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Weekly Musings: Fun Times

This week was catch-up week.

There have been some successful teams that I haven’t been able to see much of this fall, and I wanted to amend that this past week.

On Saturday, I saw a near-shocking upset involving Prep football.

The rest of the week, I saw was some extra time, offense and good shtick.

The post is called “fun times” because this is one of the most fun times of the fall season. Nutty things happen come conference postseason time.

I left Warde on Monday, with a healthy respect for field hockey overtime.

Sure, it forces teams– and attendees– to hang around for up to 10 more minutes. But you pull four girls off the field and allow offense to reign. Whichever squad scores first wins.

Many of those overtime periods are really exciting and it results in fewer ties. And we all know that no one wants those.

Good job by Prep quarterback Strecker Backe for admitting to me that the Jesuits were flat and may have been reading their press clippings.

“Maybe it was a little hangover from Cheshire,” Backe said. “Maybe some guys are reading their press clippings a little too much.”

Prep nearly gagged its playoff hopes on Saturday, but found a way to hold off Hamden 27-20.

I asked Jesuits head coach Tom Shea if he thought the game being postponed from Friday to Saturday had anything to do with the Jesuits’ flat start.

“No, no. That wasn’t it. For some reason, our players didn’t give them the respect they deserve,” Shea said. “And they almost paid the ultimate price for it.”

Good job by him too.

If passion could will teams to wins, Warde girls volleyball coach Matt Narwold would reach the FCIAC tournament every year.

Warde girls volleyball coach Matt Narwold hates fifth games.

Narwold obviously loves what he does, he loves the competition and has a true passion for volleyball. Unfortunately, he has terrible fortune in fifth games.

Warde is 0-2 in five-set matches this year and is 2-8 under Narwold in matches that go beyond four games.

“It’s the curse of Narwold volleyball,” he said. “You and I both know that a game five does not work in my favor.”

One of the silliest moments ever happened while watching Narwold’s club on Wednesday in New Canaan.

The Rams honored their nine seniors with roses and baked goods on Wednesday and a budding — and sportsmanlike — trend is to give visiting seniors roses as well.

Each of the Mustangs’ four seniors received their roses, then ran up to the top of the bleachers and hand-delivered them to me.

Yes. This really happened.

I couldn’t tell you why, but I was thoroughly embarrassed. Great job by the girls, though, for staying completely deadpan as the whole thing happened. Not one of the four even cracked a smile.

Oh yeah, and I returned the flowers to their rightful owners.

In case you missed it, I wrote a feature on Ludlowe’s Allyson Doyle and Warde’s Julia Delaney, and how their prowess as each team’s centerback helps it win.

I also made football picks.

Soccer is one of the few high school sports in which parity is legitimate.

I’m confident that any of the eight teams that qualify for the FCIAC boys or girls tournament can win the thing. Maybe Norwalk is the favorite in boys– except the Bears lost to Wilton 4-1 in the regular season.

Maybe Trumbull or St. Joseph are the favorites in girls? Except Wilton tied the Cadets and the Eagles lost to Warde.

The Warriors’ offense enters the FCIAC tournament red-hot, scoring four-plus goals in their final four games. Wilton opens at Ridgefield on Saturday– a team it beat 5-1 in the regular season. Look out for the Warriors.

Meanwhile, Ludlowe treks to St. Joseph on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The Cadets only beat the Falcons 1-0 in each team’s season opener.

Warde and Greenwich will meet for the fourth time in two years– in a rematch of last year’s FCIAC final. The Mustangs will

Warde's Emily Pullen will try to help her team get revenge for Greenwich's 1-0, FCIAC Finals win from a year ago when the Mustangs host the Cardinals in Saturday's FCIAC quarterfinals.

host the Cardinals at 2 p.m.

Warde and Greenwich tied 0-0 in their regular season meeting,  one of the Cardinals’ SIX ties. Good news is all that tie nonsense is over…. until the state finals.

Here’s hoping that “Frankenstorm” doesn’t mess, too heavily, with the playoff schedules on Monday and Tuesday.

But I fear it will.

Hurricane/Tropical Storm Sandy is scheduled to hit us Monday and roll into Tuesday. This will likely cause schedule-makers to err on the side of caution, which is OK.

Conference tournament games and matches can’t go beyond Sunday, though, because state playoffs begin in just 10 days.

Weather permitting, I’ll be at Prep vs. Amity football on Friday at 7 and Ludlowe vs. St. Joseph girls soccer on Saturday at 3:30.

I’ll probably pop over to the Mustangs game at St. Joseph at 2 on Saturday for the first half too.

Monday will likely be the SCC quarterfinals between No. 1 Prep and eighth-seeded Shelton at 3:45 p.m. But that’s unconfirmed for now.

Happy weekending.

Pat Pickens is the sports editor of the Fairfield Citizen, a Hearst Connecticut Newspaper organization. Follow him on Twitter here.

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2 Responses

  1. Pat Pickens says:

    I just did a post about that. But thanks, Gil, for the heads up!

  2. Gil says:

    Newsworthy item… Matt McCloskey has resigned as head coach of Fairfield Ludlowe effective at the end of the season.