NEW CANAAN — Giana Bruno and Chrissie Fiore became rivals because of proximity, friends and teammates because of their shared talents, and will remain adversaries both due to that ability and the common mindset of taking the road less traveled.
NORWALK — It may not have been Warriors-Cavs, but for a girls lacrosse state semifinal the matchup was as good as it gets.
Darien vs. New Canaan. Two great, proud programs, both defending state champions that have combined for 13 state crowns in different divisions during the last 10 years, were meeting for the first time in the Class L Tournament at Brien McMahon High School tonight. And if that wasn’t enough, there isn’t a greater rivalry than this in the state.
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.
Allison Gaskins, a graduate student at Sacred Heart University, is going to be contributing video stories and profiles for a still-to-be named series on The Ruden Report. Allison has been working on camera and as a director for Frontier’s Vantage Sports Network.
So much for a planned FCIAC baseball tournament preview, now that the pairings will remain unsettled until less than 24 hours before the first pitch. We still don’t have a No. 8 seed. The girls lacrosse tournament begins today with New Canaan and Ridgefield having their openers moved up a day because both schools have proms tomorrow.