Middletown Sports Hall of Fame: A look at the Class of 2015

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MIDDLETOWN >> Thirteen new members and two teams have been selected to the Middletown Sports Hall of Fame. The Annual Induction Dinner will take place at the Crowne Plaza in Cromwell on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. The Class of 2015 inductees are Mike Aresco, Mike Augeri, Peter Bozzo, Mark Brookes, Ed Fitzpatrick (posthumously), Nadine Forrester, […]

Football: Nick D’Angelo hired as Coginchaug football coach

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DURHAM >> Coginchaug Regional High School athletic director Nick Barbieri has confirmed that Nick D’Angelo has been named the head varsity football coach. D’Angelo was the defensive coordinator at Hillhouse High School for the past two seasons. From 2011-2012, he was the associate head coach at his alma mater, Hamden High School. “This is really […]

Boys basketball: Xavier cruises past Foran

MIDDLETOWN >> This wasn’t one for the highlight reel, but it was a win. “We got off to a great start,” said Xavier coach Mike Kohs after his team dispatched Foran of Milford 54-36 in front of 150 quiet spectators at the Art Kohs Gymnasium. “But from the middle of the second quarter to the […]

Friday’s Middletown sports roundup: Valley Regional boys top North Branford

Boys Basketball Valley Regional 59, North Branford 44 >> Senior guard Chris Jean-Pierre had a triple-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the visiting Warriors on Friday. Nash Eppard collected 14 points and six rebounds, David Bradbury had eight points and 10 assists, and Hunter Linfesty chipped in nine points for […]

Girls basketball: North Branford pulls away from Valley Regional

NORTH BRANFORD >> North Branford senior forward Justine Johnson poured in  game-high 21 points and junior guard Sabrina LeMere collected 19 points and five assists as the Thunderbirds clinched a berth in the CIAC Class M state tournament with a 55-41 Shoreline Conference victory over Valley Regional on Thursday. The Warriors and T-birds were locked […]

Tuesday’s Middletown sports roundup

MIDDLETOWN >> The Middletown girls basketball team is on a roll. The host Blue Dragons captured their fourth straight victory by defeating Berlin, 61-35, Tuesday night in a Central Connecticut Conference South Division matchup. Middletown also avenged a 43-31 loss to the Redcoats back on Dec. 12. The Blue Dragons, which had four players reach […]

Boys basketball: Portland cruises past North Branford

PORTLAND >> Portland’s recent state championship success in baseball, girls cross country and girls soccer may be rubbing off on the boys basketball team. The Highlanders started fast and ended even faster in a 77-59 Shoreline Conference victory over North Branford on Tuesday at Bengston Memorial Gymnasium. Senior guard Jose Rivera paced the Highlanders balanced […]

Boys swimming: Xavier depth too much for Middletown

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Middletown junior Jack Doherty placed first in both the 50 yard freestyle and the 100 yard freestyle in Tuesday’s dual meet against Xavier. The Falcons prevailed 96-85.

  MIDDLETOWN >> Sometimes the tone of an event is set early. So it was Tuesday afternoon when Xavier came from behind to win the swim meet’s first event, the 200 yard medley relay, and went from there to defeat Middletown, 96-85, at the Baldwin-Parmelee pool at Middletown High School. “Ben Stevens’ anchor leg in […]

Jimmy Zanor: Capital Prep loss a wake-up call for Mercy girls basketball

Mercy's #5 Isabella Santoro goes airborn with a layup against a tough Capitol Prep defense. Mercy lost to Capitol Prep 88-48 for bragging rights of the #1 state ranking.

