Class S boys lacrosse: St. Joseph ousts Valley Regional

Valley Regional defenders, from left, Matt Cole, Tyler Jaynes, and Jake Luster look to stop Cadets junior Peter Basher.  Photo by Jimmy Zanor - Middletown Press

TRUMBULL >> It took just seven seconds for St. Joseph’s to remind Valley Regional that this lacrosse game was being played in Fairfield County. Yup, that’s how long it took for Cadets senior Flippo Petrini to win the face-off, race towards the net and rifle a shot past Warriors goalkeeper Spencer Russo. Cadets senior Ryan […]

Wednesday’s New Haven County girls tennis roundup: Sheehan falls in semis

Fairfield Ludlowe 4  Amity 3 (at Fairfield) Singles Lindsay Evans (FL) def. Daphne Kreiger (A) 6-0, 6-1  Cami Adajian (FL) def. Victoria Li (AS) 7-5 7-6 (3)  Claire Foster (A) def. Daria Efimov (FL) 7-6 (0) 6-2 Kyra Adajian (FL) def. Beki Lettick (A) 6-2, 6-0 Doubles Jamie Thimineur and Rachel Einbinder (A) def. Chelsea […]

Boys tennis: Orban, Ciamarra, Guilford, Hand all win state titles

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Class LL state tennis champion Rich Ciamarra, left, and Xavier coach Matt Haywood with the LL championship bracket

NEW HAVEN >> If this was the final tennis match of his high school career, Foran’s Bradley Orban went out on a high note. Orban captured his fourth straight Class M state championship, beating Berlin’s Dan Rombola 6-2, 6-2 at Yale University. It was the second straight year Orban beat Rombola in the final. “Four […]

Thomaston girls tennis falls to Northwest Catholic in Class S semifinals

Pete Paguaga- Register Citizen Thomaston's Megan Fitzgerald won her match, (4-6, 6-2, 6-2) against Northwest Catholic's Angela Miguel on Wednesday.

The Thomaston Golden Bears great season, 18-1, came to an end in the Class S semifinals. With a spot in the State Championship on the line the Golden Bears, from the Berkshire League, ran into Northwest Catholic (19-1) of the CCC and lost 5-2. With six of the seven matches going on right away, the […]

Wednesday’s New Haven County boys lacrosse roundup: Amity advances

Brad Uscilla scored a game-high four goals, Ajay King added three and the fifth-seeded Amity boys lacrosse team took down 12th-seeded McMahon 11-8 in the first round of the Class L State Tournament in Woodbridge. Amity went into the half tied at six before outscoring the Senators 5-2 in the second. Evan Campbell stopped 10 […]

Class M boys lacrosse: Hand’s zone befuddles North Haven in first-round rout

Hand's Tristan Dowd races by North Haven's Pat McKenna during the Tigers' 13-5 first-round lacrosse win Wednesday at Vanacore Field (Photo Dave Phillips)

NORTH HAVEN >> Hand figured it would try a zone defense earlier this season. It didn’t work well. But the No. 13 Tigers spent Monday and Tuesday working on the zone again and played it almost perfectly Wednesday afternoon as they used it to beat No. 4 North Haven, 13-5, at Vanacore Field in the first […]

Class S track and field championship: Drop rules for Coginchaug

Lucas Sumby of Old Saybrook took third place in the pole vault. (Mara Lavitt — New Haven Register)

  DANBURY >> She made records drop on Wednesday. Literally. Jessica Drop broke her own school record in the 800 and helped lead the Coginchaug 4×800 relay team notch a new meet record at the Class S championships at Danbury High. “My goal is to get better each time, and that’s what I did,” said Drop, […]

Class S lacrosse: Fox leads Northwest Catholic past Morgan, into second round

Northwest Catholic's John Fox cradles the ball while Morgan's Jon Chann defends during Wednesday's Class S first round game. Photo John Nestor.

