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 […]

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

Track and Field: Notre Dame West Haven’s Bill Parkinson steps down as head coach

Notre Dame West Haven head track coach Parkinson is stepping down as head coach, but will remain the cross country coach in the fall. Courtesy photo

After a highly-decorated 35 years, Notre Dame West Haven head track and field coach Bill Parkinson is stepping down. Parkinson will remain the cross country coach in the fall for the program and will stay on board as a volunteer assistant with the indoor and outdoor track teams. “It’s been a great pleasure and tremendous […]

Cross Country: Oregon Style Cross Country Running Camp

Ed Butt, head boys’ cross country coach at Brookfield and Brian Hayes, Immaculate cross country and track and field coach, will be holding the first ever Oregon Style Cross Country Running Camp this summer. Held at Canterbury School in New Milford, Aug. 3-8, the mission of the camp is “to help distance runners strengthen their […]

Cross Country: The New Balance Running Academy announces Yoder Begley as featured speaker

Amy Yoder Begley will be the featured speaker at the New Balance Running Academy cross country camp in August. Courtesy photo

Amy Yoder Begley, a former Olympian, 15-time All-American and current University of Connecticut women’s cross country coach, will be a featured speaker at the New Balance Running Academy cross country camp this August. The camp runs from August 18-24th at Camp Wah Nee in Torrington. Yoder- Begley brings a wealth of experience as both an […]

Boys Cross Country: Amity’s Orgovan wins National Coach of Year award

Amity's Bob Orgovan was named the National Boys Cross Country Coach of the Year. Register file photo

When talking high school cross country in Connecticut, it’s hard not to mention Amity’s Bob Orgovan and the influence he’s had on the sport. This week, the longtime head coach was named the National High School Athletic Coaches Association national boys’ cross country coach of the year at the NHSACA national convention at the Snow […]

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 […]

2013 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 […]