Boys basketball: Ten storylines to watch during the CIAC state tournament

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Mustapha Heron (with ball) hopes to lead Sacred Heart to a second straight Class S state championship.

1. Hearts on Fire Plot Line: Sacred Heart has been the top team in the Register/GameTimeCT poll since the start of the season. The Hearts are the defending Class S state champions and returned all five starters from a year ago, including guard Mustapha Heron, who has already committed to Pittsburgh, and forward Malik Petteway. […]

NVL Boys Basketball Championship: Heron’s buzzer-beater lifts Sacred Heart to title over Crosby [VIDEO]

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Video (above) via WATERBURY >> Mustapha Heron’s long jumper at the buzzer lifted No. 1-seeded and top-ranked Sacred Heart to a thrilling 68-66 victory over rival Crosby in the NVL Championship game at Wilby’s Reggie O’Brien Gym. Sacred Heart trailed for almost the entire game and by as much as nine points. But the […]

Basketball: Tonelli, Augelli among 7 to be honored by the CIAC March 21 at the Mohegan Sun


The CIAC will honor seven individuals who have made significant contributions to high school basketball in Connecticut at the Boys and Girls State Basketball Championships Dedication March 21 at 9 a.m. at The Mohegan Sun’s Cabaret Theater. Joe Tonelli, a CIAC Executive Staff Member and longtime teacher, coach and athletics director at Notre Dame-West Haven […]

Boys Basketball: No. 1 Sacred Heart survives stiff challenge from rival Crosby

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The first meeting was more of a showcase than a showdown. The second lived up to expectations. This time, Mustapha Heron and No. 1 Sacred Heart almost went down. Almost. The Hearts trailed by eight points in the first half, rallied, and then had to rally again late to pull out a 73-66 victory at […]

Boys basketball: No. 1 Sacred Heart routs Crosby

WATERBURY >> Top-ranked Sacred Heart moved to 7-0 by thrashing Crosby 91-60 before a near sellout at Alumni Hall. With five starters back from last year’s team, including junior point guard Mustapha Heron (see the video evidence here), who has verbally committed to Pittsburgh, this is not a surprise. This is the toughest stretch of […]

Friday’s NH County boys basketball roundup: Career, Wilbur Cross, Hyde all win

No. 2 Career 88, Cheshire 49 >> Tyreek Perkins hit seven 3-point shots en route to a game-high 25 points for Career in an SCC interdivision win at Cheshire. Justin Campbell added 21 points for the Panthers (5-0). Andrew Yamin led the Ramas (2-2) with 12 points. Wilbur Cross 60, Sheehan 53 >> Jamir Esdaile […]

Football: 2014 All-Naugatuck Valley League selections


ALL-NVL OFFENSE QB: Jason Bradley, Naugatuck RB: Tajik Bagley, Ansonia RB: Elijah Parks, St. Paul WR: Bryan Coney, Naugatuck WR: Ben Slowik, Derby OL: CJ Falcioni, Seymour OL: Laurence Carfaro, Ansonia OL: Mike Gugliotti, Holy Cross OL: Justin Nadeau, Wolcott OL: Jose Santamria, Derby TE: Witold Gul, Ansonia UT: Michael Audibert, Wolcott UT: Michael Kreiger, […]

NVL Football 2014: Crosby preview

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Above: Highlight reel for Crosby sophomore quarterback Mike Marshall, who had a breakout freshman season at quarterback and is expected to be one of the many top quarterbacks in the NVL Vitals Coach: David Jurewicz (4th year) Conference: NVL Brass Division Playoff Class: LL (730 boys enrollment) Home: Crosby H.S. 2013 Record: 1-10 (0-6 in Brass) 2014 Kickoff: Sept. […]

Meet New Haven County’s Scholar Athletes

High school seniors from  New Haven County were recognized as the state’s top scholar-athletes at the 2014  Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) Scholar-Athlete Banquet sponsored by McDonald’s.  A 31-year sponsor of the program with a longstanding commitment to educational programs in Connecticut, McDonald’s joined CAS to honor the following local students as the best of the best in the […]

Softball: All-NVL Selections

The All-Naugatuck Valley League recently announced its all-league selections in softball. ALL-NVL Sydney Matzko (Torrington); Katie Petroski (Seymour); Gillian Fortier (Naugatuck);  Raeanne Geffert (Seymour); Samantha Lee (Woodland); Liz Lombardo (Holy Cross); Sara Selimovski (Watertown);  Yaixsa Vargas (Kennedy); Brittany Anderson (Torrington); Shelby Mendillo (Derby); Kayla DePara (Wolcott).  ALL-BRASS DIVISION Makayla O’Hara (Seymour);  Amanda Harkins (Seymour); Abby […]

