East Catholic has had a successful boys basketball program for quite some time. In the last seven seasons, the Eagles have been a state title contender every single year. The Eagles have won four Central Connecticut Conference championships and three state championships in the last seven seasons. And it’s been future Division I players passing […]
The 2020 GameTimeCT All-State Boys Basketball team. Compiled by Joe Morelli. Photos by Hearst Connecticut Media and were submitted. Designed by Pete Paguaga and Sean Patrick Bowley. Boys Basketball All-State Lineups FIRST TEAM ♦♦♦ Player of the Year Matt Knowling East Catholic, Senior, Forward Stats: The 6-4 guard/forward averaged 24 points, eight rebounds and […]
The 2020 GameTimeCT All-State Girls Hockey team. Compiled by Dave Stewart. Photos by Hearst Connecticut Media. Designed by Pete Paguaga and Sean Patrick Bowley. FIRST TEAM ♦♦♦ Skater of the Year Catherine Martin Darien, Junior, Defenseman Stats: Helped lead a Wave defense which allowed just 21 goals and pitched eight shutouts in 19 games […]
HARTFORD – The history of Mirabello and Reilly goes back decades. John Mirabello played for Joe Reilly at the former South Catholic High School. Joe’s son Luke watched plenty of dad’s games and watched John tear up the opposition. Years later, both John and Luke are veteran coaches on opposite sides of the capital city, […]
FORWARDS Kori Bartko (Avon), Nora Birmingham (Ellington), Demeri Carangelo (Hamden), Maddie Epke (Guilford), Kaleigh Harden (New Canaan), Nelle Kniffin (Darien), Meghan Lane (Wilton), Grace Melanson (Simsbury), Taylor Nowak (West Haven). DEFENSEMEN Tess Csejka (Amity), Shelby Little (Avon), Catherine Martin (Darien), Brooke McNabola (West Haven), Sydney Orszulak (Greenwich), Julia Swanson (East Catholic). GOALIES Caitlyn Caldon (South […]
HARTFORD — Northwest Catholic coach John Mirabello stood in front of a bank of cameras, all demanding to know how his team rallied from a 10-point deficit to topple No. 1-ranked Windsor, 72-62 in the CCC semifinals Tuesday night. Mirabello, the longtime NWC coaching legend, kept looking up at the scoreboard as he wiped sweat […]
WELCOME BACK to an action-packed episode of Courtside with Joe Morelli, your stop for Connecticut boys basketball talk. It was wild week for boys basketball in the state with league tournament quarterfinals on Friday and Saturday and then a couple of intriguing semifinals on Monday night. The biggest news of the week, of course, was Sacred […]
FIRST ROUND Monday, March 2 No. 7 EAST CATHOLIC/GLASTONBURY/SOUTH WINDSOR (ETB) 1, No. 10 WEST HAVEN/SHA 0 WHSHA 0 0 0 – 0 ETB 0 0 1 – 1 ETB: Mary McKiernan 1g. Saves: WH – Hannah Davey 22; ETB – Caitlyn Caldon 34. No. 5 SUFFIELD CO-OP 4, No. 12 NOTRE DAME-FAIRFIELD CO-OP 0 NDFF […]
HARTFORD — When Justice Ellison finished off a razzle-dazzle dunk that’s become trademarked for top-ranked Windsor, forgive fans at the Babe Allen Field House in Hartford for thinking the rest of this quarterfinal game between favored Windsor and Farmington was a formality. The play was the exclamation point on Windsor’s 16-point halftime lead. But Nico […]
GLASTONBURY – Seeding hadn’t mattered all week during the CCC girls basketball tournament and it didn’t matter in Thursday’s championship game, either. Defending champion E.O. Smith, seeded 14th this year, repeated at CCC champions thanks to a suffocating defense that propelled the Panthers to a 42-28 victory over No. 4 East Catholic in the […]
Caitlyn Caldon, East Catholic/Glastonbury/South Windsor (ETB): The senior goalie was once again solid as she collected 29 saves in a 1-0 victory over the Avon co-op on Friday. Caldon also …
GLASTONBURY – East Catholic’s girls basketball team is heading to the CCC tournament finals for the first time. Led by a collective scoring effort, the No. 4 Eagles raced past No. 8 Bloomfield 73-57 on Tuesday night. “We saw this, to be honest,” East Catholic coach Jeremiah Brown said. “We have been saying that […]
The 2020 Central Connecticut Conference Boys Basketball Bracket will tip off Thursday, Feb. 27 with the first round at the higher seeds and conclude with quarterfinal, semifinal and championship rounds at Bulkeley High School’s Babe Allen Field House. BOYS BASKETBALL LEAGUE TOURNAMENT HUB The quarterfinals will be Saturday, Feb. 29, followed by the semifinals on […]
With everyone focusing on the teams remaining in conference tournaments, most of the teams across the state are left with a gap before the state tournaments begin March 2.
