Darien Jumps Up To Class LL As CIAC Football Divisions Announced

The CIAC announced its high school football playoff divisions today. Nineteen schools were affected, either moving up or down, but the only FCIAC school affected is, no pun intended, a big one.

Darien had made the jump for L to LL. That means no more of the Turkey Bowl rematches we have been treated to in recent seasons. The loser of that game will have to wait 12 months for revenge.

Other than the departures of Bassick and Harding, it is status quo. Thirteen of the league schools will play in LL, with two in L, one in M and one in S.

Boys Golf

Vote For The Arch FCIAC Golfer Of The Year

In a season where there was no clear-cut top golfer based on postseason results, Arch by Christopher LaPolice is allowing readers to answer the question: Who was No. 1.

Arch, a new line of men’s upscale golf shirts designed by LaPolice, the coach at Trinity Catholic, is sponsoring this vote for the FCIAC Golfer of the Year. The winner will get two shirts of his choice.

The finalists are: Jonathan Spicci of Ridgefield, the FCIAC Player of the Year; Max Theodoraskis of Danbury, who tied for second at the Division I state tournament; and Justin Clark of New Canaan, who was the medalist at the FCIAC championship and led the Rams to the FCIAC and Division II titles.

Boys Lacrosse

Video: Class M Boys Lacrosse Final Highlights: New Canaan 10, Hand 5

A long wait came to an end on Saturday morning as the New Canaan boys lacrosse team won its first state title in 12 years with a 10-5 win over Daniel Hand.

Justin Meichner set the tone by scoring the game’s first four goals. Hand never got closer than 7-4 the rest of the way, but Michael Kraus quickly scored to answer for the Rams.

New Canaan’s defense, even without star Frank Cognetta, was exceptional.


Leagues Announce FCIAC-SCC Baseball Challenge To Open 2016 Season

The Staples High School baseball team will not have to wait long to get another shot at Amity in a rematch of Saturday’s Class LL final.

After weeks of talks, on Monday an FCIAC-SCC Challenge was announced by the two leagues. The games will be played on April 8 and 9 to start the season.

“We’re the two best leagues and it worked out very well with the matchups,” said Al Carbone, the SCC’s commissioner.

Both leagues held a similar competition to open the last two football seasons, taking advantage of an extra week of games.


Pacioretty, Drury Headline Fairfield County Sports Hall Of Fame Inductee Class

New Canaan’s Max Pacioretty, a member of the Montreal Canadiens, and Trumbull’s Ted Drury, a nine-year NHL veteran, headline this year’s class of inductees into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame, which was announced today. They will be inducted into the Jackie Robinson Professional wing.

Joining them will be Westport’s Lisa Brummel and Bridgeport’s Lambert Shell into the James O’Rourke Amateur wing and Bridgeport’s Jack Kvancz and Greenwich’s Angela Tammaro into the Walter Kennedy Community Service wing.

The Hall of Fame, which is overseen by the Fairfield County Sports Commission, Inc., will honor the newly elected Hall of Famers with an induction ceremony at the Commission’s 11th annual Sports Night awards dinner, Monday, Oct. 19 at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich at 6 p.m. With the six new inductees, the Hall of Fame has now recognized 71 county sports legends.


Vote For The BlueStreak-Ruden Report Spring Male Player Of The Year

After a long list of memorable accomplishments over the past two months, it is time for you to decide who was the very best of the best. We have selected eight outstanding finalists for our BlueStreak-Ruden Report FCIAC Spring Male Player of the Year award.

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

Boys Lacrosse

Boys Lacrosse: Darien’s Win Over Ridgefield For 11th State Title Proof Some Traditions Endure

NORWALK — Jeff Brameier insisted late Saturday afternoon that his personal nadir ended up as the turning point for the Darien boys lacrosse team’s season.

Brameier has continually taken the blame for a 12-11 overtime loss to Greenwich in the penultimate game of the regular season, when the Cardinals overcame a two-goal deficit in the closing seconds.

Of course no one person — player or coach — can take the blame for that kind of collapse, but it helps the overall narrative to the final chapter of the Blue Wave’s season, a 6-5 win over Ridgefield for the Class L championship. It was the team’s second straight state title — and second straight year it had to defeat an opponent for a third time to do it — and ninth in the last 11 years.


Baseball: Staples’ Class LL Championship Bid Ends As Amity Rolls To 3-Peat

MIDDLETOWN — A sour feeling was how Staples’ Nate Panzer described it.

A storied Class LL tournament run ended a win short for the Wreckers, who dropped an 8-1 decision to Amity in the state championship game.

It was Amity’s third straight title.

“They shut us down offensively, and our pitching wasn’t really there today,” Panzer said. “We didn’t have our best game today but that doesn’t override the season we had.”