Archive: March 2015

Congrats to UChoose Student-Athlete of the Winter
Tyler Criscuolo, Branford boys hockey

Tyler Criscuolo, a senior forward on Branford High’s boys hockey team, has been voted our UChoose Student-Athlete of the Winter for the 2014-15 season!

Tyler scored 30 goals with 18 assists this season for Branford (18-6-1), which advanced to the CIAC Division II semifinals before losing to eventual champion Suffield/Granby/Windsor Locks.

Tyler, also a standout baseball player, signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Southern Connecticut State in December.

CT HS Hockey News named Tyler Division II Skater of the Year along with naming him to its state Division II first-team. Tyler, who scored 14 goals in his first four games, was also named second-team all-SCC Division II.

UChoose Student-Athlete of the Week voting resumes Tuesday April 11. We’ll keep voting open until noon Tuesdays this spring and announce the winner Wednesday afternoon.

Our UChoose Student-Athletes of the Week for winter 2014-15:

Greenwich boys basketball player Conor Harkins, Holy Cross-Waterbury girls basketball player RaShana Siders, Fairfield co-op boys hockey player Jake Fuss, Northwest Catholic boys hockey player Anthony Ceolin, Northwest boys basketball player Christian Thomas, Masuk-Monroe boys basketball player Bryan Acevedo, New Fairfield/Immaculate hockey player Peter Masi, Simsbury boys basketball player Rayon Christie, Greenwich boys hockey Matt Lodato, Wilbur Cross runner Danae Rivers and Notre Dame-Fairfield girls basketball player Kayla Croswell, Simsbury boys hockey player Ben Levin and Canton girls basketball player Emily Briggs.

Our fall 2014 winners:

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, Windsor’s John Nolan.

Click here on our guidelines for the award.

Photo courtesy Branford High

The WIRE - Relive the Championships, Spring Forward with UChoose and Game Coverage

#WIREWorthy Wednesday - Our spring season begins April 8th with the taping of Newtown/Staples baseball. For information on that game and more, visit You’ll find a schedule of our high school spring sports, along with our planned coverage for the New Britain Rock Cats!!!

Congratulations to our UChoose Student-Athlete of the Winter: Branford Ice Hockey star Tyler Criscuolo! Voting for the athlete of the week returns once spring games get underway (Sat. Apr. 11 poll opens) and will have a new deadline-Tuesdays at noon!

We’ll tell you which teams are on top of the final basketball media polls and let you know how you can find re-airs of this past weekend’s 11 championship games.


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.

CIAC Class L girls basketball final:
Capital Prep 87, Northwest Catholic 59

Capital Prep-Hartford took a 21-point lead into the second quarter and cruised to an 87-59 win over Northwest Catholic-West Hartford in the CIAC Class L girls basketball game played March 22 at Moehgan Sun and seen LIVE on CPTV Sports. The game will replayed several times in upcoming days (replay dates below).

Two-time state Gatorade Player of the Year Kiah Gillespie had 42 points and 22 rebounds in her final high school game before heading to the University of Maryland. Junior Desiree Elmore, who has committed to Syracuse, added 30 points and 17 rebounds.

Capital Prep (25-1) will finish the season as the state’s No. 1 ranked team in the state and is rated 17th in the nation by USA Today.

Northwest (19-7), which trailed 30-9 after the first quarter, got 15 points from Haley Connors. Read the game story from The Hartford Courant’s Lori Riley here.

Replays: Sat. March 28 6:00pm; Mon. March 30 7:30pm; Mon. April 6 9:00pm.

CIAC Class LL girls basketball final:
Wilton 73, South Windsor 45

Erin Cunningham had 33 points and 17 rebounds and Erica Meyer added 17 points, 11 rebounds and six assists as Wilton routed South Windsor 73-45 in the CIAC Class LL girls basketball championship game seen LIVE on CPTV Sports March 21. It will be replayed several times in upcoming days (replay dates below).

Wilton (25-2) won its first tile and was dominant from the start, taking an 8-0 lead 90 seconds in. They led 26-15 after the first quarter, 45-25 at halftime and 61-34 going into the fourth quarter. The Warriors, considerably taller than the Bobcats, had a 54-28 rebounding advantage.

South Windsor (27-2) got 13 points from Amy McConnell as it lost in the final for the second year in a row and fourth time overall.

Read the game story from the Wilton Bulletin’s John Miscioscia here.

Replays: Thurs. March 26, 7:30 pm; Sat. March 28 midnight; Mon. March 30 9:00pm.

CIAC Class M boys basketball final:
Weaver 73, Notre Dame-Fairfield 59

Andre Lyons had 23 points and 11 rebounds as Weaver-Hartford defeated Notre Dame-Fairfield 73-59 in the CIAC Class M boys basketball final played March 21 at Mohegan Sun Arena. CPTV Sports showed the game LIVE (replay dates below).

The Beavers (27-2) dominated the backboards as they erased a six-point third-quarter deficit. Weaver outrebounded ND-Fairfield 43-30 (17-6 on offense) and had 25 second-chance points to the Lancers’ six.

Chaylyn Martin added 11 points and 14 rebounds for Weaver, which won its eighth state title and first since 2007 after losing in the finals the previous two years.

