Boston High School: Bill Gerosa

New England Roundup: Connecticut

May, 8, 2013
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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.

Recap: Hendricken (R.I.) 5, Notre Dame (Conn.) 3

February, 23, 2013
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WARWICK, R.I. -- All of a sudden, the bull's-eye on the collective backs of the Bishop Hendricken became larger.

That’s what happened Friday night when the defending Division I Rhode Island state champions beat defending Division I Connecticut champion Notre Dame High, 5-3, at Thayer Arena in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score might indicate.

“That’s as good a team as we’ve played all season,” Hendricken coach Jim Creamer said. “I really like the way we’ve played over the last week. We’re practicing well. We’re playing well. I think we’re moving in the right direction come playoff time.”

Ed Markowski led the Hawks (13-3-1) with two goals and two assists while the coach’s son, Matt, contributed a goal plus an assist.

While coach Creamer obviously was pleased with his team’s performance, just the opposite was the case with Green Knights coach Bill Gerosa.

“We were embarrassed by a better team tonight,” Gerosa said. “We didn’t come to play. Our scoring line [Billy Vizzo, Greg Zullo and Jesse Ruocco] did score except we gave up more than we got.

“We just had a total team breakdown, especially against their top line. Markowski, Creamer and [Andrew] Fera were terrific. But we were schooled tonight. It was an embarrassing display for Notre Dame and West Haven. A lot of it had to do with the speed of Bishop Hendricken.”

What made the final score even more noteworthy was the fact that the Green Knights (14-4-0) stepped on the ice having allowed only 23 goals in their previous 17 games.

“We’ve had one line that’s really been productive for us,” Jim Creamer said, referring to the Markowski-Creamer-Fera line. “They’ve been pretty consistent all year and had one of their better nights all year tonight.

“When they move the puck well, they generate good chances for themselves. And we got a power play goal with those guys involved. I think they were involved in four of the five goals. Then, we put out our fourth line and it chipped in late.”

Ryan Lynch put Notre Dame on the board at 6:48 of the first period when he skated in front of the net and slid the puck under starting goalie Mitchell Proulx (15 saves).

Hendricken tied it when Markowski unloaded a slap shot from the left circle that beat Luc Amatruda (28 saves) at 8:02.

The Hawks skated into the first intermission leading 2-1 thanks to Matt Creamer’s goal at 13:46 – a snap shot from the left circle.

Zullo tied it one last time at 6:07 of the second on a slap shot from between the circles. But Markowski gave Hendricken a 3-2 lead at 12:36 on a wrist shot from the slot.

“He’s a typical senior leader and a captain,” Jim Creamer said of Markowski. “He’s been very, very consistent all year.

“We’re only going to be as good as that line is so we need them to be good.”

Good describes Hendricken’s play in the third when it scored on a power play with Tucker Alberigo stuffing the puck past Amatruda at 1:31.

Then, as coach Creamer alluded to, the Hawks’ fourth line joined in the fun when Brandon Mitchell tapped home the rebound of a Sam Boulanger shot at 4:25 for a 5-2 lead.

In retrospect, that rendered a last-minute goal by Vizzo, who slid the puck past backup goalie Craig Colson (16 saves), moot.

“We have another game [Saturday night] so we have to get ready for that,” Gerosa said. “We have to forget about this one after an hour and get ready for that one, otherwise we’ll never improve.

“It was a disappointing effort from the goaltender on out. We’re a better team than this but we didn’t show it tonight.”

New England Roundup: Connecticut

January, 11, 2013
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When the game was over, Notre Dame High School boys' basketball coach Gary Palladino had earned another victory – and it was a memorable one.

ConnecticutLast Friday's 66-60 triumph over Berlin was Palladino's 400th win as Notre Dame's head coach.

Berlin erased a 16-point halftime deficit and tied the game midway through the fourth quarter, but Notre Dame made 12 of its 14 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter. The victory improved Palladino's record at Notre Dame to 400-294.

