North Central Connecticut Conference

The North Central Connecticut Conference encompasses schools in a large geographic area in the northern central portion of the state, reaching north to the Massachusetts border. Thirteen schools make up the membership in the organization, which claimed eight CIAC State Championships in the 2011-12 academic year, including three in soccer and a pair in cross country.

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 […]

GameTimeCT / Register Preseason Top 10 Hockey Poll: Fairfield Prep is No. 1

Fairfield Prep celebrates their 2-1 win in overtime against Darien in the CIAC Division I Final at Ingalls Rink in New Haven on 3/22/2014.

The 2014-15 Register/GameTimeCT Top 10 hockey poll compiled by Dan Nowak. Team (Record)(First-place votes)………………………………..Points………Last 1. Fairfield  Prep (16-4-3) (11)…………………………………….136……1 Final result last season: Defeated Darien 2-1 (OT) in CIAC Division I state championship. Bottom line: Two-time defending CIAC D-I champ Prep has the talent for another strong postseason run . 2. Notre Dame-Fairfield  (18-5-1) (2)…………………………..111……3 Final result last […]

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 […]

Indoor Track and Field: Top 20 athletes to watch this season

The Indoor Track and Field season is officially underway with practices. Register file photo

TOP 10 GIRLS Danae Rivers, Cross, middle distance: Last winter set the 1,600 record at the State Open (4:52.29), ran on the sprint medley relay for Cross that placed second in the nation. At nationals ran 4:48.59 in the mile for fourth place. Hannah DeBalsi, Staples, distance: Returns as the best distance runner in the […]

Last hurrah for field hockey today: Junior Select and Senior Select All-Star games at Cheshire High

(Peter Hvizdak - New Haven Register) Erin Mammele of Hand battles for the ball.

The 2014 Connecticut high school field hockey season has one last hurrah today as the annual CHSCA Junior Select and Senior Select All-Star games will be held at Cheshire High. The Junior Select All-Star game will be held at 5 p.m. followed by the Senior Select All-Star game at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 for […]

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 L boys soccer: Branford, Avon play to 1-1 tie, share state championship

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MIDDLETOWN >> The Branford boys soccer team entered unchartered territory in the Class L state tournament on Saturday afternoon. The Hornets were trailing. Avon’s Riley Strassner broke a scoreless tie in the second half and Branford faced its first deficit of the tournament. But Aaron Radulski scored the equalizer exactly 7 minutes later. Branford never […]

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 […]

Class M Girls Volleyball: Granby beats St. Joseph, captures first state title

Granby celebrates in front of its fans after a 3-0 victory in the Class M state final. This is the Bears first girls volleyball state title in school history.

GLASTONBURY >> Playing in its first state final in school history, Granby was admittedly a little nervous in the first game of the Class M final against St. Joseph Saturday. “There’s always nerves,” said Bears coach David Sprowson. “But, I think we had a lot of confidence this yeare.” Top-seeded Granby settled in and topped third-seeded […]

Class M boys soccer: Amundarian’s goal lifts Ellington to title over Tolland

MIDDLETOWN >> Ellington’s Eric Amundarain, who scored the only goal of the match, said it best. “I will remember that goal until the day I die,” he said, after the Purple Knights won the CIAC Class M championship before more than 1,000 spectators at Rosek-Skubel Stadium at Middletown High School. The game-winner came with 11:29 […]

Class L girls soccer: Paige Davis scores pair to lead Immaculate to state title over Avon

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WEST HAVEN >> Two of the state’s perennial girls soccer powerhouses met Saturday morning at Ken Strong Stadium maybe not for statewide supremacy, but definitely to be queens of the Class L state division. Avon managed to keep Immaculate off the scoreboard for almost 65 minutes. Then the Mustangs put together a pair of corner-kick […]

Class S Boys Soccer: East Hampton and Somers play to scoreless draw, named co-champions

Somers poses with the Class S trophy after tying with East Hampton on Saturday in New Britain. Derek Turner-GameTimeCT

Eighty minutes was not enough for these two teams and neither was the additional 30 in overtime to try and get a decisive winner. The result was a 0-0 tie between Somers and East Hampton in the Class S boys soccer championship game at Veterans Memorial Stadium in New Britain. For East Hampton it was enough […]

Football: How the state’s top 10 teams fared Friday night

Team                                        This Week                                                       Next Game 1. Southington (8-0)          Saturday at South Windsor, 11 a.m.    Nov. 27 vs. Cheshire, 10 a.m. 2. New Canaan (8-0)          Saturday at Trinity Catholic, 1 p.m.    Nov. 27 […]

CIAC Field Hockey: State championship Game Day capsules

(Peter Hvizdak - New Haven Register) Erin Mammele of Hand battles for the ball.

CIAC FIELD HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP GAMEDAY CLASS S No. 1 LEWIS MILLS vs. No. 3 GRANBY • When: Today, 10 a.m. • Where: Wethersfield High • Records: Lewis Mills 18-0; Granby 16-1-0-1 • Internet: NFHSNetwork.com • Championship game appearances: Granby makes its 20th championship appearances with 13 titles (Class M and S combined). The last title came in 2011 with a 1-0 double-overtime win over Lauralton […]