CCC: Major realignment set for 2015-16

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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

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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 […]

Baseball: Former Branford coach George Dummar dies (updated)

George Dummar (left) shares a laugh with Eddie Zanor (right), 11, of Branford at a bowling fundraiser for him at AMF Circle Lanes in East Haven in August of 2012.  Dummar passed away Sunday morning of brain cancer.
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Former Branford baseball coach George Dummar died Sunday morning of Gliboblastoma multiforme, a form of brain cancer. Dummar was 54. Dummar battled the disease for more than two years. Alex Palluzzi, one of his closest friends, visited with him twice last week, the latter on Friday. “He was told (when he was diagnosed in 2012) […]

Track and Field: Staples’ McCray named CT Coach of the Year

Staples' Jesse McCray at the Penn Relays last April with the Wreckers 4x400 relay squad. Courtesy photo

On Monday, Staples High’s Jesse McCray was awarded the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association 2014 Girls High School Track & Field Coach of the Year award for the state of Connecticut. “I’m humbled to say the least with this award,” McCray said. “I’ve never paid too much attention to awards; I […]

NVL implements new Iron division

Medieval alchemists would be proud. Their efforts to change ordinary metals into gold never hit the jackpot, but the Naugatuck Valley League is making it happen this year – or something like it. The league grew used to two seven-member divisions called Copper and Brass, established in 2006 “with the advent of football championships,” recalls […]

Baseball: Diamond Club Hall of Fame induction dinner to be held Oct. 16

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The Southern Connecticut Diamond Club Inc. will hold its annual Hall of Fame induction dinner on Oct. 16 at Monticello’s Restaurant in Meriden. Those being inducted include Roger Beale of North Haven, former Hamden High and Quinnipiac College player and longtime coach of Post 88 American Legion; the Hamden Plainsmen baseball team represented by its […]

Baseball: Mike Anquillare steps down as coach at West Haven

West Haven baseball coach Mike Anquillare (center) talks with a pitcher during a game in 2012. Anquillare announced he will step down after 12 years as head coach (Photo Peter Hvizdak)

Mike Anquillare resigned Monday after 15 season as head baseball coach at West Haven. A 1986 graduate of the school, Anquillare also was an assistant coach with the program before taking over for Jon Capone, who is now the school’s athletic director. Anquillare, 46, has a son, 11, and a daughter, 7, both of whom […]

Softball: Seymour receives championship rings

Members of the Seymour softball team display the rings they received for winning the Class M state championship.
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The Seymour softball team received championship rings for winning the Class M state title this past spring in a ceremony held at halftime of the school’s football game on Thursday. The Wildcats defeated East Haven 2-0 in the Class M state championship game on June 14.  It was the ninth state title for Seymour and […]

FOOTBALL 2014: It’s more than a game for Hand’s Tommy Wilson

Daniel Hand High School football player Tommy Wilson. Photo by Arnold Gold/Register

MADISON >> Tommy Wilson’s smile tells a story. It’s a late August afternoon in Madison at Hand High School and the Tigers are two weeks away from their home-opener against New Canaan. A year ago they lost to the Rams on the road 50-21. “A lot of people are going to be at the Surf […]

Notre Dame-West Haven’s practice turf field ready for use

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Early stages of construction for the school's athletic turf field.

The new athletic turf field at Notre Dame-West Haven High School is now available for the teams to use. It took less than four months to complete. The football team practiced on the field Wednesday and the soccer team took its first turn on Thursday. The old field was grass but would become all dirt […]

Softball: Foran’s Kemp commits to Stony Brook University

Foran's Dani Kemp enters her senior season with a .409 batting average, 105 hits, 44 RBI, seven home runs and 40 stolen bases.
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Five-tool player. Easy to coach. Versatile. Great teammate. The list goes on and on when talking about Foran senior Dani Kemp. A stand out catcher who is also a stellar shortstop, the weight of the world may have just been lifted off her shoulders. Announcing she will attend Division I Stony Brook University in New […]

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

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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 […]