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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.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Girls' hockey: State tournament (FCIAC vs. CCGHL) starts today

The Girls High School Hockey State Tournament starts today with quarterfinals with the top four teams in the FCIAC vs. the top four teams in the Central Connecticut Girls Hockey League.
Two local teams play in the quarters today with Wilton at Amity/NoHaven (Ingalls Rink,New Haven), 4:15 pm and Guilford at New Canaan (Darien Rink), 8 p.m.
Semifinals are Wednesday at Darien Rink (times TBA) and the championship game is Saturday at Terry Connors Rink (Stamford) at 2 p.m.
The state tournament is not sanctioned by the CIAC.

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Hand finishes second at State Open Wrestling

Hand placed second behind Bacon Academy at the State Open Saturday. Bacon prevailed by the score of 98-91.

Hand's Ed Carroll (130) and Joe Demichele (285) both won titles. Shelton's Pat Gillen won his second straight Open crown at 215.

To view complete results, click here.

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Hand trails by 2 at State Open Wrestling

After Friday's portion of the State Open wrestling championship, Hand trails Bacon Academy by two points (47-45). Xavier is third with 34 points.

To see scores and brackets, click here.

Championship semifinals will be contested at noon Saturday. Championship finals are expected to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the New Haven Athletic Center.

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Amity storms past Foran in SCC tournament

A late 18-1 run led the Amity boys' basketball team to a 57-45 win over Foran in the opening round of the SCC tournament. The Spartans will now face top-seeded Career in the quarterfinals. For the story on Thursday night's win, click here

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Boys' hockey: Hamden Hall advances to Fairchester final

Ryan McLellan and Mike Russo scored two goals apiece to lead Hamden Hall to a 6-3 win over Harvey in a Fairchester Athletic Association boys' hockey semifinal. Jamie DeNicola and Rob Ciambra also scored for Hamden Hall (11-3-1), which will face host Rye Country Day in the final on Saturday, 3 p.m.

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Lyman Hall beats ND in SCC tournament

Led by a pressure defense and a key 11-0 run in the third quarter, the Lyman Hall boys' basketball team defeated Notre Dame-West Haven 77-63 in the opening round of the SCC tournament. Read the story here


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Amity seeks SCC boys' swim title

Amity is in position to contend for the Southern Connecticut Conference boys' swimming championship, which takes place next Wednesday at 6 p.m. on the campus of Southern Conn. State.

The Spartans went 9-2 during the regular season, losing to SCC foe Fairfield Prep, and a non-conference tilt to Glastonbury.

Fairfield Prep has won the last six SCC tournament championships. Amity, however, is confident about its chances.

"We definitely have a lot of guys who can score for us," Amity coach Todd Rainey said. "Hopefully we'll finish top 2, top 3."

Amity has just two seniors, but a plethora of juniors and underclassmen on its roster. Leading the charge is junior captain Eric Holden, who won the State Open and Class L titles in the 100 yard breaststroke last season."

The Spartans are deep in several events. Amity finished third in the SCC, and fourth in Class L, in 2010.

"We were young last year," Rainey said. "We're young this year. I have so many options. I've never had this many options before. We've had some good teams here, but as far as moving people around, we have a pretty versatile group of guys. It's a lot of fun to coach them."

Read more about Amity in Friday's Register.

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Girls' hockey: CCGHL semifinals set

The Central Connecticut Girls Hockey League semifinals are set for Thursday at Yale's Ingalls Rink.
Conard/Hall will face Simsbury at 6:45 p.m. and Amity/North Haven will face Guilford at 8:45 p.m.
The CCGHL championship game will be held on Saturday at Ingalls Rink at 2 p.m.

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Farmington's Michalak wins Gatorade award

Kevin Michalak of Farmington High School has been selected the 2010-11 Gatorade Connecticut Boys Soccer Player of the Year. Michalak is the second Gatorade Connecticut Boys Soccer Player of the Year to be chosen from Farmington High School.

The 6-foot-1, 165-pound senior midfielder led the Indians to a 16-2-3 record and the Class LL state championship this past season. Michalak recorded 14 goals and eight assists, including a goal and assist in Farmington’s 2-1 win over Staples in the state final. An All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Michalak was also an NSCAA Scholar All-American. Michalak concluded his high school career with 25 goals and 22 assists.

