Little League: Tim Belcher’s passion for coaching carries over to diamond

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Coach Tim Belcher of Hamden, manager of the Hamden 11-12 Little League District All-Star  team.

HAMDEN >> Tim Belcher always loved playing sports. He was on the baseball and hockey teams at Notre Dame-West Haven. After graduating in 1993 he continued his baseball career at Quinnipiac, and then with the Waterbury Spirit of the independent Northeast League. Now, since the playing days are over, his passion is coaching. Belcher has […]

Looking back: Lou Astorino built Hamden hockey program into winner with military precision

Hamden hockey coach Lou Astorino (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. will share high school related stories from that series periodically throughout the summer.   Longtime Hamden High boys’ hockey coach Lou Astorino, who instilled a strong military style of play that routinely produced […]

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 hockey: Giusto named new Cheshire coach

What goes around comes around for Anthony Giusto when it comes to hockey, a sport he has embraced since he was a youngster. Giusto, an assistant boys’ hockey coach at Cheshire High the past four seasons, has been named the Rams new head coach Cheshire athletic director Steve Trifone announced on Friday. Giusto, who grew […]

Hockey: Cheshire coach Karl Sundquist resigns after four seasons (Update: Was pressured to resign)

Cheshire boys ice hockey coach Karl Sundquist has resigned, citing personal reasons, athletic director Steve Trifone announced Friday. Sundquist coached the Rams for four seasons, including an appearance in the Division II tournament quarterfinals last year. Cheshire went 8-10 in the regular season and defeated North Haven, 5-2, in the first round, but lost to […]

Boys hockey: 2014-15 New Haven Register Area MVP: Alec Martone, North Branford

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The 2014-15 Area MVP for boys hockey for the New Haven Register: Alec Martone, North Branford.

Entering the 2014-15 season, predictions on favorites to win the CIAC Division II title included Branford, Suffield/Granby/Windsor Locks and Conard. North Branford has a winning tradition and under coach Ralph Shaw’s guidance the Thunderbirds have always been competitive. But the T-Birds weren’t exactly on anyone’s preseason radar as a favorite to win the D-II title. […]

2014-15 New Haven Register All-Area Boys Hockey Team

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The 2014-15 New Haven Register All-Area Boys Hockey Team. Profiles by Dan Nowak. Photos by Arnold Gold. Most Valuable Player Alec Martone North Branford, Sr., F Stats: Had 23 goals and 33 assists, leading the Thunderbirds to the CIAC Division II final and a 17-6-1 overall record. Had three goals and two assists in a […]

Boys hockey: 2014-15 New Haven Register State Player of the Year: Jack Pardue, Darien


On several levels, Darien senior forward Jack Pardue had the kind of hockey season most high school players dream of growing up. Entering the 2014-15 season, the Blue Wave were on a mission to make up for disappointing losses the season before when they lost in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference tournament semifinals and […]

2014-15 New Haven Register All-State Boys Hockey Team

Darien goaltender Will Massie (Photo via Darien Athletic Foundation)

The 2014-15 All-State Boys Hockey Team. Capsules by Dan Nowak. Portraits by Catherline Avalone. Most Valuable Player Jack Pardue Darien, Sr., F Stats: Had 20 goals and 27 assists, including the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over Greenwich in the CIAC Division I final. Also had two goals in a 3-1 win over Xavier […]

Special month for West Haven’s Ascenzia family

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John Ascenzia Jr. of West Haven is Bridgeport's all-time hits leader.

WEST HAVEN – What a month it has been for the Ascenzia family in West Haven. For John Sr. and John Jr., it will be one not soon forgotten. Shortly after acknowledging this past season would be his last behind the bench for the West Haven hockey team as an assistant for coach Joe Morrell, […]

It’s official: Todd Hall named the new Hamden boys hockey coach

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Former Hamden boys hockey player Todd Hall, who has been an assistant coach for the Green Dragons the past 14 seasons, has been named the new head coach for the team. Hall, who takes over for former Hamden coach Bill Verneris who strepped down after this past season, confirmed he has been named the new […]

2015 CHSCA All-State Boys Hockey teams

West Haven goalie Michael Savino (Arnold Gold, Register)

The Connecticut High School Coaches Association all-state boys hockey selections for 2014-15 Player of the Year Will Massie, G, Darien USMC Team of the Year North Branford Division I MVP:  Michael Savino, West Haven FIRST TEAM G — Michael Savino, West Haven D–Sam Carignan, Hamden D–Colin O’Connor, Notre Dame-West Haven F–Jeremy Routh, Hamden F–David Piekut, […]

