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 […]

Cross Country: Darien’s Ostberg named Connecticut Boys Runner of the Year

Darien's Alex Ostberg will run for Stanford in the fall of 2015. Register file photo

The-two time cross country All-American can now call himself the two-time Gatorade Runner of the Year. Wednesday, Darien’s Alex Ostberg was named the Connecticut Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year for the second straight year. “Alex had an incredible year,” said Darien coach Tyson Kaczmarek through the Gatorade press release. “He now he has […]

2014 New Haven County Area Boys Cross Country MVP: Kyle Beaudette, Amity

The New Haven County Area Boys Cross Country MVP: Kyle Beaudette, Amity.

Entering his 38th year as head cross country coach, Amity’s Bob Orgovan had yet to have a sophomore as his No. 1 runner. Kyle Beaudette changed all of that. Beaudette not only emerged as the top runner for the Spartans but as one of the best young runners in the Southern Connecticut Conference and state […]

2014 New Haven County Area Boys Cross Country Team

Kyle Beaudette – MVP Amity sophomore Stats: Led the Spartans to an SCC Championship and a Class LL state title. Placed first at SCCs (15:56), seventh at Class LL (16:19) and finished 20th at State Open. (16:16). Qualified for New England championship meet. Honors: SCC Runner of the Year, All-SCC first team and all-state selection. […]

Cross Country: Led by All-American’s DeBalsi and Ostberg, CT runners fare well at Foot Locker Championships

Staples' Hannah DeBalsi gets ready to take off at the start of the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships. Photo by Mary Albl/Register

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. >> The high school cross country season finally came to an end for four of Connecticut’s best high  school distance runners Saturday morning at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships. Led by Staples’ Hannah DeBalsi’s fifth place finish, Connecticut placed three runners in the top 20 and two earned All-American status at […]

Cross Country Foot Locker notebook: Darien’s Ostberg ready to go for Foot Locker Championships

Hall's Ari Klau with Darien's Alex Ostberg yesterday after a run in San Diego at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships.

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. >> Despite an injury a few weeks prior to the Northeast Regional Foot Locker race, Darien’s Alex Ostberg still managed to easily win, crossing the tape in 15:17.8, more than 15 seconds faster than the second place finisher. Now heading into Saturday’s Foot Locker Cross Country Championships, he said he’s feeling in […]

Cross Country: CT runners arrive at Foot Locker Championships

Staples' Hannah DeBalsi in front of the hotel the athletes stay at for Foot Locker Championships. Photo by Mary Albl

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. >> The four runners from Connecticut have officially arrived on the west coast. Thursday afternoon, Hannah DeBalsi (Staples), Alex Ostberg (Darien), Gabrielle Richichi (New Fairfield) and Ari Klau (Hall) made the cross country journey to San Diego, California to compete in the Foot Locker National Cross Country Championships. All four qualified for […]

Cross Country: Darien’s Ostberg heads to Foot Locker Nationals as one of Connecticut’s best ever

Darien's Alex Ostberg will compete in the Foot Locker National Cross Country race this Saturday in San Diego, California. Photo by Mary Albl

Donn Cabral still views himself as one of the best distance runners to come out of the state of Connecticut. The 2008 Glastonbury High graduate has an impressive running resume that includes qualifying for the 2012 Olympics, being a three-time All-American in the steeplechase and a multitude of other accomplishments, including a few state high […]

Cross Country: Ridgefield’s Gilbert wins Nike Cross Northeast title

Ridgefield's Austin Gilbert won the Nike Cross Northeast Regional title on Saturday. Register file photo

Saturday at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls, New York Ridgefield’s Austin Gilbert’s cross country season got extended by one more race. Racing at the Nike Cross Northeast Regional Championships, Gilbert crossed the tape in a winning time of 16 minutes and 1.2 seconds. With the victory Gilbert qualifies for the Nike Cross Championships in Portland, Oregon on […]

Cross Country: Darien’s Ostberg wins Northeast Foot Lockers, CT qualifies 4 athletes for Nationals

Darien's Alex Ostberg won the Northeast Regional Foot Locker Championships Saturday. Photo by Mary Albl

BRONX>> Saturday morning at the Northeast Foot Locker Regional Cross Country Championships at Van Cortlandt Park, the state of Connecticut took another giant step forward on the national high school running scene. Led by Darien’s Alex Ostberg’s first place finish, four Connecticut runners placed in the top 10 to qualify for Foot Locker Nationals on […]

