Looking Back: Wilbur Cross’ Earl Kelley led nation in scoring in 1982

Earl Kelley. (Register file photo)

  Editor’s note: During the summer of 2012, the New Haven Register ran a New Haven 200 series to commemorate its 200th anniversary. GameTimeCT.com will share high school related stories from that series periodically throughout the summer.   Prior to the start of the 1981-82 high school basketball season, college coaches felt Earl Kelley was little more than a […]

Boys basketball: Fairfield Ludlowe taking part in CT Challenge Bike Ride in support of Warde’s Brancato

Fairfield Warde's Giacomo Brancato during a game against Ludlowe in the Fairfield Holiday Tournament. Photo courtesy of SportsFairfield

FAIRFIELD >> Fairfield Ludlowe head boys’ basketball coach John Dailey remembers the last time they faced Fairfield Warde. It was last January in a packed gymnasium at Ludlowe. It was also the last basketball game Warde’s Giacomo Brancato started in. In late 2014, Brancato was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma — a cancer of the lymph […]

So much for that Woodstock / Putnam Science postgrad basketball merger

Woodstock PSA Void

Putnam Science Academy lives! A unknown new ownership group, backed by Chinese investors, have refunded the private school in northeastern Connecticut and will reopen its doors this fall, according to a report from Norwich Bulletin’s Marc Allard on Monday. But, wait, didn’t Woodstock Academy just absorb the Putnam Science boys basketball program? You know, the program that just saw top […]

Boys basketball: Ex-Fairfield Prep standout Paschal Chukwu commits to Syracuse

Paschal Chukwu
(Mara Lavitt — New Haven Register) 
Former Fairfield Prep center Paschal Chukwu is reportedly transferring to Syracuse University.

Paschal Chukwu, the 2013-14 New Haven Register State Player of the Year, has committed to play at Syracuse, a move first reported by Jon Rothstein of CBSSports. Chukwu transferred out of Providence in May and made several visits, including both Kansas and Michigan State, before settling on Syracuse, which plays out of the Atlantic Coast […]

Amity to induct six into its Hall of Fame Sunday


The Amity Athletic Alumni Hall of Fame will induct six new members during the annual Amity Block ‘A’ dinner Sunday at Grassy Hill Country Club at 5 p.m. Robert Coppola, Michael Gambardella, Brian Wright, Tiffany (Egnaczyk) Fisher, Lauren (Erwin) Coxon and Harold Freedman will be inducted. Coppola (1973) averaged 20.2 points as a senior and […]

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

Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 6.08.12 PM

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

Paschal Chukwu
(Mara Lavitt — New Haven Register) 
Former Fairfield Prep center Paschal Chukwu is reportedly transferring to Syracuse University.

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

bloomfield warhawk

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 […]

Twelve to be inducted into Madison Hall of Fame

The Madison Athletic Hall of Fame will induct 12 into its 2015 Class on Oct. 1 at the Madison Beach Hotel. 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), […]

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 […]

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

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, 6-0, Jr., G Stats: […]

Boys Basketball: 2015 JCC Schoolboy Classic rosters

Fairfield Prep's Thomas Nolan will play in the 2015 JCC Schoolboy/Schoolgirls Classic April 19.
(Catherine Avalone/New Haven Register)

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 […]

Boys basketball: Dave Beckerman returns to coach Hamden Hall


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

All State Boys Hoops Cover

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 […]