Gymnastics: Connecticut team finishes third at recent showcase meet

Photo courtesy of Pat Simon
The Connecticut gymnastics team finished third at a recemt meet in Florida. Pictured first row from left:  Nickie Deary, Woodstock; Abby McGuirk, Daniel Hand; Hailey Alicki, Foran; Izzy Williams, Nonnewaug; Erica Davidson, New Milford and Julia Lindberg, Shelton.  Second row from left: Amanda Macolino, North Haven; Jackie Deary, Woodstock; Mikayla Connor, Valley Regional; Megan Sapack, Pomperaug; Kathleen Pisciotta, Fairfield Ward; Anna Jannott, Newtown and Gabbie Gontarek, North Haven.  Back row, coaches from left: 
Kim Longobucco, Fairfield Ludlowe; Gene Michael Deary, Woodstock; Monica Bauer, Valley Regional; Kelly Smith, Hand; Robin Deary-Fillmore, Woodstock; Hal Rettstadt, Pomperaug; Bethany Mihaly, New Milford and Mark Sorrentino, Nonnewaug.

The Connecticut team of gymnasts finished third at the National High School Gymnastics Association Senior Showcase, held at the Estero Community Center in Estero, Florida on May 15-16. Abby McGuirk of Hand High, the Register’s Area MVP this past season, placed in a tie for 6th on vault and tied for 9th on beam. Jackie […]

Boys Gymnastics: Cheshire’s Beck wins gold at nationals

Matthew Beck

Ask Matthew Beck how it feels to be a national champion in gymnastics and he’s pretty much speechless. “It’s probably the biggest accomplishment I’ve done,” said Beck, who took home gold in the floor exercise at the men’s Junior Olympic Gymnastics championships a couple of weeks ago in Daytona Beach, Florida. “But it doesn’t feel […]

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, […]

Gymnastics: 2014-15 New Haven Register MVP: Abby McGuirk, Hand

All-Area gymnast MVP Abby McGuirk. (Arnold Gold-New Haven Register)

Hand gymnast Abby McGuirk has broken 18 bones in her body. Not all are from the sport of gymnastics, some have occurred from “being clumsy” but each tell a unique story. The latest injury McGuirk acquired may have been the most untimely but also may be the one with the best ending. McGuirk was able […]

2014-15 New Haven Register All-Area Gymnastics Team

Gymnastics All Area

The New Haven Register All-Area gymnastics team. Capsules by Mary Albl. Photos by Arnold Gold and Peter Hvizdak. Most Valuable Performer Abby McGuirk Hand, senior Stats: Led Hand to seventh straight SCC title winning all-around (37.2 points), bars (9.2) and set a meet record in beam (9.5). Guided Tigers to third straight Class M crown, […]

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 […]

Gymnastics: Hand takes third at State Open, qualifies for New Englands

Shelton's Julia Lindberg, far left, and Law Tiffany Coleman celebrate being honored for a top six finish on the beam.

NEW MILFORD >> For Hand, the State Open meet was viewed as a bonus meet. The pressure was off and Saturday was all about enjoying the moment, something the Tigers had no problem doing. Fresh off of winning last week’s Class M championship, the Tigers’ 16th state crown, Hand scored 138.600 points to finish in […]

Gymnastics: Law places second at Class S

Tiffany Coleman won the vault with a 9.8 to help Law finish second in the meet at Southbury. Woodstock Academy defended its title with 147.625 points and will look to defend its title in next weekend’s State Open at New Milford. Law finished with 132.200 points. Valley Regional finished fifth with 124.275 points.  Class S […]

Gymnastics: Hand wins third straight Class M title

Daniel Hand won its third straight Class M state title on Saturday. Photo via Hand Gymnastics Instagram)

Led by senior Abby McGuirk, Hand scored 138.1 points at Pomperaug High on Saturday to win its third straight Class M state gymnastics title. McGuirk finished with 36.9 points as she claimed the highest scores of the meet in the vault (9.375) and floor (9.350). RESULTS: Class M Hand edged out second place New Milford […]

Gymnastics: Coleman sisters an added boost to Law gymnastics program

(Catherine Avalone - New Haven Register) 
Pat Simon, head coach of the Jonathan Law High School gymnastics team with the Coleman sisters, Tiffany, a senior, at left, and Melanie, a sophomore.

