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 […]

Housatonic alum Heacox ready to showcase talents at next level

Sean Meenaghan - Register Citizen
Former Housatonic track and field athlete Katie Heacox is ready to begin her first season at Southern Connecticut State University.

While hundreds of kids endure pre-season athletic training this week at area high schools, Housatonic’s Katie Heacox represents the small fraction of graduates getting their first glimpse at the next level. Heacox is the only Mountaineer to win back-to-back State Open titles. A four-year thrower (shot put, discus and hammer), she won the girls state […]

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 […]

New Haven Register’s Athletes of the Year: Cross’ Danae Rivers, Ansonia’s Arkeel Newsome


NEW HAVEN –  On one side stands the prodigy. Danae Rivers, as a sophomore for the Wilbur Cross girls’ indoor and outdoor track teams, is already the top middle-distance runner in the state and one of the best in the country. On the other side is the former prodigy, though Arkeel Newsome is by no means […]

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 […]

Track and Field: Branford’s Atkinson sees hurdles as challenges, not barriers

Branford's Anna Atkinson crosses the finish to win the 55 hurdles final at the Class L State Indoor Track Championships this past winter.  pcasolino@NewHavenRegister

BRANFORD >> Four years ago, Branford’s Anna Atkinson went looking for a challenge. The self-described perfectionist found one in hurdling. “The first day I ever did a workout I did distance, but I knew that wasn’t for me because I just wasn’t into it,” Atkinson said. “And so I thought, you know what, I want […]

Sticking together: Trio of Ludlowe athletes headed Gettysburg

Fairfield Ludlowe's Kirssy Bradley, Alex Wykoff and Ali Gorab are all headed to Gettysburg College this fall for athletics.

FAIRFIELD >> After four years of athletics together at the high school level, Fairfield Ludlowe’s Krissy Bradley, Ali Gorab and Alex Wykoff will continue their playing careers at the next level together. The trio, who led the Falcons to the quarterfinals of the Class LL State Girls’ Soccer Tournament this past fall, are headed to […]

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 […]

Litchfield County Area Indoor Track MVP: Chelsea Hayward, Litchfield

Litchfield’s Chelsea Hayward won the Class S Title in the 300M and finished in second at the State Opens.
Sean Meenaghan — Register Citizen

LITCHFIELD >> Litchfield High School senior Chelsea Hayward ran 300 meters faster than all but one high school female runner in the state this winter. In the 55 meters, just four girls ran faster at the State Open. Chelsea Hayward is fast. Some of it comes naturally, following in the footsteps of her sister, Olivia, […]

NH County Area Girls Indoor Track MVP: Danae Rivers, Wilbur Cross

(Mara Lavitt — New Haven Register) New Haven County All-Area indoor track MVP: Danae Rivers, Wilbur Cross

To see what Danae Rivers is most proud of, you’ll need to visit the Robert H. Saulsbury Gymnasium at Wilbur Cross High. That’s where the championship banners hang. At the beginning of the indoor track and field season this past winter, the sophomore gazed at the walls and found something missing. “A lot of flags […]

2014 NH County All-Area Girls Indoor Track Team

Danae Rivers – AREA MVP Wilbur Cross, So., middle distance Stats: Won the SCC, Class L and State Open 1,600 meter title. Set a state record in 1,600 (4:52.29). Won the New England mile title and finished fourth at New Balance Nationals in the mile (4:48.59). Part of winning SCC, Class L and Open sprint […]

CCC softball: Southington readies for title defense

First-year Southington softball coach Davina Hernandez hits her outfielder's fly balls Wednesday afternoon at practice.
Derek Turner - GameTimeCT

Coming off its 15th state title, the winningest softball program in the state has its eyes on yet another. Davina Hernandez enters her first season as Southington’s head coach, taking over for John Bores who retired after last season’s state championship. She has the team excited to get started. “Everyone just wants to be outside. […]

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 […]

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.

Submitted Photo

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 […]

Wilbur Cross sprint medley relay captures 2nd at Indoor Nationals

The Wilbur Cross sprint medley team. Shea Connors, Gabby Curtis, Chaslynn Saucier and Danae Rivers took second place at the the Indoor Nationals. Photo courtesy of Connors

NEW YORK >> The Wilbur Cross girls’ sprint medley relay team already had a pretty impressive resume heading into the New Balance Indoor Nationals. Saturday afternoon, they added one more item to the list for good measure: All-American. The Governors not only won their heat, but ran a blistering time of four minutes and 2.68 […]