Hand’s Grace Cummings honored with NFHS National High School Spirit of Sport Award

Hand's Grace Cummings (second from left) with her parents Colleen and George and Hand athletic director Craig Semple (far left) at the NFHS annual awards dinner in New Orleans on Monday. (Photo via Daniel Hand High School)

Hand’s Grace Cummings was honored with the National Federation of State High School Association’s National High School Spirit of Sport Award during the NFHS’ annual summer meetings in New Orleans. The award recognizes “individuals who exemplify the ideals of the spirit of sport that represent the core mission of education-based athletics,” according to the NFHS. […]

Girls basketball: Career’s Davis off to Roxbury

After averaging 12 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game, Career’s Brooklin Davis has chosen to play her college basketball at Roxbury Community College in Roxbury Crossing, Massachusetts. Davis was a 2014-15 All-Area selection and was All-Southern Connecticut Conference Oronoque Division pick. Tigers coach Mark Leszczyk said he is elated to have the guard […]

So much for that Woodstock / Putnam Science postgrad basketball merger

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Putnam Science Academy lives! A unknown new ownership group, backed by Chinese investors, have refunded the private school in northeastern Connecticut and will reopen its doors this fall, according to a report from Norwich Bulletin’s Marc Allard on Monday. But, wait, didn’t Woodstock Academy just absorb the Putnam Science boys basketball program? You know, the program that just saw top […]

Boys basketball: Ex-Fairfield Prep standout Paschal Chukwu commits to Syracuse

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Former Fairfield Prep center Paschal Chukwu is reportedly transferring to Syracuse University.

Paschal Chukwu, the 2013-14 New Haven Register State Player of the Year, has committed to play at Syracuse, a move first reported by Jon Rothstein of CBSSports. Chukwu transferred out of Providence in May and made several visits, including both Kansas and Michigan State, before settling on Syracuse, which plays out of the Atlantic Coast […]

Hartford Courant names Windsor’s Rush, Tolland’s Swanson its regional Athletes of the Year

Windsor's Courtney 'Malik' Rush (left) and Tolland's Caitlin Swanson (right) were named the Hartford Courant's first Athletes of the Year at its inaugural banquet. (Photos by John Vanacore, Mary Albl)

The Hartford Courant named Windsor’s Courtney ‘Malik’ Rush and Tolland’s Caitlin Swanson as its Bo Kolinsky Athletes of the Year on Thursday at its inaugural season ending banquet at Rentschler Field. Rush, a senior, was an accomplished football and track star for Windsor. In football, he had 39 receptions for 906 yards and 11 touchdowns as the Warriors […]

Valley Regional’s Chris Jean-Pierre, Wilbur Cross’ Danae Rivers embodied both Athlete of the Year dimensions

(Catherine Avalone - New Haven Register)   Wilbur Cross senior runner Danae Rivers and Valley Regional senior quarterback Chris Jean-Pierre are the 2014-2015 recipients of the New Haven Register Athlete of the Year at the Annual MVP Banquet at Amarante's Sea Cliff on Cove Street in New Haven.

NEW HAVEN >> Two scenarios typically arise when it comes to choosing the annual New Haven Register male and female athletes of the year. There’s the athlete who proves to be so much better than the competition in a given sport that the choice is relatively simple. Or the athletes who may not have been […]

Who will be the 2014-15 Register Athletes of the Year?

2015 NHR Athletes of the Year

  Has it really been over 20 years since the New Haven Register started honoring its Area Athletes of the Year? It will be the 21st year where we acknowledge all of our MVPs throughout the course of the school year tonight’s at Amarante’s Sea Cliff and culminate the evening by naming our latest Athletes […]

Your 2014-2015 CIAC Champions: Darien rules again, CCC tops conferences

Darien once again won the most state championships during the 2014-15 school sports year.

Darien won nine CIAC championships, the most of any Connecticut high school, during the 2014-15 academic year. The Blue Wave won four more titles than second-place Tolland, Glastonbury, Windsor and, of course, arch-rival New Canaan. The 32-team CCC took home the most state championships (36), usurping the crown worn by the FCIAC last season. The FCIAC […]

Middletown 2014-15 Athletic Awards

Middletown High passed out its awards at the school’s Spring Awards Picnic last week. There is no question that AD Elisha De Jesus has put enormous emphasis on academics, building on what retired AD Mike Pitruzzello did in that regard. Given that, that’s where we’ll start. Some 78 student-athletes — and that’s the right term […]

Track and Field: Three Hillhouse state-record holders sign letters of intent

(Arnold Gold-New Haven Register)  Left to right, Hillhouse track athletes Jaliyah White, Akiel Smith and Alethia Moore are photographed after signing letters of intent for Northeastern University Coffeyville College and UMass, respectively, at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven on 6/11/2015.

