Wednesday, May 8, 2013
New England Roundup: Connecticut
By Roger Brown
Next winter, Bill Gerosa will get to sleep in.
Gerosa resigned as Notre Dame-West Haven's boys hockey coach Thursday after holding that position for the last 15 years. He guided the Green Knights to the Division I state title in 2002 and 2012.
“It's time for me to do something different,” Gerosa told the New Haven Register. “I really don't want to get up at 5 a.m. anymore.
“I had a great experience at Notre Dame, but I need to do other things even though I don't know what those other things are right now.”
Gerosa will also retire as an English teacher at Notre Dame after the current school year.
Gerosa, 68, began his high school coaching career at Guilford in 1987 and remained with that program through the 1995-96 season. Guilford won the Division II state title in 1994.
Gerosa was an assistant coach for the Fairfield University men's hockey team during the 1996-97 season, and became the Notre Dame-West Haven coach in 1998-99.
Notre Dame had a 215-115-0 record with Gerosa behind the bench.
FAIRFIELD LUDLOWE HIRES CAMERA Vincent Camera is the new varsity football coach at Fairfield Ludlowe. Camera spent the last six seasons as the head coach at Platt Tech, which started its program in 2007.
“Vinnie was the standout candidate in the interview process and we are looking forward to him joining our staff at Fairfield Ludlowe,” Fairfield Ludlowe athletic director Dave Schulz said in a statement.
A 1997 East Haven High graduate who played football at Fairfield University, Camera posted a 24-37-1 record at Platt Tech The Panthers were 6-4 last season –- the first winning season in the program's history.
Fairfield Ludlowe finished with a 5-5 record last season. Former Fairifield Ludlowe coach Matt McCloskey resigned at midseason when his team was 1-5. Fairfield Ludlowe won its last four games.
CROMWELL SEEKING REPEAT The Cromwell baseball team won last year's Class S title, and the Panthers appear to be just as strong this season.
Cromwell improved its record to 13-1 and stretched its winning streak to 12 games when it beat Old Saybrook 11-2 last Wednesday. Cromwell hasn't lost since it dropped a 6-2 decision against Haddam-Killingworth on April 5.
Logan Lessard pitched a complete game and struck out seven against Old Saybrook. He improved his record to 4-1 and lowered his ERA to 1.52.
The Panthers aren't lacking pitching depth, as Doug Davenport is 5-0 with a 0.90 ERA, and Christian Budzik is 4-0 with a 0.28 ERA. Davenport was the winning pitcher –- either as a starter or in relief -– in Cromwell's final four tournament games last season. He finished the season with a 9-1 record and a 2.09 ERA.
ON THE RISE Weston's Emily Savage set a state record in the pole vault at the Penn Relays, where she cleared 13 feet, 1-1/2 inches. Savage beat Emma King of Oakdale High School in Maryland (12-91/2) to win the event.
Darien's Robin Bone set the previous record (12-61/4) in 2010. Savage's performance also established a meet record.
FORAN TERRITORY Former Foran boys basketball standout Steve Schuler has been named to the New England Basketball Hall of Fame's 2013 class.
Schuler, currently the women's basketball coach at Post University, will be inducted during a June 22 banquet in Worcester, Mass.
Schuler scored more than 1,300 points at Foran. He played college basketball for St. Joseph's College in Standish, Maine, and completed his college career seventh on the program's all-time scoring list. He is the only player in St. Joseph's history who never lost a home game.
GENTILE GIANT Windsor Locks pitcher Mike Gentile struck out a school-record 19 batters during a no-hitter against Canton on April 22. Windsor Locks won the game 2-0.
Gentile, a senior who throws left-handed, walked two and one batter reached on an error. The victory improved his record to 3-1 with a 1.15 ERA.
Gentile also carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning of an April 11 game against Ellington. He ended up allowing two hits in his team's 4-0 triumph.
Roger Brown is a staff writer for the New Hampshire Union Leader and has been covering high school sports throughout New England sine 1992.