River Hawks soar into the fall season across all teams


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Back in business — The girl’s volleyball team is lead by seven seniors. Volleyball and all fall sports officially started on September 9.

Brendan Kelly and EJ Sanchez

Girls Soccer

   This year’s girls soccer team features a veteran lineup, with several returning varsity players. With 14 seniors on the roster, the team has a lot of experience to hand over to some of the younger members on the team in the upcoming years. Leading the team as captains this year are seniors Isabelle Coloumbe, Margaret Huelin, Sabrina Krause, Liz Neri, and Abigail Reynolds. 

“There’s lots of talent and hard working players. We have a hard schedule but we’ve all been working hard so it should be a great season,” Krause said. 

The team played two preseason scrimmages with a 5-0 win against Avon, and a 1-1 draw against Bristol Eastern. Goals were scored by seniors Krause, Neri, and Daria Fournier. The girls will look to build off of their scrimmages into the regular season. With fans allowed at both home and away games this season the girls will be aiming for one goal, a state championship. 

Boy’s golf

As of 2020, boy’s golf is officially a fall sport, not a spring sport. Despite losing a couple of key graduates, the golf team is still returning with a team that is looking to be competitive in the Central Connecticut Conference (CCC). The team only has one senior, but hopes to work together to build a strong sense of community.This season the team will be hosting their meets at the Tunxis Country Club in Farmington. 

“I am glad golf has been moved to the fall. Not only is the weather better, but right now is when we should be playing our best golf. The golf team is not off to the start we had hoped, but I see potential, and as we go through the season I am confident that we will improve,” Guerrera said.

The golf team looks different than past teams with it now being a fall sport. Kids who participate in a spring sport other than golf, are now able to join the golf team. The team plans to work hard every day at practice to improve as their season progresses.  

Field Hockey

Leading the field hockey team as captains this year are seniors Delaney Dopp, Gabby Gorman Sonali Patel, and Rachel Wolkoff. During preseason practices the team has been putting a large emphasis on energy and culture. On Saturday, September 4 the girls participated in their annual play day, where they played games against other teams in the area. They came out with four wins after playing six abbreviated games. 

 “Something that is really helping us this year is the positive team culture. Our communication is great on and off the field. Everyone is really working together and supporting each other and that’s what’s helping us win games and what’s going to help us throughout the rest of the season,” Patel said. 

The team is coached by English teacher Sadie Robinson, moving up from her role as an assistant coach last year. With a new coach and several returning varsity players the team is looking to compete at a high level in the CCC. 


After a year where the girls were only facing teams closest to them, they now get the chance to play teams from outside the area, and expand their success across the state. They have matches against schools such as Hall, Glastonbury, and Southington, which they didn’t get the chance to play last season due to COVID-19 regulations.

Despite expanding their competition, the girls will still be required to wear masks while on the court, along with coaches and spectators. This is still a step up from last year, where there were no fans except for immediate family allowed inside the gym. The girls are just happy to be back on the court, and are optimistic for the rest of the season. 

Boys and girls crew

Boys crew is led by senior captains Nick Duncan, Elliot Chae and Eddie Malakh.  Despite losing several varsity rowers, the boys are looking for their returners to step up and fill their shoes in order to lead them into a successful season. They open up their season with a race in Boston on September 18. 

“The team is looking great, and everyone knows the role that they play in order to improve and increase our chances of success. This year our team has been working extremely hard trying to set higher standards for the future, and make sure this team always progresses in a positive direction,” senior Loken Khemani said. 

For the girls, captains are currently unannounced, but they look to continue working hard to get stronger in order to see more success out on the water.. They are ready to showcase their hard work during the offseason. 


This year the team is led by junior captains Luke Watson and Kevin Ives, and senior captains Dominic Casarino, Ryan Parker, and Jayden Joeckel. The team confident in the success of the team because they have been training since the beginning of the summer. Coach Chris Machol is going into year 13 as head coach and he is looking to come out with his very first state championship with this year’s team.

 Cross Country

The boys and girls cross country teams are led by senior captains Maya Bolles, Matthew Brouker, Illona Csoka,  Christain Hoheb, Jonothan Jean, Brendan Kelly, Ella Szczepanski, Griffin Willet, and Irena Zervas,   junior Captains, Eoin Chekas, Alexa Robinson, and sophomore captain Dylan Rayburn. The relatively young team is looking to have a very successful season in the CCC this year.

The girls team has six returning players to their varsity and are looking to have a successful year in the CCC. Schapansky has been on the girls varsity team for all four years and hopes to lead with experience. 

“The girls team has grown tremendously since last year and is expecting a great season. We look forward to competing at invitationals and hopefully placing at bigger races this season,” Csoka said. 

Cross country is looking to take a big step this year with lots of experienced players from both the girls and boys team. 

Boys soccer

 The boys soccer team is looking to build off their undefeated season last year with another winning season this year with the schedule being back to normal. The boys will play 20 regular season games this year, and if they qualify, they will play a max of eight playoff games. The team is led by senior captains Ben Cosentino and Caden Gallagher along with 14 other seniors on the roster.

“Last year was a pretty successful year and we are looking to build straight off of that with the experience of 16 seniors on our roster. Like every year our goal is to win a state championship and everyday we are going to work hard to build team chemistry and confidence to ultimately achieve that goal,” Gallagher said.

Girls swim

This year, the girls swim and dive team will be led by senior captains Erin Hogan, Katie Winkle, Gabi Wroblewski, and Gabi Urbanowicz. With the experience from nine varsity swimmers they look to build off the winning season from last year and are hoping to have many swimmers qualify for states. 

“This season we have a lot of strong swimmers and divers, and we expect to do really well. We’ve started off strong winning our first two meets and already have state qualifiers,” Winkle said.