Saves And Relief Have New Meaning For Former St. Joseph Pitcher Nikki Cote

Saves and relief once had a far different meaning for Nikki Cote when she was a softball pitcher, first for St. Joseph High School and then Brandeis.

Winning was everything. Now, those same terms have life and death ramifications for the 23-year-old Cote, who is an emergency medical technician in Shelton with aspirations of eventually becoming a physician assistant.

From Rivals To Roommates: Westhill’s Gambino, St. Joseph’s Williams Set To Join Forces At Manhattan

FAIRFIELD — For incoming freshman, the process of finding prospective roommates has become like a dating service, with questionnaires providing information such as likes, dislikes, personal habits and preferences.

It is an inexact science. For two incoming Manhattan College students, it took just a few shared hours this winter and one common and important activity to bond, as they decided to share not just a dugout but a dorm room.

Photo Essay: Through The Lens With Austin Carfi

I met Austin Carfi by accident.

In February I wrote a story on Natalie Brassinga, a Ridgefield High School soccer player and talented artist. She sent me some artistic photos of her shot by Austin. When I needed some non-action pictures to accompany the feature, Austin took them at the last moment.

St. Joseph, Westhill Place 3 Players On All-FCIAC Softball Team

St. Joseph, which won its third straight conference title, placed three players on the All-FCIAC softball team: pitcher Nicole Williams, catcher Jovanna Hillman and first baseman Melissa Bike.

Westhill, which finished second in the league during the regular season, also had three players honored: Jordan Benzaken, Adriana Gambino and Kaira Ramon.

It Seems To Me… FCIAC Tournament Recap, State Tournament Preview Edition

A long holiday weekend could not have come at a better time for the sports media, after a more condensed FCIAC Tournament week that, with pretty cooperative weather, will leave teams better rested for the state playoffs as we prepare for the final two games of the 2015-16 high school season.

Today we put on the rally cap to look back on what took place last week and do a little forward thinking for the CIAC Tournaments.

Williams Pitches St. Joseph To First FCIAC Softball 3-Peat In 35 Years

FAIRFIELD – The postgame celebration — or lack thereof — so perfectly defined the St. Joseph High School softball team following its 7-1 victory over Stamford in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference championship game.

“We have high expectations and we plan on being here every year and winning it every year,” said winning pitcher Nicole Williams after the Cadets won their third consecutive league crown Thursday at Sacred Heart University.

Staley Snuffs Out Late Rally As Stamford Defeats Westhill To Return To FCIAC Final

FAIRFIELD – Stamford High School softball coach Tony Esposito and his pitcher Sara Staley both had an unsettling feeling as the Black Knights took the field at Sacred Heart University for the bottom of the seventh inning of Wednesday’s Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference semifinal.

The reason for such queasiness: The top of the order was coming up for Westhill, whose 1 through 4 hitters were a combined 6 for 11 on the day. Gabby Laccona, Ariana Gambino, Kaira Ramon and Jordan Benzaken are considered one of the most dangerous batting foursomes in the FCIAC.

It Seems To Me… A Tip Of The Hat To Darien Baseball And St. Joseph’s Nicole Williams

It seems to me that while I probably gave them their due yesterday, a tip of the hat again to the Darien baseball team for winning the FCIAC regular season title. I’m not sure those outside the baseball world can appreciate how difficult it was to navigate the obstacle course and lose just twice heading into tonight’s regular season game with Trumbull.

Gambino Does It All To Lead Westhill To Extra-Inning Win Over Stamford

STAMFORD — When Westhill’s Adriana Gambino came up to bat in the eighth inning on Friday, a huge gap on the right side of the Stamford infield due to a shift, the left-handed hitter’s initial thought was to buck convention.

“First I was thinking just hit it hard the way they are playing me, and then I said turn on it,” Gambino said. “Even if it was an outside pitch I was going to try and pull it.”