Pequot Football 2015: Coginchaug preview

Coginchaug's Parker Tregoning (22) looks for some running room against Old Saybrook-Westbrook last year. He returns in a backfield after rushing for 700 yards last season. Photo by Jimmy Zanor - Middletown Press

Vitals Coach: Nick D’Angelo (first year) Conference: Pequot East Playoff Class: S (283 boys enrollment) Home: Coginchaug Stadium, Durham 2014 Record: 9-2 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 12 vs. Cromwell/Portland, 1 p.m. Captains: Brendan Rushford, Cam Powers, Wes Benjunas Team Website: MaxPreps Top Players Brendan Rushford, 6-3, 225, Sr., OL/DL Cam Powers, 5-9, 175, Sr., RB/LB Wes […]

Pequot Football 2015: Coventry / Windham Tech / Bolton


Above: Highlight reel for Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton receiver Ryan Lawrence, one of the many sophomores the Patriots will be relying on in 2015. Vitals Coach: Tony Bonito (10th year, 53-42) Conference: Pequot East Division Playoff Class: M (349-plus boys enrollment) Home: Larry A. Pietrantonio Athletic Field 2014 Record: 1-10 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 11 vs. Stafford/East Windsor, […]

Football: Middletown region football menu should be a local treat

Middletown's Hunter Belzo runs with the football during last year's Class L-Small semifinals (Photo Peter Hvizdak)

MIDDLETOWN >> The high school football season is right around the corner and peeking at our local teams’ schedules we found that Xavier plays two games at West Haven’s Ken Strong Stadium and none at their sparkling new on-campus field; the Coginchaug versus Cromwell Thanksgiving Day battle is no more; defending Class S champion Valley […]

American Legion World Series: South Carolina eliminates RCP with late rally

For the second consecutive year RCP went 0-3 in pool play at the American Legion World Series in Shelby (N.C.). And just like a year ago, the Northeast Regional champions suffered a couple of heartbreakers. Chapin-Newberry (S.C.) rallied from a late 6-0 deficit and edged Post 105, 7-6, on Sunday afternoon at Keeter Stadium. Austin […]

American Legion World Series: RCP falls short against New Orleans

SHELBY, N.C. >> In the best pitching duel of the American Legion World Series thus far, New Orleans’ Mason Mayfield edged RCP’s Tucker Lord, 2-1, in front of 2,000 at Keeter Stadium Friday afternoon. “Both pitchers were great,” New Orleans’ coach Joe Latino said. “Lord kept us off-balance all day and I’ll tell you, that […]

Baseball: Cofield named head coach at Middletown

Josh Cofield

MIDDLETOWN >> Middletown High School Director of Athletics Elisha De Jesus today announced that Josh Cofield has been appointed head baseball coach at the school. “We are excited to have Mr. Cofield as our baseball coach,” De Jesus said. “He is committed to our program, but more importantly, he is committed to all of our […]

Legion World Series: RCP stumbles in Series opener

SHELBY, N.C >> RCP American Legion coach T. J. Grande was not a happy man. “I’m frustrated,” Grande said, following his team’s 12-1, seven-inning Mercy Rule loss to Great Lakes Regional champion Midland (Mich.) in the opening round of the American Legion World Series at Keeter Stadium. “There’s no way they are 11 runs better […]

American Legion: RCP has tall order at World Series

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Austin White and RCP play Midland (Mich.) today in their World Series opener at Keeter Stadium in Shelby, North Carolina.

MIDDLETOWN >> Fresh off winning its second consecutive Northeast Regional championship, the Rocky Hill, Cromwell, and Portland American Legion baseball team opens World Series play today (4 p.m.) against Midland (Mich.) at Keeter Stadium in Shelby, North Carolina. And recent history shows that RCP has a daunting task ahead of them. Since Branford’s 13-12 win […]

American Legion: Historic title for RCP

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RCP Post 105 players and coaches celebrate after winning the Northeast Regional championship on Sunday at Bristol's Muzzy Field. RCP became the first state team to win consecutive Northeast crowns since East Hartford in 1991-92.

