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Commentary: Greenwich’s Gallagher Optimistic For Season With Uncertainty And Opportunity

The uneasy period is rapidly approaching for high school seniors, who are preparing to send out college applications in a process that will inevitably lead to one of the biggest decisions in their lives.

That pressure gets compounded for athletes — at least the ones who haven’t made early verbal commitments — aspiring to continue their careers for four more years. That leads to a variety of factors that get weighed and evaluated.

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New Canaan’s Bruno, Darien’s Fiore Travel Same Path To Remain Rivals

NEW CANAAN — Giana Bruno and Chrissie Fiore became rivals because of proximity, friends and teammates because of their shared talents, and will remain adversaries both due to that ability and the common mindset of taking the road less traveled.

“It’s fun having that two-sided relationship,” said Bruno, a two-sport star at New Canaan. “You step on the field and you’re enemies. We never smile at each other.”

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The Ruden Report Podcast: Guests — Greenwich’s Katie Gallagher & Maggie O’Gorman

On this week’s episode of The Ruden Report podcast we speak to two of Greenwich’s top female athletes: Katie Gallagher, captain of the girls soccer team, and Maggie O’Gorman, captain of the field hockey team and a standout on the girls lacrosse team.

Gallagher and O’Gorman are already getting started with their plans for the upcoming season. Gallagher hopes to play soccer in college, but is recovering from a broken back, while O’Gorman has already given a verbal commitment to play lacrosse at Dartmouth.

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Commentary: With FCIAC Title, Darien’s Barbour Ends High School Career Feeling Complete

Sophia Barbour is savoring the final days playing this summer with the Connecticut Angels travel softball team. There is one more tournament remaining, then she is taking a trip to Spain before beginning her freshman year at Penn State.

Barbour is uncertain about her future with the sport — it is possible her final competitive game is imminent. Barbour thinks she will play college club ball and, because of her age, would be eligible to play one more season with the Angels.

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Darien Linemen Get The Spotlight With Fourth Straight Berlin Challenge Title

Darien’s Mike Neary understands that offseason 7 on 7 is something of a microcosm for true football, except instead of the quarterbacks and wide receivers overshadowing the guards and tackles, the offensive linemen are nowhere to be found.

“The skill guys usually get all the glory, but it was a good chance for us to get some recognition for our hard work,” said Neary, referring to this past weekend’s Berlin Linemen Challenge, where players whose names are usually recognizable only with the aid of a program get their moment in the spotlight.

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Barlow Eager To Accept Larger Role On And Off Field For Ridgefield Girls Soccer Team

RIDGEFIELD — Ridgefield girls soccer coach Iain Golding deviated from past team history when he named Kathryn Barlow captain not long after a season in which the Tigers again won an FCIAC title and reached the Class LL championship game had ended.

That decision is usually made closer to informal summer workouts. But to wait, Golding knew, would be delaying the inevitable. With seven senior starters graduating, Barlow was an obvious choice, both because of her play on the field and her leadership off of it.