Craig Austrie eight years ago found himself at a familiar crossroad for college athletes. He had graduated from UConn, where he started his first game as a freshman for the basketball team and went on to a solid career. Doors for professional opportunities closed.
DARIEN — While their teammates spent the winter in indoor facilities and the last month traveling the area competing in 7 on 7 tournaments, the linemen on the Darien football team have been working behind the scenes going through the same regimen to get ready for the start of a new season.
STAMFORD — Gabby Laccona will never forget her collegiate softball debut. It came almost a year ago, during Ithaca College’s fall-ball season. Laccona was stunned when coach Deb Pallozzi announced the lineup. Laccona was playing shortstop and batting leadoff.
As others weighed in with advice on how to best navigate his future, Michael Collins was always firmly behind the wheel. After his freshman season Collins seemed primed to take over as the quarterback at the University of Pennsylvania.
NEW CANAAN — Somewhat overshadowed by a busy offseason of major Division I verbal commitments, David Summers, the strong-armed St. Joseph quarterback, joined the list in May when he announced his intention to continue his career at Maryland.