Winter sports: 2014-15 Litchfield County preview

Shepaug-Litchfield-Nonnewaug's Andrew Loya celebrates a goal during a game last season.
(Pete Paguaga - Register file photo)

High school basketball demands lots of area attention, but those who want a broader sports horizon have plenty of options. Most of the them start today, along with the beginning of boys basketball, a week later than girls basketball because of football playoffs. Here’s a rundown of the sports and their returning stars. Swimming Officially, […]

Indoor Track and Field: Top 20 athletes to watch this season

The Indoor Track and Field season is officially underway with practices. Register file photo

TOP 10 GIRLS Danae Rivers, Cross, middle distance: Last winter set the 1,600 record at the State Open (4:52.29), ran on the sprint medley relay for Cross that placed second in the nation. At nationals ran 4:48.59 in the mile for fourth place. Hannah DeBalsi, Staples, distance: Returns as the best distance runner in the […]

CCC: Adding Avon, enrollment changes cause conference realignment


BRISTOL>> Starting in the fall of 2015, Avon will leave the NCCC and join the Central Connecticut Conference. The state’s largest conference becomes even bigger. But with the addition of a 33rd school comes division realignment. Under the current system for the majority of sports, there are four divisions based on geographic location. Under the new […]

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 […]

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 […]

Track and Field: Top 10 highlights from the Outdoor and Indoor season

(Peter Casolino-New Haven Register)   Wilbur Cross' Danae Rivers wins the 1600 during the State Open Track and Field Championship at Middletown High School.

The high school track and field season is officially over. Well, until the indoor season starts this winter. But for me, that’s too far away. I need a little closure. And I’m sure the rest of you track and field fanatics do as well. So here’s a list of the Top 10 highlights of the […]

2014 Litchfield County All-Area Indoor Track and Field Team

Chelsea Hayward Area MVP Litchfield, Sr. Stats: Won the Class S Title in the 300M, finished in second at the State Opens, sixth at New England’s in the same event. Finished in fourth in Class S in the 55M dash, came in fifth at the State Opens. Honors: All-State, Two-Time All-Berkshire League for outdoor track […]

NH County Area Boys Indoor Track MVP: Christian Alvarado, Fairfield Prep

(Photo by Peter Hvizdak-New Haven Register)
NH County Area Boys Indoor Track  All-Area MVP: Chris Alvarado of Fairfield Prep.

Coming off the longest competitive cross country running season he’s ever had, this past indoor track season flew by for Fairfield Prep’s Christian Alvarado. But the standout senior distance runner made sure it didn’t go by too fast, as he had some fun and made sure to leave his mark as one of the best […]

2014 NH County All-Area Boys Indoor Track Team

Christian Alvarado Fairfield Prep, Sr., distance Stats: Won the 1,600 and 3,200 at the SCC championships and Class LL meet. Broke the 3,200 SCC meet record. Set a state and meet record in the 3,200 at the State Open (9:07.63). Won the New England 2 mile in a meet- and state-record time of 9:00.29. Honors: […]

Renovations to Torrington’s sports complex will soon get under way

Peter Wallace — Register Citizen
Coach Mike Tyler holds a piece of the old track - a quarter inch thick. The new surface will be three times the old thickness.

TORRINGTON >> Take a long look at the Torrington High School’s Robert H. Frost Sports Complex. As of May 7, good and bad memories alike disappear with the turn of a shovel, the first spade full of dirt toward completion of a $2.7 million renovation funded by the state. The project was opened for bids […]

Indoor Track: SCC All-Conference teams

The 2013-14 Southern Connecticut Conference Indoor track and field team. GIRLS INDOOR TRACK Chaslynn Saucier (Wilbur Cross), 55 meters Caroline O’Neil (Daniel Hand), 300 meters Lananja Carr (Hillhouse), 600 meters Kaleigh Roberts (Mercy), 1000 and 3200 meters Danae Rivers (Wilbur Cross), 1600 meters Anna Atkinson (Branford), 55 meter hurdles, High Jump Hillhouse (Tonija Spencer, Diana […]