That includes the many teams not q…
GLASTONBURY – When the moment called for it, Courtney Doherty wanted the ball in her hands. The senior drilled a corner 3-pointer with under two minutes to give No. 14-seeded E.O. Smith the lead for good in its 50-42 win over No. 6-seeded Glastonbury in the CCC quarterfinals Saturday afternoon. “Absolutely I wanted the […]
The 2020 CCC Girls Basketball Tournament will begin Thursday, Feb. 20 with the first round at the sites of the eight higher seeds and conclude with the final three rounds at Glastonbury High School. The quarterfinals will be held all day Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. at Glastonbury. The semifinals will be Tuesday, Feb. 25 […]
Back on opening night, after his Simsbury team had defeated defending state champion New Canaan 3-2, coach Paul Melanson was clear that he had faith in both of his goalies, who had split time in that game.
Caitlyn Caldon, East Catholic/Glastonbury/South Windsor (ETB): Caldon, ETB’s senior goalie, collected 27 saves in a 4-3 win over West Haven/SHA at Bennett Rink on Saturday. ETB has won six…
The East Catholic/Glastonbury/South Windsor co-op (ETB) visited Boston last week to face Matignon High School at the Warrior Ice Arena, the practice facility of the Boston Bruins.
The event was about much m…
WINDSOR — When it was over, after a night that captured everything that makes high school basketball great, Matt Knowling was good enough to step back out of the East Catholic bus. “We’ve got to be a lot better,” the Eagles’ 6-foot-5 senior said after his team’s first loss of the season. “When we play […]
WINDSOR — East Catholic had kept Windsor’s Corey McKeithan under wraps the entire second half Tuesday night. The senior guard had scored exactly two points from the free-throw line as the game featuring the state’s top two teams had reached the final minute. But that didn’t stop McKeithan putting up one last shot. It was […]
Building depth is one step on the way for a co-op boys hockey team. Learning how to win together, that’s another.
Learning to check your sharpened skates on a practice day rather than a game day? It appears…
Watch the Top 10, No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown between East Catholic and Windsor Tuesday night at Windsor. Broadcast via The Day of New London‘s GameDay team. And beforehand, you can check out the latest Courtside With Joe Morelli podcast with special guest: East Catholic coach Luke Reilly, embedded above. More on the showdown: […]
WELCOME BACK to another podcast edition of COURTSIDE with Joe Morelli, covering things all things boys basketball in Connecticut. And it’s a busy, busy week for hoop fans across the state, beginning TONIGHT (Tuesday, Jan. 28) when No. 1 East Catholic faces No. 2 Windsor in the anticipated rematch of last year’s CIAC Division I […]
It took another 5 1/2 weeks, but the state is still going to get the premier matchup the sport of boys basketball has to offer.
No. 1 East Catholic travels to No. 2 Windsor Tuesday night for a Central Conne…
Many of the state’s Top 10 girls basketball teams took losses this week, including No. 1 Notre Dame-Fairfield. The Lancers lost to Hudson Catholic of New Jersey, 61-48, just two days after their competitive and narrow victory over No. 2 Newtown. WEEK’S FINE PERFORMANCES / GAMES TO WATCH (JAN. 26) Regardless, Notre Dame stayed No. […]
West Haven/SHA coach Erin Blake affectionately refers to Taylor Nowak, Megan Froehlich and Jianna Cohrs as her “Conehead Line,” a nod to the 1980 US men’s hockey team and the movie “Miracle.”
For opposing d…
Caitlyn Caldon, East Catholic/Glastonbury/South Windsor (ETB): Caldon, a senior, stopped all 20 shots she faced as ETB blanked defending state champion New Canaan, 2-0, on Sunday at the Newin…
Notre Dame-Fairfield holds steady as the unanimous No. 1 and they’re about to face the state’s No. 2 team. With New London losing to South Kingstown (RI), 74-45, enough voters saw fit to bump up Newtown, Notre Dame-Fairfield’s SWC rival, to the No. 2 spot. They did so just in time as the Nighthawks play […]