Class S Boys Basketball: Tracy, No. 10 Terryville oust Portland in first round

TERRYVILLE >> No. 10 Terryville beat No. 23 Portland 58-37 in a first-round Class M boys basketball game that started out ice cold Tuesday night at Terryville High School. In a game of early tournament nerves, the Highlanders were colder. Their first field goal arrived with 1:03 left in the first half when sophomore guard […]

Boys basketball: Portland’s Serra named SLC Coach of the Year

MIDDLETOWN >> Portland High School boys basketball coach Chris Serra was selected as the Shoreline Conference Coach of the Year. Serra received the award prior to the league championship game on Friday at Wilbur Cross in New Haven. Serra, now in his second season with the Highlanders, guided Portland to an 11-9 mark during the […]

Middletown roundup: No. 8 Blue Dragons advance to CCC quarterfinals

Boys Basketball Middletown 66, New Britain 59 >> Middletown outscored the Golden Hurricanes, 24-13, in the fourth quarter and advanced to the Central Connecticut Conference quarterfinals on Thursday night at LaBella-Sullivan Gymnasium. The second-seeded Blue Dragons (19-2) will meet No. 7 Bloomfield (17-4) on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Bulkeley High School. Bloomfield defeated No. […]

Girls basketball: Portland honors Gene Reilly, edges Hale Ray for third straight win

Portland coaching legend Gene Reilly, who passed away last April, was remembered Friday night in between games of a basketball doubleheader at Bengston Memorial Gymnasium. Pictured, from left, during the ceremony are longtime Portland girls basketball coach Nick Chaconis, Reilly's wife, Mary, and Portland AD Rick Borg. The plaque honoring Reilly will be forever displayed at Portland High School. Photo by Jimmy Zanor - Middletown Press

PORTLAND >> The smile on Nick Chaconis’ face said it all. On a night when the Portland High School sports community was honoring Chaconis’ friend and colleague, Highlanders coaching legend Gene Reilly, the Portland girls basketball team won a thriller, edging Hale Ray, 43-41, Friday night at Bengston Memorial Gymnasium. “I think Gene would be […]

Boys basketball: Portland cruises past North Branford

PORTLAND >> Portland’s recent state championship success in baseball, girls cross country and girls soccer may be rubbing off on the boys basketball team. The Highlanders started fast and ended even faster in a 77-59 Shoreline Conference victory over North Branford on Tuesday at Bengston Memorial Gymnasium. Senior guard Jose Rivera paced the Highlanders balanced […]

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 soccer: Portland defied the odds

The Portland girls soccer team captured its second straight Class S title on Saturday. Pictured, from left, are Emilie Hernandez, Brooke Marconi, Carli Sienkewicz, Alina Pantano, and Kayla Hardesty. Photo by Jimmy Zanor - Middletown Press

The odds of winning a state championship as a No. 29 seed are stacked higher than Portland’s Arrigoni Bridge. You need to have the soccer gods on your side. And sometimes even that’s not enough. Your chances, however, become a little better when you’ve got a team who believes that the regular season is one […]

Class S girls soccer: Portland edges Housatonic Regional in OT thriller to win title

Housatonic Regional sophomore Lauren Segalla (13) and Portland junior AnnaRose Zampano battle for the ball in Saturday's Class S state championship game. (Jimmy Zanor - Middletown Press)

WATERBURY >> The Portland girls soccer team’s days of sharing the Class S championship trophy are over. Highlanders sophomore forward Mikayla Stefanski scored the winning goal during a mad scramble after a Kayla Hardesty corner kick in the 105th minute and No. 29 Portland capped an amazing state tournament run with a thrilling 2-1 double-overtime […]

Girls soccer: State championship gameday capsules

Photo by Pete Paguaga
Hailey Davis takes possession during Immaculate's semifinal-round win against Wethersfield.

CLASS LL No. 1 GLASTONBURY (21-1) vs. No. 6 FAIRFIELD WARDE (17-3-3) When: Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Where: West Haven High Internet: NFHSNetwork.com Championship game appearances: Glastonbury is 1-7 in the final, only winning in 2011. Fairfield Warde is making its second appearance. The Mustangs beat Farmington in the 2007 Class L final. What to look […]

Class S Girls Soccer: Notre Dame-Fairfield looking to continue historic season

The Notre Dame of Fairfield girls' soccer team will play Tuesday in the Class S state semifinals.

