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 […]

Girls soccer: Portland defied the odds

The Portland girls soccer team captured its second straight Class S title on Saturday. Pictured, from left, are Emilie Hernandez, Brooke Marconi, Carli Sienkewicz, Alina Pantano, and Kayla Hardesty. Photo by Jimmy Zanor - Middletown Press

The odds of winning a state championship as a No. 29 seed are stacked higher than Portland’s Arrigoni Bridge. You need to have the soccer gods on your side. And sometimes even that’s not enough. Your chances, however, become a little better when you’ve got a team who believes that the regular season is one […]

Class S girls soccer: Portland edges Housatonic Regional in OT thriller to win title

Housatonic Regional sophomore Lauren Segalla (13) and Portland junior AnnaRose Zampano battle for the ball in Saturday's Class S state championship game. (Jimmy Zanor - Middletown Press)

WATERBURY >> The Portland girls soccer team’s days of sharing the Class S championship trophy are over. Highlanders sophomore forward Mikayla Stefanski scored the winning goal during a mad scramble after a Kayla Hardesty corner kick in the 105th minute and No. 29 Portland capped an amazing state tournament run with a thrilling 2-1 double-overtime […]

Class S girls soccer: Portland edges Housatonic in OT

Housatonic's Lauren Segalla (13) and Portland's AnnaRose Zampano battle for the ball in Saturday's Class S state championship game.
(Jimmy Zanor - Middletown Press)

WATERBURY >> Class S defending champion Portland merged experience and tradition for a 2-1 overtime win against Housatonic in Saturday morning’s Class S State Championship at Waterbury’s Municipal Stadium. Anticipating No. 3 Housy’s first final in program history Friday evening, Mountaineer Coach Tess Segalla said, “Ranking means nothing. They have experience.” Yes and no. No. […]

Class S girls soccer: Portland edges East Hampton in tourney border war

Portland senior Emilie Hernandez shields the ball from East Hampton senior Elizabeth Lambert in Saturday's Class S quarterfinal match at East Hampton High School. Photo by Jimmy Zanor - Middletown Press

EAST HAMPTON >> After a disappointing regular season, the Portland girls soccer team has made the most out of their “second season.” The No. 29 Highlanders advanced to the Class S semifinals for the third consecutive year with a 1-0 victory over Shoreline Conference foe East Hampton on Saturday afternoon at East Hampton High School. […]

Football: Big plays lift Quinebaug Valley past Vinal Tech/East Hampton/Goodwin Tech

MIDDLETOWN >> Three key plays, plus a big night by Quinebaug Valley’s star running back Raiff Santerre, spelled defeat for Vinal/East Hampton/Goodwin at Palmer Field Friday night. Santerre ran for 209 yards on 37 carries as Quinebaug Valley beat the Bellhawks, 20-6, in a Constitution State Conference game in front of a small crowd of […]

Class S boys soccer: Cromwell stuns Valley Regional with late goal

CROMWELL >> Cromwell senior forward Ardit Statovci scored the game-winning goal on a wind-blown corner kick with just one minute and 30 seconds left in regulation and the Panthers held off Valley Regional, 1-0, in the CIAC Class S quarterfinals Friday night at Cromwell High School. The No. 4 Panthers (16-3-1) will meet top-seeded Somers […]

Friday’s Middletown area roundup

Girls Soccer Portland 1, Terryville 0 >> Madison Leary scored the game-winning goal in the 65th minute to lift the No. 29 Highlanders past host Terryville Friday afternoon in the second round of the CIAC Class S state tournament. Leary, a sophomore, scored on a crossing pass from senior Deidre Caruso. Senior keeper Brooke Marconi […]

Class LL girls soccer: Late heroics lift Middletown past Shelton

MIDDLETOWN >> The word unbelievable is thrown around loosely in the world of sports. Hardly a game goes by when some play isn’t described as unbelievable when most of the time the play is, well, believable. But maybe the ending of the Middletown High versus Shelton Class LL girls soccer tournament game played at Rosek-Skubel […]

Football: Undefeated Shelton fighting to the finish

Shelton quarterback Mark Piccirillo.
Peter Hvidzak/Register

SHELTON >> Shelton’s redemption tour is halfway complete. The Gaels have already avenged losses to Hand and Fairfield Prep. Shelton now looks to finish the job against Xavier tonight and West Haven next week. Shelton lost all four contests last season in heartbreaking fashion. The Gaels have been on a mission ever since. “That’s a […]