CPTV to show encore presentations of CIAC winter finals

A look at CPTV Sports broadcast schedule for the week of March 30-April 5 Monday, March 30 5 p.m. – CIAC High School Cheerleading Finals 7:30 p.m. – Girls High School Basketball: CIAC Class L Championship, Capital Prep-Hartford vs. Northwest Catholic-West Hartford 9 p.m. – Girls High School Basketball: CIAC Class LL Championship, South Windsor vs. Wilton   Tuesday, March 31 […]

Rosters released for CHSCA Junior and Senior All-Star Hockey Games on Saturday

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The annual CHSCA junior and senior all-star hockey games will be held Saturday (March 28) at the Milford Ice Pavilion. The CHSCA Junior Select all-star game will be at 3 p.m. and the Senior All-Star game will be at 5. Rosters and coaching staffs have been announced for the four teams. Complete rosters are listed […]

Boys hockey: CIAC tournament dedicated to Riccitelli; Sr. and Jr. all-star games to be held

  NEW HAVEN >> There was some history at the Division I championship game last weekend at Ingalls Rink. Darien defeated Greenwich 1-0 for the title on Saturday in the first all-FCIAC D-I final since 1998 when Trinity Catholic defeated New Canaan. It was the first all-public school D-I final since 2009 when Hamden defeated […]

Boys hockey: Darien’s unanimous No. 1 finish in Top 10 poll caps magical 2014-15 season

The Darien hockey team

It’s one thing to be on a mission to accomplish specific goals. It’s another matter when it comes to accomplishing that mission. Last season, Darien lost in the semifinals of the FCIAC tournament and the final of the Division I state tournament. Its 2014-15 mission: offset those disappointments with championships. Mission accomplished. Darien defeated Greenwich […]

Boys hockey: Darien is the unanimous No. 1 in final poll

Darien receives its championship medals after beating Greenwich 1-0 for the CIAC D-I title (Dan Nowak photo)

The final 2014-15 Register / GameTimeCT Top 10 hockey poll for March 25,2015. Compiled by Dan Nowak. Team Record 1st Place Points Last Div 1. DARIEN 23-2-1 17 170 1 I Final result: Defeated Greenwich 1-0 in the CIAC D-I final. Bottom line: Blue Wave accomplished their preseason mission with FCIAC and CIAC D-I titles (first D-I […]

2014-15 All-Southern Connecticut Conference Winter Teams


All-SCC teams from the 2014-15 winter sports season. BOYS BASKETBALL All-Hammonasset Jeff Allen (Daniel Hand), Jack Driscoll (Daniel Hand), Patrick Kerins (Daniel Hand), Joe Kasperzyk (Hillhouse), John Lewis ( Hillhouse), Troy Walters (Hillhouse) All-Housatonic Chris Winkel (Amity Regional), Dylan D’Addio (Cheshire), Andrew Yamin (Cheshire), Brandon Rentas (Sheehan), Jeff Stockmal ( Shelton), Matt Terrasi (Shelton) All-Oronoque Joe Carbone (Branford), Justin […]

The Complete 2015 CIAC Winter Championship Weekend Final Scoreboard and Recaps

Sacred Heart's Mustapha Heron goes for two as Valley Regional's Chris Jean-Pierre (23), David Bradbury, Jr. (4), Hunter Linfesty (35) defends during a, 71-46, win for the Hearts in the CIAC Class S boys basketball championship.(Catherine Avalone/New Haven Register)

Below is all the results and story links from the 2015 CIAC State Championships. Highlight video, above, via John Holt of WFSB-3. All videos clips via CPTVSports coverage. LIVE BLOG REPLAYS: Boys Basketball | Girls Basketball | Hockey Boys Basketball CLASS LL FAIRFIELD PREP 51, WESTHILL 50 PHOTO GALLERY CLASS L BUNNELL 72, NAUGATUCK 61 […]

Division I boys hockey: Pardue, Massie deliver Darien over Greenwich for first title since 1969

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NEW HAVEN >> After years of taking a back seat to the Southern Connecticut Conference in the CIAC Division I boys hockey tournament, the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference had its day in the sun on Saturday. No. 1 Greenwich and No. 2 Darien mirrored each other this season. Both have three strong lines, six […]