Michalak will play soccer at Yale University this fall.

Boys' hockey: Lou Pane comments on reaching 350 wins

In order for any coach to win 350 career games, it takes longevity and consistent success. East Haven boys' hockey coach Lou Pane accomplished the feat on Monday thanks to both qualities when the Easties defeated New Milford 7-0.
In 25 seasons Pane has an impressive 350-177-13 career record at East Haven.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to coach for 25 years at East Haven High," Pane said. "It is a pleasure to give back to the town I once played for (captain '81 Easties/captain Quinnipiac men's hockey in 1985).
"I truly feel that I had and have wonderful athletes that are committed, work hard, play within a system and have the will to win."
Pane's teams always have hard-nosed, scrappy players whose forte is speed and high-scoring front lines.
"I never imagined that I would coach for this long," Pane said. "Back then I just graduated from Quinnipiac and applied for the coaching job. My goal then and always was to hopefully give an East Haven kid the opportunity to go on and play at the next level. I've been fortunate to have 18 graduates play in college, three of them in Division I. I had 12 players go on to play in prep school and seven others go on to play Juinor Hockey."
Pane's teams have won four Housatonic titles, three SCC Division II titles, one SCC Division I title, one CIAC Division II championship (1998) and four CIAC Division II tournament runner ups (1995, 1996, 1997, 2007).

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

West Haven finishes one win shy of postseason

The West Haven boys' basketball team failed to qualify for the postseason for the first time in Harry Bosley's 11 years as coach. For Bosley's thoughts on the season, and a recap of Monday night's crushing 57-51 loss to No. 3 Career, click here

Monday, February 21, 2011

State Open Wrestling seeds

Can be found here.

The event begins on Friday at 5 p.m. and continues Saturday beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the New Haven Athletic Center. Championship finals are expected to begin at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Hamden hockey dominates West Haven

The Hamden hockey team made sure history didn't repeat itself in Saturday's 7-0 win over West Haven. For the story on the game, click here

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Hillhouse girls fourth in State Open Track

Hillhouse placed fourth and Career was seventh.
To view complete results, click here.

Hillhouse sophomore Kellie Davis was third in the 1,000 and fifth in both the 1,600 and 3,200.

Career's Paris Taft won the 600.

"She (Taft) did real well," Career coach Kareem Jackson said. "She's a hard worker. That's the type of kid you want on your team. She'll listen to everything you say. When you tell her anything, she does it. That type of work ethic comes out on the track."

Career’s Ashley Raymond was second in the high jump and fourth in the long jump. Teammate Briana Conyers finished fifth in both the long jump and the 55 hurdles.

"Ashley did well today," Jackson said. "Overall, I'm real proud of the kids. I can't complain. It's been a great year for us."

On the boys' side, Cheshire was fourth while Morgan was fifth. Cheshire’s Jake Scinto placed second in the high jump (6 feet, four inches), third in the long jump (22-9.5), and teamed with Matthew Brennan, Andrew Panther and Philip Caldwell to finish second in the sprint medley relay.

Morgan senior Nainy Bah won the 55 dash and the 300. Sheehan's Justin Doehr won the 600, while Fairfield Prep's Connor Rog won the 3,200 and Hand's Daniel Nestor claimed victory in the 1,600.

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Girls' hockey: CCGHL playoffs update

Make up games and play-in games have been played as the final Central Connecticut Girls Hockey League playoffs gets under way. After this season the CCGHL will be a part of the Southern Connecticut Conference.

Today’s (Thursday) play-in games:
Blue Division play-in game
: No. 5 North Haven Co-op 11, No. 4 Branford 0 (at East Haven)
Red Division play-in game: No. 4 Lauralton Hall 10, No. 5 West Haven 4 (at Bridgeport)

Upcoming games:
Blue Division first round
: North Haven Co-op (4/5 winner) at No. 1 Hamden 4:15 p.m.
No. 3 ND-Fairfield at No. 2 Guilford 5 p.m. at East Haven (DiLungo Rink)
Red Division first round pairings still to be determined by Hand at Simsbury game on Sunday (Feb 20)

Red Division first round
: Lauralton Hall (4/5 winner) or No. 3 Hand at Simsbury 5:20 p.m. at Simsbury Farms
Lauralton Hall (4/5 winner) or No. 3 Hand at Conard/Hall 8 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Rink (West Hartford)

Feb. 24
Divisional Finals at Yale’s Ingalls Rink
Red Division Final, 6:45 p.m.
Blue Division Final, 8:45 p.m.

