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, […]

2015 Pequot League Team Preview Capsules

Pequot 2015 TILT Cut

Preview page for the 2015 Pequot League football season. Note: Links to team previews will be updated as previews are published throughout the month. Team-by-Team Previews Canton  Coginchaug  Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton  Cromwell/Portland  Ellington  Enfield  Gilbert/Northwestern  Granby Memorial  Haddam-Killingworth  Hyde/Career/Whitney Tech  Lewis Mills  Morgan  Nonnewaug  North Branford  Old Saybrook/Westbrook  SMSA/University  Stafford/East Windsor/Somers  Valley Regional/Old Lyme  Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby Team-by-Team Schedules MASTER […]

Girls lacrosse: Old Saybrook coach Al Mortali resigns

Al Mortali, Old Saybrook - Coach of the Year

Al Mortali, selected this season’s All-Area girls lacrosse coach of the year, has decided to resign after coaching the Rams for 16 years . “This is something I’ve been thinking about for a while, 16 years is quite a run,” Mortali said. “It has been a great experience and it has been great working with […]

2015 New Haven Register All-Area Girls Lacrosse Team

2015 All Area Girls Lacrosse

The 2015 New Haven Register All-Area Girls Lacrosse Team. Capsules by Dan Nowak. Most Valuable Player Lauren Cole Hand, Sr., Attack Stats: Had a single-season school record 128 goals and holds the school’s all-time scoring record with 317 goals. Also had 37 assists and 75 ground balls. Had eight goals and an assist in an […]

Live Blog: The CIAC Girls Lacrosse Championships

The Hand Tigers defeated the Guilford Indians, 18-6, in the Southern Connecticut Conference girls lacrosse championship, Thursday, May 28, 2015, at Ken Strong Stadium at West Haven High School. (Catherine Avalone/New Haven Register)

Follow our live Twitter stream of updates from the CIAC girls lacrosse championships Saturday at Bunnell. You can also watch the games live online at NFHS Network (subscription required). Spring Championship Scoreboard, Schedule SATURDAY CLASS L — Wilton vs. Darien at Bunnell, 10:30 a.m. [Live Feed] CLASS S — Granby Memorial vs. Old Saybrook at […]

Girls Lacrosse: State championship preview capsules

The Hand Tigers defeated the Guilford Indians, 18-6, for the Southern Connecticut Conference girls lacrosse championship, (Catherine Avalone/New Haven Register)

GIRLS LACROSSE CLASS L No. 3 DARIEN vs. No. 9 WILTON When: Saturday, 10:30 a.m. Where: Bunnell High, Stratford Records: Darien 19-3; Wilton 14-6 Internet: NFHSNetwork.com Championship game appearances: This will be the Blue Wave’s ninth CIAC championship appearance. Darien has won two Division I titles, a Class M title and two Class L titles. […]

Class S softball: Hale-Ray tops Old Saybrook, rolls into semifinals

Jimmy Zanor - Middletown Press
Hale-Ray junior Cailey Botteon had two hits in the Noises' quarterfinal round victory over Old Saybrook on Friday.

EAST HADDAM >> After winning just three of their first 10 games — and with only one senior on the roster — Hale-Ray softball coach Suzy Miner had to convince her young players that the season wasn’t over. Make that far from over. The Noises rolled into the Class S semifinals with a 7-2 victory […]

Friday’s NH County golf roundup: Xavier edges Cheshire

Old Saybrook 208, East Hampton 209 (at Fenwick Golf Course) Medalist: Alex Basil (East Hampton), 40 East Hampton: Alex Basil 40, Aaron Riley 61, Jordan Buonocore 54, Ben Golding 54, Curt Starter 62. Old Saybrook: Nick Sheehan 49 , James DePalermo 57 , Nick Malinconico 49 , Kyle Savino 57, Dean Nobile 53. Xavier 162, […]

Monday’s Star: Emily Drezek, Sacred Heart Academy; vote for Tuesday’s Star of the Day

Monday’s Star Emily Drezek, Sacred Heart Academy softball: Had four hits, including two home runs, and five RBIs in a 12-4 win over Shelton.   Vote for Tuesday’s Star of the Day until 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Outdoor track and field: Small programs doing big things

Members of the Coginchaug track team during a drill at practice. Photo by Catherine Avalone/Register

DURHAM >> In her four years at Coginchaug, track athlete Erin Blecha has heard just about every variation of how to properly pronounce the name of her school. “Nobody knows how to pronounce Coginchaug, wherever we go,” she said with a smile. “They are always like, ‘Co-gin-chog?’ You feel prideful in your team.” Correct pronunciation […]

