As he matured into a record-breaking quarterback, New Canaan football coach Lou Marinelli said that Michael Collins also became the sport’s version of a gym rat.
“Between classes he would always come down with the assistant coaches, or if I was around, and want to talk football,” Marinelli said.
For over a year I have had the idea of putting together an eclectic series for the site where high school athletes interview other high school athletes. One of my contributors, a player on the Ridgefield girls soccer team, told me about two extroverted teammates — Courtney Mitten and Lucie Picard — who would make perfect hosts.
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.
A few dangling random thoughts as we get ready for the heart of FCIAC playoff season.
It seems to me…It is getting down to the homestretch for the group known as the Darien Lights Brigade to reach its goal of $750,000 by May 1, so work can begin to install lights on the Darien football stadium in time for the start of the new school year in September. The group has done a terrific job spreading the word, educating the public and most of all raising money. But it still needs to come up with $217,000 to get the project completed by next season.
Fairfield Ludlowe decided to go to the top of the food chain to fill its vacant football coaching vacancy.
Mitch Ross, a long-time Darien assistant, was hired today by the Falcons. Ross replaces Vinnie Camera, who resigned after five years and coming off a winless season.
If you have scanned your Twitter feed at any point during the past month, it is easy to see why there is a strong sentiment to give 2016 a swift kick into the rear-view mirror. Often this has been in response to the growing list of celebrity losses in the entertainment world; we have seen the deaths of an extraordinary number of performers with visionary talent, especially in the music world.
After a long list of memorable accomplishments over the past three months, it is time for you to decide who was the very best of the best. We have selected six outstanding finalists for the BlueStreak-Ruden Report FCIAC Football Player of the Year award.
The finalists are: Darien’s Finlay Collins, Greenwich’s Kevin Iobbi, St. Joseph’s Jared Mallozzi, Trumbull’s Johnny McElroy, New Canaan’s Ryan O’Connell and Ridgefield’s Shane Palmer.
The FCIAC yesterday gave coaches a finalized football schedule for the 2017 season, absent only on starting times and which day of the week games will be played.