Feb. 26
League Championship at Yale’s Ingalls Rink, 2 p.m.
Red Division champion vs. Blue Division champion

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Hand preps for Class L wrestling

Hand is one of the favorites, along with New Milford and host Bristol Eastern, heading into the Class L state championship wrestling meet, which begins Friday at 4:30 p.m. at Bristol Eastern High. Championship finals are scheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m. at the same site.

Senior Ed Carroll won the Class L title at 125 pounds last season, and placed second at the State Open. Carroll is 31-1 and the top seed at 130 pounds this year.

"The guys are a bit stronger (at 130)," Carroll said. "But I've wrestled-up during the summer at 135, 140. I got used to it. They're just faster, more explosive. It took a little getting used to."

Carroll, freshman Will Crisco (103), junior Tucker MacGregor (125), sophomore Jake Savoca (135) and junior Joe Demichele (285), who is 31-0 this season, all won SCC titles at last week's meet. Fellow captain, senior Welles Sakmar, is 24-4 and seeded fourth at 140.

Hand, however, placed second behind Xavier at the SCC meet. The Tigers were seeking their fourth straight title.

Sakmar, who moved to Connecticut from Pennsylvania, and comes from a family of wrestlers, believes wrestling on the Polson Middle School team prepared him, and his fellow teammates, when entering high school.

"It actually prepares you a lot," Sakmar said. "It teaches you all the fundamentals. It gets you ready, so when you get to high school, you're prepared for the cycle of high school wrestling."

Read more about Hand in Thursday's Register.

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Girls' hockey: CCGHL playoff matchups delayed due to makeups

Due to five league makeup games this week from matchups that were postponed the past month due to winter storms, the Central Connecticut Girls Hockey League playoff matchups for this weekend's first round are yet to be decided.
Also, the Amity/North Haven girls coop team originally omitted from the playoffs has been added to the competition.
“With the winter weather forcing make-up games into this week, as well as the North Haven team being added to the playoffs, we are scrambling to put the playoffs together in an equitable way,” Hamden girls hockey coach and CCGHLcommissioner Val Chamberlain said. “This year we have 10 teams which we put in two balanced divisions. We have the Blue Division with Hamden, Guilford, ND-Fairfield Co-op, Branford and the North Haven/Amity/Cheshire/North Branford coop and the Red Division with Simsbury, Hall/Conard coop, Hand, West Haven and Lauralton Hall.”
Chamberlain said the original plan was for league games to be completed by Feb. 12. The playoffs are scheduled to begin Saturday (Feb. 19) with a yet-to-be-determined No. 4 seed vs. No. 5 seed in each division. The winners of those games would play at their respective No. 1 seeds on Monday (Feb 21). The No. 2 seeds once determined would also host the No. 3 seeds on Monday. From there the divisional finals will be held at Yale’s Ingalls Rink on Feb. 24 at 6:45 pm and 8:45 pm. The two divisional winners play for the league championship on Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. at Yale.
The playoff matchups will be available later this week as makeup games are completed according to Chamberlain.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Boys' hockey: Lyman Hall wins 5-1 at Hockey Fest

Josh McCormick ended up with a goal and an assist to lead Lyman Hall to a 5-1 win over Sheehan at the Whalers Hockey Fest at Rentschler Field.

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Boys' hockey: Lyman Hall leads 3-1 after 2 periods at Hockey Fest

In the second period, Kaden Batzinger gave Lyman Hall a 2-0 lead at 9:46 and Josh McCormick made it 3-0 at 11:18. The Titans picked up their intensity and a long-range goal cut the lead to 3-1. Nick Capozzi's blazing slap shot from the left point flew inside the left post to make it a two-goal game at the second intermission.

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Law swimming wins program first

Law 95, West Haven 87: Mike Santiana won the 200 yard freestyle and the 100 freestyle to pace the Lawmen in this SCC win at Milford Monday.
It was Law’s first victory since the program was established last season.

