The West Haven 8U football team (6-0) continued their winning ways with a hard-fought 20-6 win at the New Haven Steelers. Trayvon Jaynes, Tristian Crawford and Majesty Whitaker scored for the Seahawks. The defense bent but did not break with William Pastore, Mason Booker and Jacari Harris leading the way.
The 10U team improved to 5-1 with an impressive 27-6 win at the Trumbull Rangers. Azriel Pizzaro scored two rushing touchdowns and Caden Stanley and Colin Murray had scoring receptions from Quarterback Mason Wright to fuel the Seahawk offense. JJ Lugo had an interception and Angelo Petrezuiello, James Dupree and Yusef Turner held Trumbull at bay on defense.
The Seahawks 12U team (5-1) continued to win with a 33-0 win at the Trumbull Rangers. Aedan Coe, Bryan Tillman, Eli Stevens, and Ethan Holy had rushing touchdowns. Quarterback Nick Conlan connected with receiver Teriq Mallory for another score. Jovon Williams scored an extra point. Yahinus Mercer exceled on defense and Lindell Jaynes had interception to protect the shut out.
The West Haven flag football teams (5&6) faced off against each other on Sunday at Veterans Field. Both teams had a great time and exchanged scores. The Blue Team offense was led by Peyton Roach and Ethan Rodriquez and Joel Martinez and Jackson Boyton played well on defense. The Green Team was led with outstanding efforts from Riley Ortiz, Rylan Pope, Elijah Vreeland and Aaron Sullo.
The Seahawks go on the road again this weekend. The 8U team will travel to New Britain on Sunday at 10, and the 10U, 12U and 14U will travel to Amity for games at 10, noon and 2. The flag teams will travel to Danbury and Stratford.
For more information on scores and standings, please visit www.westhaven seahawk.com.
The Southern Connecticut Pop Warner Conference and the Northern Connecticut Pop Warner Conference hosted the 2019 state cheerleading championships on Saturday at the New Haven Fieldhouse located on the campus of Hillhouse High School. Cheerleading teams gathered from around the state for a full day of competitive cheerleading. West Haven fared well on all the levels. The Tiny Mite squad (5&6) presented a non-competitive exhibition routine that was very well done. The Mitey Mite team placed third. The Junior Peewee, Peewees and the Junior Varsity squads all were crowned as State Champions. Next weekend the teams will compete in New Haven for who will qualify to represent the conference and will move onto the National Pop Warner Championships to be held in December at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports located at Disney World.
The West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team split a pair games at Edward L. Bennett Rink over the weekend. The Blue Devils pushed their win streak to four games with a dramatic, come-from-behind victory over Central A, 5-4, on Saturday night before losing 8-2 to Southeastern A on Sunday morning. The Westies are now 4-5-0 on the season.
On Saturday night, Ronnie Mastroni scored twice within 13 seconds, ending with a hat trick in the 5-4 comeback-win. Greg Galasso was clutch in goal by making several tough stops for the Blue Devils on his way to 18 saves.
Mike Page and Sean Studley scored the other goals.
On Sunday morning, the Westies had their win streak snapped by Southeastern, 8-2. Brady Price took an outlet pass from Jonathan Charbonneau and cashed in for West Haven early in the second period. Studley went five-hole late in the third period to cap the scoring. Galasso finished with 22 saves in goal for the Westies.
The West Haven Peewee AA travel hockey team hosted Nassau County Lions AA Sunday afternoon at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in a non-league game with only one game over the weekend. The Lions prevailed in the contest, 5-3.
The first period showed plenty of action, but it was not until late in the period when the Lions scored the game’s first goal. The second period was owned by the Lions as they tallied four more unanswered goals to go up 5-0.
Brody DiNuzzo and buried it in the back of the net to get West Haven within 5-1. DiNuzzo set up Billy Mascari to make it 5-2. Mascari scored late to end the night.
The West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team came away with a split of two games this weekend. The Westies opened with a 4-2 loss to Northwestern A, before rallying for a 4-3 victory over Watertown A.
In the opener of the weekend, West Haven had a pair of early leads, but could not hold on in the home loss.
Jayden Spreyer and Cam Delvecchio scored. Gabe Mongelli , Will Gianquinto, Chris Adkins, and Kyle Droney played well in the loss, as did Brendan Smith in goal.
