Berkshire League

The Berkshire League encompasses a region in the northwest portion of Connecticut. The league consists of 10 member schools, the smallest number of the 10 Connecticut leagues, but has produced strong athletics programs throughout its history especially in boys and girls cross country, volleyball, track & field and boys soccer.
League Website: http://www.berkshireleague.org

Friday’s Litchfield County roundup: Tracy leads Terryville past Northwestern

Behind Shea Tracy’s triple-double, the Kangaroos edged Northwestern 66-59. Tracy led the way with 22 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds. Cedric Clift added 14 points while Ian Schmidt scored 12 points. Northwestern’s Zack Tuxbury scored 22 points including four 3-pointers. Rick Persechino had 12 points. Boys basketball Lewis Mills 57, Thomaston 49 >> Despite […]

Tuesday’s Litchfield County roundup: Northwestern girls basketball wins it late

Northwestern girls basketball rallied late to defeat Nonnewaug 30-29. The Highlanders trailed the Chiefs 27-20 early in the fourth quarter but fought back and cut the lead to one when Emma Beltrandi was fouled with under one second to play. Beltrandi hit both free throws to give Northwestern the lead and the win. Kelsi Hodgkin […]

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, […]

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

Photo by Peter Hvizdak/NH Register
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 will be back to defend their title and are No. 1 in the GameTimeCT preseason poll.
 (Mara Lavitt - Register

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 […]

Boys basketball: 2014-15 Litchfield County preseason preview

Lewis Mills' Nate Cook takes a shot during a game last season.
(Pete Paguaga - New Haven Register file photo)

While Torrington and Wolcott Tech struggle in top-heavy leagues, the Berkshire League will have important clashes every day. That’s the outlook for the Litchfield County boys basketball season, beginning Wednesday. Torrington, the area’s only representative in the Naugatuck Valley League, fought the good fight last year. The Red Raiders qualified for the Class L state […]

Boys basketball: 2014-15 Litchfield County preseason capsules

The 2014-15 Litchfield County boys basketball preseason capsules: NVL Torrington Coach: Eric Gamari, 6th year Last year: 12-11, Class L 1st Round Losses: John McCarthy, All-Copper Division G; Desmond Langs, F/C; Mitch Zagrodnik, F/C; Spencer Mourges, F. Returners: Connor Finn, 6-0 jr. G, cpt; Zak Mancini, 5-7 jr. G (injured); Tim Considine, 5-10 sr. G, […]

Girls basketball: Thomaston rolls past Northwestern

Thomaston huddles up during its 60-28 win over Northwestern. (Peter Wallace — Register Citizen)

WINSTED >> Thomaston and Northwestern kicked off their snow-delayed girls basketball seasons with easy wins Friday, then came to Northwestern for the first-of-many showdowns in the Berkshire League. Instead, it was a trip to the woodshed for Northwestern in a 60-28 Thomaston rout that rolled up a 23-3 Bears lead at the end of the […]

Friday’s Litchfield County roundup: Northwestern girls win season opener

Northwestern girls basketball got out to an early lead against Litchfield and defeated the Cowgirls 43-23. The Highlanders went into half time up 22-5. Northwestern’s Emma Beltrandi led the way with 21 points. Kaelin Hester had 10 points in the victory. Litchfield’s Elena Kennedy scored a team-high 10 points with seven blocks. Emily Dragan had […]

Girls basketball: 2014-15 Litchfield County preseason preview

Thomaston's Morgan Sanson goes up for a layup during a game last season.
(Pete Paguaga - Register file photo)

With a defending state champion in its midst, area girls basketball looks better than ever this year. Thomaston took off to the Class S state championship last year after a three-way tie with Nonnewaug and Lewis Mills in the Berkshire League’s regular season and a third straight BL Tournament title. Torrington’s Red Raiders surprised people […]

Girls basketball: 2014-15 Litchfield County preseason capsules

The 2014-15 Litchfield County girls basketball preseason capsules: NVL Torrington Coach: Mike Fritch, 22nd year Last year: 16-7, Class L 1st round Losses: Caroline Teti, 5-5 All-Copper Division PG; Mika Howard, 5-6 G/F; Olivia Morrison, 5-7 F; Joann Duman, 5-5 G. Returners: Paige Middleton, 5-6 sr. G; Brittany Anderson, 5-7 sr. F; Mia Barbieri, 5-10 […]

Litchfield County Thanksgiving Day football previews (and pick the winners)

Torrington's Nick Paniati breaks a tackle on his way to a 73-yard reception. Pete Paguaga - New Haven Register

Here’s the complete run-down on all of the Greater New Haven area Thanksgiving Eve and Thanksgiving Morning high school football games. Same as before. Just scroll through, read through the previews and pick the winners. (Most of the statistics provided are via teams on Maxpreps.com, many teams do not provide statistics.) And for a complete schedule […]

