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The Js Have It: Jeremiah Livingston, AJ Jerome Lead Westhill and Norwalk to Boys Basketball Final

FAIRFIELD — On Wednesday night at Fairfield Warde High School, the Js had it.

One J is easily recognizable, attracts crowds and did the expected, only in a more flamboyant style than usual.

The other J would be hard to pick out of a police lineup and did the unexpected.

And in the end, both the Westhill High School and Norwalk basketball teams will be playing for the FCIAC championship on Friday in large part because of Jeremiah Livingston and AJ Jerome.

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Darien 2, New Canaan 0: Blue Wave Reach FCIAC Final With 3rd Win This Year Over Arch-Rival

STAMFORD – When the buzzer sounded officially sealing Darien’s 2-0 boys hockey victory over New Canaan, Blue Wave coach Chris Gerwig watched his players pile onto goalie Will Massie in the type of celebration usually reserved for championship teams.

This was, after all, merely the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference semifinals. Any championship celebration can’t happen until Saturday night’s FCIAC final is over.

Premature, you ask? Don’t try telling that to anyone wearing the royal blue and white Wednesday at Terry Conners Rink.

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McElroy, Lawrence BlueStreak-Ruden Report Players Of The Week

Ed McElroy of the Trumbull boys basketball team and Rebecca Lawrence of the Ridgefield girls basketball team are this week’s BlueStreak-Ruden Report Players of the Week.

McElroy and Lawrence will each receive T-shirts and plaques from BlueStreak Sports Training.

McElroy scored 24 points as Trumbull defeated Stamford in overtime to reach the FCIAC Tournament semifinals for the first time since 1997.

Lawrence scored 8 of her 15 points in the final quarter and was named the most valuable player as Ridgefield defeated Greenwich to win its first FCIAC title since 1996.

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Analysis: FCIAC Boys Basketball Semifinals Replete With Storylines

FAIRFIELD — The way this season has played out, would anyone be totally surprised if we were preparing for an FCIAC Tournament boys semifinals with seeds 5-8?

Well, yes. It would have been a bit startling if No. 8 Danbury were still alive after top-seeded Westhill ran through the conference in the regular season. Yet the Hatters, who withered downtime stretch, were sitting within a basket with four minutes left before the Vikings ended the game scoring the final six points.

The 46-38 final turned out to be the second closest game of the day.

Otherwise, really, seeds were irrelevant. Ludlowe-Trumbull? Pick-em. Norwalk-Bassick? Pick-em. Trumbull-Stamford. The Pick-em-ist.

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Vote For The Ruden Report Team Of The Week

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

Your finalists are: the Ridgefield girls basketball, Norwalk boys basketball, Wilton boys basketball, Trumbull boys basketball, Wilton boys basketball, Darien girls hockey, St. Joseph boys hockey and New Canaan boys hockey 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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FCIAC Girls Basketball Final Video Highlights: Ridgefield 48, Greenwich 47

Girls Basketball Video Highlights: Greenwich 47, Warde 44

Boys Basketball Video Highlights: Westhill 61, Fairfield Ludlowe 38

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