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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.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Wilbur Cross Hall of Fame

Seven people and one basketball team will be inducted into the eighth annual Wilbur Cross Athletic Hall of Fame on April 12 at Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven.
Distinguished honorees this year include: Chris Breuler (1992), Joe Crisco (1952), Dominic Criscuolo (1948), Lillian Langs (1988), Donald Lumpkin (1953), Phil Ragozzino (1949) and Maurice Williamson (1988). Also, the 1978 girls Class L state championship basketball team will be inducted.
Tickets are $50. Availability may be limited and will not be available at the door. Call Al Ruocco at 203-469-4678, Joe Canzanella at 203-946-8497 or Eric Barbarito at 203-206-0191 for tickets.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Spring area previews

The spring season begins next Wednesday, but our previews begin Saturday. here is what you can look forward to seeing in the coming days:

Tennis - Saturday
Track and Field - Sunday
Lacrosse - Monday
Softball - Tuesday
Baseball - Wednesday

Friday, March 23, 2012

CPTV Sports Championship Replay Week

Plenty of opportunities to watch the CIAC winter championships this coming week on CPTV Sports:

Monday, March 26
7 p.m.      2012 CIAC Class LL Girls High School Basketball Championships (Newtown vs. Mercy)
8:30 p.m.  2012 CIAC Class LL Boys High School Basketball Championships (St. Joseph vs. Hillhouse)

Wednesday, March 28
7 p.m.   2012 CIAC Indoor Track & Field Championships
Thursday, March 29
7 p.m.   2012 CIAC Division II Boys Hockey Championship (Trumbull vs. Branford)
8:30pm  2012 CIAC Division III Boys Hockey Championship (Newington-Berlin vs. Northwest Catholic)
10 p.m.  2012 CIAC Division I Boys Hockey Championships (Glastonbury vs. Notre Dame-West Haven)

Saturday, March 31
11:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.  All Day Coverage of 2012 CIAC Girls & Boys High School Basketball Championships (Class S, M, L & LL)

Sunday, April 1
7 p.m.              2012 CIAC Girls Class L Basketball Championships (E.O. Smith vs. Bacon Academy)
8:30 p.m.         2012 CIAC Boys Class L Basketball Championships (Northwest Catholic vs. Career Magnet)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

All-SCC winter teams

Southern Connecticut Conference Winter Sports All-Conference Teams:
Taylor Ardito (Hand), Maggie Bruno (Mercy), Alehsia Ceste (Sacred Heart Academy), Jenay Coleman (West Haven), Angelica Coppola (East Haven), Angelina DeMarco (East Haven), Hayley DiGianni (Sacred Heart Academy), Cassie Franco (Branford), Kelli Gibson (Hillhouse), Jeannie Holst (Foran), Tiffany Kaufmann (Daniel Hand), Alicia Knox (West Haven), Nicholas Markus (Shelton), Jessica Marvel (Hamden), Ashley Mauro (Shelton), Cassie Murillo (West Haven), Alicia Predom (Hamden), Kristine Pakalnis (Sacred Heart Academy), Maddy Sharretto (Branford), Briana Quintiliano (Shelton)

Kimmy Megargee (Hand), Meghan French (Shelton), Stefani Taschner (Hand), Yarden Tepper (Shelton), Kendall Jerzyk (Hand), Maia Smith (Hand), Cynthia Lerman (Branford), Val Coleman (Law), Maggie Naclerio (Hand), Kayla Gyger (Foran), Abby McGuirk (Hand), Danielle Novak (Law), Maria Iennaco (Hand), Marie Facin (North Haven), Brittany Webb (Hamden).

