2007 Register All-State baseball team has truly distinguished itself

Major Leaguers, from left,  Curtis Casali (Tampa Bay), Mike Olt (Texas) and Matt Harvey (New York Mets) when they were 2007 Register All-State baseball selections.

What if we told you that a 2007 All-State baseball team would produce seven players who would be major league draft picks (two first-rounders), including the National League’s 2013 starting All-Star pitcher, the NL’s 2014 leader in home runs among rookies, one of 2014’s hottest rookie pitchers who’s currently boasting a miniscule 2.21 ERA and […]

2014 NH Register / GameTimeCT Second, Third and Honorable Mention Baseball Teams

Second Team Mike Davis Newtown Sr. P Buddy DeWaine Montville Jr. P/IF Sebastian DiMauro Amity Sr. OF/RP Mike Esposito Waterford Sr. P/3B Nick Fusco Amity Sr. P Noah Hahn Avon Sr. P Laurence Hill Xavier Sr. IF Kevin Johnson Law Sr. P Dan Rajkowski New Canaan Sr. P Asher Lee Tyson Weston Sr. SS/P Jake […]

2014 New Haven Register / GameTimeCT Baseball All-State Team

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NH Register / GameTimeCT State Baseball Player of the Year: Zach Risedorf, Northwestern.

Zach Risedorf Northwestern, Sr., C Stats: Batted .495, 40 stolen bases, 38 hits, 19 RBIs and six home runs. Honors: Coaches Award and CHSCA All-State selection. Up next: Is already playing in the San Diego Padres organization. The Padres drafted Risedorf in the sixth round of the Major League Baseball Draft. Lou Kessler Notre Dame-West […]

2014 NH Register / GameTimeCT Baseball State Player of the Year: Zach Risedorf, Northwestern

Northwestern's Zach Risedorf (right) has decided to sign with the San Diego Padres.

Northwestern’s Zach Risedorf went through his senior season knowing he could be drafted. His teammates knew that as well, and jokingly called him “Big League.” Now his teammates, and the rest of Connecticut, can call him something else: The Register State Player of the Year. The senior catcher was eventually drafted 177th overall by the […]

2014 New Haven County All-Area Boys Volleyball MVP: Ted Li, Cheshire

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Ted Li’s versatility played a key role in the success of the Cheshire boys volleyball team these last four years. This year’s Register Area MVP helped guide the Rams to a pair of state titles and four straight Southern Connecticut Conference championships. He made a seamless transition from hitter to setter his senior year, polishing […]

2014 New Haven County All-Area Boys Volleyball Team

Ted Li – MVP Cheshire, senior, setter Stats: Had 221 kills, 51 blocks, 26 digs and 23 aces for the Rams, who won the Southern Connecticut Conference tournament championship and advanced to the Class L state tournament quarterfinals. Honors: An All-SCC and Class L coaches all-state selection. Off the court: All-SCC Academic Team selection. Up […]

2014 New Haven County All-Area Baseball Team

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NH County Area Baseball MVP: John Amendola, Notre Dame-West Haven.

John Amendola Notre Dame-West Haven, Sr., P Stats: Went 10-3 with four saves, a 0.77 earned run average, 65 strikeouts and just 10 walks in 84 innings pitched. Honors: All-SCC Quinnipiac Division and NHR All-State selection, as well as the team MVP. Off the field: Member of both the Spanish Honor Society and the Spanish […]

2014 NH County All-Area Baseball MVP: John Amendola, Notre Dame-West Haven

Notre Dame's John Amendola is one of the best pitchers in the state and can that will be on display this tournament.
Photo by Peter Casolino

After having his All-Area and All-State photos taken, Notre Dame-West Haven’s John Amendola walked out of the Register studio sporting a smile. The season was officially over. “I have a couple vacations this summer,” Amendola said. “I’m going to take it easy.” Taking it easy is usually not the Amendola way. The senior posted a […]

2014 NH Register / GameTimeCT State Player of the Year: Kendra Friedt, Southington

Kendra Friedt throws a pitch for the back-to-back Class LL champion Southington softball team in the final. (Photo Mara Lavitt)

Projected to be one of the state’s top pitchers this season, Southington’s Kendra Friedt certainly lived up to the expectations. The hard-throwing junior did not lose a game, leading the Blue Knights to the Class LL state championship, the program’s second straight and 16th overall, for the state’s most storied program. Friedt, the 2014 Register […]

2014 GameTimeCT 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention Softball All-State Teams

First Team Second Team Olivia Banulski, Bristol Central, Sr., CF – Batted .538 with 31 runs, 16 RBIs and 12 extra base hits. Emily DeVito, Norwich Free Academy, Sr., C – Led Wildcats to ECC tournament championship. Will play at Long Island University-Post. Kirsten Drobiak, Griswold, Sr., P – Went 16-6 and also batted .566 […]

