South West Conference

The South West Conference currently consists of 16 member schools located in the southwestern portion of Connecticut. A pair of eight-team divisions named the Colonial and Patriot are based on program size and help organize the league schedule. The SWC, which was formed in 1994 and began operations in 1995, is led by Commissioner Pam Goodpaster.
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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, […]

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 […]

SWC Football 2015: New Fairfield preview

New Fairfield's football returns one of the SWC's most veteran teams and has designs on reaching its first state playoff since 2001. (Photo via New Fairfield Gridiron Club)

Vitals Coach: Anthony Fata (6th year, 27-25) Conference: SWC Patriot Playoff Class: L (515 boys enrollment) Home: Rebel Stadium at New Fairfield High School 2014 Record: 7-4 (6-4 SWC) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 11 vs. Brookfield, 7 p.m. Captains: James Lewis, Russell Howard, Zach Tripodi, Greg Radovic, Andrew D’Amico Team website: MaxPreps Top players Greg Radovic, Sr. WR/SS (6-0, 190) James Lewis, Sr. FB/LB (6-0, 205) Zach […]

SWC Football 2015: Brookfield preview

Two-time all-state RB/LB Bobby Drysdale (left) and returning senior lineman Sam Flynn during last year's regular-season game vs. Newtown. With a massive and talented senior class Brookfield has come of age in 2015. (File Photo Peter Paguaga)

Vitals Coach: Rich Angarano (16th year, 118-67) Conference: SWC Patriot Playoff Class: M (427 boys enrollment) Home: Brookfield High School Sports Complex 2014 Record: 11-2 (8-2 SWC runners-up, Class M-Large Champions) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 11 at New Fairfield, 7 p.m. Captains: Bobby Drysdale, Austin Reich, Johnny Roscigno, Nick Acquanita, Zach Delia,  Matt Melby Team website: MaxPreps Top players Bobby Drysdale, Sr. RB/LB (6-1, 220) Austin Reich, […]

SWC Football 2015: Masuk preview

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Above: Highlight reel for Masuk senior all-stater and captain Joe Capodagli, who is expected the lead this year’s team on both offense and defense. Vitals Coach: Joe Lato (2nd year, 7-4) Conference: SWC Colonial Playoff Class: L (616 boys enrollment) Home: Benedict Field, Masuk High School, Monroe 2014 Record: 7-4 (6-4 SWC) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 11 vs. Bunnell, 7 p.m. Captains: Joe Capodagli, John […]

SWC Football 2015: Bethel preview

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Above: Highlight reel for Bethel’s all-state end and Will Daniels (featuring passes from returning QB Jared Piatnik). Daniels accounted for 1,353 all-purpose yards in 2014. Vitals Coach: Jason Gill (7th year, 42-24) Conference: SWC Patriot Playoff Class: M (456 boys enrollment) Home: Ralph DeSantis Field, Bethel 2014 Record: 7-4 (6-4 SWC) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 11 at Barlow, 7 p.m. Captains: Will Daniels, Abe DeFeo, […]

SWC Football 2015: New Milford preview

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Above: Highlight reel for New Milford’s three-year starting quarterback Tyler Hansen, who returns after setting single-season team passing records as a junior. Vitals Coach: Larry Badaracco (2nd year, 3-8) Conference: SWC Colonial Playoff Class: LL (707 boys enrollment) Home: New Milford HS Field 2014 Record: 3-8 (2-8 SWC) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 11 at Stratford, 7 p.m. Captains: Tyler Hansen, Alex Pitser, Brian Santivanez, Chris Ryan […]

SWC Football 2015: Newtown preview

Newtown's Ben Mason returns a fumble against arch-rival Brookfield last season. Mason, a New Haven Register All-State linebacker, returns to a strong linebacker corps (File photo Peter Paguaga)

Vitals Coach: Steve George (9th year, 75-17) Conference: SWC Colonial Playoff Class: LL (901 boys enrollment) Home: Blue and Gold Stadium, Sandy Hook 2014 Record: 12-1 (SWC Champions; lost to Xavier in Class LL-Small semifinal) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 11 at Pomperaug, 6 p.m. Captains: Mike Doyle, Ethan Carpenter, Nick Samuelson Team website: MaxPreps Top players Ben Mason, Jr. LB (6-3, 240) Nick Samuelson, Sr. […]

SWC Football 2015: Weston preview

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Above: Highlight reel for Weston junior linebacker Zac Spencer, who led the team with 109 tackles and 3 1/2 sacks as a sophomore. Alongside returning linemen James Milne and Kris Dammen-Brower, Weston’s defense should be a strength in 2015. Vitals Coach: Chris Pace (2nd year, 5-6) Conference: SWC Patriot Playoff Class: M (414 boys enrollment) Home: Weston High School Field 2014 […]

Cross Country: Top 5 storylines to follow this fall

(Catherine Avalone - New Haven Register) 
CIAC Cross Country State Championship at Wickham Park in Manchester on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014.

