Football: Middletown’s Thompkins to play at Brown

Isaiah Thompkins (Photo Catherine Avalone)

MIDDLETOWN >> Middletown High School linebacker/running back Isaiah Thompkins will attend and play football at Brown University of the Ivy League in the fall. Thompkins was an second team All-State selection on the New Haven Register All-State team and was named to All-Central Connecticut Conference and All-State teams by other news outlets. Middletown High was […]

Recruiting 2015: Connecticut high school football college commits [updated]

The following is a living list of players at Connecticut High Schools who have made verbal commitments for the Class of 2015. The commitments are unbinding until the player signs a letter of intent beginning on National Signing Day on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. The list has been compiled through various sources, including Scout.com, Rivals.com, […]

Football: Nick D’Angelo hired as Coginchaug football coach

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DURHAM >> Coginchaug Regional High School athletic director Nick Barbieri has confirmed that Nick D’Angelo has been named the head varsity football coach. D’Angelo was the defensive coordinator at Hillhouse High School for the past two seasons. From 2011-2012, he was the associate head coach at his alma mater, Hamden High School. “This is really […]

Football: Abonizio on Greenwich resignation: “It was a well-orchestrated sabotage” [Updated]

Greenwich's Rich Albonizio (left) with New Canaan's Lou Marinelli following a game between the FCIAC rival schools last season. (Photo Peter Paguaga)

Rich Albonizio’s decision to resign as Greenwich’s football coach was, naturally, a tough one. So tough, in fact, that despite wanting to stay on for a 19th year, it looked like the 64-year old coach had no other choice but to quit. Hours after the news broke that he was leaving the program after 18 […]

Football: North Haven’s Gallagher, Azizi presented with John Liquori Memorial scholarship

Tom Gallagher, right, and Mehdi Azizi were recipients of the inaugural John Liquori Memorial Scholarship.
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North Haven football players Tom Gallagher and Mehdi Azizi, both seniors, were recipients of the inaugural John Liquori Memorial Scholarship, presented last month. The memorial fund was established to honor Liquori’s life by supporting individuals who embody Liquori’s spirit of living passionately and having a lasting positive impact on the world. The fund will award […]

Football: Greenwich’s Rich Albonizio resigns after 18 years, three state titles

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Update: Albonizio on resignation: ‘I felt kind of pressured into it’ Saying the football program “needs new blood,” Rich Albonizio has resigned as Greenwich’s football coach Thursday afternoon. He confirmed the news to ‘The Ruden Report’ Thursday afternoon before meeting with his team. Rich Albonizio resigned today as Greenwich’s football coach. Albonizio is meeting with […]

Football: Melvin Wells named head coach at East Haven

Melvin Wells has left Hyde to become the next coach at East Haven (Photo Catherine Avalone)

Melvin Wells was named the next football coach at East Haven after being unanimously approved by the town’s board of education Tuesday. Wells moves over from Hyde, a team he led to the Class S state championship in 2009. Wells takes over an Easties program that went 3-8 this past fall and has suffered through […]

Shelton’s Piccirillo a surprise winner of Walter Camp’s Player of the Year; Southington’s Drury Coach of the Year

Shelton's Mark Piccirillo (left) shows off his Walter Camp Player of the Year award alongside coach Jeff Roy (Photo Sean Patrick Bowley)

NEW HAVEN >> Standing at the podium beside towering, all-state players — New Canaan’s Zach Allen and Southington’s Jasen Rose — Shelton quarterback Mark Piccirillo gave himself zero chance of winning the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award. Was he good enough? Yes. Would he win? Surely not over Allen, the Gatorade State Player […]

2014 Register All-State Football MVP: Zach Allen was New Canaan’s hammer

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NEW CANAAN >> Zach Allen often wreaked havoc on opposing offenses during his career at New Canaan. It’s what he thrived on. “Everybody on offense talks about how they have a system, and how everyone on offense tries to be so organized,” said Allen, a defensive end. “To see that kind of crumble, if you […]

The 83rd New Haven Register All-State Football Team: OFFENSE

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The 83rd Annual New Haven Register Register / GameTimeCT All-State Football Offense Team as selected by the New Haven Register staff. Compiled by Mike Pucci. Photos by Arnold Gold except where noted. MORE: DEFENSE | SECOND, THIRD & Honorable Mention Teams Note: The All-State team will be published in the New Haven Register print edition on January 25. Mark Piccirillo Shelton, Sr., […]

The 83rd New Haven Register All-State Football Team: DEFENSE and COACH OF THE YEAR

