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

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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, […]

Warde’s Giacomo Brancato, still fighting cancer, gets workout with former Steeler Troy Polamalu

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Fairfield Warde's Giacomo Brancato is currently training with just retired Steeler Troy Polamalu. Story to come. A video posted by Dave Ruden (@daveruden) on May 19, 2015 at 9:08am PDT Giacomo Brancato, a Fairfield Warde basketball player who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma last winter, received a nice surprise Tuesday afternoon. Just after completing his […]

Boys basketball: Ex-Fairfield Prep standout Paschal Chukwu to transfer

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Former Fairfield Prep center Paschal Chukwu is reportedly transferring out of Providence.

Paschal Chukwu, the New Haven Register’s State Player of the Year for the 2013-14 season, will transfer after just one season from Providence College, according to Jon Rothstein from CBSSports. Chukwu will have to sit out a season before having three years left of eligibility. Chukwu averaged 14.3 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots […]

Connecticut High School Coaches Association: 2014-15 Awards

Some of the coach of the year award winners at the CHSCA banquet Thursday night. Clockwise, from top right: Hand field hockey coach Sue Leckey, Shelton golf coach Joe LaPorta, Glastonbury girls lacrosse coach Kris Cofiell (Photos via Glastonbury HS, Shelton HS and Hand HS)

The Connecticut High School Coaches Association honored its coaches of the year Thursday night at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. Here are the award winners: Athletic Director Gary Makowicki, Norwich Free Academy Baseball Richard Magner, Xavier Boys Basketball Ronald Pires, E.O. Smith Boys Cross Country Tom Butterfield, Hall Boys Golf Joseph LaPorta, Shelton Boys Lacrosse Brian White, […]

Wrestling: Eleven honored as Academic All-Americans

Foran's Gino Esposito (top) was named an Academic All-American by the National High School Coaches Association. 
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Eleven wrestlers were named to the National High School Coaches Association Academic All-American team. They are: Zach Bylykbaski, Southington: Senior went 19-5 and finished second in Class LL and the State Open at 132 pounds. Finished his career with a record of 113-40. Has a GPA of 4.0. Will attend Washington & Lee. Matt Conte, […]

Boys Basketball: Bloomfield chosen for Central Connecticut Board 6 Sportsmanship award

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The Bloomfield boys basketball team has been chosen as the 2014-2015 Sportsmanship Award winner by the Central Connecticut Board 6 of officials. The Warhawks finished second in the CCC East with a 12-2 division record (16-4 overall) and beat East Hartford in the first round of the CCC tournament, 65-58. Bloomfield advanced to the semi-finals […]

Boys Basketball: Championship coach Greg Smith retires from Woodstock Academy

Greg Smith, the 2013 New Haven Register boys basketball coach of the year, announced his retirement Tuesday. He guided the Centaurs to a Class L state title in 2013. (File photo)

Greg Smith, who coached Woodstock Academy’s boys basketball team to a Class L championship in 2013, announced his retirement as a coach, the school announced on its Twitter account Tuesday. Smith spent more than 20 years as a coach at Woodstock Academy, including 18 with the boys basketball program as both an assistant and head […]

Ludlowe’s Dave Schulz to replace John Kuczo as next FCIAC executive secretary

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Fairfield Ludlowe athletic director Dave Schulz will be the next FCIAC executive secretary, the league announced on its website Tuesday. He will take over for John Kuczo, who has held the position for the last 38 years, at the end of the 2015-16 school year. Schulz has been a member of the FCIAC board of […]

Girls Basketball: Greenwich’s Wolf picks Northwestern

Greenwich junior Abbie Wolf is headed to Northwestern.  (Catherine Avalone - New Haven Register)

GameTimeCT / New Haven Register All-State forward Abbie Wolf is headed to Northwestern. She verbally committed to the school on Monday. She averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds per game. She was All-CHSCA and All-FCIAC this past season. Heavily recruited all season long, the 6-foot-4 forward garnered interest from Vanderbilt, Boston College and even UConn […]

Warde’s West, Ebert sign to compete at the next level

Warde senior Dan Ebert, pictured with his family and head coach Jason Shaughnessy, last Tuesday as he signed his letter of intent to wrestle at Anderson University.

FAIRFIELD >> It was on April 27 in a game against Westhill when Fairfield Warde softball coach Gary Quiricone witnessed the “best catch he’s ever seen as a high school coach.” “A ball was hit over her (Brianna West) head in center field, she turns, sprints and makes this over the head sprinting catch,” Quiricone […]

Southern Connecticut Conference names its Comeback Players of the Year

The 2014-15 SCC Comeback Players of the Year, from left to right,  Cheshire's Jack Cunningham, East Haven's Gabrielle Lamberti and Hand's Kelly Nizolek, are flanked by SCC Commissioner Al Carbone (far left) and Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists Chief Executive Officer Glenn Elia (far right).

Three student athletes – Jack Cunningham (Cheshire), Kelly Nizolek (Hand) and Gabrielle Lamberti (East Haven) – are the recipients of the 2015 SCC Comeback Player of the Year awards. All three students suffered severe injuries, yet were able to overcome them to become outstanding role models in their respective schools. A corporate sponsor of the […]

Kumbaya! The Eastern Connecticut Conference won’t break up after all

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The Eastern Connecticut Conference, which was racing at breakneck speed into oblivion as a high school athletic conference, pulled up nanometers from impact Friday when its principals announced a deal that would — incredibly — keep the 18 schools together. Yes, really. Both The Day of New London and the Norwich Bulletin reported that the league would […]

CIAC honors 344 scholar-athletes from member schools


Three hundred forty-four senior student athletes were honored as CIAC Scholar Athletes at the 32nd Annual CAS-CIAC Scholar Athlete Banquet at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington Sunday night. The Scholar Athlete program recognizes two high school senior student-athletes – one boy and one girl – from each member high school whose academic and athletic […]

SCC recognizes 14 student-athletes for March

Fourteen student-athletes from seven high schools have been named The SportsCenter of Connecticut/Southern Connecticut Conference Scholar Athletes of the Month for March. Each SCC member school can nominate up to two honorees per season (fall, winter and spring). Student athletes who are selected must be a varsity letterwinner and have a 3.0/B average while demonstrating […]

Boys hockey: Giusto named new Cheshire coach

What goes around comes around for Anthony Giusto when it comes to hockey, a sport he has embraced since he was a youngster. Giusto, an assistant boys’ hockey coach at Cheshire High the past four seasons, has been named the Rams new head coach Cheshire athletic director Steve Trifone announced on Friday. Giusto, who grew […]

Twelve to be inducted into Madison Hall of Fame

The Madison Athletic Hall of Fame extends will induct 12 into its 2015 Class on Thursday, Sept. 24. The dozen inductees are: Jim Bombaci, a former girls basketball coach from 1988-2005; David D’Alessio (1982), also the school’s longtime former wrestling coach; Tom Dolan, the former longtime tennis coach (1970-90); David Evans (1996), a former soccer […]