Snowy winter impacting spring sports seasons

Photo by Peter Wallace
The Northwestern baseball field was still under snow Wednesday afternoon. "I don't know when we'll be able to play on it," Northwestern coach Jim Davidson said.

The winter weather has extended into the spring season, leaving fields covered in snow, which has impacted varsity sports around the state. The season officially begins April 8. but some teams have needed to move back season openers due to the inclement weather. In past season, the CIAC has allowed games to be rescheduled to […]

Boys Swimming: Weston wins third-straight Class S championship

4298 - Peter Kamianowski (left) and Christian Royer led Northwestern to third place in the Class S swimming and diving championships at Wesleyan Wednesday afternoon. Kamianowski was third in the 500-yard frestyle, sixth in the 100-yard butterfly. Royer was the only area state champion with a first-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle. (Photo Peter Wallace)

MIDDLETOWN >> Weston took the CIAC Class S swimming and diving championship for the third straight time Wednesday afternoon at Wesleyan University. “The first thing I tell the kids is, ‘The toughest year is the year after we win.’ Then we don’t talk about it again,” Weston coach Tom Grace said. NVL Champion Holy Cross […]

Class M Boys Basketball: Northwestern holds off St. Paul to advance

Ricky Persechino played a huge role in establishing Northwestern’s early lead in the Highlanders’ 68-65 win over St. Paul Catholic Wednesday night. Savage Frieze — For the Register Citizen

WINSTED >> No. 2 Northwestern led big for three quarters then weathered a fourth-quarter charge from No. 18 St. Paul Catholic for a 68-65 second-round Class M boys basketball win at Northwestern High School Wednesday night. “It’s the kind of game you expect in the state tournament,” Northwestern coach Doug Sebach said. “It was a […]

Berkshire League Basketball Championship: Lewis Mills tops Northwestern

Marianne Killackey / Photo
Lewis Mills’ Head Coach Todd Kozak poses with team captains Justin Pease and Nathaniel Cook as they celebrate winning the Berkshire League Championship.

LITCHFIELD >> Lewis Mills got another chance against Northwestern and this time the Spartans didn’t let it slip away. Behind the sharp shooting of Zack Ventres and some clutch free throws from Nate Cook, second-seeded Lewis Mills knocked off No. 1 Northwestern 59-55 in the Berkshire League Tournament final Friday night at Wamogo High School. Ventres […]

Berkshire Boys Basketball Tournament: Lewis Mills, Northwestern advance to final

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THOMASTON >> No. 2 Lewis Mills and No. 3 Nonnewaug played stand-off defense for a little over three quarters in a Berkshire League boys basketball tournament semifinal at Thomaston High School Wednesday night. Early in the fourth quarter, Spartans Eric Miller and Nate Cook made back-to-back steals and sprints to the basket. The Chiefs never […]

Boys Basketball: Northwestern edges Lewis Mills in key Berkshire League contest

BURLINGTON >> Northwestern’s boys basketball team pulled away from the Berkshire League pack in a 56-51 win at Lewis Mills that looked for a while like it would draw the Highlanders back to a tie for first place instead. In a duel with wild swings against second-place Mills, Northwestern senior forward Steve McGrath single-handedly pulled […]

Class S Wrestling: Berkshire League well represented

The culmination of a season’s worth of sweat, strain and pain takes place this weekend at the CIAC Class S State Wrestling Tournament at Haddam-Killingworth High School in Higganum. Preliminary rounds start this afternoon at 4 p.m. Saturday’s full day begins at 9 a.m., with semifinal rounds scheduled for 2 p.m. and finals at 7 […]

Wrestling: Terryville wins first Berkshire-Valley Invitational

WOODBURY >> Terryville’s wrestling team, undefeated in the Berkshire League this year, took another giant step Saturday. The Kangaroos won the first Berkshire-Valley Invitational Tournament, combining the five wrestling teams from the Berkshire League – Gilbert, Housatonic, Nonnewaug, Northwestern and Terryville – with the five wrestling teams from the NVL – Derby, Holy Cross, Oxford, […]

Boys basketball: Northwestern hangs on to beat Terryville

WINSTED >> Northwestern’s boys basketball team withstood a furious Terryville comeback Tuesday at Northwestern for a 61-56 win and the lead in a red hot Berkshire League race. “We’re back in the driver’s seat,” said Highlander coach Doug Sebach, “but we were here before. Now, we’re going to find out what they want to do […]

Boys basketball: Nonnewaug upsets Northwestern

Photo by Marianne Killackey/Register-Citizen
Zach Tuxbury of Northwestern drives to the basket as Nonnewaug's Seth Losure applies the defense in Nonnewaug's 54-51 win over Northwestern

WINSTED >> Just past half-way through the regular season, a wild Berkshire League boys basketball race got wilder Friday night with a 54-51 upset by Nonnewaug at Northwestern. The Highlanders, 9-2 overall, 8-2 in the Berkshire League, led the BL pack by one game before Friday. Terryville, with two Berkshire League losses, beat Northwestern early […]