BLOOMFIELD – Northwest Catholic started and finished the first half with a flourish and it sparked the Indians to a state tournament victory. John Fox scored six goals and goalie David Kalamarides made 13 saves to lead No. 5 Northwest Catholic to a 16-12 victory over No. 12 Morgan in a Class S first-round matchup on […]

Torrington softball holds the rope for each other

The Torrington Red Raiders ‘hold the rope’ before its game against Seymour in the NVL Championship. The Red Raiders’ have adopted ‘holding the rope’ as the teams motto for the postseason.
Pete Paguaga — Register Citizen

TORRINGTON >> When Torrington’s Brittany Young struck out with the bases loaded to lose to Seymour, 2-1, in the NVL Championship game, she was upset, feeling like she let her team down, but her teammates wouldn’t let that happen, because they held the rope. “You think (Brittany Young) at the end of the game, after […]

Class L Lacrosse: Johnson, Staples cruise past Hall in first round

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WEST HARTFORD>> Staples was just better. The Wreckers, behind six goals from captain Will Johnson, beat No. 8 Hall, 14-4 at Robert S. Chalmers Stadium at Hall High School on Wednesday in the first round of the Class L state lacrosse tournament. “The players around me set me up for good goals and me setting them […]

Class S softball: Thomaston wins extra inning thriller against St. Paul

Thomaston’s Abby Hurlbert looks to make a catch while St. Paul runner Emily Sklenka slides into second base. The Golden Bears won 2-1 in 10 innings. 
Laurie Gaboardi — Register Citizen

THOMASTON >> No. 2 Thomaston beat No. 15 St. Paul Catholic 2-1 Wednesday afternoon in a 10-inning game with more heart-stopping twists and turns than your favorite action movie. Danielle Genest dashed in with the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th; each team held its breath at the edge […]

Boys Tennis: Staples claims Class LL crown

Staples Connor Mitnick celebrates after winning the doubles title. Photo by Keith Stein

NEW HAVEN >>The setting was very familiar for the Staples High doubles team of Connor Mitnick and Baxter Stein Wednesday afternoon at Yale. Less than a week after clinching the FCIAC boys’ tennis title for the Wreckers, Mitnick and Stein battled back from a set down to defeat Greenwich’s Shaw Speer and Louis McKenzie 4-6, […]

Wednesday’s CIAC lacrosse tournament schedule, scoreboard

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CLASS L FIRST ROUND Wednesday, June 4 Upper bracket: Simsbury 17, Trumbull 6 Staples 14, Hall 4 New Milford 12, Southington 8 Amity 11, McMahon 8 Lower bracket: Greenwich 12, Ludlowe 4 Fairfield Prep 8, Newtown 1 Ridgefield 8, Xavier 5 Fairfield Warde 7, Glastonbury 4 QUARTERFINALS Saturday, June 7, 3 p.m. No. 9 Staples […]

Golf: Morgan repeats as Shoreline Conference champion

(Peter Casolino-New Haven Register)   Maxx Bugg of Morgan on his way to a 6-under-par 66 during the Shoreline golf Championship meet at Alling Memorial Golf Course in New Haven. pcasolino@newhavenregister.com

NEW HAVEN >> Maxx Bugg was having the round of his life Wednesday at Alling Memorial Golf Club. But like any superstitious golfer, the Morgan junior did his best to block it out and focus on each hole. His bogey-free, 6-under-par 66 earned him medalist laurels at the Shoreline Conference championship meet by nine strokes. […]

You can start salivating for football: Here’s this year’s SCC-FCIAC Challenge schedule

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Because spring practices are underway, and the 2014 season is just a scant few months away, and — of course — we can never get enough football around here, the Southern Connecticut Conference has released the official schedule for Week 1 of the wildly popular SCC/FCIAC Challenge. Consider your appetite whet. The FCIAC won last […]

Legion Beat: Triple Play Zone 2 preview

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With the Legion season kicking off today, and most likely taking a backseat to the CIAC state tournament, here’s a little preseason love for the boys of summer. Below is a Triple Play preview of what you can expect from Zone 2 and Zone 3 area teams this season. Here’s what caught my eye: 3 […]

Legion Beat: Teams prepare without high school contributors

Branford advanced to the American Legion World Series last year. When it has it's complete team, Branford should be good again.

Every year it rears its ugly head. It forces American Legion teams to start the season without key players and there’s no telling when they might return. It’s not an injury, it’s the CIAC state tournament, dubbed “the curse of the state championship,” by Branford coach Rich Balzano. “Any program with a high school team […]

Boys lacrosse: Smalkais enjoys time spent coaching son at Fairfield Prep

(Mara Lavitt — New Haven Register) 
Fairfield Prep coach Chris Smalkais, left, now gets to coach his son Colin at Fairfield Prep
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FAIRFIELD >> Fairfield Prep boys lacrosse coach Chris Smalkais is enjoying coaching more than ever these days and the main reason is having his son Colin, a sophomore midfielder, on the Jesuits’ roster. Looking back, Chris Smalkais reflects on how close this special time in his life might have slipped by. In 2001, Fairfield Prep […]