August 4, 2015

Women’s Golf Association Tournament Raises Funds for Terri Brodeur Cancer Foundation

The participants in the Terri Brodeur Foundation benefit at the Old Lyme Country Club gather for a photo.

The participants in the Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation Golf Tournament at the Old Lyme Country Club gather for a photo.

The Women’s Golf Association (WGA) of the Old Lyme Country held its annual Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Golf Tournament July 23, at the Old Lyme Country Club.

Over 37 ladies participated in the tournament and raised $4,240 for the Terri Brodeur Foundation. The event included 9-holes of golf, a silent auction, raffle, and a luncheon. All of the funds pledged go directly to breast cancer research. Administrative costs are either sponsor-supported or volunteer provided. The Terri Brodeur Foundation has an office in New London that was donated to the organization. Since 2006, over 3 million dollars have been raised and awarded to 30 researchers.

The winners of the tournament this year were:

FIRST GROSS: Paula Bingham (Old Lyme), Louise Ferrebee (Old Lyme), Debbie English (Centerbrook), and Suzanne Kitchings (Essex).

FIRST NET: Mardee Moore (Guilford), Carolyn Daddona (Centerbrook), Eleanor Way (Old Lyme), Diane Deutermann (Old Lyme), and Kathy Jose (Old Lyme).


Old Lyme’s Zoe Eastman-Grossel (Age 8) Qualifies for Two Junior Olympic Track & Field Events

Zoe Eastman-Grossel leaps to victory in the Junior Olympics qualifying event.

Zoe Eastman-Grossel leaps to victory in the AAU Junior Olympics qualifying event.

Eight-year-old Zoe Eastman-Grossel of Old Lyme has qualified for the 2015 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympic Games after competing in the regional qualifying meet in New Britain, Conn., held over June 26-28.  The AAU Junior Olympics will be held in Norfolk, Va. from July 29 through Aug. 8

Zoe Eastman-Grossel finishes in sixth place in the AAU Regional 100 meter final, qualifying her for a spot on the Junior Olympics team.

Zoe Eastman-Grossel (second from left) finishes in sixth place in the AAU Regional 100 meter final, qualifying her for a spot at the AAU Junior Olympics.

Zoe competed in the long jump, 100 meter dash and 400 meter dash.  She qualified in the long jump by taking first place and also in the 100 meter dash with a sixth place finish in the finals.

Zoe attends the Regional Multicultural Magnet School in New London and trains with the Connecticut Hawks Track Club located in New Haven.  Her parents are Martha Grossel and Deborah Eastman.


Old Lyme’s Lian Rows at Henley with Philips Academy Crew Team

The Phillips Academy team from Andover, mass., competes in the historic Henley Royal Regatta in England.

The Phillips Academy rowing team, with Old Lyme’s Tyler Lian aboard, competes in the historic Henley Royal Regatta in England.

Tyler Lian of Old Lyme, a former intern for who is currently a student at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., was selected to be a member of the school’s rowing team, which competed last week at the Henley Royal Regatta in England.

Philips Academy, one of the nation’s oldest private secondary schools, accomplished a historic first by fielding both a male and a female team at the Henley Royal Regatta rowing competition. While Andover has sent girls’ and boys’ teams to Henley during separate years, the program has reached new levels this year fielding both full boys’ and girls’ teams at the same time.

The Andover crew team was poised to cap off an already strong season, with the girls’ team having won the New England Interscholastic Rowing Championship earlier this year and the boys’ team taking second (missing the top spot by 0.25 seconds). Andover sent two boats of eight and two boats of four from each gender, a show of strength for a program already regarded as one of the nation’s strongest (… along with Lyme-Old Lyme High School!)

The 28 students and two coaches qualified by proving the fastest crews in New England who met the Henley requirements. “I could not be more proud of how well the Andover girls performed at Henley Women’s Regatta. They came over here held their own against some of the best secondary schools in the world finishing in the semi-finals in both the 8 and the 4,” said Dale Hurley, coach of Andover girls’ crew.

