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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Ansonia RB Arkeel Newsome receives offers from....

UConn and UMass, according to Ansonia coach Tom Brockett.

Newsome was the Register State Player of the Year in 2011 while leading the Chargers to the Class M state title as a sophomore.

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Nick Aprea named coach at O'Brien Tech

Nick Aprea has been named the next football coach at O'Brien Tech. Aprea served as an assistant last season under Ken Roberts when the Condors fielded the first varsity team in school history.

Roberts stepped down in the off-season. O'Brien Tech athletic director Dan Nemergut temporarily took over the head coaching duties after Roberts' departure.

Aprea, a physical education teacher at Seymour, met with about 35 players on Friday. The Condors went 3-7 last season.

"The kids that were there were excited and enthusiastic," Aprea said. "It's nice to have the continuity from last season."

But there will be several challenges. O'Brien Tech doesn't have a weight room, there's no press box at the field and goal posts have yet to be installed. Aprea currently has just one assistant, Todd Pagano. With the head coach position in flux, the Condors decided not to have spring practice, instead opting for additional days in the summer.

Aprea said he hopes there's a commitment from both athletes and parents to make this transition a smooth one. With players living in surrounding towns, transportation to practice could become an issue.

"It's going to be a challenge," Aprea said.

The Condors open their season on Sept. 15 at home against Capital Prep/Classical Magnet.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Xavier's Tim Boyle gives verbal to BC

Xavier junior quarterback Tim Boyle gave his verbal commitment to play at Boston College on Wednesday.

Thhe 6-foot-4, 218 pound Boyle also had offers from UConn, Florida, UMass, Pittsburgh and Syracuse.

"BC was one of the first schools to offer," Xavier coach Sean Marinan said. "It wasn't until the last couple of months that he got all types of national interest."

Marinan believes Boyle has unlimited potential.

"I think he can go all the way (to the NFL)," Marinan said. "He has a great arm. He's a tall kid, and he's starting to put on weight. I think he's done growing up, but I think he will start to thicken up. I think he could get to 230.

"He's working hard in the weight room. I think everything's there for him. Now it's going to be about the mental aspect and the adjustment to the speed of the game at the next level. But he has the potential to play on Sundays."

Boyle shared time under center with graduating senior Pat D'Amato last season and helped lead the Falcons to the Class LL state title for the second consecutive year. Boyle threw for 850 yards and 15 touchdowns in six games last year. He did miss some time with a shoulder injury.

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Schedules: Non-league games to watch

The CIAC released 2012 football schedules on Thursday. Here are some interesting non-league games worth checking out. Times, dates and sites subject to change.

Week 2
Sept. 21
Hamden at Danbury, 7 p.m.: Hamden won just one game last season.

Week 3
Sept. 28
Whitney Tech at Sacred Heart, 7 p.m.: Whitney Tech fields first varsity team this fall.

Week 4
Oct. 5
North Haven at New London, 6:30 p.m.: Both teams qualified for state playoffs last season. 

Week 6
Oct. 20
Stamford at Norwich Free Academy, 1 p.m.: Stamford makes the long journey east to take on the Wildcats, one of the most consistent programs in the ECC.

Week 10
Nov. 15
Plainfield vs. Law at Sheehan, 6 p.m.:Law didn't win a game in 2011.

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CIAC releases schedules for 2012

The CIAC released schedules for the 2012 season on Thursday.

View the schedules here.

The season opens on Sept. 12 with an NVL interdivision game featuring Naugatuck at Wilby.

Three games are scheduled for Sept. 13:

Waterford at Ledyard, 6:30 p.m.
Woodland at Sacred Heart, 6:00 p.m.
Hillhouse at Foran, 7:00 p.m. 

Here are some other top games to watch in Week 1:

FRIDAY Sept. 14

Ansonia at Torrington, 7 p.m.: Ansonia, the defending Class M champion, opens on the road.

The SCC schedule:

Fairfield Prep at Wilbur Cross, 4:00 p.m.
Amity at Hand, 7:00 p.m.
Guilford at North Haven, 7:00 p.m.
Hamden at West Haven, 7:00 p.m.
Law at Sheehan, 7:00 p.m.
Lyman Hall at East Haven, 7:00 p.m.
Shelton at Cheshire, 7:00 p.m.
Xavier at Notre Dame-West Haven, 7:00 p.m.

Montville at Watertown, 7:00 p.m.
Trumbull at Branford, 7:00 p.m.
Whitney Tech at Seymour, 7:00 p.m. 

We'll have more on the schedules later today.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

North Branford's Franco headed to Western New England

North Branford senior defensive end Anthony Franco will continue his football career at Western New England University in the fall.

Franco was a team captain this past fall and was a four-year varsity starter.

Read more about Franco here.

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