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The 83rd Annual New Haven Register Register / GameTimeCT All-State Football team as selected by the New Haven Register staff. Compiled by Mike Pucci. Photos by Arnold Gold except where noted. MORE: OFFENSE | Second, Third & Honorable Mention Teams Note: The All-State team will be published in the New Haven Register print edition on January 25. Most Valuable Player Zach […]

The 83rd New Haven Register All-State Football Team: SECOND, THIRD & HONORABLE MENTION

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The 83rd Annual New Haven Register / GameTimeCT All-State Football Second, Third and Honorable Mention teams as selected by the New Haven Register staff. Compiled by Mike Pucci. Photos by Arnold Gold except where noted. MORE: OFFENSE | Second, Third & Honorable Mention Teams Note: The All-State team will be published in the New Haven Register print edition on January 25. […]

Valley Regional / Old Lyme’s King, Haddam-Killingworth’s Langer named CSWA Coaches of the Year

The Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance is pleased to announce that Valley Regional/Old Lyme football coach Tim King and Haddam-Killingworth girls volleyball coach Richard Langer have been selected as the Doc McInerney High School Coaches of the Year. King, the Coach of the Year recipient in a male sport, and Langer, the Coach of the Year in a female […]

2014 Register All-Area Football MVP: Mark Piccirillo attained legend status at Shelton

Shelton quarterback Mark Piccirillo was named the Register All-Area MVP.
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  SHELTON >> Mark Piccirillo has assumed legendary status in Shelton, just like the NFL quarterback he surpassed as the school’s all-time leading passer. From the beard Piccirillo grew — and refused to shave until the Gaels lost — to an unbeaten regular season and an appearance in the Class LL-Small state championship game, it […]

2014 New Haven Register All-Area football team: OFFENSE and MVP

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The 2014 New Haven Register All-Area Football Team. Selected by the New Haven Register and GameTimeCT Sports Staff from schools in its coverage area. Compiled by Mike Pucci. Photos by Arnold Gold.  DEFENSE / COACH OF THE YEAR | SECOND AND THIRD TEAMS Note: The annual GameTimeCT / Register All-State team will be published next week. Most […]

2014 New Haven Register All-Area football team: DEFENSE & COACH OF THE YEAR

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The 2014 New Haven Register / GameTimeCT All-Area Football Team Defense. Selected by the New Haven Register staff from schools in its coverage area and compiled by Mike Pucci. Photos by Arnold Gold. OFFENSE & MVP | SECOND AND THIRD TEAMS Note: The annual GameTimeCT / Register All-State team will be published next week. Chidi Broderick Xavier, Sr., […]

2014 Register All-Area Football: Second and Third Teams

The following are the second- and third-team selections for the 2014 All-Area Football Team, chosen from schools in the New Haven Register coverage area. Click here for FIRST TEAM OFFENSE, FIRST TEAM DEFENSE SECOND TEAM OFFENSE Player    School    Ht.    Wt.    Yr.  QB    Jake Kasuba    Foran    5-10    165    Sr. Passed for 2,357 yards and 19 TDs. QB    […]

Football: Torrington’s Bonvicini defines the meaning of ‘big’

Torrington's Ben Bonvicini, center, leads the Red Raiders to the field during a game this season.
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TORRINGTON >> This week, Torrington High School senior Ben Bonvicini won the ’29 Club Award and Torrington football’s MVP Award. A snowy Friday offers the chance to see the person inside the football player and leader. The first impression is BIG. The NVL All-Iron Division lineman is 6-3, 285 pounds. His take on “big” is […]

Football: Fairfield Prep coach Tom Shea resigns; DC Hellstern named replacement

Fairfield Prep's Tom Shea. (Peter Hvizdak - Register)

When Tom Shea was tapped to take over Fairfield Prep’s foundering football program in 2010, he made a promise to the school’s administration and himself: It was going to take five years to turn the team’s fortunes around. It took Shea four. So on Wednesday night, five years after Shea became head coach and a […]

Football: Torrington honors seniors at banquet

Torrington seniors and coaches at the Red Raidersí football banquet are front row, left to right: Dylan Rodriguez; Anthony Pandolfo; Mike Montanez; Frank Perry; P.J. Killmartin. Back row, left to right: Coach Andy Therriault; Coach Jordan Capitanio; Coach Bob Reynolds; Bryan Rocha; Dylan Heller; Adam Klebe; Ludi Perez; Ben Bonvicini; Manny Rijo; Head Coach Gaitan Rodriguez; Coach Don Whitley. (Marianne Killackey — Special to the Register Citizen)

TORRINGTON >> Torrington High School’s football team celebrated the brotherhood of football and the ascension to manhood Tuesday evening in its annual banquet at the high school. Head coach Gaitan Rodriguez applauded the team’s rise from 3-8 to 5-6 in his two years, but, more importantly, the lessons learned in “becoming young men while facing […]