Fairfield Warde’s Brancato named 2015 Chelsea Cohen Courage Award winner

Fairfield Warde's Giacomo Brancato at the CT Challenge Bike Ride this past summer. Photo by Mary Albl

The Fairfield County Sports Commission announced Tuesday that Fairfield’s Giacomo Brancato  is the 2015 Chelsea Cohen Courage Award winner. The Warde High two-sport standout was diagnosed at the end of last year with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – a cancer of the lymph tissue in the autoimmune system. Boys Basketball: Warde’s Brancato ‘undefeatable’ after cancer diagnosis Brancato […]

SCC approves new scheduling format for several sports to begin in fall of 2016

Commish Al Carbone and SCC will be realigning divisions in 2016 (Photo Peter Hvizdak)

The Southern Connecticut Conference’s Board of Governors approved a new and unique scheduling format Tuesday for seven of its sports that will begin with the 2016-17 school year. The vote passed 20-3, according to league commissioner Al Carbone. It will be new and unique because teams will be placed in different divisions for many of […]

Baseball: Sheehan’s Cloutier picks Southern Connecticut State University

After helping to lead his team to a state title in the spring, Sheehan’s Nolan Cloutier picked his college in the fall. The Sheehan senior committed to Southern Connecticut State University. The Titans won a state championship last season behind Cloutier’s .333 batting average, 27 runs, 17 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. Cloutier was recruited […]

SCC likely to look drastically different in several sports come fall of 2016

Commish Al Carbone and SCC will be realigning divisions in 2016 (Photo Peter Hvizdak)

The four divisions for seven sports in the Southern Connecticut Conference will likely look a lot different come this time next year. Not only are the names of the divisions likely to change, the teams that reside in them for boys and girls soccer, girls volleyball, boys and girls basketball, baseball and softball will change […]

Baseball: Amity’s Coppola among inductees into Southern CT Diamond Club Hall of Fame

Amity coach Sal Coppola gets a hug from pitcher Elias Oliphant after the Spartans won their third-straight Class LL baseball title (Photo John Vanacore)

The Southern Connecticut Diamond Club, Inc. will hold its annual hall of fame induction dinner to honor those who have contributed to baseball in the area. It will be held on Thursday, Oct. 15, at Monticello’s Restaurant in Meriden. Hors d’oeuvres will be at 5:30 p.m. Dinner follows promptly at 6:30 p.m. Those being inducted […]

Baseball: Branford’s loss of Bethke is SCSU’s gain

Ed Bethke, who starred on the mound for both schools, resigned earlier this week as head coach for the Hornets and will start Monday in his new position as an assistant coach with the Owls. Bethke had worked in the Branford school system as a paraprofessional, along with heading the high school baseball program for […]

Baseball: Cofield named head coach at Middletown

Josh Cofield

MIDDLETOWN >> Middletown High School Director of Athletics Elisha De Jesus today announced that Josh Cofield has been appointed head baseball coach at the school. “We are excited to have Mr. Cofield as our baseball coach,” De Jesus said. “He is committed to our program, but more importantly, he is committed to all of our […]

Baseball: Branford coach Bethke resigns, to take SCSU job

Branford coach Ed Bethke is going back to college. The coach resigned from Branford Thursday and Monday will officially be named the assistant coach/pitching coach at Southern Connecticut State University. He pitched at Southern from 2007-10 and won 22 games on the mound. “The next step in my career was always to move on and […]

Looking Back: Ray Tellier Sr. was a molder of coaches

Ray Tellier Sr. (Register file photo)

Editor’s note: During the summer of 2012, the New Haven Register ran a New Haven 200 series to commemorate its 200th anniversary. GameTimeCT.com will share high school related stories from that series periodically throughout the summer.   To gauge just how influential Ray Tellier Sr. was as a high school coach, look no further than the scores of former […]

The All-Time Connecticut High School / Major League Baseball All-Star team

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So what if you could put together an all-time all-star team of Major League Baseball players who attended high school in Connecticut?  We decided to give it a try and were pleasantly surprised not only with the talent that has played in the state, but the fact we could fill each position. Heck, we even […]

Baseball: Staples’ Ben Casparius verbally commits to UNC

Staples' Ben Casparius during a game last spring against Fairfield Ludlowe.

