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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. 
Nonnewaug seniors, from left, Jon Khazzaka, Ryan Tomkalski, Cosmo Lovig, Hunter Miller, and Meteku Ceisielski pose earlier this season.

Khazzaka Reaches 1,000-Point Milestone During Seniors’ Final Week

Sierra St. George and Annalise Rupe March 12, 2021

WOODBURY -- The Nonnewaug boys basketball team defeated Housatonic, 69-32, March 9 as the team celebrated its senior night in style.  Senior night had the upperclassmen confident. Cosmo Lovig, Ryan...

Nonnewaug huddles up during a stoppage in action at a game earlier this season.

Boys Basketball Team Routs Defending BL Champ Wamogo

Amanda Taddeo, Sports Reporter March 10, 2021

WOODBURY -- The Nonnewaug boys basketball team beat Wamogo, 69-40, on Nonnewaug's home turf March 1. Being that the Warriors won the Berkshire League title two years in a row, this win was a big triumph...

Ryan Tomkalski swings during a game in 2019. Tomkalski and the Chiefs are training to get back onto Nonnewaug's diamond after last season was cancelled.

Baseball Team Thankful for Winter Training, Hopeful for Season

Travis Bambino, Sports Reporter February 26, 2021

WOODBURY -- Nonnewaug's baseball season is on as of now, and the Chiefs have started winter training. Winter training is a big part of the baseball season for the whole team, preparing players for gametime....

Zach Thompson warms up ahead of Nonnewaug's 4-1 win over Northwestern on Nov. 3 that clinched the Berkshire League championship.

Thompson Grateful for Soccer Feats, Looks Forward to Tennis

Cosmo Lovig, Sports Reporter February 18, 2021

WOODBURY -- Nonnewaug senior soccer player Zach Thompson remembers the fear of not getting to play his last season. “At the start of the year, when the season got cancelled [by Region 14], it was...

Nonnewaug basketball players received a packet of COVID-19 protocols during a preseason meeting. Among the rules is a mask mandate for all players, including during games.

Masks, Return-to-Play Protocols Allow a Hoops Season

Carson Buck, Sports Reporter February 12, 2021

WOODBURY -- Nonnewaug's basketball teams must follow new rules because of COVID-19 that are changing the ways the Chiefs usually play out the winter season. The school decided to allow the basketball...

Nonnewaug's Erin Classey (2) hits a 3-pointer during the fourth quarter of the Chiefs' 40-20 win over Housatonic in the season opener Feb. 10.

Girls Hoops Team Overcomes Rusty Start to Beat Housy

Annalise Rupe, Sports Editor February 11, 2021

WOODBURY -- For a while, it didn’t seem like basketball would return to Nonnewaug’s gymnasium this year, but despite all the odds, Nonnewaug made a comeback. The Nonnewaug girls basketball team won...

Nonnewaug athletes and coaches, including those pictured on the boys soccer team, were used to wearing masks on the sidelines in the fall -- but basketball players will have to wear masks while playing this winter.

Chiefs Mask Disdain for Face Coverings to Play Sports

Owen Brown, Assistant Sports Editor February 8, 2021

WOODBURY -- As the CIAC has officially given the go-ahead for a winter high school sports season, athletes have begun their preparation to help their schools win championships. However, in the midst...

Jon Khazzaka drives for a layup during his junior season.

Khazzaka Reflects on Hoops Career, Hopes to Hit Milestone

Cosmo Lovig, Sports Reporter January 22, 2021

WOODBURY -- “It hurts in my gut to think that I may never play basketball at the high school level again,” Nonnewaug senior Jon Khazzaka said about the delay of his senior basketball season. It...

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