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The Postgame: Senators Gain Deserved Respect In Defeat

NORWALK — It was a cruel kind of irony, not one lost on A.J. Albano.

For the past two weeks, the Brien McMahon football coach has been forced to defend his team, first for not defeating an opponent deemed worthy enough of owning a perfect record, then for a bad loss in its first big game of the year.

On Friday night, one of the Senators’ proudest moments of the season came in defeat.

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Commentary: Abdul-Basir Perseveres, Carries Cadets Into First FCIAC Final

NORWALK — Mufasa Abdul-Basir paused while talking with the media Friday night, a reflective moment, before discussing an enemy that was initially more imposing than any 11 defenders ever could be.

St. Joseph’s star running back had — literally — helped carry his team to an exhausting 42-35 win over Brien McMahon. The outcome secured the Cadets’ first appearance in the FCIAC championship game, as well as a first-round home game in the CIAC Class M playoffs.

Abdul-Basir was asked which was more satisfying.

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Commentary: With Season On Line, Brackett and Wreckers Deliver

TRUMBULL — Her nickname, fittingly, is “Meelz On Wheelz.”

And with her high school volleyball career on the line Thursday night, Staples’ Amelia Brackett delivered.

She jumped a little higher, hit a little harder. And, when the ball on her final swing of the night could not be returned, Brackett and her teammates celebrated a little more joyously as the Wreckers finally solved their one nemesis of the season, defeating Greenwich, 3-1, in a hard-fought CIAC Class LL semifinal match, 25-22, 14-25, 25-20, 25-21, at Trumbull High School.