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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Changes made to all SCC tournament schedules

Hurricane Sandy continues to have its effect on high school sports in Connecticut.
The CIAC made changes to its fall state tournament schedules today (read the story at
As a result Southern Connecticut Conference commissioner Al Carbone has announced adjusted schedules for all SCC tournaments this week as well for girls' volleyball, field hockey, boys' and girls' soccer and girls' swimming.
Adjusted SCC schedules are below. Note that the SCC girls' swim meet scheduled for Thursday at Southern Connecticut State's Moore Fieldhouse has been moved to Monday at 6 p.m. at the same site.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL (all teams that qualify for state tournament)
First Round – Saturday, October 27 @Higher Seeds –
#6 Branford 3, #11 Jonathan Law 0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-20)

#10 Guilford 3, #7 East Haven 0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-17)

#8 Sheehan 3, #9 Lyman Hall 2 (18-25, 26-24, 25-17, 24-26, 15-13)

Quarterfinals - Friday, November 2 @Higher Seeds

#8 Sheehan at #1 Cheshire – 6 p.m. (Thursday, Nov. 1)

#10 Guilford at #2 Mercy – 6 p.m.

#6 Branford at #3 Amity – 3:45 p.m.

#5 Foran at #4 Sacred Heart Academy – 6 p.m.

Semifinals – Saturday, November 3 @Higher Seeds – times TBA
Championship Game – Monday, November 5 @North Haven HS – 6 p.m.

FIELD HOCKEY (8 teams)
Quarterfinals – Saturday, November 3 @Higher Seeds

#8 Sacred Heart Academy at #1 Cheshire - 3 p.m.

#5 Hamden at #4 Branford

#7 Mercy at #2 Daniel Hand

#6 Amity at #3 Guilford

Semifinals – Monday, November 5 @Cheshire HS – 5 and 7 p.m.
Championship Game – Tuesday, November 6 @Cheshire HS – 6 p.m.

Quarterfinals @Higher Seeds

#4 Shelton 3, #5 Amity 1 (10/27)

#1 Mercy 1, #8 Guilford 0

#6 Branford 4, #3 Hamden 2

#7 Daniel Hand at #2 Cheshire - TBA (November 2 or 3)

Semifinals @Higher Seeds

Shelton at Mercy - 3:15 p.m. (Friday, Nov. 1)

Branford vs. Hand/Cheshire winner - TBA

Championship Game – Tuesday, November 6 @West Haven HS – 6 p.m.


#1 Fairfield Prep 1, #8 Shelton 0

#5 Xavier 1, #4 Daniel Hand 0 (Xavier advances via penalty kicks, 4-3)

#2 Amity 4, #7 Sheehan 1

#6 Guilford at #3 Branford - TBA (November 2 or 3)

Semifinals @Higher Seeds

Xavier at Fairfield Prep - 10 a.m. (Saturday, Nov. 3)

Guilford/Branford winner at Amity - 2:30 p.m. (Monday, Nov. 5)

Championship Game – Tuesday, November 6 @West Haven HS – 7:30 p.m.

Diving Competition –

Championship Meet – Monday, November 5 @Moore Fieldhouse – SCSU – 6 p.m.

GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL: Who had the performance of the week?

Polls close next Tuesday, Nov. 6, at noon.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

SCC pushes back tournaments

Hurricane Sandy has had an impact on the SCC field hockey and girls volleyball tournaments, among others.

There will be more to come, including the possibility of the CIAC pushing back the start of its tournament on Monday. A decision is expected on Wednesday.


