Naugatuck Valley League

The Naugatuck Valley League, centered in Waterbury where five of the 14 schools are located, is wholly made up of 14 schools located in the Naugatuck River Valley. The league expanded from 12 to 14 schools in 2009 and features two divisions of seven teams titled the Brass and Copper Divisions.

Bob Barton: Plenty of things to keep an eye on this high school football season

Hand's Scott Sweitzer (left) pursues Alex LaPolice (right) of New Canaan during the season opening, SCC/FCIAC Challenge game last year. The two Connecticut heavyweight programs face off at the Surf Club this season. (Arnold Gold - New Haven Register)

Every year, as the euonymus bushes along Route 8 turn crimson and summer fades toward fall, a question bugs me: Is it time to hang up the clipboard and quit football? Face it: I covered my first Connecticut high school game for the Register in 1957. I’ve charted games in at least 75 venues – […]

NVL Football 2014: Oxford preview

Owen Diaz (right) is expected to start at quarterback for Oxford this season. (Photo Peter Paguaga)

Vitals Coach: Joe Stochmal (8th year, 27-35) Conference: NVL Iron Division Playoff Class: S (312 boys enrollment) Home: Wolverine Field 2013 Record: 6-5 2014 Kickoff: Ansonia, Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m. Team page: Max Preps Page Top players Owen Diaz, 5-10, 170, Sr., QB/WR/DB Gunnar Fay, 5-9, 175, Sr., TB/LB Noah Lisewski, 5-9, 220, Sr., OL/DL […]

NVL Football 2014: Seymour’s Joey Salemme poised for a big season

(Mara Lavitt — New Haven Register) 
running back Joey Salemme is poised for a big season.

SEYMOUR >> Joey Salemme didn’t exactly have the best ending to an outstanding football season last year. Against rival Woodland in the season finale, Salemme exited the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury with Seymour clinging to a 19-14 lead. He never returned. On the ensuing possession after Salemme’s injury, Woodland scored […]

All-Time New Haven Register All-Area Girls Soccer Teams

Girls Soccer All-Area Teams 2013 Coach: Scott McMahon, Guilford MVP: Tanya Altrui, Branford Nicole Basilicato, Guilford Julia Carr, Guilford Angela Ciaramella, Sacred Heart Academy Shea Connors, Wilbur Cross Emma Dunleavy, Lauralton Hall Cassie Giza, Amity Dakota Kelly, Amity Kendra Landy, Mercy Tori Loukakes, Guilford Alexandra Pelletier, Cheshire Dana Monz, Hopkins Mary Verneris, Sacred Heart Academy […]

All-Time New Haven Register All-Area Boys Soccer Teams

All-Area Boys Soccer Teams 2013 MVP: Pablo Perez, West Haven Coach: Brian Fitzgerald, Xavier Kenneth Callahan, Xavier Ryan Chieffo, North Haven Matt Cole, Valley Regional Max Condon, Branford Christian Koshgarian, Hand Tom Gardiner, Xavier Brian Jackson, Hand Antonio Jandreau, Lyman Hall Justin Kassouf, Foran Matthew Manzo, Shelton Daniel Murphy, Old Saybrook Noah Rattet, Guilford Dean […]

NVL Football 2014: Derby preview

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Vitals Coach: George French (5th year, 20-21) Conference: NVL Copper Division Playoff Class: S (198 boys enrollment) Home: DeFilippo Field 2013 Record: 5-6 2014 Kickoff: at St. Paul, Sept. 12, 7 p.m. Captains: Ben Slowik, Brian Eliasson Team page: Max Preps page Top players Michael Kreiger, 6-2, 190, Sr. QB Andy Sanchez, 5-10, 210, Sr., […]

2014 football: Oxford feels right at home in Naugatuck Valley League

Oxford battles Pomperaug during the 2013 Thanksgiving week. It would be the Wolverine's last in the SWC. The Valley school moves a bit closer to home when it begins play in the Naugatuck Valley League.

  OXFORD >> Oxford’s road to a coveted South-West Conference football championship was always a long one, literally. The Wolverines, who never won the conference, had to battle larger schools and drive distances far beyond their home region to do so. Now in the Nauguatuck Valley League, players are looking forward to facing local competition, […]

CIAC sets 2015-16 dates for preseason, regular season to begin

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Board of Controls voted last week to move back the start of the regular season in the fall of 2015. The 2015 fall season will begin on Friday, Sept. 11. While that is two days after the official start of this upcoming season (Sept. 9), it will only be four […]

Litchfield County area teams ready for upcoming football season

Peter Wallace - Register Citizen Torrington linemen get ready to take part in a drill this offseason.

