Category Archives: Sports

The MLB’s Checkbook Champions

Greg Kaufmann ’19
EE Contributor

The Boston Red Sox have the highest payroll in Major League Baseball.

As October approaches, the MLB playoff hunt thickens, and champagne bottles pop as the league’s most deserving teams punch their tickets to the postseason. To achieve this feat, each contending team has a talent-filled roster with some of the league’s highest paid stars, thus creating massive team payrolls for contenders that are well over the league’s median. The correlation between the league’s top clubs and the highest payrolls is extremely strong, and it begs the question: Is a high payroll in the MLB worth it? And how can low-budget, small-market teams compete with the deep pockets of teams like New York, Boston and Los Angeles?

Frankly, it’s worth it to pay the big bucks, as according to Sportrac.com, nine out of the league’s fifteen teams above the $141 million median salary are teams in the playoff hunt. Undoubtedly, winning does not come without a price. The impact of high salaries on the team’s success is clear, as the league’s best team, a 103 win and 47 loss Boston Red Sox team, boasts both the league’s most impressive record and highest payroll, at $228,333,860. With this salary, the Red Sox have made a statement about the justification of paying anything to win. The Red Sox have splashed on expensive free agents in order to capitalize on a talented, young core of players before they too demand outrageous salaries. Other top performing and top payroll teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, and New York Yankees, to go along with the Sox, are not hard to find. The MLB’s group of winners is also the group with the deepest pockets.

New Turf, New Results?

Adam Tolk ‘19
EE Contributor

The boys’ soccer team’s home games will no longer be played in McDougall Stadium, but rather on the new turf field in a whole new setting. No longer will students and players walk through the familiar gates of “The Mac”. Will the new location and game times have an effect on the comfort and success of the team in the near future?

In previous years, the boys’ soccer team has had great success. In the 2016 season, they finished as FCIAC champs and ended the season with an undefeated record.

In 2017, they ended their season in a grueling FCIAC championship game, losing by only 1 goal to Greenwich
Such a finish may not seem like a success, however, it is evident that they are a premier team in the league due to their consistent championship runs.

All the Highs and Lo(u)ws

Lawrence Zhang ‘18
EE Staff Writer

There is an old adage that life is about the people you meet and relationships you make. From best friends, to marriage, to parent-child, there is no shortage of unbreakable bonds that everyone will experience during their lifetimes. However, there is a bond that a very miniscule percentage of people can attest to experiencing: the bond of identical twins. There are 2 students at Trumbull High that can lend some insight on that matter.

Julia and Lauren Louw, two of the captains of the tennis team, are fortunate enough to share the chemistry of twins. This is evident in their gameplay on the tennis court. For them, tennis is not only a game, but a sport that expresses their strong sibling relationship.

“Tennis is a game that has united my entire family, and has especially helped me bond with my sister Lauren,” Julia explains. “When we play doubles, I know she always has my back when I make a mistake and that level of trust is crucial when playing in matches.”

Eagles Go Two for Two

Ishan Negi ‘18
EE Senior Sports Editor

Senior Jessica Lipinski fending off an opponent.

Expectations for the Trumbull vs. St. Joe’s basketball game were high, but the boys and girls’ teams displayed that they could surpass any bars set by the fans. The competitive environment provided by Fairfield University on Saturday, January 13th pitted the cross town rivals against each other. In a thrilling double-header, with the girls game followed by the boys, Trumbull snatched two victories to improve its records to 10-0 and 8-1, respectively.

The Eagles soared to a 49-32 victory led by Cassi Barbato and Julie Keckler, with eight points a piece. Center Brady Lynch fought hard to regain possession of the ball ending the game with eleven rebounds.

The boys’ 63-61 victory was led by Chris Brown’s twenty-four points. Although the big lead that Trumbull established early in the game was lost, they quickly regained the upper hand on the Hog rivals thanks to the combined 28 points produced by Timmond Williams and Quentar Taylor.

Senior Jessica Lipinski was especially proud of her teammates’ prowess on the court, stating that “We came out strong right from the beginning and played very unselfish. The scoring was even across the board. No one player had all of our points.

Everyone was an equal contributor to the game and with this win we are now 10-0, which is a record that we are very proud of.”
The girls will face Westhill High School in an away game while the boys will defend their home court against the Vikings on Friday 1/26. Come support the Eagles!

