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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Vacation Haven/Improving the site

We'll be floating on a lake somewhere in Massachusetts until August 2.

In the meantime, let us know what you'd like to see on the sports site at

Comments need to be approved via email here, so please don't be concerned if they don't pop up until Aug. 2.

Looking for constructive criticism here, so fire away and when we return we'll start working on it.



Friday, July 23, 2010

From Hillhouse to TV commercial

Thanks to Gary Moore for passing along this link of Monica Hargrove, who is featured in the most recent Under Armour commercial.

A track standout at Hillhouse, Georgetown and for the U.S., Hargrove gets plenty of air time.

Here's a link to the video

This is also a link to Monica's profile on the IAAF site.

Quinnipiac extends Fabbri contract

Quinnipiac women's basketball coach Tricia Fabbri has signed a contract extension through the 2014-15 season. Terms of the contract have not been disclosed.

"Tricia Fabbri and her staff have brought the Quinnipiac women’s basketball program to be one of the best in the Northeast Conference and in the region," director of athletics Jack McDonald said in a statement. "We look forward to continued success for Coach Fabbri on the court, in the post-season, in the classroom and in the community for many more years at Quinnipiac."

Fabbri has led Quinnipiac to the Northeast Conference postseason tournament 10 straight seasons.

Fabbri was named the 2000-01 and 2005-06 Northeast Conference Coach of the Year and, in 2007-08, Fabbri led the Bobcats to a berth in the Women's National Invitation Tournament.

For the complete release visit


State Special Olympians faring well

If you are on facebook, you can check out how state Special Olympians are doing at the national games.

The link is here

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Former Amity wrestler wins bronze at Pan-Am games

Steve Matson, a 2009 Amity High graduate, won the bronze medal in Greco-Roman style wrestling at the Pan-American Games, recently held in Managua, Nicaragua.

Eleven high school and college wrestlers, ages 18-20, qualified for the Games. Matson placed fourth at a national event that sent him to the world trials, held at the Olympic training center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Matson finished second at those trials to earn a berth to the Pan-Am Games.

Matson was a 2008 Register All-Area selection in wrestling.

He was also the recipient of the Bob Casey Courage Award in 2009 from the Connecticut Sports Writers' Alliance. Matson was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 6, and received a bone marrow transplant from his older brother.

Seeley Contract Extended at Quinnipiac

Quinnipiac women’s hockey coach Rick Seeley signed a contract extension through the 2014-15 season. Terms of the contract have not been disclosed. In his second season at Quinnipiac, Seeley was honored with the ECAC Hockey and New England Hockey Writers New England Division I
Coach of the Year awards.

In 2009-10, Seeley led the Bobcats to their best overall record (19-10-8) in team history and the best conference record (11-4-5) since the team’s inception nine years ago.

But probably the most impressive note is that Seeley is the first coach in U.S. college hockey history, dating back to 1895, to lead his team, from one season to the next, to at least a 16 game improvement in both the win and loss columns (3-26-5 in 2008-09 to 19-10-8 in 2009-10).The University of Wisconsin men's program equaled this feat in the 1976-77 season, but head coach "Badger Bob" Johnson had taken a leave of absence the previous season to coach the U.S. Olympic team, bringing a few of his best players with him.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Orange softball to play for Section Title

The Orange softball team will play Fairfield Friday at 6 p.m. at Hatters Park in Danbury for the Section I title. The winner advances to next week's best-of-three state championship series. Those games will be held at Jewett City Sunday-Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Orange plays Fairfield Wednesday night in pool play, but both teams have already clinched berths.

Both teams are 3-0. Orange has outscored opponents 26-7; Fairfield 26-6.

43rd Annual Mayor's Cup Invitational Regatta

Got this tonight from the New Haven Yacht Club, which was founded in 1882. Don't recall hearing much about this in the past, but if you've been running an event for 43 years. it's got some validity. Here are the details:

DATE: Sunday, August 8

ENTRIES CLOSE: Wednesday, August 4


STARTING LINE: In the vicinity of Morris Cove, on the east side of New Haven Harbor

ELIGIBILITY: All yachtsmen and yachts must meet the eligibility requirements for the ECSA
Offshore Racing Circuit, as set forth in the 2010 ECSA Yearbook

CLASSES: At the discretion of the Race Committee, according to PHRF/LIS ratings; a Cruising Canvas class will be started if there are sufficient entries COURSE AND To be determined by the Race Committee, depending on wind/weather conditions

