2014 New Haven County Area Girls Soccer MVP: Julia Carr, Guilford

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2014 All-Area Girls Soccer MVP: Julia Carr, Guilford.

The Guilford girls soccer team fought back from a two-goal deficit to tie Avon in the Class L state tournament quarterfinals last month. The defending champions were alive and well and seemingly headed for overtime – except for one last shot from Avon, a long-distance shot with 1 second left in regulation. “The whole time, […]

2014 New Haven County Girls Volleyball MVP: Jillian Haberli, Cheshire

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2014 New Haven County girls volleyball MVP: Jillian Haberli, Cheshire.

Cheshire’s Jillian Haberli led her team to a tough 3-2 victory over Amity in the Class LL semifinals this season. The senior outside hitter contributed 18 kills, 15 digs and showed some of her teachers who came to watch the game a different side of her. “They were like, ‘Oh my God, the intensity you […]

2014 New Haven County boys soccer MVP: Salah Oumorou, West Haven

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2014 New Haven County Area Boys Soccer MVP: Salah Oumorou, West Haven.

Pete Hamasian walked in on the first day of his first year in charge of the West Haven boys soccer program and did what any first-year coach may have done. He put the upperclassmen in one group and the underclassmen in another. Among the first-year players in the program was a sophomore, Salah Oumorou. He […]

The 2014 CHSCA All-State Football Teams: FIRST TEAM

Shelton quarterback Mark Piccirillo.
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The 2013 Connecticut All-State Football First team as selected by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association. Class Teams: CLASS LL | CLASS L | CLASS M | CLASS S Note: Positions are not official, according to the The Connecticut High School Coaches Association. We’ve adding positions as a public service to show which positions the athletes played. […]

Boys Basketball 2014-15: Coaches want CIAC to lift restrictions for off-season coaching

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St. Joseph basketball coach Chris Watts is in favor of coaching during the periods in the off-season. The CIAC doesn't permit that.

Student-athletes leaving a CIAC-sanctioned school for a prepatory school, for what they deem to be a better chance to succeed both academically and athletically, is nothing new. But it may be more prevalent this year than most. Some of the best players in the state have transferred to prep schools: Steve Enoch (Norwalk), Elijah Pemberton […]

2014-15 GameTimeCT / Register Top 10 preseason boys basketball poll: Sacred Heart starts out on top

Sacred Heart's boys basketball players celebrate their Class S championship last March. The Hearts will be back to defend their title and are No. 1 in the GameTimeCT preseason poll.
 (Mara Lavitt - Register

Team 2013-14 1st Place Points Last Class 1. SACRED HEART 24-3 15 534 4 S Last game: Def. Valley Regional 65-56 to win Class S championship. Season opener: vs. Wilby, Wednesday, 7 p.m. Bottom line: All five starters return for the hearts including junior point guard Mustapha Heron, already committed to Pittsburgh. Team 2013-14 1st […]

GameTimeCT / Register Preseason Top 10 Hockey Poll: Fairfield Prep is No. 1

Fairfield Prep celebrates their 2-1 win in overtime against Darien in the CIAC Division I Final at Ingalls Rink in New Haven on 3/22/2014.

The 2014-15 Register/GameTimeCT Top 10 hockey poll compiled by Dan Nowak. Team (Record)(First-place votes)………………………………..Points………Last 1. Fairfield  Prep (16-4-3) (11)…………………………………….136……1 Final result last season: Defeated Darien 2-1 (OT) in CIAC Division I state championship. Bottom line: Two-time defending CIAC D-I champ Prep has the talent for another strong postseason run . 2. Notre Dame-Fairfield  (18-5-1) (2)…………………………..111……3 Final result last […]

Final 2014 GameTimeCT / Register Top 10 Football Poll: Southington unanimous No. 1

Southington's football team raises its fingers and the Class LL-Large trophy to the sky following their 49-0 victory over NFA. For the second consecutive year, Southington was voted the No. 1 team in the state by the state's media.

It’s unanimous. Unbeaten Class LL-Large champion Southington (12-0) was voted the No. 1 team in the final Register Top 10 media poll. It’s the first time the Blue Knights have ended the season at No. 1. Southington dominated Norwich Free Academy, 49-0, in the championship game to win its second straight title, and third overall. […]

Final CIAC State Championship Football Scoreboard (plus WFSB highlight reel)

The Valley Regional sideline celebrates their win over Ansonia for the State Class S-Large title (Photo John Vanacore)

Links to all eight GameTime CT state championship stories. Highlights reels, above, provided by WFSB-3. You can also relive all the Twitter chatter from the games on the Live Blog Replay. Class S-Large VALLEY REGIONAL/OL 21, Ansonia 20 — Class S-Small CAPITAL PREP/AF 20, North Branford 13 — Class L-Large NEW CANAAN 21, Darien 20 […]

Ray Curren’s Inside the SCC: Loss in title game shouldn’t define Piccirillo, Shelton’s great season

Shelton's Kevin Robinson and Chris Kanios react to their 28-27 loss to Xavier in the Class LL-Small final (Photo Peter Hvizdak)

WEST HAVEN >> Maybe I’ve been around too long, and maybe I’ve just spent way too much time around high school kids in the last 15 years that my instincts for hard-hitting journalism have slowly evaporated from my bloodstream. But as I watched reporters crowd around a clearly stunned Shelton quarterback Mark Piccirillo after Saturday […]