Boys' hockey: Lyman Hall takes 1-0 lead at Hockey Fest

C.J. Tangredi scored with 54 seconds left in the first period to give Lyman Hall a 1-0 lead over cross-town rival Sheehan at the Whalers Hockey Fest at Rentschler Field.
The Trojans outshot the Titans 13-6 in the first period.

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Boys' hockey: Rain has stopped at Hockey Fest

The steady rain that was falling at the Whalers Hockey Fest at Rentschler Field stopped at 7:20 p.m. Both teams are on the ice warming up.
The water forming on the playing surface during the rain has quickly turned to ice.

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Boys' hockey: Raining at Hockey Fest

Lyman Hall and Sheehan are scheduled to face off at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Whalers Hockey Fest at Rentschler field. But a steady rain started falling at 6:45 p.m. and light rain continues to fall.
The game is still scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.

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Boys' hockey: St. Joseph wins 4-2 at Hockey Fest

Sander Boroczky had two goals and Conor Crouse of West Haven had a goal and two assists to lead St. Joseph to a 4-2 win over Amity at the Whalers Hockey Fest at Rentschler Field.

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Boys' hockey: St. Joe's takes 2-goal lead at Hockey Fest

Sander Boroczky scored at 10:03 and Pat Corcoran at 10:39 to give St. Joseph a 4-2 lead in the third period at the Whalers Hockey Fest at Rentschler Field.

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Boys' hockey: Amity ties St. Joe's in third at Hockey Fest

Amity's Sean Butler scored at 6:43 of the third period to tie St. Joseph 2-2 at the Whalers Hockey Fest at Rentschler Field.

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Boys' hockey: St. Joseph 2-1 end of second at Hockey Fest

Amity and St. Joseph got their offense going in the second period. Amity outshot St. Joseph 13-12 but the Cadets came out on top on the scoreboard.
Joe Bianchi gave Amity a 1-0 lead at 3:23. St. Joe's Conor Crouse of West Haven scored at 8:47 and Sander Boroczky made it 2-1 for the Cadets at 10:32.

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Boys' hockey: St. Joseph takes 2-1 lead at Hockey Fest

Norwegian exchange student Sander Boroczky scored at 10:32 of the second period to give St. Joseph a 2-1 lead over Amity at the Whalers Hockey Fest at Rentschler Field. Conor Crouse of West Haven assisted on the goal.

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Boys' hockey: St. Joseph ties Amity 1-1

Conor Crouse of West Haven scored at 8:47 to tie the game at 1 with Amity at the Whalers Hockey Fest at Rentschler Field. Pat Corcoran assisted on the goal. Crouse scored off a wrist shot between the two circles.

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Boys' hockey: Amity takes 1-0 lead at Hockey Fest

Joe Bianchi scored at 3:23 of the second period off a shot about six feet in front of the net to give Amity a 1-0 lead over St. Joseph at the Whalers Hockey Fest at Rentschler Field. Corey Shea and Zak Dykun assisted on the goal.

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State Open Track performance list

can be found here.

The meet is scheduled for Saturday at noon at the New Haven Athletic Center.


Boys' hockey: Amity-St. Joe scoreless after 1 period

A very quick first period ended in a scoreless tie for Amity and St. Joseph at the Whalers HockeyFest at Renstchler Field.
By the middle of the period the light puddles near the goals from the warm afternoon were gone.
Amity outshot St. Joseph 10-5 in the period.

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Boys' hockey: Amity-St. Joe about to face off at HockeyFest

It's 4 p.m. and the Amity vs. St. Joseph game is about to start. There are two very thin, small puddles of water adjacent to each goal due to the warm weather today. It was 55 degrees at one point.
Amity coach Gary Lindgren and St. Joseph coach Marty Crouse said it wouldn't be a problem.
I walked on it and it was a very thin layer of water.

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Boys' hockey: Hockey Fest game could face 40 MPH wind gusts

While Amity and St.Joseph will deal with warm conditions in their outdoor boys' hockey game at the Whalers Hockey Fest at Rentschler Field today at 4 p.m., Lyman Hall and Sheehan will likely have to deal with wind gusts expected to be at 40-45 miles per hour. Lyman Hall-Sheehan begins at 7:30 p.m.
"The wind is going to be a bit of a factor tonight," Lyman Hall coach Tim Belcher said. "Winds could gust up to 40 mph this evening. I think that could be a bit of a problem.
"However, both teams have to deal with it so there should be no distinct advantage either way. As far as the temperature, I think the warmer the better. However, once the sun goes down, it is going to be cold."

