Three Hamden athletes sign NLITs

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Hamden athletes Sarah Vita, Samantha Cozzolino and Taylor bannister all signed National Letters of Intent this week.

Three Hamden athletes signed National letters of Intent Wednesday to go on to play sports in college. Sarah Vita signed to play soccer at Merrimack College, Samantha Cozzolino signed to play lacrosse at Southern Connecticut State University and Taylor Bannister signed to play volleyball at Iona College.

Championship Bling (a series): St. Joseph football’s Class M-Large banner, rings

St. Joseph's Class M-Large Championship rings (via St. Joseph football)

And now, another episode of Championship Bling, an occasional look at the spoils of CIAC championship glory from the state’s high schools. Today: St. Joseph football. The Hogs won back-to-back titles for the second time in five seasons with a 37-7 victory over Ledyard in the Class M-Large championship game. Above is their state championship […]

Southeast Connecticut National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Chapter Award announces banquet honorees

The Southeastern Connecticut Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame will hold its annual scholar-athlete banquet on Sunday April 26 at the Mohegan Sun at 5 p.m. Sixteen scholar-athletes from the region will be honored along with several others with special recognition. Villanova University’s Billy Crocker is the chapter’s Person of the […]

Football: Sagnellas enjoy first high school football moment together as NFF honorees

Nick Sagnella (left) and father Tony Sagnella at the New Haven County Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame scholar-athlete dinner Friday night at Fantasia in North Haven.

NORTH HAVEN >> As North Haven’s football coach, Tony Sagnella only followed his son Nick’s playing career at neighboring North Branford from a distance. Father and son agreed to that arrangement back when Nick began his freshman year with the T-Birds, and they kept it that way. “When he first entered high school we talked […]

Football: Nutmeg, Constitution team draft selections for June’s Super 100 All-Star game

Fairfield Warde coach Duncan Dellavolpe speaks with the drafted members of Team Constitution Wednesday at Rentscher Field (Photo Sean Patrick Bowley)

  The annual Connecticut High School Coaches Association Super 100 All-Star draft commenced Wednesday night at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. Hartford Public’s Keith Coleman, a New Haven Register All-State first team lineman, was selected No. 1 overall by team Nutmeg. Team Constitution countered by selecting Xavier lineman Tanner Kern with the No. 2 selection. […]

Football: New Canaan’s John Marinelli accepts head coaching job at arch-rival Greenwich

In a major shift in the FCIAC balance of power, John Marinelli (left) will now be vying for success against his father, Lou, at Greenwich High School.

In what could be major shift in the FCIAC balance of power, not to mention the source of some serious (if lighthearted) inter-family conflict in coming seasons, John Marinelli, the offensive coordinator at New Canaan and son of nine-time championship coach Lou Marinelli, was hired as next head coach at rival Greenwich High School. He will […]

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

Photo by Laura Matesky - Special for the Middletown Press
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 […]

Championship Bing (a series): Valley Regional / Old Lyme’s Class S-Large title swag

Valley Regional / Old Lyme football players show off their 2014 state championship rings. (Via VOL football)

And now, another episode of ‘Championship Bling.’ Today, we present Valley Regional / Old Lyme’s Class S-Large title rings. The Warriors went 13-0, capped by a stunning rally to beat Ansonia 21-20 in the state title game. It was the first state title for coach Tim King and the program. So concludes another episode. Remember […]

Championship Bling (a series): Glastonbury Boys Soccer’s 2014 LL title banner

Glastonbury's Class LL championship boys soccer team shows off its 2014 title banner. (via Glastonbury boys soccer)

And now, another episode of ‘Championship Bling,’ where we chronicle the continuing spoils of state championship glory. Yesterday, we showed off Xavier’s Class LL-Small title rings. Now, here’s the Glastonbury boys soccer team’s 2014 Class LL championship banner, decorated with the fine young men who brought it home this year with a 2-1 overtime victory over […]

Free panel discussion April 29: “Everything You Need to Know About College Sports Recruiting but Were Afraid to Ask”

The Fairfield County Sports Commission is presenting a free panel discussion called “Everything You Need to Know About College Sports Recruiting, but Were Afraid to Ask” on Wednesday, April 29 at 6:30 pm at the Newtown Youth Academy Sports and Fitness facility, 4 Primrose Street in Newtown. College athletics coaches and administrators comprise the expert panel, which will educate […]

