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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

North Branford Hall of Fame

Here's a look at the North Branford High School Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees for this year.

They will be honored Hall of Fame on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at WoodWinds in Branford from 5 - 9 p.m. The cost is $40 but North Branford  needs to receive the money with a reservation by Saturday, July 2nd. Please call Chris Webster at NBHS (203) 484 - 1465 or at (203) 641 - 1409 or via e-mail:

The inductees:

Sandy Chadeayne Meehan was a physical education teacher who took the initiative to start the athletic teams for girls at North Branford High School. Starting in 1964 until she left teaching to marry and start a family, Sandy was involved in the organization of many competitive events for girls so they could have the opportunity to participate in many sports, including field hockey, basketball, track, and softball. . In addition to taking this initiative, Ms. Chadeayne also served as the advisor the cheerleaders and held the position as the first girls athletic director.

Dan Sherban came to NBHS after playing Division I ice hockey in Canada. He was a new health teacher in 1971 and started the ice hockey program as soon as he arrived. It started as a club then gained Varsity status in 1973. He teams were always competitive and as a coach he reached the 100-win mark in 1984 and his team reached the state semi-finals in 1991. After he retired, Dan retuned to coaching in the Yale Youth Hockey program for 8 years and served as an assistant coach at Hamden Hall.

Don Rogers was involved in most North Branford sports. He helped coach soccer, little league, youth football, and youth basketball. Beginning in 1983, Don began to show his leadership and willingness to help anyone who wanted or needed his assistance. He was a very patient, philosophical man with great integrity. He volunteered to coach the kickers on the football team and the basketball teams during their summer and fall leagues. He also served as a scout and statistician for the boys’ basketball teams for several years. He spent about 8 years serving as part of the sideline crew during our home football games.

Rose D’Amato was a pioneer as a female athlete at NBHS. She was given the opportunity to participate in field hockey, basketball, and softball. As a skilled athlete and leader, she was selected to serve as the captain of all 3 sports during both her junior and senior years. Rose distinquished herself as an outstanding athlete in the Class of 1966. During these years girls competition was very limited and very few records were kept. Part of the philosophy was to have fun and make friends. There were no opportunities for girls to attain individual recognition.

Michael Graham, a 1971 NBHS graduate, was a 3-sport athlete and even though he played football, basketball, and baseball, he was most respected as a football player. During his senior year in football team he was the team MVP and also acknowledged as the “Outstanding Lineman” and was selected as a New Haven Register All-State Player. During his senior year in football the team won the Northwest Conference Title. He later taught at NBIS coached football under Fred Salvati at NBHS and was part of the coaching staff when the T-Birds won their first State Championship. He also served as a successful girls basketball coach for 5 years while at NBHS.

Cathy Volpe was an exceptional athlete who was recognized for her talents in basketball and track. She was the captain of both sports as a senior. In basketball, she was the first girl in NBHS history to attain All-State honors. This 1978 graduate set several records in track during her career. She was an All-Stater in track during both her junior and senior years, placing first in the high jump and as a junior she was 1st in the state in the pentathlon and 2nd in New England. She later traveled to Jamaica to compete in the Friendship Games and won a 2nd place in the High Jump and the 100 Meter Hurdles.

Dave Christoforo was a 1984 graduate. While at NBHS he played football, ice hockey, and baseball for 4 years and was the captain of all 3 sports as a senior. He was an All-Conference player in football as a junior and senior. He set a record of 8 interceptions in one game. The Connecticut High School Coaches Association selected him as an All-State Player in football, as a defensive back and as a pitcher in baseball. Dave earned a 4-year athletic scholarship for football at the UCONN

Bob Batck graduated in 1987. He was a 3-sport athlete who excelled in football and ice hockey. As a junior, he served as a captain for ice hockey team and was awarded the team MVP and was named to the All-State team. He was also the captain in ice hockey and football as a senior. As a defensive end in football, Bob was an All-Area and All-State player. He was recognized as a scholar-athlete by the New Haven Football Foundation and went on the play football for 4 years at Yale University.

