It’s not unusual for high school teams to have siblings playing together.
Although there are no official statistics to back this up, area coaches are saying there seems to be more siblings than usual this season among the SCC-SWC boys teams and SCC girls teams.
The most unique sibling story comes courtesy of the New Milford boys team.
New Milford coach Scott Capriglione’s son is a freshman on the Green Wave’s roster. But his twin daughters, who are seniors, are also on the boys’ team.
“My situation is certainly a little unique with my twin girls, Noelle and Natalie, on the team,” Capriglione said. “They are two of my starting five defensemen and they are a big part of our success so far this year. Natalie also had to step up and play wing on one of our top two lines to fill in for an injured player. They will be attending Utica College next year to play hockey and lacrosse.
“Their younger brother, Nate, plays on our power play. He has added some jump to our forecheck and has added to our scoring. Their older brother, Nick, graduated last year. Otherwise, all four could be playing together.”
Another team with a unique situation is the West Haven boys. The Blue Devils not only have three brothers on the team, they have three sets of brothers. There are forwards Jake and Max Lynch and their defenseman brother Alex, defensemen Donnie and Kyle Froehlich and Hunter and Logan Cole, the former a defenseman and the latter a backup goalie.
West Haven coach Joe Morrell said he and athletic director Jon Capone can’t recall any Blue Devils team ever having three brothers at the same time.
“All three Lynches have made a huge impact on our team’s success this season, along with the Froehlichs and Coles,” Morrell said. “Everyone on our team works hard and they are a big part of that work ethic.”
Another team with three brothers this season is Milford with the McLenithans. David and Douglas are defensemen and Jordan is a forward.
Some schools have a brother on the boys team and a sister on the girls team. Among the schools with those combos is Hand (Emily and Andrew Banasiak), Hamden (Angela and Anthony Greco, Taylor and Ike Klesyk, Kelsey and Sam Carignan, Emma and Aiden Smyth and Kailey and Robert McKiernan), Notre Dame-Fairfield (Sean and Emily Rowland, whose mother Kerri is the girls coach) and East Catholic/Glastonbury/South Windsor (Morgan and John Peters and Sarah and Alex Manner).
Sophomore goalie Tyler Johnston and junior right wing Tim Johnston.
Coach’s comment: “Tyler splits time with Tyler Cole. He recently had a great game against East Haven with 35 saves in a 3-2 OT win. Tim plays on our third line and is a good defensive forward.” — Gary Lindgren, who has coached 21 sets of brothers in the past 16 seasons.
Senior forward Charlie Berry, a captain, and sophomore forward Billy Berry.
Coach’s comment: “Billy is No. 1 and Charlie No. 2 for points on the team and they are a big part of my team. Both should be picked for all-conference and all-state and are two of the better players in the state.” — Bob Stearns
Junior defenseman Nick Latella and sophomore defenseman Matt Latella.
Coach’s comment: “They’re two good players and are talented. They sometimes play forward.” — Lou Pane
Junior center Justin Blanchette and freshman wing Devin Blanchette.
Coach’s comment: “Justin is a key offensive player for us who is smart and creative. Devin is a power forward, big and determined.” — Matt Sather
Lyman Hall / Coginchaug / Haddam-Killingworth
Coginchaug freshman forward Josh Martinez and junior forward Jake Martinez.
Coach’s comment: “Jake is our third-line forward and Josh is one of our top six forwards.” — Rich Minnix
Senior goalie Aidan Bowler and freshman forward Casey Bowler; senior defenseman Cole Butkovsky and freshman defenseman Brock Butkovsky; senior defenseman George Andros and sophomore forward Pat Andros.
Senior defenseman David McLenithan, an assistant captain, sophomore forward/defenseman Douglas McLenithan and freshman forward Jordan McLenithan.
Coach’s comment: “David is an outstanding leader on and off the ice and a good student. Douglas works very hard to become a better player. Jordan has improved greatly since the beginning of the season.” — Sal Follo
Senior defensemen Noelle and Natalie Capriglione and freshman forward Nate Capriglione.
Coach’s comment: “My twin girls are two of my starting defensemen on my boys’ team. Nate plays on our power play and rotates between the first and second lines.” — Scott Capriglione
Notre Dame-West Haven
Junior goalie Conor Hylton and sophomore center Liam Hylton.
