FCIAC

Giordano’s Career Change Leads Her Back To Stamford High School

STAMFORD — As with her playing days, Melissa Giordano appeared to be on the fast track to a job as a college softball coach. Giordano was an assistant at her alma mater, Marist, but at the end of last season felt a void.

“Coaching in college is a full-time thing and you have to make a big commitment if you want to make a career, and possibly a move,” Giordano said. “I didn’t want to do that. I wanted to get into teaching because I like working with kids, and wanted to be close to my family. I wanted a career where I could do both.”

Giordano’s road has taken her home again — to home plate, if you will — and her original alma mater and first love, Stamford High School.

One of the best players in Black Knights history, the former shortstop has filled in this year as a physical education teacher for a staff member on maternity leave. She served as an assistant for one of her former coaches, Mike Smeriglio, with the volleyball team in the fall. Now she is with her other, Tony Esposito, the school’s softball coach.

FCIAC

Vote For The Ruden Report Winter Team 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 five outstanding finalists for The Ruden Report FCIAC Winter Team of the Year award.

The winner will receive custom-made Team of the Year T-shirts in school colors from BlueStreak Sports Training and The Ruden Report.

FCIAC

Vote For The BlueStreak-Ruden Report Winter Male 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 seven outstanding finalists for our BlueStreak-Ruden Report FCIAC Winter Male Player of the Year award.

The winner will receive a trophy from BlueStreak Sports Training and hats and shirts from The Ruden Report.

Here are the finalists, who were all named to the All-FCIAC and All-State teams, and their accomplishments (based on information submitted by coaches).

FCIAC

Vote For The BlueStreak-Ruden Report Winter Female 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 seven outstanding finalists for our BlueStreak-Ruden Report FCIAC Winter Female Player of the Year award.

The winner will receive a trophy from BlueStreak Sports Training and and hats and shirts from The Ruden Report.

Here are the finalists, who were all named to the All-FCIAC and All-State teams, and their accomplishments (based on information submitted by coaches).

Boys Basketball

The Ruden Report Boys Basketball All-FCIAC Teams And Season Awards

Considering the boys basketball season opened with me lying in a hospital bed and was 20 percent over before I attended my first game, from a purely personal viewpoint I can say without equivocation the year got better as it went on.

I’m pretty certain the fans feel the same way.

It didn’t take long to find the rally cap, starting with the new calendar year at Stamford High School, which barely lost to Westhill. A theme was set.

Not surprisingly, the year ended with the Vikings involved in another close game, this time nearly 100 miles upstate at Mohegan Sun Arena, with their quest for a first state title ended on a missed shot at the buzzer.

FCIAC

5 Finalists For BlueStreak-Ruden Report Winter Team 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 four outstanding finalists for BlueStreak-Ruden Report FCIAC Winter Team of the Year award.

The winner will receive custom-made Team of the Year T-shirts in school colors from BlueStreak Sports Training and The Ruden Report.

FCIAC

7 Male And 7 Female Finalists For BlueStreak-Ruden Report Winter Players of the Year

After a long list of memorable accomplishments over the past two months, starting on Sunday morning it is time for you to decide who was the very best of the best. We have selected seven outstanding male and seven female finalists for the BlueStreak-Ruden Report FCIAC Winter Male and Female Player of the Year awards.

The winners will receive a trophy from BlueStreak Sports Training and hats and shirts from The Ruden Report.

The final fields were compiled after talking to and getting recommendations from a number of league coaches in each sport, as well as personal observations.