New Haven Register Area Gymnastics MVP: Stefani Taschner, Hand

(Peter Casolino-New Haven Register) All Area Gymnast Stefani Taschner of Daniel Hand High School.  3/25/14

Hand’s Stefani Taschner has the ultimate comeback story. And it’s one the senior standout gymnast is still writing. The two-time Register Area MVP, who coach Kelly Smith said “leaves as one of the top athletes to come through the program” battled almost her entire high school gymnastic career with nagging injuries. Taschner explained she has […]

2014 New Haven Register All-Area Gymnastics Team

Stefani Taschner – MVP Hand, senior Stats: Was the Southern Connecticut Conference champion in vault, bars, floor and all-around. Finished in fifth place all-around at the State Open and third in floor at New Englands. Tied school bars record at 9.4. Honors: Elite All-American on vault and floor. All-American on beam, bars and all-around. First […]

Hand gymnastics finishes 2nd at State Open, advances to New Englands

The Daniel Hand gymnastics team poses after the State Open at New Milford on Saturday. The Tigers finished in second place to advance to New Englands. Photo courtesy of Hand gymnastics

NEW MILFORD >> Next weekend at the New England championships, Hand senior gymnast Stefani Taschner will have some company. The Tigers scored an impressive 142.700 to finish in second place on Saturday afternoon at the CIAC State Open championships and qualify for New Englands for the first time since 2006. It will be Hand’s first […]

Hand wins 15th state gymnastics title

Hand won a second-consecutive gymnastics state championship and its 15th title overall Saturday at Pomperaug. The Tigers bested second-place Wilton with a score of 142.275 to win the Class M team title. Wilton finished with 132.55 points and New Milford came in third with 130.625. Bolsted by her 9.65 score in the floor, Stefanie Taschner […]

Hand gymnasts get star treatment before state meet

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Hand has been one of the standards in girls gymnastics. The Tigers have won 14 state championships, including last year’s. Earlier this month, the team won its sixth consecutive SCC title. As they gear up for Saturday’s state meets at Pomperaug, they received a nice feature sendoff from WTNH’s SportzEdge.com. CIAC STATE GYMNASTICS MEET AT […]

All-FCIAC Gymnastics

Thursday was announced the All-FCIAC gymnastics teams. FCIAC champion Trumbull, placed five individuals on the first team and Celina Huber was named Coach of the Year. First Team Samantha Aparicio – Darien Samantha Gunn – Darien Kajsa Lundeen – Darien Jessica Freiheit – Greenwich Perry Kindel – Ludlowe Nicole Huntsman – Ludlowe Jordan Feeney – […]

GameTime CT Instagram Challenge

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Players from any sport, team, listen up! GameTime CT is having a Game Day Instagram selfie challenge! The way it works: Take selfies on any Game Day, tweet it out and hashtag it #GTCTgameday (They can be solo, group shot, whatever, just keep them appropriate) We at GameTime CT will find those after each night […]

(Update: 1 p.m.) Saturday’s New Haven County area postponements

BOYS BASKETBALL Non-league Platt Tech at East Haven, pd. to Friday, 7 p.m. Preps Kingswood-Oxford at Hopkins, ppd., TBA SCC Quinnipiac West Haven at Hamden, ppd. to Wednesday, 7 p.m. SCC interdivision Guilford at Foran, ppd. to Sunday, 2 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Shoreline Hyde at Hale-Ray, ppd. to Monday, 5:30 p.m. Non-league Valley Regional at […]

NH County Athletes of the Week: Andrew Yamin, Cheshire; Stefani Taschner, Hand

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Male Athlete of the Week Andrew Yamin, Cheshire basketball Junior had 32 points in a come-from-behind 76-68 win at Wilby and had 20 points in a 74-54 win over Shelton. HONOR ROLL Ian Bergere, Hand indoor track: Junior jumped 14-6 to win the event at the Class L state championship meet. Nik Griswold, Foran indoor […]

Gymnastics: Hand wins sixth straight SCC crown

MILFORD >> There wasn’t much mystery heading into Friday night’s Southern-Connecticut Conference gymnastics championships. After watching conference powerhouse Hand of Madison knock down every opponent twice during the regular season without a loss, there wasn’t a soul inside the Jonathan Law High School gymnasium that didn’t think the Tigers were going to walk away without […]

Gymnastics: Hand focused on 15th state title

Daniel Hand senior captain Kendall Goodman mid-air during a beam exercise at a practice on Jan. 16 at Polson Middle School.

