2014-15 WHHS Sports News and Accomplishments
A banner will be hung at West Haven High School to honor student Max
Padro, who is the first WHHS male swimmer to place 1st in a CIAC state
meet. With Max in the photo is Terry Recchia, Dave Forsyth, WHHS
Principal Pam Gardner, Hayley Padro, Liz Forsyth, Shelly Padro, Coach
Erin McCauley and Coach Kevin Dickson.
The Boys Tennis won the Division II SCC Championship for the first time in school history by defeating Shelton 5-2 on Thursday May 28th at Yale University. Coach Jason Kirck was named Coach of the Year for boys’ tennis and was honored at the Championships on May 28th. Brothers James and John Delgado won their first round match in the CIAC tournament and continue to play today at Yale University.
Girls lacrosse finished with a 6-10 record, but the record did not indicate the season that they had. Because of the success of the program the last few years this was the first year that they competed and played on the Tier 1 level. Sophomore Gabi Prisco was named All League, First Team.
Boys and girls track both qualified for the CIAC Championships.
The softball team qualified for the CIAC Tournament with an 8-12 record.
The WHHS baseball team qualified for the CIAC Tournament with a 10-10 record and will play Shelton in the first round of the tournament postponed from today. Seniors Jason Wilkerson and Mike Savino were named to the All-League team.
The girls tennis team qualified for the SCC Tournament, and Coach Kara Kaczynski was named Coach of the Year and was honored at the championship at Yale on May 28.
Jason Wilkerson and Elizabeth Fournier have been named the SCC Scholar-Athletes for May by the Southern Connecticut Conference. Jason is a four-year member of both the baseball and football teams. He will be attending UMass - Dartmouth in the fall. Liz has been a four-year member of the swim team and served this year as captain. She will be attending Siena College in the fall.
Elizabeth Fournier is the first female Westie
in years to head off to college with a starting spot on a Division I
swim team. She is
set to attend Siena College in New
York after having been recruited by the school and recognized for her
athletic performance in the pool. She will be on a pre-veterinary track
and plans to later attend graduate school to become a veterinarian.
The Boys Lacrosse finished with an 8-8 record and qualified for the CIAC tournament for the first time in 16 years. They lost in the first round to Amity 13-2. Coach Pat Reed was named Coach of the Year by his peers and honored recently at the SCC Championship game.
Senior Kial Watts picked up her 100th career hit in West Haven's 9-7 victory over Sacred Heart Academy on May 11. She was also named to the All – League Team and the Coaches All-State Team.
Pictured above are WHHS CIAC Scholar Athletes of the Year Jolie Morrell and Justin Tuschhoff. Jolie is a four-year member and captain of the soccer and softball teams, and she is ranked 7th in the class with an overall GPA 4.4. She will be attending the University of New Haven. Justin is a four-year member and captain of the lacrosse team and he is ranked 23rd in the class with an overall GPA of 4.0. He will be attending Quinnipiac University. Accompanying both athletes were softball Coach Joe Morrell and lacrosse Coach Pat Reed. They were honored on May 3, 2015, at the Aqua Turf in Southington, CT.
West Haven High School's Unified Sports program won 1st place at the annual Michaels Cup Award banquet.
The West Haven High School softball team, team alumni, Athletic Director
Jon Capone and Mayor Edward M. O'Brien honored former softball Coaches
Frank Biondi and Cliff Casner, as well as Frank's wife, Bonnie, May 4
before a game against Sheehan. The team had wanted to hold a
Night of Recognition ceremony for the trio to recognize all they did for
the program over the past few decades.
WHHS junior Max Padro recently became the first Westie to win a boys Class L swimming event in school history. He came in first in the 200-meter individual medley with a time of 1:56.02.
The West Haven High School SCC Scholar-Athletes for February are Don
Froehlich and Jolie Morrell. Don is a 4-year member of the boys hockey
team and was named captain this year. Jolie is a 4-year member of the
soccer and softball teams and served as captain of the soccer team this
fall. Both have also demonstrated a commitment to their studies and
WHHS Blue Devils Cheerleading Coach Angie Alston was named the SCC Cheerleading Coach of the Year.
