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 […]

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

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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 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 […]