The Henley Royal Regatta has been one of world’s leading races since 1839 and attracts high school, university, and professional teams from all over the world.

Andover has had a historic presence at the races, with the most recent woman’s team competing in 2007 and the most recent boys team competing in 2006. The boys team made it to the semifinals of the Princess Cup at Henley in 2006 and the girls team made it to the finals of the same cup in 2007.

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Updated: Lyme-Old Lyme Boys Win Silver in US Junior Nationals

The Us Rowing Junior Nationals silver medal team and (third from left) their coach Louis Zubek.

The US Rowing Junior Nationals silver medal team and (third from left) their coach Louis Zubek.

Last Sunday afternoon, June 14, the Lyme-Old Lyme High School boy’s varsity four boat came from behind to snatch the silver medal in an intense race in the US Rowing Junior Nationals held in Sarasota, Fla.

The crew in action in the final.

The crew in action in the final

Initially, the crew comprising stroke Liam Corrigan, Josh Swanski, Jeremy “Remy” Newton and Harry Godfrey-Fogg with Thomas Crisp (cox) led the field, but then were overtaken by Bromfield Acton Boxborough and Deerfield Schools. Thanks to a last minute spurt, the Lyme-Old Lyme boat regained second place to take the silver medal.  This was an incredible achievement for a tiny public school in southeast Connecticut.

Arriving at the finish line in the silver medal position!

Arriving at the finish line in the silver medal position!


To view an album of photos from the event taken by stroke Liam Corrigan’s father Brian, visit


Old Lyme Lax Girls Now Play in Postponed State Semifinal This Afternoon

The Lady Wildcats celebrate their victory over Weston.

The Lady Wildcats celebrate their victory over Weston.  Photo by J. Strycharz.

The Old Lyme girl’s CIAC Class S state semifinal against Granby was postponed yesterday until 3:30 p.m. today.  The game will be played at Sage Park in Berlin.

The girls came through convincingly last Thursday to defeat Weston, who had won the Class S state tournament in both 2011 and 2013, by six goals 16-9.  It was an amazing feat and the Wildcats can go into their semifinal game against fifth-seeded Granby with their heads held high.

Click here to read a full report by Ned Griffen and published in The Day and on June 4.


Lyme-Old Lyme Rowers Seek Donations for Florida Trip to Compete in Nationals

Photo by Brian Corrigan. Rowing away from the award's dock with their silver medals are (from right to left) Liam Corrigan (stroke), Jeremy Newton, Harry Godfrey Fogg, Joshua Swanski and coxswain Tom Crisp.

Florida bound! Rowing away from the award’s dock with their silver medals are (from right to left) Liam Corrigan (stroke), Jeremy Newton, Harry Godfrey Fogg, Joshua Swanski and coxswain Tom Crisp. Photo by Brian Corrigan.

The Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) crew team, as a whole, has had a very successful season this spring; theirs is a story of which movies are made; an unlikely bunch with the heart, skill and determination of champions.  They medalled at the Founder’s Day regatta for the first time, winning four state championship titles (Girls and Boys 1st and 2nd boats). Then, through the state championship, all four boats qualified to participate in the National School’s Championship Regatta in Virginia this weekend, June 6-7.

After competing at the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association championships (NEIRAs) against the top private schools in New England, the 2nd Boy’s Boat brought home bronze and the 1st Boy’s Varsity Boat won silver, qualifying them for the prestigious 2015 Youth National Championships being held in Sarasota, Fla., June 11-14.


The LOLHS Boy’s Varsity 1st Boat crew.


Despite a tight budget, LOLHS plans to contribute towards the team’s travel expenses with additional fundraising efforts underway such as today’s carwash to assist with transportation and lodging costs. The team would be grateful to receive any tax deductible contributions which can be made payable to “Old Lyme Rowing Association”, earmarked “NEIRA” and mailed to 6 Stonewood Drive, Old Lyme, CT. 06371

The 1st Boys Varsity four of Liam Corrigan, Harry Godfrey, Jeremy Newton, Josh Swanski and coxswain Tom Crisp, won silver at the Head of the Charles regatta last October against a competitive field of 85 international participants, rowing as the Blood Street Sculls.  They have now gone on to demonstrate that they are as successful in head to head sprints as they are in 5K time trials.

