Apr 142014
 

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

Valley Dodgeball Classic logo 2014Kyle 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.

Mar 262014
 

We’ve gotten our hands on the 2014 NVL football schedules. Note that each team has a bye week built into its schedule, Week 6 will be the NVL-SWC Challenge and there is no NVL championship game. Here are the schedules.

Ansonia
Week 1: at Oxford
Week 2: vs. Derby
Week 3: at Wilby
Week 4: vs. Seymour
Week 5: at St. Paul
Week 6: at Newtown
Week 7: vs. Holy Cross
Week 8: vs. Wolcott
Week 9: at Woodland
Week 10: vs. Kennedy
Week 11: Bye
Thanksgiving: vs. Naugatuck

Crosby
Week 1: Bye
Week 2: at Wilby
Week 3: at Derby
Week 4: vs. Watertown
Week 5: at Oxford
Week 6: at Notre Dame-Fairfield
Week 7: vs. St. Paul
Week 8: at Naugatuck
Week 9: at Holy Cross
Week 10: vs. Sacred Heart
Week 11: vs. Torrington
Thanksgiving: vs. Kennedy

Derby
Week 1: at St. Paul
Week 2: at Ansonia
Week 3: vs. Crosby
Week 4: Bye
Week 5: at Torrington
Week 6: vs. Oxford
Week 7: at Kennedy
Week 8: vs. Seymour
Week 9: vs. Naugatuck
Week 10: at Wolcott
Week 11: vs. Woodland
Thanksgiving: at Shelton

Holy Cross
Week 1: vs. Wilby
Week 2: at Sacred Heart
Week 3: at Naugatuck
Week 4: vs. Oxford
Week 5: vs. Kennedy
Week 6: vs. Pomperaug
Week 7: at Ansonia
Week 8: at Watertown
Week 9: vs. Crosby
Week 10: at Woodland
Week 11: Bye
Thanksgiving: vs. Wolcott

Kennedy
Week 1: vs. Sacred Heart
Week 2: at Oxford
Week 3: at Watertown
Week 4: vs. Naugatuck
Week 5: at Holy Cross
Week 6: vs. New Milford
Week 7: vs. Derby
Week 8: Bye
Week 9: vs. Wilby
Week 10: at Ansonia
Week 11: Bye
Thanksgiving: at Crosby

Naugatuck
Week 1: vs. Torrington
Week 2: Bye
Week 3: vs. Holy Cross
Week 4: at Kennedy
Week 5: at Wolcott
Week 6: at Joel Barlow
Week 7: vs. Woodland
Week 8: vs. Crosby
Week 9: at Derby
Week 10: at Watertown
Week 11: vs. St. Paul
Thanksgiving: at Ansonia

Oxford
Week 1: vs. Ansonia
Week 2: vs. Kennedy
Week 3: at Torrington
Week 4: at Holy Cross
Week 5: vs. Crosby
Week 6: at Derby
Week 7: Bye
Week 8: at Sacred Heart
Week 9: vs. Wolcott
Week 10: at Seymour
Week 11: at Wilby
Thanksgiving: vs. St. Paul

Seymour
Week 1: vs. Amity
Week 2: vs. St. Paul
Week 3: Bye
Week 4: at Ansonia
Week 5: at Wilby
Week 6: vs. Bethel
Week 7: vs. Sacred Heart
Week 8: at Derby
Week 9: vs. Torrington
Week 10: vs. Oxford
Week 11: at Watertown
Thanksgiving: at Woodland

Sacred Heart
Week 1: at Kennedy
Week 2: vs. Holy Cross
Week 3: at St. Paul
Week 4: vs. Torrington
Week 5: vs. Watertown
Week 6: at Brookfield
Week 7: at Seymour
Week 8: vs. Oxford
Week 9: Bye
Week 10: at Crosby
Week 11: vs. Wolcott
Thanksgiving: vs. Wilby