Confidence building win for Torrington over Crosby

Torrington’s John McCarthy laces one of his four hits in the Red Raiders’ 16-1 win over Crosby.
Marianne Killackey — Special to the Register Citizen

TORRINGTON >> Last year, a Crosby assistant baseball coach’s fiance attended just one game all season, in Waterbury. That day, the Bulldogs got their only win, by one run against Torrington. Photos: Torrington 16 Crosby 1 Before Monday’s game, in another winless season so far (0-14), the coach assured his team that his fiancee came […]

Matzko tosses first no-hitter of season in Torrington softball win over Crosby

Torrington’s Sydney Matzko struck out 12 Crosby batters on the way to throwing her first no-hitter of the season in the Red Raiders’ 16-1 win over Crosby.
Laurie Gaboardi — Register Citizen

TORRINGTON >> Torrington High School All-State pitcher Sydney Matzko turned in her first no-hitter of the season against a feisty young Crosby team (0-5) Friday afternoon while Red Raider hitters continued to show improvement over last year. The combination produced a mercy-rule 16-1 Torrington win in five innings for the 5-0 defending NVL champions. Photos: […]

Doubles come through to lift Torrington boys tennis past Crosby

Torrington’s Ethan Barbieri serves during his and Nick Mancini’s 8-5 win in doubles to clinch the match for the Red Raiders.

Pete Paguaga - Register Citizen

WATERBURY >> Leading 4-2 after the singles matches, the Torrington Red Raiders needed one more win the clinch the match and head coach Mark Moulton knew exactly who he could count on, his third doubles pair, Ethan Barbieri and Nick Mancini. “They’re a tough at third doubles,” Moulton said. “When we need one win, I […]

Class LL boys basketball: Milestone night for Augelli, Rogers as Crosby advances

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CLASS LL BRACKET | SCHEDULE / RESULTS   WATERBURY >> It’s rare that a state tournament win takes a back seat to personal milestones. On Tuesday, No. 3 seed Crosby achieved two milestones in its 91-54 victory over No. 30 Manchester in the Class LL opening round. The victory was the 600th of head coach Nick Augelli’s stellar […]

Connecticut Boys Basketball Career Coaching Wins Leaders

State’s all-time winningest coaches (through March 12, 2015). X-indicates coach still active. Vito Montelli St. Joseph 878 Charlie Bentley Harding 655 x-Nick Augelli Crosby 621 Tony Falzarano Putnam, Tourtellotte 609 x-Mike Walsh Trinity Catholic 585 x-Ed Generali Sacred Heart, Holy Cross 560 Gene Reilly Portland 547 Frank Crisafi East Haven 535 x-Ron Pires E.O. Smith […]

Boys basketball: Ten things to look for in the CIAC Tournament

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(Mara Lavitt — New Haven Register) 
January 4, 2013 Alumni Hall, Fairfield University
Fairfield Prep 72, Hillhouse High School (New Haven) 62, boys basketball. It's what he does: Fairfield Prep's Paschal Chukwu dunking.

1. Can Prep go the distance? Plot line: The state’s last undefeated team beat Hillhouse for the third time last Wednesday to win its first Southern Connecticut Conference championship. They have the presence of 7-foot-2 Paschal Chukwu and very good guard play led by Tommy Nolan. The Jesuits have plenty of weapons on offense. But […]

NVL Championship: Crosby repeats, wins 10th title in 11 years

Crosby's boys basketball team celebrates after repeating as NVL Boys Basketball champions. (Photo Peter Paguaga)

(Via CPTV Sports – Broadcast Friday, March 7 at 7 p.m.) WATERBURY >> The Crosby Bulldogs are NVL Champions for the second year in a row and 10th time in the last 11 seasons, after defeating Sacred Heart, 73-64 at Wilby High School on Wednesday night. “Crosby has a legacy and people expect us to […]

Girls basketball: Mercy opens tourney play with big win

MIDDLETOWN >> Junior forward Maura Fitzpatrick opened the game with a 3-pointer from the left wing. Now on defense, junior guard Kendra Landy dove for a loose ball, tied it up and the possession arrow favored Mercy. Yup, the Tigers’ Run to the Sun campaign had officially begun. Defending Class LL champion Mercy opened state […]

Boys basketball: Morelli’s league tournament predictions, semifinal round, live blog


Everyone is a critic but one gentlemen who commented on our site suggested I get a new job, “pal.” Maybe this anonymous gentleman is right – maybe I should. Going 8-4, then 21-7 is not a very good percentage. So I guess I will have to try and do better for the semifinal round: SCC […]