AROUND THE HORN: Carini, Samaha Bowl tickets go on sale next Monday; Wallingford Little League slates special signup; CIAC establishes girls wrestling invitational

AROUND THE HORN: Carini, Samaha Bowl tickets go on sale next Monday; Wallingford Little League slates special signup; CIAC establishes girls wrestling invitational

WALLINGFORD — Tickets for the annual Samaha and Carini bowls between Lyman Hall and Sheehan will be on sale at both schools starting early next week.

Tickets for students will be on sale during lunch on Monday, Nov. 25. Tickets for all spectators will be on sale Tuesday, Nov. 28 during lunch from 10:30 to 12:30 p.m. as well as before the motorcade that starts at 5 p.m.

The Samaha Bowl powder puff game will be played at Lyman Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 2:30 p.m. The Carini Bowl football game is at Sheehan on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 28 at 10:30 a.m.

Advance tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Game-day tickets for both games are $10. There is no charge for kids ages 5 and under.

Wallingford LL slates signups

WALLINGFORD — The Wallingford Little League will hold its only in-person registration this Friday, Nov. 22 at Moses Y. Beach School from 6:30-8 p.m. 

The in-person session features $20 off the regular registration fee. All subsequent signups will be taken online starting Saturday, Nov. 23.

Wallingford Little League is open to boys and girls who live in Wallingford on the east side of Route 15 or attend Holy Trinity School or Heritage Baptist (including non-Wallingford residents).

Age divisions and registration fees are as follows:

Age 4: players born Sept. 1, 2015 to Aug. 31, 2016, $70 ($50 in person);

Ages 5-7: players born Sept. 1, 2012 to Aug. 31, 2015, $110 ($90 in person);

Ages 8-12: players born Sept. 1, 2007 to Aug. 31, 2012, $135 ($115 iin person).

Wallingford Little League also has a Challenger League for players ages 5 to adult. Entry fee is $45.

A birth certificate copy and proof of address are required for new players. The league does not turn away families facing financial hardships. For more information, visit

CIAC creating girls wrestling tourney

CHESHIRE — The CIAC announced Monday it will stage a girls wrestling invitational tournament in conjunction with the boys State Open this coming winter on Feb. 28-29 at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven. 

It is the first CIAC-organized event solely for female wrestlers.

Winners wil be crowned in 10 weight classes. The first-, third- and fifth-place matches will coincide with the same matches in the State Open competition. 

“The inaugural CIAC Girls Wrestling Invitational Tournament exemplifies the CIAC’s innovative approach toward empowering student-athletes through school-based sports,” CAS-CIAC Executive Director Glenn Lungarini stated. “We have every belief this will be a great showcase for talented student-athletes who are certainly deserving of this spotlight.”

Traditionally, girls have been permitted to compete on boys wrestling teams, and that will continue. Girls will also be able to wrestle in either the girls invitational or the boys tournaments. There will be no qualifying standards for the girls invitational. Any female may enter.

“There was tremendous enthusiasm to create this invitational with the members of the CIAC Wrestling Committee and there is great hope this will create even more excitement and growth for girls wrestling in the state,” said former Southington athletic director Bob Lehr, now a CIAC Executive Staff member and Wrestling Committee liaison.

According to National Federation of State High School Association figures, since 1994 the number of high school female wrestlers has risen nationally from 804 to 16,562. Thirteen states hold state wrestling championships for girls. 

According to the CIAC, the level of girls participation in wrestling in Connecticut has not yet reached the threshold where it can be sanctioned as an official CIAC Championship sport, but the invitational will join several other CIAC-organized events designed to provide a championship-level experience.