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Who Should Win The NFL MVP?

Jude Magnotti ’25
EE Sports Columnist

It’s halfway through the NFL season and it feels like we have barley even started. However, midseason gives us the opportunity to go back and reflect on the teams and players that have found success through this point in the season.

Let’s focus on what is potentially the most important award in sports: The NFL’s Most Valuable Player Award (MVP).

This award has been notoriously dominated by quarterbacks in the past and this season looks to be no different. So far, the front runners for this award have been Jalen Hurts of the Eagles, Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs, and Tua Tagovailoa of the Dolphins.

Mahomes is the obvious choice, however due to voter fatigue, the MVP will probably be between Hurts and Tagovailoa, two quarterbacks from the 2020 class with underwhelming rookie and sophomore seasons (especially compared to Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert).

Through 12 weeks, the Eagles stand at 10-1 due in no small part to the efforts of Hurts. So far, he has had 2,560 passing yards, 17 passing touchdowns, 3 interceptions, and leads the league in QB rushing touchdowns with 8. Last year the Eagles finished only 9-8 and already having more wins then they had last year through just 11 games is a huge jump.

While Hurts has definitely been helped by the weapons Devonta Smith and A.J. Brown as well as Coach of the Year candidate Nick Sirianni, he’s absolutely taken a big leap from years 2 to 3 and the franchise would not be where it is at right now were it not for him. If the Eagles continue their winning ways it wouldn’t be surprising to see Hurts up on the stage accepting the MVP in February.

In the AFC, we have a quarterback that is in a very similar situation to Hurts–Tua Tagovailoa. Like Hurts, he possesses deadly weapons in both Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle with another Coach of the Year candidate in Mike McDaniel. The Dolphins have not had as much success as the Eagles, standing at only 8-3. However, it would be an understatement to say that Tua has had far superior individual numbers compared to Hurts.

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.

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.)”.

 

Trumbull Football Eagles Defeat Stamford 42-14

Melvin Cabreja ‘23
EE Staff Writer

A pumped-up Eagles team charges the field against Stamford on Friday October 14th.

The Trumbull Eagles Football Team bounced back in a spectacular way from a tough loss against FCIAC rival Staples a couple of weeks ago by beating Stamford 42-14 Friday, October 14th at home.

In a game that saw them already up 28-0 going into the second half due to a great effort from the defense, the Eagle’s offense was equally explosive. Trumbull scored a touchdown 2 minutes into the first drive of the game, led by Senior quarterback Hunter Agosti who threw for 185 yards and 3 touchdowns with huge help from his receivers.

Senior Luca Antonio, Senior Jack Durland, and Senior Ben Carley each contributed with one receiving touchdown apiece.

The running game is crucial for this Eagles team, averaging about 209 rushing yards per game with solid performances by Junior running back Rowan Johnston. In this game, he accumulated 175 yards rushing with 3 touchdowns. It felt like every time he ran it was for positive yardage.

Stamford made some noise coming out of the half but Trumbull was able to maintain the pressure to help secure the victory. The Eagles improved to 4-1 with this win and prepare to face off against the Greenwich Cardinals who are also 4-1 on Thursday night this upcoming October 20th on the road. 

Trumbull High School Girls Swim Team Tops St. Joe’s

Alexis Abellard ’26
EE Staff Writer

Trumbull High School Girl's Swim Team meet

Trumbull’s Lady Eagles Swim Team

On September 10th, Trumbull’s Lady Eagles Swim Team defeated St. Joseph at their first home meet of the season. With many 1st place finishes and event sweeps, Trumbull earned their first victory of the season with a winning score of 95-64.

In the 100 butterfly, Kristen Racicot (junior), Sumanvi Annavajjhala (junior), and Jessica Nagel (freshman)  took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively, racking up the points for Trumbull. In the following event, Alexis Abellard (freshman), Audrey Kehley (junior) and Keira Citarella (sophomore) snagged 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the 100 freestyle. The Lady Eagles then went on to sweep the 100 backstroke with strong races by Kehley, Lauren Clark (senior), and Ashley O’Connor (senior).

There were many other fast swims and wins from our Eagles. In the 50 freestyle, Abellard and Clark took 1st and 3rd and in the 200 free Abigail Adams (senior) and Hannah Natlo (junior) took 1st and 2nd place. In the 200 freestyle relay, the team of Citeralla, Clark, Adams, and Abellard had a come from behind victory taking 1st place. Later on in the 400 freestyle relay with Samara McGlynn (sophomore), Adams, Clark, and Natlo, our Eagles had another come from behind victory and took another 1st place win.

The duo of Adams and Natlo raced together again in the 500 freestyle and earned themselves a 2nd and 3rd place finish. In the 200 IM, swimmers Nagel and Annavajjhala also took 2nd and 3rd. The 200 medley relay consisting of Kehley, Racicot, Annavajjhala, and Abellard took 2nd place. The 100 breaststroke saw Racicot and McGlynn swim into 2nd and 3rd.

Overall it was a good meet for Trumbull with top finishes in every event. The Eagles will go on to face Westhill for another home meet at the Wheeler Rec Center at UB.


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