It looks like we’ve turned the page of winter, so welcome to spring on the NVL Football Blog.
Everybody’s been complaining about this being a slow offseason, but what are we going to do? There hasn’t been that much going on around here, with only one head coaching change and not much news elsewhere. There are a few things worthy of updating, though, so here goes.
NVL Sends 17 to Senior All-Star Game
Seventeen players from the area were selected to play in the 2014 CHSCA Super-100 Senior All-Star Game this summer. The game will be Saturday, June 28, at 4:30 p.m. at Rentschler Field. Team Nutmeg will be led by Sheehan’s John Ferrazzi and Team Constitution will be led by Xavier’s Sean Marinan. Players tried out at a combine last month and were drafted last week. The 17 NVL players selected is up from 10 last year.
Six NVL players were selected among the top 30 in the draft. They included Ansonia’s Antone Mack (sixth), Naugatuck’s Ryne Griesenauer (11th), Woodland’s Levi Fancher (13th), St. Paul’s Logan Marchi (17th), Woodland’s Alik Bures (19th) and Crosby’s Myles Goulbourne (30th). The NVL players on each roster are below; you can see the full rosters here.
Team Nutmeg: Alik Bures (OL, Woodland), Levi Fancher (LB, Woodland), Richard Gatling (OL, Crosby), Ryne Griesenauer (WR, Naugatuck), Chris Herrera (LB, Crosby), Desmond Langs (WR, Torrington), Reid Morin (WR, St. Paul), Adam Santopietro (WR, Wolcott), Zach Sirowich (DL, Seymour), Chris Slavin (LB, Woodland), Curtis Wickline (OL, Holy Cross)
Team Constitution: Bryan Ballenilla (DL, Wilby), Myles Goulbourne (WR, Crosby), Antone Mack (OL, Ansonia), Jacob Thomas (DB, Wilby), Trai Weaver (WR, Holy Cross), Parris Wolfe (WR, Sacred Heart)
Northeast Football Showcase Set for May 10
Players interested in attending an upcoming collegiate showcase should check out the Northeast Football Showcase, which is coming up May 10 at Cheshire High. The event says it usually attracts more than 35 colleges and prep schools and will be run by a staff of Connecticut high school football coaches, including Hand’s Steve Filippone and Berlin’s John Capodice.
Check out the showcase’s website here for more information. Registration is $115 per player and the deadline is May 2. Each participant will receive a 3-5-minute video of his workout as well as information on recruiting to use for the future.
Valley Dodgeball Classic Registration
Kyle is among the organizers for the upcoming Valley Dodgeball Classic, which will be an all-day charity event May 31 at Woodland to benefit three organizations. The event is hoping to attract two dozen teams, including several high school football teams to square off against each other with the winning team getting special recognition right here. Anybody wishing to captain a team can visit the event’s official website here for registration information. The entry fee is $20 per player, and the deadline is still about a month off. A free lunch and T-shirt is included with participation. (Coaches are more than welcome to play, too.) Get in touch with Kyle if you have any questions.
NVL Summer Passing League
Naugatuck coach Craig Bruno is forming the first NVL passing league set to play this summer. The league will be open to all NVL teams (no word on whether other teams will be allowed in) and will run Tuesday nights in July and early August. It will be a traditional 7-on-7 style with weekly results and a playoff in the final week. Bruno also plans on holding the first NVL Invitational 7-on-7 tournament Saturday, Aug. 2. Fees for the events will be $225 for the league and $125 for the tournament. Everything will be held at the Veterans Field turf at Naugatuck High. Hopefully we get plenty of schools involved in this league, because we miss you during the summer and would really like to see you sooner than later.