Fairfield County Sports Commission’s Growth Evident By 10th Class Of Sports Persons Of Year

The Fairfield County Sports Commission has named its 2014 Sports Persons of the Year, marking a special 10-year milestone for not only the award, but also the existence of the re-launched organization.

What started out at first as an economic-centered entity, according to Executive Director Tom Chiappetta, then independently launched as a 501c3 educational organization in 2005. Some of their highlighted work has included involvement in the University of Connecticut basketball games held in Bridgeport, the NCAA hockey tournament in Bridgeport, and the MAAC basketball tournament in Fairfield.

However, one of their ideas that has turned into a longstanding tradition was the idea of a Hall of Fame dinner, which from there has grown into honoring the Hall of Famers, other special awards and, of course, the Sports Persons of the Year.


Case Named New Athletic Director At Westhill

Brendan Case, the athletic director at St. Bernard in Uncasville, was hired to take over the same position at Westhill. The announcement came on Thursday morning from Camille Figluizzi, the principal at Westhill.

Case takes over for Mike King, who was at Westhill for 17 years, the last 12 as athletic director. He left last month to become the new AD at Trumbull.

“Everything that I’ve heard about him from people who have worked with him, I think he will take Westhill to the next level athletically,” Figluizzi said.
Case is the second new athletic director in the FCIAC hired this week. Doug Marchetti was named to the position at Norwalk High School on Tuesday.


Stamford Summer Baseball Report: Babe Ruth Revives Middle School Program

Stamford’s Middle School Baseball League was crumbling, and it was easy to see as teams began to lose interest and drop out from playing. For a sport that is considered a city-wide tradition, the future looked shaky for the younger generation who were losing key developmental years before heading on to high school.

This changed in 2011 once Stamford Babe Ruth took over the program from the Stamford Youth Foundation, in cooperation with the Stamford Public School System, and has since put middle school baseball back on the map for the town.

According to program commissioners Tom McIntosh and Chris Kuczo, once spring of 2011 rolled around, schools included Trinity Catholic Middle School and Trailblazers Academy, and many were brought back to the league. The goal to have all seven middle schools enrolled was met.


A Great Stamford Senior Legion Season Ends Just Short In State Tournament

STAMFORD—If there’s one thing that everyone can agree on about this summer’s Stamford Senior Legion team, it is that it was made up of one pretty special group of players. Despite the season-ending loss earlier in the week, they had much to be proud of, including an impressive state tournament run, a winning non-zone record and, of course, a second-straight Zone 4 regular-season title.

“Just with the roster and the kids in general, I had a group of kids that wanted to be there and be out there every day giving 110 percent,” Coach Kevin Murray said.

Murray certainly had a lot of talent to choose from throughout the course of the season. Even when injuries plagued some of his top players, notably early on with reigning FCIAC Player of the Year Randy Polonia, there was always someone to step up and fill in without a hitch.

“I had full confidence in the roster,” Murray said. “Even if we didn’t play our best game, we would find a way to win it seemed like.”