Archive: December 2014

CIAC Basketball Championships:
All-day marathon Sun. April 5

Once again in 2015, CPTV Sports was your television home for LIVE CIAC state high school championship basketball from Mohegan Sun Arena! If you missed the action LIVE, we’ll relive the action from all eight games Sunday April 5 starting at 10:00am.

The schedule:
10:00am-Class S boys: Sacred Heart 71, Valley Regional 46
11:30am-Class S girls: Thomaston 52, Canton 50
1:30pm-Class LL girls:  Wilton 73, South Windsor 45
3:00pm-Class LL boys: Fairfield Prep 51, Westhill-Stamford 50
5:00pm-Class L boys: Bunnell-Stratford 72, Naugatuck 61
6:30pm-Class L girls: Capital Prep-Hartford 87, Northwest Catholic 59
8:00pm-Class M boys: Weaver-Hartford 73, Notre Dame-Fairfield 59
10:00pm-Class M girls: St. Joseph-Trumbull 50, Cromwell 44

The WIRE - Thomaston Three Party, Overtime Puck, LIVE Coverage 4 U This Weekend

Thomaston gave Nonnewaug all they could handle in a game that featured 55 turnovers as the Bears converted 12 of 27 3-pt field goals Tuesday night. There were a couple overtime goals that caught the back of a ice hockey net Tuesday. We’ll tell you about that and let you know how you can find both the Centaur Holiday Classic and the Frozen Classic LIVE on CPTV Sports this weekend.

Here is how you may watch the Centaur Holiday Classic and the Frozen Classic LIVE on CPTV Sports this weekend, in addition to our LIVE stream on

CHARTER – Ch. 180
COMCAST – Ch. 966 (256 in Ridgefield, Bethel, Danbury)
COX – Ch. 805
dish Network – Ch. 6
FRONTIER TV – Ch. 65 (formerly AT&T U-Verse)
24.3 Hartford, 49.3 Bridgeport, 65.3 New Haven, 53.3 Norwich
The Wire, CPTV Sports’ radio initiative featuring reports by Francesco Graziano Jr. can be heard on our exclusive radio partners, sports stations ESPN 97.9 FM and Fox Sports Radio 1410 in Hartford.

HS Girls Basketball: Thomaston 78, Nonnewaug 55

Casey Carangelo led four Thomaston High players in double figures with 18 points as the Bears defeated Nonnewaug 78-55 in a Berkshire League girls basketball game Dec. 23 in Thomaston. CPTV Sports was there and will show the broadcast premiere Saturday Dec. 27 at 7:00pm.

Also in double figures for defending Class S champion Thomaston (5-0) were Morgan Sanson (17), Nicole Schaefer (14, including four three-pointers) and Julia Quinn (11). Jess Fengler scored 26 points and Courtney Carlson 17 points for Nonnewaug (3-3).

The WIRE - Purvis Cools Columbia, Siders Captures UChoose, Farmington Stars In A Battle Of Indians

UConn improves to 1-1 against the Ivy League. This week’s UChoose award goes out to Oronoke Road in Waterbury. Sophie Borg and Hannah Friend combined for 56 points in a victory Monday Night for Farmington. It’s all inside a #WIREWorthy Tuesday.

The Wire, CPTV Sports’ radio initiative featuring reports by Francesco Graziano Jr. can be heard on our exclusive radio partners, sports stations ESPN 97.9 FM and Fox Sports Radio 1410 in Hartford.

Congrats to our UChoose Student-Athlete of the Week:
RaShana Siders, Holy Cross-Waterbury girls basketball

RaShana Siders, a junior guard on Holy Cross-Waterbury’s girls basketball team, has been voted our first UChoose Student-Athlete of the Week of the winter and 12th of the 2014-15 school year!

RaShana scored 27 points, 20 in the second half and six in overtime, in Holy Cross’ 69-66 overtime win over Torrington last Friday.

From the game story by the Waterbury Republican-American’s Rick Wilson:

There was also appreciation from all quarters for the play of RaShana Siders. Holy Cross had Siders, and she was brilliant — 27 points, 20 in the second half, six of the team’s eight points on the extra period. From the foul line, from the freeway with a couple of treys, bolting down the middle. From everywhere.

After Paige Middleton (16 points) had put Torrington ahead, 62-61 with a foul shot, Siders responded with a feathery rainbow 3-pointer. Then with Holy Cross clinging to a 66-64 lead and 1:38 to go, Siders really took over.

“The last two minutes I told RaShana to dribble around and (Torrington) will foul you,” said Holy Cross coach Frank Lombardo. “I said, ‘You take over.’ She had a tremendous game. She is our point guard and we moved her off the point to get her more shots.”

Always the good listener, Siders dribbled in and out, at times being chased by seemingly half of Torrington. She never got caught. Twice she went to the line, the first time draining both free throws for a 68-64 lead. Then after a Brittany Anderson layup, she hit another foul shot with 27 seconds left for what proved to be the final margin.

“I like it. I feel confident I can make free throws,” said Siders.

Congrats to RaShana, who joins our fall UChoose Student-Athletes of the week:

Fairfield Warde girls soccer player Taylor Gabrenas, Cheshire girls volleyball player Jillian Haberli, Torrington boys soccer player Kevin Vaca, Cheney Tech-Manchester quarterback Rafael Lebron, Maloney-Meriden soccer player Ricardo Lopez, Danbury boys soccer goalie Ian Shannon, Northwest Catholic-West Hartford running back Delano Robinson, Derby’s Ben Slowik, Norwich Free Academy’s Jawaun Johnson, Valley Regional’s Andrew Tuscano and Windsor’s John Nolan.

