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New England Roundup: Connecticut

January, 30, 2013
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The Fairfield Prep ice hockey team has had some impressive starts in Matt Sather's 14 seasons as the program's head coach, but nothing that can match what the Jesuits have accomplished at the start of the current season.

ConnecticutFairfield Prep improved its record to 11-0-0 and remained the only unbeaten team in the state when it beat New Jersey power Don Bosco Prep, 4-2, Thursday at the Wonderland of Ice in Bridgeport. Don Bosco entered the game as the No. 2-ranked team in New Jersey.

It was a 2-2 game after two periods, but Fairfield Prep senior forward Tim Edmonds scored the go-ahead goal at 4:28 of the third. The Jesuits doubled their lead on a Kenny Kochiss goal.

Fairfield Prep held Don Bosco to three shots on goal in the final period.

“This is a huge win for us,” Edmonds told MSG Varsity after the game. “Don Bosco's a great team. We were able to come out flying, and now we've got our confidence boosted. Coach [Sather] said this is a landmark day for us. I think we proved we can beat anyone we play if we play our game.”

Juniors Matt McKinney and Matt Wickman also scored for Fairfield Prep, which received 15 saves from Matt Beck.

Don Bosco (10-5-0) was playing without Robby Marsanico and Dylan Healy, two top-line forwards who were injured. Marsanico and Healy had 49 points in Don Bosco's first 14 games.

“I think they're a little better than that offensively,” Sather said. “But that's as fast a team as we've played all year. And I thought they were more physical than anyone we played this year. That was the most physical game we've played in, and I was pretty happy with the way our guys stood up to that.

BACON SELECTS LARKA
Twenty Connecticut high schools entered last week looking for a varsity football coach. That number was reduced by one Friday, when Bacon Academy hired Erik Larka.

Larka, a 35-year-old West Haven resident, was one of seven applicants brought back for a second interview. He spent four years as the freshman head coach and a varsity assistant at Law High School – his alma mater – but then left the coaching world until last season, when he was an assistant coach at Western Connecticut State.

Bacon had to find a head coach last summer, after Duane Maranda left to become the head coach at New London. The school selected Brian Enrique – an assistant under Maranda – but reopened the position after Enrique guided the Bobcats to a 2-8 record last season.

FOOTBALL MAY HAVE NEW HOME
The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference is exploring the possibility of moving the state's championship football games from the University of Connecticut's Rentschler Field, which has hosted the title games for the last four years.

Poor attendance and below-expected revenue were the reasons cited for the possible move.

Rentschler Field can seat 40,000, but the largest crowd for the four championship games last year was the 4,576 that watched the Class LL championship game between Xavier and Norwich Free Academy on a Friday night. The following day a combined 5,189 showed up for the Class S, Class M and Class L championship games.

Central Connecticut State's Arute Field is reportedly being considered as a possibility for this year's title games. Arute Field has a seating capacity of 5,800 and has a turf playing surface. Rentschler Field has a natural grass surface.

CIAC PENALIZES HARDING
The CIAC fined Harding High School $500 and forced the school's boys basketball team to forfeit two games for using an academically ineligible player.

The player participated in five games, but Harding lost three of those five contests. The team forfeited victories over New Canaan and Fairfield Warde.

NOTEWORTHY
East Lyme senior Allison Stoddard collected the 1,000th point of her high school career during a 55-16 victory over Killingly on Jan. 19. … Capital Prep remained No. 1 in the Hartford Courant's girls' basketball rankings despite a 66-64 loss to Bishop Ford – one of the top teams in New York City – last week. Sophomore forward Kiah Gillespie scored 26 points for Capital Prep in the loss. … Junior Tyshon Rogers, a 6-foot-3 forward on the Crosby boys' basketball team, scored 64 points in victories over Wolcott and Seymour last week. Rogers entered the week as the state's leading scorer (30.5 ppg.).

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

New England Roundup: Connecticut

October, 12, 2012
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It'll be the most hyped high school football game in the state this season, and deservedly so.