Coach Louis Zubek

Coach Louis Zubek congratulates the boys on their qualification for the US Rowing National Youth Championships – a first for Lyme-Old Lyme High School!

Coached by Louis Zubek and Steve Baranoski, the LOLHS boys and girls 1st  and 2nd boats will row for the National School’s Championship title in Virginia, hoping to improve on the silver and bronze medals that they won last year.


When these boys return from Florida, Corrigan and Newton are off to National Selection Camp to seek selection for the US National Team to travel to Rio this summer for the World Rowing Championships.  Corrigan will return briefly to graduate from LOLHS before returning to Pittsburg.

Godfrey, a dual American:Finnish Citizen is off to Finland to perform his National Service, Swanski will be taking up a place on the Division 1 rowing team at Marist College in New York and Crisp will be teaching robotics at The Country School and sailing before entering Colby College in Maine.

Visitors are always welcome to watch the team train on Roger’s Lake.


Wildcats Play for Shoreline Baseball Championship Tonight

The Wildcat boy’s varsity baseball team, seeded fourth and coached by Randy St. Germain, meet seventh seeded Coginchaug High School tonight in the Shoreline Championship final to be held at Dodd Stadium starting at 7 p.m.

Against the odds for both teams, the Old Lyme boys defeated top-seeded Morgan of Clinton in Thursday’s semi-final while Coginchaug eliminated number three seed Portland.



Lyme-Old Lyme High School Boys Win Shoreline Lacrosse, Tennis Titles

Lyme-Old Lyme boys pulled off a clean sweep of yesterday's Shoreline Tennis Championship.

Lyme-Old Lyme boys pulled off a clean sweep of yesterday’s Shoreline Tennis Championship.  Photo by Pamelia Parker.

Yesterday afternoon, the Wildcat boy’s varsity tennis team coached by John Pfeiffer achieved an incredible result in the Shoreline Championships, winning both singles finals (Division 1-2 and 3-4-5) as well as the doubles.  The victors respectively were Brendan White, who remains unbeaten for the whole season, Ethan Fenton, and the doubles pair of Austin Pilgrim and Jason Feng who defeated yet another Old Lyme duo of Alex Clippinger and Adam Czarnecki in the final.

Shoreline champions 2015!

Shoreline champions 2015!

Meanwhile, in a thrilling double-header at Connecticut College also held yesterday, the Wildcats boy’s varsity lacrosse lacrosse team won the inaugural Shoreline Conference tournament defeating Morgan High School of Clinton 17-14, while sadly the girls fell to local rival Old Saybrook 13-12 on the last play of the game.  Both teams will now start play in their respective state tournaments.

And down in Clinton, the Wildcat boy’s varsity baseball team, seeded fourth, advanced to the Shoreline Championship final in Dodd Stadium when, against the paper odds, they took out number one seeds Morgan 7-3.   Cameron Dean-Frazier, Hunter Sheffield, Ross Golebiewski and Matt Przybysz each had two hits in the game, with Dean-Frazier making the game-winning play.  The ‘Cats will meet Coginchaug, seeded seventh, in Saturday’s final at 7 p.m.

Congratulations to all and good luck in states!



Wildcat Boys and Girls Advance to Shoreline Conference Lax Finals

The amazing Lady Wildcats!

The amazing Lady Wildcats!  Photos by Jodi Strycharz.

Both Lyme-Old Lyme High School lacrosse teams won their semi-final games yesterday to move forward into the inaugural Shoreline Conference lacrosse finals on Thursday at Connecticut College.

The girl’s team coached by Emily Macione crushed Morgan High School of Clinton 18-5 and will meet Old Saybrook in the final.

