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FILIPPONE WINS NHSACA NATIONAL  COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD

Coach Filippone talks to his team after defeating  New Canaan 34-10 to win the 2011 Class L State Championship at Rentschler Field

CHAPTER COACH STEVE FILIPPONE OF THE HAND HIGH TIGERS WAS NAMED THE NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC COACHES ASSOCIATION NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR AT THEIR NATIONAL CONVENTION IN JACKSON HOLE WYOMING IN JUNE. HE WAS ONE OF EIGHT FINALISTS. STEVE JUST FINISHED HIS 25TH SEASON AS HEAD COACH AFTER 10 AS AN ASSISTANT. HIS CAREER RECORD IS A LOFTY 201-53-4 AND INCLUDES SEVEN STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS.CONGRATULATIONS STEVE ON THIS GREAT HONOR. WE ARE PROUD OF YOU.

 

 

54TH ANNIVERSARY SCHOLAR ATHLETE DINNER

 

THE 54TH ANNIVERSARY SCHOLAR ATHLETE DINNER WAS HELD ON FRIDAY APRIL 11, 2014 AT FANTASIA IN NORTH HAVEN. THREE HUNDRED FIFTEEN WERE IN ATTENDANCE AND TWENTY-NINE YOUNG MEN FROM CHAPTER SCHOOLS WERE HONORED AS SCHOLAR ATHLETES. FOUNDING MEMBER AND HONORARY BOARD MEMBER DONALD SCHARF, WHO FOR YEARS WAS RELUCTANT TO RECEIVE THIS AWARD, WAS HONORED WITH THE CHAPTER AWARD OF MERIT, LONG TIME OFFICIAL BILL SLATER RECEIVED THE OFFICIAL RECOGNITION AWARD, THOMAS BROCKETT OF THE ANSONIA CHARGERS, THE #1 TEAM IN THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT IN 2013, WAS THE CHAPTER COACH OF THE YEAR AND FORMER YALE LINEMAN JOE LINTA, A WELL KNOWN LICENCED NFL AGENT, RECEIVED THE DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN AWARD. FORMER SCSU COACH RICH CAVANAUGH WAS PRESENTED WITH A SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD FOR HIS LOYALTY TO OUR CHAPTER OVER THE YEARS AND ANSONIA WAS PRESENTED THEIR THIRD CONSECUTIVE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP AWARD AFTER WINNING THE CLASS S STATE TITLE. AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE EVENING THE NEW HAVEN COUNTY CHAPTER AWARDED $4000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS.

 

PARENTS AND SCHOLAR ATHLETES MEET BEFORE DINNER AT FLOYD LITTLE ATHLETIC CENTER

SEYMOUR’S ZACK SIROWICH IS PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY AND IS HEADED TO ST ANSELM’S

TYLER MACNEIL OF BRANFORD IS A MEMBER OF THE MODEL CONGRESS. HE’LL ATTEND BOWDOIN

IAN DIELI OF HAND VOLUNTEERED AT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY AND WILL PLAY FOOTBALL AT BOWDOIN

SHELTON’S MICHAEL ORTOLI IS IN THE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY AND RECEIVED AN APPOINTMENT TO WEST POINT

NOTRE DAME’S SAL ESPOSITO IS PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY AND IS HEADED TO STONEHILL

 

BOARD MEMBER EILEEN MORIARTY PUT’S A BOUTONNIERE ON PLATT TECH’S ANTHONY PIZZOLA

HYDE’S JeVAUGHN BRODIE AND FAMILY POSE FOR A FAMILY PHOTO RECEIVING HIS AWARD

NICK CROWLE OF FAIRFIELD PREP ALSO A TOP WRESTLER WILL PLAY FOOTBALL AT YALE

BILL O’BRIEN WITH AWARD WINNERS BILL SLATER, RICH CAVANAUGH, JOE LINTA, TOM BROCKETT AND DON SCHARF

THE SCHOLAR ATHLETES LOOK SHARP IN THEIR TUXES AS THE POSE FOR A GROUP PHOTO

ALL THE HONOREES MARCH TO THE HEAD TABLE TO THE MUSIC OF “MR. TOUCHDOWN”

THE HEAD TABLE STANDS UNDER THE CHAPTERS 54 YEAR OLD BANNER THAT HAS BEEN UP FOR ALL SCHOLAR ATHLETE DINNERS

NORTHEST REGION COORDINATOR HOWIE VANDERSEA COMES DOWN FROM MAINE TO GIVE GREETINGS

XAVIERS ANDREW MEOLI ANSWERS ONE OF SCHOLAR ATHLETE CHAIR DAN MARTIN’S QUESTIONS

WEST HAVEN BLUE DEVIL’S NYRELL MOORE PONDERS WHAT TO SAY TO DAN’S QUESTION

FOUNDING CHAPTER MEMBER DON SCHARF OF MADISON RECEIVES HIS AWARD FROM BILL O’BRIEN

RETIRING SCSU COACH IS PRESENTED A SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD FOR HIS LOYALTY OVER THE YEARS TO OUR CHAPTER

DAN MARTIN PRESENTS THE OFFICIAL RECOGNITION AWARD TO HIS FRIEND BILL SLATER

ANSONIA CHARGER COACH THOMAS BROCKETT RECEIVES THE COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD FROM BOARD MEMBER TONY MORTALI

CHAPTER VICE PRESIDENT PAUL CRISCUOLO PRESENTS THE DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN AWARD TO NFL AGENT JOE LINTA

