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Saturday, February 25, 2012

VIDEO: Cromwell girls steal the show in Shoreline final

Some action and celebration from Cromwell at Friday's Shoreline title game (full story here):

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Friday, February 24, 2012

SATURDAY'S COVER: Comeback kids

Trailing by as many as 16, Cromwell battled back against No. 1 seed and defending champion Coginchaug to win their second Shoreline title in three years. Full story by Jimmy Zanor here.


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BOYS BBALL: Shoreline, SCC, CCC tourney pairings, schedule

SHORELINE TOURNAMENT
Quarterfinals
Saturday, Feb. 15
at higher seed

Game 1: No. 8 Hale-Ray at No. 1 Cromwell, 4 p.m.
Game 2: No. 7 Hyde at No. 2 Coginchaug, 7 p.m.
Game 3: No. 6 Old Lyme at No. 3 Valley, 4 p.m.
Game 4: No. 5 Old Saybrook at No. 4 H-K, 7 p.m.


Semifinals
Tuesday, Feb. 28
at higher seed

Game 1 winner vs. Game 4 winner, time TBA
Game 2 winner vs. Game 3 winner, time TBA


Final
Friday, March 2
at Floyd Little Athletic Center (New Haven)

Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

SCC TOURNAMENT
First round
Thursday, at site of higher seed, 6:30 p.m.

No.3 Career def. No. 14 Shelton, 74-47
No. 13 Lyman Hall def. No. 4 Branford, 49
No. 5 Amity def. No. 12 Foran, 64-46
No. 6 Hamden def. No. 11 Cheshire, 65-54
No. 10 Xavier def. No. 7 Daniel Hand, 64-55
No. 8 Wilbur Cross def. No. 9 North Haven, 66-59

Quarterfinals
Saturday
at East Haven

Game 1: Wilbur Cross vs. No. 1 Hillhouse – 12 noon
Game 2: Amity vs. Lyman Hall – 1:45 p.m.
Game 3: Xavier vs. No. 2 Fairfield Prep – 3:30 p.m.
Game 4: Hamden vs. Career – 5:15 p.m.

Semifinals
Monday
at East Haven

Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner – 6 p.m.
Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner – 7:45 p.m.

Final
Feb. 28
at TD Bank Sports Center, Quinnipiac University

Semifinal winners – 7 p.m.


CCC TOURNAMENT
First round
Thursday, at site of higher seed

No. 1 Hartford Public def. No. 16 Simsbury, 61-54
No. 9 Bristol Eastern def. No. 8 Maloney, 57-52
No. 4 Farmington def. No. 13 East Catholic, 61-42
No. 5 Manchester def. No. 12 Glastonbury, 65-55
No. 2 Windsor def. No. 15 New Britain, 74-65
No. 7 East Hartford def. No. 10 Bloomfield, 71-61
No. 3 Northwest Cath. def. No. 14 Newington, 50-29
No. 6 Middletown def. No. 11 Berlin, 58-42

Quarterfinals
Saturday, Feb. 25
at Bulkeley

Game 1: Hartford Public vs. Bristol E. — 12 p.m.
Game 2: Farmington vs. Manchester — 2 p.m.
Game 3: Windsor vs. East Hartford — 6 p.m.
Game 4: Northwest Catholic vs. Middletown — 8 p.m.

Semifinals
Tuesday, Feb. 28
at Bulkeley

Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner – 6 p.m.
Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner – 8 p.m.

Final
Thursday, March 1
at Bulkeley

Semifinal winners – 7 p.m.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

PICS: All-Shoreline honorees, girls basketball

All-Shoreline
First Team

Second Team

Honorable Mention

Coaches of the Year


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

GIRLS BBALL: Coginchaug, Cromwell girls to Shoreline final

Coginchaug and Cromwell survived relatively easy semifinal match-ups Tuesday night to set up a No. 1 vs. No. 2 final ...  exactly the way the bracket gods intended.

How'd they do it?
Between games, the Shoreline's all-conference teams were announced, as was MVP Audrey Biesak (Read more on Audrey here). Congratulations to all the honorees!

First Team
Audrey Biesak, Coginchaug
Sam Mancinelli, Coginchaug
Janelle Harrison, Cromwell
Kayla McAvoy, Old Saybrook
Kelly Ratchford, Old Saybrook
Sarah Thompson, Morgan
Trayneice Mims, Hyde
Nikki Strizzi, Old Lyme

Second Team
Meaghan Rodgers, Portland
Sarah Bierly, Portland
Lindsay Langenauer, Cromwell
Sarah Denihan, East Hampton
Missy Martin, Hale-Ray

Honorable Mention
Lauren Esposito, Coginchaug
Kelly Flanigan, Cromwell
Adrianna Zawodniak, East Hampton
Shaina Rowley, Haddam-Killingworth
Lauren Schmittburger, Hale-Ray
Maya Eggleston, Hyde
Christy Coyne, Morgan
Ashley Arre, North Branford
Lyla Stanland, Lyme-Old Lyme
Paige Trabucchi, Old Saybrook
Alyssa Unikewicz, Portland
Nicole Hines,Valley Regional
Robin Schreck, Westbrook.