DISTANCE: distance will be approximately 20 miles, shorter course for Cruising Canvas

FINISH: Same as Start

RACE: The Race Committee of the New Haven Yacht Club will manage the race

MANAGEMENT: in accordance with current ISAF and USSA rules and the Sailing Instructions

CHANGES TO Rule 26 (Starting Races) will be changed to a 10-minute sequence as detailed in the RACING RULES: Sailing Instructions

SAILING Will be available from the Committee Boat prior to the first warning; racers

INSTRUCTIONS: are reminded to check in with the Committee Boat prior to starting

AWARDS: At the party at the New Haven Yacht Club immediately following the race,

PRESENTATION: the Mayor's Cup Trophy will be presented to the overall winner on corrected time; in addition, trophies for first, second, and third in each class will be awarded

OVERNIGHT: Those wishing to spend Friday or Saturday night will find space to anchor

ANCHORAGE: in Morris Cove to the north or west of the Club mooring area. Club moorings are unlikely to be available. Please do not pick up a mooring unless directed by the launch attendant. Launch service to anchored boats will be available until sundown; contact NHYC on VHF channel 68

ENTRY FEE: $45.00 per yacht, includes party; $5.00 surcharge if skipper is not a member of the United States Sailing Association (USSA)

MAIL ENTRIES Wayne A. Fenton
TO: 60 Circle St.
West Haven, CT 06516
(203) 934-0881


Wednesday final day of Pilot Pen promotion

Wednesday is the final day to take advantage of the ticket deal for the Pilot Pen. Tickets to the Tuesday evening session on August 24 are “buy one, get one free,” for a savings of $24.

Fans can purchase online at , and need to include the special offer code,BOGOPPT10

Quinnipiac releases women's basketball schedule

The Quinnipiac women's basketball team has released its 2010-11 schedule.

Here's part of the release and a link to the full schedule.

Home dates with Army, Holy Cross and Vermont highlight the Quinnipiac University women’s basketball team’s 2010-11 non-conference schedule. The Bobcats will also take part in tournament play at Vanderbilt and St. Joseph’s, in addition to road dates at St. Bonaventure, Yale and New Hampshire.

“We’ve put together a very challenging non-conference schedule that will prepare our team for the always competitive Northeast Conference season,” said Quinnipiac Head Coach Tricia Fabbri. “We’re excited to have new additions from the New England area in Holy Cross, Vermont and Army visiting the TD Bank Sports Center for the first time. I also like putting a national tournament and a regional tournament on the schedule. We were able to achieve both goals by playing in the Vanderbilt Tournament with USC and Princeton, as well as the St. Joseph’s Tournament with New Hampshire and Lafayette as we put the final touches on non-conference play.”


Sunday, July 18, 2010

Some online additions

Hoping most of you have seen the additions we've made to our web site in the last couple of months, but in case you've missed them, here's a closer look.

We hope you enjoy them and you have other suggestions feel free to comment here or send me and email at

-- So what happened on this date in sports, both locally and nationally. We're posting the daily AP version of on this date and have added what happened locally 10, 20, 30 and 40 years ago. We've found some pretty interesting tid-bits so far, and it should get even better when we get to the fall with a look back at all the high school action. Who knows, maybe you're name will show up. Today's can be found here.

-- Dave Solomon provides a podcast each Thurday morning. This week's can be heard here.

You'll be able to listen to more podcasts this fall as several writers will be offering views on the sports they cover.

-- Average Joe, aka golf writer Joe Morelli, has been playing against local pros and writing about it for several years now. This year we've added video and Morelli has actually stepped up his game.

You can see Joe take his best swings each Thursday. This week's can be seen here and we also try to add a tip from a local pro each week. This week's can be seen here.

-- Looking for camp, clinic or tryout, they are listed every day. Today's is here

-- Golf tournaments can also be found daily, and here's a link to today's version.

-- If you want to submit information for either the camps, clinics and tryouts, or for golf tournaments, please send to with subjects of either local announcements or golf tournaments.

-- Looking for the latest fishing report. We post the weekly DEP reports here.

-- There's more to come. We're going to have a page dedicated to the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament, as well as ones for high school football and boys and girls soccer.

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Quinnipiac men's hoop schedule a good fit

Quinnipac released its men's basketball schedule today and it looks to be a good fit for the Bobcats.

