Baseball: Still Perfect! Valley Regional (8-0) routs H-K

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Valley Regional junior Nash Eppard allowed just one hit over five innings in the Warriors 13-1 win on Friday at Deep River.

DEEP RIVER >> The wind chill made it feel like one of those East Coast late October World Series games. But for Valley Regional, Friday afternoon’s contest against Haddam-Killingworth might have felt like it was played in Aruba. The Warriors are hot. Scorching. Senior catcher Eric Jaillet went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and Ethan Petroka […]

Softball: Middletown rallies past Coginchaug

MIDDLETOWN >> It wasn’t a league game for either team, but make no mistake, it’s always fun to beat your neighbor. “There’s a rivalry between Middletown and Coginchaug,” said Middletown High softball coach Scott Ahlers after his team came from behind to beat Coginchaug 11-7 on a frigid Friday at Hank Hiller Field at MHS. […]

Baseball: Xavier finally returns home, Signore pitches Falcons past Hamden

MIDDLETOWN >> It’s always good to come home. After playing its first six games on the road and winning just one of them, Xavier finally got a home game Wednesday and celebrated the occasion with a 5-3 win over Southern Connecticut Conference Quinnipiac Division rival Hamden at Palmer Field. “It’s fun to be home,” Xavier […]

Wednesday’s Middletown region sports roundup

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Cromwell senior pitcher Tucker Lord tossed a one-hitter with seven strikeouts in the Panthers' 4-1 win over North Branford on Wednesday at Monnes Field.

Baseball Cromwell 4, North Branford 1 >> Senior pitcher Tucker Lord allowed just one hit while striking out seven in the Panthers’ Shoreline Conference victory Wednesday at Monnes Field. Senior shortstop Cory Baldwin had two hits and two stolen bases, while Nick Queiroz had an RBI hit for Cromwell (4-2). The T-birds (5-1) hit came […]

Baseball: Cheshire rolls past Xavier

CHESHIRE >> This one was ugly. Cheshire hammered a trio of Xavier pitchers for 16 hits, the Falcons made three errors, and after scoring two runs in the first, the Xavier offense went silent as Cheshire romped to a 9-2 win Tuesday afternoon at Burt Leventhal Field on the campus of Cheshire High School. “Not […]

Baseball: Ogorzalek, Portland edge Haddam-Killingworth

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Portland senior Cole Ogorzalek fires a pitch against Haddam-Killingworth on Friday. Ogorzalek went the distance in the Highlanders' 4-3 win at Dyer Field.

PORTLAND >> Portland baseball coach Rick Borg has noticed a subtle difference in his team this spring. It seems last June’s memorable tournament run, which culminated with the school’s second Class S state championship, has given the Highlanders a confidence boost. “It’s a good thing,” Borg said. “They play with a lot more composure because […]

Friday’s Middletown region sports roundup

Baseball Middletown 11, Plainville 8 >> Jared Pflaumer went 5-for-5 with four RBIs and three runs scored to power the visiting Blue Dragons in a CCC matchup on Friday. Pflaumer, a senior right-hander, also earned the pitching win. Ben Gilliland notched the save. Mark Haller went 2-for-2 with three RBIs and Chris Rodo had two […]

Softball: Mercy has new mentor…Jenn Piazza-Laffin

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Mercy softball coach Jenn Piazza-Laffin has high expectations for the Tigers this season. Piazza-Laffin was the state's Gatorade Player of the Year in 2001 and an All-American at Florida Atlantic University.

It’s the spring of 1998 and the Lyman Hall softball team has traveled to Middletown for its season-opener against Mercy. Leading off for the Trojans is freshman shortstop Jenn Piazza, who promptly smacks a double in her first varsity at-bat. Later on, Piazza belted a triple. She’s married now and the mother of three beautiful […]

Middletown roundup: Mercy softball rallies past East Haven

Softball Mercy 11, East Haven 9 >> At Middletown, the Tigers rallied from an early 7-0 deficit to defeat the Yellowjackets in a Southern Connecticut Conference interdivison contest Thursday at Tigers Field. Mercy trailed 7-0 after two innings and 8-3 when they came to bat in the bottom of the fourth. The Tigers then scored […]