ConnecticutFriday night's contest between Xavier (Middletown) and Hand (Madison) features the top two teams in the Hartford Courant's state rankings. Each team is 4-0.

“I've been thinking about this game for a long time, No. 1 versus No. 2,” Xavier quarterback Tim Boyle told the Courant. “There will be a big crowd and a great atmosphere. What more can a player ask for?”

“Xavier is very, very good,” added Hand coach Steve Filippone. “They don't make foolish mistakes. Their talent and execution are at a very high level.”

Top-ranked Xavier, last year's Class LL champion, will carry a 30-game winning streak into Friday's contest (7 p.m.) at Palmer Field in Middletown. Xavier's last loss came against Staples in the 2009 Class LL semifinals.

The Falcons are averaging 44.3 points per contest and have outscored their four opponents 177-32.

Second-ranked Hand, last year's Class L champion, has won 17 games in a row. The Tigers are averaging 39.0 points per game, and have outscored their opponents 156-53 in their four victories.

Boyle, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound senior, has completed 46 of 79 passes for 726 yards and nine touchdowns this season. He has committed to play at Boston College.

Boyle is complemented by running back DeAngelo Berry, who ranks fourth in the state in rushing yardage (763 yards).

The Xavier offense will be facing a defense led by linebacker Matt Walsh and defensive end Peter Gerson. Walsh has committed to the University of Connecticut, and Gerson will continue his career at Yale.

It'll be the first time the programs have met since Hand posted a 31-16 victory in 2007. Hand leads the series 14-6.

The longest high school football winning streaks in state history:

Cheshire (49) 1992-96
Ansonia (36) 1975-78
Bloomfield (35) 1996-2000
Ansonia (35) 2005-08
New Canaan (34) 1967-70
Xavier-Middletown (34) 1970-1973
Fitch-Groton (34) 1999-2001
St. Joseph-Trumbull (30) 1981-84
Xavier (30) 2010-2012

Note: Stamford went 33-0-2 from 1911 to 1914; Derby went 33-0-1 from 1966 to 1970; and Southington went 32-0-1 from 1962 to 1966.

WOOSTOCK MAY GET RELIEF
The Woodstock Academy football program will likely move from the Eastern Connecticut Conference's Large Division to the Small Division for the next two-year cycle, which begins with the 2013-14 school year.

Woodstock's request was approved by the league's athletic directors Tuesday, but still must be approved by the league's principals next month.

Woodstock is 0-4 and has been outscored 174-21 this season. The Centaurs were 2-8 and were outscored 302-148 last year.

The ECC's athletic directors also voted on divisional alignment for the next two seasons. If Woodstock is allowed to move down, the league's three divisions will have a 4-6-5 format. No team from the Medium Division expressed an interest to replace Woodstock in the Large Division. The new alignment would look like this:

Large Division: East Lyme, Fitch, New London and Norwich Free Academy.

Medium Division: Bacon Academy, Killingly, Ledyard, Montville, Stonington and Waterford.

Small Division: Griswold, Plainfield, St. Bernard/Norwich Tech, Windham and Woodstock.

A PERFECT 10?
The seniors on the Bacon Academy boys' soccer team are playing for their third coach in as many years, but you wouldn't know it by looking at the team's results this season.

First-year coach Andrew Storton has guided Bacon Academy to a 9-0 start. The Bobcats will be seeking their 10th victory when they place Windham on Friday.

Bacon Academy has outscored its opponents 42-4 this season, and has recorded six shutouts.

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

Duxbury No. 14 in final FAB 50 lax poll

June, 27, 2012
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ESPNHS released its final Powerade FAB 50 boys' lacrosse poll today and MIAA Division 1 state champion Duxbury closed out the year in the top 20.

After starting the season just outside the top 10, the Dragons wound up at No. 14 in the poll, the lone Massachusetts entrant, after claiming their ninth state title in the last decade.

