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 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 […]

Cheshire Legion sweeps Trumbull, moves on to super regional

CHESHIRE >> After the controversial forfeit on Wednesday, Cheshire coach Bill Robertson didn’t want to call Thursday’s finish divine justice. He didn’t want to call it karma, either. However, the coach said he felt something special when Cheshire rallied to top Trumbull in Game 2 of the American Legion sectionals. “Once I felt that, the […]

Little League: Fairfield American defeats Farmington for Section 1 title

Fairfield's Vince Camera cranks a second inning homer against Farmington on Wednesday. pcasolino@newhavenregister.com

ORANGE >> It was over before it even began. The Fairfield American Little League baseball team wasted no time in defeating Farmington 2-1 in eight innings for the Section 1 crown Thursday evening at Roche Field in Orange. In a game that was postponed from Wednesday night due to weather, the two teams came back […]

Little League softball: Seymour advances to East Regional semifinals

BRISTOL >> Molly Adamo, a postseason veteran, looked the part Thursday. Her experience and poise sent Seymour into the Little League Softball East Regional semifinals. Adamo allowed just two hits and struck out four in a 7-4 victory over Delaware at Breen Field. Seymour will face Exton, Pennsylvania, in the semifinals today at 2 p.m. […]

Branford Legion rallies to eliminate Orange, advance to super regional

Photo by Dave Phillips.
Branford Legion celebrates winning series over Orange. Pictured from left to right: Sean Hallingan, BJ Massey, Mike Schettino and Mike Keinz.

BRANFORD >> Your defending Connecticut and Northeast Regional Legion baseball champions are still alive. Barely. Down 1-0 in the best-of-3 series against Orange, Branford came from behind to win the Southern Division Regional between the Zone 2 rivals with a doubleheader sweep, 4-0 and 3-2, Thursday afternoon at the James MacVeigh Alumni Athletic Complex. Top-seeded […]

2013-2014 Litchfield County Area MVPs

The 2013 Fall MVPs: (from left) Jon Pirla, Bailey Pace, Sabrina Olsen, Tony Ortiz, Shane Bierfeldt, Abby Hurlbert, Kiley Rosengrant.
Illustration by Pete Paguaga

Register Citizen 2013-2014 All-Area MVPs Fall 2013 Football: Tony Ortiz, Gilbert/Northwestern Boys soccer: Shane Bierfeldt, Torrington Girls soccer: Bailey Pace, Lewis Mills Field hockey: Abby Hurlbert, Thomaston Girls volleyball: Kiley Rosengrant, Torrington Boys Cross Country: Jon Pirla, Torrington Girls Cross Country: Sabrina Olsen, Thomaston Winter 2013-2014 Boys basketball: Jacob Johnson, Terryville Girls basketball: Abby Hurlbert, […]

2014 Litchfield County Female Athlete of the Year, Thomaston’s Abby Hurlbert

Thomaston's Abby Hurlbert starred on the field hockey, girls basketball and softball teams for the Golden Bears. Sean Meenaghan - Register Citizen

Thomaston, the Northwest Corner’s State Championship town… where, this year, no one is more identified with that status than Abby Hurlbert. “When we needed a big hit or a big play, Abby was always in the center of it,” said softball co-coach Kelly Finlay in a statement that echoes through Hurlbert’s two other sports – […]