Two Lewis Mills students to host a 5K for the Wounded Warrior Project

Lewis Mills' juniors Cooper Smelski (left) and Jackson Morrow (right) co-founded Miles for Charity to help raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.
Pete Paguaga - Register Citizen

BURLINGTON >> It started as an idea three years ago and now the Miles for Charity is gearing up to host their second charity race in the last two years. As a freshman, Cooper Smelski, a member of the Lewis Mills football team and both indoor and outdoor track, came up with the idea to […]

Danae Rivers of Cross places 4th in mile at Indoor Nationals

Danae Rivers of Wilbur Cross finished fourth in the girls' 1 mile at the Indoor Nationals on Sunday.

NEW YORK >> Danae Rivers of Wilbur Cross hung with Alexa Efraimson, one of the top high school milers in the United States, for as long as she could Sunday afternoon. That in itself was impressive. Rivers fell off the pace toward the end, but the sophomore made a name for herself on a national […]

Torrington coach/teacher helps athletes see life in different light

Torrington High School track and field seniors visit the Ronald McDonald House in New Haven as part of Coach Jada Mattielloís ongoing effort to expose kids to more than ìjustî the rigors of competition. This group made the visit three years ago.

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TORRINGTON >> Anyone who gets close to them knows teachers and coaches accept far longer hours and more responsibilities than they can ever be paid for. For some, that isn’t enough. The fire burns to find new ways to help. Jada Mattiello, an English teacher and track coach at Torrington High School is such a […]

Staples High DMR finishes 3rd at Indoor Nationals, earn All-American

The Staples High girls' distance medley relay team of Tyler Scanlin, Olivia Wiener, Hannah DeBalsi and Erica Hefnawy captured third place at the New Balance Indoor National Championships on Friday in New York.

NEW YORK >> Moments after stepping down from the podium at The Armory, Olivia Wiener and Tyler Scanlin didn’t realize, that beside a third place finish and earning All-American status, they had also unofficial set a new indoor state record in the girls’ distance medley relay. “Wait, we broke the record,” Wiener said. “That’s awesome,” […]

Wilbur Cross runners focus on nationals

Danae Rivers of Wilbur Cross will run in the sprint medley relay and the one mile this weekend at the New Balance New Indoor Nationals. Photo by Arnold Gold

NEW HAVEN >> The Wilbur Cross girls’ sprint medley relay squad is keeping pretty hush-hush these days. And it’s for a good reason. The team, made up of Chaslynn Saucier, Gabby Curtis, Shea Connors and Danae Rivers, will compete Saturday at the New Balance Indoor Nationals at 1:35 p.m. at the Armory in New York. […]

Track and Field: Former Staples High runners, now coaches, key part of program

Malcolm Watson gathers with the Staples girls' cross country team this past fall. Photo courtesy of Sara Bassett

WESTPORT >> Every day Malcolm Watson gets to be a kid.The 30-year-old laces up his sneakers each day and spends his afternoons running, laughing and a lot of times, outsprinting high school kids. And it’s all for work. Watson is an assistant coach for the Staples High cross country and track program. For the past […]

Connecticut home to the nation’s best 2-milers

Staples sophomore Hannah DeBalsi

It’s official. Connecticut is now home to the two best 2 mile high school distance runners in the nation. On Saturday afternoon at the New England Championships at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center in Boston, Farfield Prep’s Christian Alvarado and Staples’ Hannah DeBalsi both won the 2 mile event in record-setting fashion. According to, […]

CT distance runners dominate at New England Indoor Track Championships

Danae Rivers of Wilbur Cross runs during the girls' mile race on Saturday at the New England Championships.

BOSTON >> Danae Rivers clung tightly to a red flower and a plaque as she quietly gathered her thoughts on Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center. The Wilbur Cross sophomore had a hard time coming up with answer for what just happened. “I’m not sure what this all means, but this is nice,” she […]