Field Hockey: 2014 All-Berkshire League selections

2014 All-Berkshire League field hockey team. First row, left to right: Jessie Allendorf, Wamogo; Alex Esandrio, Wamogo; Anna Drakeley, Nonnewaug; Kelley O’Keefe, Nonnewaug; Claire Scherf, Nonnewaug; Andie Stone, Lewis Mills; Sadie Robinson, Lewis Mills; Ally Jackson, Lewis Mills.
Second row, left to right: Maribeth Seeger, Shepaug; Kelsey Johnson, Shepaug; Molly Mercier, Shepaug; Morgan Sanson, Thomaston; Gabrielle Hurlbert, Thomaston; Emma Beltrandi, Northwestern. (Marianne Killackey - Special to the Register Citizen)

All-Berkshire League field hockey team: Jessie Allendorf, Wamogo Alex Esandrio, Wamogo Anna Drakeley, Nonnewaug Kelley O’Keefe, Nonnewaug Claire Scherf, Nonnewaug Andie Stone, Lewis Mills Sadie Robinson, Lewis Mills Ally Jackson, Lewis Mills Maribeth Seeger, Shepaug Kelsey Johnson, Shepaug Molly Mercier, Shepaug Morgan Sanson, Thomaston Gabrielle Hurlbert, Thomaston Emma Beltrandi, Northwestern.

Girls soccer: 2014 All-Berkshire League selections

The 2014 All-Berkshire League girls soccer team. Kneeling, left to right: Christina Sordi, Nonnewaug; Brynn Lawlor, Nonnewaug; Kaitlyn solak, Northwestern; Jenna Covello, Terryville. Standing, left to right: Maddie Murdick, Lewis Mills; Ailene Berry, Lewis Mills; Lauren Segalla, Housatonic; Amanda Jaquier, Housatonic; Madeline Horosky, Housatonic. (Marianne Killackey - Special to the Register Citizen)

All-Berkshire League girls soccer team Christina Sordi, Nonnewaug Brynn Lawlor, Nonnewaug Kaitlyn Solak, Northwestern Jenna Covello, Terryville Maddie Murdick, Lewis Mills Ailene Berry, Lewis Mills Lauren Segalla, Housatonic Amanda Jaquier, Housatonic Madeline Horosky, Housatonic.

Boys soccer: 2014 All-Berkshire League selections

The 2014 All-Berkshire League boys soccer team. Kneeling, left to right: Alex Pearson, Lewis Mills; Connor Angers, Lewis Mills; Freddy Marinelli, Lewis Mills; Kyle Baron, Lewis Mills; Jimmy Wilcox, Lewis Mills; Austin Stoeke, Gilbert.
Standing, left to right: Jack Kingdon, Nonnewaug; Sam Kaelin, Nonnewaug; Ardit Coma, Thomaston; Christian Royer, Northwestern; Nick Ganio, Litchfield; Brandon Hookstadt, Litchfield. (Marianne Killackey - Special to the Register Citizen)

All-Berkshire League boys soccer team Alex Pearson, Lewis Mills Connor Angers, Lewis Mills Freddy Marinelli, Lewis Mills Kyle Baron, Lewis Mills Jimmy Wilcox, Lewis Mills Austin Stoeke, Gilbert. Jack Kingdon, Nonnewaug Sam Kaelin, Nonnewaug Ardit Coma, Thomaston Christian Royer, Northwestern Nick Ganio, Litchfield Brandon Hookstadt, Litchfield.  

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 basketball: Sacred Heart to remain in Class S division for 2014-15

Sacred Heart's boys basketball players celebrate their Class S championship last March. The Hearts will be back to defend their title and are No. 1 in the GameTimeCT preseason poll.
 (Mara Lavitt - Register

Preseason boys basketball doesn’t begin until Dec. 1, but we can still get you in hoop mode now that the fall season has come to a close – other than football. Monday (Nov. 17) was the last day teams can petition to “play up.” Teams can petition to play up in Class LL only. One […]

Class S girls soccer: Portland edges Housatonic Regional in OT thriller to win title

Housatonic Regional sophomore Lauren Segalla (13) and Portland junior AnnaRose Zampano battle for the ball in Saturday's Class S state championship game. (Jimmy Zanor - Middletown Press)

WATERBURY >> The Portland girls soccer team’s days of sharing the Class S championship trophy are over. Highlanders sophomore forward Mikayla Stefanski scored the winning goal during a mad scramble after a Kayla Hardesty corner kick in the 105th minute and No. 29 Portland capped an amazing state tournament run with a thrilling 2-1 double-overtime […]