Trumbull Pulls Off Upset for Quarterfinal Win

Melvin Cabreja ‘23 EE Sports Reporter The Trumbull Eagles Football Team pulled off an incredible upset win vs #1 seeded Southington, 34-25, on Tuesday, November 29th in Southington. It was a special night More »

Varsity Field Hockey Setting/Reaching Goals

Lola Karimi ’25 EE Staff Writer The girls Varsity Field Hockey team, composed of 24 players, are currently 6-7-1 this season.  The captains seniors, Maura Carbone, and Lexi Santoro, “encourage us to try More »

Girls Varsity Volleyball Team on a Roll

Melvin Cabreja ’23 EE Staff Writer The Girls Varsity Volleyball team defeated Brien McMahon on Monday, October 24th, 3-0, in a game that saw the team hold their first annual thank-a-teacher night. This More »

Trumbull Baseball Defeats St. Joseph in Extra Innings

Ava Inesta ’22 EE Sports Writer On Monday, May 9th, the Trumbull Eagles traveled across town to play the St. Joseph Cadets. Anytime these rivals face off, it’s always a competitive match up More »

 

Trumbull Pulls Off Upset for Quarterfinal Win

Melvin Cabreja ‘23
EE Sports Reporter

The Trumbull Eagles Football Team pulled off an incredible upset win vs #1 seeded Southington, 34-25, on Tuesday, November 29th in Southington.

It was a special night for the football program at Trumbull High as it was their first appearance in the playoffs in the last 12 years. This game saw a strong performance by Jonathan Hall who exploded for 232 yards and an astonishing 5 touchdowns. He was really the focal point of the Eagle’s offense and kept them in the game given the back and forth battle.

Coming out of the half, the Eagles saw themselves up by one. Southington responded with a touchdown but the Eagles scored back nearing the end of the 3rd quarter.

In the 4th quarter, the Eagle’s defense stepped up not allowing a single point to secure the win for Trumbull. The #8 seed in these playoffs, Trumbull, will now head to Fairfield to play the #5 seed, Fairfield Prep, on Sunday, December 4th at 12:30 pm. 

Photo courtesy: THS Football Twitter account.

Junior Katie Marchand Leads Trumbull Girls Cross Country

Abby Poplawski ‘23
EE Science/Technology Editor

Katie Marchand holds up the Connecticut State Flag after becoming the top CT finisher at the New England Championships.

Just joining the cross country team as a junior in high school this year, Katie Marchand has already left a mark in school history. After running a 10:36.64 3200-meter race in outdoor track, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC), named her as one of the top athletes to keep an eye out for during the championship season for fall sports. 

After an individual second place finish at the FCIAC Championships in New Canaan, Katie and her coaches knew she had the ability to work harder and push for a first place finish in upcoming races. At the CIAC Division LL Girls Championship at Wickham Park, the Trumbull girls cross country team aimed to qualify for the CIAC State Open meet the following week.

Katie knew what her role in the race was, and she was determined to place in the top to help the team score the least points in order to advance to opens. With an outstanding twenty-five second lead, she became the Division LL State Champion, running 19:00 for a 5 kilometer race! The team placed third overall, claiming a spot to State Opens. Of all the Connecticut Divisional races that day, Katie ran the fastest female time.

With several workouts on the track dedicated to hitting specific race paces, the girls on the team were ready to race at State Opens, hoping to place in the top six teams to qualify for the  New England Interscholastic XC Championships in Rhode Island. Taking on Wickham Park again, the girls were hit with a very hot and sunny day, but that didn’t stop them from running hard.

Katie fought through the whole race, maintaining her position in front of the lead pack. She ended with a second place finish running 19:11 just six seconds behind the first-place runner from Glastonbury. Katie was able to lead the team to a fifth place finish, making Trumbull Girls Cross Country the top FCIAC team of the race and a New England’s Qualifier.

Fall Play Underway

Isabella Mercado ‘23
EE Staff Writer

Ali Hassan & Mars Czarnecki rehearse under the watch of their Director, Isabel O’Neil & Stage Manager, Elizabeth Caron. Almost, Maine premiers November 18th & 19th.

Most of us here at Trumbull High are familiar with the spring musicals put on every March, but one of the hidden underground gems of THS Arts is the fall play. While the plays are not as big in extravagance as the spring musicals, they have always been beautiful productions that never receive enough praise. This year, TheSpians is putting on the play Almost, Maine by John Cariani.

One of the unique elements of the fall play is that it is completely student run. This means that leadership positions such as directors, stage managers, designers, producers, and other crew leadership positions are filled by students. Some of these roles are filled by adults in the spring, so the fall productions give students a chance at showing off their leadership qualities, as well as preparing them for a future in theatre if they so choose.

“It’s been so great working with such amazing actors, and it’s awesome to work under the guidance of Mrs Spillane, especially since I want to go into directing later in life,” said Skylar Cuminotto-Reis, one of the directors of Almost Maine.