Here's what the lacrosse rankings crew, headed up by the impeccable Mike Loveday and Tom Peace, had to say on Duxbury's season:
"The Dragons finished 2012 as the Division I state champions after defeating Needham 10-8. Duxbury played a tough schedule this season and posted two wins over Top 25 teams. Eight players from the senior class are heading to play D-I lacrosse, including the Boston Herald's Co-Players of the Year Max Randall and James Burke. Two juniors, C.J. Loconte and Jay Walsh, have already committed to play D-I and will return in 2013."

Even though they were unable to crack the final poll, the Massachusetts Div. 1 runner-up Needham Rockets were the only other Bay State side receiving votes.

Also representing New England in the poll was Darien, Conn., which finished at No. 21. The Green Wave defeated New Canaan, 11-5, to claim the Class M championship. New Canaan also recieved votes in the final poll.

New England Roundup: Connecticut

June, 2, 2012
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Bryan Daniello said he felt less pressure this spring than he did a year ago – and it showed on the field.

ConnecticutDaniello, a pitcher/shortstop for Norwalk's Brien McMahon High School, was selected as the state's Gatorade Player of Year earlier this week. Daniello, a senior, has signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at the University of Connecticut.

“I was more relaxed this season,” Daniello said. “I had already committed to UConn so I could just go out and play my game and have fun. There wasn't as much pressure as there was a year ago.”

Daniello raised his record to 8-1 Tuesday, when he picked up the win in Brien McMahon's 11-1 triumph over New Milford in the Class LL tournament's first round. He also hit an inside-the-park home run (his seventh home run of the season) and a double in the victory.

He entered the tournament's second round with a .407 batting average and a 1.22 ERA.

“Daniello is fast, he plays a great shortstop and he has tremendous power,” Fairfield Warde coach Mark Caron said. “I think he's the best player we've seen all year.”

GRIDIRON MOVES
Mark Ecke resigned as Cheshire High School's football coach on May 21 after he was suspended by the Cheshire Board of Education on May 9 following an incident at his son's junior varsity lacrosse game.

Ecke, a spectator at a contest between Cheshire and Glastonbury, was ejected after confronting an official after his son, Tucker, was hit by a Glastonbury player.

Ecke, a sergeant in the Cheshire Police Department, had been Cheshire's coach since 1995. The Rams won the Class L title in 1995, and earned the Class LL title in 1996 and 1997.

“I am passionate about our program and our players, and I am most passionate about my family,” Ecke said.

Offensive coordinator Don Drust has been named the school's interim head coach. Drust has been with the Cheshire program since 2007.

"Prince Tech-Hartford football coach Robert McNamara will leave his current position to teach at Abbott Tech-Danbury after the current school year. It's uncertain if McNamara will be part of the Abbott Tech coaching staff.

Prince Tech had a 24-28 record during McNamara's six-year tenure.

"East Catholic-Manchester has hired Steven Calande to replace Bill Baccaro as its football coach. Calande coached at Old Town (Maine) last season. Baccaro resigned as East Catholic's head coach in April.

IN THE CARDS
The Greenwich golf team punctuated an 18-0 regular season by winning the FCIAC championship at Fairfield Wheeler Golf Club on Thursday.

The Cardinals won the event by posting a 290 team score. Staples finished second (311) and Fairfield Warde was third (316).

Junior Danny Guise, the FCIAC Player of the Year, led the way by shooting a 2-under-par 69. J.P. Rafferty (72), Paul Pastore (73) and Chris Pavelic (76) also scored for the Cardinals, who finished as the FCIAC runner-up in each of the last two seasons.

LAX POWERS
Darien and New Canaan were the two Connecticut teams ranked in the latest ESPNHS FAB 50 boys lacrosse rankings.

Darien dropped 11 spots to No. 22 following a loss to Ridgefield. New Canaan entered the poll at No. 48 after it defeated Ridgefield in the FCIAC tournament's championship game.

Darien and New Canaan could meet in the Class M state tournament.

Roger Brown is a staff writer for the New Hampshire Union Leader, and publishes the New Hampshire Football Report (www.nhfootballreport.com). He has reported on high school sports throughout New England since 1992.

