Monthly Archives: October 2021

Trumbull Swim and Dive Team Celebrates Senior Night Win

Ava Inesta ’22
EE Sports Reporter

Trumbull Swim and Dive seniors during their post-win celebration.

Saturday, October 16th was a big day for the Trumbull Eagles Swim and Dive Team. At the Orange Town Pool, they defeated Norwalk 103-80 while also celebrating their five seniors: Lauren Walsh, Erin Racicot, Norah Hampford, Olivia Zint, and Kailey Caballero.

This was a huge win for the Eagles as they went into this meet unsure of what the outcome would be since the matchup was tight. 

Trumbull placed first in all the relays which was a bulk of their points. Sophomore Kristen Racicot led off with a first place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay. 

The Eagles earned top 3 places in the 400 yard freestyle relay as well as the 100 yard backstroke. In the 100-yard backstroke, senior Lauren Walsh placed first, senior Norah Hampford placed second and sophomore Audrey Kehley placed third. Another impressive performance was by sophomore Kylie Totten who placed first overall in the 500-yard freestyle race.

The Swim and Dive team had a lot to be happy about at this important point in their season and look forward to competing in the playoffs in the near future.

Fall In love With Fall Recipes

Ashley Moran ’23
EE Staff Writer

Pumpkin spiced lattes and brisk weather have hit the Northeast once again, leaving opportunities for your new favorite comfort recipes of the season. 

Who is tired of eating the same seasonal bread every year? I know I am! Today let’s take a look at this season’s hit recipe. 

Every year, we see variants of our favorite comfort pumpkin bread. Whether we satiate our pumpkin cravings with pies or cookies, it is a necessity sometimes to get a pumpkin fix.  

The “world’s best pumpkin roll”, according to Alyssa Rivers, the food blogger behind The Recipe Critic has been talked up by many. “It is a perfectly moist and tender thin pumpkin cake”, says Rivers.

Who could go wrong with the perfect mixture of pumpkin and a thick frosting? Every year, there is an unspoken competition on who can bring the best dessert to the fall festivities. And every year, everyone ups their game. This pumpkin roll is just what you need to win this round. 

Well, you would assume these rolls would be hard to make, but to all of our surprise, these rolls are easy, and just about anyone can make these. Since your mouths must be watering at the sound of this delicious dessert…… LET’S MAKE SOME PUMPKIN ROLLS!
Pumpkin Rolls (based on a recipe by Alyssa Rivers)

     Ingredients: Pumpkin cake 
  • 3 eggs                                                                        
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg 
  • ⅔ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¾ cup flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda 
  • ½ tsp baking powder 
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract 
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice 

Boys Soccer Win Against St. Joseph and New Canaan

Ava Inesta ’23
EE Sports Reporter

Trumbull players hyped up for their 3-goal lead against St. Joseph.

The week of October 11th was very successful for the Eagles as they earned two wins. One of the games was a crosstown rivalry game against the St. Joseph Cadets and the other game was played against the New Canaan Rams. Both were home games, in which the Black Hole attended.

The final score of the game against St. Joseph on October 13th was 3-0. Goals were scored by sophomore Owen Bull and junior Bruno Brasil. Senior Phillip Pires was another key player who had two assists.

“It was a game all the boys that were on the team last season marked on their calendar coming into this season,” said Junior Sean Racette about the team’s win over the Cadets. “So getting the win the way we did felt very good”.

The student section was very vocal which added to all the tensions of the game. Trumbull had an obvious leg-up on St. Joseph, which brought a lot of exciting energy to the field.

The final score of the game against New Canaan, on October 15th, was 1-0. The lone goal in the game was scored by sophomore Stefan Cordas. Following his performance in Friday’s game, Cordas was named Ruden Report player of the week.

As the season slowly approaches its end for the Eagles, they look to win their last few games and finish their season on a positive note.


Trumbull Football Shuts Out Stamford with a 48-0 Win

Ava Inesta ’22
EE Sports Reporter

Trumbull’s dominant defensive line prepares for attack.

Trumbull has improved their record to 4-1 after winning 48-0 against the Stamford Black Knights.

After having back to back home games, Trumbull was able to travel and bring home a win Saturday, October 16th at Boyle Stadium. The Eagles showed off their offensive and defensive skills by completely dominating the Black Knights.

Senior Corbin Smith has continued leading the Eagles offense by scoring three touchdowns. Other touchdowns were scored by senior Justin Delaney and junior Nicholas Tuccinardi. 

The Eagles defense has also been very successful by only allowing one touchdown to be scored in the last three games. They even chipped into the offense by scoring on a safety against Westhill in last week’s game. 

With the season at its halfway mark, Trumbull looks to keep their winning streak alive and secure a playoff spot. The Eagles are currently on a four game win streak after beating the Westhill Vikings and now Stamford. 

