Looking Back: Ray Tellier Sr. was a molder of coaches

Ray Tellier Sr. (Register file photo)

Editor’s note: During the summer of 2012, the New Haven Register ran a New Haven 200 series to commemorate its 200th anniversary. GameTimeCT.com will share high school related stories from that series periodically throughout the summer.   To gauge just how influential Ray Tellier Sr. was as a high school coach, look no further than the scores of former […]

The CIAC’s 2015-16 Class Enrollment Figures [Update: No, these are *still* last year’s]

Glastonbury (above, as state champions) vs. Farmington is a state soccer event.  Photo Derek Turner

UPDATE: NOPE. NEVER MIND. NOTHING TO SEE HERE. Matt Glasz points out that we’ve failed and published LAST YEAR’s figures. That means we still don’t have THIS year’s figures. False alarm, folks. Apologies. We’ll be inquiring the CIAC about when these numbers will be updated. Sigh. WHERE ARE THE 2015-16 ENROLLMENT FIGURES? [ORIGINAL POST] As […]

High School Football 2015: Connecticut’s Returning Player Leaderboards

A few of Connecticut's top-returning players in 2015. Clockwise from top-left: Tyler Coyle (Windsor), Tyler Bailey (Ansonia), Nico Ragaini (Notre Dame-WH), Connor Field (Granby), Jasen Rose (Southington).

With August just around the corner, here’s an interactive look at Connecticut’s top-returning CIAC players, according to statistics entered by teams on MaxPreps.com. Hover over individual player entries for detailed statistics. Click conference buttons to look at leaders by league. Schools that have changed leagues or players who have transferred have been noted based on information […]

Track and Field: Passion is hallmark of Jacobs’ career

Amity's Thom Jacobs during a run. Jacobs officially resigned from coaching track last June. Photo courtesy of Sue Jacobs

Laddie Lawrence’s first memory of Thom Jacobs is from a track meet. A very passionate Jacobs was riled up about something. “I turned to him at the meet and said something to the effect of, ‘Just think, there’s billions of people in China who don’t even know we have a meet today. Don’t worry about […]

Let’s talk football here

Peter Hvizdak - Register

The first football practices are just under a month away. The season is just under two months away. We’re far from anything real as of this writing (July 21). But seeing how most of our comments this summer are all about football, let’s talk football. So, in order to begin to talk about football, let’s […]

Here are a bunch of Connecticut high school linemen engaging in tug-o-war at the Berlin Lineman Challenge

New Milford (foreground) faces North Branford in the tug-o-war portion of the Berlin Lineman Challenge Saturday (Screen cap via 'Rick Volk' on YouTube)

Practices for the 2015 football season begin a month from now (!!!), but that doesn’t mean our boys are sunning themselves on the Cape, or some other silver-sand beach further south. Well, OK, maybe some are. But a good number of them have been pumping iron, running laps and attending passing leagues and enrolling in […]

Football: Retirement party for West Haven’s Ed McCarthy to be held August 7

West Haven's Ed McCarthy shakes hands with Fairfield Prep's Tom Shea, after the Blue Devils defeated the Jesuits 21-14 in what could possibly be McCarthy's final game. (Mike Madera - Special to GameTimeCT).

A retirement party will be held for longtime West Haven football coach Ed McCarthy on Friday, Aug. 7 at the Polish American Club in West Haven. McCarthy retired as the state’s all-time wins leader with 332 victories. He coached for 44 seasons, 32 at West Haven and 12 at St. Joseph. The party will be […]

North Haven’s Zachary Kastenhuber makes it three Harvard commits in a week

North Haven receiver Zack Kastenhuber scrambles for yardage after a 30 yard reception. John Vanacore  - for the Register

Harvard is cleaning up among Connecticut high school football recruits this summer. Zach Kastenhuber, a former North Haven football player now at Choate, has committed to play at Harvard. Kastenhuber gives Harvard its third commit from Connecticut’s Class of 2016 in a span of a week, along with Staples lineman Jackson Ward  and Brookfield’s Bobby Drysdale. He made his […]

Work begins on athletic fields at Hamden High School

Mayor Curt Balzano Leng and Legislative Council President James Pascarella put the first ceremonial shovel in the ground Wednesday, officially kicking off the construction of new athletic fields at Hamden High School (Photo Kate Ramunni)

HAMDEN >> The fields behind Hamden High School will be closed to the public this summer as work started this week on major renovations that will fix long-standing problems and expand the ability for teams to use them at the same time. Both the football field and the baseball field will undergo renovations that will […]

Football: Brookfield’s Bobby Drysdale, Staples’ Jackson Ward pick Harvard

Brookfield's Bobby Drysdale breaks a tackle vs. Newtown last year. (File photo by Pete Paguaga)

Harvard snatched up two of Connecticut’s stop senior football talent this past week. Staples’ lineman Jackson Ward made his verbal commitment on Saturday, reported the Staples High School student-run WWPT 90.3-FM. Today, Brookfield’s all-state linebacker Bobby Drysdale also made his verbal commitment to play for the Crimson in 2016, coach Rich Angarano said. Drysdale, listed at 6-foot-1, […]

Hand’s Grace Cummings honored with NFHS National High School Spirit of Sport Award

Hand's Grace Cummings (second from left) with her parents Colleen and George and Hand athletic director Craig Semple (far left) at the NFHS annual awards dinner in New Orleans on Monday. (Photo via Daniel Hand High School)