New England Roundup: Connecticut

February, 10, 2012
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Paula Hagopian's talent on the soccer field is so obvious she was named Connecticut's Gatorade Player of the Year even though her Kingswood Oxford team finished with a record below .500 last season.

ConnecticutHagopian, a senior forward, collected 13 goals and 10 assists as a senior, when Kingswood Oxford went 5-7-2. She was also the 2011 Connecticut Soccer Coaches' Association Player of the Year, and has twice been selected as an All-American by the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America.

“Paula is so strong that defenders bounce off her,” said Matt Micros, a club coach with Connecticut FC. “She can hold the ball up well and also spin defenders with ease. What she lacks in technique she more than makes up for with power and pace.”

Hagopian led Kingswood Oxford to the 2010 New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Class B championship and completed her career with 56 goals and 35 assists. She will continue her soccer career at Yale next fall.

Past winners of the award include Riley Houle (2010–11, Windham), Kate McCarthy, (2009-10, Loomis Chaffee), Jessica Schloth (2008–09, St. Joseph), Alex Uscilla (2007-08, St. Joseph), and Bianca D’Agostino (2006-07, Loomis Chaffee).

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New England Roundup: Connecticut

January, 24, 2012
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Marty Roos has won more hockey games than any other high school coach in Connecticut history, but it doesn't look like Roos will win anymore.

ConnecticutRoos, 76, retired from coaching Wednesday after guiding Notre Dame-Fairfield for the first nine games of the current season. The Lancers were 3-6 when he announced his decision.

"I always felt that when it came time to step down from coaching, I would know that it was time," Roos said. "Even though Notre Dame is mid-season, I believe that now is the right time."

Roos, who was born in Switzerland, was in his 21st season with Notre Dame-Fairfield. The Lancers won the Division I championship in 1999 and 2006, and finished as the Division I runner-up in 2007 and 2008.

Assistant coach Steve Hetherman was named Notre Dame-Fairfield's interim coach.

"His passion, dedication, loyalty, commitment and hard work are second to none,” Notre Dame-Fairfield athletic director Rob Bleggi said. “He is the ultimate professional and class act.”

Bleggi, who also served as an assistant coach under Roos, said Roos told him about his intention to step down on Monday. He said he was also told health was not the reason for Roos' decision.

Roos began coaching at Fairfield Prep in 1972 and moved to Notre Dame-Fairfield in 1991. He won four championships at Fairfield Prep.

Roos retired with a career record of 536-301-19.

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New England Roundup: Connecticut

December, 16, 2011
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How good was Arkeel Newsome's sophomore season?

ConnecticutSo good that you could argue it's the best season ever turned in by a Connecticut high school running back.

Newsome, a sophomore at Ansonia High School, capped the season by running for 364 yards and three touchdowns on 42 carries during a 38-0 triumph over Ledyard in Saturday's Class M championship game at Rentschler Field.

That performance gave Newsome the state record for yards rushing in a season (3,763). Former Ansonia running back Alex Thomas set the previous record (3,596) in 2007.

Newsome also completed the season as the leading rusher in the nation. Johnathan Gray of Aledo, Texas is second with 3,447 rushing yards. Gray has one game to play.

“We had high expectations, but it's kind of hard to expect a sophomore to lead the country in rushing,” Ansonia head coach Tom Brockett said. “He's such a dynamic player. Obviously college football is all about speed, and in terms of high school his speed is on another level.

“He's also dangerous in the kick-return game. I think he has a chance to be a big-time [college] running back.”

Newsome also set the state record for touchdowns scored in a season with 62 (58 rushing). He scored on runs of 13, 50 and 95 yards in the victory over Ledyard, which handed the Ansonia program its state-best 17th state championship.

Ansonia became the first team to complete a season with a 14-0 record. The Chargers outscored teams 624-154 this season.

Ledyard completed its season with an 11-2 record.