Indoor Track: Coginchaug girls, Old Saybrook boys win Shoreline titles

Members of the Coginchaug girls’ track team celebrate after winning the Shoreline Conference Indoor Track title on Saturday at the Floyd Little Athletic Center. Photo by Mary Albl

NEW HAVEN >> Written on the legs of many of the members of the Coginchaug girls’ track team were words of encouragement and inspiration Saturday afternoon at the Shoreline Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships. Head coach Kate Germond said it’s always been tradition. “We were the team that is always the most spirited and […]

Boys basketball 2014-15: Shoreline Conference area capsules

Chris Jean-Pierre goes up for a basket against Sacred Heart in last year's Class S championship (Photo: Mara Lavitt - Register)

COGINCHAUG COACH: Todd Salva LAST YEAR: 12-11 (9-9) TOP PLAYERS: Josh Smith, 6-1, Sr. capt., F; Conor Doyle, 5-11, Sr. capt., G; Devin Rodrigue, 6-4, Sr., C; Cam Powers, 5-8, Jr., G; Zach Terrill, 6-3, Sr., G OUTLOOK: The return of Smith, Rodrigue and Powers among others will put the Blue Devils over the .500 […]

Girls cross country: 2014 New Haven Register All-Area Team

All Area Girls XC

Mackenzie Pias – MVP Mercy junior Stats: The junior helped guide Mercy to a second consecutive SCC title this past fall and a runner-up finish at the Class L meet. Pias won the SCC individual title in a course-record time (18:32), finished second at state meet, seventh at State Open (19:05) and 14th at New […]

Football: Jake Ward surpasses 6,000 career rushing yards as Morgan wins finale

CLINTON >> Although Morgan had already been eliminated from the postseason entering its contest with rival Old Saybrook/Westbrook, the Huskies played with a purpose Friday. The goal was to help senior running back Jake Ward achieve a personal milestone. Ward needed 159 rushing yards to surpass 6,000 in his career. It took quite a bit […]

Class S boys soccer: Cromwell escapes upset bid from Old Saybrook

Jimmy Zanor — Middletown Press
Cromwell junior Jared Grant puts his head on the ball as teammate Ardit Statovci tries to kick it on goal. Defending is Old Saybrook’s Ben VanVliet (19).

CROMWELL >> The Cromwell boys soccer team gave new meaning to the old tournament mantra in their CIAC Class S second round contest against Old Saybrook on Wednesday. Call it ‘barely’ survive and advance. The defending Class S champion Panthers needed penalty kicks to edge the upset-minded Rams, 2-1, (3-0 PKs) at Cromwell High School. […]

Class S Girls Soccer: East Hampton edges Old Saybrook in PKs

Jimmy Zanor — Middletown Press
Old Saybrook sophomore Devyn King gets ready to pass the ball against East Hampton Tuesday in the opening round of the Class S state tournament.

EAST HAMPTON >> East Hampton senior goalkeeper Alison Bristol remembered the last time she faced penalty kick shooters in the state tournament. “I was a freshman,” Bristol said. “It was against Lyman Memorial. And we won.” Well, Bristol is still undefeated in games decided by penalty kicks. East Hampton knocked out Shoreline Conference foe and […]

Football: Haddam-Killingworth cruises past Old Saybrook-Westbrook

Jimmy Zanor — Middletown Press
Haddam-Killingworth junior receiver Nate DeRita tries to elude Old Saybrook-Westbrook defenders Friday night. DeRita had seven receptions and two touchdowns in the Cougars’ 43-13 win.

HIGGANUM >> Haddam-Killingworth sophomore quarterback Alex Segaline threw four touchdown passes and the Cougars reached the .500 mark with a 43-13 Pequot Conference victory over Old Saybrook-Westbrook Friday night at Higganum. H-K (4-4), which didn’t win a game last season, has won four straight. “We brought it back to .500 this week but we expect […]

Soccer: SCC, Shoreline tournament outlooks

(Catherine Avalone - New Haven Register)
West Haven's Sebastian Parra (10) and Kevin Ruiz (8) battles Notre Dame's Alexander Ossa for possession. Both West Haven and Notre Dame could earn wildcards into the SCC tournament beginning Oct. 25.

Both of last year’s champions of the Southern Connecticut Conference soccer tournaments still have a chance to repeat. SCC BOYS Xavier is still in wildcard consideration with one week remaining in the regular season, but it is a longshot. So who will be crowned the boys champ on Oct. 29 at East Haven High? Could […]

Monday’s Star: Ania Spina, Sheehan girls soccer; Vote for Tuesday’s Star

MONDAY’S STAR Ania Spina, Sheehan girls soccer: Scored with 3 seconds left in regulation to give the Titans the 2-1 win over Shelton. Vote for Tuesday’s Star at GameTimeCT.com until 9 p.m. Wednesday.