2014 NH County All-Area Girls Lacrosse MVP: Lauren Cole, Hand

Hand's Lauren Cole takes a shot a goal during a game vs. Cheshire in April. (Peter Casolino-New Haven Register)

Hand junior Lauren Cole has developed into one of the best all-around lacrosse players in the area, contributing and dominating in every phase of the game. But she is the first to admit her success didn’t come easy. “I’m always working hard in the offseason to get better and help my team,” said Cole, who […]

2014 New Haven County All-Area Girls Lacrosse Team

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NH County Area Girls Lacrosse MVP: Lauren Cole, Hand.
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Lauren Cole – MVP Hand, Jr., Attack Stats: Set the school’s single-season record for goals scored with 105. Also had 25 assists, 70 ground balls and 51 draw controls. Honors: Two-time All-Area, first team All-SCC and all-state pick and was the SCC Player of the Year. Off the field: National Honor Society, Peer Advocate, middle […]

2014 NH County All-Area Boys Lacrosse MVP: Joe Choiniere, Amity

Amity's Joe Choiniere vs. McMahon in the Class LL state playoffs (Photo Russ McCreven)

Winning championships and titles many times doesn’t define a team’s success and senior Joe Choiniere, a midfielder on the Amity boys lacrosse team, certainly puts that in perspective. The Spartans didn’t win the Southern Connecticut Conference championship, losing to eventual champion Fairfield Prep in the semifinals. The Spartans didn’t win the CIAC Class M championship, […]

2014 NH County Area Outdoor Track MVP: Christian Alvarado, Fairfield Prep

Fairfield Prep's Chris Alvarado (Photo Arnold Gold, Register)

June 15 was four years in the making for Fairfield Prep’s Christian Alvarado. The Jesuit senior’s path to his final high school race involved a backstory that featured a lot of winning and some stunning losses and failure. But the end result, his first national title and finally claiming the elusive All-American status, was worth […]

2014 New Haven County All-Area Boys Outdoor Track Team

(Peter Casolino-New Haven Register) 2014  New Haven County Area Boys Outdoor Track MVP: Christian Alvrado, Fairfield Prep pcasolino@newhavenregister.com

Christian Alvarado — MVP Fairfield Prep, senior, distance Stats: Won the Loucks Games mile title, captured the Danbury Dream 800 crown, won the 1,600 and 3,200 at the SCC Western Sectionals, SCC Championships, Class LL and State Open. Won the New Balance National mile title in a personal-record time of 4:06.88. Honors: All-SCC, SCC MVP, […]

2014 Litchfield County All-Area Boys Volleyball Team

Tyler Kackowski Area-MVP Wolcott Tech Sr. Outside hitter Stats: He had 319 kills, 305 digs, 43 aces, 32 assists and 30 digs on his way to amassing 1,000 career kills. Honors: All-State and senior all-star. Alexander Daigle Lewis Mills Sr. Middle hitter Stats: He had 136 kills, 96 digs, 33 blocks, 13 aces. Honors: Scholar […]

2014 New Haven County All-Area Girls Outdoor Track Team

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2014 NH County Area Girls Track MVP: Danae Rivers,  Wilbur Cross.

Danae Rivers – MVP Wilbur Cross, sophomore, middle distance runner Stats: Won the Loucks Games mile. Captured the 800 and 1,600 at SCC Championships, Class MM and State Open. Set an Open record in 1,600 of 4:47.45. Ran anchor of winning Open 4×400 relay. Won the New England Championships in 1,600, finished second in 800. […]

2014 NH County Area Girls Track MVP: Danae Rivers, Wilbur Cross

Danae Rivers of Wilbur Cross won the Gatorade Girls' Track and Field Athlete of the Year. Photo by Melanie Stengel/Register

In a sport where sometimes the individual achievements can outshine the team performance, Wilbur Cross’ Danae Rivers knew how to balance both to perfection. The sophomore middle distance runner went undefeated in the state of Connecticut in the 800 and 1,600 meter events, but the wins, as she said, are never guaranteed. The focus for […]

2014 Litchfield County All-Area Golf Team

Griffin Ylagan Area-MVP Shepaug, Jr. Stats: Averaged a score of 40 this season, tied for first in the league overall, tied for the number one overall player in the Berkshire League, shot a 78 at the Berkshire Tournament to finish in second place. Honors: Berkshire League All-Star. Joe D’Andrea Litchfield, Jr. Stats: Finished in fourth […]

2014 NH County Area Girls Tennis MVP: Emily Migliorini, North Haven

2014 Register All-Area MVP: Emily Migliorini, North Haven (Photo Mara Lavitt, Register)

It turned out to be a pretty special week for the Migliorini family at last month’s Wint Filipek Sr. Memorial Tennis Tournament. Alyssa Migliorini won the women’s B singles final, Emily Migliorini won the girls high school title and Julia Migliorini won the girls junior championship. Their father, Bob Migliorini, fell just short, losing in […]