Eastern Connecticut Conference

The Eastern Connecticut Conference began operation in the 1934-35 academic year. The ECC is currently an 18-school league featuring competition in 23 sports programs. A board of directors governs the operations for the league which encompasses a large geographic area in the eastern side of the state.
League Website: www.eccathletics.org

Football: Notre Dame-Fairfield’s Boynton, Waterford’s Ellis resign

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Notre Dame-Fairfield football coach Ted Boynton and Waterford’s Mike Ellis both resigned Wednesday. Boynton, a teacher at Law, was head coach at Notre Dame for two seasons and was 2-20, including a 1-10 mark this year. His only victory was a 34-27 win over Crosby during the SWC-NVL Challenge in Week 6. He also had […]

Boys basketball 2014-15: Top 25 CIAC Players

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Career forward Justin Campbell during a preseason scrimmage against St. Joseph.

*CIAC players only Marcus Blackwell, 6-3, Bridgeport Central, Sr., G: One of the holdovers as the Hilltoppers try to make it back-to-back Class LL state championships. DeAnte Bruton, 5-9, Ledyard, Sr., G: Will be the catalyst if the Colonels want to go deep in the Class LL state tournament. Justin Campbell, 6-5, Career, Sr., F: […]

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

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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.
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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: Other New Haven County area capsules

(Arnold Gold — New Haven Register)  Terrence Rountree (left) of Hamden Hall defends against Kofi Adjepong of Hopkins last season.

SWC BUNNELL COACH: Pat Yerina LAST YEAR: 21-6 (12-2) TOP PLAYERS: Ryan Pittman, 5-11, Sr. capt., G; (16.7 ppg., 4.3 apg.); Aaron Samuel, 6-3, Sr. capt., F; Donte Peeler, 6-3, Sr., F; Quadry Bines, 5-9, Sr., G; Nick Giannoni, 6-2, Jr., G OUTLOOK: Bunnell has had a great two-year run with back-to-back SWC titles and […]

Hockey 2014-15: The Top 25 Hockey Players To Watch

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Ryan Deering of Fairfield Prep, left, watches Notre Dame goalie Wade Conlan block a shot in a game last season at the Wonderland of Ice in Bridgeport.

Justin Blanchette, F, Jr., Fairfield Prep: While Ryan Deering is expected to be the Jesuits’ playmaker this season Blanchette is expected to be the team’s primary goal scorer.  Sather said he has an excellent release and a nose for the net. Ryan Brand, Sr., D, Guilford: Brand is a physically strong player who should be […]

Pooch’s Final Top 10 Football Ballot

Here is the ballot I submitted for the FINAL GameTimeCT/Register Top 10 Football Poll of the 2014 season. The Poll will be posted on-line later tonight on GameTimeCT and appear in Tuesday’s print editions of the New Haven Register. 1. Southington 2. New Canaan 3. Darien 4. Windsor 5. St. Joseph 6. Xavier 7. Shelton […]

St. Joseph defense holds off high-powered Ledyard, Hogs repeat as state champions

St. Joseph: Class M-Small champions

NEW BRITAIN >> Ledyard arrived at Veterans Stadium bigger, stronger and wiser than it was a year ago when it lost to St. Joseph in a record-setting quarterfinal shootout. The Colonels averaged over 50 points per game and had vengeance on their minds. But they still weren’t a match for St. Joseph. Instead of an […]

Jamele, No. 1 Southington dominate Norwich Free Academy, win back-to-back titles

Southington celebrates its 49-0 victory over NFA in the Class-LL Large championship (Photo Sean Patrick Bowley)

NEW BRITAIN >> If Southington had anything else to prove, it did so Friday night. The Blue Knights dominated Norwich Free Academy 49-0 to claim the Class LL-Large title, their second consecutive state championship and third overall, at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Saturday. In the third quarter, senior wide receiver Alex Jamele became Connecticut’s all-time receiving […]

Class M-Small Championship Preview: St. Joseph vs. Ledyard

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  Vitals Where/When – Willowbrook Park, New Britain, Saturday, 2 p.m. Seeds/Records – No. 2 St. Joseph 10-2; No. 1 Ledyard 12-0 On the air – NHFS Network | CPTV Sports Live stats – GameTracker Championship history – St. Joseph (11-2): Titles: 2013 (def. Brookfield 54-16); 2010 (def. Ansonia 49-28); 2009 (def. Montville 14-3); 1990 (def. […]

Class LL-Large Championship preview: Southington vs. Norwich Free Academy

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Vitals Where/When – Veterans Stadium, New Britain, Saturday, 6 p.m. Seeds/Records – No. 1 Southington 11-0; No. 2 Norwich Free Academy 8-2 On the Air – NFHS Network | CPTV Sports | WJJF 94.9-FM Live stats – GameTracker Tickets — $10 Players to watch – NFA: QB Jawaun Johnson; RB Khaleed Exum-Strong. Southington: QB Jasen Rose, RB Alession Dianan; WR […]

Behold: All 16 teams featured in CPTV Sports’ CIAC Football Championship Preview Special

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Sixteen teams playing in this weekend’s eight state championship football games braved the cold, howling winds and Biblical rain to reach the Aqua Turf in Southington for the annual CIAC Championship luncheon Tuesday. It was a time to shake hands, tell stories, tell jokes, scarf down copious amounts of catered foodstuffs and have an all-around […]

