Boys basketball: Valley Regional poised for another Run to the Sun

DEEP RIVER >> The Valley Regional football team’s stunning championship victory over Ansonia is still sinking in at the school’s Deep River campus. There’s even a parade scheduled today to honor the Class S state football champs. Soon, however, the spotlight will be on the Warriors basketball team, which made its third trip to the […]

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HIGGANUM >> Haddam-Killingworth made quite a splash in their debut meet as a member of the Southern Connecticut Conference (swimming only). Despite losing to Class LL Amity, 87-83, the Cougars swimmers placed first in eight out of 12 events on Thursday night at the H-K Pool. “Joining a league gives our swimmers who don’t usually […]

Boys basketball: White, Xavier soar past Cheshire

MIDDLETOWN >> This was the coming out party for Xavier’s Alex White. The junior forward had 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Falcons to a 66-52 win over Cheshire at the Art Kohs gym Friday evening. Kaleb Lutton had 10 rebounds as Xavier dominated the backboards 43-16. “Clearly our strength is inside,” Xavier […]

Girls basketball: No. 6 Morgan cruises past H-K

HIGGANUM >> With all five starters returning from a team that came seconds away from dethroning Cromwell in the Shoreline Conference championship game a year ago, then nearly completed a miracle comeback against New London in the Class M finals (the Whalers held on, 57-52), expectations are sky-high for the Morgan girls basketball team in […]

Jimmy Zanor: A memorable season and game for Valley Regional / Old Lyme

Valley Regional / Old Lyme's players celebrate with fans after their 21-20 victory over Ansonia in the Class S-Large championship (Photo John Vanacore)

Someday, when I’m old and grey, I’ll be sitting in my rocking chair on Christmas morning, watching my grandchildren toss their new football’s around the house. They’ll stop for a moment, walk over and sit on my lap and ask, “Grampa, what’s the greatest football game you ever saw?” And I’ll sit back, smile and […]

Boys basketball: Middletown teams have new look

MIDDLETOWN >> Here’s the good news: Middletown has a boatload of quality guards and wing players, and hopes that translates into wins in the competitive Central Connecticut Conference. Xavier has a number of bigs which the Falcons hope will lead to control of the backboards and anchor their defense in the rough and tumble of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Class S-Large championship: It’s been ‘full circle’ for Valley Regional/Old Lyme coaches

Valley Regional/Old Lyme assistant coach Kevin Woods gives senior quarterback Chris Jean-Pierre some instructions during the Warriors win over Morgan. Photo by Catherine Avalone - New Haven Register

DEEP RIVER >> The setting is the Woods’ family kitchen, sometime in the early 1980s, and Valley Regional head football coach Steve Woods has set up a Super 8 film projector so that he and his young assistant coach, Bob Narducci, can study game film, which they are watching off the refrigerator door. And every […]

Girls basketball: Southington tops Middletown in CCC opener

MIDDLETOWN >> The last thing a team with young, inexperienced guards wants to do is play a savvy, veteran team that likes to play pressure defense in its season opener. But that’s what the Middletown High girls basketball team had to do Wednesday night at the LaBella-Sullivan Gym as the Blue Dragons took on highly-regarded […]

Girls basketball: Vinal Tech, Cromwell win openers

MIDDLETOWN >> Monique Cloutier scored 11 points and Desiree Deschaine grabbed 14 rebounds as Vinal Tech captured its 2014-15 season opener with a 42-20 victory over Holy Family on Wednesday night at Middletown. Christina Harrison and Donna Agogliati each had nine points for the Hawks (1-0), who led 18-9 at halftime. Amy Roberts scored 10 […]

Class S-Large: Valley Regional / Old Lyme blanks Bullard Havens Tech to reach first state final

DEEP RIVER >> Finally. After falling short in three previous trips to the state semifinals, the Valley Regional/Old Lyme football team will be playing for the school’s first state football championship next weekend. Seniors Andrew Tuscano and Chris Jean-Pierre each had two rushing touchdowns and the Warriors vaunted defense allowed just four first downs as […]

Football: Valley Regional’s Minister for Defense makes last stand

Jimmy Zanor — Middletown Press
Valley Regional/Old Lyme defensive coordinator Paul Ginter will be moving to Martha’s Vineyard after 17 seasons with the Warriors.

DEEP RIVER >> The longtime defensive coordinator had watched the freshman make play after play in the preseason and decided that he was going to insert him into the starting lineup. This wasn’t even a rebuilding year. The rookie was going to play inside linebacker for a team that had gone undefeated the year before […]

Football: Ober, Coginchaug roll past Cromwell to finish season 9-2

Photo by Jimmy Zanor - Middletown Press 
Coginchaug junior Parker Tregoning races towards the end zone in the Blue Devils' 50-0 win over Coginchaug on Thursday.

DURHAM >> After a group of volunteers spent the morning shoveling tons of snow off the Coginchaug Stadium turf field, the Blue Devils flexed their own muscles with a dominating 50-0 victory over Cromwell in the Home of the Brave Bowl on Thursday. Coginchaug, which finished 9-2 for the second consecutive season, just missed qualifying […]

Football: Big plays lift Windsor past Middletown

Windsor's Isaiah Huff (4) and Jordan Knight (23) bust up a pass intended for Middletown's Shawn Houle in the 2014 regular-season finale.  Windsor won 46-20. (Catherine Avalone - New Haven Register)

MIDDLETOWN >> Windsor capped an undefeated regular season with four touchdowns in the final 15 minutes to blow open a close game and beat Middletown, 46-20, in front of 2,000 at Rosek-Skubel Stadium Tuesday night. After Middletown closed a two-touchdown deficit to 21-20 with 5:24 left in the third quarter, the Warriors (10-0) took over. […]

Football: Valley Regional/Old Lyme caps perfect regular season

DEEP RIVER >> After rolling over Thanksgiving Day rival Haddam-Killingworth to secure the Principal’s Cup for another year, the Valley Regional/Old Lyme football team has its sights now on an even bigger trophy. “We came into the season with goals and one of them was to get to the state championship,” Valley Regional coach Tim […]

Football: Middletown area Thanksgiving preview and picks

Catherine Avalone — New Haven Register
Valley Regional/Old Lyme senior quarterback Chris Jean-Pierre will look to keep the Warriors atop the Class S playoff standings when they host Haddam-Killingworth tonight in the Principal’s Cup game.

MIDDLETOWN >> The snowcast for Wednesday has caused shuffling in the state’s holiday football games and the biggest local change is the Windsor at Middletown game, which will be tonight at Rosek-Skubel Stadium at 7 p.m. Also, the Haddam-Killingworth at Valley Regional/Old Lyme and the Wilcox Tech at Vinal/East Hampton/Goodwin games have been moved up […]

Baseball: H-K’s Moskey lands at Quinnipiac

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Haddam-Killingworth senior Brian Moskey is surrounded by family, friends and coaches as he signs a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Quinnipiac University in Hamden. Brian’s family, center from left, include sister Kellie, parents Frank and Cindy Moskey, and grandparents Frank Sr. and Lorraine Moskey. Also pictured are H-K coach Mark Brookes and his wife, Rae, and H-K athletic director Lynne Flint.

          HIGGANUM>> Brian Moskey, a standout pitcher and infielder at Haddam-Killingworth, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Quinnipiac University in Hamden. With family and friends gathered around, Moskey put pen to paper last week and made his decision official. “When I went there for the first time […]