Overtime

Dave Ruden offers news, commentary and analysis on the FCIAC and local sports

An All-Stamford Boys Basketball Final?

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How about Trinity Catholic facing Stamford for the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference boys basketball title? It happened six years ago. It could happen again. As we turn the page on the calendar year, the season is not quite one-third old, but an argument can be made that the Crusaders and the Black Knights are […] [Read More]
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Brawl Mars Kuczo Tournament

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I have heard and read much about youth violence, but unfortunately I got to witness it first hand tonight when the second game of the Paul Kuczo Holiday Tournament at Stamford High School, between the Black Knights and Brien McMahon, was halted at the end of the third quarter when several fights spilled onto the […] [Read More]
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Merry Christmas

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It is still hard to tell the size of the audience out there, but I appreciate all the kind words from those of you who have been regular readers of this blog since I started it earlier this fall. If the spirit moves you, please take the time to drop a quick note, let me […] [Read More]
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Stamford More Than a Sleeper?

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The season is less than a week old, but calling the Stamford High School boys basketball team a sleeper may not be doing it justice. Following tonight’s 72-64 win over Harding, the Black Knights are 3-0 and looking like they could be one of the better teams in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference. Skeptics […] [Read More]
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Stokes in at Trinity

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As expected, Pete Stokes was named today as the new football coach at Trinity Catholic, replacing Bryan Fox, who stepped down at the end of last season. Stokes, who graduated from the school in 1985, when it was known as Stamford Catholic, has been a long-time assistant. Stokes starred in and was captain in three sports […] [Read More]
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Beware the Black Knights

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Preseason predictions in high school sports are often a futile task, with little hard evidence to go by. It usually takes a few games to get a feel for how a season will — or may — play out. Case in point: the New Canaan football team (you didn’t think I could make it through […] [Read More]
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An Overtime Break

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We here at Overtime — me, that is — are taking a much-needed long weekend as we make the transition from fall sports to basketball season. Several of you have been writing asking for me to start blogging on the basketball season, which began for girls last night and opens for the boys next Wednesday. […] [Read More]
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New Canaan No. 1

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The New Canaan High School football team, which finished the season 13-0 and with its first undefeated record in coach Lou Marinelli’s 28 years at the school on Saturday, got one last honor today: the No. 1 ranking in both the state writers’ and coaches polls. It is the first time a Fairfield County Interscholastic […] [Read More]
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Fall Sports Awards

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Each year I write a fall sports awards column. I’m not certain yet whether it will appear in the newspaper or the blog — I am guessing it will be the paper. What I am certain of is this is probably the hardest year I will have picking winners, and I am probably going to […] [Read More]
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An Appreciation

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Sometime late tomorrow afternoon, either the New Canaan football team will be celebrating a perfect season with an FCIAC and state championship, or Darien will avenge its loss in the league final with a state title as the two arch-rivals play for the second time in nine days. Whatever the outcome, both teams will walk […] [Read More]
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