Category Archives: Sports

Early spurt paces Cross over Naugy

NAUGATUCK — After staking a modest, 8-3 lead midway through the first quarter, Holy Cross exploded on a 20-2 run to provide itself all the cushion it would need in a 57-35 win over Naugatuck Friday.

Devon Diliberto led all scorers with 15 points, nine of which came from behind the arc. The Crusaders (14-2) hit eight three-pointers as a team while holding the Greyhounds (7-9) to only two. Naugy’s Jessica Webber, the Naugatuck Valley League’s third-leading scorer, managed just 13 points and rarely found room to operate, especially near the basket. She was limited to three field goals for the evening, collecting seven of her baker’s dozen at the free throw line.


Naugy bests Hearts in heated swim meet

WATERBURY — The Naugatuck swim team pulled off a real seat-grabber Friday at the Kennedy High’s John Reardon Pool, defeating Sacred Heart by the slimmest of margins, 95-91.

Both the Greyhounds and Hearts came into the meet undefeated in the Naugatuck Valley League, sporting 4-0 ledgers. There was excitement in the air, as fans poured into the stands; by the start of the first race, there was standing room only.

On several occasions, the roar from the crowd almost blew the roof off the place, and you could sense that this one was going to come down to the last event. It did, as Naugatuck won the final race of the meet. The 400 freestyle relay team of Will Wright, Chris Branco, Trevor Heller and Kyle Conrad raced to victory in a controversial finish that had both sides displaying heated emotions afterward.


WRHS Athlete of the Decade: Gina DellaRose

Gina DellaRose isn’t a particularly imposing person: She barely clears five feet tall, has flowing brown hair and wide brown eyes, and is one of the sweetest-spoken girls you could…


NHS Athlete of the Decade: Brian Mariano

At the outset of this all-decade project, there was nearly nothing set in stone. There was an enormous amount of research that needed to be done to properly choose the members of each team and best rank each of the top lists. There was a least one thing that was a sure bet from the beginning, though, and that was Naugatuck’s top athlete of the decade: Brian Mariano.

Mariano’s exploits in Garnet and Grey are stuff of legend: He won 11 NVL titles in 11 varsity seasons, was a combined six-time all-NVL selection, a five-time all-state honoree, once an All-New England pick, twice an All-America honorable mention, twice an All-America choice, and a national champion, all of which came in soccer and diving (of course, the latter was his bread and butter). Not bad for a guy who never planned on stepping foot on the one-meter springboard.


Woodland Top 25 Athletes of the Decade

1. Gina DellaRose ’05 (soccer, track and field): Athlete of the decade 2. Shane Kingsley ’06 (football, basketball, baseball): Combined 3-time All-State, 5-time All-NVL; 2005 New Haven Register All-State football;…

Naugatuck Top 25 Athletes of the Decade

1. Brian Mariano ’02 (soccer, diving, track and field): Athlete of the decade 2. Ryan Kinne ’07 (soccer): All-America, 2-time All-New England, 2-time All-State, 2-time All-NVL; 2006 NVL Boys’ Soccer…

Woodland Top 5 Teams, Games, Plays

Top Five Teams of the Decade 1. 2004 Football: The only undefeated NVL and state champion in school history; posted a school-record 437 points and 7 shutouts; 7 All-NVL picks 2….

Naugatuck Top 5 Teams, Games, Plays

Top Five Teams of the Decade 1. 2001 Boys’ Soccer: The decade’s first state championship at NHS; t-most wins of the decade (19-1-1); 1 All-American, 2 All-New Englanders, 5 All-NVLers 2….

Woodland All-Decade Football

Team of the decade: 2004 Undefeated Class SS and NVL champion; No. 6 in final NH Register poll; WRHS records points (437), shutouts (7); 3 All-State picks; 7 All-NVL picks…

Naugatuck All-Decade Football

Team of the decade: 2001 Best record of the decade (10-0 regular season, 10-1 overall); NVL champion; last NHS team to beat Ansonia and qualify for Class LL Tournament; 7…