MILFORD >> Tiffany Coleman describes her 15-year old sister as graceful and artistic. Melanie Coleman chooses a contracting view to depict her two-year older sibling. “Powerful and strong,” Melanie says quickly. The two look and smile at one another. “We’ve been told if we were put together, we’d be like the best gymnast ever,” Tiffany […]

Thursday’s NH Country Gymnastics Roundup

DANIEL HAND 138.45, NORWICH FREE ACADEMY 132.35, STONINGTON 129.05 (At Stonington) Vault: 1. Erin Naclerio (DH) and Taylor Churchill (NFA), 8.8; 2. Erin Maxwell (DH), 8.7; 3. Tessa Hessington (S), 8.6; Bars: 1. Churchill (NFA), 8.85; 2. Naclerio (DH), 8.65; 3. Lily Spencer (DH), 8.5; Beam: 1. Naclerio (DH), 9.5; 2. Churchill (NFA), 9.2; 3. […]

Friday’s Greater New Haven gymnastics roundup

Gymnastics Nonnewaug wins two (at Milford) Team results: Nonnewaug 129.7 Pomperaug 126.3 Law 126.0 Vault: 1. Jenna Rinaldi, Nonnewaug 9.15; 2. Megan Muller, Pomperaug 9.05; 3. Alex Neiz-Charest, Nonnewaug 8.7; Bars: Melanie Coleman, Law 8.65; 2. Jenna R. Nonnewaug 8.55; 3. Isabel Williams, Nonnewaug 7.9; Beam: 1. Melanie C. Law 8.6; 2. Megan Sapack, Pomperaug […]

McGuirk leads Hand to seventh straight SCC Gymnastics meet title

Hand: 2015 SCC Gymnastic Champions (Photo via Hand HS)

MILFORD >> Heading into the 20th annual Southern Connecticut Conference gymnastics championships, Hand coach Kelly Smith was concerned that Law would be a tough challenger as the Tigers pursued their seventh straight team title. Earlier this season only two points separated the teams when Hand beat Law and the Eagles also had solid depth, including […]

SCC Gymnastics: Law looks to balance power in conference

From left, senior captains Kelsey Kopazna, Mathilda Hill and Kayla Patrick will lead Law into the Southern Connecticut Conference championships Thursday in Milford. Photo by Mary Albl

MILFORD >> The road to winning the Southern Connecticut Conference gymnastics title goes through Hand. Veteran Law coach Pat Simon knows that. “It’s Daniel Hand. They’ve got some very strong gymnasts,” Simon says. “I’ve got a couple strong gymnasts and that definitely helps our cause.” The Tigers have won the past six conference crowns and […]

Gymnastics Gameday: SCC Championships

• When: Thursday, 5 p.m. • Where: Law High, Milford • Defending champion: Hand • What to look for: Hand comes in as the favorite and winner of the last six conference titles. The Tigers boast another solid lineup led by senior Abby McGuirk, who is coming off a solid meet against Glastonbury where she […]

SCC names scholar-athletes for December


Twelve student-athletes from six high schools have been named The SportsCenter of Connecticut/Southern Connecticut Conference Scholar Athletes of the Month for December. Each SCC member school can nominate up to two honorees per season (fall, winter and spring). The conference will announce the winter recipients in December, January and February. Student-athletes who are selected must […]

Tuesday’s New Haven County postponements

If games have no makeup date listed, that means they are still on for today. BOYS BASKETBALL SWC New Fairfield at Stratford, PPD. to Wednesday, 7 p.m. Bunnell at Immaculate NVL Derby at Ansonia, PPD to Wednesday, 6 p.m. CSC Whitney Tech at Kaynor Tech, PPD to Feb. 23, 7 p.m. Wolcott Tech at Platt […]

Tuesday’s New Haven County postponements (updated)

BOYS BASKETBALL CSC O’Brien Tech at Whitney Tech, ppd., TBA Platt Tech at Kaynor Tech, ppd. to Thursday, 7 p.m. SCC interdivision Career vs. Hillhouse at Floyd Little Athletic Center, ppd. to Feb. 8, 5 p.m. Wilbur Cross at Hand, ppd., TBA Xavier at Amity, ppd. to Thursday, 7 p.m. Branford at Guilford, ppd. to […]

Instagram Challenge: Sunday Spotlight

Wilbur Cross goes in for a dunk during a recent game against East Haven. Register file photo

Think you’re an athlete deserving of the spotlight? Think your whole team is? Let us know! Starting Monday, here at GameTimeCT we’ll be having a new weekly contest called, Sunday Spotlight where we’ll feature the best team or athlete from the week. Submit your athletic photos, team photos and what you accomplished via Instagram. Hit […]