Gilbert names Don Crossman as next head baseball coach

WINSTED >> At the end of this year’s baseball season, a big piece of news arrives for next year’s Gilbert School baseball season. Don Crossman, a legendary local pitcher and Gilbert alumnus, takes over the Yellowjacket baseball team from Athletic Director Pat Cooke. Both coaches played in a golden era for Gilbert baseball. Cooke was […]

Housatonic alum Heacox ready to showcase talents at next level

Sean Meenaghan - Register Citizen
Former Housatonic track and field athlete Katie Heacox is ready to begin her first season at Southern Connecticut State University.

While hundreds of kids endure pre-season athletic training this week at area high schools, Housatonic’s Katie Heacox represents the small fraction of graduates getting their first glimpse at the next level. Heacox is the only Mountaineer to win back-to-back State Open titles. A four-year thrower (shot put, discus and hammer), she won the girls state […]

CIAC sets 2015-16 dates for preseason, regular season to begin

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Board of Controls voted last week to move back the start of the regular season in the fall of 2015. The 2015 fall season will begin on Friday, Sept. 11. While that is two days after the official start of this upcoming season (Sept. 9), it will only be four […]

Golf: Whaley wins third CT Women’s Amateur

Photo by Joe Morelli.
Farmington's Kelly Whaley with the championship hardware for winning her third Connecticut Women's Amateur golf title.

WALLINGFORD >> The Connecticut Women’s Amateur golf tournament had virtually been decided before Kelly Whaley teed it up in Wednesday’s final round. Her lead stood at 13 shots after two rounds. The only thing left to be determined was whether Whaley would top her 16-stroke victory from a year ago. Whaley “only” ended up winning […]

Torrington Varsity Alumni Club honors eight graduates

Torrington Varsity Alumni Club officers and scholarship recipients at the club’s 40th scholarship banquet were front row, left to right: Lou Zanderigo; Andy Pace Dominic Toce; Frank Russo. Second row: Joann Duman; Caroline Teti; Makenzie Welch; Kiley Rosengrant; Paulina Kolada; Micaela Bottari; Mario Longobucco. Third row: Paul O’Heron; Nick LaMothe; Paul Denza; Fred Bonvicini; Ernie Tracy; Mark Reichenberg.
Peter Wallace — Register Citizen

TORRINGTON >> The Torrington Varsity Alumni Club held its 40th annual student-athlete scholarship banquet Wednesday evening at PSam’s in Torrington. Micaela Bottari, Joann Duman, Paulina Koloda, Nick LaMothe, Kiley Rosengrant, Caroline Teti, Ernie Tracy and Makenzie Welch crossed the last hurdle toward the club’s $1,000 scholarship with a host of thoughtful answers to club-posed questions. […]

Torrington Varsity Alumni Club present its annual scholarships

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TORRINGTON >> Since 1948, the Torrington Varsity Alumni Club annually has helped deserving Torrington student-athletes get to college. Much of the fund they use for their $1,000 individual scholarships came from the club’s establishment of a wildly successful youth basketball league that morphed into Elks and PAL basketball. This year, success of the Club’s Raider […]

Northeast Regional: RCP tops Middletown, advances to final

(Catherine Avalone/The Middletown Press)

MIDDLETOWN>> RCP lived dangerously against Middletown, as starting pitching Jake Regula walked 13 batters, Middletown loaded the bases three times and RCP stranded 14 runners. However, the only number that really counts on the scoreboard is the one under the “R” and thanks to a huge top of the ninth, RCP rebounded  to eliminate Post […]

Northeast Regional: RCP mercy rules Maine, will play tomorrow

RCP’s Alex Ramirez pounded his glove after giving up his no-hit bid in the top of the sixth on a single to Bangor’s Kyle Stevenson. “It wasn’t really about the no-no,” he said. “It was about getting a win.” Ramirez got what he really wanted as RCP mercy-ruled Bangor, Maine 10-0 in seven innings at […]

