TRUMBULL — It is hard to recall any squad that has gone unbeaten in FCIAC play this late into the season and received less notoriety than the St. Joseph volleyball team.
Articles by Dave Ruden
We have five male and five female finalists for the Athletic Gaines-Ruden Report Male and Female Player of the Week.
The votes will run until noon on Thursday. The winners will receive our Player of the Week T-shirts.
We have eight teams on the menu for the Athletic Gaines-Ruden Report Team of the Week vote.
Your finalists are: the Darien boys soccer, Greenwich football, Fairfield Warde volleyball, Staples swimming, Norwalk football, Fairfield Ludlowe field hockey, Trumbull boys soccer and Danbury girls soccer teams.
GREENWICH — The pregame speech prior to the Greenwich football team’s most important regular season game in recent memory was not delivered by its coach, John Marinelli, who relinquished the stage to a group that played for the Cardinals 10 years ago.
WESTPORT — With a roster replete with players who will end up with numerous individual postseason honors, including some who started the year with fuller resumes, no one on the Darien football team has received more glowing praise from coach Rob Trifone than Jack Joyce.
STAMFORD — Ali Essallamy was a forward growing up, but since joining the Stamford boys soccer team his primary responsibility has been preventing, not scoring, goals.
Despite a pretty balanced schedule, this so far has been a disappointing season because so few of the big games have lived up to expectations. This is the best week of the regular season, with four state playoff teams from a year ago going head to head and a fifth playing another contender.
For the first two years, the novelty of father coaching against son provided the primary storyline for what has become known as The Marinelli Bowl. That would have been the case even if father Lou’s New Canaan team had not been a heavy favorite against son John and Greenwich.
Just two weeks ago, Trumbull boys soccer coach Sebby Gangemi would have gone into tonight’s game against Wilton with slightly more confidence. The Warriors were 0-3-1 and looking like a side that could be taken down with a hearty effort.