CCC: Adding Avon, enrollment changes cause conference realignment

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BRISTOL>> Starting in the fall of 2015, Avon will leave the NCCC and join the Central Connecticut Conference. The state’s largest conference becomes even bigger. But with the addition of a 33rd school comes division realignment. Under the current system for the majority of sports, there are four divisions based on geographic location. Under the new […]

CCC: Major realignment set for 2015-16

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BRISTOL >> The Central Connecticut Conference officially announced Monday afternoon a major realignment of its divisions for all sports for the 2015-2016 school year, as reported in The Middletown Press during the summer and again Monday. For boys and girls soccer, boys and girls cross-country, girls volleyball, boys and girls basketball, baseball, softball, boys and girls outdoor […]

State’s longest winning streaks by sport

The following are confirmed state records for winning streaks. There are other streaks we are trying to confirm. Feel free to add win streaks for sports that are not listed in the comments section and we will work to confirm. Football: 49, Cheshire (1991-96) Boys basketball: 80, Middletown (1975-78). Girls basketball: 62, Seymour (1996-99) and […]

Soccer notes: CSC Tournament now has application process for wildcard playoff berths

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The Constitution State Conference has changed its tournament format several times in previous years, in large part due to expansion. There is yet another change to the eight-team format this year. The top two teams in each of the three divisions qualify in boys soccer, basketball and baseball among other sports that feature the three-division […]

Boys basketball: A look at the CIAC schedules for this upcoming season

Bridgeport Central was voted No. 1 after its 19-point comeback Class LL championship victory over Fairfield Prep.  (Mara Lavitt — New Haven Register)

The CIAC schedules were released Thursday. A quick look at some key things to keep an eye on throughout the season: Last year’s Class LL state champion, Bridgeport Central, opens up against Stamford on Dec. 17. The reigning Class L champ, Windsor, opens up against Maloney on a court that will soon be named after […]

Seymour Hall of Fame Induction set for Nov. 1

Seymour High’s 2nd Hall of Fame Induction ceremony will take place on Nov. 1 at Colonial Tavern. The ceremony begins at 6 p.m. with a social hour that features a cash bar. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. The inductees that will be honored are: Walt Stosuy, Class of 1955 Dick Dahn, Class of […]

Basketball: Seven to be inducted into New Haven Tap-Off Club Hall of Fame

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Shelton Mayor Mark A. Lauretti will be one of seven people inducted into the New Haven Tap-Of Club Hall of Fame in November.

The New Haven Tap-Off Club Hall of Fame Induction Dinner will be held on Nov. 11 at 7 p.m., at Amarante’s Sea Cliff in New Haven. Slated for induction are: Meredith Papa Eden, former Guilford standout; Jody Falcigno, former North Haven standout; Wendi Kemp, former Cheshire standout and a member of the Connecticut Women’s Basketball […]

Basketball: St. Anthony’s coach Bob Hurley Sr. to conduct clinic in Bridgeport

St. Anthony’s legendary boys basketball coach Bobby Hurley Sr. ill be conducting  clinic at the Smilow-Burroughs Club in Bridgeport on Sunday from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Hurley will be entering his 40th season at St. Anthony’s, located in Jersey City, New Jersey, this year. He has won over 1,000 games and 25 state championships. He is a member […]

Connecticut Post: Harding coach Charles Clemons arrested for abandoning child

Harding boys coach Charles Clemons was arrested and charged with abandoning his 4-year-old child at their home in Trumbull to go to the gym Friday morning, the Connecticut Post reported on Monday. According to the Post story, neighbors told Trumbull Police they found Clemons’ 4-year old son wandering the streets and complaining his house was […]

NVL implements new Iron division

Medieval alchemists would be proud. Their efforts to change ordinary metals into gold never hit the jackpot, but the Naugatuck Valley League is making it happen this year – or something like it. The league grew used to two seven-member divisions called Copper and Brass, established in 2006 “with the advent of football championships,” recalls […]

Boys basketball: Foran Mad Dash 5K Road Race set for Oct. 19

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The Foran boys’ basketball program is holding the 4th Annual Foran Hoops Mad Dash 5K Road Race/Fitness Walk on Oct. 19 at the high school. The race will begin at 9 a.m. and is open to individuals of all ages and abilities. T-shirts will be provided to the first 100 registered entrants and trophies will […]

CIAC sets 2015-16 dates for preseason, regular season to begin

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Board of Controls voted last week to move back the start of the regular season in the fall of 2015. The 2015 fall season will begin on Friday, Sept. 11. While that is two days after the official start of this upcoming season (Sept. 9), it will only be four […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fairfield Prep releases statement in response to basketball team probation

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In a statement released Wednesday, Fairfield Prep responded to its basketball team’s one-year probation, which was handed down by the CIAC on Tuesday. Fairfield Prep is deeply affected by the negative press concerning events associated with the state championship basketball game. We have investigated and are addressing the show of unsportsmanlike conduct. Where warranted, we […]