“Ever since the Ludlowe game we have not taken a step back,” said senior Captain, Jake Delfino, about his team’s last few wins. “The defense is playing lights out and has scored more touchdowns in three games than our opponents. We  have just been playing our style of football and not taking any opponent lightly! This is going to be a big week for us and we are ready for what’s to come”. 

Although the Eagles have proven their abilities as being one of the top teams in the state, their upcoming games are much more challenging as they are scheduled to play No. 15 Greenwich (LL), No. 6 Ridgefield (LL), and No. 1 St. Joseph (L). All these teams are highly ranked in the CIAC poll but Trumbull is currently ranked at No. 8 in the LL class, ready to compete.

The Irresistible Draw of Squid Game

Thomas Ou ‘24
EE Entertainment Editor

Recently, a largely unheard of show originating from South Korea has broken Netflix’s record of member views in most countries including the US and is set to become the biggest original show of all time. This record was previously set by widely watched shows with some of the most memorable characters such as Bridgeton, The Witcher, Stranger Things, and Tiger King. On the surface, it is just another gory and grisly almost-horror foreign show prevalent among a new era of television shows; in fact, even the premise of a survival battle royale/Hunger Games is far too common in today’s media. What sets it apart from other originals is the way it chooses to present its content; it has, in essence, cracked the formula in creating an addictive show that, honestly, burrows and sticks in the viewer’s mind long after they finish the last episode. 

 “People are attracted by the irony that hopeless grownups risk their lives to win a kids’ game,” Squid Game director Hwang Dong-hyuk said in an interview. “The games are simple and easy, so viewers can give more focus on each character rather than complex game rules”.

The show brings back the nostalgia of playing children games with just a sprinkle of murder. What sets it apart from other shows, is how it combines the concepts to form a depressingly dark satire on human society while also tainting the innocent childhood memories a person once had. Desperate, impoverished people are offered the opportunity to have a second chance at living their life at the price of participating in a killing game. The game itself is much simpler than expected: play a variety of childhood games, with the losers dying a gruesome death. Of the 456 original participants in the game, audiences are able to watch as those numbers slowly dwindle. 

Sophomore Patrick McGovern commented on how the show “couples actions and great storytelling with a deeper meaning of how far someone will go to get money.” In a sense, Squid Game is a show all viewers can relate to a personal degree; both at the desperation and despair of its participants as well as the willingness to climb when met with rock bottom. 

Trumbull Girls Cross Country Heads To FCIAC Championships

Abby Poplawski ‘23
EE Staff Writer

Ranked 7th in the state, the Girl’s Varsity cross country team prepares for the FCIAC Championships, held at Waveny Park in New Canaan, with just two regular-season meets left to run. Last year had been difficult for the team due to restricted dual meets, but this year the girls have been able to race in various quad meets as well as invitationals with schools throughout the state. They have had an amazing start to the season by placing 2nd in the Large School Division at the Wilton Invitational, taking 1st overall at the Camp Sloper Invitational, and having a 10-2 win-loss ratio at regular meets. 

Despite losing several seniors from last year’s varsity team, sophomores Leela Kocinsky, Bridget Walsh, Isabel O’Brien, and junior Gabby Pavlov stepped up to join upperclassmen Kali Holden, Evelyn Marchand, and Abby Poplawski to form the varsity squad. Every practice, workout, and race all contribute to how well the girls will run at FCIACs. 

With the guidance of Head Coach, James McCaffrey, the girls are working hard every day with a positive attitude, ready to take on Waveny Park. “Since the beginning of the season we have trained to be a top 2 team in the FCIAC”, said McCaffrey. “As we enter championship season, we have done the work to put ourselves in a position to achieve our goals. These girls are tough”.

Everything You Need to Know About Wednesday’s PSAT

Kylie Totten ’23
EE Sports Editor

Prepare yourselves THS students, it’s PSAT season. It may not be the formal SAT, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important, because the PSAT is great preparation for the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) and it’s an opportunity for students to earn scholarships. So what is the PSAT all about, and what can you do to prepare?

The PSAT, or the NMSQT, is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. According to the College Board, it is a timed test that lasts two hours and 45 minutes and is generally taken by sophomores, and sometimes juniors, in high school. Trumbull High is having their first PSAT testing day on Wednesday October 13, 2021. 

PSAT scores are based on two sections, reading/writing and math. The total score is the sum of the two section scores, and there are 139 questions in total (91 reading/writing, 48 math). Scores can range from 320-1520, which is slightly different from the SAT that goes up to 1600. 50th percentile scores (average) are generally around a 1010, while 90th percentile scores are around a 1290. 

