In “24”-Like Fashion, Staples Beats New Canaan, 6-5, On Ellinwood’s Home Run

NEW CANAAN — On a night when Jack Bauer made his return, Staples baseball coach Jack McFarland attempted a covert op of his own: giving highly touted freshman Ben Casparius his first start on the mound Monday against New Canaan, the defending state champion.

There was a method to the madness: with back to back wins over Ridgefield and Fairfield Ludlowe, respectively, on Friday and Saturday, McFarland felt he had enough currency to “see if I had another starter.”

There was also precedence. McFarland gave then soon-to-be-star David Speer, the ace during a time period when the Wreckers won three FCIAC titles in four years, his first start as a freshman on the same field.


Former NBA, Notre Dame Star Pat Garrity Now On Sideline With Local AAU Team

Looking to increase the growth of his High Rise Elite AAU program, Bobby Spezzano discovered he had an untapped local resource.

One that stands 6-9 and has 10 years of NBA experience on his resume: former Big East Player of the Year Pat Garrity.

“I met him once last year and I was introduced to Pat in late January because he lives in New Canaan,” Spezzano said. “I asked him if he was interested in coaching and gave him my number.”

Boys Lacrosse

Reed’s Overtime Goal Lifts Darien Boys Lacrosse Team To 11-10 Win Over New Canaan

DARIEN — A defensive struggle morphed into a brief shootout before settling into an evenly matched classic between two of the biggest rivals and best boys lacrosse programs in the region.

Not surprisingly, it took overtime to settle Saturday’s game between Darien and New Canaan and a spectacular goal to decide it.

John Reed converted a brilliant feed from Ian Burgoyne on a bang-bang play 59 seconds into the extra period to lift the Blue Wave to an emotional and hard-fought 11-10 home win to remain unbeaten.


St. Joseph Softball Team Shows It Can Also Win The Close Games With 3-0 Win Over Greenwich

TRUMBULL — After rolling over its first nine opponents in a dominant display, the St. Joseph softball team faced its first real test since opening day on Friday afternoon, against its toughest FCIAC opponent to date.

Locked in a scoreless game with Greenwich heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, the Cadets showed they are equally resilient in close contests.

Lauren Pitney’s RBI double staked St. Joseph to a 1-0 lead and Amy Chacho’s two-run double in the sixth lifted it to a 3-0 home victory.

Boys Lacrosse

Finneran’s 6 Points Lead Greenwich Boys Lacrosse Team To 11-8 Win Over New Canaan

GREENWICH — One of the few voids on Luke Finneran’s resume was never having beaten New Canaan in either of the two sports he played.

It remains to be seen whether Thursday was his last chance or not, but Finneran wasn’t taking any chances.

In an impressive display, the Greenwich attacker assisted on four successive goals in a span of 10:32 in the first half.

The Cardinals would add one more during a 5-0 run that opened up a 6-2 halftime lead and carried them to an 11-8 home win, avenging a defeat to New Canaan in last year’s FCIAC championship game.


Going Home Alone: Westhill Shortstop Ronnie Jackson Is Back From A Year Off To Care For Ailing Grandmother

Ronnie Jackson still works his wizardry at shortstop, making the exceptional look routine. Jackson’s hitting is not quite at the same level as his junior year for the Westhill baseball team, but he continues to spend extra hours in the batting cage after practice.

Jackson has to make up for a lot of lost time.

Jackson, a Division I prospect at the end of the 2012 season, missed almost the entire of what should have been his senior year at Westhill to go back for eight months to the Dominican Republic, where he lived until he was 14, to care by himself for his ailing grandmother.