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 […]

American Legion Tournament Central

Branford's Dylan Millhouse fires a pitch against Milford (Photo Dave Phillips)

The American Legion tournament is upon us. The playoff-eligible teams have been seeded and grouped into sectional tournaments in the Northern and Southern divisions. They’ll face for the right to play the Zone champions in a best-of-three sectional final. The four winners from each division will advance into the super regionals and the two teams […]

2007 Register All-State baseball team has truly distinguished itself

Major Leaguers, from left,  Curtis Casali (Tampa Bay), Mike Olt (Texas) and Matt Harvey (New York Mets) when they were 2007 Register All-State baseball selections.

What if we told you that a 2007 All-State baseball team would produce seven players who would be major league draft picks (two first-rounders), including the National League’s 2013 starting All-Star pitcher, the NL’s 2014 leader in home runs among rookies, one of 2014’s hottest rookie pitchers who’s currently boasting a miniscule 2.21 ERA and […]

Baseball: Will Rios, D-Backs can’t agree on deal, Rios off to college

It came down to the last five minutes, but a deal could not be reached and 2014 New Haven Register All-State selection Will Rios will play college baseball at the University of Maryland and not pro ball for the Arizona Diamondbacks. “It’s all a business,” Rios said. “That’s what it is.” Rios was drafted in […]

American Legion: Overlooked East Haven ready for more

Somewhere in the shadows of Zone 2, behind the defending state champ Branford Post 83, the consistent Orange Post 127 and the resurgent Stratford Post 42, the East Haven 89ers have been a tough team to beat. The 89ers shutout Stratford earlier in the year, edged Orange this month and almost beat Branford, too, losing […]

Hamden Hall lacrosse coaches Raccio, Keogh take similar positions at Cheshire Academy

Cheshire Academy had a pair of lacrosse head coaching openings and didn’t go too far to fill the vacancies according to an announcement by the Cats’ communication office. A.J. Raccio, the Hamden Hall boys lacrosse coach the past six seasons, returns to his alma mater to coach the Cheshire Academy boys lacrosse team. Katie Keogh, who […]

Softball: Camps and Clinics scheduled

CT FALCONS: Will be holding tryouts on the following dates at East Haven High: August 13, Sign in from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Tryouts from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for 16u and 18u. August 14, Sign in from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Tryouts from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for 10u,12u and 14u. […]

Legion: Orange dodges curse, ready for Stratford

The ‘Curse of the State Tournament’ could turn out to be a blessing for Orange Post 127. However Orange, which has players from Class LL champ Amity, was feeling more of the curse part early in the season. “Everyone was exhausted,” said Orange coach Rob Mirto. Usually teams with players who go far in the CIAC […]

2014 NH Register / GameTimeCT Second, Third and Honorable Mention Baseball Teams

Second Team Mike Davis Newtown Sr. P Buddy DeWaine Montville Jr. P/IF Sebastian DiMauro Amity Sr. OF/RP Mike Esposito Waterford Sr. P/3B Nick Fusco Amity Sr. P Noah Hahn Avon Sr. P Laurence Hill Xavier Sr. IF Kevin Johnson Law Sr. P Dan Rajkowski New Canaan Sr. P Asher Lee Tyson Weston Sr. SS/P Jake […]

2014 New Haven Register / GameTimeCT Baseball All-State Team

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NH Register / GameTimeCT State Baseball Player of the Year: Zach Risedorf, Northwestern.

Zach Risedorf Northwestern, Sr., C Stats: Batted .495, 40 stolen bases, 38 hits, 19 RBIs and six home runs. Honors: Coaches Award and CHSCA All-State selection. Up next: Is already playing in the San Diego Padres organization. The Padres drafted Risedorf in the sixth round of the Major League Baseball Draft. Lou Kessler Notre Dame-West […]

2014 NH Register / GameTimeCT Baseball State Player of the Year: Zach Risedorf, Northwestern

Northwestern's Zach Risedorf (right) has decided to sign with the San Diego Padres.

Northwestern’s Zach Risedorf went through his senior season knowing he could be drafted. His teammates knew that as well, and jokingly called him “Big League.” Now his teammates, and the rest of Connecticut, can call him something else: The Register State Player of the Year. The senior catcher was eventually drafted 177th overall by the […]

2014 New Haven County All-Area Boys Volleyball MVP: Ted Li, Cheshire

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Ted Li’s versatility played a key role in the success of the Cheshire boys volleyball team these last four years. This year’s Register Area MVP helped guide the Rams to a pair of state titles and four straight Southern Connecticut Conference championships. He made a seamless transition from hitter to setter his senior year, polishing […]

2014 New Haven County All-Area Boys Volleyball Team

Ted Li – MVP Cheshire, senior, setter Stats: Had 221 kills, 51 blocks, 26 digs and 23 aces for the Rams, who won the Southern Connecticut Conference tournament championship and advanced to the Class L state tournament quarterfinals. Honors: An All-SCC and Class L coaches all-state selection. Off the court: All-SCC Academic Team selection. Up […]

2014 New Haven County All-Area Baseball Team

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NH County Area Baseball MVP: John Amendola, Notre Dame-West Haven.

John Amendola Notre Dame-West Haven, Sr., P Stats: Went 10-3 with four saves, a 0.77 earned run average, 65 strikeouts and just 10 walks in 84 innings pitched. Honors: All-SCC Quinnipiac Division and NHR All-State selection, as well as the team MVP. Off the field: Member of both the Spanish Honor Society and the Spanish […]

2014 NH County All-Area Baseball MVP: John Amendola, Notre Dame-West Haven

Notre Dame's John Amendola is one of the best pitchers in the state and can that will be on display this tournament.
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After having his All-Area and All-State photos taken, Notre Dame-West Haven’s John Amendola walked out of the Register studio sporting a smile. The season was officially over. “I have a couple vacations this summer,” Amendola said. “I’m going to take it easy.” Taking it easy is usually not the Amendola way. The senior posted a […]

Track and Field: Notre Dame West Haven’s Bill Parkinson steps down as head coach

Notre Dame West Haven head track coach Parkinson is stepping down as head coach, but will remain the cross country coach in the fall. Courtesy photo

After a highly-decorated 35 years, Notre Dame West Haven head track and field coach Bill Parkinson is stepping down. Parkinson will remain the cross country coach in the fall for the program and will stay on board as a volunteer assistant with the indoor and outdoor track teams. “It’s been a great pleasure and tremendous […]