Archive: March 2015

The WIRE - Last Ticket To The Sun, Each Hockey/Basketball Title Decided On CPTV Sports This Wknd!

CPTV Sports delivers all eight CIAC basketball championships, along with all three CIAC boys ice hockey finals, to your TV sets! Welcome to the #RunToTheSun (SEVEN LIVE basketball games) and #IngallsIceHockey (TWO LIVE hockey games). Use those hashtags in your tweets this weekend to join in on the mayhem. Make you visit until 12am Sunday to vote for the #UChoose Student-Athlete of the Winter. Finally on #WIREWorthy Friday, Bunnell-Stratford punches the final ticket on the Run To The Sun!

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.

The WIRE - Cunningham Pushes Greenwich Into Final, Naugy on the Run to the Sun, UChoose NOW!

#WIREWorthy Thursday means we are one day away from the 2015 CIAC Winter Championship weekend! It starts with the LIVE Division II Ice Hockey Championship: Suffield/Granby/Windsor Locks vs. North Branford LIVE Friday night at 7:30…Ingalls Ice Hockey! Kristian Cunningham helped his team get to the final. You can see Greenwich and Darien, LIVE, in the Division I hockey final Saturday at 2! We’ve also got 7 LIVE basketball championships, two shows dedicated to analyzing the championships PLUS an all-new GameTime on CPTV Sports tonight at 7!

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 Boys Hockey Finals:
Three replays Saturday April 4

CPTV Sports was again your home for the CIAC Boys Hockey championship games! We’ll covered all three finals played at Yale University’s Ingalls Rink and will replay the games in upcoming days.

Division I: Darien 1, Greenwich 0
Replays: Mon. March 23, 7:00 pm; Thurs. March 26 9:00pm; Fri. March 27 5:30pm; Sat. March 28 4:00am & 9:00pm; Mon. April 6 7:30pm.

Division II: Suffield/Granby/Windsor Locks 4, North Branford 1
Replays: Tues. March 24 9:00 pm; Thurs. March 26 4:00am; Fri. March 27 4:00pm; Sat. March 28 7:30pm; Tues. April 7 7:30pm.

Division III: E.O. Smith/Tolland 5, Masuk-Monroe 2
Replays: Mon. March 23, 8;00am; Tue. March 24 5:30pm; Wed. March 25 9:00pm; Thur. March 26 5:30pm; Fri March 27 4:00AM; Sat. March 28, 10:30 pm

The WIRE - Christo’s Golden Goal, Westhill’s 1st Run To The Sun, DII Hockey Final LIVE Fri

#WIREWorthy Wednesday is back! Charlie Christo shut the door on a heroic comeback attempt from Westhill-Stamford hockey, pushing Masuk into the DIII final. Our championship coverage (each of the 11 games televised in boys ice hockey and boys/girls basketball (nine LIVE)) will begin Friday night at 7:30 with the Division II final between Suffield/Granby/Windsor Locks and North Branford. Westhill boys basketball is going to Mohegan for their first-ever championship berth!

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.

The WIRE - SGWL/North Branford Hockey LIVE, Four Advance to the Sun, UChoose Athlete of the Winter

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This #WIREWorthy Tuesday fills you in on the latest teams entering our CIAC Championship fray (#IngallsIceHockey and #RunToTheSun) this weekend! It begins with Suffield/Granby/Windsor Locks Ice hockey versus North Branford in the LIVE Division II final Friday at 7:30!
UChoose Athlete of the Winter voting has begun and the winner will be revealed Sunday. Visit our website to #UChoose! Finally, catch an all-new Beyond the Beat with Joe D’Ambrosio, Mike DiMauro, and Jeff Jacobs.

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.

UChoose Student-Athlete of the Winter:
Voting ends Saturday March 21 at midnight!

UChoose-transparent-logo-2CPTV Sports is closing out the winter 2014-15 sports season by asking fans to vote for the UChoose Student-Athlete of the Winter!

Voting ends Saturday March 21 at midnight; we’ll announce the winner March 22 during our second day of LIVE coverage of the CIAC basketball championships from Mohegan Sun Arena.

Click here for our guidelines on the award, which is determined by fan vote.

This week's voting for UChoose Student-Athlete of the Week has closed. We'll announce the winner Sunday during our second-day coverage of the CIAC basketball champions LIVE from Mohegan Sun Arena!

Tyler Criscuolo – Branford boys hockey
Criscuolo started his senior season with 14 goals in four games. He had 30 going into Branford’s CIAC Division II semifinal March 16 against Suffield/Granby/Windsor Locks (the winner advances to Saturday’s final that premieres on CPTV Sports Sunday March 22 at 7:30 p.m.). Tyler had two goals and an assist (his 16th of the season) in Branford’s 3-2 quarterfinal victory over Farfield Warde/Ludlowe.

