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Killings, Cicchetti BlueStreak-Ruden Report Players Of The Week

T.J. Killings of the Harding boys basketball team and Sarah Cicchetti of the Greenwich girls track team are this week’s BlueStreak-Ruden Report Players of the Week.

Killings and Cicchetti will each receive T-shirts and plaques from BlueStreak Sports Training.

Killings had 21 points and 6 steals in a win over New Canaan, and 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a win over Staples.

Cicchetti won the shot put at the SCC Coaches Invitational with a school-record throw of 39-6, nearly four feet better than the second-place finisher.

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Boys Basketball Midseason Report: Race For Consistency Holds Key To FCIAC Title

Because I missed the first three weeks of the season following surgery, I never got to write a boys basketball preview.

If I had, the biggest storyline would have been the outflow of talent from the league to private schools, including many players that likely would have earned All-FCIAC first- and second-team honors.

While none of the players were major talents — save for Norwalk’s Steve Enoch, and if the Bears want to look at the glass as half-full, he was just a third team pick a year ago — they would have made an impact in a season that can best be described as average parity.

Several coaches have expressed concern about the short-term state of the league. We will have to see if this year’s transfers was the start of a trend or aberration. Likewise, the league taking a step back as whole is viewed here as something cyclical until proved otherwise.

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Vote For The Ruden Report Team Of The Week

We have eight teams on the menu this week for The Ruden Report FCIAC Team of the Week vote.

Your finalists are: the Greenwich girls basketball, Fairfield Ludlowe boys basketball, Wilton gymnastics, Westhill boys hockey, New Canaan girls hockey, Stamford boys basketball, Ridgefield boys basketball and Danbury boys basketball teams.

The winning team will get our T shirts, courtesy of our sponsors: BlueStreak Sports Training, Karl Chevrolet, Innovative Health and Rehabilitation, Chicken Joe’s of New Canaan, Zody’s 19th Hole, New Balance of New Canaan, The CT Center for Advanced ENT Care, Ozone Fitness Center, Bankwell, Coastal Orthopaedics, Hoyt Livery, National Scouting Report, North Yellow Jackets Lacrosse, Splash Car Wash, Rhone Apparel, Darien Orthodontics, Sono Field House, MJ Cognetta Electrical, CT Grizzlies Girls Lacrosse Club and Resource Management Group.

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Record 10 Schools Entered In The Ruden Report's Rhone Fan Showdown

The schools, which will be competing in a two-part contest for a prize of $500 for the winner’s athletic department, are: Danbury, Darien, Norwalk, Ridgefield, St. Joseph, Stamford, Staples, Trumbull, Westhill and Wilton.

Ridgefield’s Tiger’s Lair is the two-time defending champion; Darien’s Blue Wave Superfans was the runner-up a year ago. Westhill’s Purple Pack won the very first year.

The Showdown will kick off on Sunday, Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. with the voting portion of the competition. Running until noon on Wednesday, Feb. 4, the schools will compete to see which can get the most votes. The team that wins the vote will receive 5 points. Second place is worth 4 points, third place is worth 3 points, fourth place is worth 2 points and fifth place gets 1 point.

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Westhill 72, Wilton 67: Vikings Show Poise Down Stretch To Remain Unbeaten In League Play

WILTON – If Yogi Berra was at Thursday’s Westhill-Wilton boys basketball game, he probably would’ve shouted “it’s déjà vu all over again” as the fourth quarter was unfolding.

But the Yankees Hall of Famer, like a lot of people, probably would not be aware that there is something different about this season’s Westhill team. Now a close game late against a tough opponent no longer translates into a disappointing loss for the Vikings.

So, how come?

“Because now,” Westhill coach Howard White said, “they’re seniors.”

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After 18 Seasons And 8 Postseason Titles, Albonizio Resigns As Greenwich's Football Coach

Following a season in which his team failed to qualify for the state playoffs for the sixth time in seven years, Rich Albonizio resigned Thursday morning as the football coach at Greenwich High School.

Albonizio, who has been a head coach at three schools for 36 years, the last 18 with the Cardinals, informed his players at a meeting after school on Thursday.

“It’s the best thing for the program,” Albonizio said prior to talking to the team. “I think it is time for new blood, time for someone who can put some new life into the program. It’s slipped a little bit.”

Albonizio’s tenure at Greenwich went from an extreme high to what would be considered a low in one of the state’s most demanding towns.

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