Southern Connecticut Conference

The Southern Connecticut Conference ranks as the second largest in Connecticut in terms of membership with 22 schools covering a large swath of the southern part of the state and shoreline. Commissioner Al Carbone directs the organization which has existed since 1994. SCC schools won a conference-record 25 state championships in the 2011-12 academic year.
League Website: www.southernconnecticutconference.org

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

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First Year East Haven football Coach Melvin Wells talks about his team to the SCC coaches and Media during the SCC Football media night at the Floyd Little Athletic Center last month.

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, […]

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 […]

Football 2015: Lupoli, Ragaini lead way for explosive Notre Dame-West Haven offense

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Notre Dame-West Haven quarterback Christian Lupoli, left, and receiver Nico Ragaini are expected to lead the way for the Green Knights this season.

A t the Southern Connecticut Conference preseason football media night held at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven, coaches both lamented and praised the toughness of the league. They lamented how challenging it was to get a win in each SCC matchup and praised how the elite talent of all league opponents helped […]

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

(Catherine Avalone - The Middletown Press)
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, […]

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

(Catherine Avalone - New Haven Register)
Amity's Kyle Beaudette won the 21st Annual Southern Connecticut Conference cross country championship with an official time of 15:56 at Hammonasset State Park in Madison on Friday, October 17, 2014.

Matt Arovas, senior, Amity: Part of deep and talented Amity squad, Arovas was consistent runner last fall for Spartans. He finished 12th at SCCs, 20th at Class LL (17:00) and ran 16:58 at State Open. Kyle Beaudette, junior, Amity: The top returner in the Southern Connecticut Conference. Defending SCC champ (15:56), top sophomore to finish […]

SCC Football 2015: Xavier preview

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Vitals Coach: Sean Marinan (14th season) Conference: SCC Division I West Playoff Class: LL (817 boys enrollment) Home: Palmer Field, Middletown 2014 Record: 9-3 (3-1 SCC Division I West, Class LL-Small Champions) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 11 at West Haven, 7 p.m. Captains: TBA Team website: MaxPreps / XavierFootball.Org Top players Glenn Cunningham, 6-1, 210, Jr., RB […]

Boys basketball: Foran 5K Road Race to be held Oct. 25

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The Foran boys’ basketball program is holding the 5th Annual Foran Hoops Mad Dash 5K Road Race on Sunday, Oct. 25 at the high school. A Kids Fun Run will be held at 9 a.m. followed by the 5K race starting at 9:30. T-shirts will be provided to the first 100 registered entrants and trophies […]

SCC Football 2015: Foran preview

Foran coach Jeff Bevino and senior lineman Michael Howell
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Vitals Coach: Jeff Bevino Conference: SCC Division II East Playoff Class: M (475 boys enrollment) Home: Vito DeVito Field, Milford 2014 Record: 6-5 (2-1 SCC Division II East) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 11 vs. Branford, 7 p.m. Captains: Michael Howell Team website: MaxPreps Top players Michael Howell, 6-1, 230, Sr., OL/ILB R.J. Balado, 5-8, 175, Sr., RB/WR […]

SCC Football 2015: Cheshire preview

Coach Don Drust and the Cheshire football captains (Photo John Vanacore)

Vitals Coach: Don Drust (4th season, 18-14) Conference: SCC Division I East Playoff Class: LL (829 boys enrollment) Home: Maclary Complex 2014 Record: 8-3 (3-1 SCC Division I East) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 11 vs. Hamden, 7 p.m. Captains: RJ Oris, Nate Hillburn, Chris Hillburn, Nick Sansone Team website: MaxPreps Top players R.J. Oris, 5-11, 190, Sr., […]

SCC Football 2015: Fairfield Prep preview

Fairfield Prep senior Nick Franchuk (Photo Peter Hvizdak)

Vitals Coach: Keith Hellstern (1st year) Conference: SCC Division I West Playoff Class: LL (890 boys enrollment) Home: Rafferty Stadium (Fairfield University) 2014 Record: 7-4 (2-2 SCC Division I West) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 11 at Notre Dame-West Haven, 7 p.m. Captains: Connor Bercik, Aidan Coyle, Nick Franchuk, Sam Opont Team website: MaxPreps Top players Connor Bercik, […]

Football: Middletown region football menu should be a local treat

Middletown's Hunter Belzo runs with the football during last year's Class L-Small semifinals (Photo Peter Hvizdak)