Monday morning, Staples High School’s rising junior Ben Casparius verbally committed to the University of North Carolina to play baseball, first reported by SportsFairfield. This past spring Casparius helped lead the Wreckers to the FCIAC title game and the Class LL state championship. The shortstop/pitcher collected 32 RBIs, eight home runs and went 7-0 on […]

Boys basketball: Fairfield Ludlowe taking part in CT Challenge Bike Ride in support of Warde’s Brancato

Fairfield Warde's Giacomo Brancato during a game against Ludlowe in the Fairfield Holiday Tournament. Photo courtesy of SportsFairfield

FAIRFIELD >> Fairfield Ludlowe head boys’ basketball coach John Dailey remembers the last time they faced Fairfield Warde. It was last January in a packed gymnasium at Ludlowe. It was also the last basketball game Warde’s Giacomo Brancato started in. In late 2014, Brancato was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma — a cancer of the lymph […]

2015 New Haven Register All-State Baseball Lineups

First Team Player                       Yr.      Pos.       Team MVP: Mike Cowell    Sr.        P            Shelton Buddy Dewaine         Sr.        P           Montville Paul Gozzo                 Sr.       C             Sheehan Brian Moskey            Sr.       P/SS      Haddam-Killingworth Cooper Mworka        Sr.       SS           Cheshire Randy Polonia           Sr.       P             Trinity Catholic Ron Rossomando      Sr.       P              Bunnell Mike Savino              Sr.       IF            West Haven Kevin Stone               Sr. […]

2015 New Haven Register State Baseball Player of the Year: Mike Cowell, Shelton

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Shelton coach Scott Gura has seen some great players come through his program in the past eight seasons since he’s been in charge. However, he’s never had a player like senior pitcher Mike Cowell. Cowell struck out 102 batters, had a 0.93 earned run average and tossed two no-hitters in 68 innings pitched. “My personal […]

2015 New Haven Register All-State Baseball Team

Gatorade Player of the Year Jimmy Titus of East Catholic and catcher Paul Gozzo of Sheehan. Both are members of the 2015 New Haven Register All-State Baseball Team (Photo Catherine Avalone)

Player of the Year Mike Cowell Shelton, Sr., P/IF Stats: Threw two no-hitters, went 8-1, tossed 102 strikeouts with only 11 walks in 68 innings pitched. Also batted .406 with 19 RBIs. Honors: SCC Player of the Year, All-SCC Housatonic Division and coaches all-state selection. Off the field: Member of the Foreign National Honor Society, […]

The 2015 New Haven Register All-Area Baseball Team

North Haven catcher Nick Proto waits to slap a tag on East Lyme's Corey Levesque in the seventh inning. The Indians 3-2 win over the East Lyme Vikings for the Class L state championship game, Saturday night, June 13, 2015 at Palmer Field in Middletown. (Catherine Avalone/New Haven Register)

The 2015 New Haven Register All-Area Baseball Team. Captions by Henry Chisholm. Photos by Arnold Gold unless noted. Most Valuable Player Mike Cowell – MVP Shelton, Sr., P/IF Stats: Threw two no-hitters, went 8-1, tossed 102 strikeouts with only 11 walks in 68 innings pitched. Also batted .406 with 19 RBIs. Honors: SCC Player of […]

The 2015 CHSCA All-State Baseball Teams

Sheehan catcher Paul Gozzo

The 2015 Connecticut High School Coaches Association’s All-State Baseball teams. These were provided to us without positions. If you have complete rosters or more information email sbowley@nhregister.com. CLASS LL Zac Susi, Southington Carlos Garrido, Trumbull Neil Kelley, Hall David Mathews, Newtown Mike Maccaroni, Darien Mike Savino, West Haven Ben Casparius, Staples Chris Winkel, Amity Jim […]

Here’s the CIAC’s official Spring Sports championship recap video

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The CIAC today released a comprehensive highlight video of all the spring sports state championships via the coverage of NFHS Network and CPTV Sports. It features 21 events, from track, to tennis, volleyball, softball, lacrosse and baseball. It’s 22 minutes of bliss. Related: The Top 25 Moments from Spring Championship Weekend.

Baseball: North Haven’s DeMayo has a ways to go to reach national record

North Haven baseball coach Bob DeMayo (File photo)

Tid-bit from Chip Malafronte’s Sunday column in the New Haven Register we thought you’d find interesting: • Given the level of success spread over 57 seasons, one might think North Haven baseball coach Bob DeMayo’s 854 career victories might be approaching the all-time United States high school record. Not so. A coach in Iowa named […]

Derek’s picks: Best games of the 2015 spring season

East Catholic's Logan Greene connects for his sixth inning home run, the first of three for the Eagles in the inning, vs. North Branford in the Class M quarterfinals on Friday at Jim Penders Field. Derek Turner-GameTimeCT

After a wild and wacky spring championship weekend, it’s time for another episode of Derek’s picks. This is where Derek Turner picks some of the top games he saw during the season. They don’t have to be game he wrote about, but they have to have been seen with his own two eyes (or four […]