Chris Woodman was a 3-sport athlete who excelled in all 3 sports. She served as the captain in softball as a junior and senior and was the captain in field hockey and basketball as a senior. In field hockey she was an All-Conference player for 2 years and was an All-Stater and All-American in her senior year. In basketball, her team was 95 and 6 for the 4 years that she played. Her passion was softball and this 1989 graduate was an All-Area and All-State player for 3 years. She was the Player of the Year as a senior.

Sasha Scott played 3 sports for all 4 years of her career and attained the remarkable distinction of being named as an All-Stater in all 3 as a senior. She played volleyball, basketball, and softball and served as the captain of each while she was at NBHS. Sasha was an All-Stater in volleyball for 2 years and in her senior year the team advanced to the State Championship. At the collegiate level, Sasha also excelled at the University of New Hampshire where she was the first 3-year captain. Her teams won their Conference titles in 2002 and 2003. She is now a science teacher and volleyball coach in San Diego.

Chris Tracz graduated from NBHS in 2000 but not before establishing himself as an outstanding athlete in both basketball and baseball. As a junior and senior he served as a captain for these sports. He still holds the record for career points in basketball with 1,872. He received the Desire + Dedication Award as well as the MVP Award during his career. He was an All-County and All-State Player in basketball. Chris was a great pitcher for the NBHS baseball team. He pitched a no hitter with 15 strikeouts in 5 innings in 2000. He was an All-Stater for 2 years and the Conference Player of the Year both as a junior and senior.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL: Orange's Speer, Martino slow down West Haven Post 71

By Mike Madera

WEST HAVEN — In the opening game of last week’s doubleheader against Orange Post 127, the West Haven American Legion baseball team ran at will on its way to victory.

When West Haven tried to do the same Monday night at Piurek Field, Orange catcher Jim Martino had an answer.


Monday, June 27, 2011

Our banquet to be streamed live!

For the first time, we will be introducing our MVPs for the entire schools sports year, and announcing our 2011-12 male and female athletes of the year, live on our website:

This video should take place some time after 7:30 p.m. So please tune in to see who the recipients are.

Coming up on CTSN

For the week of July 4 through July 8, CTSN’s program highlights include:

Monday, July 4

7 p.m. 2011 CIAC Class L Boys High School Volleyball Championship – Staples vs. Cheshire

Tuesday, July 5

7 p.m. 2011 CIAC Class L Boys High School Lacrosse Championship – Ridgefield vs. Fairfield Prep

Wednesday, July 6

8 p.m. 2011 CIAC Class M Boys High School Lacrosse Championship – New Canaan vs. Wilton

Thursday, July 7

8 p.m. 2011 CIAC Class L High School Softball Championship – Bacon Academy vs. Foran

Friday, July 8

7:30 p.m. 2011 CIAC Class M Boys High School Volleyball Championship – Darien vs. Newington


HOCKEY: Ten questions with West Haven's J.P. Withington

Nutmeg Hockey recently conducted a Q & A with West Haven's J.P. Withington. CLICK HERE FOR MORE


Saturday, June 25, 2011

AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL: Milford's Brian O'Keefe flirts with perfect game, dominates Orange Post 127

Milford's Brian O'Keefe was one out from a perfect game until Orange's Nick Baviello broke it up with a clean single to left in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday morning in Milford.

Milford held on to win 9-0.