“We've already heard from BC, Connecticut, Miami and Iowa,” Brockett said. “People are just trying to get in on the process. I think college coaches will come after him as a running back, but he could definitely play on the other side of the ball. He'll have [scholarship] offers by the time he takes the field for his junior year.”

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New England Roundup: Connecticut

November, 28, 2011
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Until this year, the Glastonbury High School girls' soccer program had always lacked a finishing kick.

ConnecticutGlastonbury had reached the Class LL championship game six times since 1983, and came away second best each time. That all changed when top-seeded Glastonbury defeated 18th-seeded Trumbull 2-1 Friday to win this year's Class LL title.

“I was doing this for all the [Glastonbury] girls who have been here before us,” Glastonbury senior midfielder Liz Otto said. “I'm just so excited we finally got it done.”

Otto gave Glastonbury a 1-0 lead when she headed Kayla Orozco's corner kick into the Trumbull goal with 19:45 to play. The Tomahawks doubled their lead when junior Kristen Dragotta scored with 2:41 left.

Trumbull made things interesting by scoring with 2:23 to play, but the Tomahawks hung on to finish the season with a 17-0-2 record.

In last weekend's other girls soccer championship games No. 2 Avon defeated No. 8 Farmington 2-1 to win the Class L title; No. 1 Northwest Catholic beat No. 2 Granby Memorial 4-0 in the Class M championship game; and No. 5 Immaculate defeated No. 7 Litchfield 3-0 to win the Class S title.

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New England Roundup: Connecticut

October, 14, 2011
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Things couldn't be going any better for senior quarterback Casey Cochran and his Masuk High School football team.

ConnecticutMasuk is 4-0 and considered by many to be the best team in the state. Cochran, meanwhile, has been busy breaking records in the process.

Two weeks ago Cochran set the state record for career touchdown passes (86) in a 56-0 victory over Stratford. St. Joseph's Joe Della Vecchia set the previous record of 85 career touchdown passes last season.

Cochran extended that record when he completed 13 of 17 passes for 310 yards and four touchdowns in a 55-12 triumph over Barlow last Friday. The four TD passes gave him 15 this season and 90 in his career.

Cochran, who has committed to play at the University of Connecticut, has completed 50 of 63 passes for 1,221 yards this season. He's been intercepted twice.

Earlier this year he became Connecticut's all-time leader in career passing yardage when he completed 15 passes for 327 yards in a 49-14 victory over Oxford. That total gave him 8,027 career passing yards and allowed him to surpass Della Vecchia (7,710). Cochran has passed for 8,337 yards in his career.

“It's a great honor, but it's something I'd rather acknowledge after the season,” Cochran said following the Oxford game. “i want to keep my head clear.”

When the season began Cochran already held the state record for career completions (485).

It's unlikely Masuk will meet any serious resistance anytime soon since its next two opponents – Notre Dame-Fairfield and Immaculate – are 0-8 and have been outscored 112-349 this season.

Cochran is scheduled to graduate in December and enroll in college in January.

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New England Roundup: Connecticut

September, 28, 2011
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The most controversial rule in high school sports may be the “Score Management policy” Connecticut instituted for high school football in 2006.

ConnecticutAlso known as the “50-point rule,” the Score Management policy can result in a one-game suspension for any coach whose team wins a game by more than 50 points. Bridgeport Central's Dave Cadelina became the first coach penalized when he was suspended after his team beat Bassick 56-0 in the first week of the 2006 season. Central topped 50 points when a reserve running back scored in the second half.

The suspension was later lifted, but Cadelina – and the rule – made plenty of headlines.

The rule received even more publicity last season, when Cadelina's team had a 49-0 lead at halftime and punted on first down throughout the second half.

Connecticut had gone three seasons without a team violating the rule, but that ended Saturday, when Northwest Catholic defeated Weaver 52-0. The rule was modified before the 2011 season, however, and that modification allowed Northwest Catholic coach Mike Tyler to appeal the penalty and avoid a suspension.

Now when a team wins by more than 50 points the game is reviewed to determine if the winning coach used proper sportsmanship.