HARTFORD >> It would have been nice if this one came down to a buzzer beater, like the night at the Mohegan Sun when Maria Weselyj tossed in one for the ages to beat Lauralton Hall for the state title. It would have been nice if the game had gone into overtime or was decided […]

Column: Everybody wins with Mercy, Capital Prep

Mercy head coach Tim Kohs talks to freshman Bella Santoro in the fourth period during the game the Tigers defeated West Haven Blue Devils, 70-25, Friday, January 9, 2015, at the West Haven High School gymnasium. (Photographs by Catherine Avalone/New Haven Register)

Mercy basketball coach Tim Kohs was the busiest man in Middletown on Friday afternoon. After a two-and-and half hour morning practice, Kohs retreated to his office where he handled numerous ticket requests for tonight’s Game of the Century. Besides tickets, one of Kohs’ talented freshmen needed anther copy of the Mercy play book. Kohs opened […]

Boys basketball: Defense rules as Middletown stays unbeaten

MIDDLETOWN >> Here’s all that anyone needs to know about Middletown High’s boys basketball win over Platt of Meriden Friday night: Middletown had 10 points on the board before Platt took a shot. The Blue Dragons’ defense made life impossible for the Panthers as the Dragons remained undefeated with a 69-32 win over Platt in […]

Girls basketball: Serbent, H-K edge Valley Regional

DEEP RIVER >> Things looked rather bleak for the Haddam-Killingworth girls basketball team. The Cougars big lead had been wiped out when Valley Regional went on a spirited 12-0 run to end the third quarter. The Cougars now trailed 27-26 and had two starters on the bench nursing injuries. Enter Halie Serbent. Serbent, a senior […]

Boys basketball: Dewey’s long range shooting lifts Cromwell past

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CROMWELL >> On a night when the Cromwell boys basketball team seemed like they wanted to be anywhere other than the Salafia Gymnasium, junior guard Peter Dewey bailed the Panthers out with a sensational outside shooting performance. Dewey drained seven 3-point baskets and finished with a game-high 22 points as Cromwell defeated North Branford, 48-41, […]

Boys basketball: Unbeaten Middletown edges Bristol Central


MIDDLETOWN >> The mark of a good team is when things go badly, it finds a way to win. Things went badly for Middletown High’s undefeated boys basketball team Tuesday night in its game with Bristol Central at the LaBella-Sullivan gym. In the first half the Blue Dragons couldn’t throw the ball in the ocean […]

Tuesday’s Middletown area girls basketball roundup

Girls Basketball Middletown 50, Bristol Central 38 >> Sophomore forward Brielle Wilborn had a game-high 19 points to lead the visiting Blue Dragons to a CCC South Division victory on Tuesday. Middletown built leads of 19-17 at halftime and 29-24 after three quarters. Evhana McDaniel had 13 points for Middletown (3-7, 3-3 CCC South). Erica […]

Boys basketball: Guard play lifts Xavier against Notre Dame

MIDDLETOWN >> Here’s a warning to the teams on Xavier’s basketball schedule. In addition to Xavier’s terrifying inside game, the Falcons’ guards are getting better. Getting better fast. And the kicker is, the guy who is making a huge difference is a freshman by the name of Isiah Gaiter. Just ask Notre Dame coach Jason […]

Middletown roundup: Wilborn, Blue Dragons top Maloney

MIDDLETOWN >> Sophomore center Brielle Wilborn poured in a game-high 20 points to lead host Middletown to a 56-42 victory over Maloney in a CCC girls basketball matchup on Friday night. The Blue Dragons (2-7) built a 30-20 halftime advantage, then stretched their lead by outscoring the Spartans, 16-3, in the third quarter. Jennifer Barbour […]

Boys basketball: Xavier edges West Haven

MIDDLETOWN >> Xavier had one of those can’t stand prosperity nights, but had enough to hang on and beat fast-closing West Haven, 61-56, in a Southern Connecticut Conference Quinnipiac Division game at the Art Kohs gym last night. The Falcons built a 25-9 lead midway through the second quarter and with a 31-17 halftime lead, […]

Boys basketball: Vinal Tech wins thriller over Cheney Tech

MIDDLETOWN >> There are bright new lights and a slick new floor decorating the Vinal Tech gymnasium this season. You could even say there’s a new era of Hawks basketball after Vinal’s wild 46-45 victory over unbeaten Cheney Tech on Friday night. Senior guard Jordan Sanders made two clutch free throws with 15.6 seconds remaining […]