Cross Country: Ridgefield, Tolland still No.1; Amity boys move up in latest poll

In the latest Cross Country CT High School Coaches Poll, the Ridgefield boys and Tolland girls remained the No. 1 teams for the second straight week. Ridgefield, the preseason favorite, received 13 first place votes, while Danbury and Staples traded positions from a week ago as the Hatters moved into the No. 2 spot. Also […]

Cross country: Friday’s boys and girls roundup

Boys cross country Foran 19, Law 43 (at Eisenhower Park, Milford) 3.1 Individual results: 1. Tyler Porcello (F), 18:05; 2. Jeremy Doucette (L), 18:08 3. Kevin Aiken (F), 18:30; 4. Jack Ardry (F), 18:30; 5. Matt Downing (F), 18:49; 6. Matt Tylutki (F), 19:25; 7. Kyle Anderson (F), 19:26; 8. Matt Zancewicz (L), 19:36; 9. […]

NVL implements new Iron division

Medieval alchemists would be proud. Their efforts to change ordinary metals into gold never hit the jackpot, but the Naugatuck Valley League is making it happen this year – or something like it. The league grew used to two seven-member divisions called Copper and Brass, established in 2006 “with the advent of football championships,” recalls […]

Tuesday’s Litchfield County roundup: Torrington boys soccer storms past Crosby

Torrington continued its strong start with a 6-0 victory against Crosby Tuesday afternoon. The Red Raiders’ Austin Curry and Kevin Vaca each scored twice in the victory. Ethan Barbieri and Keyon Robinson each added a goal. Amar Suljic had three assists. Crosby’s Gabriel Pacheco made 10 stops while Torrington’s Nathan Manchester had two saves. Torrington […]

Cross Country: A look back at the first week of the season

The Daniel Hand High School boys cross country team runs at the school. Photo by Arnold Gold/New Haven Register)

The first week of cross country is officially in the books! Here’s a quick look back at some of the top times/performances, what we learned from the invitations this past weekend and what’s coming up! It’s still way early in the season to be producing any crazy fast times, but we did see some great […]

Cross Country: Ridgefield boys, Tolland girls No. 1 in Week 1 poll

Sunday evening the Week 1 high school Cross Country Coaches poll was released as preseason favorites Ridgefield (boys) and Tolland (girls) stayed as the top teams. On the boys’ side, Ridgefield received 12 first place votes while Staples and Amity also received one each. The Tigers were followed by No. 2 Staples and Danbury third. […]

Cross Country 2014 Blog: A look inside in the sport

Cheshire's Natalie and Maggie .

Welcome to the GameTimeCT  weekly Cross Country blog series written by high school runners! Every Sunday, Ben Siciliano of Guilford and Natalie Wickenheisser and Maggie Kuehl of Cheshire, will be blogging for us. The three will provide their insight on the season, what’s going with the team and basically anything cross country related. Check out […]

Wednesday’s cross country roundup: Hand boys, Foran girls win Neubauer Invitational

Boys cross country Neubauer Invitational 3.1 Miles (at Wallingford) Team results: 1. Hand, 32; 2. Foran, 33; 3. Law, 99; 4. Lyman Hall, 105; 5 Sheehan, 113. Individual results: 1. Kevin Mastriano (Foran), 17:27; 2. Tyler Porcello (Foran), 17:36; 3. Adam Taylor (Hand), 17:41; 4. Jeremy Doucette (Law), 17:42; 5. Colin Roth (Hand), 17:45. Hamden […]

Tuesday’s NH County cross country roundup: Hamden boys, Guilford girls capture West Beach Invite

Boys cross country Mercy Invitational 3.1 Miles (at Middletown) Team results: 1. Xavier 27; 2. East Hampton 66; 3. Coginchaug 88. Individual results: 1. Christian Alberico (Coginchaug), 16:52.8; 2. John O’Hara (Xavier), 17:09.4; 3. Dan Hergott (Xavier), 17:15.2; 4. Daniel Klemonski (East Hampton), 17:55.1; 5. David Preli (Xavier), 18:06.5. 6. Jordan Thomas (East Hampton), 18:17.9 […]

2014 high school fall sports schedules

(Peter Casolino - New Haven Register)

Schedules for the 2014 Fall Sports Season, via CIACsports.com. Cross Country: BOYS school schedules | GIRLS school schedules Field Hockey: School Schedules | Master schedule Football: Team and league schedules (GameTimeCT) Soccer (Boys): School Schedules | Master schedule Soccer (Girls): School Schedules | Master schedule Swimming & Diving (Girls): School schedules Volleyball (Girls): School schedules | Master schedule

Cross Country is alive and well in Litchfield County

Members of the Nonnewaug and Housatonic girls cross country team line up before the start of the Berkshire League pre-season scrimmage meet at Black Rock State Park.
Peter Wallace — Register Citizen

