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 […]

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


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.
Catherine Avalone/Register

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

Photo courtesy of Notre Dame
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.
Submitted Photo

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 […]