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Five years ago today…

Five years ago was also Presidents’ Day.

I remember because I deemed it odd that the Fairfield Citizen would be open on a major federal holiday.

My original press pass-- which still gets used today-- was issued on Feb. 18, 2008.

I sure was naive back then.

Five years ago, Feb. 18, 2008, I started as the sports editor of the Fairfield Citizen, and I haven’t stopped since.

A lot has happened– both societally and locally– since I started. The obvious economic crisis plagued our country, the digital age and Twitter took off, Barack Obama was elected for multiple terms, etc.,

Locally, we’ve battled catastrophic hurricanes and blizzards, but the town also celebrated state and conference titles– at least one– for each of Fairfield’s four high schools.

Fairfield also holds the Little League state championship in both softball and baseball and has twice sent teams to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

Personally, a lot has changed since I took over. But I’d like to think I’ve grown. We’ve had our spats along the way, but I still strive to bring thoughtful and fair coverage to Fairfield.

In celebration of my anniversary, I’ll be watching a Fairfield hockey

Fairfield Prep hockey will put its 16-game win streak on the line Monday against Notre Dame-Fairfield

special Monday.

Prep, fresh off its 1-0 win over Notre Dame-West Haven Saturday, will host ND-Fairfield Monday at Wonderland of Ice.

The Lancers had their eight-game win streak snapped Friday by Glastonbury but still enter as one of the state’s hottest teams. ND is also looking for redemption– the Lancers fell at home to Prep 7-2 on Dec. 20.

Over the weekend, Warde had a strong showing in both track and wrestling.

The Mustangs placed second at the Class L meet in wrestling– finishing just 3.5 points behind state champ New Milford. Charles Kane (136) and Ahmed Hourani (285) were state champions, and Warde also took second place in four weight classes.

Ludlowe finished eighth at the Class L meet.

In track, both of Warde’s 4×800 relay teams took home first-place honors at the Class L track meet Friday in New Haven.

Warde’s girls placed fourth at the event. The Mustangs’ boys squad was eighth.

Christian Alvarado placed first in the 3,200-meter run and second in the 1,600 at the Class LL meet Saturday. Alvarado was second behind Staples’ Henry Wynne by just 0.66.

Ludlowe’s girls were 19th at Class LLs, and its boys placed 23rd in Class L.

This week’s coverage:

Monday: Prep vs. ND hockey, 5

Tuesday: Prep vs. Amity, boys basketball, 7

Wednesday: ND-West Haven at ND-Fairfield hockey, 6

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

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One Response

  1. Rob Alvarado says:

    Congrats on your anniversary! Wishing you much continued success.
    Rob Alvarado