFootball web page.


Old Lyme Country Club’s Women’s Golf Holds Annual Tourney, Raises Over $3,000 for Terri Brodeur Foundation


The Old Lyme Country Club’s Women’s Golf Association (WGA) held its annual Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Golf Tournament on July 25, at Old Lyme Country Club.  This event is the WGA’s annual charity fundraiser for the Terri Brodeur Foundation.

The tournament includes 9-holes of golf, a silent auction and raffle, and a luncheon.

This year the WGA raised $3060 for the Terri Brodeur Foundation.