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

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.
 (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 […]

CIAC Class S field hockey: Lewis Mills beats Granby 3-0 for the championship

Lewis Mills captains celebrate with the Class S State Championship plaque after defeating Granby, 3-0. (Pete Paguaga - Register)

WETHERSFIELD >> The fourth time was the charm for the top-seeded Lewis Mills field hockey team in the Class S state championship game against No. 3 Granby on Saturday at Wethersfield High. Lewis Mills and Granby had met in the final three other times. The Bears won all three — 3-1 in 2009, 3-1 in […]

Lewis Mills, Housatonic eye state titles

Lewis Mills field hockey captains from left: Ali Jackson, Andie Stone, Sadie Robinson and Kelly Winterbottom get ready to take on Granby Memorial today.
(Peter Wallace - Register Citizen)

No matter what happens today in Class S field hockey and girls soccer, the Northwest Corner’s Berkshire League has had a banner season. While Cinderella teams regularly benefit from playing in larger-school leagues, the BL has just three Class M schools among seven others from Class S. Three of its teams – Lewis Mills girls […]

Girls soccer: State championship gameday capsules

Photo by Pete Paguaga
Hailey Davis takes possession during Immaculate's semifinal-round win against Wethersfield.

CLASS LL No. 1 GLASTONBURY (21-1) vs. No. 6 FAIRFIELD WARDE (17-3-3) When: Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Where: West Haven High Internet: NFHSNetwork.com Championship game appearances: Glastonbury is 1-7 in the final, only winning in 2011. Fairfield Warde is making its second appearance. The Mustangs beat Farmington in the 2007 Class L final. What to look […]

Boys soccer: State championship gameday capsules

(Catherine Avalone - New Haven Register)
Aaron Radulski is about to kick away for Branford against Notre Dame-West Haven earlier in the tournament. The Hornets face Avon for the Class L state championship on Saturday.

CLASS LL No. 4 FARMINGTON (17-3-1) vs. No. 15 GLASTONBURY (14-5-2) When: Saturday, 10 a.m. Where: Willowbrook Park, New Britain Internet: NFHSNetwork.com Championship game appearances: Farmington is 11-5. Glastonbury is 6-5-1, earning a co-championship with Ridgefield last season. What to look for: Farmington moved up to Class LL after winning the previous two Class L […]

Girls swimming: Three divers break record at State Open

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Kylie Towbin of New Canaan won the State Open diving competition Thursday night with 521.75 points. She broke the Open record previously held by Katherine Mattison of Darien (486.20, 1997). Rachel Burston (Westhill/Stamford) and Kari Djonne (Newtown) also broke Mattison’s record. at Middletown 1 Kylie Towbin, New Canaan 521.75* 2 Rachel Burston, Westhill/Stam. 515.60* 3 […]

Class M girls soccer: No. 20 East Catholic downs No. 1 Lewis Mills

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WATERBURY >> In a tradition as old as the state tournaments, No. 20 East Catholic’s girls soccer team came from behind to beat No. 1 Lewis Mills 2-1 in overtime Wednesday night in a Class M semifinal game at Waterbury’s Municipal Stadium. “We play all LL and L schools,” said Eagles coach Liz Palmer. “We’re […]

CIAC field hockey tournament pairings, schedule, results

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CLASS L QUALIFYING ROUND Monday, Nov. 3 Fairfield Warde 4, Trumbull 0 Hamden 6, Amity 2 Newington 1, Norwich Free Academy 0 Newtown 2, Southington 0 Norwalk 3, Greenwich 2 (OT) South Windsor 5, Danbury 1 FIRST ROUND, Nov. 5 Cheshire 2, South Windsor 0 Conard 3, Fairfield Warde 0 Darien 4, Westhill 0 Glastonbury […]

CIAC girls volleyball tournament pairings, results, schedule

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CLASS LL FIRST ROUND Monday, Nov. 3 Conard 3, New Milford 0 (25-18, 27-25, 26-24) Danbury 3, Fairfield Warde 0 (25-16, 25-20, 26-24) Glastonbury 3, Norwich Free Academy 0 (25-16, 28-26, 25-17) Greenwich 3, Brien McMahon 1 (25-27, 25-19, 25-22, 25-16) Hall 3, West Haven 0 (26-24, 27-25, 25-22) Newtown 3, Hamden 0 (25-15, 25-22, […]

Class S girls soccer: No. 3 Housatonic advances to final

Housatonic players celebrate following Lauren Gilderdale 's (39) goal on Tuesday.
(Marianne Killackey - Special to Register Citizen)

WATERBURY >> Housatonic’s girls soccer team earned a trip to the school’s first state championship game in any sport with a 3-2 win over Oxford Tuesday evening at Waterbury’s Municipal Stadium. Housy, the Class S No. 3 seed (16-3), had a 20-12 shot advantage over the No. 2 Wolverines (15-4), but no lead was safe […]

Class M girls soccer: Ailene Berry’s OT goal sends Lewis Mills past Bethel, into semifinals

BURLINGTON >> Lewis Mills’ girls soccer team starred in a 3-2 overtime soap opera win against Bethel in Saturday night’s Class M CIAC Quarterfinal at Nassahegan Field. Every emotion in the book marched across the field, from shock to frustration, hope to elation and, finally, joy, in what Mills coach Dennis Fowler called the best […]