Jordan Pettway had 17 points and Jake Heaton 15 for ND-Fairfield, which finished 21-7.

Replays: Wed. March 25, 7:30 pm; Fri. March 27 midnight; Tue. March 31 9:00pm.

CIAC Class M girls basketball final:
St. Joseph-Trumbull 50, Cromwell 44

Bridget Sharnick had 16 points, eight rebounds and five steals to lead St. Joseph-Trumbull to a 50-44 win over Cromwell in the CIAC Class M girls basketball final seen LIVE on CPTV Sports March 21 (replay dates below).

St. Joseph (19-7), the 11th seed, won its second state title and first since 1979.

Cromwell (23-5) rallied after trailing 31-16 at halftime. The Panthers cut the lead to 34-28 after three quarters and 47-44 with 1:07 to play after a basket by Emma Belcourt (16 points).

But St. Joseph closed it out at the free-throw line, where the Cadets outscored the Panthers, 21-8. Jacqueline Jozefick had 10 points (going 8-for-8 at the line) with 11 rebounds. Nicole Rojas had 13 points for Cromwell. Read the game story from the Connecticut Post’s Ryan Lacey here.

Replays: Tue. March 24 7:30pm, Wed. March 25 4:00am; Thur. March 26 midnight; Sun. March 29 2:00am; Wed. April 1 9:00pm.

CIAC Division III boys hockey final:
E.O. Smith/Tolland 5, Masuk-Monroe 2

Peter Mayer scored four goals to lead E.O. Smith/Tolland to a 5-2 victory over Masuk-Monroe in the CIAC Division III boys hockey championship game March 21 at Ingalls Rink in New Haven. CPTV Sports will show the broadcast premiere Sunday March 22 at 7:30 following the conclusion the LIVE CIAC Class S boys basketball final between Sacred Heart-Waterbury and Valley Regional-Deep River at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Nick Mayer scored the other goal and had two assists for E.O. Smith/Tolland (23-3), which lost in the final last year. Bucks goaltender Matt Schoen had 32 saves as E.O. Smith/Tolland took a 3-0 lead after the first period and a 5-0 lead after the second.

Charles Christo and Shane Dushay scored for Masuk (21-4-1) in the third period. Read the game story from’s Tim Jensen here.

CIAC Division II boys hockey final:
Suffield/Granby/Windsor Locks 4, North Branford 1

Shane Kertanis made 23 saves and Jake King and Jake Bourdeau scored twice to lead Suffield/Granby/Windsor Locks to a 4-1 victory over North Branford in the CIAC Division II boys hockey final March 21 at Ingalls Rink. CPTV Sports will be showing the game in upcoming days (replay dates below).

The SGWL co-op (20-5) won its first title since 2000. Suffield also won a title in 1979.

King, who scored with 5:24 remaining to give SWGL a 3-0 lead, added a empty-net goal after North Branford (17-7-1) pulled its goalie on a power play. Bourdeau scored the first goal with 2:40 left in the first period and again with 7:47 left in the third.

It was the first state final for North Branford, which got 28 saves from Will McEwen (28 saves). Read the game story from’s Tim Jensen here.

Replays: Monday, March 23, 8:00am; Tues. March 24 5:30pm; Wed. March 25 9:00pm; Thur. March 26 5:30pm; Fri. March 27 4:00am; Sat. March 28 10:30pm; Wed. April 8 7:30pm

CIAC Class S girls basketball final: Thomaston 52, Canton 50

Gabrielle Hurlbert stole a Canton High pass with two seconds left to give Thomaston a 52-50 victory over Canton in the CIAC Class S girls basketball championship game March 21 at Mohegan Sun Arena. CPTV Sports showed the game LIVE on-air and will show an encore broadcast Monday March 25 at 9:00pm.

Hurlbert, whose sister Abby made three consecutive free throws to give Thomaston the 2014 title, had a chance to clinch it with eight seconds left. But after missing two free throws, Hurlbert recovered to steal a pass from Canton’s Emily Briggs near midcourt. Hurlbert finished with seven points, four rebounds and three steals.

Thomaston (23-3) was led by Morgan Sanson (13 points), Julia Quinn (12) and Nicole Schaefer (11). Casey Carangelo added 15 rebounds for Thomaston, which outrebounded Canton, 47-31.

Briggs had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Canton (22-4). Maggie Treachy added 15 and Gabrielle Rose 11. The Warriors only shot 26.4 percent (17.2 percent in the first half), but stayed in it by forcing 29 Thomaston turnovers. Jacquie Grabowski led Canton with six steals; Briggs had four.

CIAC Division I boys hockey final: Darien 1, Greenwich 0

Jack Pardue scored unassisted 5:36 into the second period to give Darien a 1-0 victory over Greenwich in the CIAC Division I boys hockey championship game March 21 at Ingalls Rink in New Haven. CPTV Sports showed the game LIVE and will show replays in upcoming days (check broadcast schedule).

Will Massie had 23 saves for Darien (21-1-2), which won its first state title since 1969 and a year after falling to Fairfield Prep 2-1 in the Division I final

Bryan Archino had 17 saves for Greenwich (20-2-2). Read the game story from the Darien Times’ Anthony E. Parelli here.