Sandy impacts girls' swimming, field hockey

Hurricane Sandy certainly had its impact on New Haven area high school sports teams, including girls’ swimming and field hockey, forcing cancelations and postponements of practices and games.
One of the hardest hit programs is the Seymour girls’ swim team, which is in the process of preparing for the upcoming Naugatuck Valley League swim and diving championships.
Most of Seymour is out of power,” Seymour girls’ swim coach Missy Orosz said. “A lot of my team is still stuck in their neighborhoods because several trees are still blocking roads.
The high school is out of power (as of noon Tuesday) so we haven't been in the water since Saturday."
The NVL swim trials are tentatively scheduled to be held on Thursday at Kennedy High in Waterbury at 4 p.m. The diving competition is scheduled for Friday at either Kennedy or Woodland (to be determined Wednesday) at 4 p.m. The NVL swim finals are at Kennedy on Saturday at 4 p.m.
“I am hoping that power is restored soon,” Orosz said. “We might look into our local Ansonia YMCA to snag pool time, but they have no power right now."
Orosz also said NVL League commissioners will update the status of league tournament schedules for all sports on Wednesday.
Like most teams, the Branford girls’ swim team has missed practice time on Monday and today (Tuesday).
“We have missed opportunities to swim yesterday and today but I am hopeful that we can squeeze in a practice tomorrow (Wednesday),” Branford girls’ swim coach Scott Butler said. “I hope that the missed workouts will minimally affect those of us training for states (CIAC Class L-M-S and State Open meets)."
Amity girls’ swim coach Todd Rainey said, “We missed practice on Monday and Tuesday. I do believe that the pool at Orange (Orange Community Pool) does have power. We hope to be back in the water tomorrow but we'll have to wait and see about any school closure.
“The timing of this storm was not ideal in terms of SCC Championship preparation, but we'll do the best we can. It certainly could have been much worse."
The Lauralton Hall field hockey team has been trying to reschedule its last regular season game with Amity since it has seeding implications for the post season.
“We are still trying to play our regular season game versus Amity,” Lauralton Hall coach Theresa Napolitano said. “We need to schedule this before either team plays a league playoff game. Thursday is the last day to get it in (for the CIAC to count it toward postseason seeding).
“The SWC (South-West Conference) tournament starts with the semifinal round Thursday but if we end up with a conflict and play Amity that day, then that semifinal game may be pushed to another day. Barring any field or school issues we will try to schedule the Amity game for tomorrow (Wednesday)."

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Girls' swimming: Revised schedule for Naugatuck Valley League meet

Here is a schedule update for the Naugatuck Valley League girls' swimming and diving championships this week.
The swim trials are at Kennedy High at 4 p.m. on Thursday, the diving competition is at either Kennedy or Woodland on Friday at 4 p.m. and the swimming finals are at Kennedy on Saturday at 4 p.m.
"All of this revised scheduling is weather permitting," Seymour girls' swim coach Missy Orosz said.

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL: The All SCC Housatonic Team

Take a look at the All SCC Housy squad.

2012 Southern Connecticut Conference All-Housatonic Division Team
(in order of points received in voting):
Allison Denny Sr. Amity
Amanda Palladino Sr. Cheshire
Melanie Schanke Sr. Lyman Hall
Kathryn Pisano Sr. Amity
Lisa Walle Sr. Cheshire
Ali Sperazza Sr. Sheehan
Maria Buzzelli Sr. Cheshire
Francesca Testani Sr. Shelton

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Girls' swimming: Grindall commits to Wisconsin

Amity swimmer Dana Grindall, a two-time Register girls’ swimming MVP and All-American who competed at the United States Olympic swim trials in Omaha, Neb. in June, has decided to commit to the University of Wisconsin.
“It feels good to have that decision made, I'm so excited,” Grindall said. “Wisconsin has a good swim program and I like the school."
At the Olympic Trials, Grindall was 27th in the 100 butterfly in 1:00.28 and 61st in the 200 butterfly in 2:16.48.
This season at Amity she broke school records in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.75) and the 200 freestyle (1:54.4).

Friday, October 26, 2012

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL: The SCC Playoffs are set


First Round – Saturday

#11 Jonathan Law at #6 Branford – 4 p.m.
#10 Guilford at #7 East Haven – 1:30 p.m.( Match of the day)
#9 Lyman Hall at #8 Sheehan – 12 noon
Quarterfinals – Tuesday, October 30
Sheehan/Lyman Hall winner at #1 Cheshire – 6 p.m.
East Haven/Guilford winner at #2 Mercy – 3:45 p.m.
Branford/Jonathan Law winner at #3 Amity – 3:45 p.m.
#5 Foran at #4 Sacred Heart Academy – 6 p.m.
 Semifinals – Thursday
At Higher Seeds
Nov. 3 At North Haven, 6 p.m.

With the storm approaching, the schedule will most likely change. I'll keep you posted.

Updated SCC soccer tournament dates, times

Due to the impending impact of Hurricane Sandy, some games have been moved up to this weekend. Here is the updated schedule:

GIRLS SOCCER (8 teams)
Quarterfinals – Monday, October 29 - unless noted
#8 Guilford at #1 Mercy - 2:30 p.m. (Sunday, Oct. 28)
#5 Amity at #4 Shelton - 5:30 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 27)
#7 Daniel Hand at #2 Cheshire - 5 p.m. (Sunday, Oct. 28)
#6 Branford at #3 Hamden - 2:30 p.m. (Sunday, Oct. 28)
Semifinals – Thursday, November 1 @Higher Seeds – times TBA
Championship Game – Saturday, November 3 @Sheehan HS – 5 p.m.

