Category Archives: Sports

NHS volleyball season ends in round 2

NAUGATUCK — The Naugatuck volleyball team ran into a perennial state contender when it took on Bunnell of Stratford Thursday in the second round of the Class L state tournament….

Hounds upset by 19-seed Shelton

WATERBURY —  Focus! Focus, focus, focus. Focus, hocus, pocus. Hallelujah! One Shelton fan among many rattled off consistently peculiar, idiosyncratic appeals to his beloved Gaels as Tiago Martins and the…

NHS girls’ soccer advances to quarters

WATERBURY — Tireless defense and superb net play by goalkeeper Jessica Johnson made a single goal stand up Wednesday night at Municipal Stadium and sent unbeaten Naugatuck to the Class…

Hawks’ season ends in first round

WOODBURY — The Woodland boys’ soccer squad saw its season come to a screeching halt Tuesday afternoon after being shut out, 3-0, by the Nonnewaug Chiefs in a first-round Class…

Woodland beats familiar rival Naugatuck

BEACON FALLS — Dan Mariano squatted on the Woodland football field after his team’s disheartening, 28-21 loss to the Hawks (5-3) Friday, the proud senior captain’s glazed expression creating an invisible force field no teammate dared breach.

At last, assistant coach Mark Swanson approached Mariano and leaned over: “We’re going to win out,” Swanson said. “You’ve gotta believe.”

Woodland girls ousted from state tourney

BURLINGTON — The Woodland girls’ soccer season ended for the second straight year on Nassahegan Field, the No. 24 Hawks falling Monday to ninth-seeded Lewis Mills, 3-0, in the first…

Moriello finishes fifth at XC State Open

MANCHESTER — Just six days after the class meets, at which no girl could break the 19-minute mark, six went sub-19 Friday afternoon in a blazing State Open at Wickham Park.

Naugatuck’s Rosa Moriello was among the speedy sextet, finishing fifth in 18 minutes, 54 seconds. She was bested by Nonnewaug’s Jackie Nicholas (18:22), Fairfield Warde’s Meg Ryan (18:23), Glastonbury’s Reid Watson (18:28) and Bunnell’s Lauren Sara (18:29).

CIAC state tourney brackets released

The Naugatuck Valley League’s tournaments are finished, so next on the horizon for six area squads are the CIAC state tourneys. Below are the first matchups those teams will have…

Hawks spike Kennedy for NVL crown

ANSONIA – Woodland can party like it’s 2007 all over again.

For the second time in three years, the Hawks spikers are Naugatuck Valley League champions, as the Black and Gold beat top-seeded Kennedy, 3-1 (25-16, 27-25, 9-25, 26-24), in Thursday’s title game at Ansonia High.

After dominating the first game, the Hawks trailed by as many as six points late in game two. But Woodland steadily climbed out of the deficit and eventually took a 23-22 lead on the strength of senior Steph Badale’s five-point service run. The teams traded the next six points, each facing a game point at one point, until an epic rally featuring 25 exchanges of the ball ended when senior Emily Hutvagner found the center of the Kennedy floor for the kill.

Third time the charm for NHS girls’ soccer

WATERBURY — The Naugatuck girls’ soccer team is the 2009 Naugatuck Valley League champion, after it defeated Torrington by a 5-1 margin Thursday night at Municipal Stadium. Tournament MVP senior…