Boys’ Lacrosse: Hand beats Bethel in Class M qualifying round

Photo by Dave Phillips  Hand's George McGuirk tries to make his way past Bethel's Jason Reifschneider during the Tigers' 9-7 victory Saturday morning in Madison.

MADISON >> All Hand wanted was a chance to play another day. And that’s exactly what the No. 13 Tigers will do after a 9-7 victory over No. 20 Bethel in the qualifying round of the CIAC Class M boys’ lacrosse tournament Saturday morning at the Surf Club. Early on, Hand looked like the team […]

Mercy shuts out Amity for back-to-back SCC softball titles

Mercy pitcher Brianna Sawicki, center, gets a big hug from catcher Stephanie Dean as Mercy defeated Amity Regional for the SCC Championship at the West Haven Softball stadium. On the left is first baseman Abigayle LaRosa.  (Peter Casolino-New Haven Register)

WEST HAVEN >> Astin Donovan, one of Mercy’s six seniors, played an integral role in leading the Tigers to back-to-back Southern Connecticut Conference tournament championships. Donovan had three hits, scored twice and drove in a run in fourth-seeded Mercy’s 4-0 victory over No. 3 Amity Saturday at Biondi Field. Donovan was named the tournament’s most […]

Softball: Amity looks to return to form in state tournament

(Peter Casolino-New Haven Register)   Mercy vs Amity Regional during the SCC Softball

WEST HAVEN >> The Amity softball team entered Saturday night’s Southern Connecticut Conference final against Mercy having won six games in a row and 10 of 11. The Spartans did so by playing solid defense and getting timely hits. Unfortunately for the Spartans, those characteristics were missing in the title game. Committing three errors and […]

Cromwell holds off East Hampton to win Shoreline baseball title

NORWICH >> On this night, it was the other righthander who was the best pitcher in the state. Cromwell senior Jake Regula knew he had to pitch one of the best games of his career if the Panthers were going to dethrone East Hampton and star hurler Marvin Gorgas in Saturday night’s Shoreline Conference championship […]

CCC boys volleyball: Newington rolls to inaugural conference title

The Newington boys volleyball team captured the first CCC tournament title with a straight sets victory over host Farmington on Saturday.
Derek Turner -- GameTimeCT

FARMINGTON>> The Newington boys volleyball team cruised to the CCC championship with a straight set victory (25-10, 25-17, 25-20) over Farmington at Farmington High School on Saturday. Both the semifinals and finals were played on Saturday, possibly benefiting Newington in the end. The No. 1 seed quickly eliminated Southington in the first semi-final in straight sets […]

Morgan usurps Haddam-Killingworth as Shoreline softball champions

Morgan poses with its 2014 Shoreline Conference trophy after a 2-1 win over Haddam-Killingworth May 31 (Photo John Holt - WFSB.com via Twitter)

WESTBROOK >> The Morgan School softball team got its revenge. In last year’s Shoreline Conference championship game, the Huskies lost an extra-inning game to Haddam-Killingworth. It took a year, but Morgan got even, beating H-K, 2-1, in the SLC title game Saturday afternoon at Westbrook High School. “We redeemed ourselves today,” Morgan coach Sal Fiorillo said. […]

Fairfield Warde beats Trumbull to win first FCIAC baseball championship

Warde's baseball team poses after winning its first FCIAC baseball championship Saturday at Harbor Yard. Photo Mary Albl

BRIDGEPORT >> Aside from a memorable game-ending celebration at the pitcher’s mound, that Hunter Hewitt called “The greatest moment of his life,” the Fairfield Warde baseball team sure didn’t look like a team that was playing for its first ever conference title. Saturday afternoon at Harbor Yard, the sixth-seeded Mustangs, made the key hits, took […]

Baseball beat: Conference Tournament Central

Conference tournaments are already underway and some will begin Tuesday. Stay up to speed on everything baseball right here. From previews, to gamers, scores and Touts, we’ve got it all. SCC Tournament Central: Xavier/Amity to meet in final SLC Tournament Central: Final rematch set NVL Tournament Central: Holy Cross wins NVL SWC Tournament Central: ND-Fairfield wins […]

CCC boys lacrosse: Simsbury, East Catholic win division titles

Simsbury celebrates its CCC West Division win with the championship trophy.
Derek Turner -- GameTimeCT

