When Earl Johnson first arrived at Trinity Catholic in 1992, it did not take long for him to realize he wanted to leave and go back to school in Port Chester, where he was raised.
Mike Walsh has pondered retirement at the end of each season for about five years. It had become a running joke within his inner circle: no one really thought Walsh would walk away from his job as Trinity Catholic’s boys basketball coach for nearly four decades, in large part because he would have no way to fill the void.
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.
On this week’s episode of The Ruden Report Podcast, Mike DiMauro of the New London Day joins me to discuss the many things we dislike about the CIAC boys basketball playoff format.
Now that the CIAC’s one-year experiment with the new boys basketball state playoff format has been completed, we will give grades in the two main areas, philosophy and execution.
The FCIAC had no teams left after the quarterfinal round of the state boys basketball tournaments, which came as little surprise to most observers in what was both a strange and one of the least memorable seasons in league history.
Perhaps it was somewhat fitting that one of the most lackluster FCIAC boys basketball seasons came to an inglorious ending last night. With Danbury going down in a crushing overtime loss to Notre Dame-Fairfield in Division I, and Wilton and Stamford eliminated in Division II, there will be no representative in the semifinal round, let alone at Mohegan Sun, for just the second time since 2010.
TRUMBULL — It was The Bourne Identity, Supremacy, Ultimatum and Legacy, all rolled into one unforgettable 12-minute stretch that will be etched into part of Connecticut high school basketball lore.
DANBURY — After nine days off since their last game, including two postponements, the Danbury boys basketball team was anxious to return to the court for today’s second round Division I Tournament meeting with Trinity Catholic.
HAMDEN — As Andrew McClellan emerged from his locker room tonight, he nodded toward a nearly full bucket of ice water on the floor.