Friday, November 25, 2011
RAY CURREN'S INSIDE THE SCC FOOTBALL: Honoring Amity's Stan Gedansky and wrapping up Thanksgiving week
By Ray Curren
Elm City Sports Columnist
On the day the press box at Amity was named for him Thanksgiving morning, the intent was to get Stan Gedansky
to talk about himself.
Good luck with that.
If you’re reading this, you probably know Gedansky, even if you don’t know you do. He’s been the public address announcer for Amity football since 1975, about the same time he started with the school’s booster club.CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL COLUMN
Labels: Amity football, Inside the SCC, SCC football
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Girls' Swimming: Aston retirement party
There will be a retirement party on Saturday (Nov. 26) for Cheshire girls’ swim coach Ed Aston
who has decided to retire after 37 seasons as coach. The event will be held at the Cheshire High cafeteria from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. with snacks and soft drinks provided.
Tickets are available at the door for $15 with checks made payable to Cheshire Swimming and Diving. Anyone who attends is urged to bring copies of pictures, videos, stories and memoires to share. Photos will be added to a scrap book at the event.For more info
, contact Gina DeLuca at 203-675-9496 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
or contact Bridget Bowman at 917-334-3647 or at email@example.com
Labels: Cheshire swimming, Dan Nowak, Ed Aston
Lacrosse: PreGame Lacrosse Tour at Hamden Hall
The PreGame Lacrosse Tour, an organization that evaluates high school lacrosse talent for college recruitment, will be making a stop at Hamden Hall on Saturday. The organization is run by former lacrosse coaches including former college coach Tony Seaman
The onsite coordinator is Hamden Hall boys lacrosse coach Anthony Raccio
The event will run from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and will include a player evaluation session, assessment of a player’s lacrosse IQ, perform training, play games and culminate with a recruiting seminar for parents.Players have to register before Saturday
by filling out an application at PreGamelacrosse.com.
“Hamden Hall was chosen because Tony Seaman knows me and was my coach at C.W. Post,” Raccio said. He also coached at Towson, Johns Hopkins and Pennsylvania. "The event is also run by former college lacrosse coaches Jim Stagnitta
.and B.J. O’Hara
. Many players leave these exposure tournaments with questions but the PreGame coaches will answer everyone’s questions.
“The day ends with a seminar to help parents and players navigate their way through the recruiting process.”
For more information and to learn about fees call Raccio at 203-415-5950, contact Seaman at tseaman@Towson.edu or Stagnitta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Labels: Dan Nowak, Hamden Hall boys' lacrosse, lacrosse recruiting
Football: Cheshire celebrates the debut of its new turf field
- The Cheshire football team will make its debut on its new turf field on Thursday against Southington at 10 a.m. School and town officials will be on hand for a kickoff ceremony for the turf that will begin at 9:20 a.m. prior to the annual Thanksgiving Day game.
Expected to take part in the celebration are Cheshire Superintendent of Schools Greg Florio, Cheshire High athletic director Steve Trifone, state Representative Mary Fritz, Turf Committee Chairman Bob Behrer
and Cheshire Town Councilman Tim Slocum
The official dedication of the field will take place next year when the construction is completed. Trifone said the new track surrounding the field is about 90percent colete and is expected to be done by Saturday. There is also a brick walkway with names of the project donors listed on each brick that needs to be installed as well.
Labels: Cheshire High, Dan Nowak, football
Monday, November 21, 2011
Carini Bowl, powder puff tickets on sale Tuesday
The Sheehan vs Lyman Hall powder puff and Thanksgiving Day (Carini Bowl) football game tickets will be on sale in the Sheehan gym lobby on Tuesday night from 5-7 p.m.
Tickets bought on Tuesday will be $6 for adults and $4 for students and senior citizens. All tickets sold at the games will be $7.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Hand's Hackett to play in All-American soccer game
Hand boys' soccer goalkeeper Tucker Hackett was the only player from Connecticut selected from 40 nationwide to play in the first annual High School All-American game on Dec. 10 in Birmingham, Ala.
Hackett, a Register All-Area selection last year, will play for the East team. The game is being held the same weekend as the men's NCAA Division I College Cup. The All-American game will be played the day in between the semifinals and the final.
