CCC: Adding Avon, enrollment changes cause conference realignment

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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

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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 […]

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) […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Northeast Regional: RCP tops Middletown, advances to final

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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 […]