Boys Basketball
All-Hammonasset: Andre Anderson (Hillhouse), Bobby Bynum (Hillhouse), Rich Bronson (Hillhouse), Ryan Florentine (Hand), James Richetelli (Foran), Austin Woods (Foran)
All-Housatonic: Zac Campbell (Amity), Nate Howard (Cheshire),Jack McCarthy (Lyman Hall), Brian Murphy (Sheehan), Christian Pierre (Shelton), Kevin Ruys (Lyman Hall)
All-Oronoque: Kenny Armstead (Career), Nick Dummar (Branford), Kyle Holmes (Wilbur Cross), Billy McDonald (North Haven), Treyvon Moore (Career), Dylan Palluzzi (Branford)
All-Quinnipiac: Tim Butala (Fairfield Prep), Jovan Santos-Knox (Xavier), Tieron Jackson (West Haven), Mike Jennings (West Haven), Wesley Johnson (Hamden), Terry Tarpey (Fairfield Prep)

Girls Basketball
All-Hammonasset: Bria Holmes (Hillhouse), Kelsey Cuddy (Hand), Kim Legen (Law), Colleene Smith (Hillhouse), Jasmin Rodriguez (Foran), Teneya Mclaughlin (Foran)
All-Quinnipiac: Natalie Bastian (Sacred Heart Academy), McKenzie Farquharson (West Haven), Jayva Johnson, West Haven, Jordyn Nappi (Mercy), Morgan Rams (Hamden), Maria Weselyj (Mercy)
All-Housatonic: Missy Bailey (Cheshire), Sam Smith (Sheehan), Chloe Brinton (Amity), Kelsey Pendagast (Shelton)
Maria Blois (Cheshire), Olivia Sutherland (Lyman Hall)
All-Oronoque: Aaliyah Robinson (Wilbur Cross), Tanaya Atkinson (Career), Alyssa Alston (Career), Danielle Polvan (East Haven), Amanda Bradley, East Haven), Ashley Franklin (Career)

First Team: Mark Failla (Shelton), Will Chowanec (Xavier), Will Crisco (Hand), Sean Kellett (Shelton), Ed Hunt (Shelton), Brendan Butler (Xavier), Jake Savoca (Hand), Nishan Valentini (Xavier), Tyler Cunningham (Xavier), Elliott Antler (Xavier), Ray Sherwood (Guilford), Mark Lisitano (Guilford), Sean Marinan (Xavier), Joe Demichele (Hand)
Second Team: Matt Elias (Hand), Jonah Lewis (Hand), Brian Manes (Law), C.J. Luth (Foran), Justin Elias (Hand), Nick Litwin (Amity), Ryan Butler (Xavier), Conor Ward (Fairfield Prep), Tim Homan (Cheshire), Kevin Wivell (Daniel Hand), Shane Dempsey (Fairfield Prep), Jake Whelan (Xavier), Nick Crowle (Fairfield Prep), Daykwion Aleman (New Haven)

Boys Ice Hockey
Division I First Team: Colby Cretella (Notre Dame), Joe Bianchi (Amity), Mike Troiano (West Haven), David White (Fairfield Prep), Tom Worsford (Fairfield Prep), Kyle Leyerzapf (West Haven), Andy Varga (Hamden)
Division I Second Team: Jeremy Germain (Hamden), Stephen Marsico (East Haven), AJ Unker (Fairfield Prep), Dan Dupont (Xavier), Johnny Johnson (North Haven), Mike Lee (Hamden), Tyler Carbone (Cheshire)
Division II First Team: Craig Wargo (Milford), Rob Celentano (Branford), Jarrett Rennie (Hand), Jack Fitzgerald (Guilford), Ryan Kiernan (Sheehan), Ryan Moore (Guilford), Kenny Cairns (Lyman Hall)
Division II Second Team: Cody Albert (Sheehan), Billy Ring (Guilford), Mitch Brown (Hand), Kaden Batzinger (Lyman Hall), Mike Deane (Hand), John McLenithan (Milford), Dan Tagliarini (Hand)

Girls Ice Hockey
First Team: Abigail Lange (North Haven/Amity/Cheshire), Laura Yablecki (Simsbury), Jess Werle (Simsbury), Bailey Amenbar (West Hartford), Savanna Reilly (Hamden), Jordan Ruocco (North Haven/Amity/Cheshire), Jordan D’Aurio (Notre Dame of Fairfield)
Second Team: Nicki Pierne (Hamden), Alyssa Maddern (West Haven), Kate Ullman (Lauralton Hall), Kelly D’Ancicco (Daniel Hand), Julianna Molloy (Guilford), Alyson Alissi (West Hartford), Allie Zarillo (Guilford)