The PSAT isn’t looked at by college admissions, but it is a vital tool in studying for the SATs. The SATs are taken junior year, and it’s one of the four main things colleges look at when considering your application, along with grades, extracurriculars and the essay. The questions on the PSAT are very similar to the SAT’s, so it gives students a good idea of which areas they may struggle with and need to work on. The PSAT can also be good for working out test anxiety by giving students the opportunity to prepare for the time limit and testing environment as well as the questions. 

Trumbull Football Stuns No.7 Shelton with 41-7 Win

Ava Inesta ’22
EE Sports Reporter

Corbin Smith and Cooper Dayton celebrating a Trumbull touchdown.

McDougall Stadium was rocking on October 1st as the Eagles played their first home game of the season. This Friday night game was highly anticipated by everyone but there were some doubts since the Eagles were facing the undefeated Shelton High Gaels.

Just two minutes into the game, though, Trumbull struck with the game’s first touchdown. Trumbull would extend the lead and was up 20-0 by halftime.  

Throughout the entire game, Shelton had a difficult time tackling senior Corbin Smith, allowing him to score four touchdowns. Smith was easily the best player of Friday night’s game with his incredible performance. Another touchdown in the game was scored by junior Ben Carley. Junior quarterback Hunter Agosti went 20-28 for 354 yards, throwing three touchdown passes.

Slowing Shelton’s offense down after they ran 332 yards in a 35-14 win against No. 4 Greenwich last week was key. Trumbull’s defense with seniors Cooper Dayton, Jake Peterson, Dylan Moran, and others, exceeded expectations for this matchup.

A big win like this definitely gets everyone on the team fired up. The Eagles have a lot of potential and this is only the start. This week, Trumbull is going into week four with a 2-1 record, to play Westhill this Saturday at noon.

Trumbull Girls Volleyball Sweeps Danbury 3-0

Ava Inesta ’22
EE Staff Writer

After losing many valuable seniors from last season’s squad, this year’s girls volleyball team has had a strong start to their season. Gaining their 5th win, the Eagles defeated the Danbury Hatters at home, 3-0, on Thursday September 30. 

With the game scores of 25-17, 25-17, and 25-14, the Eagles showed immense amounts of skill on the court. This game’s best players included senior captain Jaime Willix with nine digs along with junior Camdyn Roth with 10 kills and 11 digs. Another player to mention is junior captain Maggie Carley recording 32 assists and three kills. Carley was also named Ruden Report female player of the week!

“It was a great game. We cleaned up a lot of our errors and were able to have a successful win without our biggest hitter”, junior Sienna Hoefer said of her team’s success. 

A positive for Trumbull is the amount of young talent they have. This results in still having numerous players with strong skill sets while losing valuable players like senior hitter Jamie McPartland who was unavailable for Thursday’s match. 

This game was an exciting one for Trumbull and brought tons of energy on the sidelines. With many impressive plays, the Eagles stayed on top for the entirety of the game and completed a sweep. 

From winning the CIAC Class LL championship in 2019, the Eagles have been showing their potential through the last seven games. Unfortunately, after the sweep of Danbury, they have faced some challenges but are hopeful in remaining one of the stronger teams in the FCIAC race.

Girl’s Field Hockey on the Fast Track to Championships

By Kylie Totten ‘23
EE Sports Editor 

The Girl’s Varsity field hockey team is having a great season, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to stop anytime soon. Last year was difficult for Trumbull High, but it had an especially hard impact on sports teams and clubs. This year it’s been back to somewhat normalcy, and the Trumbull Girl’s Field Hockey team has bounced right back, having an amazing start to their season. 

The team is eight games in and currently holds 3rd place in the FCIACs (Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference) with a record of four wins, two ties and two loses. So far they have beaten Brian McMahon (6-1), Westhill (4-0), Fairfield Warde (3-0), and Fairfield Ludlowe (1-0). They lost to Newtown (1-2) and New Canaan (0-3), and they tied with Wilton (0-0) and Norwalk (2-2). Trumbull has 9 games remaining in their season before FCIAC championships, with a couple of particularly challenging games against Staples and Darien.

All of the girls on the team have been playing hard and working together to help contribute to their great season. Some standout players are forward Kayla Barbagallo (junior), forward Maura Carbone (junior) and goalie Jenny Flynn (junior). So far Barbagallo has scored 3 goals, Carbone has scored 6 goals and Flynn has made 15 saves. These upperclassmen are doing an amazing job leading the team and are setting a high bar for the sophomores and freshman next season. 

Field hockey is a challenging sport, so the girls  have to put in serious effort while practicing. The team practices or plays up to six times a week, and practices generally last at least an hour. These practices include general conditioning work, skill based drills and scrimmaging. 

Trumbull made the FCIAC championships last year, and the team aims to repeat that achievement this year. The coaches of the team say that they ‘like their chances of making it to both the FCIAC championships and the state championships this year’. 

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