Football Championship Notebook: Ansonia’s 4th-consecutive title and other milestones at stake

(Standing, left to right) Shelton High School football coach Jeff Roy (left), assistant coach Mark Piccirillo Sr. (sitting) and the team's captains Craig Melvin, Nick Van Slyke, Mark Piccirillo Jr. and Troy Vasilescu are recognized at the CIAC Football Finals Luncheon at the Aqua Turf Club n Southington on 12/9/2014. (Arnold Gold-New Haven Register)

——————– SOUTHINGTON >> Ansonia had one historic streak snapped this season. The Chargers hope to continue another. Ansonia will attempt to become the first team to win four straight state championships since New Canaan (2006-09). The second-seeded Chargers (11-1) face No. 1 Valley Regional/Old Lyme (12-0) in the Class S-Large title game on Saturday at […]

2014 All-Eastern Connecticut Conference football teams

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Large Division FIRST TEAM OFFENSE Center: Connor Heap (New London) Down linemen: Greg Newkirk (New London), T.J. Hillyer (East Lyme), Joseph Quinn Luethy (Fitch), Noah Brown (NFA); Quarterback: Danny Maranda (New London) Wide receivers: Jelani Lucas (New London), Luke Letellier (Fitch); Tight end: Albert Tulli IV (NFA) Backs: Khaleed Exum-Strong (NFA), Mike Morgan (East Lyme) […]

Class S Large football: Ansonia too much for Windham, to play for 4th-straight title

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ANSONIA >> With the rain driving down at Jarvis Stadium, Ansonia running backs Tyler Bailey and Tajik Bagley were well aware they would get plenty of action Saturday afternoon. Bailey and Bagley responded. Combining for 234 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, the dynamic duo helped lead the Chargers to a 35-14 victory over […]

SEMIFINAL SATURDAY: High School Football Playoff Primer and Live Updates

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CIAC STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE Semifinal Preview Capsules / Broadcast Links Follow the live blog below for updates from all the CIAC football semifinals. You can also listen to select radio broadcasts or watch live streams on the NFHS Network (subscription required). Wethersfield-New Canaan is live on TV at CPTV Sports (check local listings). All games begin at […]

Class LL-Large Semifinal Preview Capsules

Southington junior quarterback Jasen Rose winds up to pass while linemen Tyler DiTunno and Matt Steeves fend off Cheshire's Cullen Clairmont during the Apple Valley Classic last week. Southginton, which won the overall Class LL title a year ago, is back to add a second-consecutive title (Photo Peter Paguaga)

No. 4 Glastonbury at No. 1 Southington WHERE/WHEN – Fontana Field, Southington High School, 2 p.m. RECORDS – Glastonbury 8-3, Southington 10-0 PLAYERS TO WATCH – Glastonbury: Keyion Dixon, Jr., QB/CB; Donevin O’Reilly, Sr., RB/DB; Romelle Jack, Sr., RB/FS. Southington: Jasen Rose, Jr., QB; Alex Jamele, Sr., WR/FS; Matt Maxwell, Sr., WR; Alessio Diana, Jr., RB; Vance Upham, So., […]

Class M-Large Semifinal Preview Capsules

Brookfield's Bobby Drysdale (Photo Peter Paguaga)

No. 4 Cheney Tech at No. 1 Berlin  WHERE/WHEN – Sage Park, Berlin, 2 p.m. RECORDS – Cheney Tech 8-3, Berlin 10-1 PLAYERS TO WATCH – Cheney Tech: Rafael Lebron Jr., QB; Travon Holder, Sr., RB/LB; Steven Martinez-Pereyra, Jr., WR/LB; Shawn Grant, Sr., DE; Ramon Gracia, Jr., CB. Berlin: Alec Norton, Sr., QB; Anthony Sisti, Sr., RB; Owen […]

Class M-Small Semifinal Preview Capsules

St. Joseph's Mufasha Abdul Basir (center) celebrates a touchdown run with teammate Kevin Trefz earlier this season (Photo Peter Paguaga)

CIAC FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE No. 4 Wolcott at No. 1 Ledyard WHERE/WHEN — Mignault Field, Ledyard HS, 2 p.m. RECORDS — Wolcott 9-2, Ledyard 11-0 PLAYERS TO WATCH — Wolcott: Sr. QB Vincent Gambino (2,183 yards, 28 TDs, 8 INT); Sr. WR Phil Lebel (50 catches, 692 yards, 13 TD receiving); Sr. WR Jason Pelletier […]

Class S-Large football semifinal preview capsules

Valley Regional/Old Lyme's Chris Jean-Pierre (Photo Catherine Avalone)

No. 4 Bullard-Havens at No. 1 Valley Regional/Old Lyme WHERE/WHEN – Blythe Field, Deep River, 2 p.m. PLAYERS TO WATCH — Bullard Havens Tech: Chris McNamara, Sr., QB; Jose Cotto, Sr., RB; Hakeem Fletcher, Sr., LB; Valley Regional/Old Lyme: Chris Jean-Pierre, Sr., QB; Justin Cheverier, Sr., LB/RB; Evan Smith, Sr., WR/DB. YOU SHOULD KNOW – This is Valley Regional/Old […]