Lori Riley has been a sportswriter at the Courant for 25 years, covering everything from high school sports to UConn women’s ...
January 24, 2015
STORRS — Mary Roickle's introduction to sports came at age 3. She couldn't play catch with her brothers, so she would hide next to the house and jump into the game.
January 17, 2015
HARTFORD — Juan Flores played squash at Trinity College and upon graduation went back home to El Salvador.
January 10, 2015
He was only 59 when he died on Christmas Day. But like the stray cats that he and his late wife, Lucy, liked to rescue, Dave Post had already used up many of his nine lives.
January 3, 2015
RIDGEFIELD — The weather forecast was not good when Tucker West came home for Christmas. Not good for making ice on a luge track, anyway.
December 20, 2014
WEST HARTFORD — It would be easy for Katie Roth to lose hope. To despair. To say "Why me?" Or even just "Why?"
December 13, 2014
Down on the field in the Yale Bowl, among the thousands of athletes taking part in the opening ceremonies of the 1995 World Special Olympics Games, a photographer saw a group of athletes, in African dress, raising disposable cameras to their eyes.
November 29, 2014
Tom Johnson was trying to remember, off the top of his head, how many scoring records Damika Martinez held at Platt High School in Meriden.
November 22, 2014
HARTFORD — Haley Rice was 14 years old when her father killed himself.
November 15, 2014
HARTFORD — Weaver High is undergoing renovation and appeared all but abandoned Wednesday afternoon, with the exception of the Doc Hurley Field House around back.
November 8, 2014
Phil Mitchell ran cross country and track at Glastonbury High. He never had to worry about getting running shoes.
November 1, 2014
When Hannah DeBalsi ran her first time trial as a freshman on the cross country team at Staples High in Westport, she led her teammates by quite a margin.
October 25, 2014
HARTFORD — The setting is elegant and theater-like, a large white room with a balcony running around the perimeter and a stage at one end. The floor is carpeted in red.
October 18, 2014
GLASTONBURY — Al Paulekas grew up in Farrell, Pa., as far west as you can go in Pennsylvania on Route 80 before you hit Ohio.
October 11, 2014
HARTFORD — Marj Sasiela is under hospice care. Back in January, it was not certain that she would be still be around now. She is 75 and the cancer that first attacked her in 1996 is back with a vengeance, wreaking havoc with her body.
October 4, 2014
HARTFORD — Charles "Chick" Miller is 70 years old. He is the second-oldest competitive rower in the Riverfront Recapture boathouse and was very much a part of the Riverfront Recapture masters rowing team that finished fifth at the U.S. Rowing Masters National Championships in late August.
September 27, 2014
In 1989, there were three races to qualify for the first International Triathlon Union World Championships. Karen Smyers did not do well in the first two.
May 17, 2014
He sang before he played basketball.
April 21, 2013
On Friday night, Bill Rodgers was in Roanoke, Va., getting ready to run a marathon relay with Frank Shorter Saturday.
December 22, 2012
She was 6 years old and she rode a pony named Peanut.
July 19, 2012
Most runners don't move from the United States to Croatia and become Olympic marathoners.
June 30, 2012
They were down a boat length quickly, right after the start of the race to determine who would go to the Olympics.
June 2, 2012
When Melissa Gonzalez first went to UConn, she was a soccer recruit.
December 10, 2011
The way Jon Caron sees it, his brother Greg wouldn't want a wheelchair ramp built at his house. Greg has never told him this, but they're twins. Jon knows. Greg would rather walk in the door under his own power.