Class L: Mercy soccer, volleyball teams advance

Girls Volleyball Mercy 3, E.O. Smith 0 >> The No. 8 Tigers swept the No. 9 Panthers, 25-11, 25-17, and 25-19 in a CIAC Class L second round contest Thursday night at Middletown. Amy Boyle had six blocks, Maddie Kumm had 26 assists and two aces, and Fran Basadonna had 10 digs for Mercy (17-5). […]

Class S girls soccer: Coginchaug falls short against Morgan

CLINTON >> The Morgan girls soccer team’s overtime loss against Coginchaug in the Shoreline Conference semifinals a week ago was an excruciating defeat for a team harboring championship hopes and dreams this season. But sometimes the state tournament offers a chance for redemption. And the Huskies made the most of that opportunity on Thursday night. […]

Football: Middletown area preview and picks

MIDDLETOWN >> Xavier has a game that’s crucial for its Class LL playoff hopes and Wesleyan hosts Trinity in one of New England’s great traditional small college games to highlight the area’s football weekend. Also, Vinal Tech/East Hampton/Goodwin Tech will try to go over .500, Haddam-Killingworth be looking for its fifth win in a row, […]

Class S boys soccer: Cromwell escapes upset bid from Old Saybrook

Jimmy Zanor — Middletown Press
Cromwell junior Jared Grant puts his head on the ball as teammate Ardit Statovci tries to kick it on goal. Defending is Old Saybrook’s Ben VanVliet (19).

CROMWELL >> The Cromwell boys soccer team gave new meaning to the old tournament mantra in their CIAC Class S second round contest against Old Saybrook on Wednesday. Call it ‘barely’ survive and advance. The defending Class S champion Panthers needed penalty kicks to edge the upset-minded Rams, 2-1, (3-0 PKs) at Cromwell High School. […]

Class S Girls Soccer: East Hampton edges Old Saybrook in PKs

Jimmy Zanor — Middletown Press
Old Saybrook sophomore Devyn King gets ready to pass the ball against East Hampton Tuesday in the opening round of the Class S state tournament.

EAST HAMPTON >> East Hampton senior goalkeeper Alison Bristol remembered the last time she faced penalty kick shooters in the state tournament. “I was a freshman,” Bristol said. “It was against Lyman Memorial. And we won.” Well, Bristol is still undefeated in games decided by penalty kicks. East Hampton knocked out Shoreline Conference foe and […]

Tuesday’s Middletown area roundup

Girls Soccer Portland 2, Parish Hill 0 >> Defending state co-champion Portland blanked Parish Hill in the opening round of the CIAC Class S state tournament Tuesday at Chaplin. Kayla Hardesy scored both goals in the second half, while Brooke Marconi preserved the shutout with two saves for the No. 29 Highlanders (7-9-1). Hardesy scored […]

Class L Boys Soccer: Barlow eliminates Middletown

MIDDLETOWN >> It pays to get hot at tournament time. After a so-so 6-4-6 regular season, Joel Barlow of Redding blasted through the Southwest Conference Tournament to win the SWC championship, and continued its streak with a 1-0 CIAC Class L boys soccer opening round win over undermanned Middletown at Rosek-Skubel Stadium Monday afternoon. “We […]

Class S Boys Soccer: H-K edges Immaculate in opener

Jimmy Zanor — Middletown Press
Haddam-Killingworth’s Connor Agro (11) dribbles the ball upfield with Immaculate’s Ryan McFarland (16) in pursuit during Monday’s Class S state tournament game.

      HIGGANUM >> Moments after his team was shutout by Haddam-Killingworth in the opening round of the CIAC Class S boys soccer tournament, Immaculate coach Steve Carneiro recited something he had heard many years ago. “We have a Portuguese saying…’You don’t score, you suffer,’” Carneiro said. “And that’s exactly what happened.” Cougars senior […]

Football: North Branford blanks Coginchaug

DURHAM >> North Branford moved into the Class S playoff picture with a 27-0 Pequot Conference victory over Coginchaug on Saturday afternoon at rain-swept and windy Coginchaug Stadium. The T-Birds (7-1) have reeled off four straight wins after losing at Valley Regional/Old Lyme on Oct. 2. “We feel real good about where we are,” North […]

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 […]