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 […]

Girls Cross Country: A look at the SCC

The SCC Championships last fall. Register file photo

Branford Coach: Kevin Connell (21 years) Last year: 8-1 in SCC, Class MM State Champs Captains: Jess Lohret and Zoe Smiarowski Top runners  Cyrene Nicholas Anneliese Troidle Jess Lohret Courtney Cosgrove Maddy Vitale Cleo Kyriakides Morgan Gilman Key losses Sophie Bysiewicz, Tracy Crookston, April Simmons. Outlook After winning the Class MM crown for the first time […]

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 Hannah DeBalsi is #1! — 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 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: 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 […]

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 […]

Staples High’s Hannah DeBalsi named Gatorade CT XC Runner of the Year

Peter Casolino — Register
  Hannah DeBalsi of Staples on her way to the State Open Cross Country Championship win at Wickham Park in Manchester.  pcasolino@NewHavenRegister

After an undefeated cross country season in the state of Connecticut and a second place finish at the Foot Locker National Cross Country Championships in San Diego, Calif. last month, Staples’ Hannah DeBalsi was awarded Wednesday morning as the CT Gatorade XC Runner of the Year. The sophomore is the first ever cross country girl […]

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 Girls Cross Country Area MVP: Kaleigh Roberts, Mercy

NH County Area Girls Cross Country MVP: Mercy senior Kaleigh Roberts.
Catherine Avalone - The Middletown Press

In order to prevent any unwanted surprises on race day, every cross country runner tries to learn the course they’re going to compete on prior to a meet. According to Mercy cross country coach John Hastings, no runner he’s ever coached has mastered the art of learning the course quite like Register Area MVP senior […]

NH County All-Area Girls Cross Country Team

Kaleigh Roberts – MVP Mercy senior Stats: Broke Mercy’s course record with a time of 19:04. Won the SCC championship, finished fifth in the Class L meet and the State Open and 33rd in the New England championship meet. Honors: All-CHSCA and a All-SCC first-team selection. Off the course: Member of the National Honor Society […]

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 Litchfield County’s All-Area Girls Cross Country Team

MVP — Sabrina Olsen Thomaston Sr. Stats: Finished in first place at the Berkshire League Championship meet in 2012 and 2013. State Champion in 2010. Honors: Four-time All-State (2010-2011-2012-2013), Three-time All-New England (2010-2011-2012) Four-time All-Berkshire League (2010-2011-2012-2013). Off the track: Will continue her career at Syracuse University. Slideshow of Team Becky Perugini Thomaston, Sr. Stats: […]

Litchfield County’s All-Area Girls Cross Country MVP Sabrina Olsen, Thomaston

Thomaston's Sabrina Olsen  won the Berkshire League title.

Sean Meenaghan - Register Citizen

Senior Sabrina Olsen, the Register Citizen area girls cross country MVP, has been in the area running spotlight since the eighth grade. At the end of that year, she had to decide between cross-country and 11 years worth of gymnastics training. As a freshman, at Thomaston High School, another decision came after cross country. “I […]