Sports News and Accomplishments
scholar athletes
Pictured above are WHHS Amanda Carr and Daniel Lanziero who are named the SCC Scholar Athletes for the winter sport season.  Amanda has been a 4 year member of the basketball team, captain her senior year.  She has a GPA of 4.36 and she is ranked 20th in the class. She is a member of the National Honor Society and has been awarded Rotary Club Scholar Athlete and the New Haven Tap-Off Club Scholar Athlete awards.  Dan has been a 4 year member of the Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track teams and is captain of all three sports.  His overall GPA 4.6 and he is ranked number 3 in the class.  He is a member of the National Honor Society and Vice President of the Blue Devils Marching Band.

Scholar athletes
 Pictured above are WHHS James Delgado and Megan Paterson who are named the SCC Scholar Athletes.  James is currently number one in the class with a GPA of 4.78.  He is a member of the National Honor Society and the Captain of the Tennis Team.  Megan is ranked 5th in the class with a GPA of 4.55.  She is the President of the Senior Class and the Captain of the Volleyball Team.

Coach Chrystal Fanelli and Gabi Prisco
Pictured above is WHHS Lacrosse coach, Chrystal Fanelli, presenting the Division II Player of the Year to Gabby Prisco.  Gabby will be attending Endicott College in the fall. 
Lauren Lewis receiving her award 
Pictured above is WHHS Athletic Director, Jon Capone, presenting the Rotary Club’s Bob Greenwood (Service Above Self) Award to Lauren Lewis for her volunteer service at WHHS in the past four years.  Lauren will be attending the University of Connecticut in the fall.  
Scholar Athletes for the CIAC at the Awards dinner in May 
Pictured above are West Haven High Schools Gabby Prisco and Kyle Froehlich, receiving the prestigious CIAC Scholar Athlete Award at their annual banquet on May 7.  Presenting the awards to each athlete are coaches, Joe Morrell and Erin Blake. 
Gabriella Prisco and Kyle Froelich 
 Pictured above are WHHS Gabriella Prisco and Kyle Froehlich who have been named the SCC Scholar Athletes for the Winter Athletic Season.  Gabriella is a 4 year member of the girls soccer, hockey and lacrosse teams and was named captain by all 3 teams.  Her GPA is 4.065 and Gabrielle is currently ranked 28 in the class.  She will be heading to Endicott College in the fall.  Kyle has been a 4 year member of the boys hockey team and has an overall GPA of 4.15. He is currently ranked 22 in the class.  Kyle is considering the University of New Haven in the fall.

SCC Scholar Athletes

Pictured above are WHHS’s Lauren Lewis and Robert Hawkins who are named the SCC Fall Sports Scholar Athletes.  Lauren is ranked 4th in the class with a GPA of 4.7 and she is a 4 year member of the soccer and basketball teams and was named captain of both teams.  Robert Hawkins is ranked 38th in the class with an overall GPA 3.9.  Rob is a 4 year member and captain of the football team.

WHHS boys tennis team members earned the title of Division II SCC champions for the second year in a row in May under the leadership of WHHS teacher and Coach Jason Kirck. The team played Hamden at Yale University Tennis Courts. The team's victory was covered in a New Haven Register story.

scholar athletes

West Haven High School seniors Stefania Vendrella and Jeremy Borelli were honored on May 1 at the CIAC Scholar Athletes of the Year banquet. They have been selected as the WHHS Scholar-Athletes of the Year. Stefania is ranked 7th in the class and was a four-year member and captain of the WHHS volleyball and tennis teams. She will be attending Fairfield University. Jeremy is ranked 1st in the class and was a four-year member and captain of the hockey and tennis teams. He will be attending the University of Connecticut. Pictured with Stefania and Jeremy are Athletic Director Jon Capone, hockey Coach Joe Morrell and volleyball Coach Kate Coldren.

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The press box at Frank Biondi Softball Field on the WHHS campus was named for Thomas “Tinker” Blake in a May 5 ceremony right before a home softball game. Superintendent Neil Cavallaro, Athletic Director Jon Capone and former WHHS softball Coach Frank Biondi spoke at the event to honor Blake, a 1974 WHHS grad and lifelong Westie who attended the ceremony with his family.


