Basketball: 500-win club gets two new members

Winning 500 games is quite an amazing accomplishment. Two coaches earned it over the past week. Kenny Smith of Windsor became the 14th boys coach to join the 500-win club with a 69-66 victory over Manchester Friday night. Here is the Hartford Courant’s account of the game. Also, Tony Floyd of Bristol Eastern earned the […]

Boys basketball: MLK Classic coming to Webster Bank Arena Jan. 19

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Hillhouse senior forward Troy Walters, Jr. elevates for a shot as Robert Haskins (32), Thomas Nolan (5) and Ryan Foley (21) defend for Fairfield Prep during the Jesuits' win over Hillhouse on Dec. 30.

Hillhouse and Wilbur Cross will be a part of the first MLK Classic, a quadrupleheader which will be held Monday at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. The Academics will face Bridgeport Central in the nightcap at 6 p.m. in a matchup of the last two teams to end the season No. 1 in the […]

Boys basketball 2014-15: Top 25 CIAC Players

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Career forward Justin Campbell during a preseason scrimmage against St. Joseph.

*CIAC players only Marcus Blackwell, 6-3, Bridgeport Central, Sr., G: One of the holdovers as the Hilltoppers try to make it back-to-back Class LL state championships. DeAnte Bruton, 5-9, Ledyard, Sr., G: Will be the catalyst if the Colonels want to go deep in the Class LL state tournament. Justin Campbell, 6-5, Career, Sr., F: […]

Boys Basketball 2014-15: Coaches want CIAC to lift restrictions for off-season coaching

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St. Joseph basketball coach Chris Watts is in favor of coaching during the periods in the off-season. The CIAC doesn't permit that.

Student-athletes leaving a CIAC-sanctioned school for a prepatory school, for what they deem to be a better chance to succeed both academically and athletically, is nothing new. But it may be more prevalent this year than most. Some of the best players in the state have transferred to prep schools: Steve Enoch (Norwalk), Elijah Pemberton […]

2014-15 GameTimeCT / Register Top 10 preseason boys basketball poll: Sacred Heart starts out on top

Sacred Heart's boys basketball players celebrate their Class S championship last March. The Hearts are ready to defend their title and have been the No. 1 team in the GameTimeCT poll all season long.
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Team 2013-14 1st Place Points Last Class 1. SACRED HEART 24-3 15 534 4 S Last game: Def. Valley Regional 65-56 to win Class S championship. Season opener: vs. Wilby, Wednesday, 7 p.m. Bottom line: All five starters return for the hearts including junior point guard Mustapha Heron, already committed to Pittsburgh. Team 2013-14 1st […]

Bowen Field: A look at its past and future

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By Evan Lips NEW HAVEN >> The football field at James Hillhouse High School derives its name from a beloved educator and athlete who died in a 15-foot plunge after tumbling through a school window, apparently in a failed effort to breathe in fresh air. The date was Aug. 9, 1948. Emmons J. “Chick” […]

Girls soccer: Final 2014 state coaches polls

Final Class LL-L First-place votes in parenthesis Team                                     Points 1. Glastonbury (7)              79 2. Fairfield Warde              68 3. Immaculate (1)              66 4. Avon                                  57 5. Simsbury                         43 6. St. Joseph                        39 7. Ridgefield                        25 8. Guilford                           18 9. Mercy                               15 10. Staples                            9 Others […]

Boys soccer: Final 2014 state coaches polls

Final Class LL-L First-place votes in parenthesis Team Record Points LW 1. Glastonbury (14) 15-5-2 140 NR 2. Farmington 17-4-1 120 2 3. Avon 16-1-4 110 5 4. Danbury 14-4-3 80 NR 5. Branford 13-6-3 75 NR 6. Fairfield Ludlowe 16-1-3 47 1 7. Suffield 16-1-1 43 3 8. Darien 14-5-2 38 NR 9. Grenwich […]

Concussions: head injuries happen in more sports than football

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Megan Smith of Law, left, and Milani Gray of Foran fight for the ball during the first half of  girls soccer at  Law High  School  Wednesday. Law won 2-0.

