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Super 100 All Star Game


The Casey O'Brien New Haven County Chapter had 17 players chosen to play in the 2017 Super 100 Classic All Star game played on Saturday June 24 at Veterans Memorial Stadium in New Britain. The game is presented by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association. In addition chapter coaches Jason Bruenn of Platt High School and Jeff Bevino of Foran High School were selected as head coaches and former Shelton Athletic Director Jim Benanto  was selected to receive the prestigious Larry McHugh Distinguished Service Award. Former Hand coach Steve Filippone was co chairman along with Len Corto the Athletic Director at New Britain High School. Amity's Colin Beaulieu was selected Offensive MVP for Team Nutmeg and Platt's Tylon Papallo was selected MVP for Team Constitution. The Coaches Awards were won by Danny James of Sheehan and Parker Rowley of Xavier. The game turned out to be exciting. After Team Constitution took a 27-0 halftime lead team Nutmeg rallied in the second half but fell short losing 27-22. Congratulations to all involved.

L-R Len Corto, Larry McHugh, Jim Benanto,

John Fontana and Steve Filippone

Two recent scholar athletes Pierce Klein of Foran (L)

and Colin Beaulieu of Amity

Hand's Kenny Ciotti carries the ball for Team Nutmeg

Brett Huber of Foran grabs a low pass

Tylon Papallo of Platt takes the ball away from the defender to score a touchdown

The crowd got their money's worth with a great comeback effort in the second half

Bobby Valeri (50) of Shelton blocks Niko Kvietkus of Xavier

Pierce Klein gets off a punt for Team Nutmeg

Notre Dame's Giovanni Blue (45) tracks down Hunter Cobb of Newtown

Shelton quarterback David Wells scores for Team Constitution

L-R Len Corto, Jeff Bevino, Jason Bruenn and Steve Filippone

Danny James (26) of Sheehan recovered two fumbles for team Nutmeg

Colin Beaulieu of Amity breaks free for a 39 yard touchdown

Jeff Bevino looks for a player to get in the game

Colin Beaulieu of Amity wins to Offensive MVP Award for Team Nutmeg

Tylon Pappalo of Platt wins the Offensive MVP Award for Team Constitution

Danny James of Sheehan won the Coaches Award for Team Nutmeg

Parker Rowley of Xavier won the Coaches Award for Team Constitution

Team Constitution celebrates their close win

Tom Marcucci and Joe DeCaprion came to support Notre Dame's Giovanni Blue

Steve Fillipone  with his former player Kenny Ciotti

Winning coach Jason Bruenn talks to a reporter after the game   

Constitution All-Stars Win 27-22 over Team Nutmeg

Box Score

Team Constitution 27,      Team Nutmeg 22

NUTMEG                                   0    0         7      15 —   22
CONSTITUTION                      7    20      0        0 —   27

First Quarter
C–Nate Shields 55 blocked punt return (Austin Stefano kick)

Second quarter
C–Tylon Papallo 6 pass from David Wells (Stefano kick)
C–Wells 8 run (Stefano kick)
C–Papallo 11 pass from Wells (kick failed)

Third quarter
N–Vance Upham 1 run (Joe Zoppi kick)

Fourth quarter
N–Collin Beaulieau 39 run (Anthony Jenkins run)
N–Jahkari Grant 8 run (Zoppi kick)



The Casey-O'Brien Chapter held our 57th Annual Scholar Athlete banquet at Fantasia  in North Haven on Friday March 31 before a audience of 315. This year we recognized another noteworthy groups of honorees including 27 outstanding young men for their outstanding achievements in the classroom, in the community and on the football field bringing the total over the years to over 1200. In addition awards were presented to 22 year official Michael Moran who received the Official Recognition Award and Reggie Lytle coach of Hillhouse, the Class M State Champions, with the Coach of the Year Award. In addition the Distinguished American Award was presented to retired legendary coach Frank Crisafi of East Haven and the Chapter Award of Merit was presented to Tom Marcucci of Notre Dame and Steve Filippone of Daniel Hand two long time coaches who both retired at the conclusion of the 2016 season. The three former coaches have won a combined 583 football games between them. State Championship awards were also presented to Class M champions Hillhouse and Class S champions Ansonia. 

Back in February the scholar athletes and their parents and coaches met at the Floyd Little Athletic Center to review information about the dinner  concerning tickets, ad's, scholarships, tuxedo's and to have their pictures taken to release to the media announcing their honor.

At the dinner the scholar athletes had their pictures taken in their tuxedos with their family members present and their coach. They then posed for a group photo before marching to the head table to the music of "Mister Touchdown". Several awards were presented before dinner and Northeast Region Coordinator of the National Football Foundation,  Howie Vandersea, told the audience of the latest developments  of our national organization. The scholar athletes were introduced by Dan Martin who asked each one a question about their high school years and future plans. Other awards were presented and $7500 in scholarships were awarded.