Boys Swimming
200 yard Medley Relay: Notre Dame (Anthony DeFilippo, Paul Monaco, Nicholas Celestin, Tyler Dietter); Fairfield Prep (Edward Stolarski, Keith Dougherty, Bryce Keblish, Bjorn Davis)
200 yard freestyle: Dylan Swanepoel (Amity), Nicholas Wargo (Fairfield Prep), Matthew Hellauer (Shelton)
200 yard IM: Eric Holden (Amity), Alan Pite (Amity), Bryce Keblish (Fairfield Prep)
50 yard freestyle: Tyler Dietter (Fairfield Prep), Kyle Neri (Lyman Hall), Bjorn Davis (Fairfield Prep)
100 yard butterfly: Nicholas Celestin (Notre Dame), Bryce Keblish (Fairfield Prep), Richard Enders (Foran)
100 yard freestyle: Kyle Neri (Lyman Hall), Tyler Dietter (Notre Dame), Bjorn Davis (Fairfield Prep)
500 yard freestyle: Dylan Swanepoel (Amity), Matthew Hellauer (Shelton), Brandon Cole (Fairfield Prep)
200 yard Freestyle Relay: Fairfield Prep (Nicholas Wargo, Keith Dougherty, Bryce Keblish, Bjorn Davis); Amity (Jacob Laser, Charles Pite, Kyle Lemere, Alan Pite)
100 yard backstroke: Nicholas Celestin (Notre Dame), Edward Stolarski (Fairfield Prep), Richard Enders (Foran)
100 yard breaststroke: Eric Holden (Amity), Joshua Bjornberg (Sheehan), Alan Pite (Amity)
400 yard Freestyle Relay: Notre Dame (Alexander Tubis, Paul Monaco, Nicholas Celestin, Tyler Dietter); Fairfield Prep (Nicholas Wargo, Keith Dougherty, Bryce Keblish, Bjorn Davis)
Diving: Paul Cyr (Hamden), Conor Makepeace (Lyman Hall), Jake Bowtell (Fairfield Prep)

Girls Indoor Track
Joya Helander (Hand), 55 meters; Precious Holmes (Hillhouse), 300 and 600 meters; Kellie Davis (Hillhouse), 1000, 1600 and 3200 meters; Brianna Sims (Hillhouse), 55 meter hurdles; Hamden (Erin Harpe, Adriana Carrasco, Devone Pommils, Ashley Moxom), 4 x 200 relay; Hillhouse (Johnnesse Peterson, Sydney Curtis, Precious Holmes, Jayvona McDaniels), 4 x 400 relay; Hillhouse (Whitney Curtis, Johnesse Peterson, Jayvona McDaniels, Sydney Curtis), 4 x 800 relay; Hillhouse (Alethia Moore, Jaliyah White, Lanaja Carr, Nia Ruth), 1600 sprint medley Relay; Becki Golia (Sacred Heart Academy), high jump; Selina Sampieri (Cheshire), pole vault
Alexa Eldracher (Amity), long jump; Katherine Simon (Amity), shot put

Boys Indoor Track
Darryn Horner (Hillhouse), 55 meters; Anthony Genovese (Shelton), 300 meters; Alexander Neumann (Amity), 600 meters; Tom Lupoli (Sheehan), 100 meters; Clark Shurtleff (Amity), 1600 meters; Connor Rog (Fairfield Prep), 3200 meters; Danny Lewis (Hillhouse), 55 meter hurdles; Notre Dame (Earl McCoy, Mike Miranda, Anthony Denos, Andrew Madsen), 4 x 200 relay; Amity (James Bonvicini, Clark Shurtleff, Sean Beaulieu, Alexander Neumann), 4 x 400 relay; Xavier (Russell Stevens, Mitchell Brown, Sebastion Herrera, David Pugliese), 4 x 800 relay; Xavier (Graham Gilarde, Casey Blank, Dillon McCarthy, David Pugliese), 1600 sprint medley relay; Jake Scinto (Cheshire), high jump, long jump; David Gomes (Cheshire), pole vault; Matthew Marcarelli (North Haven), shot put

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Wendy’s High School Heisman Award

Wendy’s is accepting applications for the annual Wendy’s High School Heisman Award, a program honoring outstanding high school student-athletes for their commitment to academic achievement, community service.