Thursday, June 23, 2011

SCC scholar-athletes for May

Fifteen student-athletes from eight high schools have been named The SportsCenter of Connecticut/Southern Connecticut Conference Scholar Athletes of the Month for May – the final month of the 2010-11 academic year.
Now concluding its fifth year, 107 student-athletes were honored during 2010-11 school year.
May's representatives are: Angelika Stamos from Sacred Heart Academy (softball), Peter Clarke from Hand (cross country, indoor and outdoor track), Joya Helander of Hand (outdoor track), Connor Byrne of Fairfield Prep (lacrosse), Bill Firisin of Fairfield Prep (rugby), Sarah Vaughan of Hamden (cross country, indoor and outdoor track), Kevin Hochstrasser of Hamden (tennis), Dara Davis of Guilford (field hockey and lacrosse), Jesse Iassogna of Guilford (football and outdoor track), Fabio Dos Anjos of Wilbur Cross (soccer, indoor track and tennis). Claire Loxsom of Wilbur Cross (volleyball, indoor and outdoor track), Istvan Kanyo of North Haven (soccer, indoor track and tennis), Martina Benassi of North Haven (indoor and outdoor track), Lea Finch of Law (softball) and Ryan Falaguerra of Law (football and outdoor track).

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL: West Haven breaks out the bats, beats Orange Post 127 for first win

By Vinnie Salzo
Elm City Sports Editor

ORANGE — The West Haven Post 71 American Legion baseball team broke out of its early-season scoring slumber in a big way, pounding out 13 hits in a 10-3 victory over Orange Post 127 in the first game of a doubleheader Monday night at Brinley Field.

West Haven, which had scored a total of three runs in its first three games, scored in each of the first four innings to break out to a 9-0 lead and cruise to its first win of the season.


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Hillhouse girls' track gains four All-Americans

Precious Holmes of Hillhouse finished second in the 400-meter run with a time of 53.36 seconds in the 2011 New Balance Nationals this weekend at Greensboro, N.C.
Holmes was one of four members of the Academics' squad to earn All-American honors. Kellie Davis finished fourth in the 1600 at 2:10.47. Both Holmes and Davis joined Angeline Foreman and Johnnesse Peterson to finish second in the 1600 sprint medley relay championship at 3:59.87.
Justin Doehr of Sheehan won the 400 emerging elite race at 48.13.

Hamden's Lynch headed to NE golf championships

Hamden senior Pat Lynch is the only area high school golfer to participate in Monday's New England Championship in Kenne, N.H.

Read about his story, and other notes from my Sunday golf column, right here

AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL: Milford's Tucker Lyddy no-hits North Haven Post 76

By Mike Madera
Elm City Sports Writer

MILFORD-- Milford's Tucker Lyddy has not pitched all that much over the past year. When Lyddy was called upon Sunday morning to face North Haven Post 76, the Law graduate was up to the challenge.


Thursday, June 16, 2011

FOOTBALL: North Haven 'Spring Brawl" scrimmage to benefit Special Olympics

NORTH HAVEN — North Haven High School’s seventh “Spring Brawl” football scrimmage will pit the white Connecticut Natural Foods team against the maroon Liuzzi’s Cheese team, but the true winner will be Connecticut Special Olympics.


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Lacrosse: Super Junior boys and girls all-star games

The boys and girls Super Juniors All-Star games, sponsored by the Connecticut Lacrosse Foundation, kicks off tonight with the girls' game at Yale's Johnson Field at 7 p.m.
After tryouts on Monday nearly 50 girls were selected to play in the Super Junior game. Among the local girls competing are Maria Blois and Alyssa Hague of Cheshire and Kara McHugh and Christy Forrest of Hand.
After tryouts on Sunday and Wednesday, 50 boys were selected for the Super Junior Boys All-Star game to be held Sunday at 1 p.m. at Yale's Reese's Stadium.
Among the local boys selected are Kevin Adams, Dylan Baumgardner and Tyler Violano of Cheshire, Matt Brophy and Conor Barr of Fairfield Prep, Kevin Frey and Matt Lee of Hand, Dylan Woods of Xavier, Bill Ring and A.J. Wilcox of Guilford, Tyler Vallie of Amity and Tikim Coombs of Hopkins.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

RAY CURREN: At long last, Jeff Bevino (the softball coach?!?) becomes a state champion

WEST HAVEN — You’ll have to excuse my ignorance, but as a part-time reporter, it only came to my attention in the middle of last spring season that Jeff Bevino was the Foran softball coach.