MADISON >> It’s a Thursday evening, and there’s a constant stream of movement inside the Polson Middle School gymnasium. Hand senior Kendall Jerzyk is in the middle of her floor routine near the back of the brightly lit gym, her music playing in the background. A handful of teammates cheer her on. Straight ahead is […]

Wednesday’s NH County area postponements

Several games are still on for today and they are listed below as well: BOYS BASKETBALL FCIAC St. Joseph at Danbury, ppd. to Thursday, 7 p.m. SCC interdivision Xavier at Wilbur Cross, 5 p.m. Hamden at Branford, ppd. to Thursday, 7 p.m. Shelton at Notre Dame-West Haven, ppd. to Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Hillhouse at Cheshire […]

Tuesday’s Litchfield County postponements

Boys basketball Berkshire League Gilbert at Thomaston, 7 p.m. PPD to Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. Housatonic at Litchfield, 7 p.m. PDD to Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. Terryville at Nonnewaug, 7 p.m. PDD to Thursday, Jan. 24, 4:45 p.m. Wamogo at Shepaug, 7 p.m. PPD to Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. NVL Torrington at Naugatuck, 7 p.m. PPD […]

Saturday’s swimming, gymnastics roundup: Hamden Hall edges Williams

Boys swimming Hamden Hall 83, Williams 79 (at Hamden) 200 Medley Relay HH 1:56.41 Noah Kern, Caroline Quinn, Sona Pinela, Dillon Bentlage; 200 Free Jarret W 1:58.54; 200 IM Steiner W 2:22.44; 50 Free Bentlage HH 25.46; Diving Max Firtel HH 153.40; 100 Fly Pinela HH 1:01.95; 100 Free Kern HH 52.26; 500 Free Jarrett […]

Thursday’s New Haven County gymnastics roundup: Chandra leads Law over Foran

Gymnastics North Haven 126.3, Law 122.35 (at Milford) Vault: Marie Facin (NH) 9.05, Melissa Grabowski (L) 8.4, 3 way tie for third Madison Sosa (L), Megan Grabowski (L). Gabrielle Gontarek (NH) 8.3; Bars: Lauren Macolino (NH) 7.9, 2 way tie for second Kira Chandra (L), Gabrielle Gontarek (NH) 7.8, Amanda Macolino (NH) 7.75; Beam: Gabrielle […]

Friday’s NH County area postponements

BOYS BASKETBALL CSC Whitney Tech at Wolcott Tech, ppd. to Monday, 6 p.m. SCC Housatonic Amity at Shelton, ppd. to Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Lyman Hall at Cheshire,ppd. to Saturday, 6 p.m. SCC Quinnipiac West Haven at Notre Dame-West Haven, ppd. to Saturday, 4 p.m. SCC Oronoque Wilbur Cross at East Haven, ppd. to Saturday, 3:15 […]

Lauralton Hall on verge of joining SCC

The vote to accept Lauralton Hall as a full-fledged member of the Southern Connecticut Conference is not complete yet, but league commissioner Al Carbone feels it will be very soon. “I am confident we will have the votes to pass,” Carbone said. “I have already received very positive feedback from our schools about Lauralton’s application.” […]

All-Time New Haven Register All-Area Gymnastics Teams

  2011 Katie Frese, Valley Regional – MVP Kelly Smith, Hand – Coach Alicia Rinaldi, Guilford Meghan French, Shelton Kendall Jerzyk, Hand Melissa Luster, Valley Regional Stefani Taschner, Hand Kimmy Megargee, Hand Dana Colonese, Guilford Maggie Calamari, Valley Regional Margaret Dubey, Valley Regional Hanna Kelly, Haddam-Killingworth Danielle Novak, Law 2010 Katie Frese, Valley Regional – […]