West Haven then traveled to Shelton Sunday afternoon to play Watertown. Trailing by two goals, then again by one late in the contest, West Haven rallied for the win.
Dave Brown scored off an assist from Mickey Dowd with 2:42 left in the first. Dowd then evened the contest off an assist from Matt Stevens with 3:56 left in the second, before Watertown scored a short-handed goal with 4:04 left in the game. Brown scored an unassisted power play goal to even the contest with 2:59 left, and then set up Dowd for the winner with 24 seconds to go.
Bryan Hong was outstanding in goal, making 33 saves, including 12 in the final period. Sean Bosworth, Jason Alling, Matt Wezenski, Haygen Axelrod, and Joshua Gyolai all played well on defense, while Colin Deane was stellar offensively in the win.
The West Haven Bantam B travel hockey team returned to the ice last Friday evening in Northford against Greater New Haven A1 in a tough game which ended in a 3-3 tie.
T.J. Levenduski, Kevin Gardner and Danny Johnson scored..
Two days later, the Blue Devils traveled to Bridgeport to play Wonderland B1 where Austin Fruin would post another shutout in a 1-0 victory. Taylor Alfano scored the only goal of the game in the first period.
The Blue Devils traveled to Danbury against a much bigger Western B team. Yousaf Ullah’s unassisted tally in the second period would be the only goal of the contest for the Westies as they fell 2-1 to Western. Fruin made 33 saves in the game.
The Westies returned home on Sunday against Greater New Haven in a rematch from the week prior. The two teams came out strong, and played a physical game, but both goalies held shutouts going late into the third period.
With 1:23 left in the game, Johnson slid the puck past the GNH goalie for the go-ahead and eventual game winner. The Westies locked down the Warriors late in the game, including an empty net attack to try and tie the game. Fruin posted another shutout, even after a third period injury.
The Elite Soccer Camps U14 girls travel team hosted East Haven Sunday afternoon, in a rematch from earlier in the season. The first go-round saw the two teams earn a 1-1 draw, but the Westies came out on top, 4-1, this time. West Haven went up 1-0 in the first half, and then dominated in the second half, with goals from Isabella Eyler, Alexandria Nunes and Aylin Soto. Soto had a strong game, connecting passes and breaking up plays, as did the centerback pairing of Niamh Chesson and Chloe Whelan.
The P&B Express U14 Lady Westies came out strong on Saturday capturing a 5-1 win against New Haven. Madyson Ortiz and Josephina Lakaj both scored, with assists by Natalie Reed, Nada El Mouki and Aliana Tepetl. Jade Rivas Resuleu, Amanda Fagnani, Madden Evangeliste and Sarahi Cruz-Cruz were solid in midfield. Jayden Braacker, Angelina Messina, Katelynn Salgado and Sydni Gayle provided strong defense throughout, especially combined with Bellarose Ramirez in goal to put up a second half shutout.
On Sunday, the Oyster River Energy West Haven girls U11 team played Clinton in front of a home crowd for a 6-0 win. Strong defense was shown by Amiyah Jones. Kayla Quantanilla and Cristel Miguel shared keeper duties. Goals were scored by Nylah Beyah, Katarina Oliveira, and Kaylee Pellino. A great game was played by the whole team in the win over Clinton.
The Milano & Wanat West Haven U14 boys played in the first round of the Connecticut Cup on Saturday afternoon, overtaking a tough Madison, 2-1. Bobby Severino played a great game, as did Sebastian Treat. Robert Foley was strong in the midfield. The team was back in action Sunday, traveling to Wallingford, and coming home 5-0 winners. Dylan Petrie worked hard, and Evan Amoro played some great passes.
On Saturday the West Shore Family Dental U10 girls tied Branford, 1-1, in a hard-fought contest. Kylie Gibbons scored the tying goal after the Westies went down, 1-0. Sophia Locklear and Hailey Dargon played strong defense. Lulu Sebas and Jada Ciliberti held down the midfield. Chelsea Hernandez had several nice passes, and Lynnie Chesson made key saves in goal. On Sunday, the girls were back in action losing to Meriden, 5-4. Goals were scored by Hailey Dargon, Kylie Gibbons, Haleigh McCarthy and Arianna Throm. Sopohia Empric made several nice crossing passes to set up goals. Sophia Locklear showed excellent speed on defense while Angelina Torres showed good determination and footwork with the ball.
