Championship Bling (a series): St. Joseph football’s Class M-Large banner, rings

St. Joseph's Class M-Large Championship rings (via St. Joseph football)

And now, another episode of Championship Bling, an occasional look at the spoils of CIAC championship glory from the state’s high schools. Today: St. Joseph football. The Hogs won back-to-back titles for the second time in five seasons with a 37-7 victory over Ledyard in the Class M-Large championship game. Above is their state championship […]

Southeast Connecticut National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Chapter Award announces banquet honorees

The Southeastern Connecticut Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame will hold its annual scholar-athlete banquet on Sunday April 26 at the Mohegan Sun at 5 p.m. Sixteen scholar-athletes from the region will be honored along with several others with special recognition. Villanova University’s Billy Crocker is the chapter’s Person of the […]

Football: Sagnellas enjoy first high school football moment together as NFF honorees

Nick Sagnella (left) and father Tony Sagnella at the New Haven County Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame scholar-athlete dinner Friday night at Fantasia in North Haven.

NORTH HAVEN >> As North Haven’s football coach, Tony Sagnella only followed his son Nick’s playing career at neighboring North Branford from a distance. Father and son agreed to that arrangement back when Nick began his freshman year with the T-Birds, and they kept it that way. “When he first entered high school we talked […]

Football: Nutmeg, Constitution team draft selections for June’s Super 100 All-Star game

Fairfield Warde coach Duncan Dellavolpe speaks with the drafted members of Team Constitution Wednesday at Rentscher Field (Photo Sean Patrick Bowley)

  The annual Connecticut High School Coaches Association Super 100 All-Star draft commenced Wednesday night at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. Hartford Public’s Keith Coleman, a New Haven Register All-State first team lineman, was selected No. 1 overall by team Nutmeg. Team Constitution countered by selecting Xavier lineman Tanner Kern with the No. 2 selection. […]

Football: New Canaan’s John Marinelli accepts head coaching job at arch-rival Greenwich

In a major shift in the FCIAC balance of power, John Marinelli (left) will now be vying for success against his father, Lou, at Greenwich High School.

In what could be major shift in the FCIAC balance of power, not to mention the source of some serious (if lighthearted) inter-family conflict in coming seasons, John Marinelli, the offensive coordinator at New Canaan and son of nine-time championship coach Lou Marinelli, was hired as next head coach at rival Greenwich High School. He will […]

Jimmy Zanor: Holy sh-cow! The rise of Middletown’s WCNX radio

Photo by Laura Matesky - Special for the Middletown Press
WCNX general manager John Clark, left, and play-by-play announcer Aaron Scheinblum lead the broadcast team during the Valley Regional-Sacred Heart Class S state championship game at The Mohegan Sun Arena.

Maria Weslyj’s 3-point buzzer-beater against Lauralton Hall in the 2013 Class LL girls basketball championship game was a combination of Jack Buck’s “I don’t believe what I just saw” and Al Michaels’ “Do you believe in miracles?” For Jay Hickey, who was doing the play-by-play on WCNX radio, it was … “Holy sh-cow!” Yup, that’s […]

Championship Bing (a series): Valley Regional / Old Lyme’s Class S-Large title swag

Valley Regional / Old Lyme football players show off their 2014 state championship rings. (Via VOL football)

And now, another episode of ‘Championship Bling.’ Today, we present Valley Regional / Old Lyme’s Class S-Large title rings. The Warriors went 13-0, capped by a stunning rally to beat Ansonia 21-20 in the state title game. It was the first state title for coach Tim King and the program. So concludes another episode. Remember […]

St. Joseph DC Chris Sadler named next coach at Notre Dame-Fairfield

Chris Sadler, a St. Joseph all-FCIAC lineman who returned to his alma mater and helped coach it to four state titles in six years, has accepted the head coaching job at Notre Dame-Fairfield. Notre Dame-Fairfield confirmed the hire via press release on Wednesday afternoon. “As an administrative team they understand how football can energize a community […]

State Championship Bling (a series): Xavier’s Class LL-Small title rings

Xavier's 2014 Class LL-Small state championship ring.