There are 15 home games, a record for the program, including seven of the first nine games to open the season (find me a program Quinnipiac's size that can say that.)

Better than that, is that six of those games are on Saturday afternoons. Too many schools these days stack up on evening games.

Even better than that is the fact Quinnipiac has some quality programs coming in to TD Bank Sports Center.

UMass and Rhode Island, both of the Atlantic 10 visit Quinnipiac. Not many programs from higher conferences want to come to schools like Quinnipiac, so these are good games for the Arena.

The only shame is we don't get to see Hamden's Lamont Ulmer and New Haven's Keith Cothran play for URI, as both graduated. UConn transfer Ben Eaves will suit up for the Rams though.

Vermont, which won the America East title last season, is one of four America East teams on the schedule (one could read into this, but we won't ... at this time). Quinnipiac coach Tom Moore is thrilled the Bobcats won't have to see Marqus Blakely, but fans probably would have enjoyed a few of these break-away type dunks or these, which include one against Quinnipiac last year.

There are three Ivy opponents, with Brown and Dartmouth joining Yale.

Patriot League foe Lehigh, which was 22-11 a year ago, also visits Hamden.

A trip to Niagara (18-15) last year, should be challenging. The Purple Eagles are usually in the thick of the MAAC race.

Some might complain that there is not a trip to a high-profile major, but the reality is, sometimes it's better to play solid competition. In the end, playing Kansas or UCLA or Kentucky to six at the half to then lose by 24, or 30, isn't always the best route.

The complete schedule is here for Quinnipiac.


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Complete Pilot Pen early entrant lists

Here are the complete fields with wild cards, and qualifiers still to be determined:


Name, Country, Ranking

Wozniacki, Caroline Den 4

Schiavone, Francesca Ita 8

Pennetta, Flavia Ita 12

Bartoli, Marion Fra 14

Wickmayer, Yanina Bel 17

Martinez Sanchez, Maria Jose Esp 22

Zheng, Jie Chn 23

Hantuchova, Daniela Svk 25

Kleybanova, Alisa Rus 26

Kirilenko, Maria Rus 27

Dulgheru, Alexandra Rou 28

Kvitova, Petra Cze 29

Bondarenko, Alona Ukr 30

Pavlyuchenkova, Anastasia Rus 31

Errani, Sara Ita 34

Pironkova, Tsvetana K Bul 35

Petkovic, Andrea Ger 36

Bondarenko, Kateryna Ukr 37

Kanepi, Kaia Est 38

Govortsova, Olga Blr 39

Oudin, Melanie J Usa 40

Bacsinszky, Timea Sui 41


Name, Country, Ranking

Querrey, Sam USA 19

Bellucci, Thomaz BRA 22

Baghdatis, Marcos CYP 24

Robredo, Tommy ESP 36

Hanescu, Victor ROU 37

Dolgopolov, Alexandr UKR 40

de Bakker, Thiemo NED 41

Zeballos, Horacio ARG 43

Troicki, Viktor SRB 44

Berrer, Michael GER 45

Gasquet, Richard FRA 47

Stakhovsky, Sergiy UKR 48

Fish, Mardy USA 49

Chardy, Jeremy FRA 50

Schwank, Eduardo ARG 52

Kubot, Lukasz POL 53

Chela, Juan Ignacio ARG 54

Mayer, Florian GER 56

Giraldo, Santiago COL 57

Malisse, Xavier BEL 58

Mayer, Leonardo ARG 59

Istomin, Denis UZB 60

Serra, Florent FRA 62

Nieminen, Jarkko FIN 63

Cuevas, Pablo URU 64

Falla, Alejandro COL 65

Ancic, Mario CRO 65

Chiudinelli, Marco SUI 66

Gonzalez, Maximo ARG 66

Becker, Benjamin GER 67

Marchenko, Illya UKR 68

Starace, Potito ITA 69

Brands, Daniel GER 70

Clement, Arnaud FRA 71

Korolev, Evgeny KAZ 72

Greul, Simon GER 73

Lacko, Lukas SVK 75

Seppi, Andreas ITA 76


Pilot Pen Tennis fields released

Pilot Pen Tennis just released its player fields.

Read more here.

Visit Pilot Pen Tennis for even more information.


