Girls basketball: Capital Prep’s Kiah Gillespie picks Maryland

Kiah Gillespie verbally committed to the University of Maryland

When Capital Prep coach Tammy Millsaps got a phone call from reigning Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year Kiah Gillespie last night, the coach thought it was just a regular phone call. However, when the coach figured out what the call was really about, she was overjoyed. “I got butterflies in my stomach,” the coach […]

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 – […]

2014 Litchfield County Male Athlete of the Year, Torrington’s John McCarthy

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Growing up, most athletes try their hands at multiple sports and only a few of them, like Torrington’s John McCarthy, excel like he did in his four years as a Red Raider. McCarthy just finished his high school career where he was a three-year varsity athlete in three different sports. He was the last line […]

Who is…..Desiree Elmore: The Capital Prep rising star is a team player

HARTFORD >> The shy, soft-spoken Capital Prep wing/post player smiled as she showed her little sister how to shoot a basketball. Junior Desiree Elmore, who helped lead the Trailblazers to its second consecutive state title last season and was named NHR All-State, has always been open to helping out. “It’s not just about Desiree,” said […]

Girls Basketball: Ansonia chooses Vince DellaVolpe as coach

Ansonia did not have to go far to find its new girls basketball coach, choosing former assistant Vincent DellaVolpe. The newly named head coach has been an assistant since 2009 and was an assistant coach of the baseball team, too , from 2005 to 2011. The coach inherits a team that went 0-20 last season. […]

Basketball: Officials wanted for New Haven County games this winter

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The New Haven County District Board of Approved Basketball Officials is accepting applications for the 2014 – I.A.A.B.O. written examination. Membership is open to applicants 1) years of age or older who establish a satisfactory record of health and character and must reside in New Haven County. All applicants must pass a background check as […]

Girls Basketball: Notre Dame of Fairfield’s Mann headed to College of Central Florida

Notre Dame of Fairfield's Briana Mann will be headed to the College of Central Florida where she's play basketball. Register file photo

Just like her high school career where Notre Dame of Fairfield’s Briana Mann took her time to develop and become the best possible basketball player, the same went for her college process. After a highly successful high school career on the basketball court, Mann, a NDFairfield graduate, recently decided on the College of Central Florida […]

Boys basketball: Middletown’s Dave Sytulek named AD at South Windsor

By Jim Bransfield MIDDLETOWN >> Dave Sytulek, a longtime physical education teacher and head boys basketball coach at Middletown High School, has been appointed the Athletic Director at South Windsor High School. South Windsor principal Daniel Sullivan, a former vice-principal at MHS, confirmed the appointment via telephone on Thursday afternoon. According to sources, Sytulek made […]

Girls Basketball: Staples names Fabian new head coach

For the first time in more than 30 years, the Staples girls’ basketball program has a new coach. First reported by The Hour, Paco Fabian was named the head coach Thursday afternoon. Fabian, who also coaches the girls’ tennis team at Staples, is taking over for Ed Huydic, who stepped down in late May.  Huydic […]

Basketball: Valley Regional’s Jeff Bernardi named East Lyme head coach

Valley Regional’s Jeff Bernardi has been selected as the head basketball coach at East Lyme High School. Bernardi, 29, has been the Warriors associate head coach for five seasons. Photo courtesy of Valley Regional basketball

DEEP RIVER >> Jeff Bernardi, the associate head basketball coach at Valley Regional who helped establish the Warriors as one of the state’s top programs, has been named the head coach at East Lyme High School. Bernardi, 29, met with the Vikings players this week. He is also in the process of assembling a coaching […]

Boys basketball: Jeff Bernardi named East Lyme coach

Jeff Bernardi, a former assistant coach at Valley Regional in Deep River, has been named the head coach at East Lyme. Bernardi played at Guilford High and was named at New Haven Register All-Area performer in 2002-03. He went on to play at Hamilton College. Bernardi has been an assistant at Valley Regional under Kevin […]

Fairfield Prep guard Thomas Nolan commits to next-door Fairfield University

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Fairfield Prep guard Thomas Nolan’s college choice is a shorter distance than a layup, which is to say he’s not going anywhere. The 6-foot-2 junior has committed to play college basketball at Fairfield University, which, of course, is part of the same campus as the Jesuit high school which bears its name. The news was […]

Girls Basketball Beat: UConn and CT Sun standout Nykesha Sales visits CBC

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Former UConn and Connecticut Sun standout Nykesha Sales gave all she could in her career. Now the Bloomfield native is giving back. “I don’t miss playing the game,” she said. “But I miss being around the sport.” On Sunday at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Fairfield, Sales talked to, answered questions from and worked out the […]

Girls Basketball Beat: Ansonia coach Lynch steps down

After five seasons patrolling the sidelines for the Ansonia girls basketball team, coach Patrick Lynch has decided to move on. The coach told his team Friday that he will be stepping down. Lynch said he was recently hired at Cintas in Branford as a service sales representative and he will not have enough time to […]

Girls basketball: Staples’ Ed Huydic stepping down

Staples’ longtime head girls’ basketball coach Ed Huydic is stepping down, according to The Hour who first reported. Huydic coached at Staples for 34 years and assembled a 453-322 record and led the Wreckers to a Class LL state title and four FCIAC crowns. The last two seasons though, Staples missed the postseason.

Connecticut girls basketball prospects competed for U.S. junior national team spots

Kiah Gillespie is hugged by a teammate as she raises the Class L girls basketball trophy.  The Trailblazers are the No. 1 team in the state again. Photo Peter Paguaga.

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO >> As they made the long journey from Connecticut to the U.S. Olympic Training Center, there was a feeling of breathless anticipation for the trio of Kiah Gillespie, Abby Laszewski and Desiree Elmore. There was no doubting the excitement as the three were granted an opportunity very few Connecticut high school stars […]

Boys basketball: Let the coaching merry-go-round begin

There are several coaching vacancies in boys basketball, most of those in the southwest portion of the state. Masuk, Bethel and Oxford are all open in the South-West Conference. Greenwich just opened up as longtime coach Bill Brehm resigned, first reported by the Stamford Advocate, this week after leading the Cardinals to their best season […]

Girls basketball beat: Hillhouse’s Osmond headed to Felician

Shyla Osmond is headed to Division II Felician College

NEW HAVEN >> As she weighed the options between Albertus Magnus and Felician College, Hillhouse senior point guard Shyla Osmond wanted to make sure she made the right choice. “I talked to my coach and my father and we had to think about the pros and cons and the final verdict was Felician,” Osmond said. “I […]

New Haven Register Girls Basketball All-State Lineup

All-State First Team Player Height School Year Tanaya Atkinson 5-11 Career Sr. Desiree Elmore 5-10 Capital Prep Soph. Carly Fabbri 5-7 Lauralton Hall Sr. Maura Fitzpatrick 5-10 Mercy Jr. Rachel Gartner 5-8 Danbury Sr. Kiah Gillespie 6-2 Capital Prep Jr. Janelle Harrison 5-11 Cromwell Sr. DeJane James 5-5 Weaver Jr. Emma McCarthy 6-0 Lauralton Hall […]