Football: Haddam-Killingworth cruises past Old Saybrook-Westbrook

Jimmy Zanor — Middletown Press
Haddam-Killingworth junior receiver Nate DeRita tries to elude Old Saybrook-Westbrook defenders Friday night. DeRita had seven receptions and two touchdowns in the Cougars’ 43-13 win.

HIGGANUM >> Haddam-Killingworth sophomore quarterback Alex Segaline threw four touchdown passes and the Cougars reached the .500 mark with a 43-13 Pequot Conference victory over Old Saybrook-Westbrook Friday night at Higganum. H-K (4-4), which didn’t win a game last season, has won four straight. “We brought it back to .500 this week but we expect […]

Football: Hand frustrates Xavier, snaps four-game losing streak

MIDDLETOWN >> It was one frustrating night for Xavier. Despite gaining nearly 300 yards on offense, and running 72 plays from scrimmage to Hand’s 49, the Xavier Falcons’ offense misfired at crucial times and the Hand defense was magnificent in the clutch as Hand beat Xavier, 10-3, in front of 1,100 at Palmer Field Friday […]

Football: Middletown area preview and picks

Jimmy Zanor — Middletown Press
Valley Regional/Old Lyme senior Evan Smith and the Warriors battle Morgan tonight at Blythe Field in Deep River.

  MIDDLETOWN >> Xavier needs a win in the worst way, Middletown hopes to tighten its grip on a playoff spot, Coginchaug faces a must-win game, and Valley  has a challenge at home. Also, Haddam-Killingworth will look to extend its winning streak to four and Cromwell and Vinal Tech/East Hampton/Goodwin Tech will try to get […]

Boys Soccer: Cromwell blanks Valley Regional, advances to SLC finals

CROMWELL >> Valley Regional’s three-year reign as Shoreline Conference boys soccer champions is over. Ardit Statovci, Derek Parker and Carson Stermer had one goal apiece and senior keeper Ryan Murphy stopped seven shots as No. 2 Cromwell advanced to the SLC championship with a 3-0 semifinal round victory over the Warriors on Wednesday night at […]

Girls volleyball: Foran roars past Mercy in SCC quarters

Senior captain Ashley Mendillo and the Foran Lions of Milford defeated the Mercy Tigers, 3-1 in an SCC quarterfinal game Tuesday night, October 28, 2014, at the Mercy High School gymnasium in Middletown. (Catherine Avalone - New Haven Register)

MIDDLETOWN >> The volleyball players from Foran have shirts that read: The Lion Never Leaves Unsatisfied. The Lion – or better said, the Foran Lions – lived up to that notion Tuesday night be beating Mercy 3-1 in the quarterfinal round of the Southern Connecticut Conference volleyball playoffs at Mercy High School. No question the […]

Girls volleyball: Valley Regional, Hale Ray advance in SLC tourney

DEEP RIVER >> The Valley Regional girls volleyball team is headed to the Final Four. The fourth-seeded Warriors advanced to the Shoreline Conference tournament semifinals with a 3-0 win over No. 5 Coginchaug Tuesday night at Deep River. It was Valley’s third win against the Blue Devils this season. “I think it’s hard to beat […]

Girls volleyball: SLC tourney underway this week

The Shoreline Conference volleyball tournament gets underway tonight with quarterfinal round games at Deep River and Moodus. Fifth-seeded Coginchaug (10-9) will travel to No. 4 Valley Regional (14-6) at 5:30 p.m., while sixth-seed East Hampton (9-9) will be at No. 3 Hale-Ray (15-5) at 6 p.m. Valley Regional defeated the Blue Devils twice during the […]

Football: Valley Regional/Old Lyme routs Coginchaug

Valley Regional/Old Lyme senior quarterback Chris Jean-Pierre had two TD runs and a pair of touchdown passes in the Warriors 56-6 win on Saturday. Photo by Jimmy Zanor - Middletown Press

DURHAM >> It’s starting to appear like the only teams ready to slow down the Valley Regional/Old Lyme football juggernaut reside somewhere outside the Pequot Conference. The Warriors blasted Coginchaug, 56-6, Saturday afternoon at the Wally Camp Complex in Durham. And it wasn’t even that close. Valley intercepted the Blue Devils five times in the […]

Football: Swinson runs wild as Wilbur Cross beats Amity

(Catherine Avalone - New Haven Register) Wilbur Cross senior Jason Atteberry scores a touchdown as Amity's Austin Mosley (5), left and Colin Beaulieu defend Friday afternoon. Wilbur Cross won 37-7.

