Softball: West Haven coach Frank Biondi retires after 33 seasons at helm

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West Haven softball coach Frank Biondi has retired after 33 seasons.

WEST HAVEN – Frank Biondi was very dedicated to coaching the West Haven softball team for 33 seasons – more than a third of them while spending most of his months at his home in Hill, New Hampshire. The 72-year-old coach has decided to end his storied career with a 431-280 record, citing the time […]

Softball: Torrington’s Morris signs with UConn

Torrington senior Marissa Morris with her mother Valerie, right, and her father Tyler, signed a letter of intent to UConn Monday.
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TORRINGTON >> Marissa Morris, the other half of a Torrington High School softball battery made famous by Sydney Matzko’s pitching, completed a Division I sweep, signing a letter of intent to play for UConn next year. Matzko, now playing at the University of North Carolina, has a dazzling array of pitches; Monday’s signing attests to […]

Litchfield Hall of Fame to induct 10 new members

The Litchfield Athletic Hall of Fame enshrines 10 new members this Friday in a 6:30 p.m. ceremony and reception at the Litchfield Community Center. Inductees are Chris Blazek, Chris Chabot, Robert Davenport, Matt Donne, Kathleen Ebner, Leland McKenna, Benjamin Murphy, Andrew O’Dell, Sharon Simoncelli and Tom Wu. Chris Blazek Blazek is best known for a […]

Instagram challenge: Does your school have the best fan group?

Newtown's "The Hawk Nest) goes all out during football games. (Pete Paguaga - Register)

Throughout the season we have received a ton of photos for the #GameTimeCTSelfie and a good majority of them have been “student section photos” and we think they are awesome. So we have decided that we are going to try and collect photos from the best “student sections.” After we have collected the photos we […]

Softball: Lauralton Hall’s Dawid and Spitz sign college letters of intent

Lauraton Halls' Alexa Dawid (left) and Lindsey Spitz (right) sign their National Letters of Intent with head coach Amanda Acampora. (Pete Paguaga - Register)

MILFORD >> ­­Lauralton Hall seniors Alexa Dawid and Lindsey Spitz signed their National Letters of Intent to continue their softball careers, on the Division I level, in front of teammates, friends, administration and family on Wednesday. “This is very special for the school, they worked very hard and I am very proud of them, Lauralton […]

Baseball: H-K’s Moskey lands at Quinnipiac

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Haddam-Killingworth senior Brian Moskey is surrounded by family, friends and coaches as he signs a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Quinnipiac University in Hamden. Brian’s family, center from left, include sister Kellie, parents Frank and Cindy Moskey, and grandparents Frank Sr. and Lorraine Moskey. Also pictured are H-K coach Mark Brookes and his wife, Rae, and H-K athletic director Lynne Flint.

          HIGGANUM>> Brian Moskey, a standout pitcher and infielder at Haddam-Killingworth, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Quinnipiac University in Hamden. With family and friends gathered around, Moskey put pen to paper last week and made his decision official. “When I went there for the first time […]

Girls Lacrosse: Warde’s Reilly signs with Assumption College

Warde's Sarah Reilly (No. 4) during the Class L state semifinal game against Glastonbury last spring.

FAIRFIELD >> When Fairfield Warde girls’ lacrosse coach Tom Davis first saw Sarah Reilly, it wasn’t her talent that stood out immediately for him, but rather her passion for the game. “She had so much enthusiasm and she wanted to learn more about the game,” Davis said. “What she did in the offseason proved what […]

West Haven to induct nine into school’s Hall of Fame Nov. 29

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Former West Haven baseball coach Mike Anquillare will be among nine people getting inducted into the West Haven Hall of Fame on Nov. 29.

