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.

Girls volleyball: Nonnewaug looks to repeat as BL champs in 2015

In a big turnover year for coaches in Northwest Corner high school sports, a few stand out because of longevity, effectiveness or both. Retiring Gilbert girls volleyball coach Cindy Fixer is both. She left her heart and soul in Yellowjacket volleyball for 32 years, as player, assistant coach and coach, personally involved in two state […]

2015 Girls Volleyball: Ansonia, Seymour loaded teams in the Valley

Seymour fell in the Class S final last year and is determined to get to the final this year.  (Photo by Peter Hvizdak - New Haven Register)

Today’s edition of Spike It takes a look at teams that bring back a lot of talent and should have strong 2015 season. Both could make a lot of noise in the Valley this season. Spike It Charged Up Ansonia had a very solid 2014 season. The Chargers finished 13-7 and had an All-Naugatuck Valley […]

NVL Football 2015: Wilby preview

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Above: Wilby defensive back Andre Williams highlights from last season. Vitals Coach: LaMar Kennedy (First year) Conference: NVL Brass Division Playoff Class: L (670 boys enrollment) Home: Municipal Stadium, Waterbury 2014 Record: 1-10 (1-3 NVL Brass Division) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 11 at Wolcott, 7 p.m. Captains: Daniel Speer Team website:  MaxPreps Top players Daniel Speer, 5-11, […]

NVL Football 2015: Sacred Heart / Kaynor Tech preview

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Above: Highlight reel for Sacred Heart/Kaynor Tech’s Donald Streater, who’s expected to lead the Hearts’ offense in 2015. Vitals Coach: Phil Dawson (1st year) Conference: NVL Brass Division Playoff Class: M (395 boys enrollment) Home: Municipal Stadium, Waterbury 2014 Record: 0-11 (0-4 NVL Brass Division) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 11 at Holy Cross, 7 p.m. Captains: Donald Streater, […]

Girls soccer: Berkshire League ready for another great season; Torrington faces challenge

The Berkshire League was a very good girls soccer conference last year. Unfortunately for Torrington, so was the NVL’s Iron Division. Lewis Mills was the class of the BL, going undefeated (16-0) in Dennis Fowler’s return as coach after several years’ absence. The good news for soccer fans is that almost everybody else played quality […]

Boys soccer: In Northwest Corner, the rich get richer

Northwest Corner boys soccer sometimes feels like the American economy. The division of wealth keeps growing. The soccer rich get richer. Even in down times, the “haves” do okay. Last year, in the Berkshire League, just two of the seven Class S teams reached the state tournament, while the three Class M schools feasted within […]

NVL Football 2015: Oxford preview

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Above: Highlight reel for Oxford captain Matt Dodson, who should to help the Wolverines break in a new quarterback in 2015. Vitals Coach: Joe Stochmal (9th year, 36-47) Conference: NVL Copper Division Playoff Class: S (290 boys enrollment) Home: Wolverine Field, Oxford 2014 Record: 2-9 (0-4 NVL Copper Division) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 11 at Woodland, 6:30 […]

Football 2015: Familiar faces starting fresh in different Greater New Haven area coaching positions

The new coaches of the SCC in 2015. Top, from left to right, Guilford's Mike Eagle, West Haven's Rich Boshea, Fairfield Prep's Keith Hellstern. Bottom, left to right: Amity's Ted Czepiga, East Haven's Melvin Wells, Lyman Hall's Aiden Lynch (Photos John Vanacore)

Football rosters are often helpful to spectators to be able to identify players quickly. This season, spectators may also need them to figure out the many new head coaches in the Greater New Haven area. When play begins on Sept. 11, 14 coaches will officially debut at their new schools. Some were head coaches previously, […]

NVL Football 2015: Holy Cross preview

Holy Cross' Adam Razza goes up for a catch last year. (File photo Peter Paguaga)

Vitals Coach: Mike Giampetruzzi (7th year, 48-19) Conference: NVL Brass Division Playoff Class: S (266 boys enrollment) Home: Municipal Stadium, Waterbury 2014 Record: 6-4 (4-0 NVL Brass Division champions) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 11 vs. Sacred Heart/Kaynor Tech, 7 p.m. Captains: Aaron Velazquez Team website: MaxPreps Top players Aaron Velazquez, 5-8, 170, Sr., OL/OLB Evan Lovell, 6-5, […]

Connecting with sports not sanctioned by the CIAC

Hamden girls hockey captains Samantha Cozzolino (left) and Caraline Kennedy (photo supplied by Hamden coach Mike Callan)

Bowling (30 teams) and girls ice hockey (21 teams) are two high school sports with the potential to grow enough in the next few years to be sanctioned by the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference. The CIAC requires a sport to have 20 percent of the schools in the state, or 38 teams, competing on the […]

NVL Football 2015: Torrington preview

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Vitals Coach: Gaitan Rodriguez (3rd year, 8-14) Conference: NVL Iron Playoff Class: L (548 boys enrollment) Home: Robert Frost Sports Complex, Torrington 2014 Record: 5-6 (5-5 NVL) Captains: Connor Finn, Kobe Covington, Nathaniel Bresson, Nick Paniati, Eric Mayerjak. Team website: TorringtonFootball.com | MaxPreps Top players Connor Finn, 6-0, 180, Sr., QB Tyler Marens, 5-7, 165, […]

