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

Winter Break For The Blog

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The last three months were without a doubt the busiest of my professional career. I’m not complaining — I like what I do! But is is time to recharge the battery, so starting from the time I finish writing this post, I will be taking, except for three days, the rest of the month off. […] [Read More]
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Closing The Book On The Fall Season

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Kevin Macari (left) had an outstanding season for the New Canaan football team, while Ellie Riegel was a leader of the Darien field hockey team. The fall started for me in mid-September at New Canaan High School with a boys soccer game between the Rams and Stamford. It ended Saturday afternoon in Hartford, when the […] [Read More]
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St. Joseph Football, Darien Field Hockey Co-Overtime FCIAC Fall Teams Of The Year

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The St. Joseph football team overcame a a 1-2 start and rebounded to win the CIAC Class S title for its second state championship. The Darien field hockey team steamrolled the competition, outscoring opponents by a 141-9 margin on its way to a 22-0 record and league and state titles. For their accomplishments, the Cadets […] [Read More]
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Poll Opened Until 1 P.M.

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For some reason the Team of the Year poll, which was supposed to run until noon today, shut down early due to a computer error. I’m keeping it open until 1 now for any people who tried to vote during the 10-minute period it was closed down. I apologize for the inconvenience. [Read More]
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FCIAC Boys Basketball Coaches Looking To Expand League Tournament To 12 Teams

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In terms of really bad ideas devised despite the best intentions, add this one to the list: I learned yesterday that the FCIAC boys basketball coaches are exploring and pushing to expand the conference tournament from eight to 12 teams. The ideal behind the move is to give four more teams the opportunity to prepare […] [Read More]
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Who Is The Best Of The Best: Vote For The Overtime Fall Team Of The Year

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The high school fall sports season came to an end Saturday night, but before closing the book on the year we have one more item to settle here: Which team was the best in the FCIAC this fall? It makes for an interesting debate, but we are going to let you decide with the vote […] [Read More]
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Cliff Louis Back In The NFL

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Former Westhill football star Cliff Louis’ NFL dream lives on. Louis just sent me a message on Facebook that he has been signed to the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad. Louis was signed by the Cardinals last December but was released two days later. Louis, who has had several stints with the Giants, including this past […] [Read More]
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Video Spotlight: New Canaan Coach Lou Marinelli Previews The Class L Final

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Few football coaches in Connecticut have had greater success than New Canaan’s Lou Marinelli, who during a distinguished 30-year career has a record of 243-83-6. Under Marinelli, the Rams have won eight state titles, including four in a row heading into tomorrow afternoon’s highly anticipated CIAC Class L showdown with Masuk. As the Rams set […] [Read More]
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Video Spotlight: New Canaan Quarterback Matt Milano Previews The Class L Final

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Matt Milano has been shattering the record books in his first season as the starting quarterback for the New Canaan High School football team. The junior has already set school marks for most passing yards (2,766) and touchdowns (39) in a season. Milano’s development in the spread offense is a big reason why the Rams […] [Read More]
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Starting Sunday Vote For The Overtime FCIAC Fall Team Of The Year

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The high school fall season comes to an official end on Saturday with the completion of the state football championships. And we still have one award to bestow: the Overtime FCIAC Fall Team of the Year. The award is sponsored by BlueStreak Sports Training, Garden Catering and the Stamford Advocate. The winning team will receive […] [Read More]
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