Football: Mike Farrell takes over for Brian Gordon at Bridgeport Central

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With Brian Gordon moving to a front-office position as assistant principal, Bridgeport Central has hired Mike Farrell to take over as football coach, the Connecticut Post reported Sunday night. Farrell had been an assistant coach for the Hilltoppers from 2004-2011, an eight-year stretch that saw the football program cast away 30 years of irrelevance and contend […]

Football: Middletown’s Highsmith switches from UConn to Army [Updated]

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MIDDLETOWN >> Middletown High School football star Dario Highsmith has decided to attend the US Military Academy at West Point to play for Army, according to his father Friday night. Highsmith had previously announced he would attend the University of Connecticut as a preferred walk-on, but since that time he and his family met with […]

Football: Greenwich all-state end Scooter Harrington verbally commits to Boston College

Greenwich's Scooter Harrington (80) makes a tackle last season. He was a Class LL all-state player for Greenwich as a junior (Photo Peter Paguaga)

Scooter Harrington, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound all-state and all-FCIAC end at Greenwich, became one of the first Class of 2016 Connecticut high school football commits Saturday when he announced his commitment to Boston College. Harrington made the announcement on Twitter, complete with a photo of him in Boston College gear at Alumni Field back in 2004. […]

Recruiting 2015: Connecticut high school football college commits [updated, Feb. 20]

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The following is a list of players from Connecticut High Schools who have signed letters of intent or have made commitments for the Class of 2015. For most schools, particularly Division I, commitments are unbinding until the player signs a letter of intent beginning on National Signing Day on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. Players attending […]

Football: Brett Quinion named head coach at Northwest Catholic

Former Avon coach Brett Quinion was named the next coach at Northwest Catholic.
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Brett Quinion has been named the head football coach at Northwest Catholic, the school announced Thursday. Quinion replaces Mike Tyler, who retired at the end of this past season. Quinion previously served as head coach at Avon from 2002-2012. There, he compiled a record of 68-37 and reached the state playoffs three times. Quinion was […]

Football: Aiden Lynch officially takes over at Lyman Hall

Wallingford's board of education unanimously approved Aiden Lynch (at right) to take over for Rob Marone (far left). Lynch coached the final eight games of 2014 when Marone was fired for an illegal offseason training violation (Photo by Peter Hvizdak)

Aiden Lynch, who served half a season as an interim coach after Lyman Hall fired Rob Marone for conducting an illegal practice, will officially take over the job. This is Lynch’s first head coaching gig. Lynch, a 2000 Lyman Hall graduate, was unanimously approved as head coach at a Wallingford board of education meeting Wednesday […]

Football: Amity announces alumnus Ted Czepiga as next coach

New Amity football coach Ted Czepiga (left) stands with athletic director Ernie Goodwin as the school announced the hiring of the 2004 graduate. (via Amity High School Athletics)

Ted Czepiga, whose prowess at running back and linebacker led Amity to playoff berth in 2002, has been hired as the Spartans’ next football coach, the school announced Tuesday afternoon. The 29-year old Bethany native takes over for Bert Mozealous, who resigned earlier this season. A CHSCA all-state and New Haven Register all-area player, Czepiga smashed Amity’s career […]

Football: Avon Old Farms QB Jalen Ollie (son of Kevin) commits to Fordham

UConn men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie and his son, Jalen, a quarterback at Avon Old Farms (via Glastonbury) who committed to play football at Fordham (Photo via Avon Old Farms)

Jalen Ollie, the former Glastonbury quarterback and son of UConn men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie, announced his commitment to play football at Fordham next fall. Ollie, who started at quarterback during a postgraduate year at Avon Old Farms, made the announcement on Twitter. At Avon Old Farms, Ollie threw for 1,949 yards, and 19 touchdowns […]

Football: Prep’s Palazzolo and Smith sign letters of intent

Fairfield Prep football players Colton Smith, bottom left, and Anthony Palazzolo, bottom right, recently signed a national letter of intent to play in college.
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Fairfield Prep recently announced that senior football players Colton Smith and Anthony Palazzolo signed national letters of intent to play in college. Smith will attend Fordham, while Palazzolo committed to Boston College. This past season, Smith, Prep’s quarterback, rushed for 953 yards and 15 touchdowns, and threw for 1547 yards and 16 TDs. Over the […]

Football: ND-WH’s Cullen, Jambor sign letters of intent

Notre Dame-West Haven football players Tim Jambor, bottom left, and Kyle Cullen, bottom right, recently signed a national letter of intent to play football in college.
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Notre Dame-West Haven football players Kyle Cullen and Tim Jambor recently signed a national letter of intent to play at the next level. Cullen will attend Stonehill, while Jambor committed to Wesleyan. Cullen, who will join 2011 Notre Dame graduate Anthony Masucci on the Stonehill roster next year, made 48 tackles, recorded one sack and […]

