Storm searched far and wide to build team

BY MARK JAFFEE REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN WATERBURY — Staying close to home in Wolcott has not been the norm for Wolcott Storm head coach Bob Warren in recent summers. “This is the first time is six or seven years that we have not traveled this week in July to tournaments in Myrtle Beach (S.C.) or Florida or somewhere else,” said Warren. “This was the first time that we have been close to home, and I knew that we had a good team going into the World Series.” By capturing the Waterbury Mickey Read More …

Popular Cheshire restaurant Viron Rondo Osteria to see major expansion

cheshire >> Since it opened in 2014, Viron Rondo Osteria has been a hub of activity, sometimes at all hours of the day, first with customers and then later, after closing time, with the restaurant’s staff preparing for the next day. “We have people staying very late, sometimes all night, especially in the summer, to make sure everything is made fresh,” said Viron Rondo, owner of the Highland Avenue restaurant that bears his name. Read more of  Popular Cheshire restaurant Viron Rondo Osteria to see major expansion

Wilber Cross lineman commits to UConn

John Acquavita knows a thing or two about developing major college linemen. During his successful run at Hyde, Bruce Campbell started at Maryland before playing three seasons in the NFL, Richard Kittrell was one of the state’s most heavily recruited players 15 years ago before committing to Iowa and Martin Parker won a national championship at Richmond before spending time in NFL camps with multiple teams. On Thursday morning the Wilbur Cross football coach said that UConn commit Travis Jones, “could probably be the best (lineman) we’ve ever coached.” Acquavita Read More …

Stratford beats Cheshire to reach Junior Legion state final

BETHEL — Pitch counts and summer ball, in Stratford Junior American Legion coach Zack Thomas’ mind, means you’ll never know what you’re going to get from a pitcher the deeper a game goes. “Lucky for us, all our pitchers (Wednesday) are starters,” said Thomas, whose team got 14 outs from the bullpen against only three Cheshire hits in a 7-3 win at Hunt Field. “The message of the day was ‘Pass the torch.’ ” Cheshire was pushing back in the bottom of the third inning after Stratford appeared to take Read More …

Cheshire Town Council moves ahead with demolition of historical home

CHESHIRE >> Plans to demolish a historical farmhouse that dates back to the Civil War will go ahead as scheduled after a unanimous vote Wednesday night authorizing the action. Council members expressed regret at not being able to preserve the Stephen Ives House. But faced with Connecticut’s uncertain economy and the possibility of $12 million in budget cuts when state lawmakers finally do adopt a budget, council members said they had no other options. Read more of  Cheshire Town Council moves ahead with demolition of historical home

Host team Wolcott gets off to fast start

Colton Tyler of the Ontario Blue Jays pitches on the first day of the Mickey Mantle World Series. (Joe Palladino RA) BY MARK JAFFEE AND JOE PALLADINO REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN WATERBURY — It couldn’t have started any better for the host team at the Mickey Mantle World Series on opening day Wednesday. The Wolcott Storm topped Mission Baseball, of Tulsa, Okla., 8-0, as pitchers Garrett Coe, Bryce Worth and Austin Brown combined to strike out 16 batters. Through the first four innings, Coe, a 6-foot-6, 215-pound lefty, struck out 10 and allowed Read More …

Football: Hamden Hall’s Luke Schoonmaker makes verbal commitment to Michigan

via Luke Schoonmaker on Twitter. Another year, another local high school football player has thrown his lot in with Jim Harbaugh and Michigan. Luke Schoonmaker, a 6-foot-6, 225-pound Old Saybrook native who played quarterback and fullback Hamden Hall, announced his commitment to become a Wolverine on Twitter Tuesday night. He posted a video of himself unveiling a Michigan shirt and donning a Michigan hat. According to his bio, Schoonmaker has been recruited as a tight end. I’m officially committed to…??????(creds @Chris_Wright16 ) pic.twitter.com/0buhPR00Jb — Luke Schoonmaker (@LukeSchoonmaker) July 26, 2017 Read More …

Three Mantle Series squads loaded with local high schoolers

The Wolcott Storm won the Waterbury Mickey Mantle League this season with a 12-1 record. It will be the host team for the Mickey Mantle World Series, which starts Wednesday in Waterbury. From left: front row, Tommy Marciano, Larry Zapata, Justin Butterworth, Cesar Vasquez, Ricky Burdick; back row, coach Cesar Santana, coach Al Nielson, Ethan Hibbard, Jake Nielson, Griffin Browne, Rob Johnston, coach Bob Warren, Justin Stephens, Daniel Graziano, coach Rob Graziano. BY MARK JAFFEE REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN After losing in the semifinals of the Mickey Mantle North Atlantic Regional Tournament in Read More …

