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

2013-2014 Litchfield County Area MVPs

The 2013 Fall MVPs: (from left) Jon Pirla, Bailey Pace, Sabrina Olsen, Tony Ortiz, Shane Bierfeldt, Abby Hurlbert, Kiley Rosengrant.
Illustration by Pete Paguaga

Register Citizen 2013-2014 All-Area MVPs Fall 2013 Football: Tony Ortiz, Gilbert/Northwestern Boys soccer: Shane Bierfeldt, Torrington Girls soccer: Bailey Pace, Lewis Mills Field hockey: Abby Hurlbert, Thomaston Girls volleyball: Kiley Rosengrant, Torrington Boys Cross Country: Jon Pirla, Torrington Girls Cross Country: Sabrina Olsen, Thomaston Winter 2013-2014 Boys basketball: Jacob Johnson, Terryville Girls basketball: Abby Hurlbert, […]

2014 Litchfield County Female Athlete of the Year, Thomaston’s Abby Hurlbert

Thomaston's Abby Hurlbert starred on the field hockey, girls basketball and softball teams for the Golden Bears. Sean Meenaghan - Register Citizen

Thomaston, the Northwest Corner’s State Championship town… where, this year, no one is more identified with that status than Abby Hurlbert. “When we needed a big hit or a big play, Abby was always in the center of it,” said softball co-coach Kelly Finlay in a statement that echoes through Hurlbert’s two other sports – […]

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

(Mara Lavitt — New Haven Register) 
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 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 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 […]

Litchfield County Area Golf MVP: Griffin Ylagan, Shepaug

Litchfield County All-Area golf MVP, Griffin Ylagan, Shepaug

Golf enthusiasts tout their sport as a sport to grow old with. Shepaug junior Griffin Ylagan proves it can go the other way as well. Ylagan started playing when he was four. “My family belongs to the Waterbury Country Club. My Dad (Victor) would take me there,” he said. Ylagan averages three rounds a week […]

Litchfield County Area Girls Lacrosse MVP: Heather Kearns, Housatonic

Litchfield County girls lacrosse MVP, Housatonic's Heather Kearns

One of the most impressive things to know about Housatonic graduate Heather Kearns as an athlete is that she started playing lacrosse as a freshman and improved enough in four years to be talking with the Southern Connecticut State University coach about playing at the Division II college level. She was All- League in the […]

2014 Litchfield County All-Area Girls Lacrosse team

Heather Kearns Area-MVP Housatonic Sr. Midfielder Stats: She scored 50 goals and added 10 assists. Honors: All-League, All-State in girls basketball and member of the girls basketball All-Area team College: Trying to play basketball or lacrosse at Southern Connecticut State University Tessa McNaboe Lewis Mills Jr. Attack Stats: She scored 76 goals and had 24 assists for […]

Litchfield County Area Boys Lacrosse MVP: David Borovsky, Lewis Mills

Lewis Mills' David Borovsky scored 85 goals this season for the Spartans. Pete Paguaga - Register Citizen

The Lewis Mills lacrosse program is relatively new, starting in 2005, but when David Borovsky left the Watkinson School in West Hartford two years ago, he reunited with some of his former youth teammates and helped the Spartans program reach the next level. “It was great, a lot of the kids we played youth together,” […]

2014 Litchfield County All-Area Boys Lacrosse team

David Borovsky Area-MVP Lewis Mills Sr. Attack Stats: He scored 85 goals and added 24 assists for 109 points. Honors: WCLC MVP and All-WCLC. College: He will play lacrosse at Eastern Connecticut State University Andrew Shepard Wamogo Jr. Attack Stats: He scored 52 goals and added 25 assists for 102 points. He is also the […]

2014 Litchfield County All-Area Girls Tennis

MacKenzie Blair Area-MVP Thomaston Sr. Stats: Won the Berkshire League championship, the first in school history, went 13-3 during the regular season and 15-4 overall, helped lead Thomaston to its best season in school history, where they reached the Class S semifinals and won Berkshire League team championship. She also won her first match in […]

The 2014 Connecticut high school football divisions are here!

Southington celebrates its 2013 Class LL championship. (Mara Lavitt - New Haven Register)

[Randomly goes to CIACsports.com's football page... oh, hey... HEY!] A week ago, the CIAC released its playoff packets for the 2014 fall seasons. It was met with practically no fanfare, mostly because we didn’t notice it. Now we’ve noticed and now I feel like Steve Martin in ‘The Jerk.” (For you young’uns, a ‘Phone-book’ was […]

Litchfield County Area Boys Tennis MVP: Aaron Pezzullo, Nonnewaug

Litchfield County's boys tennis MVP, Nonnewaug's Aaron Pezzullo.
Pete Paguaga - Register Citizen

School year doesn’t figure into area sports MVP selections. A great performance is a great performance, no matter what age the athlete. Nevertheless, older athletes often prevail, thanks to experience, growth and maturity – and, sometimes, even a nod to seniority. Aaron Pezzullo proves our rule: a great performance is a great performance. He was […]

2014 Litchfield County All-Area Boys Tennis

Aaron Pezzullo Area-MVP Nonnewaug, Fr. Stats: Won the Berkshire League tournament, went 17-1 during the regular season and reached the quarterfinals at the Class S state tournament. Honors: Berkshire League All-Star. Jonathan Miller Housatonic, Soph. Stats: Finished in second place in the Berkshire League, 15-1 in the regular season and 20-3 including the Berkshire League […]

Litchfield County Area Girls Track MVP: Sabrina Olsen, Thomaston

Thomaston's Sabrina Olsen capped off her senior season with the State Championship in the steeplechase, her third straight state title in that event.
Pete Paguaga - Register Citizen

In a sport that regularly turns out prime examples of heart and fortitude – long distance running – Sabrina Olsen stands out among the champions because she genuinely enjoys running, seemingly, the longer the better. Witness her comments after her third straight state steeplechase championship earlier this month. “The steeplechase is my favorite event in […]

2014 Litchfield County All-Area Girls Track and Field

Sabrina Olsen Area-MVP Thomaston, Sr. Stats: Won the Class S state championship in the 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs, won the State Open in the steeplechase for the third year in a row, won the Berkshire League championship in the 4 X 800 relay, 800, 1,600, 3,200 and the steeplechase and she qualified for the […]