Tuesday’s NH County girls cross country roundup: Branford edges Guilford

Amity 15, Lauralton Hall 46 (at Wallingford) Individual results: Lisa Gorham (A) 21:25, Emily Criscuolo (A) 21:25, Nicole Feng (a) 21:37, Melissa Taggart(A) 21:52, Amanda Granados(A) 22:02, Sarah leatherwood (LH) 22:53, Lily Reed (LH) 24:06, Olivia Mangan (LH) 24:22 Branford 28, Guilford 29 (at Guilford) 2.5 miles 1:Cyrene Nicholas, (B) 16:03; 2: Jessica Lohret (B) […]

Tuesday’s Litchfield County roundup: Torrington boys soccer storms past Crosby

Torrington continued its strong start with a 6-0 victory against Crosby Tuesday afternoon. The Red Raiders’ Austin Curry and Kevin Vaca each scored twice in the victory. Ethan Barbieri and Keyon Robinson each added a goal. Amar Suljic had three assists. Crosby’s Gabriel Pacheco made 10 stops while Torrington’s Nathan Manchester had two saves. Torrington […]

Cross Country: A look back at the first week of the season

The Daniel Hand High School boys cross country team runs at the school. Photo by Arnold Gold/New Haven Register)

The first week of cross country is officially in the books! Here’s a quick look back at some of the top times/performances, what we learned from the invitations this past weekend and what’s coming up! It’s still way early in the season to be producing any crazy fast times, but we did see some great […]

Cross Country: Ridgefield boys, Tolland girls No. 1 in Week 1 poll

Sunday evening the Week 1 high school Cross Country Coaches poll was released as preseason favorites Ridgefield (boys) and Tolland (girls) stayed as the top teams. On the boys’ side, Ridgefield received 12 first place votes while Staples and Amity also received one each. The Tigers were followed by No. 2 Staples and Danbury third. […]

Cross Country 2014 Blog: A look inside in the sport

Cheshire's Natalie and Maggie .

Welcome to the GameTimeCT  weekly Cross Country blog series written by high school runners! Every Sunday, Ben Siciliano of Guilford and Natalie Wickenheisser and Maggie Kuehl of Cheshire, will be blogging for us. The three will provide their insight on the season, what’s going with the team and basically anything cross country related. Check out […]

Tuesday’s NH County cross country roundup: Hamden boys, Guilford girls capture West Beach Invite

Boys cross country Mercy Invitational 3.1 Miles (at Middletown) Team results: 1. Xavier 27; 2. East Hampton 66; 3. Coginchaug 88. Individual results: 1. Christian Alberico (Coginchaug), 16:52.8; 2. John O’Hara (Xavier), 17:09.4; 3. Dan Hergott (Xavier), 17:15.2; 4. Daniel Klemonski (East Hampton), 17:55.1; 5. David Preli (Xavier), 18:06.5. 6. Jordan Thomas (East Hampton), 18:17.9 […]

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

Cross Country is alive and well in Litchfield County

Members of the Nonnewaug and Housatonic girls cross country team line up before the start of the Berkshire League pre-season scrimmage meet at Black Rock State Park.
Peter Wallace — Register Citizen

High school cross country is alive and well in the Northwest Corner. Even in the smaller schools of the Berkshire League, cross country numbers are up. At Shepaug, 28 boys are out for the team, making the Spartan boys team a pre-season favorite for the BL title, along with Class M’s Northwestern. The league, a […]

Cross Country: Teams search for optimal training regimens for success

The Daniel Hand High School boys cross country team runs at the school. Photo by Arnold Gold/New Haven Register)

It’s a little past 3 p.m. on a hot Tuesday afternoon in late August. But members of the Branford cross country team don’t seem to mind the heat. There’s a lot of enthusiastic chatter among the crowd as they wait for coach Kevin Connell. They seem anxious to get their feet and bodies moving. A […]

Cross Country: Top 10 area runners to watch for this fall

Amity's Emily Criscuolo

GIRLS Isabel Balcezak    Hopkins    Sr. Maddie Brandon    Haddam-Killingworth    Jr. Emily Criscuolo    Amity    So. Sheila Flaherty    Hand    Jr. Lisa Gorham    Amity    Sr. Cyrene Nicholas    Branford    Jr. MacKenzie Pias    Mercy    Jr. Danae Rivers    Wilbur Cross    Jr. Hannah Springhorn    Hopkins    Sr. Natalie Wickenheisser    Cheshire    Sr. BOYS Russell Adam    Cheshire    Sr. Luke Arsenault    Branford    Sr. Kyle Beaudette    Amity    So. […]

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

Amity Coach: Sean Mahon (5 years) Last year: 8-0, Housatonic Division Champions; 3rd at SCC Championships Captains: Lisa Gorham and Grace Leyden Top runners Emily Criscuolo Lisa Gorham Melissa Taggart Nicole Feng Grace Leyden Key losses Claire Pite, Sarah Stein, Marina Tomei Outlook Led by a strong front four, Amity will be in the mix this […]

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 […]

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 […]