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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.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

SCC boys soccer, field hockey tourney pairings

The Southern Connecticut Conference tournament pairings have been finalized for both boys soccer and field hockey.


Quarterfinals - Tuesday at higher seeds
No. 8 Cheshire at No. 1 Hand, 8 p.m.
No. 7 Guilford at No. 2 Shelton, 5:30 p.m.
No. 6 Branford at No. 3 Fairfield Prep, 3:45 p.m.
No. 5 North Haven at No. 4 Xavier, time TBA
Semifinals - Thursday at higher seed
Final - Saturday at East Haven High, 2 p.m.

Quarterfinals - Monday at higher seeds
No. 8 North Haven at No. 1 Hand, 7 p.m.
No. 7 Sheehan at No. 2 Branford, 3:45 p.m.
No. 6 Mercy at No. 3 Guilford, 7 p.m.
No. 5 Hamden at No. 4 Cheshire, 4 p.m.
Wednesday at Guilford

North Haven-Hand winner vs. Hamden-Cheshire winner, 5 p.m.
Sheehan-Branford winner vs. Mercy-Guilford winner, 7 p.m.
Saturday at Guilford, 2:30 p.m.

Friday, October 29, 2010

SCC girls' soccer tournament pairings

The SCC girls soccer tournament is set to begin Tuesday. Here are the pairings:
Quarterfinals - Tuesday at higher seeds
No. 8 North Haven at No. 1 Hamden – 6 p.m.
No. 7 Branford at No. 2 Shelton – 7:30 p.m.
No. 6 Guilford at No. 3 Cheshire – 3:45 p.m.
No. 5 Amity at No. 4 Hand – 6 p.m.
Semifinals – Thursday at higher seed
Final - Saturday, at East Haven HS – 4 p.m.

Boys' lacrosse: Sticks for Soldiers Invitational Tournament

The Fairfield Ludlowe High boys’ lacrosse team and the local boys’ lacrosse community will host the fifth annual Sticks for Soldiers Thanksgiving Charity Invitational Charity Lacrosse Tournament on Nov. 27 at Fairfield Ludlowe High’s Taft Field.
This year’s fund raising efforts will benefit Army Specialist Brendan Marrocco of Staten Island, N.Y. who was severely wounded in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
On Easter Sunday 2009, 22-year-old Specialist Marrocco’s vehicle sustained a direct hit by an Explosive Fired Projectile (EFP) in Iraq and he became the first veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to lose all four limbs in combat and survive.

Varsity teams from area high schools will participate in a 7-on-7 tournament game format. Team entry fees, raffles, silent auction and other proceeds raised will be donated to Specialist Marrocco in order to build an accessible home. The tournament opening will start at 9 am and each team should play at least 3 games. All are welcome to come, support and watch lacrosse.

Mike Voucas, the event founder and chairman, said "Fairfield Ludlowe Lacrosse has been proud to host Sticks for Soldiers and grateful to the camaraderie found among participating teams from Connecticut and beyond. As a lacrosse community, Sticks for Soldiers is our way of showing respect to those veterans who have sacrificed so much for us.
"We encourage all players and teams to add to the fund-raising efforts, help us raise the bar for Brendan, and add to the over $44,000 raised since the event’s inception."

More than 14 teams are expected this year and committed high schools include Fairfield Ludlowe, Fairfield Prep, Ridgefield, Weston, Brien McMahon, Joel Barlow, Staples, Westhill, Greenwich, Newtown, Guilford, Hand, New Jersey’s Ridgewood and other regional programs.
In addition to team entry fees and other event day fund-raising, organizations and individuals are also encouraged to participate in the "Sticks for Soldiers" charity event. Donations may be sent to: Tom Mason, c/o Fairfield Ludlowe High School Lacrosse-"Sticks for Soldiers", 134 Old Orchard Park, Fairfield CT 06824.
To learn more about fund-raising efforts for Specialist Brendan Marrocco visit For updated tournament information, schedules, location and tournament history, go to

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Girls' Volleyball: Langer earns 500th career win

Ana Tarbetsky had 15 kills and six digs and Megan O’Brien added nine kills and 16 digs to lead the Haddam-Killingworth girls' volleyball team to a 3-0 Shoreline Conference win in Haddam. The win gave 36-year coach Rich Langer his 500th career win (500-201 overall).
The Cougars (14-4) won the match 25-16, 25-13, 25-18.
Barb Massa had eight kills and 10 digs for the Wildcats (10-8).

