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MINI-DOC: How Do Sports Affect Academics, Mental Health?

Carson Buck, Christian Swanson, and Dylan Chung June 11, 2021

WOODBURY -- Nonnewaug High School is home to strong academics and championship-winning sports programs. Many times, top students are also among the Chiefs' most recognized athletes. But is there between...

MINI-DOC: Are E-Sports a Real Sport?

Louis Williamson, Reporter June 3, 2021

E-sports have grown in popularity over the past decade, turning video games from what was once a hobby into a competitive experience with million of dollars on the line. Even the Connecticut Interscholastic...

Seniors (listed from left to right) Grace Koukopoulos, Samantha Thompson, Courtney Rowland, Greg Bastik, Ian Budrewicz, Kellen Herman, Tyler Lavaway, and Meteku Ciesielski line up on the Nonnewaug turf.

Track and Field: Crossing the Finish Line with Success

Annalise Rupe, Sports Editor June 2, 2021
WOODBURY -- Nonnewaug’s Track and Field team got off to a normal start this year-- finally. After concluding the indoor track season, the team knew they were destined to a normal season.  This season they competed in all their field events, throwing events, relays, and hurdle events. The team participated in a total of 7 meets, along with the Berkshire League festival, and the Berkshire League Tournament. Next, they will compete in the State Tournament.  The Chiefs finished 2rd in the Berkshire League for the girls and 3nd in the Berkshire League for the boys. Overall, they are winding down the season on a high note, breaking many personal records and finishing strong. Many players also placed for the State Tournament. 
Seniors from the baseball team stand together on Senior Night.

The End of an Era for Nonnewaug Baseball Seniors

Ally Southard, Sports Reporter June 2, 2021
WOODBURY -- The bats were swinging once again at Nonnewaug High School in 2021, after last year's baseball season was cancelled due to COVID-19. Despite the loss of last year's season, NHS baseball had a successful year in 2021. The boys team went 17-3 this season, coming in second for the Berkshire League Championship.  “I was disappointed last year not having a season, so this season I was happy and relieved that we were able to play again,” said Ben Conti, junior at Nonnewaug High School and starting pitcher for the Chiefs. 

MINI-DOC: How Did Fan Limitations Affect Basketball?

Carson Buck, Sports Reporter May 28, 2021

WOODBURY -- Nothing was the same last winter thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Classes met virtually, families skipped holiday traditions, and basketball players played in front of silence. For the majority...

Despite a Wavy Start, NHS Swim Team Crawls to Success in 2021 Season

Despite a Wavy Start, NHS Swim Team Crawls to Success in 2021 Season

Amanda Taddeo, Sports Reporter May 12, 2021
WOODBURY -- The Nonnewaug High School Swim Team had a successful season this year, despite a very wavy start.  The swim team’s year began with a disappointing pre-season announcement that swimming would be canceled this year. Then, a last minute change in plans allowed the swim team to have a shortened 5-week season. Plus, there were no coaches for the swim team.  Nonnewaug’s Dean of Students and Athletic Director, Mr. Declan Curtin, had to work fast to see if they could pull it together on short notice. Luckily, Nonnewaug’s school social worker, Ms. Sharon Gomes, a former high school and D3 college swimmer, was able to quickly get her coaching certification and was ready to jump in. 
Ryan Tomkalski, NHS senior athlete, pitching at an away game against Thomaston High School on April 13th.

Nonnewaug Athletes Excited Spring Sports Are Finally Back

Cosmo Lovig, Sports Reporter April 27, 2021
WOODBURY -- For Nonnewaug athletes, missing out on their spring sports season last year was definitely painful. But after a year of living with Covid-19, spring sports are officially back on for Nonnewaug.  Senior athletes, who missed their junior season and feared they'd never be able to play their spring sport again, are rejoicing at the school's decision to allow all spring sports. Although sports are now back on at NHS, it has been an out-of-the-ordinary year for athletes - to say the least. Spring sports are no exception to this trend, and there are still many Covid guidelines that athletes need to follow if they want to play. 
NHS student-athlete Marley Baker is defending the Chiefs' goal as a forward from Northwest challenges her.

