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New Year New Coach for Green Wave Basketball

Jimmy Lewis

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Those who have watched Green Wave Boys Basketball the past few years may be in shock when they see the team on the court this winter. The program has undergone a shakeup as it has lost many seniors and there is a fresh face at the helm. The new look squad looks to improve on their 8-15 record last season while making it to the SWC and State Tournaments for the third consecutive year.

The new energy around the program begins with the new man in charge, Coach Tolomeo. Crowds can look forward to high scoring shootouts once he implements his up-tempo play-style in his new position. He brings an impressive résumé along with him, both as a basketball and baseball player at the University of Hartford and as the coach for St. Joe’s and Oxford. Additionally, he has experience within the SWC and is no stranger to the tendencies and play-styles of opposing coaches. There is mutual excitement between Tolomeo and the players to begin their partnership in search of titles.

Fans will miss watching many of the familiar faces they are accustomed to seeing. Four of the team’s top players have graduated, leaving important roles to fill. Losses such as All-SWC guard Cam Cunningham will result in some adversity for the group. Still, a handful of experienced players accompanied by an infusion of young talent should give the Wave an electric mix to make some noise this season. The team has a loaded backcourt with competitors who can space the floor, dish it out, blow by defenders, and lockdown on defense. In particular, senior point guard Max Vaughey looks to be a leader of the youthful unit as someone who has been a varsity contributor since his freshman year. However Vaughey comes into the season with a cast on his hand that will force him to miss some time.

The season opens up at Bulkeley High School on December 19th while the home opener pits them against Fairfield Warde two days later. The schedule is set up for many enticing matchups as the NMHS boys will face off against their rivals, the New Fairfield Rebels, twice on our home floor. Home games are scheduled against other nemeses, Newtown and Brookfield, so The Tsunami doesn’t need to travel far to support the program during the biggest games of the season.

Green Wave Boys Basketball shapes up to continue its tradition of being one of the most thrilling winter sports here at NMHS. “We’re all excited to get started,” stated junior guard Chris Gesualdi. “Our season will be interesting because we have a lot of young talent along with returning varsity players.” Even through all of the changes undergone, one thing remains certain: The Wave have come to play.

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