AROUND THE HORN: CIAC hockey finals open tonight at M&T Bank Arena; defending D-III baseball champs head north for home opener

HAMDEN — With the CIAC basketball championships in the books, attention turns to the high school hockey finals that will play this week at Quinnipiac University's M&T Bank Arena.

The three-game lineup opens Monday night with No. 1 Masuk and No. 3 Newington squaring off in Division III.

It continues Tuesday with No. 1 North Haven taking on No. 2 Woodstock in Division II and concludes Wednesday with No. 1 Notre Dame-West Haven facing No. 2 Fairfield Prep in an all-SCC Division I final on Wednesday.

All games start at 7 p.m.

The ND-Prep final is a rematch of the SCC championship game, which the Jesuits won in a 2-1 shootout after the teams tied 3-3.  The rivals also split their two regular-season games.

North Haven and Woodstock also met in the regular season, with the Nighthawks rolling 5-1 on Jan. 11.

ECSU baseball set for home debut

WILLIMANTIC — After a 10-1 southern trip to start the 2023 campaign, the defending NCAA Division III champion Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team opens its home season this week at Eastern Baseball Stadium.

The Warriors welcome New England College on Tuesday at 4 p.m. and Westfield State on Wednesday at 5 p.m.

This season’s ECSU lineup includes two Southington players, junior infielder Ryan Parent and junior outfielder Josh Cofrancesco, both of whom went to St. Paul. Parent is batting .333 and Cofrancesco .267. Parent has driven in 10 runs.

Sports Reunion meets Tuesday

MERIDEN — The Meriden Sports Reunion Committee meets Tuesday afternoon, March 21 at the Augusta Curtis Cultural Center at 4 p.m. Event chairman Patsy Papandrea calls on all committee members to attend.

This year's Meriden Sports Reunion, the 40th annual, is scheduled for Tuesday, April 18 at the Meriden Elks Club. Enrico Buccilli and Chris Bourdon are the Sportsmen of Distinction.

A new emcee makes his debut at this year's event: Tony Terzi, the former TV and radio broadcaster who is now Communications Director for the City of Meriden.

Tickets for the 2023 dinner are available at Alan's Cup'n Saucer and Hunter Golf Course Pro Shop.

They can also be purchased from committee members David Fahey, Ed Grady, Rick Dickson, Tom Wodatch, Scott Aresco, Peter Daniels, John Young, Ed Woronick, Terry Bongiovanni, Ric Suzio, Jason Nelson, Ray Mainville, Bob Hettrick, Eric Lopez, Greg Post and Patsy Papandrea.

Hunter women prep for season

MERIDEN — Registrations for the 2023 Hunter Women's Golf League are now being taken online at

The league features two divisions that both play on Tuesdays. There’s an 18-hole league during the day and a 9-hole circuit in the evening.

Some playing experience is recommended. Contact information is available on the league website.

TWIST scholarship is now available

WALLINGFORD — Applications for this year's Wallingford Soccer Club college scholarships are now available on Naviance and the league's website,

All high school seniors who have an affiliation to the Wallingford Soccer Club are eligible to apply. Submission deadline is April 1.

Gaylord gearing up for 'The Gauntlet'

WALLINGFORD — Registration is open for the 2023 Gaylord Gauntlet 5K Trail & Obstacle Run.

The 24-obstacle event is on the calendar for Saturday, June 24 on the Gaylord campus. Proceeds benefit the Gaylord Sports Association, Gaylord Hospital's adaptive sports program for adults with permanent physical disabilities or visual impairment.

Early registration is encouraged (entry fees increase monthly). For details, visit


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