In addition to recognition at school and state levels, six female and six male national finalists will receive an all-expense paid trip to New York City to attend the Wendy’s High School Heisman Awards Ceremony and college Heisman Memorial Trophy Award presentation with their families in December 2012.

Beginning now through Oct. 2, eligible* students can apply at for a chance to win. Each year, nearly 50,000 young male and female scholar-athletes from across the country who embody leadership, academic excellence and athletic skill in their schools and volunteerism in their communities apply for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. These applicants are then narrowed down in four phases:

· School Winners Phase – One senior male and one senior female from every school will be selected as a “School Winner”

· State Finalists Phase – 20 finalists—10 senior males and 10 senior females—from every state and the District of Columbia will advance to “State Finalists”

· State Winners Phase – One senior male and one senior female from each state and the District of Columbia will be selected as “State Winners”

· National Finalist Phase – A judging panel will select “12 National Finalists” from the 102 State Winners

The one male and one female Wendy’s High School Heisman Award winners will earn $10,000 for their high school and a $500 Wendy’s gift card. They will also be highlighted during ESPN’s live national broadcast of the college Heisman Memorial Trophy Ceremony in early December 2012.


Eligible high school seniors, slated to graduate in 2013, may submit an application online through Oct. 2. The first 25,000 students with completed applications will receive a Wendy’s gift card valued at $10. From the completed applications, one male and one female winner will be chosen to receive the WHSH Award.

For more information, students can visit, call (800) 205-6367 or contact their local high school principal, guidance counselor or athletic director. Participants can also “like” Wendy’s Heisman on Facebook at for additional program details.

Hockey wrapup: Notre Dame-West Haven numero uno

As the 2011-12 boys' hockey season fades in the rearview mirror, Notre Dame-West Haven, which defeated Glastonbury 5-0 in the CIAC Division I championship on Saturday, validates its championship season with a unanimous No. 1 ranking in the Register's final Top 10 poll of the season.
Check out the entire poll at

Once you checked out our final poll, get Notre Dame-West Haven boys' hockey coach Bill Gerosa's take on this past season by reading the poll story at Gerosa discusses all the factors that contributed to the Green Knights' late-season roll.

Wrapping up the season overall is the season's final hockey notebook at The notebook highlights some award winners, an advance on this weekend's annual Junior Select and Senior Select boys' hockey all-star games at Milford Ice Pavilion, and some players who reached scoring milestones.
It should be noted that it was brought to my attention today that Rich DeCarlo of East Haven also reached a milestone with 107 points for his career (39 goals, 68 assists).
Also broken down in the notebook are several noteworthy tidbits regarding the Southern Connecticut Conference's dominance in the postseason.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

CIAC DIVISION I HOCKEY: Andreucci lifts North Haven over Notre Dame-Fairfield in overtime thriller

By Mike Madera
Elm City Sports Writer

NORTHFORD — If the CIAC Division I state hockey tournament is anything like the play-in round, the tournament should see plenty of excitement.

North Haven and Notre Dame-Fairfield gave their share of excitement in the play-in round Monday night when Mike Andreucci scored in overtime to lift the Indians to a 5-4 victory over the Lancers at the Northford Ice Pavilion.

No. 16 North Haven (10-11) will travel to play top-seeded Fairfield Prep Wednesday night at 6 p.m. at the Wonderland of Ice. Notre Dame finished its season at 8-13.



Monday, March 5, 2012

Ticket information for Hamden hockey tournament game

Tickets for the Hamden hockey team's first-round state tournament game against St. Joseph (Wednesday, March 7 at 6 p.m. at the Lou Astorino Rink) will be sold Tuesday, March 6 and Wednesday, March 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the ticket booth outside the auditorium. Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $5 for students/senior citizens and children 5 and under are admitted for free.