Overtime

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

Champions Of A Different Color

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Two deserving teams with different pedigrees were crowned champions tonight at the FCIAC boys and girls soccer finals at Norwalk High School. Staples, with a starting lineup that featured just three seniors but made up for its youth with a high skill level, defeated Greenwich, 3-1, to win the boys title. It was a fitting […] [Read More]
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Baskin’s Decision on Hold

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One of the biggest mysteries of the scholastic sports season is which college will get the services of Tevin Baskin, Trinity Catholic’s outstanding basketball player. Baskin originally said he wanted to make a decision by November, before practice starts. Yesterday, at the Crusaders’ football game with Stamford, Baskin said he now likely won’t make his […] [Read More]
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You Can’t Spell Class Without S-H-S

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When the Trinity Catholic High School volleyball team traveled to Ridgefield on Wednesday, it was surprised to discover some extra supporters in the stands. The members of the Stamford High School team. In this era of selfish, crass behavior in scholastic sports, here is the type of story that should be making headlines. Stamford and […] [Read More]
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Time For a New Football Schedule

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Ever since the Week 5 games controversy developed, I have spent countless hours on the phones with FCIAC football coaches and administrators. Beyond trying to find out who was at fault for the miscommunication, I think the one thing that has come out of all this is the recognition that the current playoff system stinks […] [Read More]
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The Week (5) That Will Not Die

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In 26 years as a sportswriter, I can’t ever recall a story where I have received such contradictory information as the controversy over just one of the FCIAC’s games in Week 5 counting in the league standings. It resurfaced again on Friday with a phone call from a coach. At this point, after talking to […] [Read More]
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Football Controversy Heating Up Again

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The furor over all but one of last week’s Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference football games not counting in the league standings is mounting again. One coach, who asked not to be identified, told me this morning that in the preseason packet all coaches are given, there is not one mention that the Week 5 […] [Read More]
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FCIAC Football Controversy

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A controversy pitting football coaches against administrators has arisen in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference over the past few days with the news that last week’s games, except for one, will not count against league records. John Kuczo, the league’s executive secretary, said he was puzzled by the uproar that has been created. He […] [Read More]
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City Stickers

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Tonight was a disappointment for Stamford High School and a celebration for Westhill at Boyle Stadium. The Vikings won their first city field hockey title since 2004 with a 3-1 victory. The biggest winner of all, however, was fans of the sport. And there were many of them out tonight. This is the strongest Stamford […] [Read More]
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Is There Anybody Out There?

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Overtime is just a few weeks old, and as a new blogger it is hard to tell how much of an audience there is out there. The blog has received very little publicity (thank you good people associated with Staples High School boys soccer and New Canaan High School football for your help) and it […] [Read More]
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And Then There Were Two

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Westhill’s 31-21 win over Wilton today leaves just two remaining unbeaten teams in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference: New Canaan and Darien. More surprising than the Vikings’ win was the ease with which it came. Against a defense that had been strong against the run, Westhill’s ground game produced 329 yards on 44 carries. […] [Read More]
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