Jeff Bevino? The football guy? The former Milford Academy coach? Coaching softball? Ooo-kay.


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Milford Board of Ed votes unanimously to add lacrosse, indoor track programs

MILFORD — Board of Education Chairman Mark Stapleton, R-1, said Tuesday the district added lacrosse and indoor track to its sports offerings next year in an effort to enhance the high school experience.

The school board voted unanimously at its meeting Monday to add both lacrosse and indoor track.


CLASS L SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: Foran's Taylor Harkness basks in spotlight, shuts down Bacon Academy

By Peter Vander Veer
Elm City Sports Writer

WEST HAVEN — When Taylor Harkness arrived on the softball scene at Foran High School three springs ago, the program was in the midst of a transition.

Scott Davie, the coach, was soon to leave and the squad had gone from a state championship season in 2002 through a coaching change, then only steady growth.


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Sunday, June 12, 2011

RAY CURREN: Already a champion off the field, Sacred Heart's Katie Winkle closes softball career with a championship

By Ray Curren
Elm City Sports Columnist

WEST HAVEN -- The picture of a smiling Katie Winkle holding the CIAC Class M softball championship Friday night is worth much more than 1,000 words. But I'll try.


Saturday, June 11, 2011

Girls' lacrosse: Darien defeats Hand for Class M title

Ball possession and domination at the face-off circle did in the Hand girls' lacrosse team as No. 13 Darien defeated No. 2 Hand 15-5 in the CIAC Class M championship at Bunnell High in Stratford.
Darien freshman Dillon Schoen showcased her speed and quick wrist shots as she had the best game of her early high school career with five goals and three assists.
A four-goal scoring spurt gave Darien a 4-1 lead and the Tigers never recovered.
The big story for the Tigers was goalie Christy Forrest who made 16 saves to keep Hand in the game. At one point, she made three successive saves off a shot and two rebound shots. Marykate McNulty led the Hand offense with two goals. Julia Miller, Hannah Morgan and Cat Chatillon also scored for Hand (19-4), which played in its first state tournament final.

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Saturday's postponements

The Class L and LL softball games have been postponed to Monday at 4 and 7 p.m. due to inclement weather. The games have been moved to West Haven High's Biondi Field.
The Class L game between Foran and Bacon Academy will begin at 4, followed by Westhill and Conard at 7.
The State Open boys tennis opening-round matches were also postponed. They are now scheduled to begin Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Hamden High.

CLASS L BASEBALL: Matt Biondi, other non-starting seniors make key contributions to Notre Dame's title

By Mike Madera
Elm City Sports Writer

BRISTOL-- Notre Dame senior Matt Biondi is not one of the team's starters but when he talks, everyone listens.

One of the most respected players on the team, it was only appropriate Biondi talked to the team instead of coach Lou Kessler prior to Notre Dame's last at bat in the seventh inning of the CIAC Class L championship game at Muzzy Field Friday night.


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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Girls' lacrosse: Greenwich wins, HK-Weston suspended

In the CIAC Class L girls' lacrosse semifinals, Claire Feeney had four goals and an assist to lead Greenwich to an 11-6 win over Cheshire.
In the Class S girls' lacrosse semifinals, the Haddam-Killingworth-Weston game was suspended due to lightning. The game will resume Thursday at 3 p.m. at Sheehan High in Wallingford with Weston ahead 12-7 with 1:27 left in the game

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GIRLS' LACROSSE: Greenwich leads at halftime in M

Claire Feeney has three goals and Sannon Colligan a goal and four assists to lead No. 6 Greenwich to an 8-3 lead at halftime over No. 2 Cheshire in CIAC Class M tournament semifinals at Bunnell in Stratford.
Alyssa Hague, Kathleen Kalbian and Jess Sudock have scored for the Rams.
Unfortunately, no Tweeter access at Bunnell.....