Sloane Sweitzer and Sydney Cowell scored six goals apiece, while Sophia Romeo and Lauren Quaratella added two each.

The Wildcat seniors gather  for a photo on Senior Day.

The Wildcat seniors gather for a photo on Senior Day.

Click to read a full report of the girl’s game by Vickie Fulkerson and published May 26 on

Meanwhile, the boys coached by Mike Murphy, clawed their way to a 15-8 victory over North Branford in their semi-final.  Jacob Fenton scored six goals while team top scorer for the season Henry Hunt put away two.

The ‘Cats will meet Morgan High School at 7 p.m. Thursday in the final.

Click to read a full report of the boy’s game by Vickie Fulkerson and published May 26 on


Buttrick Breaks Lyme-Old Lyme High School’s Long-Standing Long Jump Record

Brian Buttrick

Brian Buttrick leaps to a new school long jump record!

Lyme-Old Lyme High School senior Brian Buttrick jumped 21 feet 1 inch in the long jump at the Coginchaug High School athletics meet held May 5.

The deservedly happy LOLHS long jump record holder!

The deservedly happy LOLHS long jump record holder!

Buttrick’s jump broke the school record by three full inches.

Buttrick lands in the sand after crushing the previous school record.

Buttrick lands in the sand after crushing the previous school record.















Brian Buttrick

Brian Buttrick lands in the sand after crushing the previous school record.


Old Lyme Country Club Kicks Off 2015 Season with Get-Acquainted Scramble

The members of the WGA gather for a photo at their annual meeting.

The members of the WGA gather for a photo at their annual meeting. Photo courtesy of the Old Lyme Country Club.

The Old Lyme Country Club Women’s Golf Association (WGA) held it first event of the season on Thursday, April 23. The WGA ladies participated in the 9-hole Get Acquainted Scramble under unseasonably cool conditions.

The 1st place winners with a score of 27 were: Helene Nichols (Essex), Paula Bingham (Lyme), Carolyn Daddona (Essex), and MJ Bertolini (Old Lyme).

The 2nd place winners, also with a score of 27, were: Harley Manning (Essex), Bev Windatt (Essex), Kate Bollo (Essex), and Louise Ferrebee (Old Lyme).

The 3rd place winners with a score of 31 were: Mardee Moore (Guilford), Carol Gordon (Essex), and Martha Norcia (Old Saybrook).


Niantic Bay Sailing Academy Offers Junior Sailing Program Scholarships

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 2.28.49 PMNiantic Bay Sailing Academy (NBSA) is offering eight scholarships to its Junior Sailing program this summer – two to each of the four town school systems located between the two rivers (Connecticut and Thames), namely, Lyme-Old Lyme, East Lyme, Waterford and New London.

Eligibility is up to Grade 8,  but the program is more focused on younger students.  The NBSA is especially seeking local youth, who may not have otherwise been exposed to sailing — a sport which offers camaraderie, competition and the development of lifelong skills.

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 2.29.14 PMVisit NBSA at the Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau Summer Camp & Activities Fair on Wednesday, April 1 (no foolin’!), from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Commons.

In the meantime, visit the NBSA website or Niantic Bay Yacht Club website for more information about the programs.

Niantic Bay Sailing Academy is a not for profit, 501(c)(3) organization based at the Niantic Bay Yacht Club (NBYC) in Niantic, Conn., a leader in junior sailing nationally and internationally for over 50 years.  Hundreds of sailors have had the opportunity to experience sailing through this program.  Sailors from NBYC’s Junior Program have gone on to compete in collegiate, national, world competition as well as the America’s Cup, and even, the Olympics.

Equally important are the countless young men and women who have taken their experiences at NBYC and gone on to make sailing a lifelong passion whether it be ocean/coastal cruising, competitive racing, day sailing, or just “messing around” in boats.

The NBSA was formed to teach sailing to area youth with an emphasis on the environmental sensitivity to the waters on which we sail.  Its goal is very simple — to provide a fun and safe learning environment for young sailors.