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Boys' hockey: Lyman Hall's McKay can't wait to play at Whalers Hockey Fest

The Lyman Hall boys' hockey team faces Wallingford cross-town rival Sheehan at the Whalers Hockey Fest outdoor hockey event today at 4 p.m. at Rentschler Field. Lyman Hall forward Adam McKay said he and his teammates are very excited about playing in the event.

"We are very excited to play in the Whaler’s Hockey Fest and we have been looking forward to this game since September," McKay said. "We've been fundraising and selling tickets to get this chance to play in this game and our team and our whole school is very enthusiastic. We are especially excited with the fact that we are playing our cross town rivals Sheehan.
"Adjusting to the outdoor temperatures may be a little tough in the beginning but as the game progresses it will feel just like we’re playing on our home rink. Most of the guys on the team have skated on the few outdoor rinks in the state before but this is going to be completely different. Playing at a rink that seats thousands of people will be incomparable to the rinks that we’re used to and the experience will be something that we will remember forever."
Lyman Hall prepared for playing outdoors when coach Tim Belcher recently scheduled a morning practice at Ralph Walker Ice Rink in New Haven.
"Other than than our outdoor practice at Ralph Walker Rink, we prepared for this game like it was any other game versus Sheehan and we are prepared to play with intensity from the first whistle to the last," McKay said. "Personally I feel honored to be playing on the same ice surface as Whaler greats along with current professional athletes from the Connecticut Whale.
"I think that this event is one of the greatest events in Connecticut hockey. It allows us to remember the Hartford Whalers and celebrate the talented high school hockey that we have in our state. I can’t wait to see the other high school games being displayed along with prep school games. I plan for this experience to be very enriching and I can’t wait to step on the ice Monday night (today) and be able to play old time, pond hockey."

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Boys' hockey: Warm weather not a problem at Whalers Hockey Fest

Some poeple have been wondering how the warm weather this week is going to affect games played outdoors at the Whalers Hockey Fest event at Rentschler Field. The temperature is supposed to hover around the 49-50 degree mark today, go back to the 20s on Tuesday and then shoot up to 50-60 degrees by the end of the week.
While winter storms played havoc with high school games in January, the warm weather could actually be a benefit according to Whalers Hockey Fest spokesman Bob Crawford.
"What I’ve been told is that warmer weather is actually better for the ice," Crawford said. "The refrigeration system freezes it from the bottom up. You get better ice if the air is not cold enough for the ice to start freezing from the top down."
That sounds like good news for four area boys' high school hockey teams being showcased in the Hockey Fest event today. St. Joseph faces Amity at 4 p.m. and Lyman Hall faces Wallingford cross-town rival Sheehan at 7:30 p.m.

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

State wrestling seeds are out

Seeds for this coming weekend's high school state Class wrestling meets have been released by the CIAC.

The links to the listings are as follows:

Class LL at Trumbull

Class L at Bristol

Class M at Windham

Class S at SMSA in Hartford

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Boys' hockey: New Canaan top player out for season

According to a report in the New Canaan Advertiser, the New Canaan boys' hockey team will be without one of its top forwards and captain Henry Corcoran for the rest of the season due to a shoulder injury (blood clot).
The Rams have been skating four lines all year and have a strong on-ice defense to go along with goalie Tim Nowacki. They may not miss a beat without Corcoran and will likely use the loss as motivation to win a title for their injured comrade.
The Rams were without Corcoran against Darien on Wednesday and New Canaan won 3-1.
Hopefully Corcoran will be okay.

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Bah wins two events in Class S

Morgan senior Nainy Bah won the 55 meter dash and the 300 at the Class S state indoor track and field championship on Thursday.

Bah, who will play football at Temple, is still debating whether or not he will run track in college.

"I'm not sure yet," Bah said. "I'm just looking at football right now. If I have the time in the off season, maybe I'll go out for the track team. It depends on how my school work is doing. It'll be great if I can do track. Right now, though, it's just going to be football."