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Cross Country Predictions

The boys’ and girls’ cross country state championships will take place Saturday at Wickham Park in Manchester. Register cross country writer Chris Hunn predicts all the winners.

Girls’ races

Class S: Individual champion Jennifer Ross, Old Lyme; Team champion: Thomaston

Class SS: Individual champion: Desiree Piette, Granby Memorial; Team champion: Griswold

Class M: Individual champion: Jackie Nicholas, Nonnewaug; Team champion: Hillhouse

Class MM: Individual champion: Sarah Cotton, Hand; Team champion: Guilford

Class L: Individual champion: Brittany Mendelson, Pomperaug; Team champion: Pomperaug

Class LL: Individual champion: Lindsay Crevoiserat; Team champion: Glastonbury

Boys’ races

Class S: Individual champion: Dan Fields, Lyman Memorial; Team champion: Shepaug Valley

Class SS: Individual champion: Alex Morin, Coginchaug; Team champion: Canton

Class M: Individual champion: Trevor Lafontaine, Tolland; Team champion: Tolland

Class MM: Individual champion: Spencer Mannion, Brookfield; Team champion: Guilford

Class L: Individual champion: Colin McCrory, Pomperaug; Team champion: Darien

Class LL: Individual champion: Connor Rog, Fairfield Prep; Team champion: Danbury

Boys’ races

Class S , 9:50 a.m.

Class SS, 10:55 a.m.

Class M, noon

Class MM, 1:35 p.m.

Class L, 2:40 p.m.

Class LL, 3:45 p.m.

Girls’ races

Class S, 9:15 a.m.

Class SS, 10:25 a.m.

Class M, 11:25 a.m.

Class MM, 1 p.m.

Class L, 2:05 p.m.

Class LL, 3:10 p.m.

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Hand, North Haven, Cheshire all clinch soccer crowns

Hand defeated Guilford 3-2 Thursday night to win the SCC Hammonasset Division championship for the first time since 2005. The Tigers also clinched the top seed in next week's league tournament that has expanded to eight teams.
The North Haven boys shut out East Haven 4-0 to win the SCC Oronoque Division.
On the girls side, Cheshire scored with less than 5 minutes in regulation to beat Shelton 2-1 and win the SCC Housatonic Division championship for the fourth straight time.

Girls' Volleyball: SCC tournament pairings

QUARTERFINALS - Tuesday, November 2 unless noted*
#8 North Haven at #1 Mercy - 5 p.m.
#7 Guilford at #2 Cheshire - 7 p.m.
#6 Wilbur Cross at #3 Shelton - 6 p.m.
#5 Foran at #4 Jonathan Law - 6 p.m. - Monday, November 1*

SEMIFINALS - Thursday, November 4 @Higher Seed - Time TBA

CHAMPIONSHIP - Saturday, November 6 @North Haven High School - 6 p.m.

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SCC Girls volleyball playoff pairings

No. 5 Foran at  No. 4 Law - 6 p.m.
No. 8 North Haven at No. 1 Mercy - 5 p.m.

No. 7 Guilford at No. 2 Cheshire - 7 p.m.

No. 6 Wilbur Cross at No. 3 Shelton - 6 p.m.

Thursday, November 4
at higher seed - Time TBA

Saturday, November 6
at North Haven High School - 6 p.m.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Hand girls win SCC Hammonasset soccer title

Kara McHugh's goal with 4 minutes left in regulation helped Hand beat Guilford 3-2 Wednesday night. It also allowed the Tigers to clinch their seventh consecutive Southern Connecticut Conference Hammonasset Division title.
With Branford (Oronoque) and Hamden (Quinnipiac) having already clinched, that just leaves the Housatonic Division, which will be decided today. Shelton plays at Cheshire, the reigning three-time division champ, at 3:45. Shelton needs a win or a tie to clinch the division outright.