Here is the press released issued by the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Association regarding the Northwest Catholic/Weaver game:
“After a review of reports received from both schools involved and the game officials in regards to Northwest Catholic High School's 52-0 varsity football victory over Weaver High School on Saturday, it has been determined that the proper sportsmanship protocols were followed, and that there was no violation of the CIAC Score Management policy by the winning school's head coach.”

Tyler will be able to coach this weekend's game against Bloomfield.

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New England Roundup: Connecticut

July, 5, 2011
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At halftime of Saturday’s Governor’s Cup All-Star football game there were those who probably thought Connecticut’s eight-game winning streak against Rhode Island was in jeopardy. If so, those thoughts disappeared early in the second half.

ConnecticutConnecticut, which led by four points at halftime, scored three touchdowns in the first 7:18 of the third quarter and cruised to a 37-6 triumph over Rhode Island at Southington High School.

It was Connecticut’s 10th victory in the 13-year history of the event.

Things began to turn sour for Rhode Island when Montrell Dobbs (Ansonia) scored on a 77-yard run to help Connecticut increase its lead to 17-6.

Dobbs, who was held to two yards on five carries in the first half, finished the game with 96 yards on 10 carries. He was selected as Connecticut’s offensive MVP.

“At halftime we talked about taking care of business in our house, and that’s what we did in the second half,” Dobbs said.

Rhode Island fumbled the ball away on the next play from scrimmage. Two plays later Connecticut’s Max Delorenzo scored on a 15-yard run to help made it a 24-6 contest.

Jack DeBiase intercepted a pass on Rhode Island’s next possession, and Connecticut cashed in when Joe DellaVecchia tossed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Brian Kelly.

Kelly also caught a 13-yard TD pass from Kyle Nolan. He had three receptions for 69 yards in the victory.

“We just had to fix some problems,” Kelly said. “Our coach [Masuk’s John Murphy] told us that if we fix our mistakes we’d win.”

Connecticut’s only TD in the first half came on a 59-yard TD catch by Temple-bound wide receiver Nainy Bah.

Matt Cassidy’s fourth point-after kick followed Kelly’s second TD reception and capped the scoring. Cassidy also made a 33-yard field goal in the first half.

The Connecticut defense set a Governor’s Cup record by holding Rhode Island to six points. It was also the first time a team didn’t score a touchdown in the contest. Rhode Island scored on two Chad Bacon field goals.

Defensive lineman Wille Maxen (Pomperaug) was named Connecticut’s defensive MVP. Maxen, who will play at Central Connecticut State next season, made three tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

Murphy said although his team had a slim lead at halftime, he had plenty of confidence entering the third quarter.

“I watched this defense for two weeks so I knew how good we were,” he said. “I knew they weren’t going to score a lot of points on that defense.”

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New England Roundup: Connecticut

June, 21, 2011
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Losses don’t come much tougher than the one the Southington High School baseball team suffered against Newington in the Class LL championship game.

ConnecticutSouthington thought it had won the title when Matt Spruill scored on Sal Romano’s double in the eighth inning Monday, but the teams played on after home plate umpire Dave Bindas ruled that Spruill never touched home plate and Spruill was called out on an appeal play.

Newington went on to claim the championship by posting a 3-2 victory in 10 innings.

“I heard the crowd and it was their side cheering,” Southington coach Charlie Lembo told WFSB Channel 3 in Hartford. “Then I found out the umpire ruled that he missed home plate. I didn’t see it, but Dave’s a good umpire so I’ll have to go with that call.”

Pat Meucci reached on a single in the 10th and scored the game-winning run from second base on an infield throwing error.

That gave 17th-seeded Newington (17-8) the program’s first state championship.

Newington’s Cole Bryant pitched all 10 innings to earn the win. He threw 176 pitches, struck out 16 and held Southington to six hits.

Romano also pitched a complete game (146 pitches). All three Newington runs were unearned.

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New England Roundup: Connecticut

May, 23, 2011
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The Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference has crowned a different boys lacrosse champion in each of the last four years, but that streak appears to be in jeopardy.