BOYS SOCCER (8 teams)
Quarterfinals – Monday, October 29 unless noted
#8 Shelton at #1 Fairfield Prep - 3 p.m. (Sunday, Oct. 28)
#5 Xavier at #4 Daniel Hand - 3 p.m. (Sunday, Oct. 28)
#7 Sheehan at #2 Amity - 3 p.m. (Sunday, Oct. 28)
#6 Guilford at #3 Branford - 6:30 p.m.
Semifinals – Thursday, November 1 @Higher Seeds – times TBA
Championship Game – Saturday, November 3 @Sheehan HS – 7 p.m.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

SCC soccer pairings

2012 Southern Connecticut Conference BOYS Soccer Playoff Pairings
Quarterfinals – Monday, October 29
#8 Shelton at #1 Fairfield Prep – 3:45 p.m.
#5 Xavier at #4 Daniel Hand – 7 p.m.
#7 Sheehan at #2 Amity – 3 p.m.
#6 Guilford at #3 Branford – 6:30 p.m.
Semifinals – Thursday, November 1 @Higher Seeds
Championship Game – Saturday, November 3@Sheehan HS – 7 p.m.
2012 Southern Connecticut Conference GIRLS Soccer Playoff Pairings
Quarterfinals – Monday, October 29
#8 Guilford at #1 Mercy – 3:45 p.m.
#5 Amity at #4 Shelton – 6:30 p.m.
#7 Daniel Hand at #2 Cheshire – 6:30 p.m.
#6 Branford at #3 Hamden – 5:30 p.m.
Semifinals – Thursday, November 1 @Higher Seeds
Championship Game – Saturday, November 3@Sheehan HS – 5 p.m.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Field hockey: Cheshire clinches SCC title

Miranda Garcia had a goal and an assist to lead the fifth-ranked Cheshire field hockey team to a 3-0 win over Lyman Hall in Wallingford on Wednesday to clinch their second straight Southern Connecticut Conference regular season title.

The Rams made it easy for their two goalies Maddy Levy and Lauren Fountain as Cheshire outshot Lyman Hall 20-0. Kathleen Lima and Olivia Larson added goals for the Rams.
The Rams clinched the title with a 10-0 SCC record and end the regular season with A 16-2 record.
Goalie Alexa Rubano made 10 saves for the Trojans (5-8-2-1, 2-9-1-1).

CROSS COUNTRY: Who will repeat?

Who has a better shot at repeating in states?

Amity needs boys swim coach

There is a varsity position available for a boys' swimming coach at Amity High School.

If you are interested in applying, contact Amity athletic director Paul Mengold at 203-397-4839.

Monday, October 22, 2012

FOOTBALL: Breaking down a wild Week 6 in the SCC

Elm City Sports columnist Ray Curren breaks down a wild Week 6 in the SCC, from Wilbur Cross' near-upset of Cheshire, to Foran's big win over Division I Notre Dame-West Haven and West Haven's thriller against top-ranked Hand, and everything in between.

Foran had the biggest jump in Ray's Week 6 Power Rankings, leaping from 14th place to No. 9. Click here for the story on Foran's 50-35 win over Notre Dame.

Also from Week 6, North Haven geared up for its showdown with Hand by taking care of business against Sheehan.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Law girls soccer Team of Week

MILFORD — It’s become a lot easier for senior captain Sarah Irvine to talk about her team’s success as the season has progressed.

The days of the Law girls’ soccer team being a guaranteed win for most opponents fall further into the past as time goes on.

“I think that when we go to other schools, there’s always that expectation that they’re going to walk away with a win,” Irvine said. “And I think we’ve really changed that mentality this year.”

Check out more about Law's bounce-back year and a video on the team.

Amity boys soccer, Guilford girls cross country and Branford football are up for the new Team of the Week. Please cast your vote.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Friday's postponements

The full list of football games still on and postponed, along with postponements in the other outdoor events scheduled for Friday:

