Renovations to Torrington’s sports complex will soon get under way

Peter Wallace — Register Citizen
Coach Mike Tyler holds a piece of the old track - a quarter inch thick. The new surface will be three times the old thickness.

TORRINGTON >> Take a long look at the Torrington High School’s Robert H. Frost Sports Complex. As of May 7, good and bad memories alike disappear with the turn of a shovel, the first spade full of dirt toward completion of a $2.7 million renovation funded by the state. The project was opened for bids […]

Track and Field: Former Staples High runners, now coaches, key part of program

Malcolm Watson gathers with the Staples girls' cross country team this past fall. Photo courtesy of Sara Bassett

WESTPORT >> Every day Malcolm Watson gets to be a kid.The 30-year-old laces up his sneakers each day and spends his afternoons running, laughing and a lot of times, outsprinting high school kids. And it’s all for work. Watson is an assistant coach for the Staples High cross country and track program. For the past […]

Darien’s Alex Ostberg named CT Gatorade XC Runner of the Year

Darien's Alex Ostberg at the Foot Locker Nationals. Photo by Sara DeBalsi

Thursday morning Darien’s Alex Ostberg capped off an amazing junior cross country campaign as he was awarded the Gatorade XC Runner of the Year for Connecticut. Ostberg led Darien to a Class L team title in October and and a second place finish at the State Open. Individually, Ostberg had a terrific season on the […]

SCC names scholar-athletes for November

Fourteen student-athletes from seven high schools have been named The SportsCenter of Connecticut/Southern Connecticut Conference Scholar Athletes of the Month for November. Student-athletes who are selected must be a varsity letterwinner and have a 3.0/B average while demonstrating leadership qualities. The November honorees are: Justin Waters of Branford (soccer), Isabella Suppa of Branford (soccer), Caroline […]

NH County Boys Cross Country Area MVP: Christian Alvarado, Fairfield Prep

Mara Lavitt — New Haven Register 
Christian Alvarado wins the Class LL championship race en route to Area MVP honors.

Entering this fall, Fairfield Prep’s Christian Alvarado had already established himself as one of the elite high school runner in the state of Connecticut. This past cross country season he made the point even clearer with the way he cruised through the regular season and turned in an impressive postseason performance going undefeated in the […]

NH County All-Area Boys Cross Country Team

Christian Alvarado – MVP Fairfield Prep senior Stats: Won the SCC championship meet with a course record of 15:16. Won the Class LL final meet and set another course record in the State Open at Wickham Park (15:31). Finished second in the Northeast Regional Foot Locker Championship meet. Honors: Two-time Area MVP and All-CHSCA and […]

Litchfield County All-Area Boys Cross Country Team

MVP — Jon Pirla Torrington Sr. Stats: Finished in fifth place at the NVL Championship meet with a time of 16:33.95 and helped lead the Red Raiders to a third place finish. Honors: All-NVL Team. View Team Vincent Pistritto Nonnewaug Sr. Stats: Finished in first place at the Winding Trails Invitational, Nonnewaug Invitational, finished in […]

Litchfield County Boys Cross Country MVP

Jon Pirla – MVP Torrington Sr. Stats: Finished in fifth place at the NVL Championship meet with a time of 16:33.95 and helped lead the Red Raiders to a third place finish. Honors: All-NVL Team.
Sean Meenaghan - Register Citizen

During his first two years of high school, Torrington senior Jon Pirla was played soccer during the fall, but going into his junior year he decided that he was going to run cross country and this past season Pirla was the Red Raiders top runner, helping them finish third at the NVL Championships on his […]

Staples’ Hannah DeBalsi claims 2nd place at Foot Locker Cross Country Nationals

Darien's Alex Ostberg at the Foot Locker Nationals. Photo by Sara DeBalsi

Saturday was apparently a good day to be a Connecticut runner. While the snow poured down throughout the state, three elite high school runners were in sunny conditions participating in the Foot Locker Cross Country Nationals in San Diego, Calif. Headlined by Staples’ Hannah DeBalsi’s second place finish in the girls’ race (17:26), Darien’s Alex […]

2013 All-SWC Cross Country Teams

SOUTH-WEST CONFERENCE BOYS CROSS COUNTRY Adam Dengler, New Milford Alex Smith, Brookfield Chris Rivas, Brookfield Evan Opsal, New Fairfield Grandon Smith, Newtown Gregory Hansell, New Milford Henry Morris, Weston Jonathan Davis, New Milford Luke Simmonds, New Milford Michael Petillo, Stratford Thomas DePalma, Pomperaug Tom Floros, Newtown Locals bolded GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY Ariel Smith, Bunnell Brianna […]