The Elite Soccer Camps Golden Dragons played Gunning Law Firm to a 1-1draw. Roland Green scored for Gunning Law Firm after his team blocked a shot on goal and the ball rolled out to him to calmly take down the field and put in the back of the net. The Dragons fought back, with Luca DeCrescenzo netting the equalizer off a pass from Jax Guarino as Ben Trenchard’s movement off the ball cleared a shooting lane.
Nick’s Luncheonette Dragons played the Jason Ranalli Grey Ghosts on Saturday, with the Dragons taking the win, 5-4. Dylan Narvaez, Jaxon Cruz and Sammy Gartani were the stars of the day for the Dragons. The Sweet Relief Catering Blue Thunder came out on top over George Ellis Company, Inc. It was a great back-and-forth game, with the Blue Thunder coming out on top, 6-5. A goal was scored by Isaiah Ramsey.
The Stars Ice Cream Gold Stars played the Rock House School of Music, with the Stars winning, 6-3. Jada and Bianca Davila worked together on defense to stop the opposing team. Cheyenne Sebas and Olivia Morretti both scored goals for their team. The WH Federation of Teachers Local 1542 Mini-Blueberries played Top Hat Dance Academy losing, 6-1. Tyraja Garner scored the only goal for her team.
The Jason Ranalli Bees did an excellent job this week battling the WH Professional Firefighters in an exciting head-to-head match. LeRoy Salvatierra and Landon Alling both scored. Later on the boys played against Frank Agvent Plumbing and Heating, where Joel Batres excelled on offense, along with the fantastic play of Curtis Diaz and Kaleb Feliciano.
The Shoreline Wellness Blue Diamonds won against Keenan Funeral Home, 2-1. Ava Pellino scored the winning goal in the last five seconds of the game. Eve Montiel scored the first goal with an amazing shot from midfield. Allie Powers and Josylyn Davila played very strong defense throughout the game, while Gianna DePino and Giada Jimenez played goalie for the Diamonds and made some excellent saves to preserve the win. The Gunning Law Firm Blue Hurricanes defeated Cappetta’s Italian , 5-0. Goals were scored by Sophia Empric, Ariana Throm and Lynnie Chesson.
The West Haven Police Local 895 Gray Sharks defeated the WH Italian-American Civic Association, 10-7. Jeshrun Polington and Juan Rios scored goals. The final match of the weekend saw Bar Code take on Porto Funeral Homes, with the two teams battling to a dramatic 3-3 draw.
The soccer team won a pair of games, cross country captured the Neubauer Invitational, and the football team rallied for a win over Amity in a successful week for Green Knight athletics.
Cross-Country — Ohm Patel ran fourth overall as Notre Dame placed four runners in the top nine finishers to win the Neubauer Invitational. Patel was in the lead pack most of the way and finished in a time of 17:43. While Jacob Carson, Oliver Shannon, Gabe Quinn crossed the finish line next, the race came down to a strong finish by Kevin Sevigny. The Wallingford native ran in a time of 18:44 to place sixth for Notre Dame and 12th overall helping provide Notre Dame with valuable points to ultimately finish first as a team. Notre Dame ran its final dual meet of the season against rivals Hamden and Xavier in preparation for the post-season portion of their schele over the next couple of weeks.
Football — The football team proved why football games are four quarters, scoring two touchdowns in the final frame to rally for a 14-7 win over Amity in a game played in the afternoon on Friday as a precautionary measure to the EEE mosquito situation. Tommy Candelora intercepted a Ben Iwaszkiewicz pass and returned it 38 yards for the winning score with just 3:30 left in the game. Trailing 7-0 after the third quarter, Notre Dame tied the game on a fourth down touchdown pass from Jackson Zalinsky to Amadou Kamara. The duo connected from 22 yards out.
A defensive battle all game, Amity scored on a three-yard run by a Joe DiGello with 4:49 left in the second quarter. Notre Dame gets a bye this week before returning to Veterans Field to host Bunnell on Friday.
Soccer –Thomas Ellis scored a season’s worth of goals over three games last week as the Notre Dame soccer team won back-t0-back games to improve to 3-5 at the halfway mark of the season. Ellis scored two goals in a 4-0 win at East Haven on Wednesday, Oct. 2.
