In many respects the most impressive aspects of the FCIAC basketball season were nowhere on the script back in December. The rise of Darien to contention. Unpredictable outcomes as compensation for a down year.
Dutriel Contavio had the biggest basket in Trinity Catholic’s Class S championship win over Westbrook Saturday afternoon.
A little later, away from the public eye, Contavio also had the most important assist for the team’s future. In a sense it was the start of the title defense, while the celebration was still on the upswing. It is the story of 10 minutes that pushed the needle for Mike Walsh, the Crusaders’ coach, as he went from admitted uncertainty whether to retire to nearly an all-out declaration that he will be back next December for his 39th season.
UNCASVILLE — As a 49-39 lead at the start of the fourth quarter dwindled down to a precious point with 2:24 remaining in today’s Class S Championship at Mohegan Sun Arena, the members of the Trinity Catholic boys basketball team, like those who have followed them in the postseason, were temporarily transformed to three weeks ago.
There is almost no common bond between the Trinity Catholic boys and Trumbull girls basketball teams, outside of the first letter in the school names and Jack Kelly, a teacher at the former and assistant coach at the latter.
FAIRFIELD — One by one, the seven seniors on the Wilton boys basketball team emerged tonight from the locker room at Fairfield Warde High School. Some were crying, some had tear-stained eyes, some were limping from injuries.
WILTON — Management at Orem’s Diner in Wilton was expecting a normal Monday night business and staffed accordingly yesterday, though truth be told it would have been unexpected to properly accommodate the rush that took place at 9 p.m.
WILTON — Could there be a more defining act for the Wilton boys basketball team this season than an unsung player making an overlooked play to help win a game?
WILTON — Depth was supposed to be one of the Wilton boys basketball team’s biggest assets this season, but that seemed like a lost commodity when midseason injuries to the Warriors’ two best players, Jack Williams and Matt Kronenberg, sapped them of an important advantage.
TRUMBULL — It had been 34 years since the Trumbull boys basketball team last had a 20-win season. Harold Jensen, part of the Villanova team that defeated Georgetown in perhaps the biggest upset in an NCAA Tournament final, was the Eagles’ star and they defeated New Canaan for the FCIAC title before one of the largest crowds in league history.
When Dane Street applied for Ridgefield High School’s athletic director opening a year ago, it was the opportunity at one of the state’s plum jobs. More fields, better facilities. The assets needed to allow teams to achieve success.