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Quinnipiac men's hockey schedule released

Ohio State and Nebraska-Omaha highlight a 16-game regular-season home schedule for the Quinnipiac men’s hockey team this season at the TD Bank Sports Center.

Games at St. Cloud, UMass and Providence highlight the non-conference road schedule.
Quinnipiac plays at Yale Nov. 6, then plays host to the Bulldogs Feb. 18 as part of a 20-game ECAC Hockey schedule.

The Bobcats will play host to Ohio State on Oct. 8-9 to open the regular season. Quinnipiac defeated Ohio State twice last year on the road to open a season that would see the Bobcats ranked as high as No. 4 in the country.

"I’m excited for the upcoming season," Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold said in a statment. "We have once again put together a challenging non-conference schedule that features Ohio State, Nebraska-Omaha, Providence, St. Cloud, Canisius, Bentley and Holy Cross. We’re very excited to have Ohio State and Nebraska-Omaha visit the TD Bank Sports Center this year."

For the complete schedule click here

Yale has not released its hockey schedule.


Monday, July 12, 2010

Summer of Opportunity

Connecticut has had a pretty impressive run with hosting sporting events this spring and summer, and we're not even talking about the annual events such as the Travelers and Pilot Pen Tennis.

Stop for a moment and think about what's been played in our state over the past eight weeks:

U.S. men's soccer exhibition at Rentschler Field May 25.

Major League Lacrosse senior All-Star game at Yale Bowl, featuring the U.S. national team on June 6

WNBA All-Stars vs. U.S. women's national team at Mohegan Sun this past Saturday.

Still coming:

U.S. women's soccer exhibition Saturday at Rentschler Field.

U.S. gymnastics championships at the XL Center August 11-14.

U.S. women's basketball exhibition games against Australia Sept. 10 and against Spain on Sept. 12, both at the XL Center

Granted, it's not like the Giants are returning to Yale Bowl, but still, not a bad little run for the area.

An unmistakable voice; unless you were in an elevator

Like many of you, I grew up listening to the Voice of the Yankees; even on occassion announced myself in his voice as I stood at the plate for a Wiffle ball game in the back field behind our house.

However, for all the times I got chills hearing his introductions, I will remember him most for an incident that happened on my first visit to the press box at Yankee Stadium.

I was just out of college and we were in the elevator at Yankee Stadium headed to the press box. A sharp-dressed elderly gentleman asked what floor I wanted and pushed the button.

I was so impressed that the Yankees had an elevator operator, I reached into my pocket to get a tip for the guy. The men I was with stopped me. Luckily.

As we got off the elevator they said, "You don't know who that is, do you?"

I had no idea.

It was Bob Sheppard, who passed away Sunday at age 99.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Area Notebook/American Legion/Senior Babe Ruth

We encourage coaches to provide results for youth sports and American Legion/Senior Babe Ruth.

We take three names for youth sports per event. We ask that emails include the name of the league and a contact number and that the coach or president of the league is aware you are submitting the information.

Please email by 9:30 p.m.

For American Legion and Senior Babe Ruth we take full linescores. Please include information for both home and visitors, including score by inning, and total runs, hits and errors. Pitchers and catchers for both teams, with first and last names. You can also add highlights from the game.

Those can also be emailed to or called in to 203-789-5657.



All-Area pages

Please check the Spirit blog for the run dates of high school sports All-Area teams.

College football schedules

Here's a look at the area college football schedules for the fall:

Yale opens its season with Georgetown at the Bowl. It's the 96th season of the storied structure and plays host to six games this year. Albany, Fordham, Penn, Columbia and Princeton also make visits.

Here's a link to the full schedule

Southern Connecticut opens its season at Division II power Indiana-Pennsylvania Sept. 4 and open at home a week later against West Liberty State College. Who, you might ask. Well the defending West Virginia Conference champions are ranked No. 3 in the Division II preseason polls.

Here's a link to the Owls' full schedule.

At New Haven, the Chargers travel to Seton Hill in Pennsylvania Sept. 4 (hey, it's better than Northern Colorado by bus) and open at home against Lincoln Sept. 11.

The Southern-New Haven game is at UNH this year on Oct. 9, a Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.

Here's a link to the Chargers' full schedule.

Here are links to the other football schedules in the state:

UConn football schedule

Coast Guard football schedule

Central Connecticut football schedule

Sacred Heart football schedule

Wesleyan football schedule

Western Connecticut football schedule

Trinity football schedule