Awards season winds down this weekend with the announcement of the New Haven Register and Walter Camp All-State teams. Congratulations to all the NVL players honored. Following the announcement of these awards, we have a pretty good summary of everything that’s happened (and what’s happening) in the first month of this offseason.
New Haven Register First Team All-State
Andrew Matos, WR, Ansonia
Arkeel Newsome, RB, Ansonia
New Haven Register Second Team All-State
Tanner Kingsley, QB, Woodland
Mike Nicol, UT, Wolcott
Anthony Scirpo, WR, Woodland
New Haven Register Third Team All-State
Jeremy Clark, OL, Woodland
Jai’Quan McKnight, DB, Ansonia
Ryan O’Connor, DB, Ansonia
New Haven Register Honorable Mention All-State
Dan Bonney, DL, Seymour
Jason Bradley, QB, Naugatuck
David Coggins, WR, Sacred Heart
Eric Collodel, DL, Woodland
Hezekiah Duncan, LB, Ansonia
Daija Fitzpatrick, WR, St. Paul
Logan Marchi, QB, St. Paul
Dillon McMahon, DB, Derby
Zach McNutt, OL, Torrington
Reid Morin, WR, St. Paul
Mick Pernell, WR, Naugatuck
Matt Simon, OL, Ansonia
Zach Sirowich, DL, Seymour
George Smith, OL, Holy Cross
Jh’mel Trammell, DL, Ansonia
Walter Camp All-State
Andrew Matos, WR, Ansonia
Arkeel Newsome, RB, Ansonia
Mike Nicol, P, Wolcott
Newsome earned the Walter Camp Connecticut Player of the Year for the second season in a row. Ansonia coach Tom Brockett was a finalist for the Walter Camp Connecticut Coach of the Year, and the late Jack Hunt was honored with the Walter Camp Lifetime Achievement Award. See the full release, including the full all-state teams and awards, from the Walter Camp Foundation here.
More Awards: In other recent awards, Newsome earned MaxPreps All-American honors for the second year in a row, taking a spot with the junior second-team offense. Newsome, Matos, Jh’mel Trammell and Jai’Quan McKnight were also named earlier this month to the Hearst Connecticut Super 33 All-Star Team. Two of the Republican-American Red Zone’s postseason awards went to NVL players, as well. Nicol earned the Red Zone Player of the Year Award while Woodland’s Anthony Scirpo took the Red Zone Offensive Player of the Year Award. If you missed the All-Valley, CHSCA All-State or All-NVL teams, we’ve featured them in previous posts.
NVL Expansion: The NVL’s athletic directors met for nearly four hours last week with the sole purpose of discussing Oxford’s application for admission to the league. They did not take a vote, but they’re expected to do so at a second meeting Monday at Wilby. The NVL recently declined the Bridgeport public schools’ informal inquiry into potentially joining the league. There’s no telling how much will be decided at Monday’s meeting about Oxford, but if the NVL decides to add a 15th team the ADs will have to decide if and how they’ll change divisions and championship setups in each sport. Remember, football divisions are different than divisions in every other sport, so there’s an additional curveball. The upcoming NVL-SWC Challenge would not be disrupted by Oxford’s addition to the league because the Wolverines are scheduled to face Seymour and Derby in their matchups. Update (Tuesday, Jan. 15): Oxford administrators will pitch their application to NVL athletic directors Jan. 31 at Wolcott High, and a vote is scheduled for that day.
Coaching News: There’s not a ton of news to report on any of the three coaching searches in the NVL. Sources said last week that Naugatuck was prepared to interview four candidates — Bunnell head coach Craig Bruno, Woodland offensive coordinator Tim Phipps, Post offensive coordinator Steve Croce and Naugatuck interim coach Shawn Kuczenski — in the near future (I expect a hire by the end of the month, at the latest). I’ve heard conflicting stories on how many applied; some say 15 and others say 50. I’d be more likely to believe the number was closer to 50, even though the job was only posted internally and not on the CIAC website. Whomever gets the job will not only have high expectations to rebuild and sustain the success Naugatuck enjoyed regularly until the early 2000s, but he’ll also have a brand-new facility that will include a spacious weight room and a turf field. We have no news on Wilby (hopefully Gino Capuano gets the full-time gig because he deserves it) or Torrington, from which Dan Dunaj resigned last week.
Weightlifting Competition: We’re hearing that the NVL weightlifting championships will be March 2 at Seymour. Torrington is the defending league champion (although a repeat would probably be unlikely without Dunaj and his staff leading the crew) while Woodland returns three individual champions. We’re not sure yet if we’ll have a state competition this year (it was canceled last winter).
New Hall of Fame Classic: If you didn’t catch this, the summer all-star series will be changed this year. The New Haven-Fairfield Hall of Fame Classic and the Connecticut-Rhode Island Governor’s Cup have been scrapped in favor of one Hall of Fame Classic at Rentschler Field. The new plan is to select 110 players via combine workouts on March 24, then split the players into two teams via an April draft. Coaches for the teams were set to be selected this weekend. The game will be June 29 at 4:30 p.m.
Newsome’s Recruitment: The star running back, who will likely hold every meaningful state record for rushing and scoring by the time his senior season ends next December, has plenty of big-time schools on his radar (and vice versa). ESPN Boston’s Roger Brown recently wrote an update featuring all the schools interested (they include UConn, Boston College, Florida, Miami, Penn State, Pittsburgh, South Florida, Syracuse and others). Newsome has plenty of time to make a decision.
NVL Blog Awards: The last set of awards we’ll have coming are our very own. We’ll have both the All-NVL Blog Team and the NVL Blog Awards coming either late this month or in early Feburary. We know how excited you all are.
We hope you all had a very happy holiday season and are off to a healthy start in 2013. Go Bobcats!