Boys' hockey: Low down on the Hockey Fest

Want to see what the Whalers Hockey Fest at Rentschler Field in East Hartford is all about from the high school hockey angle? Check out the feature at . On Monday at Rentschler Field, Amity plays St. Joseph at 4 p.m. and Lyman Hall faces Sheehan at 7:30 p.m. On Wednesday, Guilford faces St. Bernard/Bacon/NFA at 5 p.m. at Rentschler Field.

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Boys' hockey: St. Joseph has two big games on horizon

The St. Joseph boys' hockey team has been rolling along with an 11-2 record as it approaches its first participation in the CIAC Division I tournament this season.
St. Joseph coach Marty Crouse of West Haven said the Cadets are playing as well as he expected at this stage of the season.
"We played well in our 9-3 victory over Westhill on Tuesday," Crouse said. "We changed a few things around and shook up the lines and saw a much better performance than in the past several games so maybe this is a sign of starting to play to our potential. Our defense of Kevin Robitaille, Ryan Parsons, Chris McCormack, Andrew Gore and Matt Vazzano continue to improve and compliments our offense. (Goalie) Zach Carrano has been playing well again which gives the others the confidence needed. If everyone does what he is capable of we can make D-I interesting."
The first line of Conor Crouse, Pat Corcoran and Sander Boroczky is leading the scoring punch and now the line of C.K. Keater, John Ferguson and Jeremy Sweeting is starting to jell and put some numbers on the board. Keeping those top two lines fresh are a line of all sophomores of Mark Laoue, Zach Usinger and Matt Greenhut.
"I'm really looking forward to the rematch against New Canaan (Sat., 6:20 p.m. Darien Rink) to avenge our lackluster game earlier this season," Marty Crouse said. "Then to add on Monday at the Whalers HockeyFest at Rentschler Field, a huge opportunity to prove ourselves again against Amity (4 p.m.). Playing outdoors in a special event-type atmosphere is really exciting. I can't wait."

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Boys' hockey: Whalers Hockey Fest schedule

The two-week Whalers Hockey Fest event at Rentschler Field in East Hartford begins Thursday. On Monday in boys' hockey, Amity faces St. Joseph at 4 p.m. and Lyman Hall plays Sheehan at 7:30 p.m.
Next Wednesday (Feb. 16) , Guilford boys play St. Bernard/Bacon/NFA at 6 p.m.

Check out the entire schedule at this link -

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Friday, February 4, 2011

SCC cheerleading postponed

From the SCC:

Due to the impending weather and unavailability of schools to participate, Saturday's SCC Cheerleading Competition is being postponed.

The SCC Cherleading Competition will now be held on Friday, February 11 at East Haven High School.

Warm-ups at 6 p.m. and competition at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Fico on college watch list

Former Masuk High standout Rachele Fico, an Oxford resident, was one of 50 players named to the watch list for the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year by the Amateur Softball Association.

Fico, a sophomore pitcher at Louisiana State, was 20-7 with a 1.15 ERA and 161 strikeouts in 158.2 innings.

Bristol’s Sara Plourde, a junior pitcher at UMass, was also among the 50 candidates which will be cut to 25 finalists by mid April.

Boys' hockey: Hamden reschedules Saturday game

The Hamden at Simsbury boys' hockey game scheduled for Saturday has been moved to Friday (tomorrow) at 8:15 p.m. at the International Skating Center due to the expected winter storm on Saturday.

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most games on as scheduled

Today's games are on for the most part. Here is today's complete list, including postponements:

