Archive: April 2015

The WIRE - Panthers Blast Bunnell in 8th, Caruso No-Hits Xavier, UChoose The Game

#WIREWorthy Thursday: The wild week on CPTV Sports continues! We announced the games involved in our UChoose the Game Memorial Day WKND vote. Visit our website to vote until Monday, May 18th at 6pm. We have LIVE Rock Cats baseball tomorrow night at 6:30. New Britain hosts the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Also, we have a reveal for the latest CPTV Sports In Focus segment tomorrow on
PLUS a new Gametime at 7, Masuk-Monroe tops Bunnell on our air in extras, and Mike Caruso no-hits Xavier for Notre-Dame West Haven.

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 Baseball: Masuk 7, Bunnell 5 (8)

After knocking out the state’s top pitcher, Masuk-Monroe rallied for three runs in the eighth to defeat Bunnell 7-5 in a SWC baseball game April 29 in Stratford. CPTV Sports was there and will show the broadcast premiere Saturday May 2 at 7:00pm.

Trailing 1-0, Masuk scored four runs in the sixth off Ronnie Rossomando, the 2014 state Gatorade Player of the Year who has committed to UConn. Two came on catcher Matt Romaniello’s double. Rossomando had gone 18 innings without giving up a run.

Bunnell scored three in the bottom of the sixth to tie it. Two runs scored on a throwing error, one of Masuk’s five errors.

Masuk (6-5) won its third in a row and fifth in the last six games. Bunnell (8-3) lost two in a row for the first time this season.

Read the game story by the Connecticut Post’s Doug Bonjour here.

HS Boys Lacrosse: Granby 11, Somers 10

Shane Kertanis scored with 20 seconds left to give host Granby High an 11-10 boys lacrosse win over previously unbeaten Somers in an NCCC game April 28. CPTV Sports was there and will show the broadcast premiere Sunday May 3 at 7:30pm.

Somers (7-1) scored three consecutive goals, including one by Stephen Astone to tie it at 10 with three minutes left. But Granby and Kertanis capitalized on the man advantage after a late Somers penalty.

Granby (6-1) had two four-goal runs, taking a 4-2 lead in the first half and a 10-7 lead in the fourth quarter. Dominic Pagano scored four goals for Granby.

Sophomore Christian Paley had four goals and Astone two for Somers. Brandon Moore had 12 saves for Granby. Chris Allen had 13 for Somers.

The WIRE (Prom Edition) - Chik Fil-A for Player of the Game, McLaughlin Wins UChoose, Memorial Day WKND Vote Begins

#WIREWorthy Wednesday: We tell you a little about a prom-posal that occurred after our boys lacrosse taping of Granby/Somers. Find the video on Congratulations to Marisa McLaughlin, the latest UChoose Student-Athlete of the Week. You can begin voting today for the UChoose the Game Memorial Day WKND poll.
Remember to tune in LIVE for Rock Cats baseball Friday at 6:30 and into #InFocus debut next Wednesday at 7 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.


Congrats to UChoose Student-Athlete of the Week
Marisa McLaughlin, New Milford girls lacrosse

Marisa McLaughlin, a senior attacker on the New Milford High girls lacrosse team, has been voted our third UChoose Student-Athlete of the Week for the spring 2015 season!

Marisa scored five goals, including the game-winner with one second left, to lead New Milford to a 13-12 victory over Pomperaug April 22 in Southbury. Last season, Marisa was selected to the All-South-West Conference Division I team.

Shelton pitcher Mike Cowell and Amity softball player Katie Koshes were our previous spring 2015 honorees. Check this weekend for our next slate of UChoose Student-Athlete of the Week nominees.

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 athlete of the winter was Branford boys hockey player Tyler Criscuolo.

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 Norm Cummings / New Milford Spectrum

The WIRE - Taben Tallies Three, Fresh No-Hitter, Cheshire Tops Amity Softball

#WIREWorthy Tuesday: Isabel Taben and her New Canaan girls lacrosse team picked up a big win against Glastonbury on Monday. See it Thursday night at 7:30. You can come visit us today at our next taping in Granby. Bears boys lacrosse hosts 7-0 Somers. PLUS, a freshman has a GREAT start to his career and Cheshire softball wins a battle of unbeatens.

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 Lacrosse: New Canaan 12, Glastonbury 11

Isabel Taben scored three goals and Elizabeth Miller had two goals and three assists to lead host New Canaan High to a 12-11 girls lacrosse victory over previously unbeaten Glastonbury April 27. CPTV Sports was there and will show the broadcast premiere Thursday April 30 at 7:30, after the new edition of GameTime.

Maddie Norman had six goals and Taylor Walker four for Glastonbury (4-1). The contest was even throughout and tied at 6 at halftime.