West Haven High School student Gabi Prisco has been selected to the first ever Girls All-State Hockey Team sponsored by the Connecticut Girls High School Coaches Association. This fall, Gabi, a sophomore, was also selected to the New Haven Register's All-Area soccer team.
West Haven High School sophomore Brandon Sebastian was named the top student-athlete for the long jump indoor track event in all of New England last weekend and has also set a new school record. Sebastian competed at the New England High School Indoor Track and Field Championship at the end of February in Boston, having come in second place in the long jump at the state open earlier last month. But at the New England competition, he took first place, jumping 23 feet, 4 inches. The accomplishment beat the old WHHS record of 20 feet, 10 inches. He now advances to nationals in New York. Brandon is also a member of the Blue Devils football team and outdoor track team and hopes to get a scholarship to college through either football or track.
WHHS senior Marisa Pacapelli has committed to attending and playing soccer for the University of New Haven. She will major in marine biology. Marisa is a three-sport athlete for the Blue Devils: She has been a starting varsity player all four years on the girls soccer team, the girls hockey team and the girls softball team, and is also a captain this year for soccer and hockey. She helped lead the soccer team to three state tournaments. Marisa is also a dedicated student, as well as a peer advocate, member of the National Honor Society, and Rotary Club Scholar-athlete.
Seniors Jolie Morrell & Justin Tuschhoff are the CIAC Scholar-Athletes of the year for WHHS.
The WHHS dance team participated in the American Heart Association's Wear Red Day Feb. 6 and performed a line dance mash-up with parents, staff and students at the WHHS basketball game that night. Click here to see the video.
WHHS hockey team manager Zackary Lublin was featured in a New Haven Register article about his work with the team:
The West Haven High School cheerleaders WHHS cheerleaders placed 3rd in the nation in the Medium Varsity Game Day division at the UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship at Walt Disney World Feb. 7-8. They qualified by winning first place in two divisions at a regional championship earlier this winter. The talented team won first place in both the Game Day division and Medium Varsity Non-Tumbling division at the Dec. 13 Universal Cheerleaders Association Empire Regionals at Stony Brook University in New York and were honored by Mayor Edward M. O’Brien at City Hall Dec. 26, with each member receiving an official citation for the team’s achievement.
New England Hockey Journal has included West Haven High School in an article entitled "Six places where high school hockey still thrives."
The girls volleyball team has received the Sportsmanship Award from the Southern Connecticut Board of Volleyball Officials.
Members of the West Haven High School boys lacrosse team recently participated in LaxGiving in Hamden to help raise money and collect food for local food pantries. They also played in the Nov. 29 Sticks For Soldiers tournament, which raised $115,000 for veterans who lost limbs serving our country. This is the second year the team has been involved in both of these events.
West Haven High School
students Kayley Carr and Justin Tuschhoff are recipients of the SCC
Scholar Athlete of the Month honor for November. Kayley is a four-year
member of the WHHS volleyball team with a 4.5 GPA. Justin is a four-year
member of the lacrosse team with a 4.02 GPA. Both students are also
members of the National Honor Society.
Boys soccer player Salah Oumorou has been named All-Area MVP.
Girls soccer player Gabi Prisco has been selected to the New Haven Register's All-Area soccer team.
Volleyball player Talon Yahaya has been selected for the New Haven Register's All-Area volleyball team.
Senior softball player Kial Watts signed a Letter of Intent to play softball at Hampton University and is receiving an athletic scholarship.
Volleyball Coach Kate Coldren was named the volleyball Coach of the Year by the Southern Connecticut Conference. The team also made it to SCC and CIAC play-offs. Kate is a physical education teacher at Carrigan Intermediate School.
The WHHS girls soccer team was awarded with the Sportsmanship Award from the Greater New Haven Soccer Officials Association. The girls soccer team also made it to SCC and CIAC play-offs.
The WHHS Unified Sports soccer team competed in the annual Unified Sports SCC soccer tournament Oct. 15.