STEVE NARACCI PRESENTS ‘THE NHFOA’S SCHOLARSHIP’ TO EDWIN RODRIGUEZ OF WILBUR CROSS

SAL ESPOSITO OF NOTRE DAME RECEIVES THE ‘FRANCIS ‘MIDGE’ MORIARTY SCHOLARSHIP’ FROM EILEEN MORIARTY

MIKE DEMARCO OF EAST HAVEN RECEIVES ‘THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP’ FROM BILL O’BRIEN

TOM MAJCHRZAK OF ANSONIA RECEIVES ‘THE 2013 HALL OF FAME CLASSIC DAN MARTIN SCHOLARSHIP’ FROM DAN MARTIN

JAKE BONCAL OF WOODLAND RECEIVES ‘THE 2013 HALL OF FAME CLASSIC REV OWEN SANDERSON SCHOLARSHIP’ FROM REV SANDERSON

 

 

THIRTY CHAPTER SCHOOLS PLAY IN 2014 SUPER 100 CLASSIC

 

The 2014 Super 100 Classic all star game was played at Rentschler Field on Saturday June 28. Kickoff was at 4:30pm. Team Nutmeg, wearing blue jersey’s, was coached by chapter member John Ferrazzi of Sheehan High School and team Constitution in red jersey’s was coached by chapter member Sean Marinan of Xavier High School. The New Haven County Chapter was well represented with 18 member schools having a total of 30 players. Xavier, Woodland, Hillhouse, Platt and Sheehan led with three players each, Holy Cross and North Haven had two and West Haven, Fairfield Prep, Guilford, Oxford, Shelton, Notre Dame, Seymour, Derby, Amity, Wilbur Cross and Ansonia had one each. Four chapter players scored touchdowns in the game. Harold Cooper of Hillhouse and Andrew Meoli of Xavier for team Constitution and Brandon Gauthier of Sheehan Van Kamerik of Oxford of team Nutmeg who scored two. Gauthier won the Offensive MVP Award and Notre Dame’s Sal Esposito was presented the Coaches Award both for team Nutmeg.

 

 

          

 

Rentscheler Field Home of this year's " Super 100 Classic"

The New Haven Board of Officials officiated the 2014 game

Dr Leroy Williams received the first Larry McHugh Distinguished  Service Award for high school football

Sponsor Jim Monico president of the Walter Camp Football Foundation speaks at the luncheon

UConn coach Bob Diaco speaks at the luncheon prior to the game

Harold Cooper of Hillhouse cut’s right for yardage

Nathan Gonzales 4 of Xavier breaks up a long pass

Andrew Meoli of Xavier scores on a 5 yard burst up the middle

Tarroll Stafford of Hillhouse, right, comes in for the takedown

Tony Fox 9 of Fairfield Prep and Antone Mack of Ansonia do battle

Duane Gary of West Haven 2 breaks up a pass

MVP Brandon Gauthier of Sheehan works hard for yardage

Joe Nault 12 of Guilford looks to grab Harold Cooper of Hillhouse

Chris Vankamerik of Oxford picks off a 74 yard TD pass in 4th quarter

Jason Thompson of Shelton outruns the defense around end

Sal Esposito of Notre Dame slows down a receiver

Ethan Suraci 33 of North Haven moves in for a tackle

Chris Slavin 34 of Woodland joins in on the tackle

Levi Fancher of Woodland takes the ball carrier out of bounds

Jake Sirowich of Seymour rolls off a block to tackle the runner

Mike Siwek of North Haven moves in to take down the ballcarrier

Alik Bures of Woodland provides interference for his receiver

Godfrey Harris of Hillhouse takes down the runner

Will Garrity of Xavier talks to a teammate about his interception

Brandon Gauthier of Sheehan receives MVP Award after the game

Sal Esposito of Notre Dame was chosen to receive the Coaches Award

Winning coach Sean Marinan gets championship trophy from game co-chairs Len Corto and Steve Filippone

Victorious Constitution  All Star team celebrates a hard fought victory

   

 

 

 

Constitution Team Beats Nutmeg Team  29-20

At CHSCA Super 100 All-Star Football Classic at Rentschler Field

 

Harold Cooper ran for two touchdowns and Jalen Ollie threw a touchdown pass to lead Team Constitution to a 29-20 win over Team Nutmeg in the Super 100 Classic All-Star Football game June 28 at Rentschler Field.

It was the second year of the all-Connecticut format, which was preceded by the annual Governors’ Cup matchup between Connecticut and Rhode Island all-stars.  Players for this year’s game were selected after a tryout session, which was followed by a “draft” to split the teams. Team Nutmeg was coached by John Ferrazzi of Sheehan High-Wallingford, and Team Constitution by Sean Marinan of Xavier-Middletown.

Team Constitution led 27-0 at halftime as Cooper, who will attend the University of Rhode Island after a strong career at Hillhouse High, scored on runs of 4 and 18 yards. Ollie, who will attend prep school after finishing at Glastonbury High, threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Ledyard’s Khary Carrasquillo-Childs to help make it 21-0. Andrew Meoli (Xavier) had the other TD for Team Constitution on a 13-yard run. Ollie was named Team Constitution’s co-MVP with quarterback Stephen Barmore (Southington/Yale), who was 11-for-13 passing for 113 yards.