Nine members will be inducted into the West Haven Hall of Fame will be honored Saturday, Nov. 29, at the West Haven Italian-American Club. The newest members to be inducted are Joseph Morrell Jr., Stacey Breen Sao, Ron Conlan, Michael Anquillare, Michael Keyes, the late Joseph Giannotti, William Engels, Lindsay Michel and Robert Sveda. Morrell […]

East Haven to induct seven into school’s Hall of Fame Nov. 23


The 28th annual East Haven High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame induction will be held on Nov. 23 at 12:30 p.m. Slated for induction are Tamara Highsmith (2004), Don Harrison (1957), Robert Sembler (1976), Dr. William McCormick (1988), Frank Higgins (1982), Jeff Fletcher (1991) and Joe Glenn (2001). Highsmith is the school record-holder in […]

Officials say goal is to open Hillhouse’s Bowen Field by Thanksgiving, 2015

Hillhouse High School students and public officials pose for photographs at a ground breaking ceremony for Bowen Field in New Haven on 10/27/2014. (Arnold Gold-New Haven Register)

NEW HAVEN >>The message was loud and clear. Superintendent of Schools Garth Harries said Monday the goal is to have Bowen Field at James Hillhouse High School ready for the 2015 Elm City Bowl Classic. Harries was flanked by elected officials, students, parents and community members during a ground-breaking ceremony at Hillhouse when he announced […]

Concussions: head injuries happen in more sports than football

(Peter Hvizdak - New Haven Register)
Megan Smith of Law, left, and Milani Gray of Foran fight for the ball during the first half of  girls soccer at  Law High  School  Wednesday. Law won 2-0.

Football has been hit by the concussion concern harder than any other sport. A study released last year by the National Academy of Sciences found that concussion rates in high school football were significantly higher than that of any other high school sport. But what about those other sports? As reported by athletic trainers, the […]

CCC: Adding Avon, enrollment changes cause conference realignment


BRISTOL>> Starting in the fall of 2015, Avon will leave the NCCC and join the Central Connecticut Conference. The state’s largest conference becomes even bigger. But with the addition of a 33rd school comes division realignment. Under the current system for the majority of sports, there are four divisions based on geographic location. Under the new […]

CCC: Major realignment set for 2015-16


BRISTOL >> The Central Connecticut Conference officially announced Monday afternoon a major realignment of its divisions for all sports for the 2015-2016 school year, as reported in The Middletown Press during the summer and again Monday. For boys and girls soccer, boys and girls cross-country, girls volleyball, boys and girls basketball, baseball, softball, boys and girls outdoor […]

State’s longest winning streaks by sport

The following are confirmed state records for winning streaks. There are other streaks we are trying to confirm. Feel free to add win streaks for sports that are not listed in the comments section and we will work to confirm. Football: 49, Cheshire (1991-96) Boys basketball: 80, Middletown (1975-78). Girls basketball: 62, Seymour (1996-99) and […]

Soccer notes: CSC Tournament now has application process for wildcard playoff berths


The Constitution State Conference has changed its tournament format several times in previous years, in large part due to expansion. There is yet another change to the eight-team format this year. The top two teams in each of the three divisions qualify in boys soccer, basketball and baseball among other sports that feature the three-division […]

Seymour Hall of Fame Induction set for Nov. 1

Seymour High’s 2nd Hall of Fame Induction ceremony will take place on Nov. 1 at Colonial Tavern. The ceremony begins at 6 p.m. with a social hour that features a cash bar. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. The inductees that will be honored are: Walt Stosuy, Class of 1955 Dick Dahn, Class of […]

Softball: Jenn Piazza Laffin named Mercy’s head coach

Jenn Piazza Laffin has been named the new softball coach at Mercy. This is the first varsity head coaching job for Piazza, a former standout player at both Lyman Hall at Florida Atlantic University. She was the head coach for two years at Dag Hammarskjold Middle School in Wallingford and was also an assistant previously […]

Softball: Al Ramelli named head coach at Sacred Heart Academy

Al Ramelli as an assistant coach for SHA during the Class L state tournament last spring. (Peter Hvizdak, Register)

Al Ramelli has been named the head coach at Sacred Heart Academy, he confirmed Wednesday. Ramelli takes over for his father, Ray, who retired at the end of last season, when the Pacers advanced to the Class L state championship game between losing to Fitch. This is Al Ramelli’s first head coaching job at the […]

Dave Phillips: A goodbye to the Gentle Giant, Branford’s Dummar

Branford's George Dummar raises the Class L State title plaque after they defeated Berlin in 2009. Photo by Dave Phillips

You knew it was George Dummar Jr. coming to the plate. He was an imposing figure with that big blonde Afro-style haircut. He was able to hit the ball a mile and was among the most feared left-handed hitters this area has ever seen when he played at Jonathan Law and then Sacred Heart University […]