Woodstock Academy absorbs Putnam Science Academy’s postgraduate boys basketball program

Members of the soon-to-be-defunct Putnam Sciences Academy boys basketball team pose with administrators from Woodstock Academy during a press conference announcing that the team will become part of Woodstock Academy (Photo via Woodstock Academy)

Woodstock Academy announced Tuesday it would be absorbing Putnam Science Academy’s heralded postgraduate boys basketball program just a month before PSA is scheduled to close. The basketball program, which counts 6-foot-8 prospect Mamadou Diarra among its current 13 postgraduate players, will be operated as its own entity separate from the school’s CIAC varsity sports. The […]

Boys basketball: USA Today names its All-USA Connecticut team

Sacred Heart junior Mustapha Heron was the Connecticut Player of the Year for USA Today. (Photo Catherine Avalone)

The USA Today recently compiled its top two five-man teams  and its Coach of the Year from Connecticut. FIRST TEAM Mustapha Heron, Sacred Heart Malik Petteway, Sacred Heart Steve Enoch, St. Thomas More KeAndre Fair, Weaver Tom Nolan, Fairfield Prep SECOND TEAM Jeremiah Livingston, Westhill DeAnte Bruton, Ledyard Ryan Pittman, Bunnell Tyrn Flowers, Sacred Heart […]

2015 JCC Schoolboy / SchoolGirl Classic: Families reunite for girls; Prep school stars lead boys

BRIDGEPORT >> Coach John Pfohl hadn’t been on the sideline for a high school game in a while, but he felt right at home during the 2015 JCC Schoolgirl Classic at the Cardinal Shehan Center. Not just because he spent 15 years there from 1993-2008, but because his daughter Amanda was with him. “To coach […]

Boys Basketball: Sacred Heart’s Mustapha Heron decommits from Pittsburgh: Report

Sacred Heart junior Mustapha Heron was, by far, the state's best boys basketball player. (Photo Catherine Avalone)

Sacred Heart junior and New Haven Register Boys Basketball All-State MVP Mustapha Heron has decommitted from Pittsburgh, according to ESPN scouting analyst Adam Finkelstein on Twitter Friday. ESPN 60 Mustapha Heron has decommitted from Pittsburgh — Adam Finkelstein (@AdamFinkelstein) April 17, 2015   Speculation has been rampant over whether Heron, who averaged 22 points and […]

Girls Basketball: Gillespie excited to represent Connecticut in Jordan Brand Classic

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The 2014-15 New Haven Register Girls Basketball State Player of the Year: Kiah Gillespie, Capital Prep

NEW YORK >> The numbers put up by the UConn women’s basketball program over the past 21 seasons defy explanation. Fifteen Final Fours, 10 national championships and five undefeated seasons only begin the tell the tale of the Huskies’ far-reaching domination. However, the rise to national prominence has not always trickled down to the high […]

Boys basketball: 2014-15 New Haven Register Area MVP: Tyreek Perkins, Career

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There are easier boys basketball coaches to play for than Career’s Larry Kelley. He constantly gets after his players to keep performing, virtually every minute of every game. He demands the maximum effort. On the outside, it looks like a heavy amount of criticism unleashed. But to junior Tyreek Perkins, it’s not a lot to […]

2014-15 New Haven Register All-Area Boys Basketball Team

All Area Boys Basketball

The 2014-15 New Haven Register All-Area Boys Basketball team. Capsules by Joe Morelli. Portraits by Arnold Gold. Also: The 2014-15 New Haven Register / GameTimeCT All-State Boys Basketball team. Note: Due to a site issue, photos may shuffle into incorrect placement on some mobile devices. Most Valuable Player Tyreek Perkins Career, Jr., G Stats: Averaged […]

2014-15 New Haven Register All-Area Girls Basketball Team

All Area Girls

The 2014-15 New Haven Register All-Area Girls Basketball team. Capsules by Henry Chisholm. Photos by Catherine Avalone. Also: Check out the 2014-15 Register All-State Girls Basketball Team. Note: Due to an unresolved site issue, photos on mobile devices may shuffle unnecessarily. Most Valuable Player Maura Fitzpatrick Mercy, Sr. forward Stats: Averaged 16.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, […]

Girls basketball: 2014-15 New Haven Register Area MVP: Maura Fitzpatrick, Mercy

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The 2014-15 NH Register Area MVP for girls basketball: Maura Fitzpatrick, Mercy.