“This isn’t really about me,” Palladino said. “You don’t get to 400 wins at one school without great support from our administration, tremendous assistant coaches, and talented players who work hard and sacrifice for the betterment of our team and program. I have been blessed here at Notre Dame and share this honor with all those that came through the program.”

Earlier this year Palladino announced that this would be his final season as the Green Knights head coach.

Palladino began his career at Notre Dame in 1982. He has guided the Green Knights to 21 winning seasons, and 24 of his teams have qualified for the CIAC state tournament

Palladino has 524 career wins during his high school coaching career, which includes stops at East Hartford High School (7-13) and St. Paul's High School (55-18). He was also 62-69 at the head coach at the University of Hartford.

STAR GAZING
The inaugural Hall of Fame Classic, a high school football all-star game featuring players from Connecticut, will be played June 29, at Rentschler Field (4:30 p.m.).

The game replaces the Governor's Cup – an all-star game between Connecticut and Rhode Island – and the all-star game between Fairfield and New Haven counties. Connecticut won 11 of the 14 meetings with Rhode Island in the Governor's Cup.

The coaches and players for each team will be announced Saturday at the Walter Camp Breakfast of Champions in East Haven.

ONE-TWO PUNCH
An unbeaten record entering Saturday's contest against Fairfield Prep masked the fact that the Notre Dame boys' hockey team hadn't played well in the first period this season, and it was a slow start that cost the Green Knights in a 3-1 loss to the Jesuits.

Fairfield Prep scored three first-period goals and received 33 saves from Mike Beck in a matchup that featured the top two teams in the Hartford Courant's state rankings.

Matt Wikman, Connor Henry and Dean Lockery scored for Fairfield Prep. Darren Capobianco scored Notre Dame's goal at 12:38 of the second period.

“Today we didn't get off the bus,” Notre Dame coach Bill Gerosa told the New Haven Register. “Actually, it was the eighth game this season we didn't get off the bus in the first period. We've played well in our second and third periods, but we keep struggling in the first.”

Fairfield Prep improved its record to 7-0 and was elevated to No. 1 following the victory. Notre Dame, last year's Division I champion, fell to 7-1 and slipped to No. 2.

The teams will meet again on Feb. 16.

HOOP NOTES
Highlighting some top recent performances in boys and girls basketball:

" Weaver's Alyssa Stewart scored 24 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in a 53-31 victory over Wethersfield.

" Simsbury's E.J. Crawford scored 18 points in a 60-51 victory over Newington, and then poured in 20 – including the game-winning shot with six seconds to play – in a 70-69 triumph over Hall.

" Cromwell's Alexa Riley tossed in a game-high 15 points in a 53-50 triumph over Bacon Academy that ended Bacon Academy's 43-game home winning streak.

"Southington's Stephanie O'Keefe scored all of her 15 points on 3-pointers during a 48-41 victory overtime victory against Northwest Catholic.

"Tolland's Taylor Fortin averaged 37.5 points in victories over RHAM and Rockville.

GIRL POWER
Norwich Free Academy's Elisa Formiglio became the first female to play in a Connecticut football state championship game when Xavier defeated NFA 48-14 to win the Class LL championship last month.

Formiglio, a senior who didn't play football until last season, made both of her point-after kicks in the loss. She made 61 of 71 PAT attempts during the season. She also made one of her three field goal attempts – a 24-yard kick – and completed the season as her team's No. 3 scorer.

CONNECTICUT'S FROZEN FOUR
The inaugural Pioneer Valley Girls Winter Classic – the state's first outdoor girls hockey tournament -- was held Jan. 1 at the Simsbury Farms open-air rink.

The event featured four teams: Simsbury, Hall-Conard, Springfield (Mass.) Cathedral and East Catholic-Glastonbury-South Windsor. Simsbury defeated Hall-Conard 3-2 in the title game, and Springfield Cathedral won the consolation game.

Roger Brown is a staff writer for the New Hampshire Union Leader, and has been covering high school sports throughout New England since 1992.

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