Football: The not-so-official official preseason scrimmage schedule

Bobby Drysdale takes a handoff during a recent Brookfield practice (Photo via Francesco Graziano - CPTV Sports)

By now you should know how this works. A lot of high school football teams list their scrimmage schedules before the season kickoff. Some don’t. These can also change on a whim and a phone call. Regardless, below is a list of 2015 preseason scrimmages that have been reported on the CIAC’s website. The scrimmage […]

Connecting with sports not sanctioned by the CIAC

Hamden girls hockey captains Samantha Cozzolino (left) and Caraline Kennedy (photo supplied by Hamden coach Mike Callan)

Bowling (30 teams) and girls ice hockey (21 teams) are two high school sports with the potential to grow enough in the next few years to be sanctioned by the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference. The CIAC requires a sport to have 20 percent of the schools in the state, or 38 teams, competing on the […]

Football 2015: Lupoli, Ragaini lead way for explosive Notre Dame-West Haven offense

(Peter Hvizdak - New Haven Register)
Notre Dame-West Haven quarterback Christian Lupoli, left, and receiver Nico Ragaini are expected to lead the way for the Green Knights this season.

A t the Southern Connecticut Conference preseason football media night held at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven, coaches both lamented and praised the toughness of the league. They lamented how challenging it was to get a win in each SCC matchup and praised how the elite talent of all league opponents helped […]

Football 2015: Bagley, Bailey form dynamic duo for Ansonia

(Arnold Gold-New Haven Register)  Tajik Bagley ,left, and Tyler Bailey hope to lead Ansonia to another state championship this season.

ANSONIA L ast season Ansonia football became the Tajik Bagley and Tyler Bailey show. Bagley, a senior running back, and Bailey, a senior wide receiver, gave opposing defenses headaches and have been inseparable on and off the field. “He’s like my brother,” Bagley said of Bailey. So it only makes sense that the dynamic duo […]

CCC Football 2015: Rose ready to make college choice, lead Southington to LL three-peat

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Southington quarterback Jasen Rose has narrowed his college choices down to UConn, Syracuse, Wake Forest and Wisconsin.

SOUTHINGTON J asen Rose was a receiver for the Southington Saints Pee Wee football team as a fourth-grader when, during the middle of the season, the team’s starting quarterback got hurt. Tim Rose, Jasen’s father and the team’s head coach, asked his son if he wanted to try quarterback. “Sure,” Jasen said, with a shrug. […]

High School Football 2015: Connecticut’s Returning Player Leaderboards

A few of Connecticut's top-returning players in 2015. Clockwise from top-left: Tyler Coyle (Windsor), Tyler Bailey (Ansonia), Nico Ragaini (Notre Dame-WH), Connor Field (Granby), Jasen Rose (Southington).

With August just around the corner, here’s an interactive look at Connecticut’s top-returning CIAC players, according to statistics entered by teams on Hover over individual player entries for detailed statistics. Click conference buttons to look at leaders by league. Schools that have changed leagues or players who have transferred have been noted based on information […]

Football: Here’s a list of teams beginning 2015 season practices on Monday


And it begins. Football! Sweet, nourishing football begins in earnest Monday at select times and practice fields near you. Teams that didn’t run spring practices begin a five-day conditioning week. Their first official practices are August 22. Teams that held spring practice won’t begin their conditioning week until August 21. Their first official practices can begin August […]

Football: Hopkins, Hamden Hall won’t play annual game in 2015 or 2016

Justise Antrum of Hamden Hall gets a long gain before being tackled by Charlie Streeter and Walker Schneider of Hopkins during first quarter football football action last November. This will be the last football game played between the two Fairchester League rivals for at least two seasons.
Peter Hvizdak/Register

The last memory of the Hamden Hall-Hopkins football rivalry is the Hornets’ romping to a 52-14 victory under the lights at Sonny Coughlin Field last November. That memory will have to do for awhile. The two Fairchester League football rivals will not play the next two seasons. Barbara Riley, the headmaster at Hopkins, said the […]

Girls Basketball: Hillhouse tops East Haven in 34th Summer League championship game

Jim Fuller - Register
Hillhouse teammates pose with trophies after winning high school girls’ title in the 34th season of the New Haven Parks & Recreation Summer League.

NEW HAVEN >> In the eyes of Cayla Staggers and her Hillhouse teammates, leaving with the high school girls’ title in the 34th season of the New Haven Parks & Recreation Summer League was of paramount importance. Defending champion East Haven had a dominant run through the regular season and into Monday’s championship game but […]

Football: Mark Ecke resigns as Danbury coach; Assistant Alex Trasacco takes over

Mark Ecke (left) resigned after one year as Danbury's football coach. Defensive coordinator Alex Trasacco has been hired to replace him.