All games 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted

Whitney Tech at Grasso Tech, 6 p.m.
O’Brien Tech at Bullard-Havens, ppd. to Friday, 3 p.m.
Platt Tech at Parish Hill, 6 p.m.
Hopkins at Rye (NY), 5 p.m.
Greens Farms Acadeny at Hamden Hall, 5 p.m.
New Fairfield at Stratford, 6 p.m.
SCC Hammonasset
Hillhouse at Foran
SCC interdivision
Hand at North Haven
Hyde at Old Lyme
Morgan at East Hampton, 7:30 p.m.
Ansonia at St. Paul
Watertown at Seymour
St. Joseph at McMahon, 4 p.m.
Old Lyme at Hyde (Truman School), 6:30 p.m.
Portland at Old Saybrook
East Hampton at Haddam-Killingworth
Westbrook at Hale-Ray
North Branford at Coginchaug, 5 p.m.
Stratford at New Fairfield
Oxford at Bunnell
SCC interdivision
North Haven at Foran, 5:15 p.m.
Career at Hillhouse, ppd. to Saturday, 1 p.m.
Mercy at Lyman Hall
Branford at Law
St. Paul at Ansonia, ppd. to Saturday, 2:20 p.m.
Seymour at Watertown
McMahon at St. Joseph, 4 p.m.
Notre Dame-Fairfield at SMSA
Lyman Hall at Cheshire (Northford), 4 p.m.
West Haven at Notre Dame-Fairfield (Milford Ice Pavilion), 6 p.m.
East Haven at Amity (Bennett), 6:30 p.m.
Suffield-Granby-Windsor Locks at North Branford (Northford), 8:30 p.m.
Oxford at Lauralton Hall (Weston Middle School), 5:30 p.m.
Branford, Hamden at Hand, 6 p.m.
Xavier at Shelton, ppd., TBA
Fairfield Prep at Branford, 6:30 p.m.
Law at Amity, 6:30 p.m.
Platt Tech/West Haven at Classical Magnet/Capital Prep, 6 p.m.
Seymour at Terryville, 6:30 p.m.
Derby at Westbrook/Old Saybrook, ppd. to Monday, 7 p.m.

Boys' hockey: Sunday games okay with Guilford coach Ralph Russo

The CIAC's recent decision to allow sports teams to make up postponed games on Sunday is a good idea according to Guilford coach Ralph Russo.
"Given the number of postponements across the state, Sunday afternoon, early evening games seem like a reasonable solution to keep the season on track. It wouldn't be our first choice but we would play on Sunday of we had to."
Guilford had its fourth game of the season postponed on Wednesday at Fitch/East Lyme/Ledyard. No makeup date yet.

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Boys' hockey: No. 3 Hamden updates schedule

The No. 3 Hamden boys' hockey team, one of the many high school sports teams in Connecticut affected by the winter storms in recent weeks, has updated its schedule.
Hamden's game at No. 2 Fairfield Prep (Wonderland of Ice, Bridgeport) that was postponed on Wednesday has been rescheduled for Tuesday at the Wonderland of Ice at 7:30 p.m.
Hamden's game at Simsbury on Saturday at the International Skating Center in Simsbury will begin at 5 p.m. Up until today the time for the regularly scheduled game had been listed as TBA.
Just a reminder Hamden's home game (Astorino Rink) with No. 1 New Canaan, postponed twice due to the weather, will be held Feb. 11 at 6 p.m.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Boys' hockey: Four games a week-bring it on

The winter weather has taken its toll on high school teams in every sport and it looks like Mother Nature will be on the prowl again with a winter storm on Friday and Saturday. The many cancellations this season prompted the CIAC this morning (Wednesday) to help teams make up games by approving to play games on Sunday for the rest of the regular season.
Many teams are playing three games a week now due to rescheduled games. But if it got to the point where four games a week had to played, Fairfield Prep coach Matt Sather says bring it on.
"I think four games in a week would challenge any team’s depth," Sather said. " But it could also be exciting. The more frequently you play, the easier it is to develop a rhythm , either a good one or a bad one. If the (makeup) games continue to build up, you could see a team get red-hot or go ice-cold in a single four-game week, right before the state tournament."
Guilford coach Ralph Russo also sees an advantage if teams had to play four games in one week.
"When we hit a stretch of three or four games close together ,we have to deal with it," Russo said. "Players generally like to play a lot of games, the more the better. What you hope for is for your team to be healthy enough so you can incorporate more players into the action and give them more experience. I suppose it would be like youth hockey again for the boys. Growing up, they sometimes played two or three in a weekend."

