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 […]

Girls outdoor track and field: Ludlowe’s Koether, Hurst helping program reach new heights

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FAIRFIELD >> Emma Koether and Rachel Hurst look more like distance runners than sprinters. The two Fairfield Ludlowe seniors are both tall, a little bit gangly and don’t give off the natural impression of being fast. But appearances can be deceiving. The outgoing pair have embraced their roles and emerged as two of Ludlowe’s best […]

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 […]

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 […]

Track and Field: Staples’ McCray named CT Coach of the Year

Staples' Jesse McCray at the Penn Relays last April with the Wreckers 4x400 relay squad. Courtesy photo

On Monday, Staples High’s Jesse McCray was awarded the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association 2014 Girls High School Track & Field Coach of the Year award for the state of Connecticut. “I’m humbled to say the least with this award,” McCray said. “I’ve never paid too much attention to awards; I […]

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 […]

Housatonic alum Heacox ready to showcase talents at next level

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Former Housatonic track and field athlete Katie Heacox is ready to begin her first season at Southern Connecticut State University.

While hundreds of kids endure pre-season athletic training this week at area high schools, Housatonic’s Katie Heacox represents the small fraction of graduates getting their first glimpse at the next level. Heacox is the only Mountaineer to win back-to-back State Open titles. A four-year thrower (shot put, discus and hammer), she won the girls state […]

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 New Haven County All-Area Girls Outdoor Track Team

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2014 NH County Area Girls Track MVP: Danae Rivers,  Wilbur Cross.

Danae Rivers – MVP Wilbur Cross, sophomore, middle distance runner Stats: Won the Loucks Games mile. Captured the 800 and 1,600 at SCC Championships, Class MM and State Open. Set an Open record in 1,600 of 4:47.45. Ran anchor of winning Open 4×400 relay. Won the New England Championships in 1,600, finished second in 800. […]

2014 NH County Area Girls Track MVP: Danae Rivers, Wilbur Cross

Danae Rivers of Wilbur Cross won the Gatorade Girls' Track and Field Athlete of the Year. Photo by Melanie Stengel/Register

In a sport where sometimes the individual achievements can outshine the team performance, Wilbur Cross’ Danae Rivers knew how to balance both to perfection. The sophomore middle distance runner went undefeated in the state of Connecticut in the 800 and 1,600 meter events, but the wins, as she said, are never guaranteed. The focus for […]

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 Girls Track MVP: Sabrina Olsen, Thomaston

Thomaston's Sabrina Olsen capped off her senior season with the State Championship in the steeplechase, her third straight state title in that event.
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In a sport that regularly turns out prime examples of heart and fortitude – long distance running – Sabrina Olsen stands out among the champions because she genuinely enjoys running, seemingly, the longer the better. Witness her comments after her third straight state steeplechase championship earlier this month. “The steeplechase is my favorite event in […]

2014 Litchfield County All-Area Girls Track and Field

Sabrina Olsen Area-MVP Thomaston, Sr. Stats: Won the Class S state championship in the 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs, won the State Open in the steeplechase for the third year in a row, won the Berkshire League championship in the 4 X 800 relay, 800, 1,600, 3,200 and the steeplechase and she qualified for the […]