St. Paul
Week 1: vs. Derby
Week 2: at Seymour
Week 3: vs. Sacred Heart
Week 4: at Woodland
Week 5: vs. Ansonia
Week 6: Bye
Week 7: at Crosby
Week 8: at Torrington
Week 9: vs. Watertown
Week 10: vs. Wilby
Week 11: at Naugatuck
Thanksgiving: at Oxford

Torrington
Week 1: at Naugatuck
Week 2: vs. Woodland
Week 3: vs. Oxford
Week 4: at Sacred Heart
Week 5: vs. Derby
Week 6: at Bunnell
Week 7: at Wolcott
Week 8: vs. St. Paul
Week 9: at Seymour
Week 10: Bye
Week 11: at Crosby
Week 12: vs. Watertown

Watertown
Week 1: vs. Woodland
Week 2: at Wolcott
Week 3: vs. Kennedy
Week 4: at Crosby
Week 5: at Sacred Heart
Week 6: vs. Stratford
Week 7: Bye
Week 8: vs. Holy Cross
Week 9: at St. Paul
Week 10: vs. Naugatuck
Week 11: vs. Seymour
Thanksgiving: at Torrington

Wilby
Week 1: at Holy Cross
Week 2: vs. Crosby
Week 3: vs. Ansonia
Week 4: at Wolcott
Week 5: vs. Seymour
Week 6: at New Fairfield
Week 7: Bye
Week 8: vs. Woodland
Week 9: at Kennedy
Week 10: at St. Paul
Week 11: vs. Oxford
Thanksgiving: at Sacred Heart

Wolcott
Week 1: Bye
Week 2: vs. Watertown
Week 3: at Woodland
Week 4: vs. Wilby
Week 5: vs. Naugatuck
Week 6: at Masuk
Week 7: vs. Torrington
Week 8: at Ansonia
Week 9: at Oxford
Week 10: vs. Derby
Week 11: at Sacred Heart
Thanksgiving: at Holy Cross

Woodland
Week 1: at Watertown
Week 2: at Torrington
Week 3: vs. Wolcott
Week 4: vs. St. Paul
Week 5: Bye
Week 6: vs. Weston
Week 7: at Naugatuck
Week 8: at Wilby
Week 9: vs. Ansonia
Week 10: vs. Holy Cross
Week 11: at Derby
Thanksgiving: vs. Seymour

Mar 132014
 

We are writing this hoping that our community can somehow help a local family reach its goal to help Joe Deptula Sr. battle Bulpar Palsy, a form of ALS.

Joe has been involved in NVL football as a coach and has been a fan of the blog for years.  Many of you know him.  We would like to spread the word and let you know that there is an online fundraiser.

I know a few of us have already donated and we are hoping more can help.  The original goal has been surpassed.  However, we need to help get to $60,000, which  is the minimum to conduct the necessary research for Mr. Deptula.

We are praying for Joe and family and are hopeful that both he and his family can overcome this hardship.

For more about Joe and information on how to donate, please visit his GoFundMe page.  Thank you.

 

Mar 132014
 
Luigi Velardi. (Credit: Post)

Luigi Velardi. (Credit: Post)

Watertown athletic director Roberto Medic confirmed Thursday morning that the Indians have selected longtime area assistant coach Luigi Velardi as their new head football coach.

It took Watertown about three weeks from the close of applications Feb. 21 until making the choice on Wednesday. There’s no word yet on how many total applicants the job attracted or how many finalists interviewed. Velardi succeeds Mike Veronneau, who went 10-28 in four years at Watertown’s helm.

Velardi was most recently the offensive line coach at Post University under Mike Mannetti. According to his Post bio, Velardi has nearly two decades of coaching experience. His high school tenures include stints as assistant at Watertown (last from 2011-12) and Pomperaug (last in 2009). He reached three state finals as an assistant, including one victory.

The Watertown football community appears to have pushed for Velardi to get the job. A letter to the editor from Indians supporters appeared in the Town Times on March 6 that clearly favored Velardi to become coach. Making a hire in unison with the community is certainly a good start for Watertown.

We will be chatting with Medic and hopefully Velardi later today and will update our post with thoughts from them.