Northeast Regional: Maine knocks out Vermont in dramatic fashion

MIDDLETOWN >> Justin Courtney drove Kyle Stevenson with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead Bangor over Essex 4-3 in the Northeast Regional at Palmer Field Saturday. Bangor’s next game is to be determined based on the outcome of RCP’s game later tonight. Essex rallied in the top of […]

Northeast Regional: Cheshire wakes up, fights off elimination

MIDDLETOWN >> Playing to extend its season yet again, Cheshire didn’t want to waste any time against Pawtucket, Rhode Island Friday morning. “I’m telling you,” said Cheshire’s Mike Purcell, “we play our best with our backs against the wall.” Purcell had three hits and a two-run double to lead Cheshire to a 7-2 victory over […]

Northeast Regional: Big hit eludes Cheshire in loss to Maine

Cheshire had its chances. It even loaded the bases twice, once with no outs. Unfortunately for Post 92, only one of those chances turned into a run and Cheshire fell to the Bangor Comrades of Maine 7-1 in the American Legion Northeast Regional tournament at Palmer Field Thursday. With the loss, Cheshire will be getting up early to take […]

Golf: Will Bernstein birdies final hole to win Northern Junior

(Melanie Stengel - Register) 
 Will Bernstein gets out of the rough during the 13th Northern Junior Championship. Bernstein won the tournament by birdieing the final hole.

HAMDEN >> Will Bernstein will be following in his brother Sam’s footsteps by attending Yale University this fall and playing for the Bulldogs’ golf team. Will has plenty of game like his brother did. In his final junior tournament Wednesday at New Haven Country Club, Bernstein birdied the last hole to win the 13th annual […]

Baseball: Glut of travel programs in Connecticut leaves no easy choices

(Peter Hvizdak - New Haven Register)
Coach Matt Untiet, left, an employee of The Grind, left, and Jake Russo , 17, of Orange, practicing a fielding drill at the Grind Baseball and Softball training facility in Orange.

From private lessons to the market’s top baseball bats and elite travel teams, parents are dishing out thousands of dollars with hopes of giving their son an edge on the diamond, the potential for a college athletic scholarship or even more. In the world of travel baseball specifically, that is where the most money exchanges […]

American Legion: Cheshire tops Branford in thriller

STAMFORD >> Cheshire coach Bill Robertson saw his second baseman Joe Anderson get taken out. Branford coach Rich Balzano saw a clean play. Anderson said he wasn’t even sure, but the umpire said Anderson was interfered with, which led to a ninth inning double play that killed a potential Branford rally and helped Cheshire pick […]

Ameerican Legion: Cheshire rallies, tops Stamford

STAMFORD >> Cheshire coach Bill Robertson said he felt something special when his team rallied to top Trumbull in the regionals. Cheshire’s still got the special feeling after rallying yet again, this time to top Stamford 5-4 in 10 innings in Game 2 of the super regionals at Cubeta Stadium Saturday. “This gives us confidence […]

2014 Litchfield County Female Athlete of the Year, Thomaston’s Abby Hurlbert

Thomaston's Abby Hurlbert starred on the field hockey, girls basketball and softball teams for the Golden Bears. Sean Meenaghan - Register Citizen

Thomaston, the Northwest Corner’s State Championship town… where, this year, no one is more identified with that status than Abby Hurlbert. “When we needed a big hit or a big play, Abby was always in the center of it,” said softball co-coach Kelly Finlay in a statement that echoes through Hurlbert’s two other sports – […]

2014 Litchfield County Male Athlete of the Year, Torrington’s John McCarthy

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Growing up, most athletes try their hands at multiple sports and only a few of them, like Torrington’s John McCarthy, excel like he did in his four years as a Red Raider. McCarthy just finished his high school career where he was a three-year varsity athlete in three different sports. He was the last line […]