2013 All-SCC Cross Country teams

With the season in the books, here’s a look at the runners who ran the best in their respective conferences. SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT CONFERENCE GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY First Team Kaleigh Roberts (Mercy), Danae Rivers (Wilbur Cross), Cyrene Nicholas (Branford), Liz Fengler (Sheehan), Ashley Cambisaca (Hamden), Kathryn Phillips (Daniel Hand), MacKenzie Pias (Mercy), Joelle Schumacher (Shelton), Leah […]

All-FCIAC boys Cross Country

Ridgefield placed five individuals on the FCIAC first team, including New England Champion, Trevor Hopper. Below is a complete list. First Team Trevor Hopper, Ridgefield Alex Ostberg, Darien Will Bordash, Ridgefield Eric Van der Els, Brien McMahon Austin Gilbert, Ridgefield Oliver Hickson, Staples Corey Mullins, Danbury Kristian Sogaard, Ridgefield Armstrong Noonan, Darien Gabe Altopp, Ridgefield […]

Led by Fairfield Prep’s Alvarado, 3 CT runners qualify for Foot Locker Nationals

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NEW YORK >> A second place finish at Saturday afternoon’s Foot Locker Northeast Regional cross country race turned out to be pretty good preparation for Fairfield Prep’s Christian Alvarado. The senior distance runner clocked a time of 15 minutes and 21.5 seconds to qualify for the Foot Locker Nationals on Dec. 14 in San Diego, […]

SCC Scholar-Athletes named for October

Eleven student-athletes from six high schools have been named The SportsCenter of Connecticut/Southern Connecticut Conference Scholar Athletes of the Month for October. Student athletes who are selected must be a varsity letterwinner and have a 3.0/B average while demonstrating leadership qualities. The scholar athletes are: Christina Glusac of Amity (field hockey), Michael Yuan of Amity […]

Student-Athlete Spotlight: Granby’s Jeremy Ryan

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Jeremy Ray of Granby runs during a cross country meet this past season.

By John Torsiello FVT Correspondent School: Granby Memorial High School. Jeremy is a junior at Granby Memorial High School, as well as at the Greater Hartford Academy of Math and Science. He runs cross-country in the fall, indoor track in the winter, and track in the spring, though he and his schoolmates are hoping to […]

All-Berkshire League cross country team

The boys All-Berkshire League team after competing in the Berkshire League Championships on Oct. 18.

Pete Paguaga - Register Citizen

For the seventh season in a row the Thomaston girls cross country team took home the Berkshire League title in convincing fashion with 35 points to Northwestern’s 72, led by Sabrina Olsen who won the girls race for the second year in a row. On the boys side behind Jackson Morrow’s victory in the boys […]

Staples’ DeBalsi, Ridgefield’s Hopper win at New England XC Championships

MANCHESTER, N.H. >> Saturday was a good day to be a high school cross country runner from Connecticut.  Competing at the New England Championships in Manchester, N.H., Staples’ Hannah DeBalsi ran way with the girls individual title winning in a impressive time of 17 minutes and 15.8 seconds. Her time broke a record  on the […]

New England Open Championship Game Day Preview Capsule

New England Championships • When: Saturday, girls at 11:30 a.m.; boys at 12:30 p.m. • Where: Derryfield Park, Manchester, N.H. • Defending team champions: Boys — Bishop Hendricken (R.I.); Girls — Barrington (R.I.) • Defending individual champions: Boys — Henry Wynne (Staples); Girls — Elle Purrier (Richford, Vt.) • What to look for: This could […]

CPTV Sports’ Game Time: Marinelli talks New Canaan, open division; XC champs DeBalsi, Alvarado

Lou Marinelli on CPTV Sports and WFSB's Game Time.

Lou Marinelli stopped by the Game Time show on WFSB/CPTV Sports this week to talk about his undefeated New Canaan football, which (oh by the way) was recently ranked No. 1 by the state media in the GameTimeCT/Register Poll. As talk drifted to his team’s prospects, and being No. 1 ahead of Ansonia (it’s an […]

Connecticut cross country runners in New England championship

Here is a list of Connecticut teams and individual runners who qualified for the the 79th annual New England High School Cross Country Championships, which will be run this Saturday, November 9th at Derryfield Park in Manchester, New Hampshire. The Girls race will begin at 11:30 am and the Boys race will follow at 12:30 pm over a challenging 5,000 meter course through […]