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

MLB DRAFT: Amity grad Jason Esposito selected by Orioles

Amity Regional graduate Jason Esposito, of Bethany, was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the second round (64th overall) of the 2011 Major League Baseball first-year player draft. Read more here

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Amity, NDWH move on

The Amity baseball team beat Cheshire for the third time this season, this time in the Class LL state quarterfinals. Amity returns to Municipal Stadium in Waterbury to face Newington in Tuesday's semifinals.

For an account and video of the win over Cheshire, click here

Notre Dame-West Haven returned to the L semifinals after beating another SCC team, North Haven, on Saturday. ND will face another SCC team, Foran, in Tuesday's semifinals at Nolan Field in Ansonia.

For the story on ND's win, click here

Friday, June 3, 2011

Hand wins Class M tennis title

The Hand girls' tennis team beat Avon for the Class M state championship Friday at Yale.

For more on the Tigers' victory click here

Check in on late Saturday and/or early Sunday for coverage of three state quarterfinal baseball games:

North Haven vs. Notre Dame-West Haven at Cheshire, 3:30 p.m.
Amity vs. Cheshire at Municipal Stadium, Waterbury, 7 p.m.
North Branford vs. Seymour at West Haven, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Hillhouse dominates again

For the second straight day, Hillhouse dominated on the track, this time the girls in Class M.

For the full story and some video, check it out here

Hillhouse's Precious Holmes, who set two meet records, was also the Register's Female Athlete of the Week. Check that out as well here

Final two state track meets are Thursday with the State Open to follow on Monday.

CIAC Boys' Tennis Brackets Posted

Click here to see the draw. The tournament begins on Thursday in all four divisions.

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Conner resigns at Lyman Hall

Mike Conner resigned Wednesday after six years as the head boys' basketball coach at Lyman Hall High School.

Conner, 31 has been the interim principal at Augusta Troup Middle School since the end of February. The interim tag will be removed in time for the start of the next school year.

"It's emotional. To watch something blossom into something pretty good, it is hard to walk away," Conner said. "But it is time to walk away professionally. It's not an opportunity I can say no to."

Lyman Hall made the Class L state tournament five times times and reached the semifinals three times, including last season when the Trojans went 19-6. The Trojans reached the L final in 2008 and also won a pair of Southern Connecticut Conference Housatonic Division titles.

"The expectations were not to win basketball games or state championships, but to develop kids with high character, humility and integrity," Conner said. "The wins and the state tournament runs were an additional plus. My relationships with the past and current players is more valuable to me than the wins and losses."

Conner, the 2008 Register State Coach of the Year, compiled a 85-58 record.


Brandyn Benson, who helped lead the Career boys' basketball team to its best season in school history, will play next season at Division III Clark University in Worcester, Mass.

Benson, a point guard, averaged 12.6 points for the Panthers, who finished 25-3 and reached the finals of both the Southern Connecticut Conference and Class M state tournaments.

Romano named Gatorade POY

Southington senior Sal Romano has been selected as the Gatorade Connecticut Baseball Player of the Year.

Romano is now a finalist for Gatorade's National Baseball Player of the Year award, which will be announced in June.

Romano, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound right-hander, entered the state tournament with an 8-1 mark, 0.39 ERA, 91 strikeouts and 11 walks over 54 innings. He also batted .444 with two home runs and 24 RBIs.

A possible selection in next week's MLB Draft, Romano has signed on to play at the University of Tennessee.

CLASS L BASEBALL: No. 26 North Haven knocks out defending champion Sheehan

Led by Eric Yavarone's three run-scoring doubles and three key double plays, including a highlight reel one started by third baseman John Johnson, No. 26 North Haven defeated No. 7 Sheehan 8-4 Tuesday afternoon in Wallingford. Read the story here