Monday, February 20, 2012

2012 All-Shoreline Cheerleaders announced


Cromwell athletic director John Kuckel and Beth Sarnacki, chair of Shoreline Conference cheer, announced the All-Shoreline’s first and second team Monday:

FIRST TEAM
Carly Roy, East Hampton
Kellen Murray, Morgan
Morgan Lombardo, Cromwell
Erin Bitinaitis, Cromwell
Taylor Salva, Coginchaug
Erin Beardsley, Cromwell
Katie Bednarz, Coginchaug
Amaryllis Cotto, H-K
Shannon Law, East Hampton
Julie Zimmer, Cromwell

SECOND TEAM
Kristin Reddington, Cromwell
Megan Harris, Morgan
Jessica Dantigney, Coginchaug
Angela Cannelli, H-K
Lauren Lysak, East Hampton
Fallon Callahan, H-K
Becca Raab, Morgan
Krystal Broughton, Morgan
Morgan Shaker, Morgan
Taylor Casey, East Hampton

Saturday, February 18, 2012

BOX SCORES: Shoreline QFs


COGINCHAUG (1) 67, HALE-RAY (8) 38
(at Durham)
Hale-Ray 9 14 6 9 - 38
Coginchaug 21 21 21 4 - 67
HALE-RAY (38)
Lydia Walter 2 0-0 4, Karli Fiala 1 2-2 4, Missy Martin 2 0-2 5, Lauren Schmittberger 7 2-6 16, Kathryn Kay 0 1-2 1, Emily Traceski 3 0-0 6, Annabelle Bass 1 0-0 2, Alex Lafemina 0 0-1 0, Jess Nickerson 0 0-1 0. Totals: 16 5-14 38
COGINCHAUG (67)
Audrey Biesak 7 0-0 17, Lauren Esposito 5 1-1 11, Sam Mancinelli 5 2-3 12, Kim Romanoff 3 0-0 6, Morgan Kuehnle 2 0-0 4, Andrea Braga 2 0-0 4, Jessica Solomon 1 0-0 2, Olivia Corazzini 2 0-1 4, Kasi Whitaker 1 0-0 2, Caren Sibiskie 1 0-2 2, Audrey Arcari 0 1-2 1, Alison Luther 1 0-0 2. Totals: 30 4-9 67
3-point goals: Hale-Ray 1 (Martin 1); Coginchaug 3 (Biesak 3); Fouled out: none; Records: Hale-Ray 8-13; Coginchaug 20-1


OLD SAYBROOK (6) 44, PORTLAND (3) 33
(at Portland)
Old Saybrook 11 10 7 16 - 44
Portland 10 9 7 7 - 33
OLD SAYBROOK (44)
Cori Reid 4 0-1 8, Mia Neas 2 2-2 6, Kelly Ratchford 4 0-0 9, Molly Beck 0 0-0 0, Mary Kate Morrison 0 0-0 0, Paige Trabucchi 2 0-5 4, Kayla McAvoy 7 3-4 17. Totals: 19 5-12 44
PORTLAND (33)
Jill McGrath 0 0-0 0, McKenzie Reimondo 0 0-0 0, Meaghan Rodgers 3 0-0 8, Alyssa Unikewicz 0 1-2 1, Brianna Marconi 1 3-4 5, Sarah Bierly 6 1-3 13, Laura Wall 3 0-0 6. Totals: 13 5-9 33
3-point goals: Old Saybrook 1 (Ratchford 1); Portland 2 (Rodgers 2); Records: Old Saybrook 14-7; Portland 15-6

CROMWELL (2) 60, H-K (7) 34
(at Cromwell)
Cromwell 14 16 13 17 - 60
H-K 2 13 10 9 - 34
CROMWELL (60)
Alexa Riley 1 2-4 4, Emily Appleby 0 8-10 8, Bernie McMahon 3 1-2 8, Rachel Sadinsky 0 2-4 2, Janelle Harrison 4 4-8 12, Bridget Delisle 2 1-2 6, Kelly Flanigan 4 5-5 13, Lindsay Langenauer 3 0-0 6
H-K (34)
Maya Savino 2 0-0 4, Kiley Anderson 1 0-2 2, Lauren McCann 1 0-0 3, Shaina Rowley, 4 0-0 8, Ciara Samuel 0 1-2 1, Cloe Savino 1 2-2 4, Shawna Skwarek 2 0-0 2, Tori Peterson 4 0-0 8
3-point goals: Cromwell 2 (Delisle 1, McMahon 1); H-K 1 (McCann 1); Records: Cromwell 19-2; H-K 12-9)