That was just a prelude to his four-goal outburst against Career two days later. The Green Knights needed each of those goals in their 4-3 win. Notre Dame lost to Cross, 4-2, on Sept. 30. Yes, Ellis had a tally in that game as well scoring seven goals for the week. The Green Knights hosted West Haven on Monday in their second meeting of the season before taking on East Haven and North Haven to close the week.
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Used Book Sale
The First Congregational Church, 464 Campbell Avenue, will host its monthly used book sale and clothes closet on Saturday, Oct. 19th between the hours of 9 and 2. There will be a large selection of gently read books and many clothing bargains for the entire family at fantastic prices. For information, call (203) 933-6291.
Come taste and judge different chili at First Lutheran Church, 52 George St., on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 2-5 p.m. A chili tasting kit is $5, $10 to enter a pot of chili. Contact Kyla, (203) 859-2088, for more information.
The West Haven Italian-American Civic Association will host a Doo Wop Dance at 85 Chase Lane on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m., with Music by DJ Dave till 12. Free beer, wine or soda. coffee & Danish at 11. Tickets: $20 per person. Call Lou at (203) 934-3339 or (203) 464-1976 or Ben at (203) 933-4423 by Oct. 23.
Viet vets invited
West Haven Vietnam Era Veterans are invited to contact the West Haven Veterans Museum and Learning Center in preparation for its annual event on Sunday, Nov. 10. Veterans will be honored with a special program of music, gifts, tours and a full buffet. There is no charge for the event, but reservations are required as seating is limited. To make a reservation, please leave your name, phone number and number of persons attending by calling the museum at (203) 934-1111, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us at 30 Hood Terrace (across from the West Haven Train Station). Reservation deadline is Nov. 1.
Save The Date — Thursday Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. The Savin Rock Roasting Company is hosting a Trivia Night to benefit of WHEAT. Reservations ae required. Call WHEAT at (203) 931-9877. There is a $15 donation on the night of the event.
The annual Public Square Rosary Crusade will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, noon, at the West Haven Green, gazebo area. For information phone Eva Cestari, (203) 933-7141.
Atlantic City trip
F. Seniors and Friends are running a trip to Atlantic City on Jan. 6-8, at Resorts Casino. Cost of the trip is doubles, $235; triples, $229, single, $319. Four meals, two shows and slot play included. Reservation must be with a deposit is $50 person with final payment due Nov. 29. Call Fred Morgillo, (203) 389-5808, or (203) 927-4249.
The West Haven Italian-American Civic Association Senior Center is seeking new members to join its Tuesday senior gathering. Join a group of friendly seniors in an afternoon of good company, with Bingo, cards, trips to casinos and conversations with like-minded people and more. We meet at the club, 85 Chase Lane, each Tuesday from noon to 3. The cost is just $3 per week to cover expenses. We offer refreshments at no additional cost. Call Sherri Torre, (203) 932-2893 for further information.
Senior Center trips
Join the West Haven Seniors on the following scheduled trip: All trips leave from Savin Rock Conference Center:
Tuesday, Oct. 22 – The Log Cabin presents OKTOBERFEST with the Schnitzel Brothers. Enjoy the colors of Fall on our ride to the Log Cabin in Holyoke, Ma. Where renowned pianist Jeff Barnhart will lead the quartet in German music and polka parodies. Menu includes Welcome Hors d’oeuvers, complimentary glass of wine or glass or beer, rolls and butter. Family style: Jaeger schnitzel, knockwurst and bratwurst, sauerkraut & sauteed red cabbage, German potato salad, apple strudel coffee decaffeinated coffee and tea. Cost is $72 bus leaves Savin Rock Conference Center at 9:30. Departs Log Cabin at 3:15.
Monday, Dec. 9 — The Westchester Broadway Theatre – “The Edwards Twins” New Holiday Themed Show! Direct from Las Vegas identical twins Anthony and Edward make musical legends come alive for this holiday performance. Sonny & Cher, Neil Diamond, Johnny Mathis and Barbara Streisand just to name a few of the acts re-created by the talented twins. Enjoy lunch at the theatre before the show. Cost $90 due by Nov. 1. Bus leaves Savin Rock Conference Center 9:30. Departs Westchester approximately at 3:45.
