CCC Boys Basketball Quarterfinals: Middletown runs past Bloomfield; Windsor, Maloney advance

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HARTFORD >> Middletown junior guard Makai Hunter did not have a quadruple-double against Bloomfield on Saturday. But it certainly looked and felt that way. Hunter’s terrific all-around performance was just one of the Blue Dragons’ highlights in their, 69-60, victory over the Warhawks in the Central Connecticut Conference tournament quarterfinals at Bulkeley’s Babe Allen Fieldhouse. […]

SCC Boys Basketball: Xavier flexes muscles against Sheehan, advances

MIDDLETOWN >> They made three-point baskets, blocked shots, rebounded, and shared the basketball. They even tossed down a pair of dunks just for good measure. Yup, Xavier flexed its muscles on Thursday, defeating Sheehan 65-47 in a Southern Connecticut Conference tournament first round contest at the Art Kohs Gymnasium. “We played super,” Xavier coach Mike […]

Middletown roundup: No. 8 Blue Dragons advance to CCC quarterfinals

Boys Basketball Middletown 66, New Britain 59 >> Middletown outscored the Golden Hurricanes, 24-13, in the fourth quarter and advanced to the Central Connecticut Conference quarterfinals on Thursday night at LaBella-Sullivan Gymnasium. The second-seeded Blue Dragons (19-2) will meet No. 7 Bloomfield (17-4) on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Bulkeley High School. Bloomfield defeated No. […]

Boys basketball: Xavier’s Lutton leading by example

Xavier senior forward Kaleb Lutton will lead the Falcons tonight in the opening round of the SCC tournament. Lutton's blocked extra point helped Xavier win the state football title last December. Submitted photo

MIDDLETOWN >> Xavier High’s Kaleb Lutton is a throwback. In today’s high school world, multi-sport stars are uncommon. Oh, there are kids that play two or three sports, but rarely are they bona-fide stars in more than one. Lutton is a star in two of the most demanding: football and basketball. From August through March, […]

SCC Girls Basketball Final: Top-seeded Mercy wins second straight title

No. 1 Mercy 57, No. 3 Hand 52 >> Maura Fitzpatrick scored 19 points, Haley Vanty had 11 and Sarah Gallo had 11  as Mercy won its second straight Southern Connecticut Conference crown. Mercy now has three conference titles. The Tigers defeated Career in last year’s final. Hand, which made its first SCC final appearance […]

Shoreline Girls Basketball Tournament: Cromwell, Morgan get a second SLC title rematch

DURHAM >> It’s going to be Cromwell versus Morgan again for the Shoreline Conference girls basketball championship. Fasten your seat belts. The Panthers and Huskies advanced to the tournament finals for the third straight year following semifinal wins Tuesday night at Coginchuag Regional High School in Durham. The No. 2 Panthers cruised past No. 3 […]

Boys basketball: Xavier grinds out victory over Amity

MIDDLETOWN >> Artistry? No. Beautiful? No. A win? Yes. And at the end of the day, that’s all that counts. Xavier won for the 14th time this season, grinding out a 53-35 Southern Connecticut Conference/Quinnipiac Division win over Amity at the Art Kohs gym before a disappointing crowd of perhaps 200 fans. “It wasn’t good, […]

Middletown boys basketball roundup: No. 8 Blue Dragons edge Bulkeley in OT

Middletown 57, Bulkeley 56 (OT) >> At Hartford, Savon Williams scored 16 points as the No. 8 Blue Dragons edged the Panthers to clinch the Central Connecticut Conference South Division title on Monday. Tyshaun James added 13 points and Caylen Williams had 11 points for Middletown (18-2). Javon Alston had a game-high 20 points, while […]

Jimmy Zanor: Sometimes second isn’t so bad

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After a runner-up finish in Saturday's State Open, Coginchaug junior Jessica Drop, pictured, and her 4x800 teammates Allie Alsup, Bailey Thayer and Samantha Drop will compete in the New England Championships in Boston on Friday.