Anyone with a leadership position works under the guidance of Mrs Spillane and Mr Bracksieck, the THeSpian advisors, so that they are able to ask questions and perform to the best of their abilities. Some leadership was even determined last school year, so that work on the play could begin as soon as this year began. 

Boys Soccer Wins FCIAC Championship

Melvin Cabreja ’23
EE Sports Reporter

The Trumbull Eagles varsity soccer team defeated Darien on Thursday night 4-1 to secure the 2022 FCIAC championship. The victory puts an exclamation point on what has been a great year, finishing with an 18-1 record this season.

This is the school’s 4th Championship since 2016. The team has seen many contributions this year by key players like The MVP of the game which was awarded to sophomore goalkeeper Connor Hughes. He had nine saves in this game.

Junior Stefan Cordas and senior Sebastian Mesa each scored two goals.

Junior Owen Bull had an amazing season that saw him scoring the most goals in a season. The Eagles will now get ready to start their journey towards the State championship next week as the respected #1 seed

Varsity Field Hockey Setting/Reaching Goals

Lola Karimi ’25
EE Staff Writer

The girls Varsity Field Hockey team, composed of 24 players, are currently 6-7-1 this season.  The captains seniors, Maura Carbone, and Lexi Santoro, “encourage us to try our hardest and are extremely supportive during both games and practice,” said sophomore player Julia Lorant. 

One of the biggest values the Field Hockey team holds is being connected with one another. They participate in many team bonding activities, such as “trying to go to field hockey games together and having team sleepovers”, according to sophomore Lily Healy.

The Varsity Field Hockey team participates in the Spirit Week, Sponsor-A-Senior Day.

Cooperating as a unit is what makes the difference between a good and bad game for this team. A balance is super important to the field hockey team, so they made sure to “have so much fun traveling around together as a team”, according to Maura Carbone. 

With the season coming to an end, everyone has a goal they would like to accomplish, such as “getting to 15 goals for this season and reaching 100 total points by the end of the season”,  said Carbone.

She is very close to her goal as she is already at 91 total points right now in her four varsity years.

World Series Matchup Preview: Astros Vs. Phillies

Jude Magnotti ‘26
Isaac Gramse ‘26
EE Staff Writers 

October is here, and with that the beginning of the fall classic returns to the MLB. This year’s matchup will feature the Philadelphia Phillies from the National League, and the recurring Houston Astros from the American League. Both teams have multiple star players, but who will come out on top? Will it be the Phillies, who haven’t been to a World Series since 2009, and haven’t had a winning year since 2008? Or will it be the Astros, looking to cover up their stained championship title from 2017 and finally beating a team from the NL East? Both teams have their strengths and weaknesses, but only one can come out on top. Who will it be? This is how we believe it will turn out.

Houston Astros
It seems like every year the Astros are back in this position, and it seems like every year it is the same old story. As I am sure you know the Houston Astros have been, along with the Dodgers, the powerhouse of baseball. They have bulldozed through the regular season once again and have completely dismantled elite teams like it was nothing. However, despite their success they have never been able to recapture the same level of success they achieved in 2017.

They were defeated in the World Series twice in 2019, and 2021. Now they find themselves back in this position with a third chance at redemption, once again against a team they can very conceivably beat. However, whether they will find it in themselves to win I cannot say.

Nevertheless, I do believe that on paper the Houston Astros have the best roster out of any team in the league. The most under-appreciated aspect of the Astros postseason success has been the amazing performances from their starters. It seems like whenever it comes to the playoffs, different pitchers who you have probably never even heard of come out and throw outstanding games.

Pitchers like Frambler Valdez, Lance McCullers, and even Luis Garcia have all risen to post-season stardom. And of course we cannot forget the elite Justin Verlander, who while has not been quite himself this year, is still capable of pitching great all around games. This combination of pitchers along with significant depth in the bullpen as well as closer Ryan Pressly allow the Astros to shut down the best hitters in the league with ease.

Girls Varsity Volleyball Team on a Roll

Melvin Cabreja ’23
EE Staff Writer

The Girls Varsity Volleyball team defeated Brien McMahon on Monday, October 24th, 3-0, in a game that saw the team hold their first annual thank-a-teacher night.

This was a lovely tribute to honor the dedication and time teachers put in day in and day out. This game was also a pink-out game to support breast cancer awareness.

The final scores of the three sets were 25-19, 25-21, and 25-7.

The Eagles had strong performances by Senior Maggie Carley who had 6 kills to go along with 25 assists. Maggie was also recognized that evening for reaching 1,000 Career assists in a game vs New Canaan on Friday, October 21st.

Senior Sammi Agostin finished the game with 10 kills and 3 aces.