It’s that time of year again, when our state champions begin unveiling the jewel-encrusted goodness from their postseason banquets. Welcome back to Championship Bling, where we show off those wares to everyone else. First up, Xavier’s ring from its 28-27 overtime victory over Shelton in the Class LL-Small championship. When you’re done ‘Ooohing’ and ‘Ahhhhing,’ […]

Football: Super 100 All-Star Combine this Sunday at Hillhouse

June 28, 2014 East Hartford
The Super 100 Football All-Star Classic game at Rentschler Field. Hillhouse's Harold Cooper, left, carried the ball. Notre Dame of West Haven's Sal Esposito on the stop. (Mara Lavitt — New Haven Register)

Connecticut High School Coaches Association’s Super 100 All-Star football game is holding a combine at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven on Sunday, 11 a.m. Football players who wish to play in the game, which will be held in late June at Rentschler Field, must attend the combine. To be eligible, players head […]

Football: McCormick accepts head coach position at Hyde

Brandon McCormick has accepted the head coach position at Hyde, he confirmed Wednesday. The position still needs to be approved by the Board of Education. McCormick said a meeting is scheduled for April 6 to approve the hire. McCormick has been on staff at Hyde since 2008, most notably as the team’s defensive co-ordinator. McCormick […]

55th Gene Casey National Football Foundation Scholar Athletes

Official Bill Schule, former Seymour coach Paul Sponheimer and North Haven coach Tony Sagnella, 2015 award winners for the New Haven County Chapter of the National Football Foundation.

The 55th anniversary of the Casey-O’Brien New Haven County Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete dinner will be held on Friday April 10 at Fantasia, 404 Washington Ave, North Haven. A reception will be held at 5:30 pm with the march to the head table at 6:30 pm. […]

Football: Northeast Showcase to be held May 2

The 6th Annual Northeast Football Showcase which will be held May 2 at Cheshire High School. The Northeast Football Showcase provides high school, prep school, and junior college football players with the opportunity to showcase their athletic abilities to Division II, Division III, and NAIA college coaches throughout the Northeast. This year’s showcase is directed […]

Football: Benjamin hired at Platt Tech

Jimmy Benjamin has been elevated from assistant coach to head coach at Platt Tech. Benjamin takes over for Chris Theriault, who stepped down after two seasons at the helm. For the past four years, Benjamin served as the Panthers’ head freshman coach and as an offensive line coach on the varsity. Benjamin, a former football […]

Fitch, Ledyard, East Lyme, New London break from ECC, announce formation of new conference [updated]

ECC Sinking

Four Eastern Connecticut Conference schools announced Tuesday they were officially breaking ties with the league and forming a new athletic conference, Ledyard, Fitch, East Lyme and New London will form a new league called the Southeastern Connecticut Athletic Conference — SCAC — in “an alliance that preserves traditional rivalries,” according to a press release from […]

SCC releases 2015 football schedules; One-year agreement looks to future


The official 2015 SCC Football composite schedules have been approved. Commissioner Al Carbone released the schedules Tuesday. Unlike previous years, the 2015 schedule is a one-year agreement and part of a compromise between the larger and/or stronger schools in Division I and the smaller schools of Division II to eliminate the historical two mandatory ‘crossover’ […]

Eight to be inducted into Hillhouse Hall of Fame March 28

Eight people and one team will be inducted into the Hillhouse High Hall of Fame March 28 at the Foxon Country House. The inductees are: William “Derk McCoy (1961), who starred in football and went on to have a long career for the New Haven police department; William Gray (1964), who starred in basketball and […]

Football: Mike Eagle leaves Morgan to become head coach at Guilford

Mike Eagle

Mike Eagle, who spent the last five seasons at Morgan, has stepped down to become the head coach at Guilford. Eagle said being a resident of Guilford and the father of two boys played a factor in his decision to leave Morgan. Eagle is a middle school physical education and health teacher in Berlin but […]

Football: 2015 Coaching Vacancy List

Coaching changes 2015: Amity — Bert Mozelous resigned | Ted Czepiga hired Bridgeport Central – Mike Farrell hired to replace Brian Gordon. Bristol Eastern – Mike Achrangelo resigned after season | Paul Phillippon rumored to return (unconfirmed) Bunnell – Doug Cotto fired at midseason Canton – Paul Phillippon resigned after three seasons, citing low numbers Coginchaug – John Bozzi resigns | Nick DeAngelo hired East Haven – Anthony Lucibello […]

Football: Simsbury hires Dave Masters as new head coach

Dave Masters was named the new head football coach of Simsbury High School on Friday. Photo courtesy Simsbury Athletics.

Dave Masters has been named the new head football coach at Simsbury, the school’s athletic department announced in a press release Friday. Simsbury Athletic Director Dane Street was quoted in the release announcing the hiring: After a thorough application and interview process, it was clear to the hiring committee that Dave possesses the knowledge, passion, and enthusiasm […]