A flyer with further details is available at the office at the West Haven Senior Center 201 Noble St. or you can call the Senior Center (203) 937-3507.
The Liberty Coin Club of West Haven, organized in1962, will host a Coin Show on Sunday, Oct. 20, and Dec. 15, at the Elks Club, 265 Main St., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. Anyone with an interest in buying, selling or collecting coins, or with questions about coins, is welcome to attend. Expert dealers and collectors will be on hand.
An Al-Anon meeting group invites new members to attend its weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church, 52 George St. For information and details, call (203) 506-1464.
The Seth Haley Memorial Loan Fund of West Haven provides eligible college students with loans of up to $2500 to help students finish their post high school education.
Applicants must be West Haven residents who have completed two or more years of college or post-secondary work or be in their final two years of advanced work. Any West Haven resident attending college or a post high school professional, technical or trade school can be eligible for a loan. Repayments do not begin, and no interest will be charged until one year after graduation. If you are interested in making an application for a loan, please call Ralph Lawson, (203) 934-6442.
The West Haven volleyball approached the hallway point of the season with mixed results. The Westies saw their two-game winning streak snapped and fell to 4-4 on the season with a 3-2 loss to Hamden Monday evening in West Haven. In a sloppily played contest, West Haven fell,, 25-22, 14-25, 25-22, 15-25, 4-15.
After winning two of the first three game by identical 25-22 scores, West Haven could not close out the match. The Westies could not get anything going consistently and Hamden fought back to win the fourth game.
With all the momentum, the Green Dragons easily closed out the contest in the fifth and deciding game by 11 points.
Bria Stanley led West Haven with seven kills, five digs, two blocks and two aces. Giliana Santaniello added three aces, five digs, and six assists, Noelle Noble had three aces, four kills, and seven digs, Savannah Lopez had six assists and two digs, while Neve Krajcir chipped in three aces, three kills, and five digs.
With a loss to Hamden still fresh on its minds, West Haven was looking to bounce back. A road trip to North Haven was going to be a tough battle.
The Indians were too much to handle as North Haven posted a 12-25, 15-25, 25-23, 7-25 victory at North Haven High. The loss dropped West Haven to 4-5 on the year.
The Westies did not get off to a good start, dropping the first two games. West Haven rallied to win the third game, before North Haven cruised to the win in the fourth game.
Santaniello led West Haven with eight assists and six digs, Stanley had eight digs and seven kills, Neve Krajcir added five digs and three kills, while Chekeenah Jeudi had four digs and three kills.
The fall season is a quick one. If any team knows that, it is the West Haven volleyball team.
Already at the halfway point of the season, the Westies entered the second half in style, winning their second straight contest to improve to 5-5 on the year.
Traveling to Career Friday evening, West Haven battled to a 3-0 win in New Haven. The scores in the victory were 25-20, 26-24, and 25-23.
Stanley had a monster game for the Westies, finishing with 15 kills, 14 digs, four blocks, and two aces. Santaniello also played very well with 13 assists, nine digs, and two kills.
West Haven’s defense was on its game tonight as Noelle Noble finished with 15 digs, Lopez had 13 digs, and Krajcir had seven digs.
Lopez also added eight assists, Krajcir had four kills, and Thiana Baez finished with five digs.
The West Haven girls soccer team is back to the .500 mark.
After a pair of scoreless ties, West Haven evened its mark at 3-3-2 with a 6-0 victory over Wilbur Cross at Ken Strong Stadium in West Haven Tuesday afternoon.
Mackenzie Gardner and Kassidy Carrano combined on the shutout, with Gardner making three saves and Carrano one.
Selena Izzo, Jessica Robinson and Julia Tsakonas each scored twice in the victory, with Cori Severino picking up a pair of assists.
West Haven took control of the game with five goals in the opening half. Izzo got things going just 1 minute, 47 seconds in off an assist from Severino, before Madison Lentine set up Jessica Robinson 6:23 later.
Robinson gave the Westies a 3-0 advantage, scoring at the 29:10 mark off an assist from Severino. Just 4:50 later, the lead was 4-0 when Tsakonas scored off an assist from Kaylie Hollister.
Tsakonas wrapped up the first half scoring when she scored off a feed from Alexia Guerrero at the 38:27 mark. Robinson added to her two goals by setting up Izzo for a 6-0 advantage at the 71:44 mark.
