Girls Basketball: Hillhouse tops East Haven in 34th Summer League championship game

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Hillhouse teammates pose with trophies after winning high school girls’ title in the 34th season of the New Haven Parks & Recreation Summer League.

NEW HAVEN >> In the eyes of Cayla Staggers and her Hillhouse teammates, leaving with the high school girls’ title in the 34th season of the New Haven Parks & Recreation Summer League was of paramount importance. Defending champion East Haven had a dominant run through the regular season and into Monday’s championship game but […]

New England Basketball Hall of Fame – Connecticut’s 2015 inductees

The Shelton High School Class LL girls basketball state championship team will be inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame Saturday at the DCU Convention Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. Bernice Nicolari, head coach of the 1976 team that defeated Lee High School, will represent the Gaelettes along with assistant coach Celeste Beattie, Michele […]

Girls basketball: Career’s Davis off to Roxbury

After averaging 12 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game, Career’s Brooklin Davis has chosen to play her college basketball at Roxbury Community College in Roxbury Crossing, Massachusetts. Davis was a 2014-15 All-Area selection and was All-Southern Connecticut Conference Oronoque Division pick. Tigers coach Mark Leszczyk said he is elated to have the guard […]

Girls basketball: Kiah Gillespie named Parade All-American

Capital Prep's Kiah Gillespie throws her basketball jersey into the crowd of fans after the Trailblazers defeat Northwest Catholic, 87-59, for the CIAC Class L girls basketball championship, Sunday, March 22, 2015, at Mohegan Sun. (Catherine Avalone/New Haven Register)

Capital Prep senior forward Kiah Gillespie’s star continues to shine as she was named a Parade All-American. Gillespie was also a McDonald’s All-American, played in the Jordan Brand Classic, was the Gatorade Connecticut Player of the Year and was named New Haven Register/GameTimeCT.com All-State Most Valuable Player. Gillespie led Capital Prep to three straight CIAC […]

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, […]

Girls Basketball: Greenwich’s Wolf picks Northwestern

Greenwich junior Abbie Wolf is headed to Northwestern.  (Catherine Avalone - New Haven Register)

GameTimeCT / New Haven Register All-State forward Abbie Wolf is headed to Northwestern. She verbally committed to the school on Monday. She averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds per game. She was All-CHSCA and All-FCIAC this past season. Heavily recruited all season long, the 6-foot-4 forward garnered interest from Vanderbilt, Boston College and even UConn […]

Southern Connecticut Conference names its Comeback Players of the Year

The 2014-15 SCC Comeback Players of the Year, from left to right,  Cheshire's Jack Cunningham, East Haven's Gabrielle Lamberti and Hand's Kelly Nizolek, are flanked by SCC Commissioner Al Carbone (far left) and Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists Chief Executive Officer Glenn Elia (far right).

Three student athletes – Jack Cunningham (Cheshire), Kelly Nizolek (Hand) and Gabrielle Lamberti (East Haven) – are the recipients of the 2015 SCC Comeback Player of the Year awards. All three students suffered severe injuries, yet were able to overcome them to become outstanding role models in their respective schools. A corporate sponsor of the […]

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), […]

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 […]

Girls Basketball: Gillespie excited to represent Connecticut in Jordan Brand Classic

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The 2014-15 New Haven Register Girls Basketball State Player of the Year: Kiah Gillespie, Capital Prep

NEW YORK >> The numbers put up by the UConn women’s basketball program over the past 21 seasons defy explanation. Fifteen Final Fours, 10 national championships and five undefeated seasons only begin the tell the tale of the Huskies’ far-reaching domination. However, the rise to national prominence has not always trickled down to the high […]

2014-15 New Haven Register All-Area Girls Basketball Team

All Area Girls

The 2014-15 New Haven Register All-Area Girls Basketball team. Capsules by Henry Chisholm. Photos by Catherine Avalone. Also: Check out the 2014-15 Register All-State Girls Basketball Team. Note: Due to an unresolved site issue, photos on mobile devices may shuffle unnecessarily. Most Valuable Player Maura Fitzpatrick Mercy, Sr. forward Stats: Averaged 16.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, […]

Girls basketball: 2014-15 New Haven Register Area MVP: Maura Fitzpatrick, Mercy

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The 2014-15 NH Register Area MVP for girls basketball: Maura Fitzpatrick, Mercy.