Team Nutmeg made things interesting in the fourth quarter as Nick Roberts (Trumbull) threw three touchdown passes. With 5:30 left, Roberts hit Brandon Gauthier (Sheehan) with a 17-yard TD. Team Nutmeg received the ensuing kickoff because of an all-star game rule (winning team leading by more than 2 TDs) and made it 27-14 on Roberts’ 14-yard pass to Chris VanKamerik (Oxford) with 4:19 to go.

Team Constitution appeared to have put it away when it recovered a fumbled punt in the end zone for a touchdown. But officials ruled it was a muffed punt, and Team Nutmeg got the ball at its 20. That was followed by a Team Constitution safety when Team Nutmeg was called for holding in the end zone to make it 29-16.

Team Nutmeg wasn’t done, though. It recovered the onside kick after the safety, then Roberts hit VanKamerik again, this time for 71 yards to make it 29-20 with 1:03 remaining. After a failed two-point conversion, Team Nutmeg was unable to recover another onside kick, and Team Constitution ran out the clock.

 

MARINAN AND FERRAZZI PICKED TO COACH ALL STAR’S

 

Chapter coaches Sean Marinan of Xavier and John Ferrazzi of Sheehan have been selected to coach the teams in the second Connecticut High School Coaches Association all star game on Saturday June 28 at Rentschler Field. Last year proceeds of the game were shared with the New Haven and Fairfield chapters for scholarships. The draft for players was held on April 8 and many players from chapter schools were picked to play in the game. Best wishes to both our coaches. 

 

 

 

CHAPTER MEMBERS HONORED AT CSWA GOLD KEY DINNER

 

Several chapter members were honored at the 73rd annual Connecticut Sportswriters Alliance Gold Key Dinner at Aqua Turf on April 27. West Haven coach Ed McCarthy was presented with the prestigious Gold Key Award and Ansonia coach Tom Brockett received the Doc McInerney Male High School Coach of the Year Award. The Bo Kolinsky Special Recognition Award was presented to Coach Tony Sagnella and the captains of his 2013 North Haven football team for adopting 6 year old Matthew Jacques who suffered from a congenital heart defect. Matthew was made an honorary member of the Indian’s football team last fall and scored a touchdown in their ‘Spring Brawl’ intra-squad scrimmage.  Sadly Matthew passed away last September 26.

 

Ed McCarthy with George Albano CSWA President
Tom Brockett with wife Nicole

Tony Sagnella with his captains, Good Sport winner Fred Kelly and Matthew Jacques parents Melissa and Alphonse.

Tom Brockett, Hall of Fame Coach and Chapter member Larry McHugh, Ed McCarthy and Tony Sagnella

 

DR RICHARD DIANA’S BOOK RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC


AT OUR LAST MEETING IN THE FALL CHAPTER MEMBER DR RICH DIANA SPOKE ABOUT HIS NEW BOOK “HEALTHY JOINTS FOR LIFE”. RECENTLY RICH INDICATED THE BOOK IS DOING WELL AND HE HAS BEEN ASKED TO DO SOME BOOK SIGNINGS IN OUR AREA. THE FIRST ONE WILL BE AT BARNES AND NOBLE IN MILFORD ON SUNDAY APRIL 6 FROM 1:00PM - 3:00PM FOLLOWED BY THE BARNES & NOBLE IN NORTH HAVEN ON FRIDAY MAY 16 FROM 7:00PM-9:00PM. RICH RECEIVED THE CHAPTERS DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN AWARD IN 1994 AND HAS SUPPORTED THE CHAPTER OVER THE YEARS BY BEING ON THE SIDELINE DURING OUR HALL OF FAME CLASSIC ALL STAR GAMES AS OUR MEDICAL ADVISOR AND SPONSORING VARIOUS CHAPTER PROGRAMS. DROP IN AND SEE RICH ON APRIL 6 OR MAY 16.


 

 

54th SCHOLAR ATHLETE          BANQUET SET FOR APRIL 11

 

THE 54TH ANNUAL CASEY-OBRIEN NEW HAVEN COUNTY CHAPTER BANQUET WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY APRIL 11th AT FANTASIA, 404 WASHINGTON AVE NORTH HAVEN. A PHOTO SESSION AND RECEPTION WILL BEGIN AT 5:30PM WITH THE MARCH TO THE HEAD TABLE AT 6:30PM. TICKETS COST $45. SEE BELOW FOR NAMES OF AWARD WINNERS AND OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE DINNER.

 

CASEY-O’BRIEN NEW HAVEN COUNTY CHAPTER

THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION AND COLLEGE HALL OF FAME PRESS RELEASE

 

FEBRUARY 20, 2014

                                                                      PREPARED BY BILL O’BRIEN

                                                                      HOME: 203-488-7545 CELL: 203-988-0241

                                                                      OBRIENWT@COMCAST.NET

 

The 54th anniversary of the Casey-O’Brien New Haven County Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete dinner will be held on Friday April 11 at Fantasia Banquet Facility, 404 Washington Ave., North Haven. A reception will be held at 5:30pm with the march to the head table at 6:30pm.

 

Twenty nine high school and prep school scholar athletes will be honored for academic excellence, leadership and citizenship. In addition NFL agent Joe Linta, a Branford resident, will receive the Distinguished American Award. A Yale graduate Linta represents 45 players in the NFL including Joe Flacco the Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl MVP quarterback who signed the largest contract in NFL history following the 2013 Super Bowl.