The Casey-O'Brien New Haven County Chapter will be honoring 27 scholar athletes who have excelled in the classroom and played the great game of football at the chapters 57th annual banquet on Friday March 31 at Fantasia 404 Washington Ave, North Haven. In addition other award winners include legendary coaches Frank Crisafi of East Haven, recipient of the Distinguished American Award Tom Marcucci  of Notre Dame and Steve Filippone of Daniel Hand winners of the Chapter Award of Merit who have won a combined 583 football games.  In addition Hillhouse coach Reggie Lytle will receive the Coach of the Year Award. The Academics won the Class M State Championship this past year and finished with a 12-1 record. The Official Recognition Award will be presented to Michael Moran a 22 year official who has officiated 5 CIAC playoff or championship games. Tickets cost $50 and can be purchased by calling Donna Limone at 203-481-8375.




Frank Crisafi

Tom Marcucci

Steve Filippone

Reggie Lytle

Michael Moran





Two former chapter scholar athletes recently finished their playing careers at Yale.

Peter Gerson (L) of Hand and Sebastian Little of Cheshire dressed for their last home game in Yale Bowl in the game against Princeton. Peter was a scholar athlete in 2013 and Sebastian in 2012. Well done guy's. Best wishes in your future activities.




At the chapters last fall meeting the Tuesday before Thanksgiving eight coaches vying for a spot in the state playoffs were invited to speak about their season and upcoming game's. A crowd of 65 members and guests attended at the Knights of St Patrick and were treated to an excellent prime rib dinner served by caterer Mark Lynch. Our Chaplin Rev Owen Sanderson gave the invocation. In addition to speaking each coach was interviewed by Erik Dobratz of WTNH 8. Speakers included Rich Boshea (West Haven), Jeff Roy (Shelton), Tom Marcucci (Notre Dame), Jason Bruenn (Platt), Tom Brockett (Ansonia), Don Drust (Cheshire), Tom Lennon (Seymour) and Reggie Lytle (Hillhouse). The always entertaining Ed McCarthy, retired coach of the West Haven Blue Devils, brought some levity to the night as our last speaker.



Chapter Chaplin the Reverend Owen Sanderson gave the Invocation.

Each side of the room was anxious to be served

Good conversation kept their mind off the meal for a few minutes

The Cheshire guys were very patient before getting the salad and pasta

Caterer Mark Lynch scoops up the ziti for the hungry members.

Kim Perrelli brings out the first tray of prime rib

And Kim's daughter follows close behind with the second tray

West Haven's Rich Boshea said his game against Prep wouldn't be easy

Shelton's Jeff Roy spoke about how tough the SCC D-1 schedule was week after week

Hillhouse coach Reggie Lytle talked about their always tough game against Cross

Tom Lennon (Seymour)talks about his upcoming game against rival Woodland

Cheshire's Don Drust tells Erik Dobratz they have to win a tough game against Southington to qualify

Tom Brockett of Ansonia tells Erik about their game with Naugatuck

Notre Dames Tom Marcucci say's if they beat Hamden they get in the playoffs

Jason Bruenn of Platt has a big game against Maloney on Thanksgiving

The always humorous Ed McCarthy kept the crowd in stitches to close the program



Our second fall meeting  for October brought out 40 members who were treated to an excellent program of speakers and the always delicious and abundant meal from Mark Lynch Caterers.  Thanks to the Knights of St Patrick for hosting us, for Fran our bartender hostess and to UNH coach Chris Pincince, CCSU Associate AD of Communications and Quinnipiac journalism professor Rich Hanley for giving informative and entertaining talks.

Can't beat the food

Getting ready to eat

Lots of stories at this table

Chris Pincince of UNH

Tom Pincince of CCSU

Rich Hanley of Quinnipiac




The first meeting of the season was held on September 22 at the Knights of St Patrick and 44 members attended. Speakers at the meeting included long time football official Bill Riccio who spoke about the recent rules changes, long time friend Peter Rossomando head coach at CCSU and John Pierson and Erik Dobratz from WTNH 8 who asked for interesting stories about members, players or people involved in our programs. Members were encouraged to contact John or Erik directly at WTNH. Kim Pirelli and Mark Lynch Caterers served another outstanding meal. The next two meetings will be on October 20 and November 22.



Board members Ed McCarthy and Kevin O'Brien welcome John Pierson of WTNH

Valley legends Paul Sponheimer and Tom Brockett talk about the season

George Waldron registers the crowd

John Sponheimer and Tony Sagnella talk a little football

Coaches Brandon McCormick of Creed, Career, Whitney, Ted Czepiga and Mike DeVito of Amity get together

Kim gets ready to bring out the porchetta

Posing are L-R Erik Dobratz, John Pierson, chapter president Bill O'Brien, Peter Rossomando and Bill Riccio

Don Nielsen, Pete Rossomando and Tony Mortali get ready to fill their plates

Bill Riccio speaks about the recent rule changes

CCSU coach Peter Rossomando talks about the Blue Devils season

Erik Dobratz of WTNH tells us he's looking for some interesting football stories

WTNH Sports Director John Pierson talked about how they cover our games




Chapter Chaplin the Reverend Sanderson has a full plate


Congratulations to our long time chapter member and coach Ed McCarthy for his induction into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in Louisville Kentucky last week. Coach McCarthy won a total of 332 games the most in the history of the State of Connecticut. In his 40 plus years he won seven state championships including four at West Haven and three at St Joseph's. Our chapter was there on October 25 2013 when he won his record breaking 322nd game and again when we recognized him on November 26, 2013 presenting him with a commemorative plaque celebrating his record.  Congratulations again coach we are proud of you.