Ray Curren’s Inside the SCC: Division II preview

Photo by Dave Phillips
John Limone, center, leads a recent Branford football practice.

After two years at Marist, former Branford standout John Limone decided his football playing career has just about reached its limits, so he moved back home to finish his degree at Southern Connecticut. With some free time on his hands, Limone asked Branford High coach Gary Gravina if he could use some help. Of course […]

Bob Barton: Plenty of things to keep an eye on this high school football season

Hand's Scott Sweitzer (left) pursues Alex LaPolice (right) of New Canaan during the season opening, SCC/FCIAC Challenge game last year. The two Connecticut heavyweight programs face off at the Surf Club this season. (Arnold Gold - New Haven Register)

Every year, as the euonymus bushes along Route 8 turn crimson and summer fades toward fall, a question bugs me: Is it time to hang up the clipboard and quit football? Face it: I covered my first Connecticut high school game for the Register in 1957. I’ve charted games in at least 75 venues – […]

West Haven football coach Ed McCarthy to retire following 2014 season

West Haven football coach Ed McCarthy gets an ice bath from his team's players after defeating Hamden 49-7 in celbration of McCarthy's 322 career win.

WEST HAVEN >> The time has finally come. Entering his 44th season as a head football coach, 32 at West Haven after spending 12 at St. Joseph, Ed McCarthy has decided to call it a career. After thinking about it for quite some time, the state’s all-time winningest coach, now 68, will coach his last […]

The (tentative) 2014 High School Football preseason scrimmage schedule

The annual West Haven-Ansonia scrimmage (which will be held Thursday, August 27 at West Haven) is typically of high interest to HS football fans. (Photo Arnold Gold)

By no means is this an exhaustive list, but here’s the published schedule of preseason high school football scrimmages across Connecticut via CIAC. WARNING: These are subject to change on a whim and some of the big ones aren’t listed, because everybody just loves when coaches try to hide their scrimmages. So, if you know […]

Cross Country 2014: A look at the upcoming season

(Mara Lavitt Ñ New Haven Register) 
October 26, 2013 Manchester
CIAC Class Championship at Wickham Park, Manchester.
Class LL Girls.

The cross country season officially started Saturday morning with the first day of practice. Here’s a quick state-wide season preview, some runners to watch and basically to get you excited for the season! Top 5 storylines 1. How strong will the FCIAC be? Ridgefield, Darien, Staples, Danbury … the list goes on. The Ridgefield boys […]

Cross Country 2014: Nationally known Staples runner Hannah DeBalsi just a quirky, humble kid with turtles

Staples’ Hannah DeBalsi with her pet turtle Otis this summer. Phot by Mary Albl

WESTPORT >> Hannah DeBalsi’s pet turtle arrived at her house last winter as a birthday gift. She named him Virgil. He didn’t live long. “We think he died of pneumonia,” DeBalsi said. “He was gasping a lot.” So her mother ordered more. Just one turtle survived — Virgil III. Ironically, some of DeBalsi’s teammates found […]

2014 high school fall sports schedules

(Peter Casolino - New Haven Register)

Schedules for the 2014 Fall Sports Season, via CIACsports.com. Cross Country: BOYS school schedules | GIRLS school schedules Field Hockey: School Schedules | Master schedule Football: Team and league schedules (GameTimeCT) Soccer (Boys): School Schedules | Master schedule Soccer (Girls): School Schedules | Master schedule Swimming & Diving (Girls): School schedules Volleyball (Girls): School schedules | Master schedule

Welcome back to high school football: Let’s get everybody caught up…

Things happened while we weren't playing high school football, from another round of coaching turnover to future conference realignment and implementation of eight state championships (Graphic Sean Patrick Bowley)

Football. Sweet… nourishing… football. It’s back, baby. The 2014 season’s first practices begin on Wednesday for those programs that didn’t engage in spring football. We are 28 DAYS away from the 2014 kickoff. Ridgefield vs. Cheshire and Harding at Law on Sept. 10. And, if you’ve been somewhere tropical, or you don’t pay attention until […]

Behold: The 2014 Connecticut High School Football schedules

Photo by Peter Hvizdak - Register

The schedules for the 2014 Connecticut high school football season have been released by CIAC. Schedules are subject to change throughout the summer until deadline in early September. Update: This story has been reposted August 12 to coincide with the start of fall practices. MASTER FOOTBALL SCHEDULE 2014 COMPOSITE SCHEDULES CLASS LL | CLASS L | CLASS […]

Little League: Fairfield American falls in regional final to Rhode Island

Cumberland American Little League of  Rhode Island celebrates their win over Fairfield American  Saturday evening. (Peter Hvizdak - New Haven Register)

BRISTOL >> In the end, Fairfield American Little League ran into an aggressive Cumberland American of Rhode Island team that was not to be denied Saturday night under the lights at Breen Field. Trailing 5-3 in the fourth inning, Cumberland American platted five runs across to take the lead and then held off a Fairfield […]

Girls basketball: Capital Prep’s Kiah Gillespie picks Maryland

Kiah Gillespie verbally committed to the University of Maryland

When Capital Prep coach Tammy Millsaps got a phone call from reigning Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year Kiah Gillespie last night, the coach thought it was just a regular phone call. However, when the coach figured out what the call was really about, she was overjoyed. “I got butterflies in my stomach,” the coach […]

Baseball: Glut of travel programs in Connecticut leaves no easy choices

(Peter Hvizdak - New Haven Register)
Coach Matt Untiet, left, an employee of The Grind, left, and Jake Russo , 17, of Orange, practicing a fielding drill at the Grind Baseball and Softball training facility in Orange.

From private lessons to the market’s top baseball bats and elite travel teams, parents are dishing out thousands of dollars with hopes of giving their son an edge on the diamond, the potential for a college athletic scholarship or even more. In the world of travel baseball specifically, that is where the most money exchanges […]

Football: Hand’s Jack Driscoll gives verbal commitment to UMass

Hand's Jack Driscoll (63)

Hand rising senior Jack Driscoll has given a verbal commitment to play at UMass. The 6-foot-4, 245 pound offensive tackle said he informed the UMass coaching staff of his decision on Wednesday. Driscoll attended the annual “clam bake” held at UMass last weekend and was impressed with both the coaching staff and facilities.  Former University […]

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

Southington celebrates its 2013 Class LL championship. (Mara Lavitt - New Haven 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 […]

Former North Haven football standout John Liquori dies after being struck by pickup

North Haven's John Liquori vs. Hillhouse in 2011. (Register file)

John Liquori, a standout linebacker on North Haven football’s 2011 playoff team, died Thursday evening a day after being hit by a pickup truck while jogging on Middletown Ave. He was 20. John Liquori Obituary The pickup driver, Theodore Spalding, 72, was arraigned on charges of second-degree assault with a motor vehicle and operating a motor […]

2014 NH Register / GameTimeCT Baseball State Player of the Year: Zach Risedorf, Northwestern

Northwestern's Zach Risedorf (right) has decided to sign with the San Diego Padres.

Northwestern’s Zach Risedorf went through his senior season knowing he could be drafted. His teammates knew that as well, and jokingly called him “Big League.” Now his teammates, and the rest of Connecticut, can call him something else: The Register State Player of the Year. The senior catcher was eventually drafted 177th overall by the […]