HK Volleyball Sweeps Week with Trio of Triumphs; Women’s football takes two out of three


Senior Kaleigh Bodak and the Haddam-Killingworth women’s volleyball team improved to 5-2 this season after picking up wins in all three games last week. Photo by Wesley Bunnell/The Source

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The Haddam-Killingworth women’s volleyball team entered the court to play three games last week and left the court with three wins to take their record to 5-2 this year. HK picked up wins over North Branford and Valley Regional before defeating East Hampton in action last week.

HK started last week by recording a 3-0 shutout at North Branford on September 19. The Cougars won all 3 sets by the final count of 25-23 en route to sweeping the Thunderbirds.

Junior Sammy Minickene recorded 12 service points, to go with 6 aces, 4 kills and 7 digs for HK. Senior Kaleigh Bodak had 10 service points, 4 aces, 7 kills and 13 assists; junior Reese Timothy posted 8 service points with 3 aces, 9 eliminations and 13 assists; and senior Payton Yazmer had 9 service points, 3 aces, 5 kills and 11 digs in the victory.

Then, on September 21, the Cougars hosted Valley Regional and defeated the Warriors by a 3-1 final. The Cougars won the game behind sets of 25-18, 23-25, 25-23, 25-14.

Payton Yazmer finished the game with 14 serves, 5 aces, 7 eliminations and 14 digs to help HK win. Minickene had 12 service points to go along with 4 aces, 11 kills and 14 digs in the win. Senior Audra Yazmer had 6 kills, 5 solo blocks, and 8 kills; Bodak scored 11 service points with 5 aces, 5 kills, 15 assists and 9 digs; and Timothy had 9 service points, 3 aces, 8 kills, 16 assists and 14 digs.

Two days later, HK played a home game against East Hampton and edged the Bellringers 3-2 in a 5-set thriller. The Cougars won the home-and-away game by the final count of 21-25, 25-13, 25-16, 23-25, 15-8.

Bodak had a big night registering 18 service points, including 2 aces in addition to his 10 eliminations and 27 assists. Payton Yazmer had 13 service points, 7 aces, 10 kills, 3 assists and 7 digs; Timothy had 5 service points with 1 aces, 14 kills, 17 assists and 9 digs; and second Caley Napoletano had contributed with service points and 10 digs for head coach Robin Callender’s team.

HK’s next contest is against Morgan at home on Friday, September 30 at 5:30 p.m.

Women’s football

The Haddam-Killingworth women’s soccer team was on the road for three away games during last week’s action. The Cougars won two of those three contests to improve to 3-2-1 for the 2022 season.

On September 19, HK traveled to Deep River to play Valley Regional and lost to the Warriors by a score of 4-1. Senior Julia Favalora scored HK’s goal in the game.

Then, on September 22, the Cougars played a road game against Old Lyme and posted a 1-0 shutout against the Wildcats. By the next day, HK was back on the road to face non-conference opponent Platt Tech and recorded a 4-0 shutout in the contest.

The Haddam-Killingworth road trip continues with three more away games this week. The Cougars to play at Wilbur Cross on Thursday, September 29 at 3:45 p.m.; at Westbrook on Friday, September 30 at 3:45 p.m.; and in Guangzhou on Monday, Oct. 3 at 7:15 p.m.

boys soccer

The Haddam-Killingworth boys’ soccer team improved to 4-1 this season after winning part of last week’s games. The Cougars scored a shutout against Valley Regional and then suffered a loss to Old Lyme in their last two meetings.

HK started last week by earning a 2-0 win at home to Valley Regional on September 20. Senior Jonah Lowrey and second Ryan Lasusa scored the goals for the Cougars in the win. Senior goaltender Jack Straka made 4 saves to get the shutout in goal.

Three days later, the Cougars were on the road to face Old Lyme and lost to the Wildcats by the final score of 3-1.

HK hosts Westbrook for a home game on Friday, September 30 at 3:45 p.m. After that, the Cougars hit the road for a non-conference showdown with Manchester at 6 p.m. on Monday, October 3.

Field hockey

The Haddam-Killingworth field hockey team played three games last week and came off the slate with a win, a loss and a draw to take their overall record to 3-2-1 this season. The Cougars picked up a win over Mercy, tied Westbrook-Old Lyme, then suffered a loss to Old Saybrook in their last three games.

HK started last week by earning a 1-0 win at home to Mercy on September 19. The next day, the Cougars hosted the Westbrook-Old Lyme co-op team and played the Knights for a 0-0 draw. HK then played a game on the road against Old Saybrook and lost a 1-0 decision to the Rams.

HK will be on the road to face Newington on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 3:45 p.m. After that, the Cougars host Valley Regional on Friday, Sept. 30 at 3:45 p.m.; will play a road game against Canton at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, October 3; and will then return home to face North Branford on Tuesday, October 4 at 3:45 p.m.


The Haddam-Killingworth football team hosted Cromwell-Portland (CP) for a Pequot Conference Sassacus Division contest on September 23. The Cougars suffered a 35-0 loss to the Panthers at HK High School to improve to 1-2 overall with a 1-2 in divisional play this fall.

CP scored the first touchdown of the game in the first quarter for a 7-0 lead after one. The Panthers then scored a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 21-0 halftime lead. CP then scored a touchdown in the third quarter and another touchdown in the fourth to complete the 35-0 victory

HK is off this week. The Cougars will be back in action to take on the Windsor Locks-Suffield-East Granby Co-op team at Windsor Locks High School on Saturday, October 8 at 1 p.m.


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