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 […]

CCC: Adding Avon, enrollment changes cause conference realignment


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


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

2014 Litchfield County All-Area Girls Tennis

MacKenzie Blair Area-MVP Thomaston Sr. Stats: Won the Berkshire League championship, the first in school history, went 13-3 during the regular season and 15-4 overall, helped lead Thomaston to its best season in school history, where they reached the Class S semifinals and won Berkshire League team championship. She also won her first match in […]

2014 NH County Area Boys Tennis MVP: Jason Seidman, Amity

Jason Seidman of Amity hits a forehand in the SCC boys singles final against Scott Rubinstein of Daniel Hand at the Yale Tennis Courts on 5/30/2014. Photo by Arnold Gold

Each year, Amity boys tennis coach Chris Raffone holds what he likes to call preseason challenge matches: pitting kids against one another numerous times. Once those matches are completed, Raffone can determine his starting lineup to start the season. In 2012, Andrew Ginzberg was coming off being the No. 1 singles player for the Spartans […]

2014 New Haven County All-Area Boys Tennis Team

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New Haven County All Area Boys Tennis MVP:  Jason Seidman, Amity.

Jason Seidman – MVP Amity, junior Stats: Finished 15-0 during the regular season at No. 1 singles for the third straight year. Handed Foran’s Bradley Orban the first regular-season loss of his career. Reached the semifinals of the Class LL state tournament. Honors: Three-time All-Area and All-SCC Division I selection. SCC Division I Player of […]

Litchfield County Area Boys Tennis MVP: Aaron Pezzullo, Nonnewaug

Litchfield County's boys tennis MVP, Nonnewaug's Aaron Pezzullo.
Pete Paguaga - Register Citizen

School year doesn’t figure into area sports MVP selections. A great performance is a great performance, no matter what age the athlete. Nevertheless, older athletes often prevail, thanks to experience, growth and maturity – and, sometimes, even a nod to seniority. Aaron Pezzullo proves our rule: a great performance is a great performance. He was […]

2014 Litchfield County All-Area Boys Tennis

Aaron Pezzullo Area-MVP Nonnewaug, Fr. Stats: Won the Berkshire League tournament, went 17-1 during the regular season and reached the quarterfinals at the Class S state tournament. Honors: Berkshire League All-Star. Jonathan Miller Housatonic, Soph. Stats: Finished in second place in the Berkshire League, 15-1 in the regular season and 20-3 including the Berkshire League […]

Amity’s Seidman falls at USTA Junior Sectionals; Bloomfield’s Lord captures crown

Amity’s Jason Seidman’s impressive run at the USTA Junior Sectionals came to an end as he fell to defending champion Charles Shewalter of Winchester, Massachusetts 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 in the boys’ 18-and-under singles final on Wednesday at UMass. Seidman upset top seede Noah Farrell en route to reaching the championship match. Bloomfield’s Melissa Lord was […]

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 […]

Seidman upsets Farrell in New England Junior Sectionals

In a star-studded top half of the boys’ 18 singles draw at New England Junior Sectionals, the crown jewel of the USTA New England junior summer schedule, it was Amity star Jason Seidman who advanced to Wednesday’s championship match. CIAC Class M champion Bradley Orban of Milford, Hopkins star Sayer Paige and Hand High’s Scott […]

2014 CHSCA All-State Boys Tennis Teams

Xavier freshman Richard Ciamarra delivers a backhand during his straight set win in the State Open finals at Yale. Photo by  Jimmy Zanor — Middletown Press

Class LL Richard Ciamarra, Xavier Bryson Mosley, Ridgefield Jason Seidman, Amity Ari Cepelwicz, Greenwich Louis McKenzie, Greenwich Shaw Speer, Greenwich Connor Mitnick, Staples Baxter Stein, Staples Qualified through State Open Luke Foreman, Staples Prashant Toteja, Westhill Alex Romaine, Westhill Class L Noah Ferrell, Wilton Scott Rubenstein, Hand Roy Smith, Notre Dame-West Haven Ted Berkowitz, Fairfield […]

2014 All-SCC Boys Tennis

The All-Southern Connecticut Conference boys tennis team: Division I Singles Jason Seidman (Amity) Alex Rieger (Hand) Bradley Orban (Foran) Scott Rubinstein (Hand) Jeremy Reichenthal (Cheshire) Carl Thurston (Sheehan) Doubles Luke Lemieux/Evan Powell (Guilford) David Schulz (Hand) Nick Sabatelli (Amity) Gabe Betancur (Amity) Matt McKinney (Fairfield Prep) Division II Singles Rich Ciamarra (Xavier) Roy Smith (Notre […]

2014 All-SCC Spring Sports Teams

Boys Volleyball First Team Tyler Barwise (Amity Regional), Ted Li (Cheshire), Anthony Carbone (Cheshire), Colin Haensel (Cheshire), Eric Kocur (Shelton), Andre Zumerchik (Xavier), Kevin Berger (Xavier) Second Team Nick Bottone (Amity Regional), Patrick Lindner (Cheshire), Trenton Hager (Cheshire), Wes Kimmel (Daniel Hand), Grant Fevrier (Shelton), John Hunter (Shelton), John Babon (Xavier) Golf Brent Marieb (Amity […]

Tennis: Xavier’s Rich Ciamarra wins State Open crown

Xavier freshman Richard Ciamarra gets ready to serve in the State Open finals Wednesday at Yale. Photo by Jimmy Zanor - Middletown Press

NEW HAVEN >> Xavier’s Richard Ciamarra didn’t realize there were so many postseason tennis tournaments in high school. But that’s how most freshman are: naïve and full of youthful exuberance. Ciamarra, however, proved in the Southern Connecticut Conference, Class LL and State Open tourneys that he’s not just any freshman. Ciamarra capped a remarkable first […]

Friday’s Litchfield County roundup: Nonnewaug’s Pezzulo wins Berkshire League boys tennis title

Nonnewaug’s Aaron Pezzulo defeated Housatonic’s Jonathan Miller to win the Berkshire League boys tennis individual title. The second seeded Pezzulo defeated Lewis Mills’ Holden Robinson in the semifinals 6-2, 7-6 (11-9) while top seeded Miller took down No. 4 Jack Hartle of Thomaston 6-2, 6-0. Miller gave Pezzulo a fight in the finals but the […]

Boys tennis: Orban, Ciamarra, Guilford, Hand all win state titles

Photo by Joe Morelli
Class LL state tennis champion Rich Ciamarra, left, and Xavier coach Matt Haywood with the LL championship bracket

NEW HAVEN >> If this was the final tennis match of his high school career, Foran’s Bradley Orban went out on a high note. Orban captured his fourth straight Class M state championship, beating Berlin’s Dan Rombola 6-2, 6-2 at Yale University. It was the second straight year Orban beat Rombola in the final. “Four […]

Boys Tennis: Staples claims Class LL crown

Staples Connor Mitnick celebrates after winning the doubles title. Photo by Keith Stein

NEW HAVEN >>The setting was very familiar for the Staples High doubles team of Connor Mitnick and Baxter Stein Wednesday afternoon at Yale. Less than a week after clinching the FCIAC boys’ tennis title for the Wreckers, Mitnick and Stein battled back from a set down to defeat Greenwich’s Shaw Speer and Louis McKenzie 4-6, […]