ConnecticutDarien, which is 15th in the latest Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse national power rankings, has established itself as the clear favorite this spring. Darien is seeking its first tournament title since the 2008 season.

Top-seeded Darien opened this year’s tournament by posting a 17-1 victory over Fairfield Ludlowe 17-1 in Saturday’s quarterfinals. Ben Preston collected five goals and three assists in the victory.

The Blue Wave has 10 players who have committed to play Division I college lacrosse on its roster.

“They’re a machine,” Fairfield Ludlowe coach Chris Parisi said. “Jokingly, I told my kids this was their chance to play Division I lacrosse.”

The victory raised Darien’s record to 15-2. Darien has not lost to an in-state opponent since it was upset by Greenwich in last year’s FCIC semifinals.

Darien has been dominant on defense for most of the season. The Blue Wave has held FCIAC opponents to an average of 4.5 goals per game. Two of the teams that scored in double digits against Darien this spring are ranked nationally: Manhasset (N.Y.) and The Haverford School (Pa.).

Darien will face fifth-seeded Wilton in Tuesday’s semifinals at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk. Wilton advance by beating fourth-seeded New Canaan 12-5 in the quarterifnals.

Second-seeded Greenwich will meet third-seeded Ridgefield in Tuesday’s other semifinal. Greenwich, which won last year’s tournament, beat seventh-seeded Staples 14-7 in the quarterfinals. Ridgefield, the 2009 tournament champion, posted a 17-4 quarterfinal-round triumph over Brien McMahon.

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New England Roundup: Connecticut

February, 23, 2011
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A year when the Danbury High School wrestling team fails to win the Class LL title is nearly as rare as a winter without snow.

ConnecticutDanbury entered this year’s tournament having won the last 14 Class LL state championships, but the program’s stranglehold on the title ended last weekend. Xavier won three matches in the championship round and claimed this year’s LL title by earning 200 points during the state meet at Trumbull High School. Danbury finished second with 181 points.

It was Xavier’s first Class LL championship.

“It was quite enjoyable,” Xavier coach Mike Cunningham told the Danbury News-Times. “When we got the trophy, it kind of hit me. It’s something you’ve been striving for your whole career – to beat Danbury – and then it happened.”

Cunningham’s son, Tyler, won the 145-pound title; Will Chowanek earned the 103-pound title; and Elliot Antler prevailed in the 160-pound weight class.

All but two players on Danbury’s roster are eligible to return next season.

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Connecticut football review

October, 25, 2010
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St. Joseph may have resuscitated its season.

Written off and out of the state’s top 10 following two losses and the temporary loss of its best player, St. Joseph returned its name to the statewide mix Saturday with a thrilling 28-27 victory over New Canaan.

Drama defined this one. After New Canaan — ranked No. 2 in the state and seventh in the latest ESPNBoston.com New England poll — tied the game at 21-all in the fourth quarter, Pat Mulligan returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown to put St. Joseph back up a score. But New Canaan clawed back again with a 10-yard touchdown pass with two seconds left to make it 28-27. But they too were dashed when St. Joseph’s Jerry Kramer broke up the potential game-winning two-point conversion pass attempt.

When the dust settled, St. Joseph pumped new life into its playoff hopes following early-season losses to Wilton and Darien.

Tyler Matakevich, who missed the first five games with a broken bone in his right foot, rushed seven times for 26 yards and a touchdown. But the emotional lift of his return and defensive play couldn’t be measured.

New Canaan (5-1) had outscored its previous opponents, 237-21. Those five foes also had combined for just three wins before the weekend.

