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Trumbull Football Season Comes to a Close

Ava Inesta ’22
EE Sports Reporter

Eagles storm onto McDougall Field to make their grand entrance before game time.

With hopes of advancing to the first round of the state playoffs, Trumbull unfortunately fell short on Thanksgiving day. During their deciding game against No. 2 St. Joseph, Trumbull wasn’t able to gain the win they desperately needed; they lost 35-7. Throughout the entire game, Trumbull lacked offensively when getting close to the endzone and wasn’t able to keep up with St. Joe’s scoring. On a high note, senior captain Cooper Dayton was named MVP for the Rumble in Trumbull rivalry game. Although this wasn’t the outcome Trumbull wanted, there are still lots of positives about this season to celebrate. 

The Eagles had many players this season who were threats to the other teams in every matchup. All these players were recognized for their talents and received All-FCIAC awards. The first team offensive awards went to senior Corbin Smith, senior Jake Delfino, and junior Ben Carley. The first team defensive awards went to senior Cooper Dayton, senior Jake Peterson, and senior Owen Solano. Trumbull also had some players on the second team including junior Hunter Agosti for offense and junior Jordan Black for defense. The honorable mention awards went to senior Dylan Moran, senior Kieran Bill, and junior Xavier Richardson. Overall, these players made huge contributions to the team and they are all extremely deserving of these awards.

This year’s team always had a strong mentality and didn’t let anything stand in the way of playing their game. That’s one of the reasons why Trumbull had so much success this season, their confidence thrived. Not to mention, Trumbull had one of the biggest D/O lines in the state which were dominant in all their games.

 The Eagles have changed the dynamic of their program with turning their record around from previous seasons. After being 5-5 in 2018 and 3-7 in 2019, Eagle’s finished this year with a solid 7-3 record. This season set up foundations for next fall and the future of Trumbull Football with head coach Mr. Marce Petroccio.

’21 MLB Season Wraps with Braves Turnaround

Ava Inesta ’22
EE Sports Reporter

Photo courtesy: Major League Baseball

Freddie Freeman’s reaction to the final out!

The Major League Baseball season officially came to an end with the Atlanta Braves as the last team standing. They defeated the Houston Astros in a six game series, closing the final game with a 7-0 shutout on Tuesday November 2nd.

The season had been ongoing since February of 2021. Ever since the first day of spring training, the Braves  had some of the most ups and downs of any team in the majors. They had consistent injury problems with one of their aces, Mike Soroka since he was first injured on August 3, 2020. Another huge factor was the loss of star outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. in mid-July due to an ACL tear. 2018 National League Rookie of the Year winner Acuña Jr. had been one of, if not the Braves best player since he debuted.

This was a big blow for the Braves and something that made everyone believe that the Braves wouldn’t be contenders for this year’s playoffs. However, at the trade deadline the Braves added outfielders Jorge Soler and Joc Pederson which completely changed their lineup. Eddie Rosario was another key player who didn’t have a team in February due to his free agency situation. But, he ended up being the most valuable player of the NLCS and a world champion at the end of the season.

So, there were many factors that went into the Braves making it this far. They were up against very talented teams like the Milwaukee Brewers and the Los Angeles Dodgers but still were able to surpass them. In the end, they always found a way to win games.

The Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve and shortstop Carlos Correa definitely made the biggest impact on their team’s performance all the way to the championship. The Astros put up great competition but the Braves always seemed to take advantage of all their mistakes. 

The great addition of Jorge Soler made the difference for the Braves. He went on to be the Most Valuable Player of the World Series because of his stellar performances in each game. No one would have ever expected his outcome in July when he was still on the Kansas City Royals.

Trumbull Continues their Dominance in Win Against Danbury

Ava Inesta ’22
EE Sports Reporter

In the last game under the Friday night lights at McDougall Stadium this season, the Eagles defeated the Danbury Hatters 40 – 12 in addition to celebrating their 17 seniors.

The first quarter was slow for the Eagles but with four minutes to go, quarterback Hunter Agosti completed a 32-yard pass to junior Ben Carley for the game’s first touchdown. Trumbull started the 3rd quarter with a 55-yard rushing touchdown by senior Corbin Smith. Smith also scored two other touchdowns. On top of all this, junior Hunter Agosti had a 3-yard rushing touchdown as well as sophomore Jon Hall with a 8-yard rushing touchdown.

“I would say that our team is very explosive offensively, on defense we are extremely aggressive and hit very hard.” Senior Corbin Smith said about his team’s consistent accomplishments, “Our offensive line is playing very very well and our skill positions and quarterback just have great chemistry.” Smith also mentioned the team’s motto, “We gone ball regardless”.

Through the majority of the first quarter, Danbury had possession of the ball but Trumbull’s defense limited them from scoring until the end of the 3rd quarter. By that time, the Eagles had already scored 40 points. 

