Outdoor Track and Field: Five storylines to follow this season

Staples' Hannah DeBalsi runs during the Class LL state meet last year. Register file photo

1. Alex Ostberg Watch All eyes will be on Darien’s Alex Ostberg this outdoor season to see what the Stanford-bound senior has in store for us all. Ostberg impressed at indoor nationals earlier this month becoming the first indoor runner in Connecticut history to go under nine minutes in the 2 mile. He not only […]

Outdoor Track and Field: Top 20 athletes to watch this season

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With practices officially underway and the first meets of the outdoor season set for April 8, here’s a look at some of the top names in the state to keep an eye out for. Top 10 girls Danae Rivers, Cross: Junior returns as the top middle distance runner in the state. She won the 800 […]

Track and Field: Staples’ Lawrence to be inducted into NHSCA National Hall of Fame

Annoucned today, Staples’ longtime cross country and track and field head coach Laddie Lawrence will be inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame. From the press release: “It is with great pleasure that the National High School Athletic Coaches Association announces the upcoming induction of Laddie Lawrence from Staples High […]

Softball: Seymour set to defend Class M, NVL titles

Seymour pitcher Amanda Harkins (Photo Arnold Gold)

Monday marked the first day of practice for spring sports, including softball. Seymour is the defending Class M champion, having knocked off East Haven, 2-0, in last year’s final. It was the ninth state title for the Wildcats. Seymour also captured the NVL title with a victory over Torrington. The Wildcats compiled a 26-1 and […]

Baseball: Branford to name field after late coach Dummar

The Branford Board Of Education unanimously approved the re-naming of the Branford High School’s Baseball Field to the George T. Dummar, Jr. Baseball Field, which is part of the James L. MacVeigh Alumni Athletic Complex at the school, on Wednesday. The recommendation was made by a sub-committee formed by Board of Ed Chairman, Michael Krause. […]

CIAC releases the 2015 Spring Sports Schedules

Photo by John Vanacore  The Amity Baseball team reaches for the state championship plaque after defeating Southington 9-2 Sunday at Palmer field in Middletown.

Had enough of the cold and snow and seemingly endless postponements? Itching to be outside instead of packed into dank gymnasiums or rinks? Don’t fret. Spring season is just around the corner. The CIAC has released the official spring sports schedules for the 2015 season. So that means it’s time to spend your hours pouring […]

Baseball: Plefka named Middletown baseball coach

MIDDLETOWN >> Middletown High School Director of Athletics Elisha De Jesus has confirmed that the school  has hired former minor league pitcher Jonathan Plefka as its interim varsity baseball coach. The position is interim in that former coach Jason Serra, who was appointed Dean of Students several weeks ago, can reclaim the baseball position if […]

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 […]

Hand’s Grace Cummings receives “Spirit of Sport Award” from NFHS

Grace Cummings, a student-athlete at Daniel Hand High School, has been selected the 2015 national recipient for Section 1 of the “National High School Spirit of Sport Award” by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), an award created by the NFHS to recognize those individuals who exemplify the ideals of the spirit […]

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 […]

Madison’s Russell 1 of 7 to be inducted into Connecticut Lacrosse Hall of Fame

Former Fairfield Prep boys lacrosse goalie Matt Russell of Madison.  He will be inducted into the Conn. Lacrosse Hall of fame

Matt Russell, who grew up in Madison and played boys lacrosse for Fairfield Prep from 1999-2002, is one of seven new selections for induction into the Connecticut chapter of the United States Lacrosse Hall of Fame. The induction banquet will be held Jan. 31 at Aldario’s Restaurant in Milford from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. […]

Notre Dame-WH baseball coach Kessler steps down, assistant Martone takes over

Notre Dame's Lou Kessler after winning last year's Class L baseball title vs. Masuk. Kessler announced he's stepping down as coach. He leaves as the school's all-time wins leader (File photo)

Lou Kessler, Notre Dame-West Haven’s longtime baseball coach who won his fourth state title last spring, has resigned, the school announced in a press release. Kessler met with the team Tuesday to deliver the news. Notre Dame has hired assistant coach Don Martone to take his place. Kessler, a 1977 Notre Dame graduate, took over […]

GameTimeCT’s Top 15 Connecticut High School Sports Moments of 2014: 5 through 1

Bridgeport Central was voted No. 1 after its 19-point comeback Class LL championship victory over Fairfield Prep.  (Mara Lavitt — New Haven Register)

In honor of the first full year of GameTimeCT, we present to you the top 15 moments of the 2014 high school year. We presented the countdown on Instagram over the past two weeks and present it here for posterity and for you non-Instagramming folk. Here’s the final countdown of the Top 5 moments. Compiled […]

GameTimeCT’s Top 15 Connecticut High School Sports Moments of 2014: 10 through 6

Amity High School baseball team shows off the State championship plaque to their fans after beating Southington 9-2 Sunday at Palmer Field in Middletown

In honor of the first full year of GameTimeCT, we present to you the top 15 moments of the 2014 high school year. We presented the countdown on Instagram over the past two weeks and present it here for posterity and for you non-Instagramming folk. Compiled by staff writers Pete Paguaga and Mary Albl. No. […]

GameTimeCT’s Top 15 Connecticut High School Sports Moments of 2014: 15 through 11

Xavier freshman Richard Ciamarra gets ready to serve in the State Open finals Wednesday at Yale. Photo by Jimmy Zanor - Middletown Press

In honor of the first full year of GameTimeCT, we present to you the top 15 moments of the 2014 high school year. We presented the countdown on Instagram over the past two weeks and present it here for posterity and for you non-Instagramming folk. Compiled by staff writers Pete Paguaga and Mary Albl. No. […]

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 […]