When Mercy senior forward Maura Fitzpatrick reflects back on her four-year career with the Tigers, she said she thinks about the tough times and the good ones, highlighted by the 2013 Class LL state championship. She’s got another way to remember her time as a Tiger, as she was named 2014-15 GameTimeCT / Register All-Area […]

Girls Basketball: Capital Prep’s Gillespie named USA Today 2nd-Team All-USA

A day after the announcement of her New Haven Register / GameTimeCT All-State State Player of the Year award, Capital Prep girls basketball forward Kiah Gillespie was honored with a second-team section to USA Today’s All-USA Girls Basketball team. Gillespie, a Maryland recruit, averaged 31 points and had 16 rebounds during Capital Prep’s third-consecutive championship […]

2015 GameTimeCT / New Haven Register All-State Girls Basketball Team lineups

Mercy's Maura Fitzpatrick. (Photo Catherine Avalone)

Lineups for the 2014-15 GameTimeCT / New Haven Register All-State Girls Basketball Team. First Team Sami Ashton, 5-6, Morgan, Jr. Sophie Borg, 6-0, Farmington Sr. Shaquana Edwards, 5-5, Weaver, Jr. Desiree Elmore, 5-10 Capital Prep, Jr. Tiana England, 5-7, Stamford, Jr. Maura Fitzpatrick, 5-11, Mercy, Sr. Hannah Friend, 5-10, Farmington, Sr. Kiah Gillespie, 6-2, Capital […]

2014-15 GameTimeCT / New Haven Register All-State Girls Basketball Team

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The 2014-15 GameTimeCT New Haven Register All-State Girls Basketball Team. Capsules by Henry Chisholm. Photos by Catherine Avalone, Peter Hvizdak and Arnold Gold. The All-State Lineups: First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention teams Note: Photos on mobile devices may shuffle due to a site issue we’re working on. Thank you for your understanding. FIRST TEAM […]

Girls basketball: 2014-15 New Haven Register State Player of the Year: Kiah Gillespie, Capital Prep

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)

NEW HAVEN >> Capital Prep senior forward Kiah Gillespie has heard the whispers that she may be overconfident on the court. Despite the murmurs, she ignored them and chose to let her game do the talking. “I think it’s funny,” she said. “Being overconfident got me three state championships. I think everybody should be a […]

Boys Basketball: 2015 JCC Schoolboy Classic rosters

Fairfield Prep's Thomas Nolan will play in the 2015 JCC Schoolboy/Schoolgirls Classic April 19.
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The JCC Schoolboy/Schoolgirl Classic is on April 19 at 3 p.m. at the Cardinal Shehan Center in Bridgeport, moving from the JCC in Woodbridge last year. Connecticut’s finest will square off against the best ball players New Jersey has to offer in a game that features state studs Roy Kane, Jr., of Norwalk and Jeremiah […]

Girls basketball: 2015 JCC Schoolgirl Classic roster

Capital Prep's Kiah Gillespie (right) and Mercy's Maura Fitzpatrick. (Photo John Vanacore)

The JCC Schoolboy/Schoolgirl Classic is on April 19 at 1 p.m. at the Cardinal Shehan Center in Bridgeport, moving from the JCC in Woodbridge last year. The East will take on the West in the game that features 2015 Gatorade Connecticut Player of the Year Kiah Gillespie, Class LL state champion Wilton’s Erin Meyer and […]

Boys basketball: Dave Beckerman returns to coach Hamden Hall

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David Beckerman will return to coach the Hamden Hall boys basketball team more than a decade after he left. Beckerman, 72, coached 11 seasons and won 252 games at Hamden Hall before resigning following the 2003-04 season to move to Boca Raton, Florida. He coached the Hornets to eight New England Preparatory School Athletic Council […]

The 2014-15 New Haven Register All-State Boys Basketball team

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The 2014-15 New Haven Register All-State Boys Basketball Team. Capsules by Joe Morelli. Photos by Arnold Gold. Complete lineups. Player of the Year Mustapha Heron Sacred Heart, Jr., G Stats: Average 22.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game for the Hearts, who successfully defended their Class S state championship and finished No. 1 in the […]

Jimmy Zanor: Holy sh-cow! The rise of Middletown’s WCNX radio

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WCNX general manager John Clark, left, and play-by-play announcer Aaron Scheinblum lead the broadcast team during the Valley Regional-Sacred Heart Class S state championship game at The Mohegan Sun Arena.

Maria Weslyj’s 3-point buzzer-beater against Lauralton Hall in the 2013 Class LL girls basketball championship game was a combination of Jack Buck’s “I don’t believe what I just saw” and Al Michaels’ “Do you believe in miracles?” For Jay Hickey, who was doing the play-by-play on WCNX radio, it was … “Holy sh-cow!” Yup, that’s […]

Register Boys’ Basketball State Players of the Year

A look at Register / GameTimeCT.com state players of the year for boys’ basketball 2015 – Mustapha Heron, Sacred Heart, junior (verbally committed to Pittsburgh) 2014 – Paschal Chukwu, Fairfield Prep (Providence) 2013 – Andre Anderson, Hillhouse (New Haven) 2012 – Kris Dunn, New London (Providence) 2011 – Kris Dunn, New London – junior 2010-Brandon […]

2014-15 New Haven Register Boys Basketball State Player of the Year: Mustapha Heron, Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart junior Mustapha Heron was, by far, the state's best boys basketball player. (Photo Catherine Avalone)

T he phone call came to Sacred Heart coach Jon Carroll when he was on his way to a Christmas party in December of 2013. Mustapha Heron was transferring in from Wilbraham & Monson Academy. Sacred Heart was coming off three straight years of not qualifying for the postseason, but Carroll liked the pieces he […]