On the boys side, Fairfield Prep clinched its second straight SCC Quinnipiac title by beating Hamden Wednesday at home. Shelton won the SCC Housatonic Wednesday when it beat Lyman Hall.
Inclement weather postponed the Guilford-Hand boys game to Thursday night at 5 at the Surf Club in Madison. Hand needs a win or tie to win the Hammonasset. North Haven wins the Oronoque by winning at East Haven Thursday night.

Guilford-Hand girls soccer still on tonight!

The Guilford-Hand girls soccer game is on tonight at scheduled at 7 p.m. The game has been moved to the turf field at Hand High.
The Guilford-Hand boys soccer game has been postponed to Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Surf Club in Madison.
In other soccer news, the Shelton-Cheshire girls soccer game has also been postponed to Thursday at 3:45 p.m. at Cheshire.

Here are the rest of Wednesday's postponments:
North Haven at East Haven ppd. to Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
Sacred Heart at Seymour, ppd. to Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
Masuk at Lauralton Hall, ppd. to Thursday, 3:45 p.m.
Mercy at West Haven, ppd. to Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Branford at Guilford, ppd. to Thursday, 3:45 p.m.
Hand at Cheshire, ppd. to Thursday, 3:45 p.m.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Division titles to be decided today

Wednesday should decide a number of soccer's division titles in the Southern Connecticut Conference, weather permitting.
In the SCC Hammonasset, Guilford plays Hand in both boys and girls at the Surf Club in Madison, boys at 5 p.m., followed by the girls at 7. Both games will decide division crowns.
Both the Shelton boys and girls can win the SCC Housatonic today with victories. The boys host Lyman Hall at 7:30 p.m. while the girls travel to Cheshire to take on the reigning three-time division champions at 3:45. The Shelton girls can also clinch with a tie.
Fairfield Prep can clinch its second straight SCC Quinnipiac Division crown with a win at home against Hamden. The North Haven boys can clinch the SCC Oronoque with a win at East Haven tonight at 6:30.
The Hamden girls (Quinnipiac) and Branford girls (Oronoque) have already clinched division titles.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Final week of soccer regular season

With one week to go in the regular season, only one team from the Southern Connecticut Conference has clinched an outright division title: Hamden in the SCC Quinnipiac.
Hand and Guilford will decide the SCC Hammonasset on Wednesday, Shelton still controls its own destiny in the SCC Housatonic and Wilbur Cross, yes, Wilbur Cross, can earn a spot in the SCC tournament next week if the Govs can beat North Haven on Tuesday. You can read about Cross' best week of the season here.

On the boys side, Guilford and Hand will meet for the second time Wednesday to decide the Hammonasset, North Haven can win the Oronoque by beating East Haven on Wednesday, Fairfield Prep can repeat in the Quinnipiac by beating Hamden Wednesday and Shelton can clinch the Housy by winning its last two games.

The SCC tournament for both sports begin Nov. 2 with quarterfinal-round action at the site of the higher seed. Check back here later in the week for the tournament seedings.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Girls' swimming: Cheshire streak goes to 275

The Cheshire girls' swim team defeated SCC foe Amity 91-84 on Friday to improve to 10-0 in dual meets for the season. The win also improved the Rams' national school record of consecutive regular season dual meet wins to 275.
Jen Tavares led the Rams in the meet with individual wins in the 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle.

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HK's Anderson makes oral commitment to play women's lacrosse at UConn

Haddam-Killingworth senior Emily Anderson has made an oral commitment to play women's lacrosse at the University of Connecticut.
The midfielder was a Register All-Area girls' lacrosse selection last season. She scored 68 goals and had a 70 percent shooting average. She also had 22 assists, 42 draw controls and 21 interceptions. She led HK to a 14-5 record and the CIAC Division II semifinals.
Her best game came in a 13-9 win over Pomperaug in the D-II quarterfinals where she had six goals and two assists.
Last season she was also an Under Armor New England All-Star
She also plays field hockey and basketball.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

SCC Cross Country Championship

Hand junior Sarah Cotton won her third SCC title Thursday at Hammonasset state park, beating out Hillhouse's Kellie Davis. Guilford won the girls' team championship.
On the boys' side, Fairfield Prep's Connor Rog won the individual title. Xavier's Jon Annelli placed second. Guilford also won the boys' team title.

