Baseball: Branford to name field after late coach Dummar

The Branford Board Of Education unanimously approved the re-naming of the Branford High School’s Baseball Field to the George T. Dummar, Jr. Baseball Field, which is part of the James L. MacVeigh Alumni Athletic Complex at the school, on Wednesday. The recommendation was made by a sub-committee formed by Board of Ed Chairman, Michael Krause. […]

CIAC releases the 2015 Spring Sports Schedules

Photo by John Vanacore  The Amity Baseball team reaches for the state championship plaque after defeating Southington 9-2 Sunday at Palmer field in Middletown.

Had enough of the cold and snow and seemingly endless postponements? Itching to be outside instead of packed into dank gymnasiums or rinks? Don’t fret. Spring season is just around the corner. The CIAC has released the official spring sports schedules for the 2015 season. So that means it’s time to spend your hours pouring […]

Baseball: Plefka named Middletown baseball coach

MIDDLETOWN >> Middletown High School Director of Athletics Elisha De Jesus has confirmed that the school  has hired former minor league pitcher Jonathan Plefka as its interim varsity baseball coach. The position is interim in that former coach Jason Serra, who was appointed Dean of Students several weeks ago, can reclaim the baseball position if […]

Eight to be inducted into Hillhouse Hall of Fame March 28

Eight people and one team will be inducted into the Hillhouse High Hall of Fame March 28 at the Foxon Country House. The inductees are: William “Derk McCoy (1961), who starred in football and went on to have a long career for the New Haven police department; William Gray (1964), who starred in basketball and […]

Signing Day: Staples High sends seven to the next level

Staples High athletes competing at the next level from left to right: Ian Burns (Columbia, baseball), Nic Esposito (football, Bryant), Olivia Wiener (Dartmouth, track), Bridget van Dorsten (Brown, track), Erica Hefnawy (Boston College, track), Lauren Garcia (Seton Hall, soccer) and Maggie Walsh (Fairfield, soccer). Photo by Mary Albl

WESTPORT >> Bridget  van Dorsten and Olivia Wiener have enjoyed being teammates together the last four years for the Staples High girls’ track and field team. This coming fall, they’ll get to enjoy competing against one another. Wednesday afternoon in the Staples’ cafeteria, van Dorsten and Wiener both signed national letters of intent to compete […]

Notre Dame-WH baseball coach Kessler steps down, assistant Martone takes over

Notre Dame's Lou Kessler after winning last year's Class L baseball title vs. Masuk. Kessler announced he's stepping down as coach. He leaves as the school's all-time wins leader (File photo)

Lou Kessler, Notre Dame-West Haven’s longtime baseball coach who won his fourth state title last spring, has resigned, the school announced in a press release. Kessler met with the team Tuesday to deliver the news. Notre Dame has hired assistant coach Don Martone to take his place. Kessler, a 1977 Notre Dame graduate, took over […]

Baseball: H-K’s Moskey lands at Quinnipiac

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Haddam-Killingworth senior Brian Moskey is surrounded by family, friends and coaches as he signs a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Quinnipiac University in Hamden. Brian’s family, center from left, include sister Kellie, parents Frank and Cindy Moskey, and grandparents Frank Sr. and Lorraine Moskey. Also pictured are H-K coach Mark Brookes and his wife, Rae, and H-K athletic director Lynne Flint.

          HIGGANUM>> Brian Moskey, a standout pitcher and infielder at Haddam-Killingworth, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Quinnipiac University in Hamden. With family and friends gathered around, Moskey put pen to paper last week and made his decision official. “When I went there for the first time […]

West Haven to induct nine into school’s Hall of Fame Nov. 29

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Former West Haven baseball coach Mike Anquillare will be among nine people getting inducted into the West Haven Hall of Fame on Nov. 29.

Nine members will be inducted into the West Haven Hall of Fame will be honored Saturday, Nov. 29, at the West Haven Italian-American Club. The newest members to be inducted are Joseph Morrell Jr., Stacey Breen Sao, Ron Conlan, Michael Anquillare, Michael Keyes, the late Joseph Giannotti, William Engels, Lindsay Michel and Robert Sveda. Morrell […]

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 on Sept. 28 of brain cancer. Now the field where he coached will bear his name.
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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 […]