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 […]

CIAC releases 2014 fall schedules

(Peter Casolino - New Haven Register)

The CIAC has released the 2014 fall schedules on its website Thursday. 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]