Niantic Bay Sailing Academy offers a  four- or eight-week summer program (June 22 – August 14), which provides instruction for ages 7 – 17.  All abilities are welcome – from beginner sailors to those who seek more competitive racing.  Classes meet several times per week for several hours depending on ability.  Participants must pass a swim test.


Old Lyme Plays Coginchaug in Semis Tonight, Postponed from Yesterday

Senior Captain Jacob Ballachino.

Senior Captain Jacob Ballachino.

Update: Due to the inclement weather, the Wildcats’ semifinal game has been rescheduled to tomorrow (Wednesday, March 4) at 5 p.m. in the Lyme-Old Lyme High School gym.
The Old Lyme Wildcats stepped up their game in the fourth quarter Saturday evening to pull away from Cromwell and achieve a convincing 49-33 victory in their Shoreline Conference quarterfinal.  Coach Kirk Kaczor watched his team outscore the Panthers by a 10 point margin in the final quarter.

Second-seeded Old Lyme now faces No. 6 Coginchaug in Tuesday’s semi-final in the Lyme-Old Lyme High School gym with tip-off at 7 p.m..  The Blue Devils defeated Old Saybrook in their quarterfinal last night.

While Liam Corrigan led a strong defense, top scorers for the Wildcats were Drake Gavin with 16 points and senior captain Jacob Ballachino (11 points) with Zac Abramsson adding eight points.

Go Wildcats!


Catfight Coming — Wildcats Face Panthers in Shoreline Quarters

Senior Captain Jacob Ballachino is hoping to lead the team to victory tonight.

Jacob Ballachino

Breaking News:  Wildcats defeat Cromwell!  This evening the second-seeded Old Lyme Wildcats face the Cromwell Panthers in the quarterfinal round of the Shoreline Conference.  Tip-off is at 5:30 p.m. in the Lyme-Old Lyme High School gym. The ‘Cats are coached by Kirk Kaczor.

Senior Captain Jacob Ballachino will hoping to lead the team to a memorable victory tonight.

Go Wildcats!


Wildcat Girls Play in Shoreline Basketball Semifinals Today

The Lyme-Old Lyme High School girl's varsity basketball team posed for this photo prior to today's game.  Photo by Jodi Strycharz.

The Lyme-Old Lyme High School girl’s varsity basketball team who play in the Shoreline Conference semi-final today. Photo by Sloan Sweitzer

Don Bugbee’s third-seeded girls face number two seeds Cromwell at Coginchaug High School gym at 6 p.m. today in a Shoreline Conference semi-final.

Click to read Wildcats Make Late Surge to Steal Victory, Advance to Semis in Shoreline Conference and find out how the girls reached the semi-finals.

Go Wildcats!


Wildcat Girls Make Late Surge to Steal Victory, Advance to Semis in Shoreline Conference


Photo by Sloane Sweitzer. The game’s top scorer Julia Strycharz (#10) reaches for the ball.

The Lyme-Old Lyme Wildcats (16-5) suddenly soared to victory over North Branford in the first round of Saturday’s Shoreline Conference.  With the score tied at 41-41 with three minutes left on the clock, overtime was looking a distinct possibility, but then the ‘Cats surged forward scoring 12 points in a row to win decisively with the scoreboard reading 53-41 at the buzzer.


Photo by Sloane Sweitzer. Strycharz (#10) was in action all over the court.

It was particularly sweet victory because North Branford had defeated Old Lyme twice during the regular season.


Photo by Sloane Sweitzer.

Don Bugbee’s third-seeded girls now face number two seeds Cromwell in a semi-final game at Coginchaug High School in Durham next Tuesday with a 6 p.m. tip-off.  Cromwell beat Old Lyme during their only meeting in the regular season.

The Lyme-Old Lyme High School girl's varsity basketball team posed for this photo prior to yesterday's victory over North Branford.  Photo by Jodi Strycharz.