Hall at Simsbury, 7 p.m.
E.O. Smith at Bulkeley, ppd. to Saturday, 2 p.m. at Weaver
Windsor at Middletown, 7 p.m.
Tolland at Platt, 6:30 p.m.
Rockville at Berlin, 7 p.m.
Weaver at East Catholic, 7 p.m.
Northwest Catholic at Plainville, 7 p.m.
Abbott Tech at Putnam/Tourtellotte/Ellis Tech, 6:30 p.m.
Montville at Waterford, 6:30 p.m.
St. Bernard/Norwich Tech at Stonington, 6:30 p.m.
Griswold at Fitch, ppd. to Saturday, 7 p.m.
Ledyard at East Lyme, 7:30 p.m.
New London at Plainfield, 6:30 p.m.
Woodstock Academy at Killingly, ppd. to Saturday, 4 p.m.
Fairfield Ludlowe at McMahon, 7 p.m.
Ridgefield at Norwalk, 7 p.m.
Darien at Wilton, 6 p.m.
Trumbull at Staples, 7 p.m.
Derby at Wolcott, 7 p.m.
Seymour at Crosby, ppd. to Saturday, 10 a.m.
Holy Cross at Naugatuck, ppd. to Saturday, 2 p.m.
Woodland at Torrington, 7 p.m.
St. Paul at Wilby, 7 p.m.
Nonnewaug at Haddam-Killingworth, ppd. to Saturday, 6 p.m.
North Branford at East Hampton/Vinal Tech, ppd. to Saturday, 5 p.m.
West Haven at Hand, ppd. to Saturday, 1 p.m.
Wilbur Cross at Cheshire, 7 p.m.
Branford at Law, ppd. to Saturday, 4 p.m.
Notre Dame-West Haven at Foran, ppd. to Saturday, 6 p.m.
Immaculate at Pomperaug, 7 p.m.
Oxford at New Milford, ppd. to Saturday, 1 p.m.
Weston at New Fairfield, 7 p.m.
Stratford at Bethel, ppd. to Saturday, 1 p.m.
Barlow at Bunnell, 7 p.m.
Norwich Tech at Whitney Tech, ppd. to Thursday, 4 p.m.
Cheney Tech at Platt Tech, ppd. to Thursday, 4 p.m.
Naugatuck at Derby, ppd. to Saturday, 2 p.m.
Seymour at Sacred Heart, ppd. to Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Torrington at Ansonia,ppd. to Tuesday, 4 p.m.
Fairfield Prep at Xavier, ppd. to Saturday, 2:45 p.m.
Branford at North Haven,ppd. to Saturday, 5 p.m.
Lyman Hall at Career/Hillhouse (East Shore),ppd. to Saturday, 2 p.m.
Foran at Hamden, ppd. to Saturday, noon
Platt Tech at Holy Family, ppd. to Wednesday, 3:45 p.m.
Wilbur Cross/Hillhouse/Career at East Haven, ppd. to Friday, 3:30 p.m.
North Haven at Shelton, ppd. to Friday, 3:30 p.m.
Sheehan at Amity, Tuesday, 3:45 p.m.
Cheshire at Lyman Hall, ppd. to Saturday, 10 a.m.
Hand at Sacred Heart Academy
Mercy at Law, ppd. to Saturday, noon
Derby at Naugatuck, ppd. to Saturday, 6 p.m.
Sacred Heart at Seymour, ppd. to Saturday, 10 a.m.
Lyman Hall at Mercy, ppd. to Tuesday, 3:45 p.m.
North Haven at Branford, ppd. to Saturday, 2 p.m.
Haddam-Killingworth at North Branford, Saturday, 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Soccer in the SCC

The Southern Connecticut Conference division winners are all but decided for the girls:

Hand is the SCC Hammonasset Division champion.
Cheshire won the SCC Housatonic Division on Wednesday after tying Shelton.
Mercy beat Hamden on Wednesday to clinch the SCC Quinnipiac Division.
Branford and North Haven share the SCC Oronoque. East Haven can make it a three-way tie by beating Wilbur Cross.

The boys divisions are all still up in the air except for the SCC Oronoque. The NH Register did not get a score report from the Branford-East Haven game scheduled for Wednesday night. If Branford won, it clinched the division crown. If not, then its Branford vs. North Haven for all the marbles Friday night, weather permitting.

Also on Friday, Xavier hosts Fairfield Prep at 3:45 p.m. The winner takes the Quinnipiac.

On Thursday, if Amity wins at Sheehan, the Spartans win the Housatonic. A tie, and Shelton can earn a share by winning at Cheshire Saturday at 6 p.m. A loss by Amity and Shelton can earn it outright, or Amity clinches if Cheshire beats Shelton.

Hand wins the SCC Hammonasset by beating or tying Guilford at the Surf Club Saturday night at 6 p.m. Guilford earns a share with a win.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL: Who had the Performance of the Week

Who had the best performance of the last week?

Monday, October 15, 2012

GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL: Monday's roundup

Match of the night

Allison Denny had 15 kills and was 16-16 serving, Kathryn Pisano had 32 assists and was 10-10 serving and Claire Foster added 20 digs as Amity handed Cheshire its first loss of the season in a 3-2 victory in Woodbridge.
Amanda Palladino had 22 kills and five blocks; Lisa Walle had 17 kills and six digs and Sarah Rodgers contributed 45 assists and 10 digs for Cheshire (13-1) in the loss to Amity (11-3).