For a full list of the participants, visit www.highschoolsoccerallamerican.com
Labels: Hand, scc
Thursday, November 17, 2011
All CIAC events for today still on
As of 4 p.m., all CIAC tournament games scheduled for today are still on, including the Guilford-Cheshire Class LL quarterfinal-round game at 7 p.m. at Sheehan High School in Wallingford.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Branford field hockey ppd.
Branford's Class M semifinal-round game against Barlow has been postponed to Thursday at 6 p.m. at Fairfield Ludlowe.
More soccer tournament games ppd.
The following five games have been pushed to Thursday:
Portland at East Hampton, ppd. to Thur. 2:00
Glastonbury at Trumbull, ppd. to Thur. 5:00
Litchfield at East Granby, ppd. to Thur. 2:00
Lyman Memorial at Valley Regional, ppd. to Thur. 5:30
Farmington at Norwalk, ppd. to Thur. 6:30
Guilford-Cheshire boys soccer ppd.
Due to wet field conditions, the Guilford-Cheshire Class LL boys soccer quarterfinal scheduled for 2 p.m. has been moved to Thursday at 7 p.m. at Sheehan High School.
This is the only state tournament game postponed as of noon.
Cheshire has had all of its home football games moved this season due to the new turf being put in. But the Thanksgiving Day Apple Classic vs. Southington is still on at the high school at 10 a.m.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL: Third-seeded Lauralton Hall tops No. 11 Foran in Class M state tournament
By Mike Madera
Elm City Sports WriterMILFORD
— With the possibility of facing South-West Conference rival Joel Barlow on the horizon, the Lauralton Hall volleyball team knew it had to focus on a tough Foran team first in the quarterfinals of the CIAC Class M state tournament.
Knowing the Lions were a scrappy bunch that was not going to go away easily, the Crusaders were put to the test.
Through two games, the Lions gave Lauralton Hall everything it could handle. Then, the Crusaders took over.CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL STORY
Labels: Class M state tournament, Foran, girls volleyball, Lauralton Hall
Monday, November 14, 2011
FOOTBALL: Foran tops Guilford in double-overtime thriller
Sunday, November 13, 2011
FOOTBALL: North Haven dominates Lyman Hall
By Mike Madera
Elm City Sports Writer
With two games remaining in the season and postseason hopes clinging to each, North Haven football coach Tony Sagnella wanted his team to keep it simple. In the final two contests against Lyman Hall and Amity, Sagnella felt his team needed to take it play by play and quarter by quarter.
Consider the first step done.CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL STORY
Labels: Lyman Hall football, North Haven football, SCC football
RAY CURREN'S INSIDE THE SCC FOOTBALL: Shelton deserves a second look, plus a look at the playoff scenarios
By Ray Curren
Elm City Sports Columnist
You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression, and unfortunately, in the high school football world, it’s hard to get too many impressions on a team.
With 10 weeks in the season and most of the games happening at the same time (although we’ve had a couple of Saturday rain make-ups), some teams just get missed.
Or, in my case with Shelton, they have one chance.CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL COLUMN
Labels: Inside the SCC, SCC football, Shelton
Monday, November 7, 2011
More Week 8 football coverage: Amity, North Haven both win
Wendy’s High School Heisman Award
Two of Connecticut’s most outstanding high school seniors were honored with distinguished recognition as state winners of the 2011 Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. Jennifer Mears of Rockville in Vernon and Christopher Madaffari of McMahon in Norwalk will now go on to compete for the national award that celebrates their hard work, dedication and exceptional records in athletics, academics and community leadership.
Mears and Madaffari were chosen from 48,000 applicants, surviving rounds that narrowed contenders to one male and one female winner from each school, and then to Connecticut’s respected group of 20 state finalists. The area finalists are listed below:
Matthew Aspinwall - Foran
Elia D’Onofrio - Derby
Matthew Moutinho - Woodland
Samuel Poryanda - Branford
Yuning Zhang - Guilford
Labels: Branford field hockey, derby, Foran, Guilford
State tournament outlook
Going through withdrawal because the CIAC state tournament has been pushed back a few days? Don't worry, check out our tournament outlooks right here!
