It is being literal to call 2017 a banner year for the FCIAC. It was one of the richest in terms of state titles for the conference, while league playoffs were closely contested in most sports.
FAIRFIELD — Patrice Tsopanides and Morgan Galdenzi have been best friends for the past 12 years, sharing all the common formative experiences. Perhaps the highlight was their time as high school cheerleaders on championships teams before graduating from Fairfield Ludlowe in 2015.
MIDDLETOWN – Sometimes the best move is to make no move at all.
That was Staples High School baseball coach Jack McFarland’s decision midway through today’s Class LL championship game against Amity.
It is a word no program likes to have as a tagline, but even the members of the Staples baseball team have conceded, prior to two weeks ago, the previous 14 months had been one of underachievement.
Last year there were injuries, this spring a slow start. The Wreckers opened a year ago as a state favorite and failed to qualify for their conference tournament. Two seasons, one postseason victory.
WATERBURY – The expected pitchers’ duel in Wednesday’s Class LL baseball semifinal between Staples and Ridgefield did eventually occur.
But not without an unexpected twist.
Welcome to the debut of The Ruden Report Podcast. As I wrote for the description here on the podcast homepage: The Ruden Report Podcast With Dave Ruden is your destination for in-depth interviews with Fairfield County’s top sports newsmakers and commentary provided by award-winning writer Dave Ruden, who has been covering the FCIAC for 33 years. Fans can listen to conversations with the players, coaches and the personalities who drive sports in the area.
WILTON — Six days after being voted his league’s player of the year, and a little over 24 hours after earning the state’s highest honor, Staples’ Ben Casparius put on a tour de force performance this afternoon as his own personal exclamation point.
Ben Casparius, whose arrival at Staples High School was trumpeted after his accomplishments at the youth level, was an early commit to the University of North Carolina and carried a long burden of living up to the high expectations, this morning was named the Gatorade Connecticut Baseball Player of the Year.
For the fourth episode of Sports & Scoops — our talk show over ice cream, a collaborative effort by my senior interns — Courtney and Lucie talk with Staples baseball star Chad Knight.