Captain Jake Peterson had a lot to say about Trumbull’s continued success with defense. “A big thing that’s been improving our defensive game is that everyone has been doing their jobs. Having some of the biggest and best linebackers in the FCIAC with Jordan Black and Amr Othman, it truly has brought our defense to a new level.”

Trumbull Volleyball Moves on to 2nd Round of States After Defeating Westhill

Ava Inesta ’22
EE Sports Reporter

Trumbull celebrates the game-winning point.

Trumbull opened up the state playoffs with a 3-0 sweep against the Westhill Vikings on Monday, November 8th. After an unfortunate end to their FCIAC championship run, the Eagles had a fresh start against one of their known rivals. The Eagles played a strong game and had the one-up on the Vikings for the majority of the time. The final scores of the three sets were 25-16, 25-10, and 25-14.

Trumbull and Westhill have some history after meeting in the 2019 CIAC State Championship. Trumbull obviously took the title, so it’s always entertaining to see these two teams go against each other after that event. 

Junior captain Maggie Carley expressed a lot of emotions towards this win, “Westhill is a super scrappy team and they didn’t give us the win easily, so beating them was really rewarding and it was an amazing game to start our state run with!”

With the knowledge of their next matchup, Carley already has lots of thoughts of how her team is going to tackle this. “I think our team has a lot of experience playing top-tier teams in the FCIAC, and with Conard being out of our conference, it’s hard to gauge what their playing level is, but I’m confident going into the game,” she said, “We’ve hung really tight with Greenwich, arguably the best team in the state, so I think channeling the same intense energy will help us in this next game.” Carley thinks that Trumbull’s energy will be their biggest weapon against Conard and in the rest of the state tournament. 

Eagles Get the Win in Tiger Town

Ava Inesta ’22
EE Sports Reporter

Up in the valley of Ridgefield, Connecticut, the Eagles defeated the Tigers 28-14 on Friday, November 5th. With intentions of securing a spot in the playoffs, Trumbull knew that winning this game was crucial as the regular season approaches its end. However, this was supposed to be a night of celebration for the Tigers. It was the opening of their new Tiger Hollow Stadium, senior night, and the school’s homecoming game. Unfortunately for Ridgefield, Trumbull took all their hype away by getting the win.

In this game, Trumbull truly showed what kind of team they are through all their team efforts. In total, four touchdowns were scored by the Eagles. Trumbull was the first to strike in the first quarter with a touchdown scored by senior Corbin Smith. The other touchdowns were scored by senior captain Owen Solano and junior Nick Tuccinardi. 

A huge factor into the Eagles win was their defense. At times, the score was close which made Trumbull’s strong defense that much more significant. Throughout most of the game, Trumbull limited Ridgefield’s offense and did not allow them get too close to their endzone. At one point, Ridgefield got in range to kick a field goal, but missed, giving Trumbull possession of the ball. Trumbull’s defense was led by senior captains Jake Delfino, Cooper Dayton, and Jake Peterson. Towards the end, it was key that Trumbull stayed ahead and did not let Ridgefield get within a touchdown of them.

“We just went out there and played our hearts out. Our defense was playing as one and we wouldn’t let up no matter where the ball was placed,” Captain Cooper Dayton said about his team’s successes. “We played as a team and we were effective in the end which let our offense go to work. A true team effort and true team win.”

Trumbull Bounces Back Against Fairfield Warde with 42-6 Win

Ava Inesta ’22
EE Sports Reporter

Senior Corbin Smith rushing to the endzone for the first touchdown of the game.

After a tough loss to Greenwich, Trumbull got back on track to defeat the Fairfield Warde Mustangs on October 29 at Tetreau-Davis Field. 

A game like this under the Friday night lights was just what Trumbull needed to gain some confidence back. 

One of Fairfield Warde’s mistakes in the game was their defensive plans. Right from the start, they were unable to stop the Eagles offense and by the end of the first quarter the score was 28-0 Trumbull. In the end, Trumbull had scored a total of six touchdowns. They were scored by seniors Owen Solano, Corbin Smith, and Justin Delaney. Junior Nicholas Tuccinardi also played a great offensive game for the Eagles. Trumbull enforced strong defense, limiting Warde to only scoring a single touchdown.

“It was a great team win and rebound from the Greenwich game,” Senior Justin Delaney said about his team’s win, “Now it’s time to prepare for the Ridgefield game, and focus on winning each game one at a time for the rest of the season.”

With only a few games remaining, Trumbull is making a big push to earn a spot in the CIAC playoff bracket, but it is going to be a challenge. The Eagles are very hopeful that they will prove their belonging in the playoffs after playing Ridgefield, Danbury, and St. Joseph to finish off the regular season.

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.

Boys Soccer Win Against St. Joseph and New Canaan

Ava Inesta ’22
EE Sports Reporter

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.

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”.


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