Shaq Edwards – Weaver-Hartford girls basketball
The junior guard scored 77 points in her final week of the season — 35 in a 58-44 Class L first-round victory against Wethersfield and 42 in 94-60 loss to No. 1 Capital Prep-Hartford. Shaq set a Weaver season record with 760 points. She averaged 31.7 points, nine rebounds, six assists, and 4.1 assists, and persevered and took a larger role after key teammate Snoop James’ season was ended by shoulder surgery.

Kiah Gillespie – Capital Prep-Hartford girls basketball
The Maryland-bound senior forward was named the Gatorade State Player of the Year for the second year in a row and looks to further cement her legacy with a third consecutive state title in the CIAC Class L final against Northwest Catholic that will be seen on CPTV Sports this weekend. Kiah (6 foot 2) averaged 31.5 points and 15.9 rebounds this season. The Trailblazers (23-1) are ranked No. 1 in the state in the state media/coaches poll and 17th in the nation by USA Today.

Roy Kane Jr. – Norwalk boys basketball
The senior forward, who averaged 21 points this season, finished the year with a 28-point, 17-rebound performance in a 78-73 loss to Crosby in the CIAC Class LL second round March 11. Roy also averaged 14.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocks and was nominated for UChoose Student-Athlete of the Week three times.

Jeremiah Livingston – Westhill-Stamford boys basketball
The senior guard also earned three UChoose Student-Athlete of the Week nominations. He is averaging 23.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.5 steals heading into Tuesday’s Class LL semifinal against second-seeded Hartford Public (the winner advances to this weekend’s final at Mohegan Sun carried LIVE on CPTV Sports). Livingston led the Vikings to their first FCIAC title since 1989 by averaging 32 points in the conference tournament, including a game-high 40 points in the final against Norwalk as Westhill went 21-0 in the FCIAC.

Jack Pardue – Darien boys hockey
“He’s a guy who shows up in big games,” Darien coach Chris Gerwig said of his senior forward. “Most of his points (this season) came in games against good teams.” Jack has had a memorable winter for the FCIAC champion Blue Wave (19-1-2), with 17 goals and 27 assists going into Darien’s CIAC Division I semifinal March 18 against Xavier (the winner plays for the Division I title LIVE on CPTV Sports Saturday March 21 at 2 p.m.). Gerwig pointed to Pardue’s 44-point contribution to his line, which has 120 points and which Gerwig belives may be the best one in the state.

Congrats to UChoose Student-Athlete of the Week
Emily Briggs, Canton girls basketball

Emily Briggs, a sophomore forward on Canton High’s’s CIAC Class S finalist girls basketball team, has been voted our final UChoose Student-Athlete of the Week for the 2014-15 winter sports season!

Voting is now under way for the our UChoose Student-Athlete of the Winter, to be announced Sunday March 22, our second day of LIVE coverage from the CIAC basketball championships at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Emily led Canton to its first Class S final since 1999 with two outstanding performances last week. She had 27 points and 14 rebounds in a 63-52 quarterfinal win over Old Lyme March 9, then followed with a game-high 20 points in Canton’s 52-42 semifinal win over Notre Dame-Fairfield March 13. Emily was 10-for-13 at the free-throw line to lead Canton’s 20-for-32 effort there.

Top-seeded Canton (21-4) will meet Thomaston this weekend at Mohegan Sun Arena in the Class S final in a game to be seen on CPTV Sports (date, time TBA). CPTV Sports is showing seven finals LIVE from the Mohegan Sun.

Emily’s career high is 28 against East Lyme in January.

In the win over ND-Fairfield, Briggs stepped up when Canton needed her the most. From the game story by’s Mary Albl:

Trailing 27-24 in the third, Briggs went on a 6-0 run herself to give Canton the 30-27 advantage. The Warriors led 34-27 after three quarters.

“Briggs, she’s a special player,” (Canton coach Brian) Mederios said.

According to Gerry DiSimas Jr. of the Collinsvile Press, Briggs has raised her scoring average from 15.1 to 19.3 in six postseason games.

Congrats to Emily, who joins 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 and Simsbury boys hockey player Ben Levin as our winter Student-Athletes of the week.

Our fall 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 Canton High

The WIRE - TWO UChoose Polls This Week, Run to the Sun, Ingalls Ice Hockey

CPTV Sports…the home of the 2015 CIAC Sports Winter Championships…LIVE coverage of each girls and boys basketball championship inside our #RunToTheSun games at the Mohegan Sun Arena PLUS LIVE Ingalls Ice Hockey…coming at you this weekend, ONLY ON…CPTV Sports.
Darien’s Alex Ostberg ran wild at Nationals in New York this past weekend, while Hannah DeBalsi of Staples was forced to sit out. #WIREWorthy Monday keeps you up-to-date on the latest goings-on in the state and introduces you to the UChoose Athlete of the Winter poll!

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.