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 […]

Girls Basketball: Northeast College Showcase All-Tournament Team

  The following girls basketball players were named to the 2014 Northeast College Showcase All-Tournament Team in voting done by college coaches in attendance at the event held on September 7 at Hamden Hall.   PLAYER CLASS HIGH SCHOOL Kayla Croswell Senior Notre Dame HS-Fairfield Caitlyn Dittman     Sophomore St. Bernard HS Sarah Gallo                 Senior Mercy HS Alexandra Goslin Junior […]

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 […]

Girls Basketball: Masuk coach steps down

Masuk girls basketball coach Ann Odoy is stepping down, according to the Connecticut Post’s Doug Bonjour. Athletic director John DeGennaro confirmed  Odoy’s resignation after three seasons to the Post Thursday.  Odoy took over for Dave Strong, the state’s career leader in wins for girls basketball coaches, three years ago. Odoy, a member of the state’s 2,000 point […]

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 – […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

NH Register State Girls Basketball Player of the Year: Tanaya Atkinson, Career

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NH Register State Player of the Year: Tanya Atkinson, Career

Career’s Tanaya Atkinson has won awards, scored over 1,000 career points, captured conference titles and a state title. But nothing was more rewarding then helping her teammates. “People would swear that they can’t do stuff until you actually make them do it,” she said. Atkinson helped one of her teammates drive left in practice when […]

2014 New Haven Register All-State girls basketball team

Lauralton's Emma McCarthy and Carly will represent the West in a star-studded JCC Schoolgirls Classic Sunday at 1:30 at the JCC in Woodbridge
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2014 ALL-STATE GIRLS BASKETBALL LINEUP PHOTO GALLERY State Player of The Year Tanaya Atkinson Career, Sr., G/F Stats: Averaged 23 points, eight rebounds, three steals and three assists per game this season. She scored 1,700 career points. Honors: Southern Connecticut Conference Player of the Year, CHSCA All-State and two-time Register All-State. Off the court: She […]