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Sean Patrick Bowley

Ah, memories... so many memories.

But it’s been one heluva ride, but it’s time to say goodbye

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Hello. Goodbye. Today is the final day of the SPB’s High School Football blog, at least as you know it. After almost nine years, Tuesday will be my last day at Connecticut Post and Hearst Connecticut Media Group, first as its head high school writer, then as its online sports producer and moonlighting high school […] [Read More]

WTNH jumps on the Harding-Cochran saga early with big feature story

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On the the day of the first high school practice of 2013, we were going to take a visit to Harding to check out lightning rod coach Jack Cochran on his first official day. After all, his hiring at the struggling city program was one of the offseason’s biggest stories. Turns out, WTNH’s John Pearson […] [Read More]

Annnnnnnnnd….. GO! The football season starts now

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Rise and shine campers! Out, out, out of bed! Have some milk or OJ. Cut up some grapefruit. Grab your permission slips and physical forms. Don’t forget your doctor’s and parents’ signatures. Gitchyourbutt out the door. Drive, hitch, walk, run, hop, skip, or jump over to the high school. Lace up your best sneaks, leave your […] [Read More]

So Fairfield Prep’s John Moten is now starring halfway across the country

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First practices are still more than a day away, but we already have ourselves the first big transfer news of 2013: John Moten, who as a sophomore in 2012 thrilled Fairfield Prep fans with glimpses of a glorious future, has transferred halfway across the country. Moten is now at John Burroughs High School in St. […] [Read More]

Welcome back, football. Let’s get everybody caught up

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Football. Sweet, nourishing football, begins this week, kids. Nearly two-thirds of the state’s football teams begin fall practice on Wednesday. Yes, we’re all very excited. And if you’re one of those seasonal fans, y’know, those who only make their way to this space when the pigskin starts flying around, we present to you a recap […] [Read More]

Hillhouse loses its coach: Tom Dyer to take Hamden AD job

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Tom Dyer, who led Hillhouse to a pair of state championships in six years, is resigning to become the next athletic director at Hamden, the New Haven Register reported today. From the article: “I’m extremely excited about the new opportunity and looking forward to meeting all of the coaches and student-athletes,” Dyer said. “But I’m […] [Read More]

Hand’s new football website is fancy-shmancy

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Hand won’t have Strong Field ready for its epic clash with New Canaan on Week 1. Strike, Hand. But it is at least giving New Canaan’s ramfootball.com a run for its money as ‘Best team website in Connecticut.’ The recently-launched site, TigerPrideFootball.com is loaded with records, stats, photos, rosters and even a ‘video of the […] [Read More]
Categories: SCC

Looks like New Canaan won’t get to christen the new Surf Club

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Thursday morning saw a relatively significant change to the Week 1 schedule. The epic Hand-New Canaan matchup on Sept. 12 will not — repeat — not be played at Madison’s legendary Surf Club. The schedule has switched the site to Daniel Hand High School’s turf field, Thursday morning. The Surf Club’s athletics park is at […] [Read More]

Ansonia’s going to be your preseason No. 1, isn’t it?

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It was almost a year ago when I wondered aloud on Twitter if Ansonia, then the defending 14-0 Class M champion, was going to be the best team in Class S in 2012. Well, that challenge was accepted. And 14 victories later the mission: accomplished. And, yea, I heard all about it amid jubilant celebrations […] [Read More]

Killingly football has a public service announcement:

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Yessir. 16 days!! #BeADude #BoysofFall — Killingly Football (@Redmenfootball1) July 29, 2013 When Killingly’s excited, we all should be excited. [Read More]

Jack’s on the attack: Cochran wasting no time shaping up Harding (and Bridgeport)

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Jack Cochran, Harding’s new football coach, isn’t just sitting idly by and counting down the days to first football practice. And he’s not merely scouring the Bridgeport playgrounds for potential talent, as was reported on the day of his hire last month. No, sir. Big Jack has gone to work, quite literally. Cochran had two […] [Read More]

What did we learn from New Canaan’s ‘Grip It & Rip It’ passing tournament? (Slideshow)

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For the first time in its five-year history, a non-Connecticut team won the annual ‘Grip It & Rip It’ passing tournament in New Canaan. In fact, no one from Connecticut reached the finals, which pitted Shenendehowa (N.Y.) vs. Rye (N.Y.). Shenendehowa, which traveled all the way from the Saratoga region, won the two-day, 36-team tournament. […] [Read More]

Let the flings begin: New Canaan’s ‘Grip it & Rip It’ 7-on-7 passing tournament this weekend

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It’s mid-July and football season is getting closer. You can just feel it. On Saturday, we’ll be 60 days, a short, two months away from Game 1. But it just feels like it’s on already, right? It used to be once we put away the all-star teams in December, we didn’t start figuring out what’s […] [Read More]

Ansonia’s Arkeel Newsome picks UConn

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Ansonia’s Arkeel Newsome, one of the most prolific tailbacks in Connecticut history, has verbally committed to play at the University of Connecticut. “It’s a relief,” Newsome said. “Now I can focus on on my senior year and my academics.” [Read more: Ansonia’s Arkeel Newsome picks UConn (With photos)] Newsome said he informed UConn coach Paul […] [Read More]

Cancer claims Casey Ridgway, West Haven linebacker’s sister

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Casey Ridgway, a West Haven seventh grader and younger sister to West Haven linebacker Jesse Ridgway, died Sunday from a rare bone cancer, her brother announced on Twitter. Today heaven gain a new ANGEL. I just want to let everyone know Casey passed away peacefully with her family all with her. <3 — Jesse Ridgway […] [Read More]

Coaching carousel: Manchester’s Pizzoferrato resigns

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According to a report from the Hartford  Courant, Manchester coach Marco Pizzoferrato has resigned, saying “he wants to spend more time with his young family.” Pizzoferrato was 35-26 in six years with no playoff appearances. Led by Maryland recruit and TE Andrew Isaacs, Manchester was 6-3 last year, which was shortened to nine games due to […] [Read More]

Get ready: New Canaan vs. Chicopee Comprehensive (…???) in Week 6!

