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 […]

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 […]