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Welcome to the New Haven Register high school sports blog where our talented staff of Chris Hunn, Joe Morelli, Dan Nowak and Mike Pucci will keep you up to date on everything to do with high school sports in Connecticut. Mike Pucci's Gridiron Glory blog for high school football remains. We hope you enjoy and feel free to join in the conversation.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Deroy Commits to St. Michael's

Hamden senior Cara Deroy has given an oral commitment to play basketball at St. Michael's College (Vt.).
Deroy, a point guard, averaged 15.5 points, six assists and three steals per game for the Green Dragons last season.

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Monday, October 26, 2009


Hand field hockey coach Sue Leckey, in her seventh season as the Tigers coach, will try to get her 100th career win on Tuesday (Oct. 27) when the Tigers travel to Amity for a game at 4 p.m.
Leckey has a 99-18-4-4 record overall. She is 86-12-4-4 in the regular season and 13-6 in the postseason (CIAC Class M tournament.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Langley Commits to St. John's

Lauralton Hall guard Keylantra Langley gave an oral commitment Saturday to play basketball at St. John's.
Langley, a 5-foot-9 senior from Bridgeport, averaged 15.2 points, nine rebounds and seven assists last season for the Crusaders. Along with the Red Storm, Langley was considering Marist, Cincinnati and James Madison.

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soccer division titles on line

The Southern Connecticut Conference should determine all of its division champions this week.
In boys' soccer, Branford plays at East Haven tonight at 6 to determine the Oronoque Division title. A win at Shelton tonight at 7 will secure the second straight Housatonic Division crown for Amity.
On Wednesday, Hand and Guilford meet for the second time at 5:30 in Guilford to settle the Hammonasset. In Middletown at 3:45, Fairifeld Prep can clinch the Quinnipiac with a win over Xavier.

In girls' soccer, only Wilbur Cross has clinched a league tournament berth after winning its second straight Oronoque title. Cheshire will join Cross with a win at home vs. Shelton tonight at 6. It would be Cheshire's third straight Housatonic Division title.
Mercy will clinch yet another Quinnipiac Division title with a win at home vs. Mercy today at 3:45. On Wednesday, Hand and Guilford square off for the Hammonasset at 7:30.

Monday, October 19, 2009

First Hillhouse-Wilbur Cross game before Christmas

The renewal of the city boys' basketball rivalry will take place before Christmas.

Hillhouse will play Wilbur Cross on Monday, Dcember 21, at 6 p.m. at the New Haven Athletic Center. Normally, the first game takes place in January, but has been moved up this year due to Southern Conencticut Conference scheduling.
This also happened a few years ago. Quite frankly, this game should NEVER be played in December. Both teams should have seven to eight games under its respective belts before playing one another. Hopefully, this can be switched, but likely will not.

Even more interesting is where the second game is scheduled to be played: at Wilbur Cross' home gym.

Since the athletic center has been built, this game has only been played in one of the school's gyms just once - the 2004 Division I state tournament first-round game, won by Cross 73-63.

The second game is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 4 p.m. Get there early.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Mount Vernon coming to Hillhouse

Mount Vernon, perenially one of the best programs in New York, has agreed to play a home-and-home basketball series with Hillhouse, according to head coach Kermit Carolina.

Mount Vernon is scheduled to play Hillhouse at the New Haven Athletic Center on Jan. 27. The Academics will play at Mount Vernon in the 2010-11 school year.

Hillhouse's other non-league game will be against East Hartford on Jan. 18. It is part of a three-game Connecticut Hoops Challenge that is scheduled to include: Wilbur Cross vs. New Britain and East Catholic vs. NorthwestCatholic.

DeMaio takes over at Guilford

Jeff DeMaio has been named the new boys' basketball coach at Guilford, replacing Jim Reynolds, who is now at East Haven.
This is DeMaio's first boys varsity job. He previously was the girls varsity coach at North Haven for 10 seasons before resigning in 2008. He also was a former boys assistant at North Haven, East Haven and Amity.

East Haven-Cross football now Thursday

The East Haven-Wilbur Cross football game, originally scheduled for Friday, will now be played Thursday at 4 p.m. at Wilbur Cross. The move was made because of impending inclement weather expected for Friday.


According to Cheshire High Athletic Director Steve Trifone, the Cheshire Community pool is still under construction repair. Therefore, the Cheshire high swim meet vs. East Lyme and Hand high school scheduled for Monday (Oct. 19) at Cheshire Community pool has been moved to Albertus Magnus College pool in New Haven with a 7 p.m. start.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Jockle Wins 300th Game

Bunnell girls' volleyball coach Dave Jockle won his 300th career game Tuesday, when the Bulldogs beat New Fairfield 3-1.

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Soccer season reaches midway point

The high school soccer season has reached the midway point of the regular season and thus far, there have been few surprises in the Southern Connecticut Conference
Last year's champions in the SCC Hammonasset (Guilford boys, Hand girls) and Housatonic (Amity boys, Cheshire girls) are back on top. Wilbur Cross is on its way to winning its second straight SCC Oronoque girls crown as is Mercy in the Quinnipiac.
Fairfield Prep has a slight lead on Xavier in the SCC Quinnipiac while Branford has a similar lead over defending champ North Haven in the Oronoque.

Will the division races change down the stretch? Stay tuned...

Saturday, October 10, 2009


While the Southern Connecticut Conference garners much of the press in the New Haven area when it comes to girls swimming with its depth of talent, at least one local NVL team has been on a roll of its own.

The Seymour girls swim team has improved to 6-0 with two more wins this past week. On Tuesday, Seymour faced a tough SCC North Haven squad who had about 30 swimmers and two divers compared to Seymour's twenty. Seymour won 91-87.

On Friday, Seymour had another great team victory against NVL rival Naugatuck. The meet saw a few girls swim in different events and drop their times. Highlight for the 86-79 win included seniors Rhiannan Urciouli (5:38.18), Kristen Ferencz (6:00.54) and Lorena Salas(6:46.69) capturing first, third and fourth places and in the 100 Butterfly Junior Lauren Almonte (1:05.22), Senior Sabrina Suarez (1:18.02) and freshman Michelle Wagmeister(1:37.35) claiming first, third and fifth places. In the 100 freestyle event sophomore Michelle Pleban (57.83), junior Maggie Crocamo (58.87) and junior Rachel Frick (1:09.61) placed first, second and fifth.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Hand Names Girls' Basketball Coach

Tim Tredwell has been named the new girls' basketball coach at Hand.
Tredwell, 34, was a volunteer assistant coach last season under Tigers head coach Frank Rossi.
Tredwell, a physical education and health teacher at John Winthrop Middle School in Deep River, is the Tigers' third coach in three years.
He takes over for Sal Fiorillo, who led Hand to a 14-9 mark last year, including a trip to the Southern Connecticut Conference tournament and the Class L state tournament.
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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Guilford-Hand doubleheader tonight

A power outage issue at the Surf Club in Madison postponed the Guilford-Hand soccer doubleheader to tonight. The girls' game begins at 5:30 and the boys' game begins at 7:30.

Both boys teams and the Hand girls are currently undefeated. Both game will determine the early leader in the SCC Hammonasset Division.