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So New Canaan announced yesterday it had filled out its 11-game schedule. Huzzah! OK, so who’s the lucky contestent in this midseason date with the Rams? And the winner is… (drumroll) Chicopee Comprehensive! The game is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 18. in Week 6 at New Canaan’s Dunning Field. The schools have agreed to a […] [Read More]

Military Bowl I: Even, except on the scoreboard

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I had to pull double duty Saturday, filming and writing about the happenings at the Military Bowl. So here’s the short-short version. Team National Guard, the one loaded with Xavier and Hillhouse players  including UConn quarterback (we can say that now) Tim Boyle, won the game but it didn’t dominate. It needed an early safety […] [Read More]

Military Bowl/Hall of Fame Classic I: Here’s everything you need to know

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The teams have been drafted, the practices in Middletown have been ongoing since last week and the First Military Bowl Hall of Fame Classic Senior All-Star Football Game will be held at Rentschler Field Saturday at 4:30 p.m. First, read Michael Fornabaio’s advance on the game: Teammates become foes in inaugural Military Bowl Then check […] [Read More]
Categories: Military Bowl

Coaching carousel: Stafford/East Windsor posts opening

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So, here we go again? Stafford/East Windsor’s co-op program posted a job opening for a varsity head football coach Thursday. Corey Bernier was the coach of the team, which was 2-8 last year in the Pequot Uncas. It is unknown what happened. The apparent vacancy brings the dwindling list back up to three from a high […] [Read More]

WTNH’s ‘SportzEdge’ unearths Aaron Hernandez high school footage; Bristol Press has reax video

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I guess we needed this. As former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was led away from his North Attleboro, Mass. home in handcuffs Wednesday morning to be arraigned for the murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, many of us who followed him during his halcyon days at Bristol Central must have been […] [Read More]

Matthew Jacques’ North Haven spring play makes Good Morning America

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Taking a break from today’s awful news, here’s a pick-me-up: Six-year old Matthew Jacques, you should recall, needs a heart transplant and was honored by North Haven’s football team last week during it’s ‘Spring Brawl’ football game. The Indians raised money for him and allowed him to score a touchdown — THE CUTEST, BESTEST TOUCHDOWN […] [Read More]

Former Bristol Central, Patriots star Aaron Hernandez charged with murder [Updated]

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We’re compiling all the latest news on the Aaron Hernandez murder case. Check back for the latest updates. Update: Saturday — Odin Lloyd laid to rest BOSTON (AP) — Dozens of relatives, friends and well-wishers have gathered at a church in Boston for the funeral of a semi-pro football player whose killing led to murder […] [Read More]

Watch: North Haven boy who needs heart shows great heart at Indians scrimmage

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Well, this was just tremendous. No, no, it was waaaaay better than that. Every season, North Haven’s football team donates the proceeds of its annual ‘Spring Brawl’ game to a charity of the team’s choosing. This year, it decided to give to the “The Matthew Jacques Mission,” a drive to help an ailing 6-year old […] [Read More]

Recruiting trail: Southington’s Barmore commits to Yale; West Haven’s Phillips visits Syracuse

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Two of Connecticut’s top high school football players took college visits this weekend. One returned home with a decision, the other said his choice would be coming soon. After a short trip to New Haven Saturday, Southington quarterback Stephen Barmore announced his commitment to Yale on Sunday night. Officially committed to Yale University!! Gonna be […] [Read More]

Reports: UConn’s Matt Cersosimo to take over for father at Conard

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Matt Cersosimo has resigned his position as UConn’s defensive backs coach, the Hartford Courant and Manchester Journal-Inquirer reported Saturday night. Cersosimo, a West Hartford native who had been with the Huskies for eight years is expected to take over for his father, Rob, the longtime coach at Conard-West Hartford, both papers reported. Rob Cersosimo has […] [Read More]

Jack Cochran hired as Harding football coach

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Jack Cochran, both the most successful and controversial high school football coach in recent Connecticut high school history, has been hired as Harding’s football coach, citywide athletic director Neil Kavey confirmed Saturday. “Jack Cochran will be the head coach at Harding next year,” Kavey said. Cochran, whose last job as a head coach was at […] [Read More]

Spring Flings: Staples Wreckers

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Ye Olde Football Blog continues a sporadic and random series on local spring games. Today: Staples. Friday must have been a great day if you are one of the returning members of the Staples football team. Finally, after stewing for months over their bitter defeat in the Class LL semifinals, the Wreckers could begin to […] [Read More]

St. Paul QB Logan Marchi picks UConn

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St. Paul quarterback Logan Marchi didn’t waste much time making his college decision. After visiting with Temple, Boston College, Rutgers and Oklahoma earlier this month and getting offers from at least Temple and UConn, St. Paul quarterback settled back in-state for UConn’s football camp last week. Just a few days later, on Saturday night, Marchi […] [Read More]

Spring Flings: Greenwich Cardinals

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Ye Olde Football Blog continues a sporadic and random series on local spring games. Today: Greenwich. In just two short years we’ve gone from, When will Greenwich be back? to Will Greenwich ever over the hump? It’s progress, but we doubt it’s the kind of progress Greenwich would call inspiring. After a three-year layoff including […] [Read More]
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