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 […]

2014 Litchfield County Female Athlete of the Year, Thomaston’s Abby Hurlbert

Thomaston's Abby Hurlbert starred on the field hockey, girls basketball and softball teams for the Golden Bears. Sean Meenaghan - Register Citizen

Thomaston, the Northwest Corner’s State Championship town… where, this year, no one is more identified with that status than Abby Hurlbert. “When we needed a big hit or a big play, Abby was always in the center of it,” said softball co-coach Kelly Finlay in a statement that echoes through Hurlbert’s two other sports – […]

2014 Litchfield County All-Area Golf Team

Griffin Ylagan Area-MVP Shepaug, Jr. Stats: Averaged a score of 40 this season, tied for first in the league overall, tied for the number one overall player in the Berkshire League, shot a 78 at the Berkshire Tournament to finish in second place. Honors: Berkshire League All-Star. Joe D’Andrea Litchfield, Jr. Stats: Finished in fourth […]

Litchfield County Area Girls Tennis MVP: MacKenzie Blair, Thomaston

Litchfield County's girls tennis MVP, Thomaston's MacKenzie Blair. Pete Paguaga - Register Citizen

Before her freshman year Thomaston’s MacKenzie Blair never picked up a tennis racket in her entire life and four years late Blair is leaving the Golden Bears as one of their most successful tennis players in school history. “I was a runner for a long time and I wanted to try something new, a friend, […]

2014 Litchfield County All-Area Girls Tennis

MacKenzie Blair Area-MVP Thomaston Sr. Stats: Won the Berkshire League championship, the first in school history, went 13-3 during the regular season and 15-4 overall, helped lead Thomaston to its best season in school history, where they reached the Class S semifinals and won Berkshire League team championship. She also won her first match in […]

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 […]

Litchfield County Area Girls Track MVP: Sabrina Olsen, Thomaston

Thomaston's Sabrina Olsen capped off her senior season with the State Championship in the steeplechase, her third straight state title in that event.
Pete Paguaga - Register Citizen

In a sport that regularly turns out prime examples of heart and fortitude – long distance running – Sabrina Olsen stands out among the champions because she genuinely enjoys running, seemingly, the longer the better. Witness her comments after her third straight state steeplechase championship earlier this month. “The steeplechase is my favorite event in […]

2014 Litchfield County All-Area Girls Track and Field

Sabrina Olsen Area-MVP Thomaston, Sr. Stats: Won the Class S state championship in the 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs, won the State Open in the steeplechase for the third year in a row, won the Berkshire League championship in the 4 X 800 relay, 800, 1,600, 3,200 and the steeplechase and she qualified for the […]

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: Terryville has winning attitude this summer

Mike Milius, starred for Thomaston high school this season, helping them reach the Class S championship game.

Pete Paguaga - Register Citizen

TERRYVILLE >> This summer’s Terryville American Legion team has a different vibe. A big reason is the team’s attitude. “After our comeback win against Unionville, Blaise (Russo) had the best quote: ‘you can’t beat the team that doesn’t give up,’” Terryville coach Dave Alarcon said. Terryville has players from four different schools — Terryville, Thomaston, […]

GameTimeCT / NH Register Final Softball Top 10 Poll: Southington is No. 1

Southington finishes the season as No. 1 in the final GameTimeCT.com/New Haven Register Top 10 Softball Poll.

(Photo by Mara Lavitt)

Class LL champion Southington (24-0) capped an unbeaten season by being named the No. 1 team in the final GameTimeCT.com / New Haven Register Top 10 Softball Poll. Team Points Last Class 1. Southington (24-0) (16) 480 1 LL Final result: Def. Amity 1-0 in 15 innings to capture the Class LL state championship. Bottom […]

Class S Softball: O’Neill completes comeback, delivers Thomaston to state championship

Thomaston swarms Gabby Hurlbert (8) after she scored the game-winning run, on a Erin O'Neill base hit, in the bottom of the eighth to lift the Golden Bears past Old Saybrook to win the Class S state championship, 7-6.
Laurie Gaboardi - Register Citizen

WEST HAVEN >> Nobody does it better. Not only do the Thomaston girls win state titles, they do it in absolutely unforgettable ways. Slideshow: Thomaston 7 Old Saybrook 6 (8) How do you top two overtimes and three straight foul shots for last winter’s basketball championship? Easy. Come back from a six-run deficit through four […]

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 […]

Softball: Class LL and Class S championship preview capsules

Southington's Kendra Friedt rears back to make a pitch during her team's 8-0 victory over Hand in the Class L semifinals at West Haven. Friedt had 11 strikeouts. Photo Peter Hvizdak - Register

CLASS LL No. 7 Amity (22-5) vs. No. 1 Southington (23-0) When: Today, 7 p.m. Where: Biondi Field, West Haven Watch: NFHS Network (subscription required) Championship game appearances: Amity 13 (5-7, last title came in 2012); Southington 20 (15-4, last title came in 2013). Players to watch: Amity: Katie Koshes, So., P; Krista Reynolds, Sr., 3B; […]

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: […]

Thomaston baseball, softball adds to Golden Bears’ stellar year

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While the Thomaston softball team was practicing in the rain Thursday, cars drove by honking their horns and even a police officer stopped honked and turned on his lights, all in support the softball team who is playing in the Class S title game on Saturday. “It’s awesome, everyone knows,” said Gene Torrence, Thomaston softball […]

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 […]