When Hand, a team that may not even qualify for the Southern Connecticut Conference tournament, defeated then-unbeaten, unanimous No. 1 Amity a week ago, it had to be the upset of the high school baseball season. Or was it? True, Hand is only a few games above .500 and lost four games in a row at […]
If you spend enough time with Gary Marineau you’re bound to hear about his adventures playing in pickup basketball games with Doug Flutie, talking about stone masonry with Bill “Spaceman” Lee, or striking out Oil Can Boyd in a 45-and-older baseball league. Spend even more time with Marineau and his wife, Lisa, and you’ll get […]
HADDAM >> Haddam-Killingworth’s softball team, one of the favorites to win the Shoreline Conference crown, has hit a speed bump. After winning nine of their first 10, the Cougars dropped two in a row, the latest a 9-3 Shoreline Conference decision to Valley Regional at home Wednesday afternoon. “We didn’t play well offensively or defensively […]
DEEP RIVER >> Former Valley Regional assistant coach Jeff Bernardi returned to Deep River on Friday night. Bernardi, now in his third season as East Lyme’s head coach, helped the Warriors win two state titles (2011 and 2013) during his five seasons at Valley. “It was a little awkward between seeing all the kids and […]
DEEP RIVER >> When Valley Regional/Old Lyme opened the second half with a gorgeous 64-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Matt Sapere to sophomore Jason O’Brien, a roar reverberated from the famous hill at Blythe Field all the way through the Connecticut River Valley and all the small Pequot Conference towns in between. The Warriors, […]
Class LL ••• Quarterfinals Tuesday, November 29 Darien 29, Greenwich 3 Ridgefield 28, West Haven 21 Shelton 55, Newtown 21 Southington 35, NFA 22 ••• Semifinals Monday, December 5 Ridgefield 44, Shelton 41 at Finn Stadium, Shelton, 6:30 p.m. Darien 38, Southington 7 at Boyle Stadium, Stamford 6:30 p.m. ••• Championship Darien 28, Ridgefield 7 Saturday, December […]
CIAC Football Playoff Scoreboard More Playoff Capsules: CLASS LL | CLASS L | CLASS S CLASS M The 2016 CIAC Football Class M quarterfinal previews. Compiled and written by Mike Pucci. Videos Sean Patrick Bowley, Valley Regional/Old Lyme Football, WFSB-3 and WTNH-8. No. 6 St. Joseph at No. 1 Valley Regional/Old Lyme WHERE / WHEN — Blythe Field, Deep […]
DEEP RIVER >> Matt Sapere for 244 yards and three touchdowns on just 14 carriers as No. 1- seeded Valley Regional/Old Lyme rolled past No. 8 seeded Berlin, 30-12 in the Class S quarterfinals at Blythe Field. Valley (10-1) will play host to No. 5-seeded St. Joseph, a 48-21 winner over Wolcott, in the state […]
More Previews: CLASS LL | CLASS L | CLASS S CLASS M Capsules by Mike Pucci (St. Joseph v. Wolcott, Bunnell v. Killingly, Hillhouse v. New Fairfield) and Jimmy Zanor (Berlin v. Valley Regional). No. 8 Berlin at No. 1 Valley Regional/OL WHERE/WHEN —Richard Blythe Field, Deep River. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 6:30 p.m. TEAM RECORDS —Berlin 8-2 (CCC Division […]
Deep River >> The Valley Regional/Old Lyme football team had a lot to celebrate on the 30th anniversary of the Principal’s Cup Tuesday night. The Warriors captured its fifth straight Principal’s Cup trophy with a 31-0 victory over Thanksgiving Day rival Haddam-Killingworth before a huge crowd at Blythe Field. Valley seniors Dan Stecher and Garret […]
MERIDEN >> It’s often referred to as the beautiful game. During this year’s Class S boys soccer tournament, Coventry is showing why. The third-seeded Patriots had another command performance Tuesday night in Meriden, knocking out Valley Regional, 4-0, in the state semifinals at Falcon Field. “Last year they should have won Class S so we […]
CLINTON >> Westbrook senior Alexa Mulvihill set a school record for most goals scored in a single season this fall. She now has one goal that will be remembered above all the rest. Westbrook captured the Shoreline Conference tournament championship with a thrilling 1-0 victory over Valley Regional on Thursday night at the Indian River […]
Shoreline final (at the Indian River Complex, Clinton) Thursday 7 p.m.: No. 2 Westbrook vs. No. 4 Valley Regional Semifinals Tuesday No. 2 Westbrook 3, No. 3 North Branford 2 No. 4 Valley Regional 2, No. 1 Haddam-Killingworth 1 •
Fifteen high school athletic programs have been selected as CIAC Michaels Achievement Cup exemplary programs recognizing their outstanding achievement as overall athletics programs for the 2015-16 academic year. The 15 schools are: Amity, Brookfield, Canton, Cheshire, East Catholic, East Lyme, Haddam-Killingworth, Immaculate, Joel Barlow, Lauralton Hall, Ledyard, Lewis Mills, Lyman Memorial, Staples and Valley Regional. […]
Tuesday’s Star Grace Murray, Lauralton Hall field hockey: Scored the game’s only goal in a 1-0 win over Hamden. Vote for Wednesday’s Star until 9 p.m. Thursday.
Thursday’s star Sam Simione, Cheshire field hockey: She had two goals in a 3-0 win over Sheehan. Vote for Monday’s Star of the Day until 9 p.m. Tuesday.
DEEP RIVER >> Valley Regional/Old Lyme senior Garrett Burdick has big-play capability whenever he touches the ball, whether on offense, defense or with his leg. Burdick did a little bit of everything Friday night in a Pequot Conference contest against rival North Branford. Burdick started the scoring when he kicked a 37-yard field goal and […]
Tuesday’s Star Hannah Tricarico, Seymour girls swimming: Won the 100 freestyle and the 200 individual medley and was a member of the winning 200 freestyle relay in a 90-80 win over Sacred Heart. Vote for Wednesday’s Star until 9 p.m. Thursday.
DEEP RIVER >> After losing a heartbreaker against Rocky Hill in last year’s season finale, a Thanksgiving loss that cost Cromwell/Portland a trip to the state playoffs, Panthers senior Kristian Sapp went into the weight room. “His offseason this year was probably the best offseason he’s had to prepare for what he’s had to do […]
CLINTON >> The Valley Regional/Old Lyme football team looked like Class M playoff contenders on Friday night. Senior quarterback Matt Sapere tossed three touchdown passes and ran for one more in leading the Warriors to an impressive 37-13 Pequot Conference South victory over Morgan at Bob Brigockas Field. Valley’s defense, led by juniors Roan Sullivan […]