Unified Sports
WHHS students Charlie Jefferson and Michelle Ankrah were recently honored at the annual Unified Sports Michaels Cup Banquet for their participation in WHHS' Unified Sports program. They're pictured here with Coach John Dolan, WHHS Athletic Director Jon Capone, Coach Bill McDermott, Coach Alison McBride and WHHS alum Josephine Ankrah. WHHS' Unified Sports team gives students with special needs a chance to hone their skills in soccer, basketball, track and other sports and work with student volunteers, or “partners,” who are often from a school’s other athletic teams.

West Haven High School’s football team this year will see three seniors graduate and continue playing at the collegiate level, with two moving on to the University of New Haven and the third heading to Southern Connecticut State University.
Marquis Lockhart, a defensive end and linebacker, starts classes at UNH this fall, with plans to major in computer engineering, while Drew Highsmith, a defensive back, will be studying biology at UNH in hopes of becoming an athletic trainer. Adrian Jaynes, a middle linebacker, will be on a sports management career track at SCSU to pursue a goal of eventually working with a football team, and may also minor in music production.

Amani Cayo was named to the  Connecticut Coaches Association All-State Cheerleading Team.


Malachi Campbell was named to the First Team All-SCC Boys Basketball Quinnipiac Division.


girls hockey
Gabby Prisco was named to the Second Team All-SCC Girls Hockey and was also named Division II Player of the Year. Erin Blake was named Coach of the Year in Girls Hockey for Division II – Southern Connecticut Conference.


relay team
Drew Highsmith, Jeffrey Flores, Abdoul Aremu and Talon Butler won the Connecticut State Open 200 Medley Relay and placed 6th in the New England Trials. They were also honored at a Board of Education meeting.

WHHS cheerleaders competed in Florida in the UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship at Walt Disney World this winter. The squad also took home honors in local events. In December at regionals, which were held at Hofstra University in New York, WHHS cheerleaders won first place in both of their performances for the Medium Varsity Non-Tumbling division and the Game Day division. They competed in both of those categories in Florida as well.


Tyler Paine was named to the First Team All-SCC Boys Hockey.

WHHS hockey coach 
Joe Morrell posted his 200th career victory this winter with a 5-0 victory over Ridgefield.

max padro
WHHS senior Max Padro signed a letter of intent to attend and swim for Southern Connecticut State University next fall. He's broken a WHHS record in nearly every swim stroke and last year became the first Westie to win a boys Class L swimming event in school history.

WHHS students selected for the SCC 2015 Soccer All-Area Team are:

Boys - Salah Oumorou, Blaise Haba and Jose Espinoza
Girls - Gabi Prisco and Lauren Lewis

WHHS boys soccer player Salah Oumorou has earned All-State and All-New England Honors and been named the New Haven Register Area MVP for the second year in a row.

WHHS football players who earned All-SCC Honors are:
Adrian Jaynes - Linebacker
Byron Dickens - Offensive Lineman
Anthony Godfrey - Running Back


Volleyball team honorees are:
Amanda DeLeonardo – SCC All-League, New Haven Register All-Area
Sarah Dunham – SCC All-League


Swimming & Diving team member Maxine Carrion was selected as All-State for diving.


Jeremy Borelli and Stefania Vendrella are the WHHS SCC November Scholar Athletes. Borelli is a four-year member of the hockey and tennis teams and a Peer Advocate. Vendrella is a four-year member and captain of the volleyball and tennis teams and on Class Council. Both are in the NHS.


Soccer player
Salah Oumorou(left) was named the SCC 2015 Boys Soccer Player of the Year.


The following swimmers and divers qualified for States: Mary Luz Heidtmann: 100y Breaststroke, 200y Individual Medley, 200y Medley Relay, and 200y Freestyle Relay. Talia Raucci: 400y Medley Relay. Karen Caceres: 200y Medley Relay and 200y Freestyle Relay. Jillian Doherty: 200y Freestyle Relay and 400y Freestyle Relay. Nicole Gaston: 200y Medley Relay and 400y Freestyle Relay. Anya Celmer: 50y Freestyle, 500y Freestyle, 200y Medley Relay and 200 Freestyle Relay.


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