Swimming: Northwestern cruises past Gilbert

Gilbert diver Austin Stoeke prepares his dive as Northwestern divers Lauren Parente and Dan Winkler look on. (Peter Wallace - The Register Citizen)

WINSTED >> Two-time defending Berkshire League champion Northwestern beat cross-town Gilbert even more convincingly than the final 100-72 score indicated Saturday afternoon in a swimming and diving meet at the Winsted YMCA. The score was 100-13 before the Highlanders stopped scoring in the last four events after winning each of the eight events before that. […]

Girls soccer: Segalla leads Housatonic past Northwestern

Northwestern coach Jared Stotler talks to his team during halftime against Housatonic.
Peter Wallace - Register Citizen

WINSTED >> Housatonic sophomore Lauren Segalla celebrated her birthday with both goals in a 2-0 Mountaineer win at Northwestern Monday afternoon. The Highlanders (5-5-3) had the edge for most of the first half. Housy cranked it up in the second. “We come out in the second half, always,” said Segalla, who scored late in the […]

Cross Country: Bakker leads Northwestern to boys Berkshire League title, Nonnewaug wins girls title

Northwestern took home the boys title and Nonnewaug won the girls title. Marianne Killackey - Special to the Register Citizen

THOMASTON >> It was a day of surprises, both good and bad, at the Berkshire League Cross Country Championships Friday afternoon at Thomaston’s Black Rock State Park. Nonnewaug’s Chiefs won the girls championship with Housatonic right behind them in spite of two dropouts from the Mountaineer top five. Northwestern won the boys title after Shepaug, […]

Boys soccer: Northwestern ties Nonnewaug

Northwestern's Steven Lee, right, takes a shot on goal in front of Nonnewaug's Luke Molinaro on Tuesday.
Marianne Killackey - Special to Register Citizen

WOODBURY >> Northwestern’s boys soccer team won the first half at Nonnewaug. The Chiefs were back late to win the second. A 2-2 tie turned final through 10 minutes of scoreless overtime. Nonnewaug (9-1-1), a game behind Lewis Mills (10-0-1) in the Berkshire league standings, took it to the third-place Highlanders 3-0 in the second […]

Boys soccer: Northwestern shuts out Shepaug

Marianne Killackey — Special to Register Citizen
Northwestern’s Winter Thorne-Kaneulis dribbles the ball in his team’s win over Shepaug Tuesday afternoon.

WINSTED >> Both teams played like they had a future, in Northwestern’s 3-0 boys soccer win over Shepaug Tuesday afternoon. The Spartans (3-4) were 3-1 before running into all three of the Berkshire League’s top teams (Lewis Mills, Nonnewaug and Northwestern) in the span of a week. “We’ve talked a lot about character,” said Coach […]

Football: Gilbert / Northwestern edges SMSA / University

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Gilbert/Northwestern's Paxton Franklin looks for extra yards as SMSA/University defenders attempt to chase him down.

WINSTED >> Gilbert/Northwestern’s football team eked out a 15-14 win over SMSA/University Saturday afternoon while discovering it’s better to come out on the top end of an object lesson. After a convincing first-week win at Enfield (34-13), the Yellowjackets spent much of Saturday’s game at Van Wye Field shooting at their own feet. “We haven’t […]

Cross Country is alive and well in Litchfield County

Members of the Nonnewaug and Housatonic girls cross country team line up before the start of the Berkshire League pre-season scrimmage meet at Black Rock State Park.
Peter Wallace — Register Citizen

High school cross country is alive and well in the Northwest Corner. Even in the smaller schools of the Berkshire League, cross country numbers are up. At Shepaug, 28 boys are out for the team, making the Spartan boys team a pre-season favorite for the BL title, along with Class M’s Northwestern. The league, a […]

Pequot Football 2014: Gilbert / Northwestern preview

Gilbert NW 2013

Vitals Coach: Scott Salius (7th season, 44-21) Conference: Pequot Uncas Playoff Class: M (402 boys enrolled) Home: Van Why Field at Gilbert H.S. 2013 Record: 9-2, Pequot West Division Champs 2014 Kickoff: Sept. 12 at Enfield, 7 p.m. Captains: Mitchell Jackson, Paxton Franklin, Matt Nieves Team website: Maxpreps page Top players Mitchell Jackson, Sr., OT, DT (6-4 240) Paxton Franklin, Sr.,  TB […]

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 […]

2014 New Haven Register / GameTimeCT Baseball All-State Team

(Mara Lavitt — New Haven Register) 
NH Register / GameTimeCT State Baseball Player of the Year: Zach Risedorf, Northwestern.

Zach Risedorf Northwestern, Sr., C Stats: Batted .495, 40 stolen bases, 38 hits, 19 RBIs and six home runs. Honors: Coaches Award and CHSCA All-State selection. Up next: Is already playing in the San Diego Padres organization. The Padres drafted Risedorf in the sixth round of the Major League Baseball Draft. Lou Kessler Notre Dame-West […]