FAIRFIELD >> For the Notre Dame of Fairfield girls’ soccer team, winning by all means still should be a new thing. But don’t tell them that. It’s been a season of milestones for the Lancers as they advanced to the state tournament for the first time in program history, and now find themselves in the […]

Class S girls soccer: Portland edges East Hampton in tourney border war

Portland senior Emilie Hernandez shields the ball from East Hampton senior Elizabeth Lambert in Saturday's Class S quarterfinal match at East Hampton High School. Photo by Jimmy Zanor - Middletown Press

EAST HAMPTON >> After a disappointing regular season, the Portland girls soccer team has made the most out of their “second season.” The No. 29 Highlanders advanced to the Class S semifinals for the third consecutive year with a 1-0 victory over Shoreline Conference foe East Hampton on Saturday afternoon at East Hampton High School. […]

Cross Country: Entry list for State Open, how to qualify for New Englands

The State Open will take place on Friday at Wickham Park.

Friday afternoon at Wickham Park in Manchester, the CIAC State Open Cross Country Championships will take place starting at 2 p.m. Below is the schedule and links to the starting lists for both boys and girls. The Ridgefield boys and Tolland girls are defending Open champs. Also, from the CIAC Cross Country Tournament Handbook, here […]

Girls Cross Country: Pias, Mercy take second in Class L

New Fairfield's Gabrielle Richichi won her third straight state title Saturday. Photo by Catherine Avalone/Register

MANCHESTER >> For the second straight year the Mercy cross country team found itself in a familiar position Saturday afternoon at Wickham Park, and one it was hoping to avoid. The Tigers scored 67 points but were edged out by Darien’s 65 to finish as the Class L runner-up for the second year in a […]

Soccer: Class S champs Cromwell, Portland kick-off season

CROMWELL >> Defending Class S champion Cromwell kicks off the boys’ soccer season at home tonight (6:30 p.m.) against Shoreline Conference champion Valley Regional. “It should be a battle,” said Panthers coach Jon Harder, now in his eighth year. Harder also guided the Panthers to a state title in 2009 and a Shoreline crown in […]

Meet Middlesex County’s Scholar Athletes

High school seniors from Middlesex 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 […]

Jimmy Zanor: Portland’s Class S title one for the ages

Portland's players celebrate their Class S championship over Thomaston on June 14, 2014 Photo Peter Paguaga

MIDDLETOWN >> If the members of the Portland High School baseball team had any doubts that Bill Pomfret Stadium at Palmer Field was going to turn into Dyer Field West on Saturday, John Guidice certainly made sure to remind them. Guidice played on the Highlanders only state championship team in 1988 and Portland coach Rick […]

Class S baseball: Staub throws 1-hitter, Portland downs Thomaston for title

Portland's baseball team celebrates its Class S baseball title over Thomaston (Photo Peter Paguaga)

MIDDLETOWN >> The Portland baseball team capped off an incredible run through the Class S state tournament with an 8-0 win in the championship over Thomaston. The Highlanders came into the tournament as the No. 17 seed, losing the last four games heading into the tournament and managed to turn it around, winning five games […]

Jimmy Zanor: State Championship Weekend a good day to cheer

Notre Dame of West Haven celebrates after defeating East Lyme 2-1 in the Class L semi-final baseball game in Middletown  The Green Knight have another tough test ahead in the final Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Photo by Arnold Gold/New Haven Register

MIDDLETOWN >> One of my all-time favorite books is Jerome Holtzman’s “No Cheering in the Press Box.” The book is a collection of interviews Holtzman did with 20 sportswriters who reminisced about their experiences covering games and athletes during the “Golden Age of Sports.” It’s a fascinating read. Holtzman simply took his tape recorder, turned […]

Baseball: Class S state championship preview capsule

Complete tournament results  Class S No. 17 Portland (15-9) vs. No. 3 Thomaston (21-3) When: Saturday, 12 p.m. Where: Palmer Field, Middletown Championship game appearances: Portland 2 (1-0, lone title came in 1988); Thomaston 3 (1-1, lone title came in 2008). Watch: NFHS Network (subscription required) Players to watch: Portland: Justin Staub; Cole Ogorzalek. Thomaston: […]

Class S baseball: Portland hoping to complete magical run

Portland senior Jason Staub will get the pitching start against Thomaston in the Class S championship game Saturday at Palmer Field. Photo by Jimmy Zanor - Middletown Press

MIDDLETOWN >> Portland sure picked a good time to be playing their best baseball of the season. The No. 17 Highlanders (15-10) will try and complete their magical postseason run with a victory against No. 3 Thomaston (21-3) in the CIAC Class S state championship game Saturday at Palmer Field (12 p.m.). “It’s going to […]