Best of the Rest

Branford 3, Wilbur Cross 0: Anna Atkinson  had six aces and seven kills, Meg Wirtz  had three aces and six assists and Briana Williams  added 10 assists as the Hornets defeated the Governors in New Haven. Heaven Daluz had seven kills for Wilbur Cross.
Bunnell 3, New Milford 0: Natalie Groves had seven service points and four digs, Kierstyn Van Olden had five kills and three digs and Erica Shannon added 14 kills and nine service points as the Bulldogs defeated the Green Wave in New Milford.
East Haven 3, Career 0: Amanda Bradley  had nine kills, six aces and a block, Elise Tomasello had eight kills, five aces and four digs, Amy Seliga  had five kills, four aces and a block and Corinne Palmer added three kills as the Yellow Jackets defeated the Panthers.
East Haven improved to 10-3 and Career fell to 3-11.
Foran 3, North Haven 1: Rebekah DeRosa had three aces, Fallon Bevino had 13 kills and Danielle Kemp had 18 digs as the Lions defeated the Indians in North Haven.
Morgan Schaff had 20 assists, Erica Riordan had three kills and six digs and Brianna Carfora had 10 kills for North Haven (4-9) in a loss to Foran (11-3).
Law 3, Guilford 0: Rachel Hannon had 12 digs, Colleen Bogucki had 36 assists, six digs and two killls and Caitlin Prete added 13 kills as the Eagles defeated the Indians in Milford.
Guilford’s (6-9) Caitlin Sobolewski had 15 kills and 10 digs, Lynn Guibbory 15 digs and Taylor White had 20 assist and 14 digs in a loss to Law (6-8).
Mercy 3, West Haven 0: Grace Brodeur had 11 kills and two aces and Louisette Davila had five aces and six digs as the Tigers swept the Blue Devils in Middletown. For West Haven (1-11), Erica Lindsey had 10 kills and Sydney Mursko had five digs in the loss to Mercy (12-1).
Sacred Heart Academy 3, Shelton 0: Lexi Iannone had five kills, four blocks and nine aces, Shannon Bissell had five aces and 10 assists and Caitlyn Keish added five kills and seven digs as the Pacers defeated the Gaels in Hamden.
Shelton’s (4-10) Emma Hanrahan had 17 digs, Francesca Testani had 18 digs and 10 kills and Ola Szczesna added 13 digs in the loss to SHA (11-2).

Team of Week

Amity girls volleyball (pictured above) was last week's team of the week on a well-done piece and video by Henry Chisholm.

Voting fr the current Team of the Week closes Tuesday at 6 p.m. There are already 2,100 votes in for the following three choices:

1) Hand football
2) Law girls soccer
3) Cheshire girls cross country.

Place your vote for who you think should be the selection.

No stopping the Law

It was a night Law soccer fans won’t soon forget.

First, the Law girls’ team beat Hand 1-0 Tuesday at home. It was the first time Law beat Hand in school history.

Just hours later, the Law boys’ team won at West Haven 2-1. Not only was it the Lawmen’s first win of the season, it was their first win since 2008. Law had just two ties since, both in 2009.

“The kids were smiling ear to ear, including myself (at practice Wednesday),” Law coach Donato Piselli said. “We were ahead at halftime and West Haven tied it up. To come back in thrilling fashion at the end is something they enjoyed and something they want to do again.”

Here is more on Law's recent success.

Division play in the SCC should wrap up this week. Here are some games to check out this week along with some of last week's top performances.

Friday, October 12, 2012

GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL: Friday's roundup

Match of the night

Branford 3, Guilford 2: Kelly Smith had 11 digs, Tara Dering had seven kills and Hannah Zampano added nine kills as the Hornets defeated the Indians in Guilford.

