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 […]

Monday’s Middletown area sports roundup

Baseball Coginchaug 8, Old Lyme 3 >> John Mormile (3-1) tossed a complete game with seven strikeouts and Connor Wenchell’s two-run single keyed a five-run third inning for the visiting Blue Devils on Monday. Charlie Anderson had two hits and three RBI’s for Coginchaug (3-7). The Wildcats fell to 4-5. Notre Dame 3, Xavier 2 […]

Friday’s Middletown area sports roundup

Baseball East Hampton 1, Cromwell 0 >> Senior righthander Marvin Gorgas fired a no-hitter while striking out 16 and Alex Meeker delivered a two-out, game-winning single in the bottom of the seventh as the Bellringers (7-1) handed the Panthers (8-1) their first loss of the season Friday at East Hampton. “(Gorgas) had pretty good stuff […]

Baseball: Xavier escapes against East Haven

MIDDLETOWN >> There’s this baseball rule that goes something like this: In a seven-inning game, the winning team has to get 21 outs. Can’t run the clock out, can’t play stall-ball. Must get 21 outs. The moral of that lesson? Never leave a game early. When the sea breeze rolled in, the clouds gathered and […]

Softball: Middletown rallies past East Catholic

Sydney White, Senior for Middletown High, connects for a base hit against East Catholic at Thursday's home game. Photo Catherine Avalone

MIDDLETOWN >> Middletown rallied for two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to edge East Catholic 3-2 in a Central Connecticut Conference interdivision softball game Thursday at Hiller Field. After the Blue Dragons had the potential tying runs thrown out at both second base and home plate in the fifth inning, it appeared […]

Thursday’s Middletown region sports roundup

Baseball East Hampton 3, Westbrook 2 >> Winning pitcher Zak Johnson struck out eight and allowed just two hits, and Marvin Gorgas notched two strikeouts in the seventh inning to earn the save for the host Bellringers. Dylan Riley had an RBI double for East Hampton (6-1), which built an early 3-0 lead. Arno Utegg […]

Baseball: Pitching, defense lift Maloney past Middletown

MIDDLETOWN >> Middletown High baseball coach Jason Serra said his team’s Central Connecticut Conference South Division 9-1 loss to Maloney Wednesday afternoon was as bad a game as his team has played this season. He will get no argument. The Blue Dragons (3-3) again were guilty of ghastly base running, made six errors and sabotaged […]

Boys volleyball: Tomahawks too much for Xavier

GLASTONBURY >> The Tomahawks boys volleyball team was better prepared Tuesday evening and it showed on the court, beating Xavier in straights sets at Glastonbury High School. Galvin Haught and Shane Harasyko led the home team attack with 10 kills apiece, despite Harasyko playing out of position due to school vacation. The junior middle blocker […]

Baseball: Xavier bounces back against Branford

Xavier sophomore pitcher Miles Michaud earned a win in his first varsity start Tuesday at Branford. Bill O'Brien - Special to the Press

BRANFORD >> Xavier sophomore pitcher Miles Michaud earned a win in his first varsity start and senior Will Garrity went 3-for-4, including a key RBI single in a five-run fifth inning, as the Falcons topped Branford, 6-1, Tuesday afternoon at the James MacVeigh Sports Complex. Xavier, which bounced back from an extra-inning loss against Fairfield […]