Football 2015: Familiar faces starting fresh in different Greater New Haven area coaching positions

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First Year East Haven football Coach Melvin Wells talks about his team to the SCC coaches and Media during the SCC Football media night at the Floyd Little Athletic Center last month.

Football rosters are often helpful to spectators to be able to identify players quickly. This season, spectators may also need them to figure out the many new head coaches in the Greater New Haven area. When play begins on Sept. 11, 14 coaches will officially debut at their new schools. Some were head coaches previously, […]

CCC Football 2015: Middletown preview

Middletown's Hunter Baldo is expected to carry the load for the Dragons in 2015 (Photo Peter Hvizdak)

Highlights: Middletown WR Gene Footman will be one of new QB Tyshaun James’ favorite targets in 2015 as the Blue Dragons rebuild with the loss of eight starters on each side of the ball. Vitals Coach: Sal Morello (13th year, 6th at Middletown, 109-26) Conference: CCC Division II East Playoff Class: L (616 boys enrollment) Home: Rosek-Skubel Stadium 2014 Record: 8-3 (4-1 CCC D-II […]

NVL Football 2015: Holy Cross preview

Holy Cross' Adam Razza goes up for a catch last year. (File photo Peter Paguaga)

Vitals Coach: Mike Giampetruzzi (7th year, 48-19) Conference: NVL Brass Division Playoff Class: S (266 boys enrollment) Home: Municipal Stadium, Waterbury 2014 Record: 6-4 (4-0 NVL Brass Division champions) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 11 vs. Sacred Heart/Kaynor Tech, 7 p.m. Captains: Aaron Velazquez Team website: MaxPreps Top players Aaron Velazquez, 5-8, 170, Sr., OL/OLB Evan Lovell, 6-5, […]

Pequot Football 2015: Stafford / East Windsor / Somers preview

Stafford/East Windsor has combined with Somers' stars to form what should be a stronger club in 2015. (Photo via @StaffordBulldog on Twitter)

Vitals Coach: Brian Mazzone (First year) Conference: Pequot East Playoff Class: S Home: Stafford High School Football Field 2014 Record: 0-11 (0-9 Pequot Uncas) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 11 vs. Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton, 7 p.m. Captains: TBA Team website: MaxPreps Twitter: @staffordbulldog Top players Devin Gilbert, Sr. OL/LB (6-3, 255) Josh Barnett, Sr. OL/DL (6-3, 265) Jake Hinkel, Sr. RB/LB (5-10, 200) Nate LaJoie, Jr. QB/DB (5-6, 155) […]

Connecting with sports not sanctioned by the CIAC

Hamden girls hockey captains Samantha Cozzolino (left) and Caraline Kennedy (photo supplied by Hamden coach Mike Callan)

Bowling (30 teams) and girls ice hockey (21 teams) are two high school sports with the potential to grow enough in the next few years to be sanctioned by the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference. The CIAC requires a sport to have 20 percent of the schools in the state, or 38 teams, competing on the […]

Football: The not-so-official official preseason scrimmage schedule

Bobby Drysdale takes a handoff during a recent Brookfield practice (Photo via Francesco Graziano - CPTV Sports)

By now you should know how this works. A lot of high school football teams list their scrimmage schedules before the season kickoff. Some don’t. These can also change on a whim and a phone call. Regardless, below is a list of 2015 preseason scrimmages that have been reported on the CIAC’s website. The scrimmage […]

Pequot Football 2015: Ellington preview

Elllington returning quarterback Christian Rider (Photo Mary Albl)

Vitals Coach: Sean Byrne (3rd year, 15-8) Conference: Pequot East Playoff Class: S (378 boys enrollment) Home: Ellington High School field 2014 Record: 9-3 (lost to St. Joseph in Class M-Small semifinals) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 12 vs. Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby, 1 p.m. Captains: TBA Team website: | MaxPreps Top players Mark Hickman, Sr. WR/DB (5-11, 170) Christian Rider, Sr. QB/DB (5-10, 165) Zachary “Truck” Luginbuhl, Sr. […]

Pequot Football 2015: Nonnewaug preview

Nonnewaug quarterback Dominic Nastri (File photo Peter Paguaga)