In other games:
  • Top-ranked Xavier, the No. 3 team in the ESPNBoston.com New England poll, held off Shelton, 14-7, Friday thanks to Jovan Santos’ strip of Shelton quarterback Jonathan Groth with 30 seconds to play inside Xavier’s 10-yard line. It was just another drag-it-out victory for Xavier (6-0) in the Southern Connecticut Conference, which is proving itself again as the best league in the state.
  • Another day, another blowout: Masuk-Monroe, ranked sixth by ESPNBoston.com in New England, routed Weston, 56-7, on Friday. Masuk (6-0) has now outscored its six opponents, 288-21, though Friday marked its first 50-point game of the year after five 40-point efforts. If Xavier wasn’t so good at winning the close ones, it’d be difficult to find a team more deserving of the state’s top ranking than Masuk.
  • No. 7 West Haven (6-0) continued defending Class LL champion Cheshire’s hard-luck fall from grace this season with a 34-29 victory on Friday. Cheshire has now lost four straight, but every loss came to a team that is or has been ranked in the New Haven Register’s state top 10 this season. And they’ve come by a combined 13 points. Ouch.
  • If it wasn’t for St. Joseph’s thriller, Stamford’s 27-19 victory over No. 6 Trumbull would have been the state’s most notable upset. Bryant Boderick completed 14-of-26 passes for 280 yards, rushed for a touchdown and threw the game-sealing score 54 yards to Chandler Foster. After starting the season with losses to Ridgefield and Greenwich, Stamford (4-2) has now won four straight. Bridgeport Central (4-2) — which fell to Trumbull, 34-12, on Oct. 8 — visits Friday.
  • An unusual scheduling choice didn’t keep Darien from staying perfect. Chris Allam rushed for a touchdown and threw a 50-yard score to Clay Barker to help rally Darien (6-0) past visiting Red Lion Christian Academy (Bear, Del.), 21-20, on Saturday. Graham Maybell’s six-yard run was the game-winner. Red Lion quarterback David Sills, an eighth-grader, has already verbally committed to USC.
  • Wethersfield joined the ranks of 6-0 teams with a 55-21 victory over Fermi. Steve Vasques threw for 90 yards and rushed for another 100.
  • Josh Clements threw for three touchdowns and New London — forgotten by some following a Week 1 loss to Montville — won its fifth straight, a 47-21 rout of previously unbeaten Fitch at the Coast Guard Academy on Saturday. New London hasn’t played a true home game yet his year as its field is being replaced, and yet, has beaten Waterford (in Waterford) in a game that was counted as a Whalers home game and now Fitch, which knocked Montville from the state rankings.
  • And finally, East Haven ended the fourth-longest losing streak in state history on Friday with a 42-14 win over Platt Tech. The Easties hadn’t won since Thanksgiving Day 2006, a span of 36 games and three winless seasons.
CIAC PLAYOFF POINTS STANDINGS:
(Top eight teams in each division make playoffs)
Class LL
1. Norwich Free Academy (6-0) 128.33
2. Xavier (6-0) 126.67
3. Hall (6-0) 126.67
4. Staples (6-0) 121.67
5. West Haven (6-0) 110.00
6. Glastonbury (5-1) 110.00
7. Trumbull (5-1) 106.67
8. Southington (5-1) 106.67.

Class L
1. Masuk (6-0) 131.67
2. Darien (6-0) 126.67
3. Wethersfield (6-0) 121.67
4. Naugatuck (6-0) 120.00
5. Bristol Eastern (6-0) 120.00
6. Hand-Madison (110.00)
7. Windsor (5-1) 98.33
8. Fitch (4-1) 98.00.

Class M
1. Berlin (6-0) 116.67
2. New London (5-1) 113.33
3. Plainville (5-1) 108.33
4. Enfield (5-1) 101.67
5. Cheney Tech (5-1) 101.67
6. Platt (5-1) 98.33
7. Lyman Hall (5-1) 96.67
8. Coventry/Windham Tech (4-1) 94.00.

Class S
1. Ansonia (6-0) 136.67
2. Valley Regional/Old Lyme (6-0) 128.33
3. Hyde Leadership (6-0) 126.67
4. Montville (5-1) 116.67
5. Coginchaug (5-0) 116.00
6. Woodland (4-2) 95.00
7. Sacred Heart (4-2) 91.67
8. St. Joseph (4-2) 88.33.

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