Just weeks before the start of fall practices, Mark Ecke has resigned as Danbury’s football coach, athletic director Chip Salvestrini announced Wednesday. Ecke, who was a blockbuster hire for the struggling Class LL program just over a year ago, resigned to take a job at the new Capital Prep Harbor School in Bridgeport. EDanbury was […]

The CIAC’s 2015-16 School Enrollment Figures (for real, this time)

Glastonbury (above, as state champions) vs. Farmington is a state soccer event.  Photo Derek Turner

As many have pointed out to us, the CIAC has not included enrollment figures in their sports packets this year. But you can find them on the organization’s website in “Enrollments” under the “Schools” heading on the menubar of A week ago, in our haste to get the enrollment figures to you, we published […]

Football: New Haven’s Bowen Field repairs delayed, frustrating Hillhouse players, supporters

Members of the James Hillhouse  football team, junior Damian Henderson (8), seated at left, sophomore Corey Pollard (20), kneeling, sophomore JT Gardner (13), senior André Wooten (99), Head coach Reggie Lytle, senior Noah Brown (79) and senior Fredrick Singh (72) are concerned Bowen Field will not be completed by the Elm City Classic in November as promised by the district. (Catherine Avalone - New Haven Register)

NEW HAVEN>> Hillhouse football player Noah Brown has never played a game on Bowen Field. And it’s likely he never will. “Its been four years and I haven’t had the chance to play on Bowen field,” said Brown, 18, a senior, who will be playing his final season for the school. “We won the state championship […]

American Legion: RCP wins state championship series

MIDDLETOWN >> At last. After losing the state American Legion baseball championship game in 2012 and 2015, the Rocky Hill, Cromwell, Portland — RCP — Legion team defeated Stamford 4-1 in the third and deciding game of the championship series to win its first-ever state crown Saturday afternoon in front of 400 fans, 332 of […]

Little League: Tim Belcher’s passion for coaching carries over to diamond

(Peter Hvizdak - New Haven Register)
Coach Tim Belcher of Hamden, manager of the Hamden 11-12 Little League District All-Star  team.

HAMDEN >> Tim Belcher always loved playing sports. He was on the baseball and hockey teams at Notre Dame-West Haven. After graduating in 1993 he continued his baseball career at Quinnipiac, and then with the Waterbury Spirit of the independent Northeast League. Now, since the playing days are over, his passion is coaching. Belcher has […]

2015 New Haven Register All-Area Boys Lacrosse Team

(Photo: Catherine Avaloner)

The 2015 New Haven Register All-Area Boys Lacrosse team. Capsules by Dan Nowak. Photos by Arnold Gold unless noted. Most Valuable Player Colin Uyeki North Haven, Sr., Attackman Stats: Had 58 goals, 45 assists and 38 ground balls, set a single-season school record for points (103) and career school records for points (285) and goals […]

The All-Time Connecticut High School / Major League Baseball All-Star team

ALL-CT All Star

So what if you could put together an all-time all-star team of Major League Baseball players who attended high school in Connecticut?  We decided to give it a try and were pleasantly surprised not only with the talent that has played in the state, but the fact we could fill each position. Heck, we even […]

2015 New Haven Register All-Area Boys Outdoor Track Team

Register All-Area MVP Ruvens Exantus

Most Valuable Performer Ruvens Exantus Bunnell, Sr., jumps/hurdles Stats: Led Bunnell to a second-place finish at the SWC Championship meet, scoring 38 of his team’s 72 points by winning the 110 hurdles, long and triple jump and taking second in the 300 hurdles. Won the Class MM and State Open (46-10.25, school record) in triple […]

2015 New Haven Register All-State Baseball Team

Gatorade Player of the Year Jimmy Titus of East Catholic and catcher Paul Gozzo of Sheehan. Both are members of the 2015 New Haven Register All-State Baseball Team (Photo Catherine Avalone)

Player of the Year Mike Cowell Shelton, Sr., P/IF Stats: Threw two no-hitters, went 8-1, tossed 102 strikeouts with only 11 walks in 68 innings pitched. Also batted .406 with 19 RBIs. Honors: SCC Player of the Year, All-SCC Housatonic Division and coaches all-state selection. Off the field: Member of the Foreign National Honor Society, […]

The 2015 New Haven Register All-Area Baseball Team

North Haven catcher Nick Proto waits to slap a tag on East Lyme's Corey Levesque in the seventh inning. The Indians 3-2 win over the East Lyme Vikings for the Class L state championship game, Saturday night, June 13, 2015 at Palmer Field in Middletown. (Catherine Avalone/New Haven Register)

The 2015 New Haven Register All-Area Baseball Team. Captions by Henry Chisholm. Photos by Arnold Gold unless noted. Most Valuable Player Mike Cowell – MVP Shelton, Sr., P/IF Stats: Threw two no-hitters, went 8-1, tossed 102 strikeouts with only 11 walks in 68 innings pitched. Also batted .406 with 19 RBIs. Honors: SCC Player of […]