Cross Country: Staples gearing up for Nike, Foot Locker Regionals

Staples' Hannah DeBalsi finished in third place last year at the Foot Locker Northeast Regionals. Register file photo

WESTPORT >> In the end, the Staples High boys’ cross country team wanted one more race. After finishing fourth at the New England Championships on Nov. 8, the Wreckers were faced with a decision. Make a push for one final run at Nike Regionals or end the season and prepare for indoor track. “What we […]

Cross Country: Area runners set to run at Foot Locker, Nike Regionals

Hall's Ari Klau wins the CCC championship meet at Wickham Park in Manchester. Catherine Avalone-New Haven Register

After a few weeks off from races, a handful of high school runners from Connecticut will gear up for one more run. Saturday the Foot Locker Northeast Regionals will take place at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx with the top 10 finishers qualifying for Foot Locker Nationals on Dec. 13 in San Diego. ENTRIES: […]

Litchfield Hall of Fame to induct 10 new members

The Litchfield Athletic Hall of Fame enshrines 10 new members this Friday in a 6:30 p.m. ceremony and reception at the Litchfield Community Center. Inductees are Chris Blazek, Chris Chabot, Robert Davenport, Matt Donne, Kathleen Ebner, Leland McKenna, Benjamin Murphy, Andrew O’Dell, Sharon Simoncelli and Tom Wu. Chris Blazek Blazek is best known for a […]

Boys Cross Country: 2014 All-Southern Connecticut Conference selections

Amity was well represented in the SCC selections.

Cross Country First Team Kyle Beaudette (Amity Regional), Brendan Murray (Cheshire), Harrison Block (Amity Regional), Luke Arsenault (Branford), John O’Hara (Xavier), Ben Siciliano (Guilford), Joe Edelstein (Shelton), Russell Adam (Cheshire), Sricharan Kadimi (Amity Regional), Ryan Brennan (North Haven), Dan Hergott (Xavier), Matthew Arovas (Amity Regional) Second Team Jack McGowan (Fairfield Prep), Calum Wright (Hamden), Jordan […]

Cross Country: DeBalsi, Ostberg give Connecticut sweep of New England individual titles

Darien's Alex Ostberg runs up the hill at Wickham Park Saturday afternoon at Cross Country Championships. Photo by Mary Albl

MANCHESTER >> It was a banner day for high school distance runners in Connecticut at the New England Cross Country Championships on Saturday afternoon at Wickham Park. Staples’ Hannah DeBalsi and Darien’s Alex Ostberg set the tone as the dynamic pair swept the individual titles. Ostberg won the boys’ race in 15:07, the second-fastest time […]

Cross Country: New England Gameday

Darien's Alex Ostberg will look to better his course record this Saturday at the New England Championships. Register file photo

NEW ENGLAND CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS When: Saturday, 11:30 a.m. (boys); 12:30 (girls) Where: Wickham Park, Manchester Internet: Defending champions: Staples’ Hannah DeBalsi (girls); Ridgefield’s Trevor Hopper (boys); Coe-Brown Academy, N.H. (girls); La Salle Academy, R.I. (boys) You should know: The top six teams and 25 individuals from Connecticut, Vermont, Maine, Rhode Island and New […]

SCC names scholar athletes for September


Sixteen student-athletes from eight high schools have been named The SportsCenter of Connecticut/Southern Connecticut Conference Scholar Athletes of the Month for September. Each SCC member school gets two honorees per season (fall, winter and spring). Student athletes who are selected must be a varsity letterwinner and have a 3.0/B average while demonstrating leadership qualities. The […]

Boys Cross Country: Amity makes New Englands; Darien’s Ostberg shines

Amity's Kyle Beaudette was the top finisher for Amity Friday afternoon at the State Open at Wickham Park.

MANCHESTER >> After it was all said and done, Amity coach Bob Orgovan couldn’t think of what else his team could have done. Heading into Friday’s State Open as the No. 1-ranked team in the state and the newly crowned Class LL champions, the Spartans knew it would be a difficult task to add on […]

Live Updates – CIAC Cross Country State Open: DeBalsi wins girls title; Ostberg boys

Hannah DeBalsi of Staples on her way to the State Open Cross Country Championship win at Wickham Park in Manchester last fall. Register file photo.

Follow live updates from the CIAC Cross Country State Open, beginning at 2 p.m. for the girls and at 2:45 for the boys at Wickham Park in Manchester. Photos, videos and results will be posted in the window below. Scroll down for earlier results. LIVE RESULTS