Catherine Granito and Kylie Murphy also had two goals each for New Canaan (6-1). Bailey Pilder had eight saves for the Rams.

HS Softball: Southington 3, Maloney 1 (9)

Southington High’s Kendra Friedt struck out 14 in eight innings to complete a combined no-hitter as the No. 1 Knights defeated Maloney 3-1 April 24 in Meriden. CPTV Sports was there and will show the broadcast premiere Tuesday April 28 at 7:30 p.m., after a new edition of Beyond The Beat.

Friedt, returning after missing two weeks for a violation of team rules, took the mound in the second inning. Maloney took a 1-0 lead in the first without a hit against Southington starter Brenna Sarantides on a walk, steal and two bunts.

Southington (5-0), which has a 51-game win streak, scored twice in the ninth to win it. Freidt had one of three consecutive singles before Kaitlyn Paterson gave the Knights the lead with a sacrifice fly. A walk re-loaded the bases, and Dani Ahern scored after forcing an errant throw.

Maloney starter Pagie Mickens-Uliase allowed three runs and nine hits in nine innings, walking four and striking out four for the Spartans (5-3).

Read the game story by’s Derek Turner here.

UChoose Student-Athlete of the Week April 28, 2015

UChoose-transparent-logo-2This week’s nominees for CPTV Sports’ UChoose Student-Athlete of the Week! Voting ends Tuesday at noon (note new deadline day), so choose your favorite now and tell your friends and fellow fans to vote, too!

* Please note: Vote totals do not immediately update in our database. Check back every 5 to 10 minutes and refresh your screen to see the latest vote totals.

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

Mike Celetano – Bunnell-Stratford boys lacrosse
The junior attacker had back-to-back five-goal, two-assist games in victories over Old Saybrook (14-2) and Notre Dame-Fairfield (14-1). He has 19 goals and seven assists. He was nominated by Twitter user @matthewmessina7 — you too can submit nominees to us on Twitter (@CPTVSports) or to our Facebook page.

Kendra Friedt – Southington softball
The Boston College-bound senior pitchedeight scoreless, hitless innings and struck out 14 in Southington’s 3-1 nine-inning win over Maloney-Meriden that premieres on CPTV Sports Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Kendra took over in the second in relief of Brenna Sarantides to give the Knights a combined no-hitter and their state-best 51st victory in a row

Marisa McLaughlin – New Milford girls lacrosse
The senior attacker scored five goals, including the winner with 1 second left, in a 13-12 victory over of Pomperaug-Southbury Wednesday.

Olivia Odermatt – Cheshire softball
The senior leadoff hitter went a combined 4-for-6 with three homers and seven RBI in two games last week to help the Rams move to 7-0. The senior had two homers and four RBI in a 12-4 win over Foran-Milford Friday after going 2-for-2 with a homer and three RBI in a 10-2 victory over Lyman Hall-Wallingford Wednesday.

Michael Sands – Greenwich boys lacrosse
The junior attacker sandwiched a game-winning overtime goal between two hat tricks last week for the Cardinals, who are 6-2 and unbeaten against state competition. The defending CIAC Class L champs took three FCIAC wins, beating Ridgefield 14-13 Tuesday, St. Joseph Trumbull 8-7 in OT Thursday, and New Canaan 13-10 Saturday.

Adam Zumerchik – Xavier-Middletown boys volleyball
The senior outside hitter had an 29 kills and 19 digs in a 3-2 win over Daniel Hand Saturday. Andre had 19 kills and 10 digs in a 3-1 loss to Glastonbury that premieres Monday at 7:30 p.m on CPTV Sports. Xavier has won three of four after starting 0-3.

Of note: Last week’s UChoose Student-Athlete of the Week, Katie Koshes of Amity softball, hit a three-run walkoff homer and struck out 11 in a 3-0 nine-inning win over Sheehan-Wallingford Thursday. The day before, Ally Gusmano had a walkoff RBI single in a 4-3 win over Mercy-Middletown.

The WIRE - UChoose Until ‘Uesday, Return of Friedt, LIVE Rock Cats Friday

#WIREWorthy Monday: The New Britain Rock Cats return to CPTV Sports this Friday, LIVE at 6:30. The Double-A MILB affiliate of the Colorado Rockies (NBRC) hosts Richmond (San Francisco Giants organization). CPTV Sports witnessed another return this past weekend as Kendra Friedt made her first appearance of the year for Southington softball. You can vote her as one of six nominees in the UChoose Student-Athlete of the Week poll! Also, voting for UChoose the Game Memorial Day Weekend begins Wednesday and we will release the latest segment inside CPTV Sports In Focus this Friday!

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.