 

The Chapter Award of Merit will be presented to Donald Scharf of Madison a founding member of the New Haven Chapter, and also the New York Chapter, who is a 55 year member of the National Football Foundation. He is a volunteer serving as Special Assistant to Athletic Director Tom Beckett at Yale. The Official Recognition Award of the New Haven Football Officials Association will be presented to long time football official Bill Slater of West Haven and former SCSU coach Rich Cavanaugh will receive a Special Recognition Award for his 29 years as head coach of the Owl’s and his service to the chapter.

 

In addition Thomas Brockett of Ansonia High School will receive the Chapter Coach of the Year Award.  The Chargers won 43 games in a row over the past three seasons including a 15-0 record this past year winning the Class S State Championship and being voted the

# 1 team in the State of Connecticut.

 

Tickets can be purchased for $45 by sending a check made payable to “National Football Foundation” to Donna Limone 10 Ludlow Court, Branford, Ct. 06405 or by calling her at

203-481-8375. Information about the chapter, including past award winners, can be found on our web site www.newhavenfootballfoundation.com.  

 

54TH ANNUAL 2014 SCHOLAR ATHLETE AWARDS

THE RECEPIENTS FOR THE 2013-2014 SCHOLAR ATHLETE AWARDS HAVE BEEN SELECTED AND THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS HAS DETERMINED THAT THE FOLLOWING YOUNG MEN HAVE SIGNIFICANTLY MET THE CRITERIA OF SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT, EXTRA CIRICULAR ACTIVITIES, LEADERSHIP AND EXCELLENCE IN FOOTBALL.

 

JAKE BONCAL-WOODLAND REGIONAL                        THOMAS MAJCHRZAK-ANSONIA

KYLE BRODERICK-HOLY CROSS                                     ANDREW MEOLI-XAVIER

JEVAUGHN BRODIE-HYDE LEADERSHIP                       MICHAEL MILLIARD-NORTH HAVEN

JOHN BURKE-NORTH BRANFORD                                   ANTHONY MILLS-HAMDEN

KYLE CHUDOBA-OXFORD                                                  NYRELL MOORE-WEST HAVEN

NICHOLAS CROWLE-FAIRFIELD PREP                          JOSEPH NAULT-GUILFORD

MICHAEL DeMARCO-EAST HAVEN                                JASON NELSON- O H PLATT

IAN DIELI- DANIEL HAND                                                  MICHAEL ORTOLI-SHELTON

MARK DIETRICH-CHESHIRE                                            ANTHONY PIZZOLA-PLATT TECH

SAL ESPOSITO-NOTRE DAME                                          EDWIN RODRIGUEZ-WILBUR CROSS

LUCAS FURGALACK-LYMAN HALL                               JOSUHA RUSSELL-DERBY

ERIC LAUGENI-AMITY                                                       ZACK SIROWICH-SEYMOUR

THOMAS ‘TJ’ LINTA-HAMDEN HALL                           GREG SUPLINSKAS-SHEEHAN

TYLER MACNEIL-BRANFORD                                        NICK WEISSAUER-FORAN

TIMOTHY MAHER-JONATHAN LAW

                       

AWARD WINNERS

DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN: JOE LINTA, NFL AGENT, BRANFORD

CHAPTER AWARD OF MERIT: DONALD SCHARF, MADISON

CHAPTER COACH OF THE YEAR: THOMAS BROCKETT, ANSONIA HS

OFFICIAL RECOGNITION AWARD NHFOA: BILL SLATER, WEST HAVEN

RICH CAVANAUGH SCSU SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP AWARD: ANSONIA HS RANKED #1 IN STATE

 

THE SCHOLAR ATHLETE DINNER WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY APRIL 11, 2014 AT FANTASIA, 404 WASHINGTON AVE NORTH HAVEN. A PHOTO SESSION AND RECEPTION WILL BEGIN AT 5:30PM AND DINNER AT 6:30PM SHARP. FOR TICKETS CONTACT DONNA LIMONE AT 203-481-8375 OR dpludio214@aol.com. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE CHAPTER VISIT OUR WEB SITE WWW.NEWHAVENFOOTBALLFOUNDATION.COM.

 

A RECEPTION FOR THE SCHOLAR ATHLETES AND THEIR PARENTS AND COACH WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY FEBRUARY 20 BEGINNING AT 5:30PM AT THE FLOYD LITTLE ATHLETIC CENTER, 480 SHERMAN AVE (NEXT TO HILLHOUSE HS) FOR PHOTO’S AND INFO ON THE DINNER RE: TICKETS, AD’S, TUXES, SCHOLARSHIPS ETC.

 

 

  

CHAPTER MEMBERS VOLUNTEER AND ARE HONORED AT WALTER CAMP


CHAPTER MEMBERS WERE VERY BUSY AT THE 47TH WALTER CAMP FOOTBALL FOUNDATION WEEKEND IN JANUARY. A NUMBER OF COACHES VOLUNTEERED AT THE YOUTH CLINIC HELD AT THE FLOYD LITTLE ATHLETIC CENTER AND SEVERAL WERE RECOGNIZED OR HONORED AT THE BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS AND THE ALL AMERICAN DINNER IN THE HISTORIC YALE COMMONS. THE PICTURES BELOW SHOW MEMBERS AT THE VARIOUS ACTIVITIES.

