Articles by Dave Ruden

The Ruden Report Podcast: Guest — Harvard Receiver Alex LaPolice

On this week’s episode of The Ruden Report Podcast we talk to Harvard receiver and return specialist Alex LaPolice, the former New Canaan star who is getting ready for his second full season after redshirting his freshman year after suffering an injury. LaPolice discusses his current team, his former team and his expectations for this fall.


After 3-Year Layoff, Danbury’s Shook To Spend Senior Year As UConn Cheerleader

She has sustained five concussions, broken both ankles a total of five times, as well as her right wrist and elbow.

So of course when she heard the University of Connecticut was holding cheerleading tryouts this past spring, Kennedy Shook figured it was time to come out of retirement after three years.


Commentary: In Relationship With Greenwich Football Team, McFadden Gives More Than He Gets

Ben McFadden and his parents fly to Seattle today, where the 10-year-old will get to spend several days with the Seahawks, his favorite NFL team, and attend Friday night’s preseason game against the Vikings. The trip was made possible through Make-A-Wish Connecticut, with the support of Splash Car Wash, which is based in Greenwich, the town where McFadden resides.





Commentary: Retirement Creates Big Void For Esposito — And Stamford Softball Team

One of the most senseless phone calls of my sportswriting career took place on June 7. It was the day before the Stamford softball team played Trumbull in the Class LL semifinal. I had known for weeks that Black Knights coach Tony Esposito planned to announce at the end of the season that he would be retiring, but was asked to keep the news a secret so he didn’t become the story and take the spotlight from his players.



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.


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.”