Softball: Seymour set to defend Class M, NVL titles

Seymour pitcher Amanda Harkins (Photo Arnold Gold)

Monday marked the first day of practice for spring sports, including softball. Seymour is the defending Class M champion, having knocked off East Haven, 2-0, in last year’s final. It was the ninth state title for the Wildcats. Seymour also captured the NVL title with a victory over Torrington. The Wildcats compiled a 26-1 and […]

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 […]

Softball: West Haven coach Frank Biondi retires after 33 seasons at helm

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West Haven softball coach Frank Biondi has retired after 33 seasons.

WEST HAVEN – Frank Biondi was very dedicated to coaching the West Haven softball team for 33 seasons – more than a third of them while spending most of his months at his home in Hill, New Hampshire. The 72-year-old coach has decided to end his storied career with a 431-280 record, citing the time […]

Softball: Torrington’s Morris signs with UConn

Torrington senior Marissa Morris with her mother Valerie, right, and her father Tyler, signed a letter of intent to UConn Monday.
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TORRINGTON >> Marissa Morris, the other half of a Torrington High School softball battery made famous by Sydney Matzko’s pitching, completed a Division I sweep, signing a letter of intent to play for UConn next year. Matzko, now playing at the University of North Carolina, has a dazzling array of pitches; Monday’s signing attests to […]

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 […]

Softball: Lauralton Hall’s Dawid and Spitz sign college letters of intent

Lauraton Halls' Alexa Dawid (left) and Lindsey Spitz (right) sign their National Letters of Intent with head coach Amanda Acampora. (Pete Paguaga - Register)

MILFORD >> ­­Lauralton Hall seniors Alexa Dawid and Lindsey Spitz signed their National Letters of Intent to continue their softball careers, on the Division I level, in front of teammates, friends, administration and family on Wednesday. “This is very special for the school, they worked very hard and I am very proud of them, Lauralton […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Softball: Jenn Piazza Laffin named Mercy’s head coach

Jenn Piazza Laffin has been named the new softball coach at Mercy. This is the first varsity head coaching job for Piazza, a former standout player at both Lyman Hall at Florida Atlantic University. She was the head coach for two years at Dag Hammarskjold Middle School in Wallingford and was also an assistant previously […]

Softball: Al Ramelli named head coach at Sacred Heart Academy

Al Ramelli as an assistant coach for SHA during the Class L state tournament last spring. (Peter Hvizdak, Register)

Al Ramelli has been named the head coach at Sacred Heart Academy, he confirmed Wednesday. Ramelli takes over for his father, Ray, who retired at the end of last season, when the Pacers advanced to the Class L state championship game between losing to Fitch. This is Al Ramelli’s first head coaching job at the […]

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 […]

Softball: Seymour receives championship rings

Members of the Seymour softball team display the rings they received for winning the Class M state championship.
Catherine Avalone/Register

The Seymour softball team received championship rings for winning the Class M state title this past spring in a ceremony held at halftime of the school’s football game on Thursday. The Wildcats defeated East Haven 2-0 in the Class M state championship game on June 14.  It was the ninth state title for Seymour and […]

Softball: Foran’s Kemp commits to Stony Brook University

Foran's Dani Kemp enters her senior season with a .409 batting average, 105 hits, 44 RBI, seven home runs and 40 stolen bases.
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Five-tool player. Easy to coach. Versatile. Great teammate. The list goes on and on when talking about Foran senior Dani Kemp. A stand out catcher who is also a stellar shortstop, the weight of the world may have just been lifted off her shoulders. Announcing she will attend Division I Stony Brook University in New […]

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 Female Athlete of the Year, Thomaston’s Abby Hurlbert

Thomaston's Abby Hurlbert starred on the field hockey, girls basketball and softball teams for the Golden Bears. Sean Meenaghan - Register Citizen

Thomaston, the Northwest Corner’s State Championship town… where, this year, no one is more identified with that status than Abby Hurlbert. “When we needed a big hit or a big play, Abby was always in the center of it,” said softball co-coach Kelly Finlay in a statement that echoes through Hurlbert’s two other sports – […]

Softball: Camps and Clinics scheduled

• The Connecticut Breakaways, a new fast pitch travel organization, is seeking players to fill roster spots for 10U, 12U and 14U. Tryouts will be held on August 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at East Shore Park in New Haven. Pitchers and catchers for 10U and 14U along with utility players for all […]

2014 NH Register / GameTimeCT State Player of the Year: Kendra Friedt, Southington

Kendra Friedt throws a pitch for the back-to-back Class LL champion Southington softball team in the final. (Photo Mara Lavitt)

Projected to be one of the state’s top pitchers this season, Southington’s Kendra Friedt certainly lived up to the expectations. The hard-throwing junior did not lose a game, leading the Blue Knights to the Class LL state championship, the program’s second straight and 16th overall, for the state’s most storied program. Friedt, the 2014 Register […]

2014 GameTimeCT 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention Softball All-State Teams

First Team Second Team Olivia Banulski, Bristol Central, Sr., CF – Batted .538 with 31 runs, 16 RBIs and 12 extra base hits. Emily DeVito, Norwich Free Academy, Sr., C – Led Wildcats to ECC tournament championship. Will play at Long Island University-Post. Kirsten Drobiak, Griswold, Sr., P – Went 16-6 and also batted .566 […]