Football: Cromwell/Portland players under investigation for hazing

A Cromwell running back battles through Coginchaug defenders during last year’s Thanksgiving Day matchup. Cromwell and Portland players, now playing as a combined team, are being investigated for possible locker room hazing. Photo by Jimmy Zanor — Middletown Press

CROMWELL >> Members of the Cromwell/Portland high school football team are under investigation for possible hazing on the newly combined team, according to multiple media reports Tuesday. Superintendent of Schools Paula M. Talty said school officials only recently learned of the allegations, according WTNH-TV. She said the authorities were contacted immediately. Talty declined to give details […]

Football: Middletown region football menu should be a local treat

Middletown's Hunter Belzo runs with the football during last year's Class L-Small semifinals (Photo Peter Hvizdak)

MIDDLETOWN >> The high school football season is right around the corner and peeking at our local teams’ schedules we found that Xavier plays two games at West Haven’s Ken Strong Stadium and none at their sparkling new on-campus field; the Coginchaug versus Cromwell Thanksgiving Day battle is no more; defending Class S champion Valley […]

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 EAST Coginchaug  Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton  Cromwell/Portland  Ellington  Enfield  Stafford/East Windsor/Somers  Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby SOUTH Haddam-Killingworth  Hyde/Career/Whitney Tech  Morgan  North Branford  Old Saybrook/Westbrook  Valley Regional/Old Lyme  WEST Canton  Gilbert/Northwestern  Granby Memorial  Lewis Mills  Nonnewaug  SMSA/University  […]

Legion baseball: No time for World Series hangover for RCP

Jimmy Zanor - Middletown Press
RCP first-year head coach T.J. Grande exchanges line-up cards with Middletown head coach Tim D'Aquila and home plate umpire Sandy Booth prior to last week's exhibition game at Monnes Field.

CROMWELL >> Jay Hickey leaned against the backstop at Fran Monnes Field, watching the RCP and Middletown American Legion baseball teams in their second exhibition game of the summer. But his thoughts quickly turned to last August. “I would have loved to get another shot against New Jersey,” Hickey said. Now, that’s a bold statement. […]

Portland baseball learns heartbreaking loss can’t compare to Fairfield County / I-95 traffic

Portland's Justin Staub takes a nap on the way *down* to the Highlanders' second round game vs. Trinity Catholic. Portland didn't return home until hours after their 11-inning loss to Trinity Catholic (Photo via PHS AD News & Views on Twitter)

Sac fly by Daine and Trinity walks off with win in 11 innings 2-1 #ctbase pic.twitter.com/ilfsH0ZYdw — Scott Ericson (@EricsonSports) June 4, 2015 Portland’s defense of its Class S championship ended in heartbreak Thursday with a 2-1, 11-inning loss to Trinity Catholic. Trinity’s Randy Polonia — who was later named FCIAC player of the year — […]

Baseball: Coginchaug reaches Shoreline title game

PORTLAND >> Portland High was the 2014 Class S Cinderella. Maybe this time around it will be Coginchaug. The surging Blue Devils beat defending Class S champion Portland, 6-1, behind the pitching of Zach Terrill in the semifinal round of the Shoreline Conference playoffs Thursday at Dyer Field. With the win, Coginchaug advanced to the […]

Baseball: Portland edges Valley Regional in SLC quarterfinals

Portland senior Cole Ogorzalek tossed a complete game four-hitter as the Highlanders edged Valley Regional 3-1 on Tuesday at Dyer Field. Photo by Jimmy Zanor - The Middletown Press

PORTLAND >> Portland’s magical run to the Class S state baseball title a year ago was fueled by sensational pitching, great defense and timely hitting. Well, it’s playoff time again and the Highlanders’ modus operandi is still the same. Portland upended Valley Regional, 3-1, in the Shoreline Conference quarterfinals behind a terrific complete game effort […]

Baseball: Breton’s double lifts Hale-Ray over Portland in extra innings

Hale-Ray senior Brian Johnson delivers a pitch on Monday at Dyer Field. Photo by Jimmy Zanor - Middletown Press

PORTLAND >> Powered by Lukas Breton’s game-winning double in the top of the ninth and some terrific pitching by Brian Johnson and Ryan Nichisti, Hale-Ray spoiled Portland’s Senior Day with a 4-3 Shoreline Conference victory on Monday at Dyer Field. The Noises also snapped the Highlanders six-game win streak. “It was a fantastic win for […]

Baseball: Coginchaug blasts Portland in SLC slugfest

Portland sophomore Austin White slides into third base with a triple as Coginchaug third baseman Connor Salva stretches for the tag. Photo by Jimmy Zanor - Middletown Press

DURHAM >> Coginchaug moved one step closer to a state tournament berth by defeating  defending Class S champion Portland, 14-7, in a Shoreline Conference slugfest Monday at Helmuth Brown Field. Artie Koba and Tucker Root each hit two-run homers to power the Blue Devils 13-hit attack. Kyle Farrell, Joe Prifitera, Connor Salva and Root had […]

Softball: Late rally lifts Cromwell past Portland

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Cromwell sophomore Kate Pietraszek is elated after Maddy Budzik (8) and Erica Bertucio (15) both scored on Elena Masiello's game-ending base hit that lifted the Panthers to a 2-1 win.

CROMWELL >> The Cromwell softball team kept rolling on Friday. Panthers senior Elena Masiello knocked in the tying run with a clutch single in the bottom of the seventh. The ball then skipped past the outfield, allowing Maddy Budzik to race home with the winning run, as Cromwell edged Portland, 2-1, in a Shoreline Conference […]

Baseball: Ogorzalek, Portland edge Haddam-Killingworth

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Portland senior Cole Ogorzalek fires a pitch against Haddam-Killingworth on Friday. Ogorzalek went the distance in the Highlanders' 4-3 win at Dyer Field.

PORTLAND >> Portland baseball coach Rick Borg has noticed a subtle difference in his team this spring. It seems last June’s memorable tournament run, which culminated with the school’s second Class S state championship, has given the Highlanders a confidence boost. “It’s a good thing,” Borg said. “They play with a lot more composure because […]

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

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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 […]