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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Xavier, Cromwell, Valley/Old Lyme move into semis

Yup, three out of four. The only area loss was H-K, who fell victim to a very tough Holy Cross team. Cromwell, trailing 8-0 early in their contest, battled back to earn a spot in the Class S semifinals. Xavier rolled over G'bury, and Valley/Old Lyme earned a gritty playoff win against Rocky Hill.


OH. And how sweet is this picture (below) from Catherine Avalone at the Xavier-Glastonbury game?



So how does it pan out? Locations and times have not been finalized (although one game will be played at Middletown's Skubel-Rosek, we just don't know which), but here are the semifinal matchups for Class LL & S (check out all of 'em here):

Class LL
QuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinals
1 Xavier 34-6
8 Glastonbury
@Palmer Field, Middletown
11/291 Xavier (11-0)
5 Norwalk (9-1)
@Site TBA
12/3
2:00/7:00
@Rentschler Field12/9-10
Time TBA
4 Conard
5 Norwalk 21-15
@Conard
11/29
2 Staples 48-21
7 Ridgefield
@Wilton
11/292 Staples (10-0)
6 Newtown (9-2)
@Site TBA
12/3
2:00/7:00
3 Hall
6 Newtown 36-22
@Hall
11/29

Class S
QuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinals
1 Capital Prep/Classical Magnet
8 Cromwell 23-14
@Dillon Stadium, Hartford
11/298 Cromwell (9-2)
5 Northwest Catholic (9-2)
@Site TBA
12/3
2:00/7:00
@Rentschler Field12/9-10
Time TBA
4 North Branford
5 Northwest Catholic 22-19
@North Branford
11/29
2 Holy Cross 42-14
7 Haddam-Killingworth
@Holy Cross
11/292 Holy Cross (10-1)
3 Valley Regional/Old Lyme (10-1)
@Site TBA
12/3
2:00/7:00
3 Valley Regional/Old Lyme 14-12
6 Rocky Hill
@Valley Regional
11/29

Thursday, November 10, 2011

State tournament draws for area teams

H-K is the only team represented in four state tourneys (and football still has a fighting chance, too). Mercy will compete in volleyball and field hockey, and East Hampton will compete in boys soccer, girls soccer and volleyball.


Notable seedings: East Hampton boys soccer is the No. 1 seed in the Class S tournament, and East Hampton volleyball is the No. 6 seed; Valley Regional boys soccer is the No. 2 seed in Class S; Portland girls soccer is the No. 3 seed in Class S; H-K field hockey is the No. 8 seed in Class S. (Strikethrough means team was eliminated)


Boys soccer
Girls soccer
  • Class LL (Middletown)
  • Class M (Coginchaug, Valley Regional, Haddam-Killingworth)
  • Class S (Portland, East Hampton)
Girls volleyball
  • Class LL (Mercy)
  • Class S (East Hampton, Haddam-Killingworth, Hale-Ray, Valley Regional)
Field hockey

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

PHOTO GALLERY: Cross country's State Open

Some pics from Tuesday's State Open at Hammonasset Park in Madison, courtesy of our friends at the New Haven Register:

Monday, November 7, 2011

SHORELINE SOCCER CHAMPS: Valley boys & Coginchaug girls

A pair of Shoreline Conference champions were crowned on Monday evening at Cromwell High School. The Valley Regional boys team overcame a 2-0 halftime deficit to beat East Hampton, and the Coginchaug girls rolled to a 2-0 win against North Branford. Get the full story on Valley and Coginchaug.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

VIDEOS: Shoreline Tournament action

Some Shoreline tourney vids for your viewing pleasure...

East Hampton vs. Morgan, Shoreline volleyball final (get the full story here):

Coginchaug vs. Old Saybrook, Shoreline soccer semifinal (story here, and they play in the final Monday right after the boys at Cromwell High):

Saturday, November 5, 2011

VIDEO: Coginchaug advances to Shoreline final



Coginchaug girls will play in the final Monday (date was changed at the last second), right after the boys final (East Hampton vs. Valley Regional at 4:30 p.m.) at Cromwell High.

Friday, November 4, 2011

YALE HOCKEY: Some pics from Friday night

If you haven't caught a Yale or Quinnipiac hockey game of late, I highly recommend you do. We're talking about two top-tier programs, and Yale is oft-considered to be best in the country. (Oh, and if you get a chance to see the Quinnipiac-Yale game at Ingalls or the TD Bank Sports Center, do it. Guaranteed to be a doozy.)

Anyway, Yale took on Cornell at Ingalls on Friday night, and here are some pics from our friends down at the New Haven Register (Cornell won, 6-2):

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

ONE FOR THE BOOKS: The 1966 Middletown Tigers roster

You’ll probably recognize a few names on the 1966 Middletown football roster, as players went on to be Middletown coaches, athletic directors and councilmen. The undefeated team will be inducted into the Middletown Hall of Fame on Jan. 26. (Check out Jim's feature on the team here)

Coaching Staff
Waino Fillback
John DeNunzio
Robert Parmelee
Ron Brown
A look at the actual roster, with height and weight
(Yep, future AD Mike Pitruzzello's name is spelled wrong)

Players
Keith Byrd
Dan Maloney
Frank Marino
Felix D’Andria
Millard Manning
John Lutocka
Ed Stankewicz
Steve Korab
Fred Banach
Ed Dzialo
Sal Scianna
Mike Gannon (Captain)
Dave Parmelee
Dave Chiarappa
Bernie Ogarzalek
Pete McGee (Captain)
Tony Guerrieri
Dan D’Amato
Albert Manning
Mike Pitruzzello
Bruce Zila
Mike Scanlon
Charles Cecchini
Wayne Burr
Robert Stevens
Dave Pattee
Richard Salkauskas
John Korab
George Knowles
Frank Tarallo
Ted Pasculano
Seb Mazzotta
Jerry D’Amato
Larry Davis
Stan Edens
Nelson Prue
Nate Simmons
Jim Crowell
Brett Sylvester