Little League: Blast from the past (videos of Fairfield American as youngsters)

The Fairfield American Little League baseball team heads to the New England Regional Tournament starting on Friday. Photo by Mary Albl

The Fairfield American Little League baseball team prepares for the biggest stage to date this summer, the New England Regional Tournament in Bristol starting on Friday night at 8:15 p.m. against Vermont at Breen Field. The team of 11 players has assembled an impressive 12-1 record together. Head coach Mike Steed credits the chemistry and […]

Larry Badaracco named next New Milford football coach

Larry Badaracco (via WestConn archives)

It is under tough circumstances, to be sure. But make no mistake: Larry Badaracco’s excited to be New Milford’s next football coach. In a pinch to get a coach in place before the season with the unexpected resignation of John Murphy, New Milford hired the assistant coach to lead the Green Wave in 2014. He […]

Little League: Close-knit Fairfield American ready for challenge of Bristol

The Fairfield American Little League will head to Bristol on Thursday for the New England Regional Tournament. Register file photo

FAIRFIELD >> Fairfield American Little League head coach Mike Steed points to the Division 1 Championship game against Norwalk less than two weeks ago as one of his favorite moments of the summer. It was when Jamie Flink cranked a 2-run home run to give Fairfield the go-ahead runs and eventually propel them to victory. […]

Football Linemen Just Wanna Have Fun (and so they do at Berlin Lineman Challenge)

Darien's football players play Tug-O-War during the Berlin Lineman Challenge on July 26 (Photo via Darien Football on Flickr - click for more images)

By now you’ve heard all about the high-flying, 7-on-7 camps and leagues where the state’s football programs’ quarterbacks, receivers and running backs hone their pass-happy spread skills. New Canaan’s two-day Grip-It-And-Rip-It competition was held a few weeks ago to much fanfare because, of course it was. The guys who throw the scoring strikes and make […]

American Legion tournament: Stamford eliminates defending champ Branford

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STAMFORD >> Branford is not going back to Shelby, North Carolina this season. The defending Connecticut and Northeast Regional champions were eliminated in the super regionals by Stamford 2-0 at Cubeta Stadium Tuesday. If Branford would have won, it would have had a rematch with Cheshire with a chance to advance to the state championship. […]

Legion tourney: RCP roars into regional finals

RCP second baseman Cory Baldwin went 4-for-4  with a double, triple and two RBI's in a 7-2 win over Simsbury at Muzzy Field. Photo by Jimmy Zanor - Middletown Press

BRISTOL >> There’s not much the RCP American Legion baseball team can do that would surprise Post 105 coach Jay Hickey. It’s been lights out pitching, sensational defense and just enough wood bat offense all summer long for the Zone 7 champions. Still,  Sunday night’s 7-2 victory over Simsbury in a key Super Regional winner’s […]

American Legion: Cheshire tops Branford in thriller

STAMFORD >> Cheshire coach Bill Robertson saw his second baseman Joe Anderson get taken out. Branford coach Rich Balzano saw a clean play. Anderson said he wasn’t even sure, but the umpire said Anderson was interfered with, which led to a ninth inning double play that killed a potential Branford rally and helped Cheshire pick […]

Little League: Fairfield American beats South Windsor for state crown

Fairfield American celebrates winning the state title over South Windsor 12-2 on Sunday afternoon in Harwinton. Photo by Mary Albl

HARWINTON >> Thirteen games into the summer and Fairfield American Little Leaguer Jamie Flink said he’s still in a little bit of awe each time he hits a home run. The left-handed hitter blasted a 3-run home run Sunday afternoon at Harwinton Sports Complex against South Windsor in the bottom of the third inning to […]

Ameerican Legion: Cheshire rallies, tops Stamford

STAMFORD >> Cheshire coach Bill Robertson said he felt something special when his team rallied to top Trumbull in the regionals. Cheshire’s still got the special feeling after rallying yet again, this time to top Stamford 5-4 in 10 innings in Game 2 of the super regionals at Cubeta Stadium Saturday. “This gives us confidence […]

American Legion: Forgione leads Branford over Berlin in Super Regional opener

Mike Funaro (left) of Branford congratulates Chris  Stankiewicz (right) after Stankiewicz hit a home run in the seventh inning against Berlin in the Connecticut American Legion State Tournament in Stamford. Photo Arnold Gold

STAMFORD >> After surviving a tough series with Orange in the regionals, Branford was prepared for an even tougher time in the super regionals, according to Tyler Forgione. “It forced us to play as a team,” Forgione said. “We’re together.” Forgione had four RBIs to lead Branford past Berlin 7-1 in Game 1 of the […]

Amity hockey coach Lindgren is cancer-free, will return to bench

Last season was a tough one for Amity boys hockey coach Gary Lindgren. Lindgren discovered a cyst on his neck last fall. During surgery in November, doctors discovered that behind the cyst was a cancerous tumor in his lymph nodes. On Dec. 2 he had another surgery and 29 lymph nodes were removed, along with his tonsils, […]

Little League: Fairfield American defeats South Windsor in opening state game

Fairfield American's starting pitcher Sam Davenport. Photo by Mary Albl/Register

HARWINTON >> Fairfield American’s Sam Davenport admitted he was a little nervous taking the mound Saturday afternoon in the first game of the little league state tournament. But as soon as he released the ball and it thudded into catcher Vince Camera’s glove, almost all nerves went away. Davenport struck out the first South Windsor […]

Seymour softball eliminated in Little League East Regional semifinals

Seymour's Isaballa Calabro (front) and Lauren Haversat hug after losing 1-0 to Exton. (Melanie Stengel - Register)

BRISTOL >> In an instant, their season was over. Seymour made two costly errors in the bottom of the sixth inning and was eliminated from the Little League East Regional softball tournament. “We couldn’t make up for the errors tonight,” Seymour manager Dawn Supranovich said. Locked in a scoreless tie, Pennsylvania’s Brooke Espenshade led off […]

Survey: Teens experimenting with HGH on the rise

In this Thursday, July 24, 2014 photo, Frank Trumbetti, owner of Rock Bottom Nutrition, poses for a photo at his store in Cherry Hill, N.J. A new, large-scale national survey released Wednesday by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids revealed that experimentation with human growth hormones by America's teens more than doubled in the past year. (AP Photo)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Guerreri wanted to try human growth hormones so he could look like a pro wrestler. Joe Badalanato hoped HGH would help him become a better football player. James O’Brien figured the drug would improve his fastball. The three 18-year-olds from suburban Philadelphia told The Associated Press this week that they bought […]

American Legion Tournament: Stamford eliminates Middletown, advances to Super Regionals

STAMFORD >> Almost. It’s one of the most painful words in sport, but it best describes Middletown Post 75’s drive to get to the Elite Eight in the marathon that is the American Legion state baseball tournament. After hammering Stamford in Game 2 of the best-of-three series 12-9 – it wasn’t that close – Middletown […]

CIAC football votes to restores four state champs, three rounds in 2015

Southington, which celebrates its 2013 Class LL championship, was voted the No. 1 football team heading into 2014.  (Mara Lavitt - Register)

CHESHIRE >> Connecticut high school football is likely going back to three rounds of state playoffs and four state champions for the 2015 season, the CIAC announced Thursday after a monthly meeting of its football committee. The 2015 playoff format will be a replica of the one used from 2010-2013 with several modifications designed to […]