Follow all the nhregister.com coverage of boys high school basketball throughout the state on their way to Mohegan Sun Arena, the site of this year's championship weekend, March 15-16.
Friday, December 6, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
JCC Schoolboy/Schoolgirl Classic moving from Bridgeport to Woodbridge
The 53rd edition of this all-star classic will still be held under the Jewish Community Center umbrella, but now at the JCC of Greater New Haven facility in Woodbridge on Amity Road. The games will be held April 13, 2014.
"This is a great opportunity. It's great exposure for our center," said Bob Felice, the president of the JCC Center in Woodbridge. "I think New Haven is a hotbed for basketball and the Jewish Community Center is a hotbed for basketball. It's a great draw."
According to Alison Lurie, the tournament coordinator, the JCC in Bridgeport closed last August. Moving the game to Woodbridge was "a good fit for a number of reasons," she said.
"Keeping the games within the JCC is important to myself and a lot of people on the committee," Lurie said. "We would have liked to keep the game in Bridgeport, but the move to the JCC makes sense."
The first game will be a Connecticut East-West girls game, followed by the Connecticut boys against an all-star team from New Jersey.
"I don't anticipate much changing. Tradition is very important to the people on the committee," Lurie said.
For further information on the classic, contact Lurie at 203-387-2522, extension 313.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Fairfield Prep center Paschal Chuwku heading to Providence (updated)
The 7-2 center chose Providence over St. Joseph, according to Prep coach Leo Redgate. UConn and Boston College were among the other Division I schools to offer scholarships to Chuwku, Redgate said.
“Providence and St. Joseph were there from the beginning (of the season),” Redgate said. “They never missed any games.”
Chuwku was unavailable for comment.
“It wasn’t from a lack of trying by everyone else,” Redgate said. “I knew him being in a really big school to play basketball was not in his best interest. He really wants to excel in the classroom.”
Chuwku averaged 12.8 points, 12.0 rebounds and 7.0 blocks per game for the Jesuits, leading them tho the finals of both the Southern Connecticut Conference and Class LL state finals last season. Prep finished 24-3 and second in the Register’s Top 10 basketball poll.
It was the second state final Chuwku has played in. As a freshman, he helped lead Trinity Catholic to the Class M state championship. He transferred to Prep after his sophomore season.
It’s the second state recruit Providence coach Ed Cooley has gotten in the past three seasons. Former New London guard Kris Dunn, the only two-time Register State Player of the Year, committed in August of 2011.
Analysis: This is a really good get for Cooley. When the lure of UConn is on your doorstep - and Kevin Ollie attended several games this season - it's not easy to turn them down. Look at how many state recruits in the past have gone there and ultimately transferred because they just didn't fit.
That is not to say it would have happened to Paschal. But Providence could work out well for him as he continues to develop physically. He already is a defensive terror in the middle.
He's also a pretty good free throw shooter for his size. He is better off in the "new Big East" rather than the old one, not having to see the former powerhouses year in and year out.
Also, it may be very, very hard to argue against Prep being a preseason No. 1 with Chuwku, Ryan Murphy and Tom Nolan among others back this season.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Foran hoops to host 5K Road Race
The Foran boys’ basketball program is holding the 3rd Annual Foran Hoops Mad Dash 5K Road Race/Fitness Walk on Oct. 19 at the high school.
The race will begin at 9 a.m. and is open to individuals of all ages and abilities. T-shirts will be provided to all entrants pre-registered by Oct. 5. Trophies will be awarded to top finishers in each age division.
All proceeds from the race will go directly to the Foran boys’ basketball program. For more information or to register, contact Tim Swaller at (203) 449-6770 or send an email to Tswallerbball@aol.com.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Karlins takes over at Hamden Hall
Karlins was the JV coach for the Hornets last year under Falcone, who resigned after just one season. Karlins, 50, also was an assistant for two seasons (1999-2001) under former head coach David Beckerman.
"I want to make sure everyone truly fits into that program," Karlins said Tuesday. "Kids don't necessarily remember the wins and losses, but they do remember being a part of that sport and that school."
Karlins, a Branford resident, was also previously a head coach at both Foran (2001-2003) and at Guilford (2003-07). The state prep schools play with a 35-second shot clock, unlike those that reside in the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference.
"I'm excited to have a shot clock," Karlins said. "What I have learned over the last six years being away from head coaching is more about dealing with life lessons (with the kids). I've learned to be more patient and I;m re-energized."
Beckerman had some very strong teams at Hamden Hall during his tenure, coaching the likes of Danny Oglesby, Casey Hughes and Scott Draughn to both Fairchester League and New England Prep School Athletic Conference Class D championships. Karlins remembers what a couple of those years were like.
"David made something very special here and I want to make it even better," Karlins said.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Chris Herren at Amity High Tuesday
Herren wasted his career due to his variety of addictions. He has been both drug- and alcohol-free since 2008. and now speaks to both high school and college audiences across the country about his addiction. He spoke at Southern Connecticut State University earlier this year.
Doors open to the free show at 6 p.m. Seats are first-come, first-served. For any questions, contact Matthew Milner at (203) 927-7273. or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Reynolds out at East Haven
Reynolds, an East Haven resident, did not return a phone message seeking comment. East Haven athletic director Mike Marone refused to comment on the decision.
Reynolds, 57, who formerly coached at Wilbur Cross for 14 seasons and at Guilford for one, finished this past season at 4-16 at East Haven. He currently is the chairperson for the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference boys’ basketball committee.
Reynolds won 254 games and six Southern Connecticut Conference championships while coaching at Cross.