WEST HARTFORD>> Simsbury scored five unanswered goals in the final seven minutes of the game to beat Glastonbury, 9-7, and claim its second straight CCC West title at Robert J. McKee Stadium at Conard High School on Friday. With 5:08 left in the third quarter, play was stopped due to lightning in the area with the […]

Boys volleyball: Staples defeats Ridgefield for 2nd straight FCIAC crown

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FAIRFIELD >> Staples got the matchup it wanted and made sure this time was different. The Wreckers made good on a season-opening loss to Ridgefield Friday evening at Fairfield  Ludlowe as they defeated the Tigers in four sets 25-15, 16-25, 25-22, 25-15 to win their second straight FCIAC boys’ volleyball title. “Yeah, Ridgefield has been […]

SCC softball tournament: Mercy tops Hand, to face Amity in championship

(Melanie Stengel - New Haven Register)   
 Mercy pitcher Brianna Sawicki comes off the field after holding Hand to just one run in the SCC tournament softball semifinal Friday.

WEST HAVEN >> Stephanie Dean and the Mercy softball team were prepared to defend their Southern Connecticut Conference title. The Tigers didn’t take take long to assert themselves. Scoring four times in the first inning, Mercy defeated Hand 8-1 Friday night in the SCC tournament semifinals at Biondi Field in West Haven. With the victory, […]

Seymour wrests NVL softball championship from Torrington

Seymour’s Raeanne Geffert hugs Shari Minalga after getting the final out of the NVL Championship game, as Torrington Alexis Tyrrell walks back to the dugout, from second base, with her hands on head. The Wildcats defeated the Red Raiders 2-1. 
Pete Paguaga — Register Citizen

BEACON FALLS >> No. 2 seed Seymour edged No. 1 Torrington in what could be described as a game for the ages in Seymour’s 18th NVL championship Friday afternoon at Woodland High School. “When it looks like it’s over, it’s not over,” summarized Torrington coach Maryann Musselman. Slideshow: Seymour 2 Torrington 1 The statement rang true […]

Boys tennis: Hand edges Amity to win second straight SCC championship

(Arnold Gold-New Haven Register)  Scott Rubinstein of Hand hits a forehand to Jason Seidman of Amity in the SCC boys No. 1 singles final at the Yale Tennis Courts. Seidman won the match, but Hand won the title.

NEW HAVEN >> Scott Rubinstein and Alex Reiger have gotten the majority of the praise as Hand’s top two singles players over the past few years. But on Friday, with a second straight Southern Connecticut Conference title hanging in the balance, the spotlight belonged to their senior teammate. Dave Schulz had quietly built an undefeated […]

Friday’s Middletown region sports roundup

Boys Golf Portland 167, Old Saybrook 182 >> At Fenwick Golf Course,  Nick Piersall earned medalist honors with a 38 to lead the Highlanders. Also scoring for Portland were Jon Twichell (42),  Jimmy Kelley (43), and Timmy Leonard (44). The Rams were led by Nick Prast (42) and Pawntip Prasith (44). East Hampton 165,  North Branford  […]

Shoreline softball tournament: Late rally propels H-K past North Branford, into final

H-K junior first baseman Kolby Burger makes the play against North Branford in Friday's SLC semifinal. Photo by  Jimmy Zanor - Middletown Press

HIGGANUM >> After four innings it looked like there was going to be a new Shoreline Conference softball champion this season. But the defending champs decided they weren’t going to go quietly into the night. Freshman Rachel Senechal’s thrilling inside-the-park home run tied it in the bottom of the sixth and senior Lauren McCann’s bases-loaded […]

Girls tennis: Hand completes the SCC three-peat, edging Amity

(Arnold Gold-New Haven Register)  Megan Sosensky of Hand serves to Amity in the final game of the SCC girls No. 1 doubles final at the Yale Tennis Courts. Sosensky won her match and hand won its third straight team title.

NEW HAVEN >> Hand’s Gabby Diotalevi and Megan Sosensky lost just one regular-season match as doubles partners this season. That came against Amity’s Daphne Kreiger and Beki Lettick a little over a week ago. It was a strategic move on Amity coach Harold Freedman’s part. Kreiger, a freshman, has been the No, 1 singles player […]