With a 12-6 record, the Eagles returned home on Wednesday, October 26th for Senior Night vs Fairfield Warde where the team distinguished 9 of their senior players.

The Eagles beat Warde 3-0. The scores were 25-23, 25-16 and 25-12. Junior, Ariana Gjonbalaj, had 9 kills and 6 blocks and senior Alisa Zeltina had 9 kills, 6 digs and 3 aces. The Eagles are now on a 4 game winning streak as well as winning 8 of the last 9. The Eagles will now head on over to Norwalk with a 13-6 record for their last game of the regular season tonight. 

Sleepwalking Through a Near Perfect Season

Lola Karimi ’25
EE Staff Writer

The Boys Varsity Soccer Team participates in Spirit Week by dressing up for Sponsor-A-Senior Day.

The Trumbull High School varsity boys soccer team is having an incredible year. The team, composed of 29 players, is currently 15-1 for the 2022-2023 season.

The three captains, Bruno Brasil (senior); Franco Miloanov (senior); and Jack Digiovanni (junior), “pushed the players to their limits, kept the team motivated, and helped them to focus on their drills and games”, Connor Hughes [10], said.

The boys work hard every day to honor their late Coach “Sebe”. Coach Sebastian Gangemi was the High School Boys Varsity Soccer Coach for twenty years at THS who led the team to four FCIAC titles. He passed away in 2019.

The team was undefeated until October 24, when they suffered their first loss. “This loss was a huge wake up call, it made us realize we’re not perfect”, said captain Bruno Brasil [12]. “Now we must work toward improving, not perfecting ourselves and to do this we must focus on our weaknesses”. 

For many teams, this moment determines whether it is make or break, and this team is ready to keep fighting for the win.

Being united as a team is crucial for the boys, so “pasta parties are a must”, Kyle Helminger [11] said. “We all attend other Trumbull High events together (sports, games, spirit week, etc.)”.

 

Recreating the Elusive Seasoned Potato Wedge

Raphael Sullivan ’23
EE Staff Writer

Can’t get enough seasoned potato wedges from the cafeteria? Try making them yourself at home.

The cafeteria’s seasoned potato wedges have long been a fan favorite among students of Trumbull High, however, their availability has dramatically diminished over time. As students, it has been difficult to mourn this loss of potatoey goodness. Luckily, there’s a way for you to create your own spicy wedges on your own, at home. 

According to Dia Ruskay, THS Food Service Manager, the spiced potato wedges are actually bought premade and not prepared in-house. She cited McCain Foods as the company that supplies the wedges. McCain is a worldwide organization, specializing in potato products that serves up everything from french fries to potato wedges. McCain Foods is Canadian-based and is the largest seller of frozen potato products in the world according to their website, mccainpotatoes.com.

But if the spiced wedges are bought as-is, why are they never available? Well, Ruskay has this to say on the matter: “With the supply chain issues, we never know which type of potato we’ll get”.

Lake Compounce’s Phantom Fall Fest Haunts

Lillian Von Kohorn ‘24
EE Staff Writer

Fog machines and dimmed yellow lighting help create a perfect Halloween atmosphere.

The spooky season is upon us, and Lake Compounce has just introduced a brand new way to enjoy it!

As teenagers transition from treat to trick, the 2022 Phantom Fall Fest brings the best of both worlds into their park. From opening time until 6 p.m., all are welcome to enjoy the park’s classic entertainments, great themed food, and flashy Halloween decor. When the clock strikes 6, though, the horrors of the night come out and the park transforms into a full-blown haunted realm. The Phantom Fall Fest features four haunted labyrinths, and three themed “scare-zones”. 

The first of the labyrinths, MediEvil, brings you face to face with an inquisitor’s torture chamber. The second, Root of All Evil, takes place in the manor of a mad scientist, and Spirits of the Swamp has you trek through a haunted bayou. Finally, mAlice in Wonderland, the largest of the haunted paths, takes you through the looking glass or down the rabbit hole with a choose your own adventure experience.

Not a huge fan of horror? No problem. There are plenty of other fun Halloween activities, such as the Kid’s Costume Party and the Apple Fritter Eating Contest, for the whole family to enjoy. In fact, according to the General Manager, Jeff Davis, “Even if you’re not into haunted houses, I think you can come here and get just the right level of scare that’s appropriate”. 

“It’s a chill yet thrilling experience perfect from a fun night out,” according to one 11th grade Trumbull High School student. “It literally feels like I’m walking through a classic horror movie–but not in the ‘Oh no I’m gonna die type of way,’ you know?”

This aesthetic is due to the constant fog machines and dimmed yellow lighting, creating that perfect Halloween atmosphere even on the clearest of nights.

The Phantom Fall Fest, which will run from September 30th through October 30th, is opened from 6 to 10 p.m. on Fridays, and from noon till 10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Aside from mAlice in Wonderland, all attractions are free with admission.


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