Female Athlete of the Week

Male Athlete of the Week

Former Stratford hoops star headed to Yale

Former Register MVP Brandon Sherrod headed to Yale.

Read the story here.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Prep soccer suffers a forfeit

Fairfield Prep's unbeaten is over after self-reporting a violation to the CIAC.
According to the Connecticut Post, the Jesuits used a player in a win over Xavier last week who had accumulated three yellow cards, which warrants an automatic suspension.
Fairfield Prep's record is now 8-1-3.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Branford takes on SHA

The last two weeks of the soccer regular season begins today.
In one key game, Sacred Heart Academy hosts Branford. Although this is a Southern Connecticut Conference interdivision game, both teams are fighting for a spot in the eight-team SCC tournament beginning Nov. 2.
Branford's Nicole Paviglionite is one of the best players in the league and will be on display today. You can read about her and Branford here.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Shelton's Gillen commits to Virginia

Shelton's Pat Gillen, the 2010 Register All-Area Wrestling MVP, has gave an oral commitment to attend Virginia next fall, according to this website.

Gillen is a three-time NHSCA All-American. Signing Day is Nov. 1.

ND's Turner to attend national soccer camp

Tyler Turner, a freshman on the Notre Dame boys soccer team, will attend the
U.S. Soccer U-15 Boys’ National Team Domestic Training Camp Oct. 24-31 in Carson, Calif. Read about his story here.

Also, the Branford girls' soccer team, coming off its second straight win over North Haven, needs to beat Wilbur Cross at home Thursday to clinch a tie for the SCC Oronoque Division title.

In other soccer news, the West Haven boys travel to Fairfield Prep Tuesday and host Xavier Friday in games that will impact the SCC Quinnipiac Division race.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Friday's postponments

There are only limited postponements in the area and just one football game in the state. Everything else is on as of 2 p.m.

Pequot Sassacus
Morgan at Haddam-Killingworth, ppd. to Monday, 6:30 p.m.
SCC Hammonasset
Foran at Guilford, ppd. to Saturday, 2 p.m.
Law at Hand, ppd. to Saturday, 4 p.m.

SCC Oronoque
East Haven at Wilbur Cross/Hillhouse/Career, ppd. to Tuesday, 3:45 p.m.
Amity at Sheehan, ppd. to Oct. 23, 2 p.m.
Sacred Heart Academy at Lyman Hall, ppd. to Nov. 1, 3:45 p.m.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Field Hockey: Lyman Hall Plays 4 the Cure

Like many high school field hockey teams in the New Haven area, Lyman Hall is doing its part for breast cancer awareness and fundraising throughout the month of October.
"We are taking donations for Play 4 the Cure all month long," Lyman Hall coach Tania Lawrence said. "Last year we began an ad book for local businesses too. It was very successful and we are doing it again this year. One hundred percent of the profits go to Play 4 the Cure foundation."
Lyman Hall will play its Play 4 the Cure game on Oct. 27 when it hosts SCC foe Mercy at 7 p.m. The team will have a bake sale, sell t-shirts and raffle off prizes during the game with proceeds going to the cause.
"Last year we raised $1,200 and we hope to match or beat that amount," Lawrence said.
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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Boys' and Girls' Cross Country: SCC teams clinch divisions

In boys' cross country, Guilford took the top five places in a tri-meet with Hand and Foran and went on to clinch the SCC Hammonasset Division title with a 4-0 record (10-1 overall). Guilford’s Jeff Maretti won the meet in 16:23 as the Indians defeated Hand 15-48 and Foran 15-50.
In girls' cross country, the Cheshire defeated Shelton 19-36 and defeated Amity 15-41 in a tri meet at Shelton to clinch the Southern Connecticut Conference Housatonic Division title. The Rams took four of the top five places in the meet including first place by Kathleen Kalbian in 20:05.