Best of the rest

Amity 3, West Haven 0: Kathryn Pisano had 16 assists and was 14-for-14 serving with four aces. Allison Denny was 11-for-11 serving with six aces and Zoe Moscato was 13-for-14 serving with two aces as the Spartans swept the Blue Devils in Woodbridge.
For West Haven (1-10), Savannah Brown had seven kills and Erica Lindsay added 14 assists and four aces in the loss to Amity (10-3).
Law 3, Hillhouse 0: Caitlin Prete had 14 kills and nine digs, Sarah Kelly had seven kills and eight digs and Hayley Foulie had five digs and two kills as the Eagles defeated the Academics.
For Hillhouse, Khadijah Kenion added 12 kills, five digs and six blocks. Janelle Cooper had 14 assists and Neffy Struthers had eight digs and four aces.
Ansonia 3, St. Paul 0: Devon Champen had six kills and two blocks, Morgan Westine had 13 assists and two aces and Shaylah Dobson added five kills and two blocks as the Chargers came out victorious.
Mercy 3, Hamden 0: Meghan Nelson had nine kills and Nina Zimmitti had seven aces as the Tigers swept the Green Dragons in Hamden.
Mercy improved to 11-1 and Hamden fell to 3-9.
Newtown 3, Bunnell 0: Jessica Bogdwicz had 20 assists, seven service points and three digs, Erica Shannon had six kills and four service points and Taylor Jean Guillaume added five kills, eight service points and five digs, but the Bulldogs fell to the Nighthawks in Newtown.
New Fairfield 3, Lauralton Hall 2: Caroline Andrews had two aces, Meaghan Maher had two blocks, four digs and two kills and Nikki Escobar added seven kills as New Fairfield upended Lauralton Hall in Milford.
For Lauralton Hall, Hailey Congdon had 16 service points and 11 kills, Stephanie Stone added nine kills and Allison Carey had 28 assists and two aces.
North Branford 3, Hyde 0: Kayla Nowak had four kills and four aces, Bryana Saroka had a kill and nine aces and Allie Sanzari added an assist and five aces as the Thunderbirds blanked the Howling Wolves in North Branford.
Sheehan 3, Shelton 1: Ali Sperrazza had 18 kills and 10 digs, Meghan Gavin had 37 assists, Makayla Ricci contributed 10 kills, six digs and four aces and Megan Fekete had nine aces as the Titans defeated the Gaels in Shelton.
For Shelton, Alyssa Eannotti had 13 digs and three kills, Aless Boisvert had eight digs and five kills and Francesca Testani had 28 digs and eight kills.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL: Who had the performance of the week?

Vote on who had the best performance!

Wednesday's postponements

Limited amount due to Wednesday's morning showers:

Platt Tech at O’Brien Tech, ppd. to Thursday, 4 p.m.
Forman at Hamden Hall, ppd. to Oct. 29, 3:30 p.m.
Lyman Hall at Amity, ppd. to Thursday, 3:45 p.m.
Hamden Hall at Westover, ppd., TBA
Hamden Hall at Westover, ppd. to Monday, 3 p.m.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


The Foran boys’ basketball program is holding the second Foran Hoops Mad Dash 5K Road Race/Fitness Walk on Sunday, Oct. 14 at the high school.
The race will begin at 9 a.m. and is open to individuals of all ages and abilities. All pre-registered participants will receive a road race T-shirt. Trophies will be awarded to top finishers in each age division.
All proceeds from the race will go directly to the Foran boys’ basketball program.
For more information or to register, call Tim Swaller at 203-449-6770 or email


Vote for Xavier-Hand football game winner

The Southern Connecticut Conference football game Friday night pitting third-ranked Hand at top-ranked Xavier will be played at Palmer Field.

Xavier has won 30 straight games. Hand has won 15. Something has to give.

Who do you think will win the big game? Cast your vote right here!

Monday, October 8, 2012

LACROSSE: Gull, six others, selected for hall of fame

The Connecticut Lacrosse Hall of Fame committee announced on Monday seven new members, including former Hand, Cheshire, West Haven and Hamden boys' coach Jeff Gull, will be inducted at a banquet at the Aqua Turf in Southington on Nov. 11 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
Also selected are Ted Garber, who coached boys lacrosse at Loomis Chaffee and is currently coach of the the Ohio Machine of Major League Lacrosse; Liz Grote, a former Simsbury and Vermont player who is coaching at Bowdoin College; Jamie Hanford, a former player at Darien and Loyola with professional stints in the National Lacrosse League and Major League Lacrosse; Pam Hammersmith, who started the Simsbury girls lacrosse program in 1982; Will Hunter, who passed away in 1996, started the boys' lacrosse program at Conard in 1963; and Randy McCue, a football and men's lacrosse standout at UConn who started the boys' lacrosse program at Norwalk in 1976. 
According to the Connecticut Lacrosse Hall of Fame press release, in 1979 in Gull's first head coaching job, he won his first sixteen games as a high school head coach and took Hand to the state championship game where it lost to Wilton 7-5. The following year he again guided Hand to the state championship final.
Gull left Hand in 1984 to start a new boys' program at Cheshire where he was named Coach of the Year in 1985. During his twenty-seven year career as a head coach he amassed over 200 wins and a winning percentage of almost 60 percent at numerous schools across the state, including Cheshire, Hand (twice), Guilford, Hall, Hamden, Holy Cross, Norwich Free Academy and finally at West Haven. Gull is credited with starting youth programs in Madison (1981), Guilford (1990) and Southington (1993). 
For more information and to purchase tickets you can go to

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GIRLS' SWIMMING: Seymour to host "Swim for Hope"

The Seymour girls' swim team will be hosting its second annual "Swim for Hope" swim meet on Friday at 4 p.m. at the Seymour High pool on 2 Botsford Road in Seymour.
The Wildcats will face St. Joseph-Trumbull . Both teams will be wearing special swim caps and providing concessions to raise money for the Seymour Pink Organization.
"All are welcomed to cheer on their favorite team and support cancer research and girls swimming," Seymour swim coach Missy Orosz said in a prepared statement. "Our (Seymour) co-captain Katherine Acquavella has organized this event the past two seasons. Mrs. Mary Deming, the founder of Seymour Pink, is an alumna from St. Joseph-Trumbull. She is a teacher at Seymour and founded the whole Seymour Pink Organization on behalf of her mother."

