2014 New Haven County Area Girls Soccer MVP: Julia Carr, Guilford

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2014 All-Area Girls Soccer MVP: Julia Carr, Guilford.

The Guilford girls soccer team fought back from a two-goal deficit to tie Avon in the Class L state tournament quarterfinals last month. The defending champions were alive and well and seemingly headed for overtime – except for one last shot from Avon, a long-distance shot with 1 second left in regulation. “The whole time, […]

2014 New Haven County All-Area Girls Soccer Team

Julia Carr – MVP Guilford, Sr., F-M Stats: Finished with 20 goals and 15 assists to lead Guilford to a second straight SCC tournament title. Honors: Two-time All-Area and All-SCC Hammonasset Division selection. Also a All-New England pick, SCC Tournament MVP and chosen to play in the Senior Bowl. Off the field: Member of the […]

2014 New Haven County Girls Volleyball MVP: Jillian Haberli, Cheshire

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2014 New Haven County girls volleyball MVP: Jillian Haberli, Cheshire.

Cheshire’s Jillian Haberli led her team to a tough 3-2 victory over Amity in the Class LL semifinals this season. The senior outside hitter contributed 18 kills, 15 digs and showed some of her teachers who came to watch the game a different side of her. “They were like, ‘Oh my God, the intensity you […]

2014 New Haven County All-Area Girls Volleyball Team

Jillian Haberli – MVP Cheshire, Sr., outside hitter Stats: She had 253 kills, 177 digs, 64 aces and 11 blocks. Honors: All-SCC, CHSCA All-Stateand Senior All-Star selection. Off the court: Link Crew and National Honor society member. Sue Bavone – Coach of the Year Cheshire Stats: Led Rams to another Southern Connecticut Conference championship and […]

2014 New Haven Register all-area boys soccer team

Salah Oumorou – MVP West Haven, So., F Stats: Finished with 23 goals and four assists in his first year with the program to lead the Westies to a second-place finish in the SCC Quinnipiac Division. Honors: All-SCC Quinnipiac Division selection. Off the field: Native of Togo in Africa. Paul Hunter – Coach of the […]

Girls cross country: 2014 New Haven Register All-Area Team

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Mackenzie Pias – MVP Mercy junior Stats: The junior helped guide Mercy to a second consecutive SCC title this past fall and a runner-up finish at the Class L meet. Pias won the SCC individual title in a course-record time (18:32), finished second at state meet, seventh at State Open (19:05) and 14th at New […]

Girls soccer: Hamden Hall riding eight-game winning streak

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Hamden Hall's Bianca Tomassini, a Register All-Area selection for basketball last season, is a key member of the Hornets' soccer team.

Having a variety of starting lineups for a high school soccer team is certainly not uncommon. Injuries always play a factor and coaches need to make adjustments depending upon the opponent. But to change a lineup every single game during a given season, even during a winning streak? Yes, that has been the case for […]

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.
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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, […]