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


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 […]

Boys basketball: CIAC places Fairfield Prep on probation for 2014-15 season

Fairfield Prep's players stare at Central's celebration following the Class LL Boys Basketball Championship at Mohegan Sun (Mara Lavitt — New Haven Register)

The CIAC placed the Fairfield Prep basketball program on probation for the 2014-15 season “sportsmanship-related issues” according to a report issued on Tuesday by the CIAC Board of Control. The meeting was held last Thursday. “We received a report from their principal, which the board requested, basically expresing what took place and what they would […]

Boys basketball: Rule changes for 2014-15 season

The National Federation of State High School Associations added four new rules for the upcoming 2014-15 season. The biggest change will be at the free-throw line. Players can now enter the lane once the free throw is released, rather than waiting for it to hit the rim. The CIAC schools will abide by this and […]

There’s more to Torrington’s Zagrodnik than sports

Torrington’s Mitch Zagrodnik pitches, plays the outfield and first base for the Red Raiders this season.
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TORRINGTON >> High School is a wonderful thing. Amidst the angst and foibles adults love to dwell on, some — maybe many — kids realize the value of what they’re going through. Torrington High School’s Mitch Zagrodnik, a Red Raider basketball and baseball player, is such a person. “As a freshman and sophomore, I can’t […]

Citing ‘frustration’ over small-school plight, Tourtellotte boys basketball coach Falzarano resigns

Saying it was time to put his “sneakers in the closet,” Tony Falzarano, one of the few Connecticut boys basketball coaches to reach over 600 victories, announced the end to his 40-year coaching career which included 35 years at Putnam and the last five at Tourtellotte, the Norwich Bulletin reported. The coach, who is the […]

New Haven Register 2013-14 All-State Boys Basketball Team


MVP Paschal Chukwu Fairfield Prep, Sr., 7-0, C Stats: Averaged 14.3 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks per game for the SCC champions. Finished with 21 points, 17 rebounds and 12 blocks in the Class LL state final against Bridgeport Central. Honors: Two-time All-State and All-SCC Quinnipiac Division selection. Named MVP of the SCC this […]

NH Register 2013-14 All-State boys basketball team lineups

FIRST TEAM Player                        Height    School                   Year Tyler Ancrum             5-9         Bridgeport Central    Sr. Paschal Chukwu        7-2         Fairfield Prep             Sr Raiquan Clark            6-4          Hillhouse                   Sr. E.J. Crawford             6-4   […]

Boys basketball: NH Register State Player of the Year: Paschal Chukwu, Fairfield Prep

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The NH Register State Boys Basketball Player of the Year, Paschal Chukwu of Fairfield Prep

Imagine what it would have been like if Paschal Chukwu had stuck with the sport he first became familiar with. You are the soccer team’s goalkeeper with this 7-foot striker coming at you in a one-on-one situation. Or he lines up to take a penalty kick on you. Imagine someone a foot smaller trying to […]

2014 New Haven Register All-Area Boys Basketball Team


Most Valuable Player Paschal Chukwu Fairfield Prep, Sr., 7-0, C Stats: Averaged 14.3 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks per game for the SCC champion. Finished with 21 points, 17 rebounds and 12 blocks in the Class LL state final against Bridgeport Central. Honors: Two-time All-Area and All-SCC Quinnipiac Division selection. Named MVP of the […]

Boys basketball: Former Portland coach Gene Reilly dies

Former Portland boys basketball coach Gene Reilly, one of the all-time winningest coaches in state history, passed away Sunday at Rhode Island Hospital. He was 70. Reilly coached for 35 years at Portland (1972-2007), winning 547 games, still the sixth-best victory total in state history. Reilly also won one Class S state championship in 1982 […]