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The Ruden Report Is Going On A Brief Hiatus

Darien and New Canaan II. For the state football championship.

It doesn’t get much bigger in these parts.

And lets not forget St. Joseph-Ledyard, one of the most intriguing final matchups.

This weekend is like dessert for anyone that likes high school football. Including the media.

I guess it is safe to say I am being sent to bed without my dessert. Quite literally.

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The Ruden Report All-FCIAC Football Team

The media likes to kill the FCIAC for putting too many players on its All-Conference team. This year 40 were honored.

In trying to select my own Ruden Report team, the large number is understanding. There are tough cuts to be made. The league does not want to slight any deserving players.

Still, I decided to put together a team of just 25 players, including a utility player, kicker and punter. Just one player on my team was not voted All-FCIAC, and that was one of the most difficult choices.

Some caveats: I added a dozen players worthy of recognition, and even that was not enough, but at some point you have to draw a line. Some very good players were left on the cutting room floor. The NCAA Tournament has a 68-team field, and there are still arguments on some omissions.

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Girls Basketball 2014-15: A Tight Pack, Led By Wilton, Looks To End Danbury's Reign

As Wilton and Greenwich battled through an FCIAC Tournament semifinal game last February, more than one opposing coach in attendance expressed the same sentiment: this is going to be the championship next year.

With so many returning players on both sides, it would be hardly surprising if that turns into reality. Both teams are loaded and coming off of good seasons. Plus, the Gartner twins, who ended storied careers at Danbury that only seemed to last seven years because of their sustained level of excellence, have moved on after leading the Hatters to three straight championships.

But it would be most premature to ink in a Wilton-Greenwich rematch in the final. Both teams will have a maze of difficult opponents to get through.

In fact, the top of the league could be as tough as at any time in recent memory, with a number of teams capable of making title runs.

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The Blitz: And Still There Are 3; Darien, New Canaan, St. Joseph Eye State Titles

And still there are three.

The same three.

Is anyone surprised?

Darien, New Canaan and St. Joseph each advanced to state championship games on Saturday. The Blue Wave and the Rams will meet for the fourth time in 12 months, this time for the Class L-Large title as we finish up a year with a watered-down eight state championships.

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Vote For The BlueStreak-Ruden Report Football Player Of The Year

After a long list of memorable accomplishments over the past three months, it is time for you to decide who was the very best of the best. We have selected three outstanding finalists for the BlueStreak-Ruden Report FCIAC Football Player of the Year award presented by BlueStreak Sports Training and Rhone Apparel.

The finalists are: New Canaan’s Zach Allen, Darien’s Mark Evanchick and St. Joseph’s Lars Pedersen

The winner will receive a trophy from BlueStreak and a prize package from Rhone that includes the Durden 2.0 and Rail Splitter Henley shirts, and the Mahogany pants.

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