Class L volleyball: Ridgefield sweeps Southington, wins first state title since 2003

The Ridgefield boys volleyball team won its second Class L state title on Thursday in a straight set victory over Southington. The Tigers last won in 2003.
Derek Turner -- GameTimeCT

WATERBURY >> The Ridgefield boys volleyball team returned to the Class L title game for the second time in three seasons, only this time the result was different. The Tigers took down Southington in straight sets, 25-20, 27-25, 25-23, to claim their second state title and first since 2003 at John F. Kennedy High School […]

Class L Baseball: Notre Dame-West Haven ready for a battle

Notre Dame catcher Aiden Burton goes after a pop fly as his team looks on during the Class L semifinals. (Photo Arnold Gold)

Notre Dame-West Haven is expecting a battle in the Class L final against Masuk Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Palmer Field. The Panthers have taken an aggressive approach in the batters box and amassed 26 runs in four state tournament games. Enter Notre Dame-West Haven pitcher John Amendola. The Northeastern-bound senior has made Class L […]

Class LL Baseball championship: Amity looks to turn back clock Friday

Amity's Chris Winkel rounds the bases after a home run while coach Sal Coppola congratulates him in a game earlier this year (Photo Peter Casolino)

Not much has changed from last season as, for the second straight year, Amity stares down Southington in the Class LL final. Pitching was the key in the Spartans’ 4-0 victory last season. That probably won’t change, either. “We’re hoping our pitching continues the way it’s been going,” Amity coach Sal Coppola said. The 17th-seeded […]

Softball: Business almost finished for Class M finalist East Haven

East Haven senior pitcher Talia Loda leads the Easties into the Class M state final against Seymour on Friday. 
Arnold Gold/Register

CIAC Softball Preview Capsules: Class L & Class M STRATFORD >> Unfinished business. That’s been the East Haven softball team’s motto throughout this season, a result of a disappointing 7-0 loss to Granby in last year’s Class M state semifinals. With a strong core of returning players, East Haven believed it could advance farther this season. […]

Class M baseball: H-K takes aim at first state title

HIGGANUM >> Four times Haddam-Killingworth baseball coach Mark Brookes has been to state championship games and each time has come back the runner-up. This Saturday at 7 p.m. at Palmer Field, one of the state’s winningest coaches with a career mark of 607 wins and 266 losses, makes trip No. 5 to a title game, […]

Baseball beat: Spalding provides new baseballs for tourney

Amity coach Sal Coppola has noticed a difference in the way the Spalding baseballs have performed during the state tournament. “I haven’t seen the balls tearing as easily as they have during the year,” the coach said. That’s because the company decided to improve its product, with a higher grade of leather for the cover […]

Softball: Class L and M state championship preview capsules

Sacred Heart Academy (Peter Hvizdak - New Haven Register)

Complete tournament results CLASS L No. 19 Sacred Heart Academy (14-10) vs. No. 1 Fitch (25-1) When: Friday, 7 p.m. ppd to Saturday, 7 p.m. Where: Biondi Field, West Haven Dunn Sports Complex, Meriden Championship game appearances: Sacred Heart Academy 4 (1-2, lone title came in 2011); Fitch 3 (1-1, lone title came in 2009). Watch: NFHS Network […]

CT HS football’s recruit class grows: Norwalk OG Evan Adams commits to Syracuse

Norwalk OG Evan Adams

Evan Adams, a 6-foot-6, 300-pound guard at Norwalk, gave his verbal commitment to Syracuse on Thursday, boosting the growing Connecticut high school football class of 2015 Division I recruits. Norwalk coach Sean Ireland confirmed the original report from Scout.com [subscription required] and announced the news on Twitter, Thursday night. Evan Adams just verbally committed to Syracuse, […]

Class S baseball: Portland hoping to complete magical run

Portland senior Jason Staub will get the pitching start against Thomaston in the Class S championship game Saturday at Palmer Field. Photo by Jimmy Zanor - Middletown Press

MIDDLETOWN >> Portland sure picked a good time to be playing their best baseball of the season. The No. 17 Highlanders (15-10) will try and complete their magical postseason run with a victory against No. 3 Thomaston (21-3) in the CIAC Class S state championship game Saturday at Palmer Field (12 p.m.). “It’s going to […]

Boys basketball: Jeff Bernardi named East Lyme coach

Jeff Bernardi, a former assistant coach at Valley Regional in Deep River, has been named the head coach at East Lyme. Bernardi played at Guilford High and was named at New Haven Register All-Area performer in 2002-03. He went on to play at Hamilton College. Bernardi has been an assistant at Valley Regional under Kevin […]

Class M softball: Seymour slips by Rocky Hill in ninth, reaches 16th state title game

(Arnold Gold-New Haven Register)  Seymour celebrates their 4-3 win over Rocky Hill in the Class M Softball Semi-Final game in Stratford on 6/11/2014.

STRATFORD >> Rocky Hill and Seymour had combined for five errors entering the bottom of the ninth inning. The game’s sixth error ended this Class M state semifinal contest. Senior Makayla O’Hara scored from second on an infield error to lift Seymour into the championship game with a thrilling 4-3 victory in nine innings over […]

Class M softball: East Haven edges St. Joseph, reaches 1st state final since 1984

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STRATFORD >> East Haven certainly had to earn the right to play for its first state title in 30 years. The seventh-seeded Easties pushed across a run in the top of the sixth inning, and then held off a furious rally attempt by No. 3 St. Joseph in the bottom of the seventh, to escape […]

Class L softball: Sacred Heart Academy routs Berlin, reaches second final in four years

(Peter Hvizdak - New Haven Register)
Sacred Heart Academy celebrates their win in the Class L CIAC softball semifinals against Berlin High School Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at West Haven High School. FINAL SCORE: Sacred defeats Berlin 8-0.

WEST HAVEN >> Molly Flowers began her career at Sacred Heart Academy with a state title. Three years later, she hopes to end it the same way. Flowers and her teammates took one more step towards that championship when the 19th-seeded Pacers upset their fourth-straight team in a 7-0 victory over 10th-seeded Berlin Wednesday in […]

Class S lacrosse: St. Joseph beats Northwest Catholic to return to state final

St. Joseph's Preston Ouellette scores with 7 seconds left in the first quarter vs. Northwest Catholic. The Cadets went on to win, 12-6 and advance to their fifth title game in school history.
Derek Turner -- GameTimeCT

CHESHIRE>> The St. Joseph boys lacrosse team is back in the Class S final. And, this year, the Cadets say they are better prepared. “It was tough last year,” St. Joseph coach Joe Izzo said. ”We lost a heart-breaker to Weston and basically the kids worked hard to get back there.” The No. 8 Cadets will have […]