Boys Basketball

Westhill’s Skoparantzos Takes Life — And Camp Award — In Stride

STAMFORD — When Evan Skoparantzos was honored by the Walter Camp Foundation earlier this month it was a huge honor, even if the Westhill senior is still somewhat surprised that others find his story noteworthy.

“Basically I’m no different than anyone else,” Skoparantzos said. “I want to be seen as an everyday person.”

That may be true now, but few have endured what Skoparantzos went through, even if his memory remains vague.

Boys Basketball

Second-Chance Points: Playing 5 Questions

We are nearly at the midway point of the boys basketball season, and there is an analysis on the way where I will hand out my midseason awards.

To show the kind of year it has been, I emailed all league coaches to get their feedback for the All-FCIAC Team, Player of the Year and Coach of the Year to date. I’ve heard back so far from six coaches, who have come up with 11 different choices for All-FCIAC and three each for the best player and coach.

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Wolf, Cassidy BlueStreak-Ruden Report Players Of The Week

Alex Wolf of the Greenwich boys basketball team and Georgia Cassidy of the Darien girls hockey team are this week’s BlueStreak-Ruden Report FCIAC Players of the Week, presented by Chicken Joe’s.

Wolf and Cassidy will each receive T-shirts and plaques from BlueStreak Sports Training and $25 gift certificates from Chicken Joe’s in New Canaan.

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Poll: Who Is The FCIAC Boys Basketball Midseason MVP?

The FCIAC boys basketball season reaches the midway point this week, and work has started on an analysis of events to date, including a midseason All-FCIAC Team, Coach of the Year and Player of the Year.

In this season of parity, it is not surprising that feedback from six coaches thus far has yielded three different names for the best player.

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Commentary: Even On Off Night, Hilltoppers Find A Way To Win

RIDGEFIELD — Bridgeport Central boys basketball coach Barry McLeod was lamenting prior to Friday night’s game at Ridgefield the steady diet of zone defenses his team has been seeing.

It was a complaint lodged by McLeod’s star point guard, Tyler Ancrum, after the Hilltoppers needed two big defensive stops in the final minute to overcome poor foul shooting and come away with a hard-fought 66-62 win.

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Second-Chance Points: Sizing Up An Unpredictable League

The midpoint of the boys basketball season is just six days away — didn’t we just get started? — and we are starting to see a little settling of which teams are favorites, contenders and spoilers.

Right now I’d say there are four teams you can write off and three more that are hanging by a thread.

One of them, St. Joseph, has just one league win. But transfer Arkel Ager reportedly has been cleared today to return to the team and will play on Friday. He could have the impact to help the Cadets overcome a miserable start.

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Commentary: Time For Vikings To Step Up And Answer Early Alarm

STAMFORD — For nearly three quarters Tuesday night, the Westhill boys basketball team was hitting the snooze button on the alarm.

The chime would go off, alerting them to awake, but the Vikings did the basketball version of stretching their arms with eyes still closed and pushing the nob that allowed them a few more minutes of uninterrupted sleep.

“We’ve been starting a lot of games like that,” said Jeremiah Livingston, the Vikings’ slithery guard. “We have to get into a rhythm.”

Boys Basketball

Staubi, McAuley BlueStreak-Ruden Report Players Of The Week

Matt Staubi of the Darien boys basketball team and Linda McAuley of the Trumbull gymnastics team are this week’s BlueStreak-Ruden Report FCIAC Players of the Week, presented by Chicken Joe’s.

Staubi and McAuley will each receive T-shirts and plaques from BlueStreak Sports Training and $25 gift certificates from Chicken Joe’s in New Canaan.

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Unconventional Move Paying Off For Stamford Boys Basketball Team

STAMFORD — It was a move puzzling on the surface and questioned by opposing coaches, but one Danny Melzer felt was necessary for the growth of the Stamford High School boys basketball program.

So midway through last season, Melzer’s first as the Black Knights’ head coach, he had two of his starters, Kenny Wright and Ancel Nevers, move down and play with both the varsity and junior varsity teams.

It didn’t matter that both juniors started for the varsity the previous season.

Boys Basketball

Commentary: Black Knights Have The Wright Stuff

STAMFORD — When Kenny Wright received the ball near the top of the key, about 10 seconds left on the clock, there was no question what was going to happen next.

“As the leader, at that moment I was the guy,” said Wright, the soft-spoken but assured captain for Stamford High School. I’m a team leader but at that moment, it was on me.”