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Wednesday's postponements

SCC interdivision
Hand at North Haven, ppd. to Thursday, 7 p.m.
Sheehan at Xavier, ppd. to Saturday, 2 p.m.
Cheshire at Hamden, ppd. to Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Amity at Fairfield Prep,ppd., TBA
Guilford at Branford, ppd. to Monday, 7 p.m.
Greens Farms at Hamden Hall, ppd., TBA
Portland at Valley Regional, ppd. to Feb. 16, 7 p.m.
Derby at Woodland, ppd. to Monday, 7 p.m.
SCC interdivision
Mercy at Lyman Hall, ppd. to Thursday, 7 p.m.
Hamden at Cheshire, ppd. to Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Sacred Heart Academy at Sheehan, ppd. to Friday, 7 p.m.
West Haven at Shelton, ppd. to Feb. 16, 7 p.m.
Wilbur Cross at Guilford, ppd. to Feb. 12, 1:30 p.m.
Branford at Law, ppd. to Thursday, 7 p.m.
East Haven at Hand, ppd. to Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
North Haven at Foran, ppd. to Thursday, 5:15 p.m.
Notre Dame-Fairfield at SMSA, ppd. to Thursday, 7 p.m.
Woodland at Derby, ppd. to Monday, 7 p.m.
Milford at Branford (Northford), , ppd. to March 3, 5 p.m.
Hamden at Fairfield Prep (Wonderland of Ice), ppd., TBA
St. Joseph at Stamford, ppd., TBA
West Haven at Notre Dame-Fairfield (Milford Ice Pavilion), ppd. to Thursday, 6 p.m.
Guilford at Fitch-East Lyme-Ledyard (Connecticut College), ppd., TBA
Simsbury at Hand (Northford), ppd., TBA
Guilford at Branford (East Haven), ppd., TBA
Hall-Conard at Hamden, ppd. to Friday, 4 p.m.
Amity/North Haven at Notre Dame-Fairfield (Milford), ppd. to Saturday, 8:50 p.m.
Platt Tech/West Haven at Classical Magnet/Capital Prep, ppd. to Thursday, 6 p.m.
Brookfield, Immaculate at Stratford, ppd. to Wednesday, 6 p.m.
Portland at Morgan, ppd., TBA
Shelton at Hand, ppd. to Monday, 6:30 p.m.
Law at Amity, ppd. to Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
Seymour at Terryville, ppd. to Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
Derby at Westbrook/Old Saybrook, ppd. to Thursday, 7 p.m.
Hand at Sheehan, ppd. to Thursday, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tuesday's postponements

Here is the complete list:

SCC Oronoque
Career at Branford, ppd. to Saturday, 5 p.m.
North Branford at Old Saybrook, ppd., TBA
Hyde at Old Lyme, ppd. to Thursday, 7 p.m.
Haddam-Killingworth at Cromwell, ppd. to Monday, 7 p.m.
Valley Regional at Hale-Ray, ppd. to Feb. 9, 7 p.m.
Coginchaug at Westbrook, ppd. to Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Morgan at East Hampton, ppd. to Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Ansonia at St. Paul, Thursday, 7 p.m.
Watertown at Seymour, ppd. to Thursday, 7 p.m.
Derby at Woodland, ppd. to Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Bunnell at Oxford, ppd. to Monday, 7 p.m.
Notre Dame-Fairfield at Stratford, ppd. to Feb. 10, 7 p.m.
Hopkins at Hamden Hall, ppd., TBA
Platt at Bristol Eastern, ppd. to Saturday, 6 p.m.
St. Paul at Ansonia, Thursday, 7 p.m.
Seymour at Watertown, ppd. to Thursday, 7 p.m.
Woodland at Derby, ppd. to Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Oxford at Bunnell, ppd. to Thursday, 7 p.m.
Weston at Lauralton Hall, ppd. to Saturday, 6 p.m.
McMahon at St. Joseph, ppd. to Thursday, 4 p.m.
Hopkins at Hamden Hall, ppd., TBA
Hand at Cheshire (Northford), ppd. to Feb. 17, 4 p.m.
Cheshire at Fairfield Prep, ppd., TBA
Law at Amity, ppd. to Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.
Guilford at Xavier, cancelled
Branford at East Haven, ppd. to Monday, 6 p.m.
New Haven at Foran, ppd. to Friday, 6 p.m.
NVL Championships at New Haven Athletic Center, ppd. to Feb. 9, 4:30 p.m.
Hand at Glastonbury, ppd., TBA
Branford, Hamden at Law, ppd. to Tuesday, 6 p.m.