The CIAC 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? Itching to be outside instead of packed into dank gymnasiums or rinks? Don’t fret. Spring season is almost here. Behold the CIAC spring sports schedules for the 2015 season. So that means it’s time to spend your hours pouring over all the delicious match-ups coming to a field […]

Outdoor Track and Field: Five storylines to follow this season

Staples' Hannah DeBalsi runs during the Class LL state meet last year. Register file photo

1. Alex Ostberg Watch All eyes will be on Darien’s Alex Ostberg this outdoor season to see what the Stanford-bound senior has in store for us all. Ostberg impressed at indoor nationals earlier this month becoming the first indoor runner in Connecticut history to go under nine minutes in the 2 mile. He not only […]

Outdoor Track and Field: Top 20 athletes to watch this season

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With practices officially underway and the first meets of the outdoor season set for April 8, here’s a look at some of the top names in the state to keep an eye out for. Top 10 girls Danae Rivers, Cross: Junior returns as the top middle distance runner in the state. She won the 800 […]

Track and Field: Staples’ Lawrence to be inducted into NHSCA National Hall of Fame

Annoucned today, Staples’ longtime cross country and track and field head coach Laddie Lawrence will be inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame. From the press release: “It is with great pleasure that the National High School Athletic Coaches Association announces the upcoming induction of Laddie Lawrence from Staples High […]

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 […]

Litchfield Hall of Fame to induct 10 new members

The Litchfield Athletic Hall of Fame enshrines 10 new members this Friday in a 6:30 p.m. ceremony and reception at the Litchfield Community Center. Inductees are Chris Blazek, Chris Chabot, Robert Davenport, Matt Donne, Kathleen Ebner, Leland McKenna, Benjamin Murphy, Andrew O’Dell, Sharon Simoncelli and Tom Wu. Chris Blazek Blazek is best known for a […]

East Haven to induct seven into school’s Hall of Fame Nov. 23

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The 28th annual East Haven High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame induction will be held on Nov. 23 at 12:30 p.m. Slated for induction are Tamara Highsmith (2004), Don Harrison (1957), Robert Sembler (1976), Dr. William McCormick (1988), Frank Higgins (1982), Jeff Fletcher (1991) and Joe Glenn (2001). Highsmith is the school record-holder in […]

Officials say goal is to open Hillhouse’s Bowen Field by Thanksgiving, 2015

Hillhouse High School students and public officials pose for photographs at a ground breaking ceremony for Bowen Field in New Haven on 10/27/2014. (Arnold Gold-New Haven Register)

NEW HAVEN >>The message was loud and clear. Superintendent of Schools Garth Harries said Monday the goal is to have Bowen Field at James Hillhouse High School ready for the 2015 Elm City Bowl Classic. Harries was flanked by elected officials, students, parents and community members during a ground-breaking ceremony at Hillhouse when he announced […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

FOOTBALL 2014: It’s more than a game for Hand’s Tommy Wilson

Daniel Hand High School football player Tommy Wilson. Photo by Arnold Gold/Register

MADISON >> Tommy Wilson’s smile tells a story. It’s a late August afternoon in Madison at Hand High School and the Tigers are two weeks away from their home-opener against New Canaan. A year ago they lost to the Rams on the road 50-21. “A lot of people are going to be at the Surf […]

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 […]

Track and Field: Notre Dame West Haven’s Bill Parkinson steps down as head coach

Notre Dame West Haven head track coach Parkinson is stepping down as head coach, but will remain the cross country coach in the fall. Courtesy photo

After a highly-decorated 35 years, Notre Dame West Haven head track and field coach Bill Parkinson is stepping down. Parkinson will remain the cross country coach in the fall for the program and will stay on board as a volunteer assistant with the indoor and outdoor track teams. “It’s been a great pleasure and tremendous […]

2014 NH County Area Outdoor Track MVP: Christian Alvarado, Fairfield Prep

Fairfield Prep's Chris Alvarado (Photo Arnold Gold, Register)

June 15 was four years in the making for Fairfield Prep’s Christian Alvarado. The Jesuit senior’s path to his final high school race involved a backstory that featured a lot of winning and some stunning losses and failure. But the end result, his first national title and finally claiming the elusive All-American status, was worth […]

2014 New Haven County All-Area Boys Outdoor Track Team

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Christian Alvarado — MVP Fairfield Prep, senior, distance Stats: Won the Loucks Games mile title, captured the Danbury Dream 800 crown, won the 1,600 and 3,200 at the SCC Western Sectionals, SCC Championships, Class LL and State Open. Won the New Balance National mile title in a personal-record time of 4:06.88. Honors: All-SCC, SCC MVP, […]

Track and Field: Local grads have good showing at USATF Junior Championships

Staples High graduate Henry Wynn, pictured here running at the 2013 State Open, finished in eighth place in the men's 1,500 at the USA Junior Championships. Register file photo

EUGENE, ORE. >> Staples High graduate Henry Wynne barely made Sunday’s finals of the men’s 1,500 at the USA Track and Field Junior Championships. But Wynne, who just finished his freshman year at the University of Virginia, made the most of his first junior championships as he captured eighth place in a competitive field at […]

Malafronte: Connecticut track lost friend in William Thompson

NEW HAVEN >> William Thompson was a postal worker who knew little about track and field when he brought his young daughter, Vanessa, to a brand new venture called the New Haven Age Group Track Club in 1976. Before long, he was ingesting every magazine article and book about the sport he could find. He’d […]

Litchfield County Area Boys Track MVP: Tyler Mowrey, Litchfield

Litchfield's Tyler Mowrey is passed the baton from Spencer Persechino at the Berkshire League Championships. Pete Paguaga - Register Citizen

Track and field can be viewed as an individual sport, but every now and then it can also be viewed as a team sport. At this season’s Berkshire League championship meet, Litchfield’s Tyler Mowrey gave up a chance to win the 200 meter dash so he could be rested for both the 4 X 400 […]