Mar 022014
 
The 2014 All-NVL weightlifting team consists of athletes who won an event and/or a weight class Saturday at Seymour. Front row (left to right): Josh Collet (Woodland), Levi Fancher (Woodland), Julian Falcioni (Seymour), Zack Sirowich (Seymour). Back row (left to right): Kobe Covington (Torrington), Richard Gatling (Crosby), Bryan Ballenilla (Wilby), Jacob Thomas (Wilby), Malik Allen (Wilby), Adam Santopietro (Wolcott). (Credit: Kyle Brennan.)

The 2014 All-NVL weightlifting team consists of athletes who won an event and/or a weight class Saturday at Seymour. Front row (left to right): Josh Collet (Woodland), Levi Fancher (Woodland), Julian Falcioni (Seymour), Zack Sirowich (Seymour). Back row (left to right): Kobe Covington (Torrington), Richard Gatling (Crosby), Bryan Ballenilla (Wilby), Jacob Thomas (Wilby), Malik Allen (Wilby), Adam Santopietro (Wolcott). (Credit: Kyle Brennan.)

Seymour knocked off defending champion Woodland by 70 pounds Saturday to take the 2014 NVL weightlifting championship. Here are the results:

Team totals: 1. Seymour 11,835; 2. Woodland 11,765; 3. Crosby 11,420; 4. Wolcott 11,110; 5. Torrington 10,970; 6. Holy Cross 10,755; 7. Ansonia 10,620; 8. Wilby 10,050; 9. Naugatuck 9,980; 10. St. Paul 9,355; 11. Kennedy 3,510; 12. Derby 2,855.

Under 160: Squat- 1. Jacob Thomas (Wil) 375; 2. Adam Santopietro (Wol) 345; 3. Chris Abate (Sey) 335. Bench- 1. Jacob Thomas (Wil) 280; 2. Adam Santopietro (Wol) 275; 3. Freddy Sanchez (N) 270. Power clean- 1. Adam Santopietro (Wol) 245; 2. Chris Abate (Sey) 230; 3. Jacob Thomas (Wil) 215. Overall- Jacob Thomas (Wil) 870.

161-180: Squat- 1. Malik Allen (Wil) 405; 2. Julian Falcioni (Sey) 400; 3. Joey Salemme (Sey) 395.5. Bench- 1. Julian Falcioni (Sey) 275; 2. Joey Salemme (Sey) 255; 2. Phil Lebel (Wol) 255. Power clean- 1. Julian Falcioni (Sey) 295; 2. Joey Salemme (Sey) 260; 3. Jeroderick Richardson (C) 255.5. Overall- Julian Falcioni (Sey) 970.

181-200: Squat- 1. Josh Collet (Wood) 420; 2. Breonte Nealy (HC) 390; 3. Tyler Johnson (Wol) 385. Bench- 1. Josh Collet (Wood) 290; 2. Drew Bialoglowy (HC) 280.5; 3. Andy Sanchez (D) 280. Power clean- 1. Josh Collet (Wood) 270; 2. Christian Thurmond (Sey) 265; 3. Dan Hink (Sey) 245. Overall- Josh Collet (Wood) 980.

201-220: Squat- 1. Levi Fancher (Wood) 455; 2. Chris Slavin (Wood) 420; 3. Tyler O’Connell (A) 405.5. Bench- 1. Bryan Ballenilla (Wil) 320; 2. Chris Slavin (Wood) 300.5; 3. Levi Fancher (Wood) 300.5. Power clean- 1. Levi Fancher (Wood) 290; 2. Bryan Ballenilla (Wil) 265; 3. Chris Slavin (Wood) 255. Overall- Levi Fancher (Wood) 1,045.

Over 220: Squat- 1. Kobe Covington (T) 495; 2. Gerron Pendarvis (HC) 485; 3. Arlind Isaku (HC) 465. Bench- 1. Richard Gatling (C) 330; 2. Gregory Thompson (Wil) 315; 3. Will Paul (N) 305. Power clean- 1. Zack Sirowich (Sey) 285; 2. Kobe Covington (T) 265; 3. Gerron Pendarvis (HC) 255.5. Overall- Kobe Covington (T) 1,035.