High school football. What else proves so effectively that, as soon as one good thing ends, another begins? Sure, summer’s almost over. But, after the first week of practice in full pads, several hundred area kids can tell you it’s still plenty hot. For some, being the first teams on the playing fields (the other […]

Recruiting 2015: Connecticut high school football college commits [updated]

The following is a living list of players at Connecticut High Schools who have made verbal commitments for the Class of 2015. The commitments are unbinding until the player signs a letter of intent beginning on National Signing Day on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. The list is compiled through various sources, including,, Connecticut […]

NVL Football 2014: Seymour preview

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Vitals Coach: Tom Lennon (6th season, 17-34) Conference: NVL Copper Division Playoff Class: S (320 boys enrollment) Home: DeBarber Field 2013 Record: 6-5 (6-3 NVL) 2014 Kickoff: Amity. Sept. 11, 7 p.m. Team website: MaxPreps page Top players Joey Salemme, 5-8, 180, Sr., RB Greg Chase-Patrick, 5-9, 170, Sr., RB Julian Falcioni, 5-10, 180, Sr., DL […]

Football 2014: Woodland opens camp with Kenney at quarterback

Woodland senior Mike Kenney, shown here against Ansonia last season, will move from wide receiver to quarterback this year. 
Mara Lavitt/Register

BEACON FALLS >> In March, senior Mike Kenney informed the Woodland staff of his intentions to try out at quarterback. Kenney, one of the team’s top receivers last season, hadn’t played the position since his first year of Pop Warner at age nine. But the graduation of Tanner Kinglsey, who threw for 45 touchdowns as […]

2014 high school fall sports schedules

(Peter Casolino - New Haven Register)

Schedules for the 2014 Fall Sports Season, via Cross Country: BOYS school schedules | GIRLS school schedules Field Hockey: School Schedules | Master schedule Football: Team and league schedules (GameTimeCT) Soccer (Boys): School Schedules | Master schedule Soccer (Girls): School Schedules | Master schedule Swimming & Diving (Girls): School schedules Volleyball (Girls): School schedules | Master schedule

2014 NVL Football Team Preview Capsules

NVL MAP is previewing every high school football league in Connecticut every day leading up to the start of the 2014 season. As previews are published, they will be added to the map and list below. Hover and click on helmets to get the preview. The map will be updated as preview capsules are written. Check […]

Gooooooooood Morning Connecticut footballers (The 2014 preseason is here!)

It's the dawn of a new season: Football 2014.

To paraphrase the late, great genius Robin Williams performing the role of Adrian Cronauer. Gooooooooooood morning Connecticut footballers! This is not a test! This is rock ‘n’ roll! It’s time to rock it from Riverside to the E-C-C! Today is the first official day of the 2014 high school football season. FOOTBALL IS STARTING, YOU GUYS!   […]

Welcome back to high school football: Let’s get everybody caught up…

Things happened while we weren't playing high school football, from another round of coaching turnover to future conference realignment and implementation of eight state championships (Graphic Sean Patrick Bowley)

Football. Sweet… nourishing… football. It’s back, baby. The 2014 season’s first practices begin on Wednesday for those programs that didn’t engage in spring football. We are 28 DAYS away from the 2014 kickoff. Ridgefield vs. Cheshire and Harding at Law on Sept. 10. And, if you’ve been somewhere tropical, or you don’t pay attention until […]

Behold: The 2014 Connecticut High School Football schedules

Photo by Peter Hvizdak - Register

The schedules for the 2014 Connecticut high school football season have been released by CIAC. Schedules are subject to change throughout the summer until deadline in early September. Update: This story has been reposted August 12 to coincide with the start of fall practices. MASTER FOOTBALL SCHEDULE 2014 COMPOSITE SCHEDULES CLASS LL | CLASS L | CLASS […]

Baseball: Glut of travel programs in Connecticut leaves no easy choices

(Peter Hvizdak - New Haven Register)
Coach Matt Untiet, left, an employee of The Grind, left, and Jake Russo , 17, of Orange, practicing a fielding drill at the Grind Baseball and Softball training facility in Orange.

From private lessons to the market’s top baseball bats and elite travel teams, parents are dishing out thousands of dollars with hopes of giving their son an edge on the diamond, the potential for a college athletic scholarship or even more. In the world of travel baseball specifically, that is where the most money exchanges […]

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, […]