Category Archives: Sports

Hawks boys’ and girls’ track will contend

BEACON FALLS — There’s no doubt Woodland is home to one of the best boys’ track and field programs in all of Class M—the Hawks are the reigning indoor and…


Naugy track will benefit from additions

NAUGATUCK — He wasn’t exactly Brad Childress waiting with bated whistle to hear whether Brett Favre would rejoin the Minnesota Vikings (still uncertain, by the way), but Naugatuck track and…

Scenes from spring sports practice

The spring season is officially underway, and Naugatuck and Woodland teams are preparing ardently for the first contests April 7.

Dean answering opportunity’s knock at BC

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — When Pat Dean decided to play baseball at Boston College, he wanted an opportunity to show his skills on a national stage. He’s getting his chance. Dean…


Hawks hoopsters losing numbers game

BEACON FALLS — Here’s a bit of trivia to rattle the brains of the Woodland faithful: Which non-spring team has won at least eight games in each of the last…


The Science of Running

They’re a meet day mainstay, though the faded, burgundy leather boat shoes befit a man who owns a closet full of Bermuda—rather than running—shorts. But to Naugatuck High cross country and track coach Bill Hanley, nautical footwear is as essential as a pair of Nikes.

“What I’ll do is when I go to meets, I’ll wear Sperry Topsiders because they don’t have a lot of support,” he explains. “So on Saturdays, as I’m running around the course … I’m strengthening my lower legs.”

And all this time I thought it was a fashion statement. I should have known better. See, Hanley, a special education science teacher at NHS, is a man of reason, and there’s a very good reason why he rocks those white-soled, bow-tied beauties.


Hounds, Hawks wrap successful swim years

MIDDLETOWN — The Naugatuck and Woodland boys’ swim teams capped off incredible seasons with sixth-place finishes in their respective classes at last week’s state championship swim meets. Seven days after…

Naugy 200 free relay wins Class L title

MIDDLETOWN — Pomperaug High School has a lot going for it lately. Junior Katie Stevens is among the top 11 contestants on American Idol and, as expected, the school’s boys’…

CLISE: Non-NVL games a boon

[wpaudio url=”″ text=”Out-of-League Measuring Stick”] We’re two-thirds of the way through the Naugatuck Valley League’s non-conference experiment and so far the results—both quantitative and qualitative—have local athletic directors believing their…


Death of a Three-Sport Athlete

It’s the classic, all-American athlete: The teenage boy who excels in football, basketball, and baseball, or the high school girl who stands out in soccer, basketball, and softball. He’s the…