Crossing Out Old Records at XC FCIACs

Manan Manchanda ‘19
EE Senior News Editor

Tyler Rubush in the final stretch.

This past month, the Boys’ Cross Country team finished off their season with a big win at FCIACs, placing third overall. As Trumbull finished with 109 points, they surpassed their close rivals Danbury and New Canaan with 111 and 118 points respectively, earning a lower score and ultimately placing them higher overall.

Trumbull has not placed ahead of Danbury at the FCIAC championship meet in almost 40 years. This streak was broken when Chris Lepore (‘19) and Tyler Rubush (‘18) led the Trumbull Boys XC team to their amazing performance at this year’s championship meet.

As a result of Trumbull’s exceptional performance, many personal best times were set. Tyler Rubush, one of this year’s captains, passed 7 runners in the final 200m of the race, including junior Chris Lepore, and finished 1st Team all-FCIAC in 15th place.

BSocc Legacy Lives On

Senior Captain Nikos Xenakis fending off an opponent.

Ishan Negi ‘18
EE Senior Sports Editor

After the 2016-2017 soccer season concluded, there was doubt in the hearts of many who were hesitant of the successive years’ performance. What would the team do without all the illustrious seniors who had racked up accolades over their high school years and were now off to Division 1 college careers? Could the younger members possibly achieve a bar set so high?

Our 2017-2018 squad’s season has dissolved any of those doubts. With a thrilling regular and postseason, the boys have met the standard set so high by last year’s roster. Although off to a shaky start, they managed to pick themselves back up with a late rush of “dubs”. With early losses to Ludlowe and Stamford, the team knew that they had to regain their position at the top of the league, regardless of their low seeding.

THS Boys Soccer Kicks Off Strong

Ishan Negi ‘18
EE Sports Editor

Throw-in against Ludlowe

The start of fall season sports leaves only one thing on the minds of the historically successful THS Boys Soccer team: FCIACs and States. Based on the results they have provided thus far, it does not seem like they are far off from qualifying. Paving their road to the championships for both tournaments with a record of 5-2-0, the Boys are starting to look like their older counterparts from the 2016-2017 star studded squad.

Despite unsatisfying performances such as the 0-3 home game loss to Fairfield Ludlowe, the captains remain optimistic about their future standings in comparison to the rest of the league.

Senior Captain Panayiotis Xenakis reflected on the games so far, stating that “Overall our season has been going great. I don’t think anyone can complain about where we are right now – we’re on track for an FCIAC home game and being a high seed in states and things only look like they’re going to get better.” The team has faced some of their strongest opponents already, leaving room for a smoother ride in the games to come; Ridgefield, McMahon, and New Canaan, to name a few.

Girl’s Golf Taking Off

Alexa Brown ’17
EE Contributor

Senior Carly Netting practices her swing.

As a less recognized team of Trumbull High School, girl’s golf seems to be making a name for themselves. After defeating Wilton, Ridgefield and Fairfield Ludlowe in their first four matches, the girls golf team is three and one for the season, suffering a loss from only from Fairfield Warde.

“Losing our first match of the season was definitely defeating, but we bounced back very quickly and focused on what we needed to improve upon” said Junior Taylor Brown.

As the season progressed, the girls proved they were worthy of being known and they did in fact create a word around the school.

Eagles Balance out the Season at Indoor Nationals

Ishan Negi ’18
EE Co-Sports Editor

Friday, March 10 marked the 19th annual occasion of the New Balance Indoor Nationals. This competition of utmost prestige calls the nation’s best track and field athletes from more than 40 states to perform for a chance at national glory.

For Trumbull High School runners representing their hometown, however, this was just another demonstration of their superior talents. Among the Eagles’ crowd were runners, Tyler Gleen, Colin McLevy, Tyler Rubush, Nigel Hayes, and Kate Romanchick.

Eagles Dominate the Hardwood

Ishan Negi ‘18
EE Co-Sports Editor

trumbull-basketball-celebratesRanked number one in the state. It’s only that the team has a star player, right? Actually, the Eagles relied on an entire lineup of impressive scorers which have a great chemistry, instead of just one player in particular. Claudia Tucci may be a name prominent in headlines, but her teammates Taylor Brown, Aisling Maguire, Julie Keckler were also actively recognized for their selflessness in the game, which has led to an undefeated season record.


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