Coach’s comment: “Conor started the season 4-0 and won on the road at Darien (No. 1 at the time) and Hamden (No. 2 at the time). He is a competitor and is quick from post to post. Liam has three assists on the season. He has good hands and is good on face-offs.” — Tim Belcher
Senior forward Jake Lynch, an assistant captain, sophomore forward Max Lynch and sophomore defenseman Alex Lynch; senior defenseman Donnie Froehlich and sophomore defenseman Kyle Froehlich; junior defenseman Hunter Cole and freshman goalie Logan Cole.
Coach’s comment: “Jake is a hard worker, Max has great hands and Alex plays smart on defense. Donnie plays on the power play and man down. He has a great shot and very good hands. Kyle works hard. Hunter is a big, strong kid who makes an impact on defense and Logan is very good in goal.” — Joe Morrell
Senior goalie Ben Guidobono and sophomore goalie Jared Guidobono; Sophomore defensemen Brett and Austin Reid.
Coach’s comment: “Ben has been our starting goalie for three years. Jared was on our varsity team as a freshman and shut out Greenwich this season, giving them their only loss so far. Brett converted from a forward to be our second-best defenseman on the team and Austin converted from a forward to be our third-best defenseman on the team. Both played varsity as freshmen.” — Dan Deconti
East Catholic/Glastonbury/South Windsor
East Catholic junior right wing Maggie Hallisey and freshman center Julia Hallisey; East Catholic freshman defenseman Cassie Nevers and freshman right wing Stephanie Nevers.
Coach’s comment: “Maggie is one of the top players in the state. She is a first-line player and serves on our power play. Julia is a very solid hockey player, especially defensively, and has served as our third-line center. Cassie and Stephanie are both experienced and Tier I club hockey players. To have added two freshmen of that quality not only has made us deeper this season, but has made the future for the team bright.” — Frank Usseglio
Freshman forward Emma Gotthelf and junior forward Rebecca Gotthelf.
Coach’s comment: “Rebecca had a serious knee injury prior to the start of last season that kept her off the ice for the 2013-14 season. She is fully recovered and has become an impact player for the team. Emma came in with a great set of hockey skills and immediately made a positive impact on the team. She is stepping up to the challenge of playing with and against the more experienced and older players at the high school level.” — Bruce Woolley
Freshman goalie Gianna Spino and freshman forward Lauren Spino.
Coach’s comment: “Both are tremendous kids with the same great smile and similar personalities. Fortunately they play different positions. Gianna is a goalie and Lauren is a forward. That’s the only way I can tell them apart.” — Michael Callan
Freshman defenseman Sam Rodham and sophomore forward Haley Rodham.
Coach’s comment: “Sam is getting a lot of minutes and has quickly become one of our best defensemen. Haley is getting a regular shift this season. She is still working on finding her scoring touch, but has been solid and is one of the leaders in her class.” — Thomas McGwire
Junior left wing Meghan Dowling and sophomore right wing Kristin Dowling.
Coach’s comment: “Having no experience with playing hockey prior to attending Lauralton Hall, Meghan has shown her field hockey skills on the ice that has led her to becoming one of our leading scorers. Kristin has shown tremendous progress this past season and is a great asset to the team’s power play.” — Michelle Marella
Sophomore wing Delaney O’Keefe and freshman wing Sierra O’Keefe.
Coach’s comment: “Delaney has improved tremendously and plays consistently on our second line. Sierra is one of our most-improved players this season. Although she hasn’t seen a lot of game time, with continued hard work I can see her having the same kind of impact Delaney has had.” — Kerri Rowland
Senior right wing Maggie Grigely, a captain, and junior center Katie Grigely, an assistant captain; senior defenseman Sarah Franklin and sophomore defenseman Emily Franklin.
Coach’s comments: “Maggie and Katie both play on our first line and I think if you polled the coaches in the league, they would tell you that they are the most feared duo in girls high school hockey. They have combined for 27 goals and 21 assists. Sarah is a leader on the team and recently was the Farmington Valley’s female athlete of the week. Emily is looking to fill her sister’s skates next year.” — Paul Melanson