Stratford edges Stamford to reach Junior Legion final

BETHEL — Opponents have found it quite difficult to put up runs against the Stamford 17U Legion team so far in the state tournament. But with Brendan Duffy on the mound for Stratford in the state playoffs, offense was not much of a requirement. Duffy pitched hurled a gem and Stratford grinded out a pair of runs to secure a 2-1 win over Stamford and a spot in the Southern Division championship game to be played Wednesday at Bethel High. The entirety of the postseason to date has been double Read More …

American Legion: Trumbull eliminates Cheshire, reaches Super Regional final

Cheshire defeats Trumbull 1-0, in the southern region playoffs of the American Legion tournament, Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Palmer Field in Middletown. (Catherine Avalone – Hearst Connecticut Media) MIDDLETOWN >> Trumbull’s American Legion team knew it was facing a good pitcher in Cheshire’s Adler Demac, but it didn’t think he was anything they couldn’t handle. Demac held Trumbull in check for six innings. Four hits in the top of the seventh ended a state tournament pitcher’s duel and sent Trumbull, a 2-1 victor on a chilly Monday evening at Read More …

Comeback puts Trumbull Legion in Super Regional final

MIDDLETOWN — Trumbull put together four of its five hits in the top of the seventh to beat Cheshire 2-1 Monday night at Palmer Field in the Connecticut American Legion Southern Super Regionals. Danny Ruchalski’s one-out, two-run single made a winner of Trumbull (27-6), which will face Stamford (26-5) Tuesday in the super-regional final series. A Stamford win sends it to the state final, beginning Friday. A Trumbull win forces a rematch Wednesday. Cheshire (26-7) took the lead in the bottom of the sixth on Nick Sansone’s sacrifice fly, but Read More …

Hearst Connecticut Media softball all-stars

Published 6:44 pm, Monday, July 24, 2017 Photo: Christian Abraham / Hearst Connecticut Media Image 1of/18 Caption Close Image 1 of 18 Pomperaug’s Ashley Antonazzo pitches against Torrington during Class L semifinal softball action in West Haven, Conn., on Thursday June 8, 2017. Pomperaug’s Ashley Antonazzo pitches against Torrington during Class L semifinal softball action in West Haven, Conn., on Thursday June 8, 2017. Photo: Christian Abraham / Hearst Connecticut Media Image 2 of 18 New   Read more of  Hearst Connecticut Media softball all-stars

Randall Beach: Images that cannot fade away: 10 years covering the Cheshire murders

There have been many times over the past 10 years when I have had the fantasy – I think I’ve even dreamed this – that in the early-morning hours of July 23, 2007, I transform myself from a mild-mannered reporter to Superman. After hearing anguished cries from far away, I speedily fly to the Petit home in Cheshire, swoop into that house, punch out Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes, blow out the flames, untie the two Petit girls and their mother from their beds and turn the perpetrators over to Read More …

American Legion: Cheshire edges Trumbull in Super Regional opener

MIDDLETOWN >> By admission of its coach, the Cheshire Senior American Legion baseball team is not going to outslug anyone. That story remained the same Saturday in the opening game of the Super Regionals at Palmer Field in Middletown as Cheshire got solid pitching, stellar defense and took advantage of its one scoring opportunity, beating Trumbull 1-0. “That’s been the story of our year,” Cheshire coach John Escata said. “We are not a slugging team. We take advantage of the other team’s mistakes and try to limit our mistakes. That’s Read More …

A decade after Cheshire slayings, haunting memories remain amid the healing

CHESHIRE >> It is inevitable that a decade after the July 23, 2007 home invasion at 300 Sorghum Mill Drive resulted in murders of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters that many changes have occurred. Some of the neighbors who witnessed the day’s tragic events have moved on to other places. Read More of  A decade after Cheshire slayings, haunting memories remain amid the healing

14-year-old boy shot in New Haven

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — New Haven Police are investigating after a teenage boy was shot on Saturday afternoon. According to State Representative Robyn Porter, a 14-year-old boy from Cheshire was shot at least once in the leg while playing near the basketball court on Shelton Avenue and Ivy Street. (WTNH / Mario Boone) One square block is shut down while police investigate. News 8 will update this story as details become available. Read more of  14-year-old boy shot in New Haven

1800s farmhouse could be demolished for town land sale

CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) — The cleanup of a property purchased by Cheshire could include the demolition of a 19th century home that preservationists describe as one of the town’s last examples of a Victorian farmhouse. The town’s agreement with the family that sold the property last year for $3 million requires the cleanup of contamination by Sept. 1. Demolishing the building would be the least expensive option and the one planned by the family, according to The Record-Journal (http://bit.ly/2uJdnvG). The contaminants include lead paint, asbestos and about 100 cubic yards Read More …