Hand’s Grace Cummings was honored with the National Federation of State High School Association’s National High School Spirit of Sport Award during the NFHS’ annual summer meetings in New Orleans. The award recognizes “individuals who exemplify the ideals of the spirit of sport that represent the core mission of education-based athletics,” according to the NFHS. […]

Football: Secondary leads Team Nutmeg in Super 100 Classic

Team Nutmeg celebrates its 44-22 victory over Team Constitution in the CHSCA Super 100 Classic Football All-Star Football Game, Saturday afternoon, June 27, 2015, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. (Catherine Avalone/New Haven Register)

EAST HARTFORD >> Even with a quarter and a half remaining in Saturday’s Super 100 All-Star Classic football contest, Troy Gray’s interception return for a touchdown was the proverbial dagger. With Team Nutmeg already up by 10 points, Gray picked off a Brandon Bisack pass and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown with about […]

Super 100 Football Classic: Title-game rivals unite for All-Star Game

Shelton's Wadson Petithomme (3) will play for Team Nutmeg in Saturday's Super 100 Classic All-Star football game. 
Peter Hvizdak/Register)

Shelton’s Wadson Petithomme and Xavier’s John Sullivan last played on the same football field in December, when their respective teams squared off for the Class LL-Small state title at West Haven’s Ken Strong Stadium. Sullivan and the Falcons emerged with a thrilling 28-27 overtime victory, spoiling the Gaels’ bid at a perfect season. The two […]

Hartford Courant names Windsor’s Rush, Tolland’s Swanson its regional Athletes of the Year

Windsor's Courtney 'Malik' Rush (left) and Tolland's Caitlin Swanson (right) were named the Hartford Courant's first Athletes of the Year at its inaugural banquet. (Photos by John Vanacore, Mary Albl)

The Hartford Courant named Windsor’s Courtney ‘Malik’ Rush and Tolland’s Caitlin Swanson as its Bo Kolinsky Athletes of the Year on Thursday at its inaugural season ending banquet at Rentschler Field. Rush, a senior, was an accomplished football and track star for Windsor. In football, he had 39 receptions for 906 yards and 11 touchdowns as the Warriors […]

Super 100 Football Classic: Cofrancesco making most of second chance at final game

Notre Dame-West Haven's Zach Cofrancesco, who missed the final seven games of his senior season due to injury, will play in Saturday's Super 100 All-Star Classic.
Photo courtesy of hudl

Zach Cofrancesco went up for a pass like he had on countless occasions during practice. But this time the result was different. Cofrancesco landed wrong and broke his right foot, which ended his football career at Notre Dame-West Haven. “On the way down, I landed on it like you would roll your ankle,” Cofrancesco said. […]

Valley Regional’s Chris Jean-Pierre, Wilbur Cross’ Danae Rivers embodied both Athlete of the Year dimensions

(Catherine Avalone - New Haven Register)   Wilbur Cross senior runner Danae Rivers and Valley Regional senior quarterback Chris Jean-Pierre are the 2014-2015 recipients of the New Haven Register Athlete of the Year at the Annual MVP Banquet at Amarante's Sea Cliff on Cove Street in New Haven.

NEW HAVEN >> Two scenarios typically arise when it comes to choosing the annual New Haven Register male and female athletes of the year. There’s the athlete who proves to be so much better than the competition in a given sport that the choice is relatively simple. Or the athletes who may not have been […]

Who will be the 2014-15 Register Athletes of the Year?

2015 NHR Athletes of the Year

  Has it really been over 20 years since the New Haven Register started honoring its Area Athletes of the Year? It will be the 21st year where we acknowledge all of our MVPs throughout the course of the school year tonight’s at Amarante’s Sea Cliff and culminate the evening by naming our latest Athletes […]

Your 2014-2015 CIAC Champions: Darien rules again, CCC tops conferences

Darien once again won the most state championships during the 2014-15 school sports year.

Darien won nine CIAC championships, the most of any Connecticut high school, during the 2014-15 academic year. The Blue Wave won four more titles than second-place Tolland, Glastonbury, Windsor and, of course, arch-rival New Canaan. The 32-team CCC took home the most state championships (36), usurping the crown worn by the FCIAC last season. The FCIAC […]

Football: CIAC Announces 2015 Football Playoff Divisions (Hey, look, Darien jumps to LL)

Darien's Shelby Grant breaks a tackle in the Blue Wave's 42-12 win over Naugatuck in the Class L Large semifinals. Darien has now been bumped to Class LL to fight for a title alongside the likes of Southington and Xavier. (File Photo Pete Paguaga)

Here are your 2015 High School Football Playoff Divisions released today by CIAC. The first thing that’ll jump out at you immediately is that Darien is leaving arch rival New Canaan behind and takes the giant leap to Class LL alongside the Southingtons, the Xaviers, Sheltons, Fairfield Preps, West Havens and… well, almost every other FCIAC school. Darien was one […]

Middletown 2014-15 Athletic Awards

Middletown High passed out its awards at the school’s Spring Awards Picnic last week. There is no question that AD Elisha De Jesus has put enormous emphasis on academics, building on what retired AD Mike Pitruzzello did in that regard. Given that, that’s where we’ll start. Some 78 student-athletes — and that’s the right term […]