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

Playing Favorites

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I’ve been asked several times in the last few days how I deal with criticism. In particular, criticism on the Forum section of the Advocate website, where readers can express their opinions on stories. In the course of a week, I’ve been accused of favoring each of Stamford’s three schools in the Fairfield County Interscholastic […] [Read More]
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The Last Waltz

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My road of covering games, which started at Boyle Stadium with the Stamford field hockey team hosting Greenwich on the opening day of the high school sports season back in September, ended this afternoon in West Haven, with the Darien softball team losing to Waterford in the Class L final. There may have been better […] [Read More]
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A Huge Thank You to My Guest Bloggers

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When I came up with the idea to have guest bloggers this spring, I was not sure what to expect. I was hoping they would offer insight into high school sports from a perspective I was unable to provide, but this was unchartered territory. I was hoping the bloggers would hit doubles. Instead, they constantly […] [Read More]
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Cortese’s Homer Makes It 3-0

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Climaxing a terrific at-bat in which he fouled off four straight two-strike pitches, Nick Cortese’s towering two-run homer over the right-field fence has just given the Crusaders a 3-0 lead in the third. [Read More]
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Trinity Takes Early Lead

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There is a very weak WiFi signal at Quigley Stadium so as long as it holds up I will attempt to file updates on Trinity Catholic’s CIAC Class S Tournament semifinal game with Stafford. R.J. Calo doubled with two outs and Ryan Walsh followed with a single to give the Crusaders a 1-0 lead in […] [Read More]
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Double Chek: The Climb

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(This is the last in a series of entries by guest bloggers throughout the high school spring sports season. Mike Nemchek and his daughter Sammi, who just finished her fourth year as a starter on Trinity Catholic’s softball team, explore the topical nature of the parent-athlete dynamic.  Mike coached many of the city’s top players in youth […] [Read More]
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Staples’ Biggest Loss of the Year

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The most meaningful compliment I’ve ever received took place years ago, at the retirement dinner for former Staples basketball coach Brian Kelley. During cocktail hour I recognized my former English teacher at the school, Gerry Kuroghlian. I approached him and asked if he remembered me. “I recognize the face,” he said to me. “I’m Dave […] [Read More]
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Trinity Postponed Until Tomorrow

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Trinity’s CIAC Class S semifinal game with Stafford has been postponed until tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Quigley Stadium. In a text message, Trinity coach Tracy Nichols said he will decide tomorrow whether he will start his No. 1 pitcher, Ryan Walsh, who will now have three days’ rest, or stay with his plan to […] [Read More]
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