Football: Albonizio’s messy divorce from Greenwich gets messier with yet another account

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Just when you thought everything that needed to be said about Rich Albonizio’s ouster as coach of the Greenwich football program, comes yet another detailed account from the Greenwich Time about how the whole sordid thing went down last month. This time, Albonizio speaks on the record to reporter Paul Schott and goes all-in with […]

Stamford’s Trinity Catholic announces new, lighted sports complex

A mockup of Trinity Catholic's new turf field sports complex (via Dave Ruden on Twitter)

The death of FCIAC Saturday Afternoon Football continues its rapid dissolution. On Friday, Trinity Catholic announced it was preparing to break ground on a $2.3 million turf field sports complex, complete with lights. The complex will begin construction on April 23 and is scheduled to finish this fall, according The Ruden Report. While the rest […]

Football: Ex-Waterford coach Ellis takes over at Fitch

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Former Waterford coach Mike Ellis Jr. has been hired to take over the football program at Fitch, the school where his father once coached. Ellis, who was 60-66 and made two playoff appearances over 12 seasons at Waterford, resigned last month. He is a teacher at Waterford, but lives in Mystic and his daughters attend […]

Signing Day: Staples High sends seven to the next level

Staples High athletes competing at the next level from left to right: Ian Burns (Columbia, baseball), Nic Esposito (football, Bryant), Olivia Wiener (Dartmouth, track), Bridget van Dorsten (Brown, track), Erica Hefnawy (Boston College, track), Lauren Garcia (Seton Hall, soccer) and Maggie Walsh (Fairfield, soccer). Photo by Mary Albl

WESTPORT >> Bridget  van Dorsten and Olivia Wiener have enjoyed being teammates together the last four years for the Staples High girls’ track and field team. This coming fall, they’ll get to enjoy competing against one another. Wednesday afternoon in the Staples’ cafeteria, van Dorsten and Wiener both signed national letters of intent to compete […]

Football: Southington’s Jamele, Maxwell, Steeves sign National Letters of Intent

Southington football players Matt Maxwell, Alex Jamele and Matt Steeves sign their National Letters of Intent to play football in college at Southington High School on Wednesday. Derek Turner-GameTimeCT

SOUTHINGTON>> They are back-to-back state champions and now they’re Division I-AA athletes. Southington’s Alex Jamele, Matt Maxwell and Matt Steeves all signed their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday at Southington High School officially committing to play football in college. Jamele and Maxwell will stay in state and attend Central Connecticut State University while Steeves […]

Football: Hand’s Driscoll, Walsh and Durkin sign letters of intent

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MADISON >> Hand senior Jack Driscoll gave his verbal commitment to play football at UMass in August, but made it official on Wednesday. Driscoll signed his national letter of intent in the Hand guidance center along with teammates Cory Walsh (Assumption) and Tommy Durkin (Bryant). After being recruited as an offensive lineman, the 6-foot-4, 250-pound […]

Football: Hillhouse lineman Gardner headed to New Hampshire

Hillhouse's Jalen Gardner, standing, is accompanied by  his father Juan Gardner, left, his mother Angela Corbett and sister Sage Gardner before signing his national letter of intent to play football at the University of New Hampshire.
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NEW HAVEN >> Hillhouse’s Jalen Gardner always had aspirations to attend college on an athletic scholarship, but he believed basketball would be his ticket. Gardner played Pop Warner football for the New Haven Steelers with plans to concentrate on basketball once he entered high school. But when Gardner was a freshman, Hillhouse football coach Tom […]

Football: Middletown’s Thompkins rises above to attain Brown commitment

Middletown's Dario Highsmith (left) and Isaiah Thompkins (right) with coach Sal Morello on National Signing Day, Feb. 4, 2015 (Photo via @MHSBlueDragons)

MIDDLETOWN >> Isaiah Thompkins realized that he had to become a man when he was 14 years old. “My dad [Mark] passed away from a heart attack at age 54 when I was a freshman,” said star linebacker Thompkins at his signing ceremony committing to Brown University along with teammate Dario Highsmith (UConn) held at […]

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Xavier's Tanner Kern (middle, left, in gray) and Kaleb Lutton (right) with Xavier coach Sean Marinan (second from right), Tony Jaskot (far right) and the Xavier administration on National Signing Day (Submitted Photo)

Wednesday is National Signing Day, the start of the official signing period for football and soccer athletes who will be receiving scholarships or some form of financial aid in return for attending and playing at their colleges of choice. It’s become a de facto national holiday and a rite of passage for successful student-athletes across […]