Scherer’s run, Verre’s kick in OT lift Xavier to 5th state title, 28-27 over Shelton

Michael Scherer, who, scored from five yards out in overtime holds the championship plaque as fourth-seeded Xavier came from behind to stun second-seeded and previously unbeaten Southern Connecticut Conference rival Shelton, 28-27 in the CIAC Class LL-Small finals Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Ken Strong Stadium in West Haven. (Photo Peter Hvizdak)

WEST HAVEN >> It was such a foregone conclusion Shelton was going to score in the final seconds of a 21-21 game, the Xavier coaching staff debated whether they should let the Gaels cross the goal line so the Falcons could get the ball back to try to force overtime. But with the football inches […]

Valley Regional/Old Lyme stuns Ansonia, wins 1st title with epic rally

Valley Regional / Old Lyme coach Tim King raises his arms in joy as his team celebrates their 21-20 comeback victory over Ansonia (Photo John Vanacore)

NEW BRITAIN >> Valley Regional/Old Lyme senior quarterback Chris Jean-Pierre rolled into the end zone from four yards out on a heroic fourth down play and junior kicker Jared Roche made the extra point with just 22 seconds remaining as the Warriors stunned Ansonia, 21-20, to win the CIAC Class-S Large state championship on Saturday […]

St. Joseph defense holds off high-powered Ledyard, Hogs repeat as state champions

St. Joseph: Class M-Small champions

NEW BRITAIN >> Ledyard arrived at Veterans Stadium bigger, stronger and wiser than it was a year ago when it lost to St. Joseph in a record-setting quarterfinal shootout. The Colonels averaged over 50 points per game and had vengeance on their minds. But they still weren’t a match for St. Joseph. Instead of an […]

Windsor wins first state title, knocks off Notre Dame in Class L-Small

Windsor coach Rob Fleeting holds up the championship plaque after defeating Notre Dame-West Haven for the Class L-Small title.
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NEW BRITAIN >> Aggressive, stout and relentless are just a few ways to describe the Windsor defense. Add opportunistic to that list. The Warriors scored on an interception return and a fumble recovery and forced three other turnovers in a 38-16 victory over Notre Dame-West Haven in the Class L-Small state championship game Saturday at […]

Collins, New Canaan rally to beat Darien again for 10th state championship

New Canaan celebrates its Class L Large CIAC Championship after defeating Darien. (Peter Hvizdak - New Haven Register)

WEST HAVEN >> With two quarters potentially remaining in the season and trailing Darien at the half, New Canaan coach Lou Marinelli reminded his team of what took place two weeks prior when the Blue Wave rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat the Rams in overtime Thanksgiving Day for the FCIAC championship. Reminding his […]

Jamele, No. 1 Southington dominate Norwich Free Academy, win back-to-back titles

Southington celebrates its 49-0 victory over NFA in the Class-LL Large championship (Photo Sean Patrick Bowley)

NEW BRITAIN >> If Southington had anything else to prove, it did so Friday night. The Blue Knights dominated Norwich Free Academy 49-0 to claim the Class LL-Large title, their second consecutive state championship and third overall, at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Saturday. In the third quarter, senior wide receiver Alex Jamele became Connecticut’s all-time receiving […]

Capital Prep / Achievement beats North Branford to win first state title for CSC

Charles Kinard of Capital Prep celebrates with the Class S-Small Division championship trophy. Capital Prep defeated North Branford 20-13. Photo by Joe Morelli

NEW BRITAIN >> Capital Prep/Achievement kept bringing the defensive pressure and North Branford continued to have trouble stopping it in Saturday’s Class S-Small Division championship football game. The Trailblazers forced seven turnovers. They came up with six sacks. They scored off a blocked punt. Yet North Branford still had one last chance to tie the […]

Pompette’s pick-six sparks Brookfield’s defense in M-Large win over Berlin, first title since 2008

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NEW BRITAIN >> Senior Gabe Pompette said Brookfield’s defense was ready for anything Berlin threw at it in the Class M-Large championship game. So when typically run-oriented Berlin came out throwing, the question wasn’t if Brookfield would make the play, but who. In this case it was Pompette, who returned an interception 41 yards for […]

Football: Valley Regional/Old Lyme ready to make own history

Valley Regional/Old Lyme senior Tyler Cheverier (79). Photo by Jimmy Zanor - Middletown Press

DEEP RIVER >> The Valley Regional/Old Lyme football team will be in an unfamiliar position when they meet Ansonia on Saturday in the Class S-Large championship game at Willow Brook Park in New Britain. Yes, this will be the top-seeded Warriors (12-0) first foray in a state final, while the No. 2 Chargers (11-1) are […]

Football: Xavier eyes fifth state crown

Xavier's football team stands ready to play for its fourth state championship in five years when it takes on SCC rival Shelton at Ken Strong Stadium, at 2:30 p.m.

MIDDLETOWN >> It’s not very often that teams play each other twice in a season, but Saturday’s Class LL small division championship game between longtime rivals Xavier and Shelton is one of those times. Here are the facts. *Shelton is undefeated at 11-0 and its closest game was a 38-35 win over Fairfield Prep. *Xavier […]