NEW HAVEN >> In front of family, friends, teammates and coaches in attendance Thursday afternoon at the Floyd Little Athletic Center, three Hillhouse track and field athletes signed letters of intent to continue their education and athletic careers in college. Jaliyah White announced she will attend Northeastern University (Boston), Alethia Moore is headed to UMass […]

Amity to induct six into its Hall of Fame Sunday


The Amity Athletic Alumni Hall of Fame will induct six new members during the annual Amity Block ‘A’ dinner Sunday at Grassy Hill Country Club at 5 p.m. Robert Coppola, Michael Gambardella, Brian Wright, Tiffany (Egnaczyk) Fisher, Lauren (Erwin) Coxon and Harold Freedman will be inducted. Coppola (1973) averaged 20.2 points as a senior and […]

Cross Country: Guilford’s Faitsch set to join Amity as xc assistant

Guilford head cross country and indoor track coach Jon Faitsch, who announced his resignation back in March, will join the Amity boys’ cross country staff this fall and serve as an assistant with Thom Jacobs (assistant) and head coach Bob  Orgovan, he said Thursday. Faitsch officially met with the Amity track team on Thursday. “I […]

Girls basketball: Kiah Gillespie named Parade All-American

Capital Prep's Kiah Gillespie throws her basketball jersey into the crowd of fans after the Trailblazers defeat Northwest Catholic, 87-59, for the CIAC Class L girls basketball championship, Sunday, March 22, 2015, at Mohegan Sun. (Catherine Avalone/New Haven Register)

Capital Prep senior forward Kiah Gillespie’s star continues to shine as she was named a Parade All-American. Gillespie was also a McDonald’s All-American, played in the Jordan Brand Classic, was the Gatorade Connecticut Player of the Year and was named New Haven Register/GameTimeCT.com All-State Most Valuable Player. Gillespie led Capital Prep to three straight CIAC […]

Watch Warde’s Giacomo Brancato’s inspiring video for the CT Challenge Bike Race

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By now you should know about Fairfield’s Giancarlo Brancato’s fight with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. The Warde basketball and baseball player was diagnosed with cancer late last year and has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments and physical therapy. Brancato, 17, has been working with with CT Challenge Center for Survivorship in Southport. The CT Challenge is a non-profit […]

Six to be inducted into Guilford Hall of Fame June 7

Six people will be inducted into the 14th annual Guilford Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony to be held June 7 at Woodwinds in Branford. The inductees are: John Garvey (1987), a former Parade All-American in soccer who went onto play professionally, including the LA Galaxy in the team’s first season in the MLS; Eric Watts […]

Gymnastics: Connecticut team finishes third at recent showcase meet

Photo courtesy of Pat Simon
The Connecticut gymnastics team finished third at a recemt meet in Florida. Pictured first row from left:  Nickie Deary, Woodstock; Abby McGuirk, Daniel Hand; Hailey Alicki, Foran; Izzy Williams, Nonnewaug; Erica Davidson, New Milford and Julia Lindberg, Shelton.  Second row from left: Amanda Macolino, North Haven; Jackie Deary, Woodstock; Mikayla Connor, Valley Regional; Megan Sapack, Pomperaug; Kathleen Pisciotta, Fairfield Ward; Anna Jannott, Newtown and Gabbie Gontarek, North Haven.  Back row, coaches from left: 
Kim Longobucco, Fairfield Ludlowe; Gene Michael Deary, Woodstock; Monica Bauer, Valley Regional; Kelly Smith, Hand; Robin Deary-Fillmore, Woodstock; Hal Rettstadt, Pomperaug; Bethany Mihaly, New Milford and Mark Sorrentino, Nonnewaug.

The Connecticut team of gymnasts finished third at the National High School Gymnastics Association Senior Showcase, held at the Estero Community Center in Estero, Florida on May 15-16. Abby McGuirk of Hand High, the Register’s Area MVP this past season, placed in a tie for 6th on vault and tied for 9th on beam. Jackie […]

Boys Gymnastics: Cheshire’s Beck wins gold at nationals

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Ask Matthew Beck how it feels to be a national champion in gymnastics and he’s pretty much speechless. “It’s probably the biggest accomplishment I’ve done,” said Beck, who took home gold in the floor exercise at the men’s Junior Olympic Gymnastics championships a couple of weeks ago in Daytona Beach, Florida. “But it doesn’t feel […]

Boys Basketball: Woodstock postgrad Mamadou Diarra chooses UConn

Woodstock Academy's Mamadou Diarra wears a UConn hat at Friday's press conference. The power forward from Queens (N.Y.)  verbally committed to play at UConn beginning in 2016 (Photo David Borges / New Haven Register)

Woodstock Academy’s new postgraduate boys basketball program made its biggest splash since being absorbed from the defunct Putnam Sciences Academy. Power forward Mamadou Diarra announced his verbal commitment to UConn. Diarra, a 6-foot-8 Queens (N.Y.) native who is a four-star recruit according to ESPN and a three-star recruit according to Rivals and Scoutt, chose UConn […]

CHSCA names Darien’s Ostberg, Branford’s Shea, Amity’s Gorham and Southington’s Hoder as scholar-athletes

The Connecticut High School Coaches Association honored four high school athletes with its scholar-athlete awards during its annual banquet Thursday. Darien’s Nicolai Ostberg, Branford’s Megan Shea, Amity’s Lisa Gorham, and Southington’s James Hoder were this year’s recipients. The CHSCA also gave out awards for ‘Coach of the Year’ in each of the season’s sports. Nicolai Ostberg, […]