When West Haven and Sacred Heart Academy met to open the season, the Sharks had a clear advantage in a two-goal victory. The second time around saw clear changes from the Westies.
With each team taking just five shots, Gardner stopping all five, and the West Haven defense playing a strong contest, West Haven and Sacred Heart played to a scoreless draw Friday afternoon in Hamden.
For the Westies, the tie moved the team to 3-3-3 on the season and extended its unbeaten streak to four games with two wins and two ties.
The West Haven boys soccer team won two of three matches this week to move top 5-3-1 on the year. The Westies fell to 3-3-1 with a 3-1 loss to Coginchaug Monday afternoon. West Haven held a 17-7 shot advantage in the contest.
Coginchaug jumped out to an early lead with two goals in the first 12 minutes, 19 seconds of the game. Max Temple gave the guests a 1-0 lead just 2:19 into the game and Anthony Gavrilovic increased the margin to a pair of goals 10 minutes later.
With West Haven’s constant pressure, the Westies cut the deficit in half when Aldo Barragan scored off an assist from Adair Perez-Garcia at the 29:54 mark.
West Haven never got closer. Evan Hempel scored at the 68:51 mark, extending Coginchaug’s lead once again two goals.
Looking to bounce back from a disappointing loss just two days earlier, Barragan and the West Haven boys soccer team did just that.
Behind two goals from Barragan, a solid defensive effort, and a combined shutout from Brian Carew and Holden Axelrod, West Haven blanked Jonathan Law 3-0 Wednesday evening at Ken Strong Stadium.
Carew finished the contest with three saves and Axelrod had two as the Westies held a 14-11 shot advantage in the contest. West Haven improved to 4-3-1 with the victory.
Barragan gave the Westies a 1-0 lead at the 12 minute, 20 second mark, before he increased the margin to a pair of goals at the 31:08 mark off an assist from Sebastian Navarro.
When Derick Meza scored at 41 minutes, West Haven had more than enough cushion to post its fourth win of the season.
After three losses and a tie over a four game span, the team appears to be back on track. Posting its second consecutive shutout, West Haven improved to 5-3-1 with a 7-0 victory over East Haven Friday evening at Ken Strong Stadium in West Haven.
Carew and Holden Axelrod combined on the shutout with Carew finishing with two saves and Axelrod one. West Haven held a 15-5 shot advantage in the contest.
Kevin Morales, Eren Sarikaya and Aldo Barragan led the offense as Morales and Sarikaya each finished with a pair of goals, and Barragan had a goal and three assists. Sebastian Novoa added a pair of assists in the win for West Haven.
West Haven got going early in the contest and never looked back. Barragan opened the scoring just 1:09 into the contest, then set up Derick Meza 8:35 later. Sarikaya gave West Haven a 3-0 lead off an assist from Isaiah Knight at the 32:54 mark, before Morales scored off an assist from Barragan.
Morales kept the momentum going in the second half with a tally off a feed from Barragan at the 47:02 mark, before Nova set up Brian Rivadera 13:09 later. Sarikaya scored his second of the game off an assist from Nova at the 78:45 mark.
The West Haven girls swim team fell to 0-5 with a 94-81 loss against Mercy at West Haven High Monday afternoon.
The Westies had a pair of first place finishes as the 50 freestyle was won by Kaelyn Falanga in 28.19 seconds, and the 100 backstroke was won by Madison Hobart in 1:10.94.
West Haven also had four second place finishes in the meet. The 200 medley relay team of Hobart, Molly Wilson, Victoria Acuna, and Kaelyn Falanga was second in 2:08.75, as was the 200 free relay team of Kaelyn Falanga, Kaylee Taulty, Acuna, and Morgan Falanga in 1:55.70.
The 200 freestyle saw Morgan Falanga place second in 2:26.17, and the 100 freestyle had Kaelyn Falanga place second in 1:09.48.
The West Haven boys and girls cross-country teams traveled to Milford Friday afternoon. The boys picked up three victories, defeating Stratford, 23-37, Law, 25-30, and Platt Tech, 20-35.
