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 […]

Warde’s Giancarlo 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 Giancarlo 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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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


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

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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, 6-0, Jr., G Stats: […]

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

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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 […]