Click here on our guidelines for the award, which is determined in an online vote starting Sunday and ending Tuesday at noon. Be on the lookout for our next nominees of the 2014-15 winter sports season Dec. 28!

Photo courtesy Mike D’Avino |

College Hockey: Frozen Classic Championship Game: UConn vs. UMass Lowell Sun. Dec. 28, 6pm

College hockey returns to CPTV Sports Sunday Dec. 28 with the championship game of the 2014 Frozen Holiday Classic LIVE on-air and online from the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport.

UConn will meet Hockey East rival UMass Lowell in the championship game at 6 p.m. Union College defeated Sacred Heart 3-1 in the consolation game. UConn defeated defending national champion Union 3-2 Saturday, after UMass Lowell’s 5-1 win over Sacred Heart.

UConn, in its first season in Hockey East, is 4-8-4 and UMass-Lowell 11-3-3. Sacred Heart is 5-11-2, Union 10-7-1.

“College hockey, especially in the state of Connecticut, has truly grown by leaps and bounds over the past few years,” Harbor Yard president Howard Saffan said last April when the event was announced. “The Frozen Hockey Classic will unify these outstanding schools that play college hockey in our area, and we’re happy to support and facilitate such an opportunity.”

Next year, 2013 NCAA champion Yale will join the two other Connecticut teams in the second Frozen Classic.

“We’re excited to be a part of the ever-growing landscape of college hockey in the state of Connecticut and feel that this event will contribute to its growth exponentially,” Saffan said. “As you can tell, we are bullish on Connecticut hockey.”

The WIRE - UChoose Until Noon, UConn Hammers UCLA, U Get LIVE CT Sports This Weekend

Monday’s CPTV Sports WIRE lets you in the hottest four local games that you can find this holiday weekend and introduces you to our UChoose nominees (vote until Noon, winner revealed after 5 pm).

The Wire, CPTV Sports’ radio initiative featuring reports by Francesco Graziano Jr. can be heard on our exclusive radio partners, sports stations ESPN 97.9 FM and Fox Sports Radio 1410 in Hartford.

HS Boys Hockey: Darien 3, Fairfield Prep 2

Darien High jumped out to a two-goal lead in the second period and held on to defeat Fairfield Prep 3-2 in a boys hockey game Dec. 20. CPTV Sports was there and will show the broadcast premiere Tuesday Dec. 23 at 7:30pm.

Darien (2-0) won the rematch of last year’s Division I state final, won by Prep 2-1 in overtime. The Blue Wave outshot the Jesuits 35-15 in the matchup of two of the state’s top hockey powers.

Brendan Cassidy and Jake Kirby scored in the second period for Darien. Prep cut it to 2-1 on Vinny D’Amore’s goal with 13.6 seconds left in the period.

Jack Pardue scored the winner for Darien 2:47 into the third period. Prep kept it close with John Edmonds’ goal a minute later.

Jack Taubl had 32 saves for Prep (1-1); Darien’s Will Massie had 13.

Read the game story by the Connecticut Post’s Michael Fornabio here.

UChoose Student-Athlete of the Week: Dec. 22, 2014

UChoose-transparent-logo-2This week’s nominees for CPTV Sports’ UChoose Student-Athlete of the Week — our first vote of the winter sports season! Voting ends Monday at noon, so choose your favorite now and tell your friends and fellow fans to vote, too!

This week's voting for UChoose Student-Athlete of the Week has closed. We'll announce the winner later Monday.

Shaquana Edwards – Weaver-Hartford girls basketball
Shaq picked up a rare quadruple-double in a 92-31 win vs. Bulkeley Tuesday night: 32 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists, 10 steals. The junior guard also had 31 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds in a 76-43 win over Wethersfield Friday.

Pat Hompe – New Canaan hockey
Senior forward scored in overtime to give Rams a 4-3 win over Notre Dame-West Haven Wednesday in the opener for both teams.

Cebria Outlow - Norwich Free Academy girls basketball
The younger sister of former NFA running back Marcus (now at Boston College) is making a name for herself. The junior forward had 24 points and 19 rebounds in a 71-35 beatdown of East Lyme Wednesday night.

Rashana Siders– Holy Cross-Waterbury girls basketball
Junior guard scored 27 pts (20 in second half, six in overtime), in 69-66 win win at Torrington.

Shea Tracy – Terryville boys basketball
Senior guard had triple-double (22 pts, 11 asts, 11 rebs) in Kangaroos’ 66-59 win over Northwestern Friday.

Alex White – Xavier-Middletown boys basketball
Junior had 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead the the Falcons in a 66-52 over Cheshire LIVE on CPTV Sports. White helped Xavier (2-0) outrebound Cheshire, 43-16.

HS Boys Basketball: Xavier 66, Cheshire 52

Alex White had 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead Xavier High to a 66-52 boys basketball win over Cheshire Dec. 19 in Middletown. It was CPTV Sports first LIVE basketball broadcast of the 2014-15 season (livestream here).

Kaleb Lutton had 10 rebounds for Xavier (2-0), which outrebounded Cheshire, 43-16. It was Cheshire’s season opener. The Rams led 4-0 before Xavier took control with a 20-4 run.

Lutton’s block of Shelton’s overtime extra-point attempt that gave Xavier a 28-27 win in the Class LL-Small football final Dec. 13 was voted CPTV Sports’ UChoose Play of the CIAC championships.

Read the game story from the Middletown Press’ Jim Bransfield here.