BRISTOL >> The post-game pomp and circumstance was long over –– as were the chants of “RCP…RCP…RCP!” that minutes ago had bellowed from the stands at historic Muzzy Field on this championship Sunday –– and standing near the first base line was Christian Budzik. Budzik, the former Cromwell star and RCP mainstay who was sensational […]

American Legion: World Series bound! RCP tops Bristol for regional title

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Cory Baldwin celebrates after RCP earned its second straight trip to the Legion World Series on Sunday.

BRISTOL >> Back in June, the players for the RCP American Legion team dedicated themselves to three goals. First was winning the Zone 7 title, second was winning the state championship, and third was winning the Northeast Regional Championship and returning to the World Series in Shelby, N.C. Deal done. The Rocky Hill, Cromwell, Portland […]

American Legion: RCP juniors advance to Northeast semifinals

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RCP's Amir Nitowski slides into third base as Riverside's Nate Silveira applies the late tag. RCP advanced with a 6-4 victory.

CRANSTON, R.I. >> Portland’s Matt Wyslick didn’t appear in many games for the Highlanders this past spring. But the lefthander is having an amazing summer for RCP’s Junior American Legion team. Wyslick hurled Post 105 past Riverside (R.I.), 6-4, in the opening game of the Northeast Regional Junior Division tournament on Friday at Cranston Stadium. […]

American Legion: RCP holds off Rochester (N.H.); advances in regionals

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RCP shortstop Cory Baldwin had three hits and three RBIs in Post 105's 10-6 win over Rochester (N.H.) on Thursday at Muzzy Field.

BRISTOL >> RCP’s American Legion team is nothing if not relentless. The Connecticut champs were no-hit through five innings and trailed by a run to New Hampshire champion Rochester in Thursday’s second round game in the Northeast Regional tournament at Muzzy Field. Then, in an eyeblink, RCP scored seven runs in the sixth, chasing starter […]

American Legion: RCP rolls in Northeast tourney opener

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RCP's Cole Ogorzalek delivers a pitch against Colchester (VT) at Muzzy Field on Wednesday.

BRISTOL >> Colchester coach Matt Rodovick had an inkling of what might happen when his club faced Connecticut champion RCP at Muzzy Field Wednesday afternoon. “Any team that wins the Connecticut championship is going to be very athletic, very skilled,” Rodovick said. “I knew about RCP. I knew about their shortstop, their pitching, their center […]

American Legion: RCP ready to defend Northeast crown

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RCP players celebrate after defeating Milford (Mass.) in the Northeast Regional championship game last August at Palmer Field.

CROMWELL >> It’s not often that the American Legion Northeast Regional champion comes back to defend its title the following year, but that’s the case with RCP, the Legion team from Rocky Hill, Cromwell and Portland. RCP (28-4) made that happen by taking two-of-three from favored Stamford over the weekend to win the Connecticut state […]

American Legion: State playoffs in full swing

MIDDLETOWN >> We’re in the middle of the American Legion baseball postseason. The one-and-done round is over — Middletown’s 4-3 loss to Monroe was brutal — and the best-of-three series with the eight weekend survivors and the eight zone champions begins Wednesday. In the Northern Division, RCP — Rocky Hill, Cromwell, Portland for those who […]

American Legion: Cheshire blanks Middletown in series finale

CHESHIRE >> Cheshire American Legion team salvaged the third game of its season series with Middletown and by so doing knocked Middletown unofficially into the 10th spot in the postseason seedings with a 6-0 win over the 75ers Friday evening at Burt Leventhal Field at Cheshire High. The Zone 3 champions, which clinched last night […]

Little League: Cromwell stuns Coginchaug in District 9 semifinals

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Nick Polizonis delivers a pitch in Cromwell's 8-6 victory over Coginchaug on Friday at the Great Hill Complex.

HADDAM >> Cromwell advanced to the Little League District 9 championship game with a stunning, 8-6, victory over Coginchaug Friday at the Great Hill Complex on Robert P. Duval Field. Cromwell will meet defending champion Madison today (noon) at Duval. “This is a fantastic win,” Cromwell manager Shaun Sullivan said. “These guys came in, I […]