NEW HAVEN >> Barely more than a minute had elapsed in Friday’s showdown against Amity and Wilbur Cross senior tailback Stevie Swinson was not a happy camper. As if the memories of last week’s humbling loss at the hands of Shelton wasn’t enough for him to handle, he could not believe that his overaggressiveness resulted […]

Football: Middletown runs away from Maloney

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MIDDLETOWN >> At the end of the night, Middletown coach Sal Morello chose to dance with the ones that brought him. Locked in a surprising scoreless tie with Maloney at the half, Morello junked the pass and ran the ball. Ran it again and again and again. Dario Highsmith (33 carries, 263 yards) ran it […]

Football: Bullard Havens rolls to fourth straight win

Bullard Havens senior quarterback Chris McNamara (13) looks fro running room against Vinal Tech/East Hampton/Goodwin Tech Friday night at Palmer Field in Middletown. Photo by Jimmy Zanor - Middletown Press

MIDDLETOWN >> After losing five fumbles in the first quarter, the Vinal Tech/East Hampton/Goodwin Tech football team never had a chance Friday night. Bullard Havens Tech senior running back Jose Cotto scored three touchdowns and senior quarterback Chris McNamara returned from an injury to toss three touchdown passes as the Tigers blasted the Bellhawks, 44-0, […]

Football: Middletown area preview, picks

MIDDLETOWN >> Xavier and Middletown will try to continue their playoff pushes tonight, taking on teams that desperately need a win to keep their own playoff hopes alive, and Wesleyan is hoping to rebound at home Saturday from its dispiriting loss to Amherst. Vinal/East Hampton/Goodwin and Cromwell face what are pivotal, turning point kinds of […]

Girls Soccer: Berlin blanks Middletown for CCC South lead

Middletown and Berlin will meet in the quarterfinals of the CCC tournament on Saturday. The Redcoats beat the Blue Dragons 2-0 on Monday to win the CCC South and earn a home game. Photo by Sandy Aldieri - Special to the Press

By Jim Bransfield MIDDLETOWN >> This was domination. Berlin clinched at least a tie for the Central Connecticut Conference South Division girls soccer championship with a 2-0 win over Middletown in front of more than 300 at Rosek-Skubel Stadium Monday evening. “We got beat the whole night from start to finish,” said Middletown coach Nick […]

Football: Newtown snaps Ansonia’s winning streak

No. 5 Newtown celebrates near the conclusion of its 14-8 victory over No. 4 Ansonia, which snapped the Chargers' 48-game winning streak.
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NEWTOWN >> A few weeks ago, several Newtown players said they wanted to be the team to end Ansonia’s lengthy winning streak. Actions certainly spoke louder than words when the two squared off in Friday’s highly anticipated showdown between Register Top 10 teams. The Nighthawks’ defense suffocated the normally potent Ansonia offense en route to […]

Football: Newtown sees historical game vs. Ansonia as its own proving ground

Newtown's Jaret DeVellis makes a sack during a game vs. Brookfield last year. (Register file)

NEWTOWN >> Hey, Ansonia: Newtown’s football team gets you. The Nighthawks feel where you’re coming from. Maybe not the pressure of hanging on to a winning streak. But they do understand, even after everything you’ve accomplished, that you might feel a bit disrespected. Before Newtown’s football players take Connecticut’s final whack at derailing your run […]

Boys cross country: Law, Foran, Platt Tech winners

Foran takes two Team scores: Law 20 Stratford 43, Platt Tech 20 West Haven 48, Platt Tech 20 Stratford 42, Law 17 West Haven 44, Foran 20 Stratford 43, Stratford 26 West Haven 29, Foran 15 West Haven 50; Individual scores: Michael Petillo S 17:36.7, Jeremy Doucette L 18:03.0, Tyler Parcello F 18:11.6, Jack Audrey […]

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 […]

Tuesday’s Middletown area sports roundup

Boys Golf Xavier 156, NFA 181, North Haven 185 >> AJ Sanzaro shot a 37 to earn medalist honors and lead the Falcons to a pair of wins Tuesday at Portland Golf Course. Ryan DeVille and Alex Jenkins each shot a 39, while Connor Roscoe shot a 41 as Xavier improved to 6-1. Rasmey Kong […]

Baseball: Bullard Havens holds off Vinal Tech

Vinal Tech senior Ryan Fazzino at bat against Bullard Haven Tech Monday afternoon in Middletown. Vinal lost 5-4.  Jimmy Zanor/The Middletown

MIDDLETOWN >> Vinal Tech baseball coach Tyler LaMontagne knows how important it is to win close games. The Hawks suffered their third one-run loss of the season Monday, falling short against Bullard Havens Tech, 5-4, at the Thomas Serra Sports Complex and LaMontagne is hoping these kind of defeats won’t become a trend. “We’re not […]

Baseball: Middletown edges New Britain in extra innings

MIDDLETOWN >> Nick Brenchak had a game to remember. The Middletown High right fielder singled with two out in the sixth inning to drive in the tying run against New Britain, then slammed a two-out single in the 10th inning with the bases loaded to give the Blue Dragons a dramatic 3-2 win at John […]