 

 

 

NORTH HAVEN COACH TONY SAGNELLA BREAKS A HUDDLE AT THE WALTER CAMP YOUTH CLINIC HELD AT THE FLOYD LITTLE ATHLETIC CENTER

HAND COACH STEVE FILIPPONE HAS FORMER BENGALS ALL PRO DAVID FULCHER SAY A FEW WORDS TO HIS PLAYERS AT THE YOUTH CLINIC

WEST HAVEN COACH ED MCCARTHY RECEIVES A PLAQUE FOR SETTING THE RECORD FOR MOST CAREER WINS FROM WALTER CAMP VICE PRESIDENT MIKE MADERA (L) AND PRESIDENT JIM MONICO

ANSONIA’S TOM BROCKETT (L) AND HIS CAPTAIN RECEIVE THE CLASS S STATE CHAMPIONSHIP PLAQUE. WALTER CAMP PRESIDENT JIM MONICO IS AT THE RIGHT

TOM BROCKETT IS SELECTED STATE COACH OF THE YEAR AND ARKEEL NEWSOME IS THE STATE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

CHAPTER MEMBER LEROY WILLIAMS PhD TALKS TO DAVID FULCHER FORMER ARIZONA STATE ALL AMERICAN AND CINCINNATI BENGALS ALL PRO

BOARD MEMBER KEVIN O’BRIEN POSES WITH WALTER CAMP DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN AWARD WINNER AND NOTRE DAME QUATERBACK JOE THEISMAN

PAST CHAPTER DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN AWARD WINNER KEVIN GILBRIDE MEETS WITH THIS PAST YEARS NORTH HAVEN CAPTAINS. KEVIN IS FROM NORTH HAVEN AND JUST RETIRED AS THE OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR OF THE NEW YORK GIANTS

FORMER CHESHIRE COACH STEVE ADDAZIO (L) NOW THE HEAD COACH AT BOSTON COLLEGE IS SHOWN WITH HIS ALL AMERICAN RUNNING BACK ANDRE WILLIAMS AND THE CT PLAYER OF THE YEAR LINEBACKER KEVIN PIERRE-LOUIS OF NORWALK AS WALTER CAMP VICE PRESIDENT MARIO COPPOLA LOOK’S ON

HILLHOUSE COACH REGGIE LYTLE AND HIS CAPTAINS MEET UP WITH WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR AND HEISMAN TROPHY WINNER JAMEIS WINSTON OF FLORIDA STATE

THE WALTER CAMP KELLY AWARD IS PRESENTED TO TOM BROCKETT OF ANSONIA BY JIM MONICO, CHAPTER BOARD MEMBER TONY MORTALI AND JAMES THOMSON

THE ANSONIA CHARGERS LINE UP ON THE DIAS AFTER THE WALTER CAMP DINNER FOR A TEAM PICTURE. EIGHTY THREE TEAM MEMBERS, FRIENDS AND FAMILY ATTENDED THE DINNER

PAST CHAPTER DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN AWARD WINNER AND CURRENT MEMBER DR RICH DIANA COULDN’T RESIST STRAPPING ON A VINTAGE LEATHER HELMET AND STRIKING A POSE AFTER THE DINNER

DR RICH DIANA AND COACH STEVE ADDAZIO SAT TOGETHER AT THE WALTER CAMP DINNER AND TALKED A LITTLE FOOTBALL



FROM THE PULPIT TO THE SIDELINE


WHEN YOU WERE AT A HAMDEN HOME FOOTBALL GAME OVER THE YEARS DID YOU EVER LOOK OVER AT THE VISITING TEAMS SIDELINE AND SAY, “THAT MAN WITH THE DOWN MARKER LOOKS FAMILIAR, WHERE DO I KNOW HIM FROM”? TRUTH IS YOU PROBABLY KNOW HIM FROM OUR SCHOLAR ATHLETE DINNER. IT IS NONE OTHER THAN OUR CHAPTER CHAPLIN THE REV. OWEN SANDERSON OF CHRIST CHURCH IN HAMDEN.  REV. SANDERSON HAS BEEN A CHAPTER MEMBER FOR THE PAST 44 YEARS AND HAS GIVEN THE INVOCATION AND BENEDICTION AT OUR YEARLY SCHOLAR ATHLETE DINNER AS LONG AS ANYONE CAN REMEMBER. “I THINK I MISSED ONE BECAUSE OF A CONFLICT”, HE ONCE SAID. AND AS LONG AS HE BEEN DOING THE LORDS WORK AT OUR DINNER HE HAS WORKED THE SIDELINES ON THE CHAIN GANG AT THE GREEN DRAGON GAMES FOR THE PAST 51 YEARS, AND NEVER MISSED ONE IN ALL THAT TIME. HOW GREAT IS THAT? HE WAS HONORED WITH THE CHAPTER MERIT AWARD IN 2001 AND SERVES AS AN HONORARY BOARD MEMBER OF OUR CHAPTER. THANK YOU REVEREND SANDERSON FOR ALL YOU DO FOR US AND HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL.