1. Hannah DeBalsi watch What will Hannah DeBalsi do in her final season? The rising Staples senior enters her last season on the Connecticut trails. She hasn’t lost an in-state race since her freshman year. DeBalsi is coming off a solid end to the track season where she placed third in the Brooks PR 2 […]

2015 SWC Football Team Preview Capsules

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Preview page for the 2015 SWC Football season. Note: Links to team previews will be updated as previews are published throughout the month. Team-by-Team Previews COLONIAL Bunnell Masuk New Milford Newtown Pomperaug Stratford PATRIOT Barlow Bethel Brookfield New Fairfield Notre Dame-Fairfield Weston 2015 Team Schedules MASTER SCHEDULE Barlow Bethel  Brookfield  Bunnell  Masuk  New Fairfield  New Milford  Newtown  Notre […]

SWC Football 2015: Bunnell preview

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Above: Highlight reel for senior quarterback Adam Wojenski, who has a wealth of targets at his disposal as the Bulldogs try to return as SWC contenders. Vitals Coach: Sean Mignone (First year, 4-1 as interim) Conference: SWC Colonial Playoff Class: L (508 boys enrollment) Home: Bulldog Field, Bunnell High School, Stratford 2014 Record: 6-5 (3-2 Colonial) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 11 at Masuk, 7 p.m. […]

SWC Football 2015: Stratford preview

Stratford's Pat Lepesko (via Hudl)

Highlight reel for senior DT Pat Lepesko who, along with John Cox, gives Stratford a strong defensive front. Vitals Coach: T.J. Cavaliere (2nd year, 5-6) Conference: SWC Colonial Playoff Class: L (491 boys enrollment) Home: Penders Field, Stratford 2014 Record: 5-6 (2-3 Colonial) 2015 Kickoff: Sept. 11 vs. New Milford, 7 p..m Captains: TBA Team website: | MaxPreps page Top players Luis Villanueva, Sr., G/DT (5-11, […]

2015 New Haven Register All-Area Boys Volleyball Team

Photo: Catherine Avalone

Most Valuable Player Erik Kocur Shelton, Sr., outside hitter Stats: Averaged 15 kills, nine digs and two aces per game for the Gaels, who went 20-3, won the SCC tournament championship and advanced to the Class L state semifinals. Honors: Was an All-SCC and Class L coaches all-state selection, was selected to play in the […]

2015 New Haven Register All-Area Boys Outdoor Track Team

Register All-Area MVP Ruvens Exantus

Most Valuable Performer Ruvens Exantus Bunnell, Sr., jumps/hurdles Stats: Led Bunnell to a second-place finish at the SWC Championship meet, scoring 38 of his team’s 72 points by winning the 110 hurdles, long and triple jump and taking second in the 300 hurdles. Won the Class MM and State Open (46-10.25, school record) in triple […]

2015 New Haven Register Area Boys Track MVP: Ruvens Exantus, Bunnell

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When Bunnell’s Ruvens Exantus first began the triple jump his sophomore year, he would channel his inner musician as he stared down the runway. “(Head coach Jim Brown’s) words were, think of it as drumming; you have to have a three-beat rhythm and keep the spacing in between each beat (jump) consistently the same,” Ruvens […]

2015 New Haven Register All-State Softball Lineups

FIRST TEAM Player                    Team           Year     Pos. Kendra Friedt       Southington   Sr.        P (MVP) Ashley Guillette   Oxford            Sr.        P Raeanne Geffert   Seymour        Jr.        P Casey Harding      Cheshire         Sr.       3B Dani Kemp             Foran             Sr.       SS Kaley Kempf         Oxford           Sr.        […]

2015 New Haven Register All-State Baseball Lineups

First Team Player                       Yr.      Pos.       Team MVP: Mike Cowell    Sr.        P            Shelton Buddy Dewaine         Sr.        P           Montville Paul Gozzo                 Sr.       C             Sheehan Brian Moskey            Sr.       P/SS      Haddam-Killingworth Cooper Mworka        Sr.       SS           Cheshire Randy Polonia           Sr.       P             Trinity Catholic Ron Rossomando      Sr.       P              Bunnell Mike Savino              Sr.       IF            West Haven Kevin Stone               Sr. […]

2015 New Haven Register All-State Baseball Team

Gatorade Player of the Year Jimmy Titus of East Catholic and catcher Paul Gozzo of Sheehan. Both are members of the 2015 New Haven Register All-State Baseball Team (Photo Catherine Avalone)

Player of the Year Mike Cowell Shelton, Sr., P/IF Stats: Threw two no-hitters, went 8-1, tossed 102 strikeouts with only 11 walks in 68 innings pitched. Also batted .406 with 19 RBIs. Honors: SCC Player of the Year, All-SCC Housatonic Division and coaches all-state selection. Off the field: Member of the Foreign National Honor Society, […]