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 […]

2014 NH Register / GameTimeCT Baseball State Player of the Year: Zach Risedorf, Northwestern

Northwestern's Zach Risedorf (right) has decided to sign with the San Diego Padres.

Northwestern’s Zach Risedorf went through his senior season knowing he could be drafted. His teammates knew that as well, and jokingly called him “Big League.” Now his teammates, and the rest of Connecticut, can call him something else: The Register State Player of the Year. The senior catcher was eventually drafted 177th overall by the […]

2014 Litchfield County All-Area Boys Tennis

Aaron Pezzullo Area-MVP Nonnewaug, Fr. Stats: Won the Berkshire League tournament, went 17-1 during the regular season and reached the quarterfinals at the Class S state tournament. Honors: Berkshire League All-Star. Jonathan Miller Housatonic, Soph. Stats: Finished in second place in the Berkshire League, 15-1 in the regular season and 20-3 including the Berkshire League […]

2014 Litchfield County All-Area Boys Track and Field

Tyler Mowrey Area-MVP Litchfield, Sr. Stats: Won the Berkshire League title in the 100 meter dash, 4 X 400 and the 4 X 100, owns the school record in the 100 meter dash, 4 X 100 and the league record in the 4 X 400. Honors: Berkshire-League All-Star, Doug Gleason award, grand master of sports, […]

2014 Litchfield County All-Area Softball Team

Sydney Matzko Area-MVP Torrington, Sr. Pitcher Stats: Finished the season 22-2, with 16 shutouts, 317 strikeouts, while only walking 12 batters. She also pitched five no-hitters, including two perfect games this season. Honors: Three-time All-State, three-time All-NVL, one-time All-Copper, NVL Pitcher of the Year, NVL All-Star Team, school record of 1,157 career strikeouts, United States […]

2014 Litchfield County All-Area Baseball Team

Willy Yahn Area-MVP Housatonic, Sr. Pitcher/Infielder Stats: Batted .587, had 37 hits, five home runs, nine doubles, five triples, 20 stolen bases to go along with a 8-2 pitching record where he posted a 1.67 ERA in 63 innings pitched, while striking out 104  batters.  Yahn also only struck out once in the past two […]

Meet Litchfield County’s Scholar Athletes

High school seniors from Litchfield 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 state: […]

Legion baseball: Winsted earns first win of season over Torrington

Winsted’s Garrett Healy lays up to make a diving catch in the its 6-5 win over the Torrington P38s.
Marianne Killackey — Special to the Register Citizen

TORRINGTON >> Winsted Post 43 earned its first win of the season, 6-5 over Torrington’s P38s at Fuessenich Park Thursday evening. “We came to play,” said Winsted coach D.J. Reese, whose team clawed its way to a 6-1 lead before Torrington (2-4) charged back in the bottom of the seventh. A day earlier, the P38s […]

Northwestern’s Zach Risedorf to sign with the San Diego Padres

Northwestern's Zach Risedorf (right) has decided to sign with the San Diego Padres.

< After mulling over the decision, Northwestern’s Zach Risedorf has decided to sign with the San Diego Padres, who took him in the sixth round of the MLB Draft on Friday, and forgo playing at UConn next season. Risedorf can’t  sign or leave to go to any Padres affiliate until he graduates high school. Northwestern […]

San Diego Padres draft Northwestern’s Zach Risedorf

Northwestern's Zach Risedorf (Pete Paguaga - Register Citizen)

With the 177th pick in the sixth round of the MLB Draft the San Diego Padres chose Northwestern catcher Zach Risedorf. “My heart is racing, I don’t have no words,” Risedorf said, shortly after he was taken. Risedorf was at home watching the draft when he was drafted and shortly after got a call from […]

2014 Pequot League Football Schedules

Avon Canton Cromwell Coginchaug Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton Ellington/Somers Enfield Gilbert/NW Regional Granby Memorial Haddam-Killingworth Hyde Leadership Lewis Mills Morgan Nonnewaug North Branford Old Saybrook/Westbrook SMSA/University Stafford/East Windsor Valley Regional/Old Lyme Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby

Class M Baseball: Northwestern comes back to beat Lewis Mills

Northwestern's Zach Risedorf (right) has decided to sign with the San Diego Padres.

BURLINGTON >> Trailing 5-0 going into the fourth inning, the Northwestern Highlanders came all the way back to defeat conference rival Lewis Mills, 8-6, in the first round of the Class M State Tournament. “Gutsy effort, they’re tough,” Northwestern co-head coach Tom Germano said. “Clutch hits, pitching was clutch, and we were gutsy.” Slideshow: Northwestern […]

Baseball: Torrington’s bats explode in win over Northwestern

Torrington’s John McCarthy hits one of his two doubles in the Red Raiders’ 9-1 win over Northwestern. McCarthy went 5-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and four RBI.
Pete Paguaga — Register Citizen

TORRINGTON >> Friday’s storm made for a great day at the park in a 9-1 Red Raider makeup win over Northwestern at Fuessenich Sunday afternoon. “We hit and we played decent defense today,” said Torrington coach Pat Richardson, whose NVL team is 12-5. Photos: Northwestern 9 Torrington 1 John McCarthy and Mitch Zagrodnik were perfect […]

Track and Field: Nonnewaug girls wins 19th straight BL title, Northwestern wins boys title

Nonnewaug’s Mae Matthews won the high jump with a height out 4-feet 10 to help lead the Chiefs to their 19th straight girls Berkshire League title.
Pete Paguaga — Register Citizen

LITCHFIELD >> On a great day for track and field, Nonnewaug’s girls team continued an amazing march through 19-straight Berkshire League championships while Northwestern’s boys were happy to do whatever it took to stop Nonnewaug’s boys streak at four. “Nineteen in a row,”  Nonnewaug coach Arleigh Duff said after steering the team through all of […]

Yabrosky’s double lifts Northwestern past Thomaston and alone atop Berkshire League

Northwestern's Monica Swartley pitched the whole game, striking out 10 batters in the Highlander's 5-4 win over Thomaston.
Pete Paguaga - Register Citizen

WINSTED >> With first place and a chance to control its own destiny on the line, Northwestern’s Hannah Yabrosky stepped to the plate and laced a two-out RBI double to score Kara Deming and lift the Highlanders to a 5-4 win over Thomaston in nine innings on Thursday. Photos: Northwestern 5 Thomaston 4 (9) “I […]

Thomaston walks off in 10-inning thriller against Northwestern

Thomaston's Anthony Moura is hugged by teammate Shane O'Bar, after scoring the game-winning run in the Golden Bears; 5-4 win over Northwestern.

Pete Paguaga - Register Citizen

THOMASTON >> With the bases loaded, one out and Thomaston’s Jake Tehan at the plate, with a chance to win the game, Northwestern’s Nate Tancreti bounced his pitched well before the plate, skipping to the right of Zach Risedorf and out of play, allowing Thomaston’s Anthony Moura to waltz home, scoring the game-winning run, 5-4. […]

Northwestern holds on to beat Wamogo baseball

Northwestern’s Zach Risedorf slides safely into second base in the Highlanders’ 11-8 win over Wamogo.
Laurie Gaboardi - Register Citizen

WINSTED >> Spring weather blew a sloppy baseball game to Northwestern High School Thursday afternoon, not so much from the drizzle as from a pile-up of rescheduled games that had the Highlanders (9-4 overall; 9-3 Berkshire League) slogging through their fourth game in four days and visiting Wamogo (4-8 overall; 4-7 BL) in its third […]