 

 

CHAPTER MEMBER MIKE BARBARO RECEIVES

NEW HAVEN GRIDIRON CLUB AWARD

 

CHAPTER MEMBER AND LONG TIME FOOTBALL OFFICIAL MIKE BARBARO RECEIVED THE DAVID HOLDWRIGHT PROFILES IN COURAGE AWARD FROM THE NEW HAVEN GRIDIRON CLUB ON DECEMBER 12, 2013 AT CASCADES IN HAMDEN. MIKE WHO WON THE 2006 CHAPTER OFFICIAL RECOGNITION AWARD WAS PRESENTED HIS AWARD BY DAVE HOLDWRIGHT A RETIRED FOOTBALL OFFICIAL WHO LOST HIS SIGHT IN A SURGICAL ACCIDENT IN 2003 AND KEVIN MOFFITT. DAVE RECEIVED OUR CHAPTERS DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN AWARD IN 2008 AND KEVIN MOFFITT 2009 OFFICIAL RECOGNITION AWARD. MIKE IS A SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF TOWN FAIR TIRE AND HAS SUPPORTED THE CHAPTER AS A SPONSOR FOR OUR SCHOLAR ATHLETE DINNER AND THE HALL OF FAME ALL STAR GAME. PICTURED ABOVE ARE L-R KEVIN, DAVE AND MIKE. WAY TO GO MIKE.

 

PAST PRESIDENT JOE FARINA PASSES AWAY

 

FORMER CHAPTER PRESIDENT JOE FARINA PASSED AWAY ON DECEMBER 20, 2013 AT THE HOSPITAL OF ST. RAPHAEL. HE WAS CHAPTER PRESIDENT IN 1991-92. JOE GRADUATED FROM WILBUR CROSS AND SCSU WHERE HE PLAYED FOOTBALL FOR CHAPTER HALL OF FAME COACH JESS DOW. HE LATER WAS AN ASSISTANT AT SOUTHERN BEFORE BECOMING THE HEAD COACH AT BRANFORD FROM 1969 UNTIL RETIRING IN 1978. JOE THEN SERVED AS ATHLETIC DIRECTOR AT BRANFORD UNTIL 1992 WHEN HE RETIRED FROM TEACHING. HE COACHED IN THE FORMER NUTMEG BOWL IN 1972 AND 1976 THE SAME YEAR HE WAS SELECTED CHAPTER COACH OF THE YEAR. HE WAS ALSO AWARDED THE CHAPTER MERIT AWARD IN 1994. JOE IS IN BOTH THE BRANFORD SPORTS HALL OF FAME AND EDUCATION HALL OF FAME AND RECEIVED THE BOY’S AND GIRLS CLUB GOLD RING AWARD IN 2000.

 

 

ANSONIA WINS TITLE AND #1 RANKING

 

THE ANSONIA CHARGERS EXTENDED THEIR TWO YEAR UNDEFEATED STREAK TO A THIRD YEAR WINNING ALL 15 GAMES ON ROUTE TO THE CLASS ‘S’ STATE CHAMPIONSIP AND #1 RANKING IN THE NEW HAVEN REGISTER FINAL POLL. THE CHARGERS HAVE NOW WON 43 CONSECTUTIVE GAMES AND HAVE WON THREE STRAIGHT CLASS ‘S’ TITLES. CHAPTER SCHOOLS HAVE NOW WON 9 OUT THE PAST 10 NUMBER ONE RANKINGS IN THE STATE POLL. ANSONIA HAS RANKED #1 FIVE TIMES, 1988, 1989, 2006, 2007 AND 2013. CONGRATULATIONS TO COACH TOM BROCKETT AND THE ANSONIA CHARGERS AND OTHER CHAPTER SCHOOLS THAT MADE THE PLAYOFFS INCLUDING FAIRFIELD PREP WHO LOST TO SOUTHINGTON IN THE CLASS ‘LL’ TITLE GAME, WEST HAVEN, WOODLAND, PLATT, NORTH HAVEN AND HAND. SINCE THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYOFFS BEGAN IN 1976 CHAPTER SCHOOLS HAVE WON TITLES EVERY YEAR BUT TWO.

 

BIG CROWD ATTENDS LAST FALL MEETING

THE LAST MEETING OF THE CHAPTER WAS HELD ON NOVEMBER 26 AT THE KNIGHTS OF ST PATRICK AND OVER 75 MEMBERS AND GUESTS ATTENDED TO HEAR COMMENTS FROM CHAPTER COACHES ABOUT THEIR UPCOMING THANKSGIVING DAY GAMES, THE IMPENDING PLAYOFFS WHILE ENJOYING A PRIME RIB DINNER FROM CATERER MARK LYNCH.   IN ADDITION DR LEROY WILLIAMS CHAIRMAN OF THE CIAC FOOTBALL COMMITTEE GAVE AN UPDATE ON THE UPCOMING PLAYOFFS AND CHAPTER MEMBER DR RICH DIANA, AN ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON, TALKED ABOUT HIS NEW BOOK, “HEALTHY JOINTS FOR LIFE”, WHICH WILL BE ON SALE SHORTLY. IN ADDITION WTNH SPORTS DIRECTOR NOAH FINZ AND SPORTSCASTER ERIK DOBRATZ ATTENDED AND INTERVIEWED COACHES ED MCCARTHY, WEST HAVEN, TOM SHEA, FAIRFIELD PREP, JASON BRUEEN, PLATT AND STEVE FILIPPONE, HAND. THOSE COACHES ALSO SPOKE AT THE MEETING ALONG WITH ASSISTANT COACHES JOHN SPOONHEIMER, ANSONIA, RAY CIARLEGLIO, NORTH HAVEN, TIM PHIPPS, WOODLAND. THE MEETING CONCLUDED WHEN CHAPTER PRESIDENT BILL O’BRIEN PRESENTED A PLAQUE TO COACH MCCARTHY FOR ACHIEVING THE STATE RECORD FOR MOST WINS BY A COACH WHEN HE REACHED HIS 322ND VICTORY IN OCTOBER. HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL.