Woodland’s Levi Fancher was chosen the meet’s Most Valuable Lifter by coaches. Sacred Heart and Watertown were the only NVL teams that did not participate, giving the competition one of its best turnouts ever. Kudos to the Seymour coaching staff for running another efficient event.


Since it’s been a while, we’ve got some updates for you on a variety of fronts. Here goes.

Watertown nearing new coach: When Watertown athletic director Roberto Medic announced the coaching vacancy at his school earlier this year, he said he would strive to have a coach in place by early March. We’re here, and we’re told that the school is in the interview stage. We don’t have an official list of candidates, but we can tell you that Joe Begnal Jr. is not among them (as he was named by a commenter in an earlier thread). He let us know Saturday that he did not apply for the job. We assume the Indians will have a new coach selected within the next week or so.

Eight state champs on the way: Y’all know this by now, but the CIAC football committee decided to go with eight state champions in 2014 as a temporary fix toward a new postseason system that should begin in 2015. (Read a little more here.) The four-division qualification system as it is now will stand, but after the 32 qualifiers make the field they will be split up by enrollment. (For example, the eight Class LL qualifiers will be grouped into the four largest enrollments and the four smallest enrollments, then reseeded by their points standing.) The alternative was naming co-champions in four classes. Wolcott principal Joe Monroe told us Saturday that the committee will reconvene in April to begin looking at a permanent fix for 2015 and beyond, and apparently just about everything will be on the table.

Wilby’s Cook admitted to West Point: We would be remiss if we didn’t send our congratulations to Wilby’s Darren Cook, a two-time Wildcats captain who was recently admitted into the United States Military Academy. (Read more here.) That’s a terrific achievement, especially for a city kid, and we wish Darren the best of luck.

Still no schedule ready: Quite a few head coaches asked Saturday about the status of Sacred Heart’s football program, and we have no answers beyond the fact that a co-op with Kaynor Tech is apparently not in the cards. We hear that the interest at Kaynor was too high to fall under the CIAC’s co-op rules. We don’t know when a decision will be made regarding the Hearts, but that appears to be the only thing preventing 2014 schedules from being made.

St. Paul’s Marchi headed to prep school: WFSB’s John Holt reported Friday on Twitter that former St. Paul quarterback Logan Marchi has decided to attend East Coast Prep in Great Barrington, Mass., next fall. This all comes after UConn pulled its scholarship offer last month and Marchi declined to take other NCAA opportunities.

NVL summer passing league: Naugatuck coach Craig Bruno announced Saturday that he plans on 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.

Event Flyer FinalThe Valley Dodgeball Classic: I’m helping to organize a pretty huge charity dodgeball tournament on May 31 at Woodland. We’ll have some more details on it soon, but it would be pretty sweet to have a bunch of NVL football teams represented in the tournament. (And, since a coach already asked me, the event is for folks of all ages. We’d love to see the Seymour and Woodland staffs duke it out.) Talk about bragging rights. Here’s the Facebook event; we’ll have a whole post about it as we get closer to the date.

The Saturday Evening Post on Thanksgiving: Amid some of the bad feelings about Thanksgiving football presented in the comments of previous threads, I received a string of texts from Woodland assistant coach Tim Phipps telling me his feelings on the day. In my experience around here, there aren’t many guys who love Thanksgiving football more than Phipps. One point struck more than others: “It is not a consolation prize; it is your regular-season prize. Before there were playoffs there was Thanksgiving, and there will always be Thanksgiving. I feel it is what makes Connecticut football special and what needs to remain in tact.” He then pointed me toward a 1928 Thanksgiving cover in the Saturday Evening Post, a cover he says hangs in his living room at home. I searched for the image and found that it was illustrated by JC Leyendecker in a string of Thanksgiving-related covers. There’s a little history about it here, but we’ll just end this post with the illustration.

saturday evening post thanksgiving