Football has been hit by the concussion concern harder than any other sport. A study released last year by the National Academy of Sciences found that concussion rates in high school football were significantly higher than that of any other high school sport. But what about those other sports? As reported by athletic trainers, the […]

Football: How the state’s top 10 teams fared Friday

Team                              This Week                    Next Game 1. Southington (6-0)   Def. Conard 41-6        Nov. 1 vs. Newington, 1 p.m. 2. Darien (7-0)             Def. Ridgefield 50-23   Friday at Wilton, 6 p.m. 3. New Canaan (6-0)    Def. Staples 35-2        Nov. 1 at St. Joseph, 1:30 p.m. 4. Newtown (7-0)        Def. Brookfield 21-14   Friday […]

Boys soccer: E.O. Smith coach John Blomstrann wins 500th game


E.O. Smith boys soccer coach John Blomstrann became the first soccer coach, boys or girls, in state history to achieve 500 victories. Blomstrann did so on Monday, as Matt Conyers of the Hartford Courant covered the milestone win by E.O. Smith, 4-1 over Rockville. E.O. Smith reached the Class LL state tournament final in his […]

State’s longest winning streaks by sport

The following are confirmed state records for winning streaks. There are other streaks we are trying to confirm. Feel free to add win streaks for sports that are not listed in the comments section and we will work to confirm. Football: 49, Cheshire (1991-96) Boys basketball: 80, Middletown (1975-78). Girls basketball: 62, Seymour (1996-99) and […]

Game-by-game comparison of Cheshire, Ansonia football win streaks

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CHESHIRE 1991-1996 ANSONIA 2011-2014 1991 – Housy 2011 No. 1: North Haven 35-0 No. 1: Torrington, 49-20 No. 2: Woodland, 36-6 1992 No. 3: Derby, 59-19 No. 2: Sheehan 34-27 No. 4: Holy Cross, 45-13 No. 3: Seymour 41-14 No. 5: Seymour, 41-6 No. 4: Derby 15-6 No. 6: Watertown, 51-14 No. 5: Amity 41-6 […]

The 2014 Connecticut High School Football record book is here

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Connecticut high school football saw quite a few state records fall last season. Ansonia’s Arkeel Newsome became the state’s all-time leading rusher and then went on to become the state’s first 10,000-yard rusher. He also set the state’s single-season rushing record and scored the most touchdowns in a season. Tanner Kingsley of Woodland broke Casey […]

Football 2014: Becoming educated about concussions now the norm

As concussion awareness has become the norm in high school football, so have preventative measures like guardian caps worn on players' helmets during practices. (Photo Peter Paguaga)

The concussion concern has sacked the game of football at every level from Pop Warner to the NFL, forcing change across the board. With the state’s high school football season set to kick off this week, here is a look at some of the steps taken to make the game safer. For starters, a Connecticut […]

CIAC launches concussion education website

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Parents, coaches and athletes can get information about the new state concussion education law and the CIAC’s policies on concussion awareness at a new website launched Wednesday. The CIAC’s provieds in-depth tools and resources to help athletes learn about the causes, diagnosis and treatments for concussions. The site has links explaining the Concussion new education state […]

Connecticut Boys Basketball Career Coaching Wins Leaders

State’s all-time winningest coaches (through Feb. 13, 2015). X-indicates coach still active. Vito Montelli St. Joseph 878 Charlie Bentley Harding 655 x-Nick Augelli Crosby 614 Tony Falzarano Putnam, Tourtellotte 609 x-Mike Walsh Trinity Catholic 583 x-Ed Generali Sacred Heart, Holy Cross 555 Gene Reilly Portland 547 Frank Crisafi East Haven 535 Joe Reilly South Catholic, […]