ED McCARTHY SET’S NEW WIN  RECORD WITH 322ND VICTORY

 

CHAPTER MEMBER COACH ED McCARTHY OF THE WEST HAVEN BLUE DEVILS SET A NEW STATE RECORD FOR WINS LAST NIGHT WITH A 49-7 VICTORY OVER THE HAMDEN GREEN DRAGONS, SURPASSING THE PREVIOUS MARK OF FORMER LEDYARD COACH BILL MIGNAULT. COACH McCARTHY IS IN HIS 43RD SEASON AS HEAD COACH, HIS 31ST AT WEST HAVEN, WHERE HE RECORDED 230 WINS. PRIOR TO WEST HAVEN HE COACHED AT ST. JOSEPH IN TRUMBULL WERE HE HAD HIS FIRST 92 WINS. CONGRATULATIONS TO COACH McCARTHY ON AN OUTSTANDING ACCOMPLISHMENT. WE’RE ALL VERY PROUD OF YOU.

 

JESS DOW HALL OF FAME PLAQUE PRESENTED TO SCSU

 

THE CULMINATION OF THE INDUCTION OF CHAPTER COACH JESS DOW INTO THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME TOOK PLACE ON OCTOBER 25 AT HALFTIME OF THE UNH-SCSU GAME. THE HALL OF FAME PLAQUE WAS PRESENTED BY CHAPTER PRESIDENT AND MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS BILL O’BRIEN TO SCSU PRESIDENT MARY A. PAPAZIAN AS SCSU ATHLETIC DIRECTOR PAT NICOL, JANE DOW-BURT, DAUGHTER OF JESS DOW, AND HER HUSBAND TOM BURT LOOK ON.

OCTOBER 17 MEETING

SEVERAL CONFLICTS LED TO A LOWER ATTENDANCE THAN NORMAL AT THE OCTOBER 17 MEETING BUT THE PROGRAM WAS INTERESTING WITH THREE GREAT SPEAKERS. YALE COACH TONY RENO SPOKE ABOUT HIS TWO RECENT ROAD GAMES TO CAL POLY AND DARTMOUTH, RICH MARAZZI GAVE AN UPDATE ON HIS BOOK, “A BOWL FULL OF MEMORIES”, ABOUT THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF YALE BOWL IN 2014 AND PETER ROSSOMANDO OF UNH SPOKE ABOUT HIS SEASON TO DATE. PETE WAS PRESENTED A PLAQUE FROM CHAPTER PRESIDENT BILL O’BRIEN FOR BEING SELECTED LIBERTY MUTUAL DIVISION II NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR FOR THE 2012 SEASON. THE FOOD WAS EXCELLENT AS USUAL AND MEMBERS OF THE KNIGHT’S OF ST. PATRICK BOARD WERE GUESTS OF THE CHAPTER.

 

CHAPTER MEMBERS RECOGNIZE COACHES PAUL PASQUALONI AND GEORGE DELIONE


THE FIRST MEETING OF THE SEASON OF THE CASEY-O’BRIEN CHAPTER WAS HELD ON OCTOBER 3 AT THE KNIGHTS OF ST. PATRICK. SEVENTY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS ATTENDED AND PAID TRIBUTE TO PAUL PASQUALONI AND GEORGE DELIONE THE FORMER UCONN COACHES WHO WERE UNCEREMONIOUSLY LET GO LAST WEEKEND IN MID SEASON. THESE TWO MEN HAVE COACHED FOR A COMBINED 83 YEARS AND THE CONSENSUS OF OUR MEMBERS WAS THEY DIDN’T DESERVE SUCH TREATMENT. DISPITE WHAT OCCURRED THEY HONORED THEIR COMMITMENT AND ATTENDED OUR MEETING, AND ALONG WITH SCSU COACH RICH CAVANAUGH, CAME AND SPOKE TO OUR GROUP. AFTER THE THREE COACHES SPOKE SEVERAL VERY SUCCESSFUL CHAPTER HIGH SCHOOL COACHES TALKED ABOUT THE IMPACT BOTH COACHES HAD ON THEM PROFESSIONALLY. COACHES SPEAKING INCLUDED FORMER CHESHIRE COACH MARK ECKE, NOTRE DAME’S TOM MARCUCCI, STAPLES COACH MARCE PETROCCIO, WEST HAVEN COACH ED MCCARTHY AND HAND COACH STEVE FILIPPONE AND THEY ALL THANKED PAUL AND GEORGE FOR THEIR ADVICE AND COUNSEL OVER THE YEARS. COACH PASQUALONI WAS SELECTED TO RECEIVE THE CHAPTER DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN AWARD IN 1998 AND COACH DELIONE WAS CHAPTER PRESIDENT IN 1980. BELOW ARE  PHOTO’S TAKEN AT THE MEETING.