Senior Sebastian Villanueva led all runners in a time of 17 minutes, 46 seconds. Junior James Weber ran in 19:25, senior Ryan Martinez-Miranda ran 19:27, junior Allen Aldrich was just behind at 19:28, and freshman Khai Outhavong ran a 20:03.
The girls fell to Jonathan Law, 15-50, but defeated Stratford, 15-50 and Platt Tech, 20-35. West Haven’s top runners were junior Kenedi Merola in 26:21, freshman Amanda Gullo in 26:46, and senior Rowanne Mustafa in 26:47.
The boys improved to 7-5, while the girls moved to 2-9.
Since the fall of 2013, Chris Haynes has guided University of New Haven students into and through the study of political science. He said he became an educator because he saw the fulfillment his mother got from the profession.
A Hawaii native, Haynes said he got his Masters of Business Administration from Texas Christian University but then went to University of California, Riverside to get his doctorate in political science – something he said he had always been passionate about.
The political science professor said his mother was a high school English teacher at a school where it was uncommon for students to go to four-year colleges after graduating.
“I would always come in contact with students that would come back to her years after graduation,” said Haynes. “They’d be so thankful. You could tell how much of an impact she’d had.”
Haynes said his mother inspired students to go to college. He said he was drawn to education because of how much meaning and satisfaction his mother derived from her work.
When he graduated with his MBA, Haynes said he worked at a department store chain’s “central office” but found it was not for him. He decided to try something new and what came of that was his Ph.D. in political science.
“I was surprised political science is different from politics,” said Haynes. “You quickly find out that it is the study of politics. It’s explaining it and describing it. Not necessarily what’s right and wrong – those normative questions. But positive questions about what it is and how it works.”
Haynes said his particular area of interest in political science is public opinion and voting. He said he finds studying how emotion, such as anxiety and fear, impact people voting habits interesting.
The professor said he came to Connecticut to teach during a tough time in the job market. According to Haynes, he was drawn to UNH’s “teaching-centric” style.
Once at the university, Haynes started a Model United Nations program – something he had done at UC Riverside. He said after getting support from the dean of arts and sciences they turned it into a class.
“It’s gone really well,” said Haynes. “The students are great at it. We’ve won a bunch of top-scoring awards at the National Model UN Conference. Most importantly, the student outcomes for those who have been through the program is really high.”
Haynes said they have alumni working on Capitol Hill and in the State Department. Haynes also started the Mayor’s Advisory Commission during Mayor Ed O’Brien’s administration in order to further collaboration between the university and the city it resides in.
“I thought it was an ethical responsibility of our university to involve itself in building and helping the community,” said Haynes. “In a way, it was my belief that really drove me. But it also made possible a lot of internships and opportunities for our students and for the university itself by having this relationship and partnership.”
The group spearheaded the creation of WestFest and has hosted mayoral candidate debates. He said it has been a fruitful relationship and exit polling has shown approval for the university to be in the high 80’s and low 90’s.
“That’s been our goal — to show the community that the university is really invested in it. It’s not just that school on a hill,” he said.
Haynes said trips to France, Geneva Switzerland and the United Nations with his students have been some of the highlights of his career.
“My most important memories are the students,” he said. “To think about their journey and the challenges that a lot of them faced at the beginning and then to see them blossom.”
According to Haynes, he enjoys getting calls from former students informing him of their progress in their own careers. He said he is a student focused professor who wants to develop their skills so they can be competitive in the real world.
“Sometimes in college it can get a little bit detached, because it is this safe refuge where you can just learn,” said Haynes. “For me, I try to infuse these real-world situations into the classroom.”
The West Haven Historical Society has scheduled the annual Graveyard Lantern Tour for Saturday, Oct. 19 from 5-7:30 p.m.
The rain date for the tour is Oct. 26. The cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under.
The Graveyard Tour starts at the Poli House, 686 Savin Ave., and proceeds from there to the Burial Grounds on the West Haven Green. In groups of 15-20 people, they are introduced to several long deceased citizens of West Haven “resurrected” for the evening. People can come anytime between 5-7:30 PM and join the groups at the Poli House.
This year a group of interesting people from the past will relate their life stories and contributions to West Haven particularly in the late 19th and early 20th century.
The individuals will be portrayed by students from the University of New Haven’s Theater program as well as by members of the Historical Society.
The Graveyard Tour has become a popular annual Halloween tradition and it promises to be a entertaining event for all.