HYDE (5) 39, MORGAN (4) 25
(at Clinton)
Hyde 8 7 12 12 - 39
Morgan 3 7 8 7 - 25
HYDE (39)
Trayneice Mims 6 3-4 15, Maya Eggleston 0 6-9 6, Kearra Freeman 0 4-6 4, La-Neese Holmes-Cobb 5 0-0 10, Adonne Mero 1 1-1 3, Adasia Beard 0 1-3 1, Sarah Kelly 0 0-0 0. Totals: 12 15-23 39
MORGAN (25)
Lily Dawson 0 0-0 0, Lily DeLaura 0 0-0 0, Sarah Thompson 2 8-10 12, Tori Hopkins 1 0-0 3, Jess Choronzy 0 0-0 0, Lauren Fitzgerald 0 0-0 0, Christy Coyne 1 1-3 3, Jen Dawson 0 2-2 2, Kelsey Donaldson 1 3-3 5. Totals: 5 14-18 25
3-point goals: Morgan 1 (Hopkins 1); Fouled out: Hyde (Eggleston); Morgan (Thompson); Records: Hyde 15-6; Morgan 14-7


Thursday, February 16, 2012

GIRLS BBALL: Shoreline Conf. Tournament schedule and seedings

Seedings
1. Coginchaug (19-1)
2. Cromwell (17-2; at Morgan tonight)
3. Portland (15-5)
4. Morgan (13-6; vs. Cromwell tonight)
5. Hyde (14-6)
6. Old Saybrook (13-7)
7. Haddam-Killingworth (12-8)
8. Hale-Ray (8-12)


Quarterfinals
Saturday, Feb. 18

  • No. 8 Hale-Ray at No. 1 Coginchaug, time TBA
  • No. 7 H-K at No. 2 Cromwell, 7 p.m.
  • No. 6 Old Saybrook at No. 3 Portland, 6 p.m.
  • No. 5 Hyde at No. 4 Morgan, 7 p.m.

Semifinal Games
Tuesday, Feb. 21
at Valley
5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.


Championship Game
Friday, Feb. 24
at Valley
7 p.m.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Shoreline Conference basketball standings



(As of Friday morning, Feb. 10)

Girls Standings


Large   League Overall
  1. Coginchaug 16-1 18-1
  2. Morgan 10-5 11-6
  3. H-K   9-7 10-8
  4. East Hampton 5-11 6-12
  5. North Branford 3-14 3-16
  6. Valley Regional 2-13 2-15


Small
  1. Cromwell 14-2 16-2
  2. Portland 13-4 15-5
  3. Hyde 11-5 13-5
  4. Old Saybrook 11-6 12-6
  5. Hale-Ray 6-11 7-12
  6. Old Lyme 5-13 6-14
  7. Westbrook 3-13 4-14



Boys Standings


Large
  1. Coginchaug 13-2 13-3
  2. Cromwell 12-2 13-3
  3. H-K 11-2 13-2
  4. Valley Regional 11-2 13-2
  5. East Hampton 5-9 7-9
  6. North Branford 3-12 3-14
  7. Morgan 2-12 2-13


Small
  1. Old Saybrook  9-5 10-6
  2. Hyde  8-6 9-7
  3. Old Lyme  7-8 8-9
  4. Hale-Ray  6-8 6-11
  5. Westbrook  3-11 4-12
  6. Portland  1-13 1-15

PIC: Vinal Tech's Dante Watson

Dante is one of the most prolific scorers in our coverage area (he put up 39 against Whitney Tech earlier this season), and here he is driving hard against Platt Tech on Thursday. Photo by Todd Kalif, who also wrote of  Watson and Co. hitting some clutch free throws to edge Platt Tech in OT.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

SIGNING DAY - Football


Check out area football players who signed National Letters of Intent to play in college (for a full list of Connecticut signees, click here):

Xavier
Ryan Jacobucci, WR
University of New Haven

Ryan Murphy, WR/LB
Southern Conn. State Univ.

Pat D’Amato, QB
Stony Brook University

Jovan Santos-Knox, LB/TE
Univ. of Massachusetts

Austin Wezenski, OT
Central Conn. State Univ.

Middletown
Chuck Watson, LB
Central Conn. State (via Dean College)

Cromwell
Mike Antonio, WR/DB
Southern Conn. State Univ.

Haddam-Killingworth
Will Ellery, QB/FS
Curry College

Ty Soobitsky, OL/DE
Merchant Marine Academy