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NVL votes ‘no’ on adding Bridgeport schools (updated)

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The Naugatuck Valley League won’t be bringing Bridgeport’s public school athletic teams into its midst any time soon.

The league’s athletic directors voted down a proposal to invite Central, Harding and Bassick, according to Bridgeport Citywide athletic director Neil Kavey.

Kavey didn’t remember the exact date, but was told “sometime last week.” A call placed to NVL president Tom Pompei of Naugatuck was not yet been returned.

“We thought we had a nice block of support, and we did,” Kavey said. “But there wasn’t too much of a block, I guess.

“We’re disappointed. But we’re anxious to move forward. The FCIAC guys are really going out of their way to helping us beef up our programs and help us work things out.”

Kavey said the NVL gave Bridgeport “a list of a couple of things we have to do if we every think about talking to them again, like adding or shoring up some sub-varsity programs and so on.”

“That was pretty much it, they didn’t go into anything else,” Kavey said. “Tom Pompei was very nice and very candid. We’re hoping to improve our programs.”

Bridgeport has been a member of the FCIAC since 1993. But other than boys basketball, its sports programs have had little success in the Fairfield County league.

Before the NVL, Bridgeport also reached out to the SCC, but was also rebuffed, according to a source from that league. But Kavey denied that the Bridgeport ever talked with the SCC.

Categories: Fairfield County, FCIAC, NVL
Sean Patrick Bowley

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7 Responses

  1. fciac fan says:

    NVL is a poorly run league-coaches and ad’s run it the way they want. Principles and Superintendents have little or no say. FCIAC is a well run league- run by competent administrators including Principles and Superintendents. Bridgeport schools should feel lucky to be included!

  2. jeb says:

    Since the year 2000 until the present the SCC has won 19 state championships in football, the FCIAC has won 14 and the SWC has won 6. The SCC does not have a team in the “S” division while the FCIAC has only Trinity.

    If you include all sports teams including the girls teams then the FCIAC dominates the state of CT in State titles.

  3. johnnyribbs says:

    would have been fun during hoops season, but not sure the move made much sense on any other level. No the NVL is not a football power house top to bottom (not league is even the SCC), but adding 3 more inner city programs wouldn’t have helped matters. i think teams like stratford and bunnell make some sense in the NVL. You add those guys and then you can start talking about adding the BPT schools as well. With Oxford added that would create a 20 team league and you could have a bpt/stratford division. Without that very lower route 8 connection, I don’t see enough of a connection.

  4. Kyle Brennan says:

    fciac fan: That’s a pretty accurate assessment. The NVL is a strange place. I would know.

  5. Reggie Palmer says:

    “Principles and Superintendents” make the FCIAC “well run”?
    Bah hahahaha

    Aren’t they the ones who cancel games at the chance of 2 drops of rain, force the league to name 55% of starters to the all-league team, and undermine the coaches at every turn?

    (I know Dave Lib will love this post! lol)

  6. Dave Lib says:

    Yes, I do LOVE this post! Good job, Reggie Palmer!!

  7. GHS1973 says:

    NVL would welcome the Stratfords, but I think they are afraid of the Bridgeports, especially in basketball..

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