The month of January is almost done, which means that we’re hitting the home stretch of events for the winter season. There have been a number of storylines that have availed themselves thus far this year, and I think those are worth exploring.
So without further ado, the list of storylines for Fairfield varsity sports.
1. Weather. I’d be remiss if I did not include the bizarre amount of snow that we’ve gotten here in Connecticut. The No. 1 storyline this winter has been off days, and cancellations and postponements. I (like the rest of us) am sick of the snow, and here’s hoping that we don’t have to endure much more of it.
2. Successful boys basketball teams. Prep is 9-3, ND is 10-1, Ludlowe is 6-4 in the FCIAC and Warde is competitive. The 2010-11 season seems to be the best we’ve had in town in quite some time, or at least since there became four high schools again. I’d be surprised if all four didn’t make the state playoffs, and the possibility is there for three of the teams to make their conference playoffs, which for Ludlowe or Prep, is quite the feat.
3. Growing pains. ND-Fairfield’s hockey team is suffering through its worst start in years. The Ludlowe girls basketball team has lost five straight games and Warde’s girls team has lost three straight as well. All three teams have struggled without enough veteran presences, but the longer these seasons go, the more I’d expect them to improve and battle.
4. Milestones. Warde girls basketball coach Dave Danko won his 300th career game on Jan. 10 against Staples. Warde’s Ryan Swaller, Ludlowe’s Sarah Huntington and Brian Silvestro and Prep’s Leo Redgate all got their first varsity wins as head coaches. These accomplishments have made the 2010-11 season worth more to these coaches.
More storylines will naturally avail themselves as the season progresses. Plus, with the playoffs rolling around, the fun is undoubtedly just beginning.
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