St. Joseph DC Chris Sadler named next coach at Notre Dame-Fairfield

Chris Sadler, a St. Joseph all-FCIAC lineman who returned to his alma mater and helped coach it to four state titles in six years, has accepted the head coaching job at Notre Dame-Fairfield. Notre Dame-Fairfield confirmed the hire via press release on Wednesday afternoon. “As an administrative team they understand how football can energize a community […]

State Championship Bling (a series): Xavier’s Class LL-Small title rings

Xavier's 2014 Class LL-Small state championship ring.

It’s that time of year again, when our state champions begin unveiling the jewel-encrusted goodness from their postseason banquets. Welcome back to Championship Bling, where we show off those wares to everyone else. First up, Xavier’s ring from its 28-27 overtime victory over Shelton in the Class LL-Small championship. When you’re done ‘Ooohing’ and ‘Ahhhhing,’ […]

Football: Super 100 All-Star Combine this Sunday at Hillhouse

June 28, 2014 East Hartford
The Super 100 Football All-Star Classic game at Rentschler Field. Hillhouse's Harold Cooper, left, carried the ball. Notre Dame of West Haven's Sal Esposito on the stop. (Mara Lavitt — New Haven Register)

Connecticut High School Coaches Association’s Super 100 All-Star football game is holding a combine at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven on Sunday, 11 a.m. Football players who wish to play in the game, which will be held in late June at Rentschler Field, must attend the combine. To be eligible, players head […]

Football: McCormick accepts head coach position at Hyde

Brandon McCormick has accepted the head coach position at Hyde, he confirmed Wednesday. The position still needs to be approved by the Board of Education. McCormick said a meeting is scheduled for April 6 to approve the hire. McCormick has been on staff at Hyde since 2008, most notably as the team’s defensive co-ordinator. McCormick […]

55th Gene Casey National Football Foundation Scholar Athletes

Official Bill Schule, former Seymour coach Paul Sponheimer and North Haven coach Tony Sagnella, 2015 award winners for the New Haven County Chapter of the National Football Foundation.

The 55th anniversary of the Casey-O’Brien New Haven County Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete dinner will be held on Friday April 10 at Fantasia, 404 Washington Ave, North Haven. A reception will be held at 5:30 pm with the march to the head table at 6:30 pm. […]

Track and Field: Staples’ Lawrence to be inducted into NHSCA National Hall of Fame

Annoucned today, Staples’ longtime cross country and track and field head coach Laddie Lawrence will be inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame. From the press release: “It is with great pleasure that the National High School Athletic Coaches Association announces the upcoming induction of Laddie Lawrence from Staples High […]

Football: Northeast Showcase to be held May 2

The 6th Annual Northeast Football Showcase which will be held May 2 at Cheshire High School. The Northeast Football Showcase provides high school, prep school, and junior college football players with the opportunity to showcase their athletic abilities to Division II, Division III, and NAIA college coaches throughout the Northeast. This year’s showcase is directed […]

Football: Benjamin hired at Platt Tech

Jimmy Benjamin has been elevated from assistant coach to head coach at Platt Tech. Benjamin takes over for Chris Theriault, who stepped down after two seasons at the helm. For the past four years, Benjamin served as the Panthers’ head freshman coach and as an offensive line coach on the varsity. Benjamin, a former football […]

Fitch, Ledyard, East Lyme, New London break from ECC, announce formation of new conference [updated]

ECC Sinking

Four Eastern Connecticut Conference schools announced Tuesday they were officially breaking ties with the league and forming a new athletic conference, Ledyard, Fitch, East Lyme and New London will form a new league called the Southeastern Connecticut Athletic Conference — SCAC — in “an alliance that preserves traditional rivalries,” according to a press release from […]

SCC releases 2015 football schedules; One-year agreement looks to future


The official 2015 SCC Football composite schedules have been approved. Commissioner Al Carbone released the schedules Tuesday. Unlike previous years, the 2015 schedule is a one-year agreement and part of a compromise between the larger and/or stronger schools in Division I and the smaller schools of Division II to eliminate the historical two mandatory ‘crossover’ […]