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Friday, October 5, 2012

GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL: Friday's roundup

#ctvb-Sheehan and Amity survived some tough matches. Check them out below.


Sheehan 3, Hand 2: Ali Sperrazza had 15 kills and 12 digs, Makayla Ricci had 10 kills and 5 aces, Katie Read had 22 digs and five aces, Meghan Gavin had 26 assists, Meg Fekete 13 assists, seven aces as the Titans defeatd the Tigers in Madison.
Hand’s (2-8) Cassidy Wygonik had 16 kills and five blocks and Kyle Maxwell added 23 serves, four aces and 19 digs in the loss to Sheehan (6-4).


Amity 3, Guilford 2:  Sydnee Sousa had 12 kills, Kathryn Pisano had 28 assists and was 12-for-12 serving and Amanda Vecchio was 16-for-16 serving with four aces as the Spartans got past the Indians in Woodbridge.
Guilford (5-5) Caitlin Sobolewski had 13 kills, 11 digs and six aces. Taylor White added 20 assists, eight digs and five kills and Sam Grinold had 12 digs, 14 service points and four aces in a losing effort to Amity (8-2).
Bunnell 3, Oxford 0: Erica Shannon had seven kills and four service points, Taylor Jean-Guillaume had eight service points, seven kills and eight digs and Jessica Bogdwicz added nine service points, 28 assists and six digs as the Bulldogs defeated the Wolverines in Stratford.
Cheshire 3, Law 0: Lisa Walle had nine kills and seven aces, Becca Ligi had 10 kills, Maria Buzzeli had 14 digs and Sarah Rodgers had 34 assists as the Rams remained undefeated with a victory over the Eagles.
Law’s (3-7) Rachel Hannan had 10 digs and six kills and Caitlin Prete had six kills and 13 digs in the loss to Cheshire (10-0).
Foran 3, Shelton 0: Fallon Bevino had 15 kills, Rebekah DeRosa had seven aces and 30 assists and Abby Amann added seven kills and three assists for the Lions in a victory over the Gaelettes in Milford.
Shelton’s (3-7) Kaitlyn Giangregorio had eight blocks, Gina Orazietti addeed seven digs and two kills, Nicole Beard nine assists in the loss to Foran (7-3).
Kennedy 3, Ansonia 0: Morgan Westine had 22 assists, two kills and Shaylah Dobson had nine kills and two blocks as the Chargers fell to Kennedy in Ansonia.
Lyman Hall 3, Hillhouse 1: Melanie Schanke had 16 kills, three aces and 14 digs, Ally Hackett added 36 assists and four kills and senior outside hitter Emily Williams had seven kills, two aces and 11 digs and the Trojans defeated the Academics 3-1 in Wallingford.
Hillhouse’s (3-7) Khadijah Kenyon’s had six kills and nine digs in the loss to Lyman Hall (7-3).
Mercy 3, Wilbur Cross 0: Mercy’s Shytasia Williams served 24-for-25 with six aces and Hanna Jones served 19-for-19 with eight aces as the Tigers defeated the Governors in Middletown.
Sacred Heart 3, North Haven 1: Erin Kent had eight kills and three blocks, Cameron Maselli had 19 digs and six kills, and Jamie Falcha had 14 service points and 18 digs for Sacred Heart in a win over the Indians in Hamden.
For North Haven (3-6), Brianna Carfora 13 kills and five aces, and Morgan Schaff had 21 assists in the loss to SHA (8-1).

Thursday, October 4, 2012

VOLLEYBALL: Foran sweeps rival Law on Spike Out Leukemia Night

Trying to utilize the speed of Dani Kemp, Johnson used the sophomore the entire contest as the team’s libero. Johnson’s move proved to be correct.

Behind 18 digs from Kemp, 37 assists, nine digs and four aces from Rebekah DeRosa and exceptional hitting, the Lions defeated Law 3-0 on Spike Out Leukemia Night at Jonathan Law. The scores of the match were 25-21, 25-18 and 25-21.