One of my favorite Peanut comic strips shows a despondent Charlie Brown on the pitcher’s mound after another defeat.  “We’ll never be winners,” he laments to his catcher, Lucy. “We’ll never be memorable. Nobody ever remembers who comes in second.” Then Linus walks by and starts reciting the names of all the World Series runner-ups. […]

2015 Shoreline Conference girls basketball tournament schedule, bracket

Alyssa Wright (left) of Cromwell collides with Tori Hopkins of Morgan as she drives to the basket in the first half in Clinton on 2/16/2015. Photo by Arnold Gold/New Haven Register

The Shoreline Conference Girls’ Basketball Tournament begins on Saturday, Feb. 21 with three quarterfinal round games at the site of the higher seed. Tourney Central: Live Updates, Brackets from every CT Conference Quarterfinals Note: Some games have been moved up due to Saturday’s weather forecasts. No. 2 Cromwell 75, No. 7 Haddam-Killingworth 34 No. 3 Old […]

Boys basketball: Xavier cruises past Wilbur Cross

MIDDLETOWN >> Defense, defense, defense. Xavier’s defense held Wilbur Cross to exactly two free throws in the second quarter while the offense scored 17 points as the Falcons cruised to a 64-53 Southern Connecticut Conference/Quinnipiac Division win at the Art Kohs Gym Friday night. “Our defense was great all night,” Xavier coach Mike Kohs said. […]

Girls basketball: No. 2 Farmington blitzes Middletown in CCC tournament 1st round

FARMINGTON >> Top-seeded Farmington opened the Central Connecticut Conference girls basketball tournament with an impressive 77-18 first round victory over Middletown Thursday night at Farmington High School. “We’ve played some pretty good teams but that was by far the best team we’ve played by 30 or 40 points,” Middletown coach Rob Smernoff said. “But that’s […]

Middletown roundup: Vinal Tech earns Class L tourney spot

Boys Basketball Vinal Tech 73, Wolcott Tech 28 >> Deivon Albrincoles poured in a game-high 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Hawks qualified for the CIAC Class L tournament with their eighth victory Wednesday night at Middletown. Curtis Anderson also had a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds for Vinal Tech (8-9). […]

Boys basketball: Defense fuels Middletown over Berlin

Middletown's Tyshaun James goes up strong against  Berlin defender Domsnder  defender Dominikc Nuzzo (21) on Tuesday at LaBella-Sullivan Gymnasium. Photo by Sandy Aldieri - Special to the Middletown Press

MIDDLETOWN >> The Middletown boys basketball team moved into the Register/GameTimeCT Top 10 poll again this week. And the Blue Dragons look like they plan on staying awhile. Ninth-ranked Middletown turned its trademark defense up a notch in the second half and rolled to a 67-56 Senior Night victory over Berlin on Tuesday night at […]

Girls basketball: Middletown cruises past Bulkeley on Senior Night

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Middletown senior Christina Pizzutto drives to the basket in the Blue Dragons' 62-23 win Monday night at LaBella-Sullivan Gymnasium.

MIDDLETOWN >> The Middletown girls basketball team celebrated Senior Night with an easy 62-23 victory over Bulkeley on Monday at LaBella-Sullivan Gymnasium. The Blue Dragons, winners of eight of their last 12, also kept their Central Connecticut Conference tournament hopes alive.  (Northwest Catholic’s victory over Newington later that night helped Middletown secure the No. 16 […]

Monday’s Middletown Sports Roundup

Girls Basketball Mercy 65, Lauralton Hall 27 >> At Milford, the No. 3 Tigers cruised in their season finale, building a 38-13 halftime lead en route to a Southern Connecticut Conference victory on Monday. Destine Perry had 17 points and Maura Fitzpatrick added 14 points for Mercy (19-1). Maggie Salandra had 16 points for Lauralton […]

Girls basketball: Portland honors Gene Reilly, edges Hale Ray for third straight win

Portland coaching legend Gene Reilly, who passed away last April, was remembered Friday night in between games of a basketball doubleheader at Bengston Memorial Gymnasium. Pictured, from left, during the ceremony are longtime Portland girls basketball coach Nick Chaconis, Reilly's wife, Mary, and Portland AD Rick Borg. The plaque honoring Reilly will be forever displayed at Portland High School. Photo by Jimmy Zanor - Middletown Press

PORTLAND >> The smile on Nick Chaconis’ face said it all. On a night when the Portland High School sports community was honoring Chaconis’ friend and colleague, Highlanders coaching legend Gene Reilly, the Portland girls basketball team won a thriller, edging Hale Ray, 43-41, Friday night at Bengston Memorial Gymnasium. “I think Gene would be […]

Girls indoor track: Coginchaug relay team sets Class S record

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Coginchaug senior Bailey Thayer runs the second leg of the 4x800 relay at Thursday's Class S championship meet. Thayer, Allie Alsup, Samantha Drop and  Jessica Drop won the state title in a meet record time of 9:34.99.

NEW HAVEN >> Before heading to Manhattan for the prestigious Millrose Games this Saturday, the Coginchaug girls 4×800 relay team decided to break another record. With sophomore Allie Alsup running a personal best in the first leg, senior Bailey Thayer and junior Samantha Drop running the middle legs, and junior Jessica Drop in the anchor […]