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

Guest Bloggers: A Talented Lineup

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As I announced last week, I am adding a new feature to the blog this spring: we are going to have 6 guest bloggers file weekly reports that I am sure will take you deeper inside the world of high school sports and complement the analysis and news that I try to provide. The hardest […] [Read More]
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Powers Adding to Her Legacy with Stick-to-itiveness

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Of all the high school athletes I have met this year, there is none I like or respect more than Emily Powers. Actually, that is too narrow a scope. In all my time as a sportswriter, Powers is in my personal pantheon. It is a very select group. Powers, a two-year starting defender and captain […] [Read More]
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Assessing Dave McClure

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As evidenced by some of the comments made on a previous blog entry, a popular topic of conversation, for the past four years, is whether Trinity Catholic graduate Dave McClure made the right decision going to Duke. Those who don’t think so seem to be making their judgment based solely on McClure’s point total, how […] [Read More]
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New Feature for the Blog

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I’ve been thinking for a while about ways to expand the blog, make it more interesting and hopefully more entertaining and enlightening. Sometime last night, in the middle of 39 1/2 hours in front of a television watching the NCAA Tournament, it hit me. Who is better at getting behind the scenes of what really […] [Read More]
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Let The Madness Begin

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Hi, may name is Dave and I am a March Madness-aholic. Hello Dave. For the next three weeks I will be consumed by the closest thing we have to the perfect sporting event, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. There are no playoffs that drag on forever (see NBA, NHL), greater chances for upsets because it […] [Read More]
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Trinity’s Season Ends

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When the Trinity Catholic High School basketball team has struggled this season, it has been due to individualistic play. That was the case last night, as the Crusaders lost their composure during a decisive 12-2 fourth-quarter run that carried No. 25 Bulkeley to a 67-62 win over the top-seeded Crusaders tonight in the Class L […] [Read More]
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Farewell Kermit The Duck, Hello Chris Evans and Stamford

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Hillhouse coach Kermit Carolina learned one of the best lessons my father ever imparted on me: if you don’t talk, people won’t realize how ignorant you really are. Carolina, who accused Trinity Catholic coach Mike Walsh last week of ducking his team by playing in the Class L instead of the Class LL Tournament, saw […] [Read More]
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Winning With Class

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Trinity Catholic’s sports department has always operated with the utmost class. When the girls basketball team holds its Senior Night, the Crusaders present flowers to the opposing team’s seniors as well as their own. Last night, in the latest example, Trinity stopped its Class L Tournament game with Woodstock Academy in the fourth quarter to […] [Read More]
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CIAC: Greedy or Saavy?

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When I first heard that the CIAC was holding its boys and girls state basketball championship games at Mohegan Sun, my initial reaction was: What, the brothel was booked? I’m hardly Puritanical, but the thought of holding a high school sporting event at a casino just didn’t seem right. Since then I have to admit […] [Read More]
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Everything Could be Finer Than Listening to Carolina

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Trinity Catholic, the top seed in Class L, and Hillhouse, No. 1 in LL, will be unable to meet in the boys basketball state tournament, but not for the reasons that Academics coach Kermit Carolina believes. And that is too bad. Because a contest between the programs currently ranked No. 1 (Hillhouse) and 3 (Trinity) […] [Read More]
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