When Mercy senior forward Maura Fitzpatrick reflects back on her four-year career with the Tigers, she said she thinks about the tough times and the good ones, highlighted by the 2013 Class LL state championship. She’s got another way to remember her time as a Tiger, as she was named 2014-15 GameTimeCT / Register All-Area […]

Girls Basketball: Capital Prep’s Gillespie named USA Today 2nd-Team All-USA

A day after the announcement of her New Haven Register / GameTimeCT All-State State Player of the Year award, Capital Prep girls basketball forward Kiah Gillespie was honored with a second-team section to USA Today’s All-USA Girls Basketball team. Gillespie, a Maryland recruit, averaged 31 points and had 16 rebounds during Capital Prep’s third-consecutive championship […]

2015 GameTimeCT / New Haven Register All-State Girls Basketball Team lineups

Mercy's Maura Fitzpatrick. (Photo Catherine Avalone)

Lineups for the 2014-15 GameTimeCT / New Haven Register All-State Girls Basketball Team. First Team Sami Ashton, 5-6, Morgan, Jr. Sophie Borg, 6-0, Farmington Sr. Shaquana Edwards, 5-5, Weaver, Jr. Desiree Elmore, 5-10 Capital Prep, Jr. Tiana England, 5-7, Stamford, Jr. Maura Fitzpatrick, 5-11, Mercy, Sr. Hannah Friend, 5-10, Farmington, Sr. Kiah Gillespie, 6-2, Capital […]

2014-15 GameTimeCT / New Haven Register All-State Girls Basketball Team

All State Girls Hoop

The 2014-15 GameTimeCT New Haven Register All-State Girls Basketball Team. Capsules by Henry Chisholm. Photos by Catherine Avalone, Peter Hvizdak and Arnold Gold. The All-State Lineups: First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention teams Note: Photos on mobile devices may shuffle due to a site issue we’re working on. Thank you for your understanding. FIRST TEAM […]

Girls basketball: 2014-15 New Haven Register State Player of the Year: Kiah Gillespie, Capital Prep

Capital Prep's Kiah Gillespie throws her basketball jersey into the crowd of fans after the Trailblazers defeat Northwest Catholic, 87-59, for the CIAC Class L girls basketball championship, Sunday, March 22, 2015, at Mohegan Sun. (Catherine Avalone/New Haven Register)

NEW HAVEN >> Capital Prep senior forward Kiah Gillespie has heard the whispers that she may be overconfident on the court. Despite the murmurs, she ignored them and chose to let her game do the talking. “I think it’s funny,” she said. “Being overconfident got me three state championships. I think everybody should be a […]

Girls basketball: 2015 JCC Schoolgirl Classic roster

Capital Prep's Kiah Gillespie (right) and Mercy's Maura Fitzpatrick. (Photo John Vanacore)

The JCC Schoolboy/Schoolgirl Classic is on April 19 at 1 p.m. at the Cardinal Shehan Center in Bridgeport, moving from the JCC in Woodbridge last year. The East will take on the West in the game that features 2015 Gatorade Connecticut Player of the Year Kiah Gillespie, Class LL state champion Wilton’s Erin Meyer and […]

Jimmy Zanor: Holy sh-cow! The rise of Middletown’s WCNX radio

Photo by Laura Matesky - Special for the Middletown Press
WCNX general manager John Clark, left, and play-by-play announcer Aaron Scheinblum lead the broadcast team during the Valley Regional-Sacred Heart Class S state championship game at The Mohegan Sun Arena.

Maria Weslyj’s 3-point buzzer-beater against Lauralton Hall in the 2013 Class LL girls basketball championship game was a combination of Jack Buck’s “I don’t believe what I just saw” and Al Michaels’ “Do you believe in miracles?” For Jay Hickey, who was doing the play-by-play on WCNX radio, it was … “Holy sh-cow!” Yup, that’s […]

2015 CHSCA Girls Basketball All-State Team

Gatorade State Player of the Year Kiah Gillespie of Capital Prep in the Class L championship vs. NWC at Mohegan Sun (Photo Catherine Avalone)

Class LL Erin Cunningham, Wilton, Senior Brooklin Davis, Career, Sr. Tiana England, Stamford, Sr. Maura Fitzpatrick, Mercy, Sr.  Elise Graham, Amity, Jr. Rebecca Lawrence, Ridgefield, Jr. Amy McConnell, South Windsor, Sr. Amanda Pfohl, Trumbull, Sr. Abigail Wolf, Greenwich, Jr. Class L Sophie Borg, Farmington, Sr. Shaquana Edwards, Weaver, Jr. Desiree Elmore, Capital Prep, Jr. Hannah […]