Phipps a perfect fit at Hopkins

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By Mark Jaffee, Republican-American Five years have passed since Tim Phipps left the comfort zone at Woodland High he knew for 14 years and the...

Top stories from a unique year of high school sports

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By Kyle Brennan, Citizen’s News With normalcy on the horizon — or already here for many folks — we can all look forward to a...

Coach’s homecoming allowed Woodland seniors proper ending

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BY KYLE BRENNANCITIZEN’S NEWSBEACON FALLS — It was almost summertime when Nate Bodnar realized that he might end his high school career without playing...

Coach Anderson shares love with old team

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BY KYLE BRENNAN NAUGATUCK — After Naugatuck football coach Chris Anderson accepted the George Pinho Trophy through a persistent fog at Veterans Field, he handed...

The Burning of the Shoe

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The fire everyone knows about, the one that’s the flaming hub of a spirited Thanksgiving Eve pep rally, will take place Wednesday night, just hours before the Greyhounds host rival Ansonia. The one that players and alumni know about, the one that’s the flickering center of a pensive gathering, will take place just a few hours before the other. It’s called The Burning of the Shoe, a tradition Naugatuck head coach Rob Plasky brought with him from Springfield College when he took the reigns of this already tradition-rich program in 2001. And it’s just what it sounds like: The Hounds gather around a burning cleat and just talk … and listen.

Peters’ legacy surpasses test of time

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For 28 years, Craig Peters was Naugatuck High School football. He did it all—he won league titles, state titles, awards, top rankings, and led the Greyhounds to the best seasons in school history. Simply, Peters is one of the greatest coaches in the history of Connecticut high school football. Since retiring after the 2000 season, Peters has quietly stayed away—mostly—from the game he seemingly had perfected for decades.

Season preview: football

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Naugatuck 2019 results: 5-5. Graduated: John Mezzo, Isaiah Williams, Paul Marsh, Jeff Schebell, Malachi Gatison, Dante Miranda, Herve Tshibamba, Tyvias Dippelhofer, Joshua Lastra, Anson Lau, Syed...

Naugatuck Pop Warner cancels season; Woodland Junior Hawks hoping to play

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By Ken Morse, Citizen’s News The COVID-19 pandemic has caused one local youth football and cheerleading league to cancel its season, while another is holding...

A game above all the rest

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Thanksgiving tilt in 1994 stands out in series between longtime Valley rivals Editor's note: This is the second story of a short series commemorating anniversaries...

All-Decade: Naugatuck football

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This is part of a series announcing the Citizen's News All-Decade sports teams from Woodland and Naugatuck high schools. Awards are chosen by the...

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