Student Spotlight: Baker is a Star Student-Athlete

Allison Southard, Sports Reporter April 20, 2021
WOODBURY - Five year-old Marley Baker stands under the crossbar, as backup goalie, wearing her oversized red jersey and bright pink cleats. Hating to play goalie, she was more nervous than ever. Baker’s main position was forward, as she was meant to be a part of the rush towards the opposing goal. Now, 11 years later, Baker is a star student-athlete as a center back for the Nonnewaug girls’ soccer team.  “She plays mostly defense. She often gets to join offense on corners where she can use her head, for good,” stated Nick Sheikh, NHS science teacher and Head Coach for the girls’ soccer team.  Baker is known for being one of the team’s best defenders. Skyla Starziki, a junior on the soccer team, agreed, “Marley is definitely best at Center D.”  ...
Sean McGee, Nonnewaug's Certified Athletic Trainer, has helped keep the NHS athletic program running smoothly amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

McGee Key to Chiefs’ Success

Samantha Conti, Arts & Entertainment Editor March 29, 2021
WOODBURY - In a year filled with pandemic-fueled disappointments for student-athletes, Sean McGee, Nonnewaug’s Certified Athletic Trainer, has been a source of positivity and stability for the Chiefs.  McGee, who once brought his three Labrador Retrievers to practice, is known around the Nonnewaug community for his outgoing and fun-loving personality.   “Sean is very charismatic and loves participating and interacting with the athletes,” said Mia Higgins, Nonnewaug senior and high school athlete. She added that NHS athletes are “so thankful” to have him as a part of the community.   McGee has played an important role in keeping NHS athletics going strong despite the ups and downs of the pandemic era. 
Seniors Ashley Henessey (#5) and Milana Jaffin (#33) gather in front of one of their many senior night posters.

Seniors with ‘Chief Hearts’ Recognized During Girls Basketball Senior Night

Annalise Rupe and Ally Southard March 23, 2021
WOODBURY-- Nonnewaug High School seniors Ashley Hennessey (#5) and Milana Jaffin (#33) were recognized for their hard work and dedication to the girls basketball team during the team’s senior night game on Friday, March 12.  Senior night, a long-standing NHS tradition, is an opportunity to honor the senior players on the team during the final game of the regular season. Hennessey and Jaffin received speeches from players and coaches, were escorted out onto the court by their parents, and received going away gifts. 
The Rundown star Cody Dzis poses for a promotional picture for his popular Berkshire League sports media broadcasts. Photo courtesy of Cody Dzis.

Berkshire League Media Producer Cody Dzis Has Big Dreams For His Future

Cosmo Lovig, Sports Reporter March 19, 2021
Cody Dzis may not be a household name - yet.  If you follow boys basketball in the Berkshire League, then it's very likely you may know Dzis as the sports media producer and host of the popular sports news broadcast The Rundown, which covers Boys Berkshire League Basketball.  However, Dzis has big plans for his future after finding success with local sports. “ [My] future goal is to become a main play-by-play commentator for the NFL and the NBA”. Adding his dream  “in about 20 years (is to call a) play-by-play for a Super Bowl or an NBA Finals.” Dzis, who graduated from Northwestern Region #7 in 2020, chose to take a gap year this past year to focus on himself and, most importantly, The Rundown. 
Nonnewaug’s football team competes against Pomperaug in 2019. The Chiefs were supposed to form a varsity co-op with Sacred Heart and Kaynor Tech, but Sacred Heart’s impending closing thrust those plans into jeopardy.

Sacred Heart High School Closing Puts Nonnewaug Football Co-op in Jeopardy

Travis Bambino, Sports Reporter March 16, 2021
WOODBURY -- Nonnewaug’s varsity football team may be in jeopardy after the announced closing of Sacred Heart High School, ending the football co-op between the two schools.  Sacred Heart, located in Waterbury, announced on Feb. 12 that it is closing down after this school year due to a decline in enrollment. This decision will impact the Nonnewaug football program because the Chiefs were planning on participating in a football co-op with Sacred Heart. Nonnewaug needs the co-op because there are not enough Nonnewaug players to have a varsity team. 
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