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Soccer revivals

After starting out 0-5, the North Haven girls' soccer team has won four straight games, inlcuding a big upset Saturday night at previously-undefeated Shelton.
Now the Indians take on another team that beat them earlier in the season - Hand - Monday at home at 4 p.m. The Indians also play Branford later in the week in a game that could decide the SCC Oronoque Division crown.
The West Haven boys' soccer team beat SCC Quinnipiac Division rivals Notre Dame and Hamden last week and look to continue to make noise in the division this week. Read about their season here.
Also, check out Monday's Register for a spotlight on the Morgan boys' soccer team.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Girls' swimming: Cheshire's Ed Aston gets career-win 400

Cheshire girls’ swimming coach Ed Aston won his 400th career meet Friday night as the Rams defeated Glastonbury 116-70 at home. It was the 271st consecutive dual meet win for the program. The Rams (6-0) won seven events in the meet with Glastonbury.

Aston's overall record is 400-19-1. In 36 years Aston’s girls’ teams have won 29 league championships (SCC titles the last 16 years), 25 Class titles (two Class LL, 18 Class L and five Class M) and 13 State Open titles. The girls’ swim team has also won seven NISCA National Dual Meet championships.

Check out the feature on Ed Aston at the New Haven Register web site at:

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Girls' swimming: Cheshire's Aston tries for career-win 400

Cheshire girls'swim coach Ed Aston enters tonight's meet against Glastonbury with an opportunity to reach a unique milestone - 400 dual meet career wins with the Rams girls' swim team. The meet is at the Cheshire Town Pool at 7 p.m.

Cheshire defeated SCC foe Hand 98-80 on Thursday as the Rams improved to 5-0 for the season and improved their national consecutive dual meet win-streak record to 270.

With the Hand win Aston improved girls' swim record to 399-19-1. In 36 years Aston’s girls’ teams have won 29 league championships (SCC titles the last 16 years), 25 Class titles (two Class LL, 18 Class L and five Class M) and 13 State Open titles. The girls’ swim team has also won seven NISCA National Dual Meet championships.

Check out the feature on Ed Aston as he approaches the 400-win milestone at the New Haven Register web site at:

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Wednesday's postponements


Amity at Cheshire, ppd. to today, 3:45 p.m.
Shelton at Lyman Hall, ppd. to Oct. 20, 3:45 p.m.


Holy Cross at Seymour, ppd., TBA
West Haven at Mercy, ppd. to today, 3:45 p.m.
Hopkins at Gunnery, cancelled


Branford at Mercy, ppd. to Oct. 15, 3:45 p.m.
East Lyme at North Branford, ppd. to Nov. 1, 3:45 p.m.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Rivalry Wednesday

The first installment of the Southern Connecticut Conference's biggest soccer rivalry, Hand vs. Guilford, is Wednesday beginning at 5 p.m.

The girls open at 5 p.m. Hand comes off a 1-0 home win over previously undefeated Cheshire Monday night. Hand is is still undefeated while Guilford's only loss came last Friday at Shelton.

The boys play at 7. Hand comes off a 1-0 loss at Notre Dame-West Haven. Guilford has yet to lose, but has been tied twice against Fairfield Prep and Foran, respectively.

The Shelton girls' soccer team is still undefeated and wants to win the SCC Housatonic Division title. To do that, the Gaelettes must win against Cheshire at home Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m.

You can read more about rivalry Wednesday here.

Tuesday high school postponements (as of 1:30 p.m.)

(as of 1:30 p.m.)

Morgan at North Branford, ppd., TBA
Hand at Sacred Heart Academy, ppd. to Wed., 3:45 p.m.
North Haven at Sheehan, ppd. TBA
Pomperaug at Lauralton Hall, ppd. TBA
Shoreline Conference
Westbrook at North Branford, ppd. to Sat., 3 p.m.
Fairfield Prep, East Haven, Career at West Haven, ppd. to Thurs., 3:45 p.m.


Friday, October 1, 2010

Friday's high school postponments

You can check back throughout the afternoon to get updates on Friday's football, soccer and field hockey postponments here.