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 […]

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 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.
Photo by Peter Casolino

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 […]

Legion baseball: West Haven focused on bringing team back

Last year coach George Chambrelli was trying to bring West Haven back to the playoffs for the first time since 2006. Now the coach is just trying to bring the team back. Due to a lack of players, and no junior program, West Haven ceased operations for 2014. Chambrelli said he is determined to restore […]

Legion Baseball: Branford’s pitching not missing beat

BRANFORD >> Branford’s pitching was nothing short of dominant last season. John Amendola, Ben Criscuolo, Greg Zullo and Co. helped lead the team to the American Legion World Series. All of those guys are gone this year. This season a new pitching staff, led by a familiar face in Mike Schettino, has Branford at 17-0 […]

BASEBALL: Sheehan’s Turner French commits to St. Johns

Sheehan’s standout junior pitcher Turner French has committed to St. Johns, according to coach Matt Altieri. French was All-SCC Housatonic last season and helped lead the Titans to the Class M tournament. “He had a breakout season,” Altieri said. Altieri said all of his pitchers have the potential to play college baseball. He said French, […]

Litchfield County Area Baseball MVP: Willy Yahn, Housatonic

Litchfield County's baseball MVP, Housatonic's Willy Yahn.
Sean Meenaghan - Register Citizen

When Housatonic’s Willy Yahn steps on the baseball field, he knows a couple of things, he will have fun,  he will leave everything he has on the field and he will go home with the dirtiest uniform. “Playing that way is the most fun way possible,” Yahn, a senior, said. “Anything you do in sports, […]

2014 Litchfield County All-Area Baseball Team

Willy Yahn Area-MVP Housatonic, Sr. Pitcher/Infielder Stats: Batted .587, had 37 hits, five home runs, nine doubles, five triples, 20 stolen bases to go along with a 8-2 pitching record where he posted a 1.67 ERA in 63 innings pitched, while striking out 104  batters.  Yahn also only struck out once in the past two […]

Xavier’s Magner retires as baseball coach

Xavier coach Rich Magner during his team's SCC baseball championship win over Amity at Yale Field, May 30, 2014

Rich Magner has retired as Xavier’s baseball coach, the school announced Thursday. Magner, a 1969 Xavier graduate, coached with the program for 35 years beginning in 1979. He took over as head coach in 1995. He’s also coached basketball and is currently the school’s Director of Guidance. “I had made the decision that this would […]

SCC names scholar-athletes for May

Twelve student-athletes from six high schools have been named The SportsCenter of Connecticut/Southern Connecticut Conference Scholar Athletes of the Month for May. Now completing its eighth year, The SportsCenter of Connecticut/SCC Scholar Athlete of the Month program honored 115 athletes during the academic year. Student athletes who are selected must be a varsity letterwinner and […]

2014 CHSCA All-State Baseball teams

Housatonic's Willy Yahn and Northwestern's Zach Risedorf chat at home plate before Yahn steps into the batters box. Both Yahn and Risedorf are playing at UConn next season.
Pete Paguaga - Register Citizen

CLASS LL Kevin Stone, Fairfield Prep Joe Rivera, Southington Jake Pitser, New Milford Kyle Dunster, Greenwich John Russell, Glastonbury Sam Ellinwood, Staples Brett Phillips, Wilton Virgil Procaccini, Newtown Dan Schock, Cheshire Sebastian Dimauro, Amity Jarrett Michaels, Bristol Central Evan Rodriguez, Manchester Mike Foley, Fairfield-Warde Zach Susi, Southington Adam Dulsky, Staples Greg Hennessey, Newtown Isaiah Rivera, […]