Vitals Coach: John Oko (6th year, 8-34) Conference: Pequot West Playoff Class: S (313 boys enrollment) Home Field: Nonnewaug High School Field, Woodbury 2014 Record: 2-9 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 11 at Enfield, 7 p.m. Captains: Kevin Young, Jim Paige, Jake Broderick, Dominick Nastri Team website: MaxPreps Top Players Dominick Nastri, Sr., QB (5-10, 160) Zach Mauro, […]

Pequot Football 2015: Granby Memorial preview

Tailback Connor Field (left) and fullback Logan Strain are two of the many seniors hoping to lead Granby Memorial to a state playoff berth in 2015 (File photo Peter Paguaga)

Vitals Coach: Rich Gadoury (3 years, 17-15) Conference: Pequot West Playoff Class: S (361 boys enrollment) Home: Granby Memorial High School 2014 Record: 7-4 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 12 at Gilbert/Northwestern, 1 p.m. Captains: Dom Pagano, Connor Field, Logan Strain Team website: Max Preps Top Players Connor Field, Sr. RB/DB (5-11, 179) Dominic Pagano, Sr. QB/S (6-0, […]

Football 2015: Lupoli, Ragaini lead way for explosive Notre Dame-West Haven offense

(Peter Hvizdak - New Haven Register)
Notre Dame-West Haven quarterback Christian Lupoli, left, and receiver Nico Ragaini are expected to lead the way for the Green Knights this season.

A t the Southern Connecticut Conference preseason football media night held at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven, coaches both lamented and praised the toughness of the league. They lamented how challenging it was to get a win in each SCC matchup and praised how the elite talent of all league opponents helped […]

Pequot Football 2015: Canton preview

Canton's Eddie Melton (2) tries to escape a swarm of Enfield tacklers last year. Melton is one of the few Canton starters returning this season. (Gerry deSimas Jr. - )

Vitals Coach: Christopher Currier (First year) Conference: Pequot West Playoff Class: S (256 boys enrollment) Home Field: Canton High School Turf Field 2014 Record: 10-2 (Pequot Uncas Champions; Class S-Small semifinalist) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 12 at SMSA/University, 1 p.m. Team website: Canton Football Online | MaxPreps Top Players Alex Higley, 5-10, 170, Jr., QB Will Carlson, 6-2, 230, […]

NVL Football 2015: Torrington preview

Torrington quarterback Connor Finn (File photo Marianne Killackey)

Vitals Coach: Gaitan Rodriguez (3rd year, 8-14) Conference: NVL Iron Playoff Class: L (548 boys enrollment) Home: Robert Frost Sports Complex, Torrington 2014 Record: 5-6 (5-5 NVL) Captains: Connor Finn, Kobe Covington, Nathaniel Bresson, Nick Paniati, Eric Mayerjak. Team website: | MaxPreps Top players Connor Finn, 6-0, 180, Sr., QB Tyler Marens, 5-7, 165, […]

FCIAC Football 2015: Greenwich preview

Greenwich's Scooter Harrington (80) makes a tackle last season. He was a Class LL all-state player for Greenwich as a junior (Photo Peter Paguaga)

Vitals Coach: John Marinelli (First year) Conference: FCIAC East Playoff Class: LL (1,264 boys enrollment) Home: Steve Young Field at Cardinal Stadium 2014 Record: 7-4 (7-3 FCIAC) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 18 at Trinity Catholic, 4 p.m. Captains: Ian Bannon, Kevin Woodring, Scooter Harrington, Luke Bienstock Team website: | MaxPreps Top players Scooter Harrington, Sr. WR/DE (6-6, 240) Luke Bienstock, Sr. RB/DE (6-3, 215) […]

SWC Football 2015: New Fairfield preview

New Fairfield's football returns one of the SWC's most veteran teams and has designs on reaching its first state playoff since 2001. (Photo via New Fairfield Gridiron Club)

Vitals Coach: Anthony Fata (6th year, 27-25) Conference: SWC Patriot Playoff Class: L (515 boys enrollment) Home: Rebel Stadium at New Fairfield High School 2014 Record: 7-4 (6-4 SWC) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 11 vs. Brookfield, 7 p.m. Captains: James Lewis, Russell Howard, Zach Tripodi, Greg Radovic, Andrew D’Amico Team website: MaxPreps Top players Greg Radovic, Sr. WR/SS (6-0, 190) James Lewis, Sr. FB/LB (6-0, 205) Zach […]

Girls Cross Country: Top 10 New Haven County runners to watch

(Catherine Avalone - The Middletown Press)
Mercy senior captain Mackenzie Pias, at left, and sophomore Bridgid Selfors shared first place with an official time of 19:51 crossing the finish line hand in hand last season. The pair return as two of the top runners in the conference.

