Ben Mason, a former standout fullback at Newtown High and the University of Michigan, has been dreaming about playing in the NFL all his life. On Saturday, that dream came true. The Baltimore Ravens drafted Mason with the No. 184 pick overall in the fifth round, kicking off the next phase of Mason’s football career. […]
Former Windsor High standout guard Amir “Primo” Spears signed a national letter of intent Wednesday to play college basketball at Division I Duquesne University. Spears, a 6-foot-2 guard who did a post-graduate season at Mount Zion Prep in Lanham, Maryland, verbally committed to the Dukes near the end of March. The signing was held at […]
The Suffield co-op girls ice hockey had faced off with defending CCC champion Simsbury three times during the regular season. The result was three Simsbury victories. That experience, however, didn’t hurt the Wildcats when they faced Simsbury again in the conference final. Junior Kylie Downs scored the game-winning goal with an assist from junior Konelin […]
You run through the kind of competitive gauntlet the Bristol Central boys basketball team went through last week, you earn the right to finish No. 1. Bristol Central won the Central Connecticut Conference’s championship Bracket 1 by defeating three teams ranked in the top five of the Register/GameTimeCT Top 10 poll: fourth-ranked Windsor, second-ranked Northwest […]
It appears there will be a true Central Connecticut Conference champion crowned in boys and girls basketball later this month, albeit using a different format than in past seasons. The CCC has approved having all 32 teams playing in the tournament, likely to begin on March 22, in the proposal obtained by Hearst Connecticut Media. […]
WEST HARTFORD – There is no state tournament to be played this season and right now in the CCC, there has been no determination as to what the league tournament will even look like. But even in a shortened 12-game regular season playing in regions, these games matter: to the coaches who come to work […]
On January 28, 2020, we had a 1 vs. 2 ranked matchup in the GameTimeCT boys basketball poll between Central Connecticut Conference powerhouses No. 1 East Catholic and No. 2 Windsor. Windsor won that day on a last-second circus shot by Corey McKeithan as the game lived up to the pre-game hype. On Monday night, […]
Ken Smith has long been at the forefront helping out kids, especially those who have played for him for over his three-plus decades as coach at Windsor High. Currently, he is a part of the CARE (Coaches Advancement for Racial Equity) Committee, a group that recently formed to help try to run the state basketball […]
Gymnasiums, like the players and programs they house, gain reputations over time. Some have unique dimensions or challenging sight lines, some have fans lined up right near the baseline or on top of the benches, and others are home to fans that just know how to get loud and distracting. We know gyms matter. Home […]
No one knows for sure how the winter sports season will play out. The earliest any CIAC team can begin practicing is Jan. 19 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
All possibilities are on the table, including pushi…
Maddie Bergin, North Haven: Bergin, a senior, finished third in the 50-yard freestyle at the 2019 State Open (23.90 seconds) and took fourth in the 100 freestyle (52.31). Bergin won both the Class M 50 (24.01) and 100 free…
Bristol Central center Donovan Clingan came into the week with seven scholarship offers to major Division I college basketball programs. That amount nearly doubled over the first two days of this week as schools continue to pursue Clingan’s services. Clingan, a 7-foot-1 rising junior, said he has received scholarship offers from Michigan State, Rutgers, Notre […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
NEW HAVEN — On Saturday, Shelby Dejana of Wilton showcased her stamina at the CIAC Class L girls track and field championships at the Floyd Little Athletic Center and earned two wins as a result.
The 1 vs. 2 matchup lived up to the hype: the game went down to the final seconds and it took a circus shot — a 360 move from guard Corey McKeithan — to help No. 2 Windsor prevail over No. 1 East Catholic 48-45. And because of that, Windsor becomes the first unanimous No. […]
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 […]
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…
AVON — Give a talented hockey team enough chances on the power play, and it’ll bite you eventually. Saturday night at Avon Old Farms, penalties bit away the state’s last unbeaten boys hockey team. The Farmington Valley Generals went 3-for-7 on the power play, scoring the third on its second five-on-three, to beat WMRP 3-2 […]
14 high school basketball players from Connecticut schools were nominated for the McDonalds All-American Games. Nominated girls Shamaria King, Watkinson School Megan Landsiedel, Stamford Maranda Nyborg, Bethel Sara Wohlgemuth, Hand Nominated boys Periklis Basimakopoulos, Shelton Justice Ellison, Windsor Brian Geitner, Tolland Matt Knowling, East Catholic Zach Laput, Notre Dame-West Haven Corey McKeithan, Windsor Guy Ragland, […]
Welcome back to Uni-Browse. This winter we are going to mix it up and pit the sports against each other. Each week we will take one girls basketball, one boys basketball and one hockey uniform and let you pick the best one. Let’s take a look at this week’s candidates. Please vote at the bottom […]
NEW HAVEN – Amir Spears was not playing like Amir Spears for most of Wednesday night. Windsor’s senior guard had scored just 12 points through three quarters, struggling against Hillhouse’s quick defense. But just when it looked like second-ranked Windsor was about to go down, Spears put the Warriors on his back. He scored 18 […]
NEW HAVEN — Windsor trailed the entire second half. The Warriors were never even tied with Hillhouse in a top four state showdown.
But Windsor dug down deep trailing by 8 with less than 2 minutes left and f…