Baseball: Amity’s Coppola among inductees into Southern CT Diamond Club Hall of Fame

Amity coach Sal Coppola gets a hug from pitcher Elias Oliphant after the Spartans won their third-straight Class LL baseball title (Photo John Vanacore)

The Southern Connecticut Diamond Club, Inc. will hold its annual hall of fame induction dinner to honor those who have contributed to baseball in the area. It will be held on Thursday, Oct. 15, at Monticello’s Restaurant in Meriden. Hors d’oeuvres will be at 5:30 p.m. Dinner follows promptly at 6:30 p.m. Those being inducted […]

Girls Cross Country: Top 10 New Haven County runners to watch

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Mercy senior captain Mackenzie Pias, at left, and sophomore Bridgid Selfors shared first place with an official time of 19:51 crossing the finish line hand in hand last season. The pair return as two of the top runners in the conference.

Maddie Brandon, senior, Haddam-Killingworth: Two-time defending Shoreline champion, Brandon will look to claim her third straight conference title this fall. Finished second at the Class SS state meet (20:07), top 30 finish at State Open last fall. Emily Criscuolo, junior, Amity: Consistent runner that should continue to get better. The No. 1 runner for Amity, […]

Football 2015: Bagley, Bailey form dynamic duo for Ansonia

(Arnold Gold-New Haven Register)  Tajik Bagley ,left, and Tyler Bailey hope to lead Ansonia to another state championship this season.

ANSONIA L ast season Ansonia football became the Tajik Bagley and Tyler Bailey show. Bagley, a senior running back, and Bailey, a senior wide receiver, gave opposing defenses headaches and have been inseparable on and off the field. “He’s like my brother,” Bagley said of Bailey. So it only makes sense that the dynamic duo […]

NVL Football 2015: Ansonia preview

Ansonia all-stater Tyler Bailey makes a catch in last year's Class S-Large final loss to Valley Regional/Old Lyme last year (Photo John Vanacore)

Vitals Coach: Tom Brockett (10th year, 111-9) Conference: NVL Copper Division Playoff Class: S (331 boys enrollment) Home: Jarvis Stadium 2014 Record: 11-2 (4-0 NVL Copper Division champions) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 17 at Kennedy, 6 p.m. Captains: TBA Team website: MaxPreps Top players Tyler Bailey, 5-11, 195, Sr., WR/OLB Tajik Bagley, 5-11, 190, Sr, RB/CB Angel […]

Boys Basketball: Sacred Heart’s Mustapha Heron commits to Auburn: report

Sacred Heart's Mustapha Heron goes for two as Valley Regional's Chris Jean-Pierre (23), David Bradbury, Jr. (4), Hunter Linfesty (35) defends during a, 71-46, win for the Hearts in the CIAC Class S boys basketball championship.(Catherine Avalone/New Haven Register)

Mustapha Heron, the reigning New Haven Register boys basketball All-State Player of the Year from Sacred Heart, committed Sunday to play at Auburn, according to a report from Scout.com. Heron, a 6-foot-5 wing who decommitted from Pittsburgh in the month following Sacred Heart’s second-consecutive state championship, gave his verbal during an unofficial visit on Sunday, Scout reported. […]

NVL Football 2015: Seymour preview

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Vitals Coach: Tom Lennon (7th season, 24-38) Conference: NVL Playoff Class: S (338 boys enrollment) Home: DeBarber Field 2014 Record: 7-4 (2-2 NVL Copper Division) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 11 vs. Watertown (at Oxford), 7:30 p.m. Captains: N/A Team website: MaxPreps | Seymour Wildcat Football Twitter: @SeymourFootball Top players Jake Bleau, 6-0, 165, Sr., WR Tyler Sirowich, 6-2, 205, […]

NVL Football 2015: Wolcott preview

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Justin Nadeau video highlights courtesy of hudl   Vitals Coach: Jason Pace (5th season, 33-13) Conference: NVL Iron Division Playoff Class: S (391 boys enrollment) Home: Monroe Field 2014 Record: 9-3 (Iron Division champions, Class M-Small semifinalists) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 11 vs. Wilby, 7 p.m. Captains: Justin Nadeau Team website: MaxPreps Wolcott Eagles Football Top players […]

NVL Football 2015: Woodland preview

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Woodland running back Sean McAllen video highlights courtesy of hudl. Vitals Coach: Chris Anderson (7th year [first since 2007], 49-21) Conference: NVL Iron Playoff Class: S (328 boys enrollment) Home: Woodland football field, Beacon Falls 2014 Record: 4-7 (1-3 NVL Copper) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 11, vs. Oxford, 6:30 p.m. Captains: Sean McAllen, Coby Vaccarelli Team website: […]

NVL Football 2015: Derby preview

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Vitals Coach: George French (6th year, 27-25) Conference: NVL Copper Division Playoff Class: S (198 boys enrollment) Home: DeFilippo Field 2014 Record: 7-4 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 11 vs. St. Paul, 7 p.m. Captains: Rick Bartone, Charlie Sampson, Jose Santamaria, Jake Finnucan Team website: MaxPreps Top players Rick Bartone, 6-0, 195, Sr., RB/LB Charlie Sampson, 6-0, 205, […]