Maddie Brandon, senior, Haddam-Killingworth: Two-time defending Shoreline champion, Brandon will look to claim her third straight conference title this fall. Finished second at the Class SS state meet (20:07), top 30 finish at State Open last fall. Emily Criscuolo, junior, Amity: Consistent runner that should continue to get better. The No. 1 runner for Amity, […]

Boys Cross Country: Top 10 New Haven County runners to watch

(Catherine Avalone - New Haven Register)
Amity's Kyle Beaudette won the 21st Annual Southern Connecticut Conference cross country championship with an official time of 15:56 at Hammonasset State Park in Madison on Friday, October 17, 2014.

Matt Arovas, senior, Amity: Part of deep and talented Amity squad, Arovas was consistent runner last fall for Spartans. He finished 12th at SCCs, 20th at Class LL (17:00) and ran 16:58 at State Open. Kyle Beaudette, junior, Amity: The top returner in the Southern Connecticut Conference. Defending SCC champ (15:56), top sophomore to finish […]

SCC Football 2015: Xavier preview

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Vitals Coach: Sean Marinan (14th season) Conference: SCC Division I West Playoff Class: LL (817 boys enrollment) Home: Palmer Field, Middletown 2014 Record: 9-3 (3-1 SCC Division I West, Class LL-Small Champions) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 11 at West Haven, 7 p.m. Captains: TBA Team website: MaxPreps / XavierFootball.Org Top players Glenn Cunningham, 6-1, 210, Jr., RB […]

SWC Football 2015: Brookfield preview

Two-time all-state RB/LB Bobby Drysdale (left) and returning senior lineman Sam Flynn during last year's regular-season game vs. Newtown. With a massive and talented senior class Brookfield has come of age in 2015. (File Photo Peter Paguaga)

Vitals Coach: Rich Angarano (16th year, 118-67) Conference: SWC Patriot Playoff Class: M (427 boys enrollment) Home: Brookfield High School Sports Complex 2014 Record: 11-2 (8-2 SWC runners-up, Class M-Large Champions) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 11 at New Fairfield, 7 p.m. Captains: Bobby Drysdale, Austin Reich, Johnny Roscigno, Nick Acquanita, Zach Delia,  Matt Melby Team website: MaxPreps Top players Bobby Drysdale, Sr. RB/LB (6-1, 220) Austin Reich, […]

ECC Football 2015: Woodstock Academy preview

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Above: Highlight reel for Woodstock Academy WR/S Mason Defocy, a junior and one of the Centaurs’ leaders in 2015. Vitals Coach: Clay Killingsworth (3rd year, 1-20) Conference: ECC Division I Playoff Class: M (490 boys enrollment) Home: Bentley Field, Woodstock 2014 Record: 1-10 (1-9 ECC) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 12 at Bacon Academy, 3 p.m. Captains: Cahan Quinn, Mason Defocy Team website: MaxPreps Top players […]

ECC Football 2015: Griswold preview

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Vitals Coach: Gregg Wilcox (2nd year, 6-4) Conference: ECC Division II Playoff Class: S (282 boys enrollment) Home: Griswold HS Field, Jewett City 2014 Record: 6-4 (6-4 ECC) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 11 at Killingly, 6:30 p.m. Captains: Jordan Baker, Jayvon Dyer, Cole Mileski, Chaz Strickland Team website: MaxPreps Top players Jordan Baker, Sr. CB/WR Cole Mileski, Sr. QB Ryan Gervais, Sr. LB/TE Jayvon Dyer, Sr. WR/CB Chaz Strickland, […]