 

 

 

FALL MEETING SCHEDULE LOOKING GOOD

 

 

THE SCHEDULE FOR THE 2013 CHAPTER FALL DINNER MEETINGS IS SHAPING UP AND SHOULD MAKE FOR ANOTHER EXCITING SEASON.  DUE TO A SERIES OF CONFLICTS IN SEPTEMBER WE MOVED OUR FIRST MEETING TO THURSDAY OCTOBER 3. THREE GOOD FRIENDS, COACH PAUL PASQUALONI AND FORMER CHAPTER PRESIDENT GEORGE DELIONE AS WELL AS SCSU COACH RICH CAVANAUGH HAVE AGREED TO ATTEND. TWO WEEKS LATER ON OCTOBER 17 WE HAVE UNH COACH PETER ROSSOMANDO, YALE COACH TONY RENO AND THE POPULAR ESPN RADIO HOST RICH MARAZZI ON THE AGENDA. RICH WILL GIVE US AN UPDATE ON HIS BOOK ABOUT THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF YALE BOWL NEXT YEAR. OUR LAST MEETING WILL BE ON TUESDAY NOVEMBER 26 AND CHAPTER COACHES WILL BE ASKED TO SPEAK ABOUT THE UPCOMING PLAYOFFS. CATERER PAUL LUCIBELLO HAS MOVED TO FLORIDA BUT RECOMMENDED HIS NEPHEW MARK LYNCH TO TAKE HIS PLACE. PAUL SAY’S YOU WON’T NOTICE ANY DIFFERENCE. THE PRICE REMAINS AT $15 AND WE WILL PROVIDE FREE DRAFT BEER FOR ALL MEETINGS. WHAT A DEAL. BRING A FRIEND AND ENJOY A NIGHT TALKING FOOTBALL.

 

 

 

 

National Guard Edges Marines 15-14 In Inaugural Military Bowl

Quarterback Tim Boyle totaled two touchdowns to help the National Guard escape the first Hall of Fame Classic Military Bowl with a 15-14 victory over the Marines at Rentschler Field.

Boyle, of Xavier-Middletown, will play at UConn this fall, completed 12-of-24 passes for 134 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He ran for 16 yards and a score on three attempts.  Boyle earned Offensive Player of the Game honors for the National Guard. His Xavier teammates, Max Tylki and Kevin Dean, earned National Guard Defensive Player of the Game and Marines Offensive Player of the Game honors, respectively.

Hartford Public's Abdulahi Dukalay earned the Coaches' Award for best camp performance for the National Guard. Windsor's Devonte Dillon earned the same honor for the Marines. Middletown's Isiah Swain, who was named the Marines Defensive Player of the Game, intercepted Boyle twice. Swain dove and caught a tipped pass for his first pick and was there waiting for an overthrown pass in the third quarter.

Both offenses were anemic in the first quarter. The only scoring came on a safety with 13 seconds left, when Marines quarterback Quinn Fleeting was flagged for an intentional grounding penalty in the end zone. Fleeting, of Windsor, will play at Central.

Oxford quarterback Brennan Ortiz got the Marines on the board with 3:03 left in the half with a 2-yard touchdown run. Boyle found Sam Miranda for a 29-yard touchdown pass with 1:21 remaining to give the National Guard an 8-7 halftime lead. Ortiz, who will play at Western, scored on a 1-yard sneak 6:43 into the third to put the Marines back on top.

The National Guard answered with a methodical 17-play drive, highlighted by a Boyle 2-yard dive on fourth down to keep the chains moving. Five plays later, at the 3:36 mark, Boyle scored on a 14-yard bootleg run down the right sideline to cap the 74-yard drive.

Three plays later it seemed as though the National Guard sealed the game with a 32-yard interception return by Je'vaughn Moore, but an illegal defense penalty negated the score. With 7:25 left in the game, the Marines had a chance to take the lead, but a 31-yard field goal by Greenwich's Jesse Adelberg went wide left. Fleeting was sacked twice in a last-minute desperation drive, sealing the win for the National Guard.

 

 

 

Co-Chair Steve Filippone of Hand welcomes the crowd to the opening luncheon

Hillhouse’s Tommy Dyer and legendary Xavier coach Larry McHugh enjoy the pre game tailgate

Branford’s Andy Klarman (#47) breaks up a pass for the National Guard team.

Eddy Williams from West Haven #22 (blue) tackles #22 (white) Kris Luster of Xavier

 

Pile high action. Everybody gets into the action.

Terrell Fairweather #13 of Hillhouse leaps to tackle #7 Rashaun Finney of Ansonia.

Max Shumann of Xavier signals touchdown for the National Guard team.

Je’Vaughn Moore of Hillhouse leaps for the end zone behind Chris Golger #29 of Fairfield Prep. #71 is West Haven’s William Bennett.

Xavier coach Sean Marinan is proud of his three MVP’s, Max Tilki, Tim Boyle both of the National Guard and Kevin Dean of the Marines.

 

The winning National Guard team celebrates a hard fought 15-14 victory over the Marines.

 

   

 

 

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National Football Foundation Member Jess Dow

Inducted Into College Football Hall Of Fame

Jess Dow, the founder of the Southern Connecticut State football team, will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.  Dow will be honored this summer at the NFF induction ceremonies at the site of the future College Football Hall Of Fame  in Atlanta on August 28th.

Dow began Southern’s football program in 1947 at the New Haven State Teachers College and by 1949, in its third season, the school now known as Southern Connecticut State University became a powerhouse, outscoring opponents 228-46 and winning eight of nine games. Dow eventually became one of the winningest small college coaches of his era.

The Owls went 3-4-1 during the inaugural 1948 campaign, enjoyed 16 winning seasons over the next 17 years. His teams played UConn, beat Northeastern 32-6 in 1960 and lost to Temple in 1964. His best club was in 1959, a 9-0 season in which Southern outscored opponents 317-45.

Dow also coached basketball, baseball, track and golf while later serving as athletic director during a 28-year tenure at the school. He retired from coaching football in 1965, his career record an impressive 108-40-6.

He was also inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame and Southern’s current stadium is named in his honor.