Wednesday’s Middletown sports roundup

Softball Coginchaug 3, Morgan 0 >> At Clinton, junior pitcher Gabby Diaz fired a one-hitter with nine strikeouts to lead the Blue Devils to a season-opening win at the Peters Complex. Diaz took a no-hitter into the seventh inning but with one-out Morgan’s Angie Cook singled up the middle. Courtney Votto paced the Coginchaug offense […]

Jimmy Zanor: Holy sh-cow! The rise of Middletown’s WCNX radio

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WCNX general manager John Clark, left, and play-by-play announcer Aaron Scheinblum lead the broadcast team during the Valley Regional-Sacred Heart Class S state championship game at The Mohegan Sun Arena.

Maria Weslyj’s 3-point buzzer-beater against Lauralton Hall in the 2013 Class LL girls basketball championship game was a combination of Jack Buck’s “I don’t believe what I just saw” and Al Michaels’ “Do you believe in miracles?” For Jay Hickey, who was doing the play-by-play on WCNX radio, it was … “Holy sh-cow!” Yup, that’s […]

CHSCA Boys All-Star Festival: Lambert (East Catholic), Bernard (SMSA) among MVP’s

MERIDEN >> The 40th annual  Connecticut High School Coaches Association All-Star Basketball Festival for Senior Boys took place on Wednesday night at Maloney High School. Sports Science forward  Dwayne Bernard scored 13 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to earn MVP honors while leading Class S-M Constitution to a 99-95 win over Class S-M Charter Oak. […]

CHSCA Girls All-Star Games: Farmington’s Friend (37 points) leads L-LL East

NORTH BRANFORD >> Farmington’s Hannah Friend poured  in a game-high 37 points to lead the Class L-LL East team to a 108-87 victory over Class L-LL West in the annual Connecticut High School Coaches Association Senior Girls All-Star Basketball Festival on Monday night at North Branford High School. Sophie Borg (Farmington) had 14 points and […]

Jimmy Zanor: Valley Regional bringing Heart to boys basketball title rematch

Valley Regional boys basketball coach Kevin Woods has guided the Warriors to four state finals appearances in five seasons. The Warriors meet No. 1 Sacred Heart for the Class S championship on Sunday at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Photo by Catherine Avalone - New Haven Register

Valley Regional boys basketball coach Kevin Woods remembers the first few times he began thinking that the Warriors basketball program could be special. The Warriors are playing for another state basketball championship on Sunday, their fourth title game appearance in five seasons. Yup, the Run to the Sun has become an annual rite of passage […]

Class S boys basketball: Valley Regional, Sacred Heart preview

Valley Regional senior David Bradbury drives to the basket against Old Lyme's Jacob Ballachino in the SLC championship game. Bradbury will be among many competing in the CHSCA All-Star Festival Wednesday evening at Maloney.  Photo by Catherine Avalone - New Haven Register

SOUTHINGTON >> Reality check: Valley Regional is facing Goliath Sunday in the Class S boys state championship basketball game at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Sacred Heart of Waterbury (27-0) is Connecticut’s boys Goliath — Capital Prep is the girls version — and despite its CIAC status as a Class S school, the Hearts have been […]

Jimmy Zanor: Cromwell carrying Shoreline girls basketball flag into finals

Cromwell sophomore Geanna Williams goes up for a shot against Morgan's Kelsey Donaldson in the SLC championship game. Photo by Catherine Avalone - New Haven Register

You can say what you want about the Shoreline Conference — the little engine that could — but here’s one undisputable fact: when Cromwell takes the floor at the sparkling Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday afternoon against St. Joseph-Trumbull, it will mark the eighth consecutive year a Shoreline girls basketball team will be playing for […]

Class M girls basketball championship: Cromwell, St. Joseph tangle in an SLC / FCIAC showdown

Cromwell senior Nicole Rojas is gaured by Morgan's Sami Ashton. Both made CHSCA All-State.
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SOUTHINGTON >> Teams from the Shoreline Conference and the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference rarely meet. That makes sense. After all, the SLC is made up of Class S and M schools, while the FCIAC, a predominately Class L and LL league, is widely regarded as one of the state’s power conferences. But rarely doesn’t […]