MIDDLETOWN >> The high school football season is right around the corner and peeking at our local teams’ schedules we found that Xavier plays two games at West Haven’s Ken Strong Stadium and none at their sparkling new on-campus field; the Coginchaug versus Cromwell Thanksgiving Day battle is no more; defending Class S champion Valley […]

Football: New Haven Gridiron Club Hall of Fame induction dinner to be held Sept. 16

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Nine former area athletes spanning more than half a century will be inducted into the New Haven Gridiron Club Hall of Fame on Sept. 16 at the Cascade Banquet Facility in Hamden. The awards recognize distinction in scholastic football and later life. Selections, by school, are: Amity, Matthew Basso (2000); East Haven, Orlando “Junior” Orefice, […]

Football: SCC shoreline schools Hand, Branford, Guilford look to rebound in 2015

Branford coach John Limone with players Luke Distasio, Jake Roberts, Noah Degoursey and Zac Degoursey (Photo by John Vanacore)

NEW HAVEN >> For the first time in recent memory, all three Southern Connecticut football schools in the Shoreline Times circulation area suffered losing season during the 2014 high school football season. Hand, Branford and Guilford are looking for that to change in 2015. Optimism is running high for all three teams as their coaches […]

SCC Football 2015: East Haven preview

New East Haven coach Melvin Wells stands with the Yellowjackets at the SCC media day (Photo John Vanacore)

Vitals Coach: Melvin Wells (1st season at East Haven; Went 58-30 in eight seasons at Hyde) Conference: SCC Division II East Playoff Class: M (456 boys enrollment) Home: Crisafi Field 2014 Record: 3-8 (0-3 SCC Division II East) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 11 vs. Guilford, 7 p.m. Captains: Austin Thornberg, Trevor Angelo, Nick Defaranos, Michael Crosby Team […]

Football: After injury-riddled 2014, Sheehan ready to get 2015 season started

Sheehan football coach John Ferrazzi (center) and Titans' players, from left to right, Brad Olmstead, Kevin Frisco, Danny James and Zach Davis

  After an injury-plagued season in 2014, Sheehan was more than ready to begin summer practice. The Titans were among 82 teams that conducted conditioning drills Monday, the first official day of the new season. “It’s wonderful,” Sheehan junior Kevin Frisco said during Sunday’s SCC Media Night. “Now, being an upperclassmen, it’s a lot more […]

Football: Filippone, Hand rallying around injured teammate Joe Barber

Hand coach Steve Filippone  addresses the rest of the SCC players and coaches at the league's annual media day. Filippone asked the assembly to keep Hand's Joe Barber in their thoughts and prayers as he recovers from a swimming accident at the Surf Club in Madison (Photo John Vanacore)

NEW HAVEN >> At Sunday’s Southern Connecticut Conference Football Media Night, each coach stood at the podium at the Floyd Little Athletic Center and talked about his team. The coaches discussed schedules, returning players and key losses. Hand head coach Steve Filippone didn’t really talk about any of that. Instead, he spoke about Joe Barber. […]

Football: New faces but same grind defines upcoming SCC football season

First year West Haven football coach Rich Boshea speaks to the media and fellow SCC coaches, team captains, and league officials about the West Haven football team it's program for the 2015 season. The SCC held its annual Media day Sunday evening at the Floyd Little Athletic Complex at Hillhouse High School. (Photo John Vanacore)

NEW HAVEN >> New faces were in abundance when the Southern Connecticut Conference’s football teams gathered together Sunday at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven. The league welcomed six new coaches into its ranks for 2015, the most in the 22 years of the conference. Fairfield Prep (Keith Hellstern), East Haven (Melvin Wells), Guilford (Mike […]

Girls Cross Country: A look at the SCC

The 21st Annual Southern Connecticut Conference cross country championship at Hammonasset State Park in Madison on Friday, October 17, 2014. (Catherine Avalone - New Haven Register)

Amity Coach: Sean Mahon (6th year) Record: 41-13 Last year: 9-0; SCC Housatonic Division Champions Captains: Melissa Taggart, Katie Dunleavy, Aleya Mahler. Top runners Emily Criscuolo Melissa Taggart Nicole Feng Amanda Granados Charlotte Gorham Natalie Iwaszkiewicz Key losses Lisa Gorham and Grace Leyden. Outlook Amity returns a solid core, led by junior Emily Criscuolo, who finished […]