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

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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 […]

RCP wins American Legion Northeast Regional championship, heads to World Series

"(Melanie Stengel - Register) American Legion Northeast Regional Final 8/11."

MIDDLETOWN >> Rocky Hill-Cromwell-Portland baseball coach Jay Hickey stood by the batting cages at Monnes Field on the eve of the American Legion Northeast Regional tournament and wondered, “Why not us?” Six days later Hickey got the answer of a lifetime. Tommy Seaver lined a single into a right field to score Christian Budzik with […]

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 […]

High School Football 2014: Connecticut’s top-returning player leaderboards

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We are T-minus two weeks from the first official practices of the 2014 football season, or less depending on when you read this. So, with the date rapidly approaching, here’s an interactive look at who the movers and shakers could be in 2014. They’re the top-returning statistical leaders, sorted by conference and based on information […]

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

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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 […]

2014 New Haven County All-Area Boys Volleyball MVP: Ted Li, Cheshire

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Ted Li’s versatility played a key role in the success of the Cheshire boys volleyball team these last four years. This year’s Register Area MVP helped guide the Rams to a pair of state titles and four straight Southern Connecticut Conference championships. He made a seamless transition from hitter to setter his senior year, polishing […]

2014 NH County All-Area Baseball MVP: John Amendola, Notre Dame-West Haven

Notre Dame's John Amendola is one of the best pitchers in the state and can that will be on display this tournament.
Photo by Peter Casolino

After having his All-Area and All-State photos taken, Notre Dame-West Haven’s John Amendola walked out of the Register studio sporting a smile. The season was officially over. “I have a couple vacations this summer,” Amendola said. “I’m going to take it easy.” Taking it easy is usually not the Amendola way. The senior posted a […]

2014 NH Register / GameTimeCT State Player of the Year: Kendra Friedt, Southington

Kendra Friedt throws a pitch for the back-to-back Class LL champion Southington softball team in the final. (Photo Mara Lavitt)

Projected to be one of the state’s top pitchers this season, Southington’s Kendra Friedt certainly lived up to the expectations. The hard-throwing junior did not lose a game, leading the Blue Knights to the Class LL state championship, the program’s second straight and 16th overall, for the state’s most storied program. Friedt, the 2014 Register […]

2014 NH County All-Area Boys Lacrosse MVP: Joe Choiniere, Amity

Amity's Joe Choiniere vs. McMahon in the Class LL state playoffs (Photo Russ McCreven)

Winning championships and titles many times doesn’t define a team’s success and senior Joe Choiniere, a midfielder on the Amity boys lacrosse team, certainly puts that in perspective. The Spartans didn’t win the Southern Connecticut Conference championship, losing to eventual champion Fairfield Prep in the semifinals. The Spartans didn’t win the CIAC Class M championship, […]