Here are some things to look for in the CIAC boys' soccer
Check out some things and players to watch in the girls' soccer
Dan Nowak provides an outlook on the upcoming field hockey
Chris Hunn lets you in on a few things to look for in the girls' volleyball
The CIAC tournament pairings will be released on Wednesday.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
RAY CURREN'S INSIDE THE SCC FOOTBALL: Despite brutal schedule, Notre Dame-West Haven closes in on playoffs in 'rebuilding' season
By Ray Curren
Elm City Sports Columnist
From the “Hindsight is always 20-20” department, we bring you the 2011 Notre Dame-West Haven football team.
Coming off a 2009 state title and a 2010 season in which they were a fairly disappointing (by their standards) 7-3, it was time to regroup. Star quarterback Sean Goldrich
had graduated, as had speedsters Tirrell Young-Williams
and Phil Bentley
While we really didn’t know how tough, we knew the schedule in Division I would be brutal and that Notre Dame – while never expected to be poor by any stretch – might absorb a few losses along the way this season.
CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL COLUMN
Labels: Inside the SCC, notre dame football, SCC football
Friday, November 4, 2011
SWC soccer finals now Monday
With the CIAC pushing the start of its state tournaments to Thursday, the South-West Conference has decided to move the two soccer finals to Monday at Bunnell. The girls go off at 4:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 7.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
SCC soccer finals set
No. 2 seed Shelton beat No. 3 Amity 1-0 Thursday night to get a chance to defend its SCC championship on Saturday. Standing in the way is No. 4 seed Cheshire, which advanced past top-seeded Sacred Heart Academy in penalty kicks in the semifinals. game time is 5 p.m. at East Haven High. This is the third matchup between the two Housy rivals with Shelton going 1-0-1.
That will be preceded by the SCC boys final at 3 p.m., pitting No. 2 Fairfield Prep against No. 4 Notre Dame-West Haven, a 1-0 winner over top-seeded Cheshire. Prep beat Guilford 3-0 on Wednesday and went 1-0-1 against ND during the regular season.
Labels: Amity, Cheshire, Inside the SCC, Shelton
CIAC pushes back start of state tournaments
Due to last Saturday's snowstorm, the CIAC has pushed back the start of the state tournament until Wednesday at the earliest.
For the updated schedule click here
SCC soccer finals times will be Saturday afternoon
SCC commissioner Al Carbone is awaiting the results of today's semifinals to determine when exactly the finals will be for the soccer finals at East Haven, but the times will likely be at 3 and 5 p.m. Check back later for the update.
GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL: Sheehan storms past Branford in SCC quarterfinals
By Mike Madera
Elm City Sports WriterBRANFORD
— If the Sheehan volleyball team goes on a run in next week’s state tournament, the Titans can easily point to Wednesday night’s Southern Connecticut Conference tournament quarterfinal victory over Branford as a spark.
The story is not that the Titans defeated Branford 3-1 — it is how the victory came about.
After splitting the first two games and trailing 21-13 in the third game, the Titans were on the verge of going into the fourth game in a must-win situation.CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL STORY
Labels: Branford volleyball, SCC tournament, Sheehan volleyball
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Cross country meets rescheduled, season extended
The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference has rescheduled the remaining three divisional cross country championships and the State Open to Tuesday at Hammonasset State Park in Madison.
Also, teams in boys' and girls' soccer, field hockey and girls' volleyball will have until Saturday, an extra two days, to complete regular-season games to qualify for the state tournament.
The Class SS and S girls and the Class SS boys cross country meets were originally scheduled at Wickham Park but that facility is unavailable due to damage occurring during Saturday's snowstorm. The S girls will begin at noon, followed by the SS boys at 12:35 p.m. and the SS girls at 1:05. The boys State Open race will begin at 1:45 p.m., followed by the girls' race at 2:30.
The state tournament pairings for the other four sports will be released on Sunday.
"In the case of cross country and in soccer, volleyball and field hockey, we believe we have done everything possible to allow schools to complete their regular seasons while still holding fair and competitive tournaments," CIAC associate executive director Paul Hoey said in a statement. "We would hope that member schools whose facilities are available will help others whose facilities may not be so that as many games as possible can be completed by Saturday."