The Lyme-Old Lyme High School girl’s varsity basketball team posed for this photo prior to yesterday’s victory over North Branford. Photo by Sloane Sweitzer.

Go Wildcats!


Champions! Old Lyme/Valley Football Defy Odds to Win State Class S-Large

CIAC Class S-Large Champs!

CIAC Class S-Large Champs!  Photo by W. Visgilio.

Congratulations to coach Tim King and his Warriors on an incredible win! On Monday, to celebrate the victory, all students at Lyme-Old Lyme High School are being asked to wear red and black.

New Britain – Quarterback Chris Jean-Pierre’s four-yard touchdown run with 22 seconds remaining rallied top-seeded Valley Regional/Old Lyme to a 21-20 victory over No. 2 Ansonia in their Class S-Large state championship football game at Willow Brook Park on Saturday morning. Click here to read the remainder of this full initial report of the game by Ned Griffin, which was published in The Day today

And here’s another link to great article about the game.

And, finally, here’s Old Lyme’s very own Tim Devlin’s video of all Saturday’s state game highlights.



Old Lyme/Valley Warriors Looking for First State Championship in Today’s Game


Warrior football action from the Old Saybrook game earlier in the season.

The Old Lyme/Valley Warriors co-operative football team, which sports an unbeaten record this season, meets the Ansonia Chargers (11-1) this morning at 10 a.m. at Willowbrook Park in New Britain in the CIAC ‘Class S Large’ state football championship.

The Warriors, who are coached by Tim King, are looking to stop the Chargers winning their fifth consecutive title and also racking up a record-breaking 20th victory.  It will be a first state championship for the Warriors if (when!) they win.

Go Warriors!

Click here to read a preview of the game by Jimmy Zanor and published 12/12/14 on


Old Lyme-Valley Warriors Complete Perfect Season

The Old Lyme-Valley football team trounced Haddam-Killingworth 49-7 to win the Principal’s Cup and complete their second sequential unbeaten season.

Congratulations, Warriors … and now on to the play-offs!

Click here to read a full report by Ned Griffen and published in The Day today or this article on by Jimmy Zanor:  Football: Valley Regional/Old Lyme caps perfect regular season or view video footage of the game by Tim Devlin.


Both Wildcat Soccer Teams Fall in State Tournament

Nate Peduzzi challenges H-K goalie

The Haddam-Killingworth keeper foils Nate Peduzzi’s header attempt on goal.

It was a disappointing day for the Wildcats as first the boys and then the girls failed to clinch places in a further round of the state tournament.  For the boys, this meant missing a spot in the semi-finals and the girls similarly missed out on the quarter finals.

The boys, ranked third, played first in Friday’s double-header against sixth-ranked Haddam-Killingworth, who they had beaten twice respectively in the regular season with 2-0 and 3-0 victories.

After a disappointing first half in which the ‘Cats fell behind by a penalty kick and then another goal, Old Lyme snapped back into shape and piled on the pressure in the second half.  They dominated the field, controlling possession throughout the half, but failing to put away any of the numerous chances they created until 10 minutes before the final whistle.


Old Lyme players collapse on the field in exhaustion after their valiant attempts to score in the final 10 minutes ended when the whistle was blown

But one goal was not enough and H-K now advances to the semi-final where they will meet East Hampton.

The fifth-ranked girls played a scoreless 80 minutes of regular time and then 20 more minutes of overtime against 12th-seeded East Hampton before the game moved to a penalty shoot-out.

Almost all of the 22 players on the field in final goal-mouth scramble...

Almost all of the 22 players on the field were involved in this desperate goal-mouth scramble in the final minutes of overtime.

The Wildcats experienced a devastating start when their first two players missed their shots, while the Bellringers scored on their first three attempts.  Old Lyme then scored their third shot, but when East Hampton put away their fourth penalty, the game was over.

It was a disappointing end to an outstanding season for both teams, in which the girls won the Shoreline Championship and the boys were runners-up in the same conference.

East Hampton girls now meets Portland in the quarter final.