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BOYS' SOCCER: Robinson leads Notre Dame past city rival West Haven

When all was said and done, Notre Dame had a little too much offense for the Westies and posted a 4-1 victory at Veterans Stadium in West Haven Wednesday afternoon.

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So which are the best soccer teams in the SCC?

We are at approximately the midway point of the soccer season and the picture is starting to get a little clearer in the Southern Connecticut Conference.

Hand can make its claim as the best team in the league after beating Fairfield Prep 1-0 at home Monday, then blitzing Guilford 5-1. The Tigers are certainly the best team in the SCC Hammonasset.

Cheshire has taken a step back from last season, making the SCC Housatonic very tough to call at this point. Shelton is the only unbeaten team in the division. Amity lost to the Gaels, but not to anyone else and looks to be the most improved team in the league. Cheshire and Sheehan make this a four-team race.

Prep bounced back off its first loss by handing Xavier its first loss. The SCC Quinnipiac will be decided between these two teams.

Branford is the only undefeated team in the Oronoque Division after beating North Haven Wednesday. Those two teams willd ecide this division as well.

In girls play, Hand won round one over Guilford last Saturday. Still, it will come down to the two teams' next matchup that decides the SCC Hammonasset Division.

The trio of Cheshire and Shelton played to a scoreless tie last Saturday and both beat Amity already in the SCC Housatonic. Still too close to call.

So is the SCC Quinnipiac with Mercy, SHA and Hamden all jockeying for the crown.

And guess who is the only unbeaten team in the Oronoque? If you guessed East Haven at 2-0, you win. The Easties shut out North Haven (which then beat Shelton 3-0 Wednesday) and beat Wilbur Cross. Still, North Haven is the best team in this division. Whether the Indians win it or not is another story.

And kudos to Law for winning at Mercy 1-0 on Wednesday. That's might be the biggest win in the program in a decade.

The SCC tournament begins on Oct. 29.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

CROSS COUNTRY: Who will finish better at the Wickham Invitational

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL: Tuesday's roundup

 #ctvb: Ansonia came out victorious on Tuesday. Check out the roundup below.

Ansonia 3, Crosby 1: Morgan Westine had 20 assists and three aces, Alexia Steeves added eight kills, three aces and two blocks and Shaylah Dobson had 10 kills as the Chargers downed the Bulldogs.
Iesha Matos finished with 10 digs, 10 kills and five assists and Livia Shehy added nine digs, five kills and three blocks for Crosby (1-6) in the loss to Ansonia (3-5).
East Hampton 3, Hale-Ray 0: Dakota Reed had 18 assists and seven digs and Shayla Belanger added 10 digs and five aces for East Hampton.
For Hale-Ray (2-5), Eliza Burke had seven digs and a block and Sabrina Brainard added two kills in the loss to East Hampton (7-1).
Stratford 3, New Milford 0: Haley Dunning had three aces and one kill, Emily Eckel added 11 service points, five aces and 10 kills and Gabe Rooney finished with 20 assists as the Red Devils won in New Milford.

Updated postponements for Tuesday


Haddam-Killingworth at Portland, ppd., to TBA
Valley Regional at Hale-Ray, ppd., to TBA
Kolbe Cathedral at Platt Tech, ppd., to Oct. 12
Branford at East Haven, ppd., to Saturday

Amity at Hand, ppd., to Oct. 23
Hamden at Branford, ppd., to today
Westbrook at Valley Regional, ppd., to Friday
Morgan at Old Saybrook, ppd. to Oct. 19
North Branford at Haddam-Killingworth, ppd., to Oct.. 19
Bethel at Lauralton Hall, ppd., to today

Monday, October 1, 2012

Who wins between Guilford and Hand in soccer?

The renewal of perhaps the best soccer rivalry in the Southern Connecticut Conference returns on Wednesday when Hand plays at Guilford at 7 p.m.

So who do you think will win the game? You can cast your own vote right here.

Here's a look at how Hand has done so far this season.

Law football latest Team of Week

MILFORD — It’s always easier to go through a week of football practice after a victory. When it’s your first win in more than a year, it’s even better.

So you can imagine things were quite upbeat for the Law football team this past week, coming off a 28-12 win over Wilbur Cross that earned the Lawmen Register Team of the Week laurels following a vote at

“Last year I was also a captain,” senior George Knoth said. “To be the face of team that was 0-10, the laughing stock of the whole conference, was kind of embarrassing. To come in this week having won, one of my teachers put a (congratulatory) note on my locker. And to have everyone patting you on the back saying, ‘We can’t wait for the next game,’ we haven’t had that around here for a while.”


There are three more choices for Team of the Week. Vote now. Polls close Tuesday at 6 p.m.