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Previews!

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If you get the Fairfield Citizen, you’ve noticed our section filled with dozens of

The Fairfield Citizen's Winter Sports Preview cover.

sports previews, capped by Wednesday’s Fairfield Citizen Winter Sports Preview section.

You may see, at right, the cover of our section. I’m pretty pleased with how it came out. Still, if there’s something you’d like to comment about, feel free to.

Elsewise, here are the online-editions of the winter previews.

Boys Basketball

If you believe the hype, Fairfield Prep’s boys team should be one of Connecticut’s best, even without Terry Tarpey. If Paschal Chukwu must miss time due to a wrist injury, though, that could deter the Jesuits.

If I had to choose between them, I like ND-Fairfield’s experience, talent and depth. But both should have 14-16 wins.

Ludlowe and Warde will strive for state tournament berths. I like both’s chances.

Girls Basketball

ND-Fairfield is 3-0, and the more I hear, the more i like the Lancers’ chances to excel this year in the wide-open SWC.

Ludlowe is 1-1, and coming off a 47-45 defeat to Darien. The Falcons, evidently, are better than expected– despite losing seven seniors to graduation.

Warde dropped its opener, 57-45 to St. Joseph, but rebounded with a 51-25 victory over Bridgeport Central on Monday.

Ice Hockey

Prep enters the year as New Haven Register’s No. 2 team. Expect the Jesuits to be hungry after failing to reach the state finals for the first time since 2009.

ND-Fairfield is trying to re-build in Steve Heatherman’s first full season. Fairfield co-op hockey likes its chances this year.

Wrestling

Ludlowe and Warde are high on their teams.

Others

Ludlowe gymnastics must cope with the departure of the program’s all-time leading scorer, Dani Pasquerelli…. Warde welcomes many talented runners into the fold for indoor trackFairfield co-op boys swimming and diving prepares for its final year as a co-op team… Ludlowe boys indoor track will strive for another division title.

Upcoming schedule

Wednesday: Fairfield Prep vs. Ridgefield, boys ice hockey, Wonderland of Ice, 6.

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

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