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 and the Panthers beat Morgan when it mattered most. Photo by Catherine Avalone - New Haven Register

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 […]

Class S boys basketball: Valley Regional stuns SMSA with fourth quarter rally

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WALLINGFORD >> If anyone was capable of crashing the Class S tournament party dubbed the Sacred Heart Invitational it was going to be Shoreline Conference champion Valley Regional. Batten down the hatches, Uncasville. Warriors Nation is heading back to the Sun. Valley Regional stunned Sports Medicine Science Academy with one of the most improbable comebacks […]

Class M girls basketball: Cromwell gets vengeance, holds off Morgan to advance to finals

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Here's the finish to Cromwell/Morgan. The Panthers are going to Mohegan for the championship game. #ctgb pic.twitter.com/jP9Qo1NRSr — Aaron Scheinblum (@theshinebloom) March 17, 2015 WALLINGFORD >> The Morgan and Cromwell girls basketball teams wrote another chapter in their epic Shoreline Conference rivalry on Monday night. And the happy ending this time belonged to the Panthers. […]

Baseball: Plefka named Middletown baseball coach

MIDDLETOWN >> Middletown High School Director of Athletics Elisha De Jesus has confirmed that the school  has hired former minor league pitcher Jonathan Plefka as its interim varsity baseball coach. The position is interim in that former coach Jason Serra, who was appointed Dean of Students several weeks ago, can reclaim the baseball position if […]

Class L boys basketball: No. 2 Middletown advances to quarterfinals

MIDDLETOWN >> And the child shall lead them. Locked in a tight second-round Class L game at the half with fifteenth-ranked Bethel, freshman DeAaron Lawrence came off the bench and led the second-ranked Blue Dragons with 18 second half points as Middletown blew the Wildcats out after intermission to win 77-55 in front of 800 […]

Class S boys basketball: Bradbury, Valley Regional edge Morgan

DEEP RIVER >> There were a lot of moments on Thursday night that reminded you once again just how magical this era of Valley Regional boys basketball has been. There was Warriors senior guard David Bradbury opening the game with a 3-pointer. There was reserve guard Justin Cheverier slicing through the lane for a lefty […]

Class L boys basketball: Big second half lifts No. 2 Middletown past Vinal Tech

MIDDLETOWN >> One team harbors thoughts of making it to The Mohegan Sun Arena for the state finals. The other team was just happy to be here. And that made for an interesting night at LaBella-Sullivan Gymnasium. Middletown began its Run to the Sun with a 63-36 Class L first round victory over city foe […]

Class S boys basketball: Valley Regional, Coginchaug advance

Valley Regional 87, Wheeler 55 >> At Deep River, Nash Eppard had 23 points and eight rebounds, while David Bradbury tallied 20 points and five assists as the Warriors advanced to the second round of the Class S state tournament on Tuesday. Chris Jean-Pierre collected a triple-double with 16 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, […]

Class LL boys basketball: Spann, West Haven eliminate Xavier

MIDDLETOWN >> They don’t call it March Madness for nothing. The Xavier and West Haven boys basketball teams met for the sixth time in two seasons on Monday night. The Falcons won the previous five matchups against their Southern Connecticut Conference Division rivals – including a pair of five-point wins earlier this year. But this […]

Boys basketball: Portland’s Serra named SLC Coach of the Year

MIDDLETOWN >> Portland High School boys basketball coach Chris Serra was selected as the Shoreline Conference Coach of the Year. Serra received the award prior to the league championship game on Friday at Wilbur Cross in New Haven. Serra, now in his second season with the Highlanders, guided Portland to an 11-9 mark during the […]

Shoreline Championship: Valley Regional rolls past Old Lyme in OT

The Valley Regional Warriors celebrate following their 66-55 win over the Old Lyme Wildcats for the Shoreline championship game, Friday, March 6, 2015, at Wilbur Cross High School gymnasium in New Haven, Conn. (Catherine Avalone - New Haven Register)

NEW HAVEN >> Valley Regional boys basketball coach Kevin Woods watched Hoosiers before the Shoreline Conference tournament championship game. And the Warriors needed more late heroics than Hickory High on Friday night. Senior guard David Bradbury poured in a game-high 19 points, senior Chris Jean-Pierre collected a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and […]

Girls basketball: Mercy advances to Class LL quarters, top Newtown

MIDDLETOWN >> The Mercy basketball team was just too much for Newtown to handle on Friday night. The Tigers exploded out of the gate on their way to a 65-28 win in the second round of the Class LL state tournament at Mercy High School. Mercy (24-1) will play Fairfield-Ludlowe in the quarterfinals on Tuesday […]

CCC Boys Basketball semifinals: Windsor edges Middletown in OT thriller, to face Weaver in title game

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HARTFORD >> Middletown’s dreams of winning the Central Connecticut Conference boys basketball championship came to an end on Wednesday night. But a run in the upcoming Class L tournament should ease the Blue Dragons pain. Middletown fell short in overtime, 84-78, against Windsor in a thrilling semifinal matchup at Bulkeley’s Babe Allen Fieldhouse. The game […]

Boys swimming: Middletown’s Dagenais, Doherty ready for postseason

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Middletown High swimmers Jack Doherty, left, and Matt Dagenais are pictured at the YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando, Florida. The Blue Dragons will compete in the Central Connecticut Conference championships on Saturday, March 7 at Bulkeley High School in Hartford.

MIDDLETOWN >> They are the best of friends. Except when they refuse to speak to each other. They are Matt Dagenais and Jack Doherty, the two state champion swimmers at Middletown High School. They are best buddies, except … well, let Doherty explain. “We love each other outside of the water,” said Doherty, who is […]

Boys hockey: No. 3 Xavier upends Fairifeld Prep, continues historic roll

MIDDLETOWN >> The Xavier ice hockey juggernaut continued its incredible roll on Monday, outskating Fairfield Prep, 4-1, in front of a boisterous Senior Night crowd at Wesleyan’s Spurrier-Snyder Rink. The Falcons (12-5-3), who are ranked No. 3 in the New Haven Register/GameTimeCT Top 10 poll, finished their regular season with a 12-game unbeaten streak against […]