High school cross country is alive and well in the Northwest Corner. Even in the smaller schools of the Berkshire League, cross country numbers are up. At Shepaug, 28 boys are out for the team, making the Spartan boys team a pre-season favorite for the BL title, along with Class M’s Northwestern. The league, a […]

Cross Country: Teams search for optimal training regimens for success

The Daniel Hand High School boys cross country team runs at the school. Photo by Arnold Gold/New Haven Register)

It’s a little past 3 p.m. on a hot Tuesday afternoon in late August. But members of the Branford cross country team don’t seem to mind the heat. There’s a lot of enthusiastic chatter among the crowd as they wait for coach Kevin Connell. They seem anxious to get their feet and bodies moving. A […]

Cross Country: Top 10 area runners to watch for this fall

Amity's Emily Criscuolo

GIRLS Isabel Balcezak    Hopkins    Sr. Maddie Brandon    Haddam-Killingworth    Jr. Emily Criscuolo    Amity    So. Sheila Flaherty    Hand    Jr. Lisa Gorham    Amity    Sr. Cyrene Nicholas    Branford    Jr. MacKenzie Pias    Mercy    Jr. Danae Rivers    Wilbur Cross    Jr. Hannah Springhorn    Hopkins    Sr. Natalie Wickenheisser    Cheshire    Sr. BOYS Russell Adam    Cheshire    Sr. Luke Arsenault    Branford    Sr. Kyle Beaudette    Amity    So. […]

Cross Country: Ridgefield, Tolland ranked No. 1 in preseason poll

State cross country state meets from last fall. Register file photo

Sunday evening the preseason Connecticut Cross Country Coaches Poll was released. It came as no surprised to see the Ridgefield boys and Tolland girls come in as the two No. 1 teams. Both are the defending State Open champions and return a plethora of talent. On the boys’ side, Ridgefield received 13 first-place votes. Staples […]

Boys Cross Country: A look at the SCC

The 2013 SCC Championship meet. Register file photo

Amity Coach: Bob Orgovan (37 years) Record: 373 wins 63 losses (Dual Meets) Last year: SCC Housatonic Division Champions; 8-1 Captains: Alex Bunnell Top runners Sricharan Kadimi Kyle Beaudette Aidan Leonard-Pasley Key losses Michael Yuan, Aaron Barkin, Chris MacKay Outlook As usual, Amity puts together a competitive squad and this fall should be no different. The […]

Cross Country: Staples’ Hannah DeBalsi ranked No. 1 in nation from DyeStat

Hannah DeBalsi at the Class LL state meet last fall. Register file photo

Wednesday evening the Internet running site, DyeStat, released its Top 100 individual girls cross country preseason high school rankings. Coming in at No. 1 in the nation is junior Hannah DeBalsi of Staples. Individual Girls Preseason Top 100 XC 2014 Rankings – @DyeStat http://t.co/Cd8KOXcSxV Hannah DeBalsi is #1! pic.twitter.com/VTFgZPiCA4 — DyeStat (@DyeStat) August 27, 2014 […]

CIAC sets 2015-16 dates for preseason, regular season to begin

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Board of Controls voted last week to move back the start of the regular season in the fall of 2015. The 2015 fall season will begin on Friday, Sept. 11. While that is two days after the official start of this upcoming season (Sept. 9), it will only be four […]

Cross Country 2014: A look at the upcoming season

(Mara Lavitt Ñ New Haven Register) 
October 26, 2013 Manchester
CIAC Class Championship at Wickham Park, Manchester.
Class LL Girls.

The cross country season officially started Saturday morning with the first day of practice. Here’s a quick state-wide season preview, some runners to watch and basically to get you excited for the season! Top 5 storylines 1. How strong will the FCIAC be? Ridgefield, Darien, Staples, Danbury … the list goes on. The Ridgefield boys […]

Cross Country: Top CT runners take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge

Just about every high school football team in Connecticut has taken on the “Ice Bucket Challenge” in support of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) Awareness, and now the cross country kids are getting in on the action too. Thursday afternoon, distance runners Hannah DeBalsi of Staples, Darien’s Alex Ostberg and Staples’ Erica Hefnawy all accepted the […]

Cross Country 2014: Nationally known Staples runner Hannah DeBalsi just a quirky, humble kid with turtles

Staples’ Hannah DeBalsi with her pet turtle Otis this summer. Phot by Mary Albl

WESTPORT >> Hannah DeBalsi’s pet turtle arrived at her house last winter as a birthday gift. She named him Virgil. He didn’t live long. “We think he died of pneumonia,” DeBalsi said. “He was gasping a lot.” So her mother ordered more. Just one turtle survived — Virgil III. Ironically, some of DeBalsi’s teammates found […]