Maybe this makes me a subversive, card-carrying communist, but I don’t feel good at all about high school football being played in Connecticut this fall. Maybe this makes me one of those unpatriotic alarmists who believed in March that COVID-19 was more than a passing sniffle. And still makes me one of those unpatriotic alarmists […]
The last time they talked on July 1, Paul Sponheimer had called Bob Kelo to wish him a happy 60th birthday. Late Sunday morning, he left Kelo a more somber text.
The text would be left unanswered.
KILLINGLY — Amid the coronavirus cases that have climbed into the thousands in our state, there is a small pocket in Northeastern Connecticut, the Quiet Corner, where the numbers have been mercifully low. As of Friday, Kil…
WINDSOR — When it was over, after a night that captured everything that makes high school basketball great, Matt Knowling was good enough to step back out of the East Catholic bus. “We’ve got to be a lot better,” the Eagles’ 6-foot-5 senior said after his team’s first loss of the season. “When we play […]
On a December weekend when four Connecticut class state football championships are to be decided, including the most anticipated game in years, two of the towns involved are dealing with issues that cut to the fiber of what they are and what they believe is right. One town’s decision is understandable. The other town’s decision […]
DARIEN — This rematch, this much anticipated game that folks thought would be played for the Class LL state title and instead went off in the playoffs’ opening round, hung out there undecided deep into a chilly December night. That’s when, in a flash, Darien senior linebacker Sam Wilson decided it. And when Greenwich let […]
BRISTOL — Stephen Paolini saw the news before he heard the news. His coach Jim Chaves pulled out his cellphone Tuesday before St. Joseph played its CIAC Class M semifinal game against Rockville and a Red Sox fan suddenly wasn’t a Red Sox fan anymore. The Atlanta Braves made the Cadets’ senior centerfielder their fifth-round […]
There will be someone missing from the 78th Gold Key Dinner on April 28. Someone with courage, and vital to the spirit of what athletics and high school transgender athletes should mean to the state of Connecticut and arou…
DANBURY — Jackie DiNardo pulls out an aging folder and under the tab marked “basketball,” there are numbers.
Some are in blue ink. Some are in black. Some are whited out. On the other side, as the years and…
This is about options.
If you are a parent of a young basketball player, you should like what Notre Dame of West Haven is doing.
This also is about preservation.
If you are o…
Henri Pfeifle used the mask for the first time in a game on Jan. 5. He hadn’t really practiced with it and he had a little trouble seeing.
“Kind of a questionable move by me,” Pfeifle said. The Darien senio…
STAMFORD — Before the opening kickoff of the Class LL state championship, before Greenwich had asserted itself as the dominant high school football team in Connecticut, John Marinelli took off for the New Canaan sideline.
St. Joseph of Trumbull quarterback David Summers remains committed to play at the University of Maryland. He is only one of thousands of high school recruits from around the nation bound for college in 2019 and each one is a precious jewel. A Connecticut kid, Summers is our jewel. As Jordan McNair’s father and mother […]
BRISTOL — Mike Randazzo was on vacation in the Everglades, 1,200 miles as the baseball flies from the Giamatti Center, when Dustin Walters drove an 0-1 pitch high into the trees and halfway to Miami International Airport. “That one had a stewardess on it,” Fairfield American manager Jeff Gouley said Tuesday after his team defeated […]
PUTNAM — Everybody has a recruiting story, and this one from Putnam Science Academy coach Tom Espinosa about Akok Akok is a pretty good one. On Feb. 17, the Mustangs went to Wolfboro, N.H., and knocked off Brewster Academy, the No. 2-ranked prep school and 2017 national champions. Akok had one of those monster triple-double […]
GUILFORD Abroken nose, like the one Evan Song suffered a few weeks ago, will heal quickly enough. Not so with a heart broken by the loss of a younger brother. The healing comes slowly and unevenly with acts of love and kindness, and, yes, can be sped up a little by the joy of a […]
NEW BRITAIN If only it was as simple as the sound of a starting gun, a flash from the starting blocks and a dash to the finish. Then it would be easy. The results of the CIAC State Open track and field championships would show that Terry Miller won the 100-meter dash in a meet […]
NEW CANAAN One after another, the tweets came. Quarterback Drew Pyne to Notre Dame at 1:10 p.m. Offensive lineman Jack Conley to Boston College at 5:07 p.m. Offensive lineman Jack Stewart to Michigan at 7:29 p.m. When was the last time three football players from a Connecticut public high school committed to such high-profile programs […]
TORRINGTON — When the leadoff hitter looks out next week at Brian Bassler, whether he’s from Holy Cross or Oxford, he is going to see eyebrows. Yeah, a full pair of eyebrows.“The eyebrows were the last to go,” Bassler said. “And the first to c…
The coach, oh, the coach knew he was going to cry. Either way, win or lose, Chris Watts knew he would be a mess. “I’m an emotional guy,” the Notre Dame-Fairfield coach said Sunday night after his school had won its first state basketball championship at Mohegan Sun. “I told my team when I first […]
ROCKY HILL To argue too loudly about Kolbe Cathedral petitioning a move down a division in the new CIAC basketball tournament format is to shout down the resolve of a group of young men in search of great renewal. That would not be fair. Yet to ignore the argument of how schools of choice fit […]
The last jump, oh, the last jump was for his grandmother. “Everything I do,” Dyshon Vaughn said, “I dedicate to her.” The Career High senior was sitting in third place at the New Balance Nationals Indoor meet at The Armory in New York. Saturday already was going to be a good day. With one dash, […]
The teams will meet again Tuesday night, meet again on the same patch of West Hartford ice where one of their captains had been left in a pool of blood after a controversial hit. This time, Hall-Southington and Conard will play in the state tournament with their hockey seasons on the line. For a group […]
MILFORD Brianna Laggis will perform well Saturday in the CIAC Class S meet at Pomperaug. After all, the Foran High senior recently finished first in floor exercise and vault and second behind Daniel Hand’s Erin Naclerio as the most outstanding gymnast at the Southern Connecticut Conference championships. Yet, to define Laggis by her scores on […]
“Baboon.” “Clown.” “Empty head.” “Know your place.” The column did not invite a favorable response from those invested in the Darien football program. Roses at the doorstep and thumbs up emojis via social media were not expected. That column in The Hartford Courant in December had a simple premise yet held a determined view. Darien […]
The Instagram post is disgusting. Any attempt at an explanation or rationalization does not change this. All the sweat and love Dale Wehmhoff has given to hockey and the Norwalk-McMahon program does not change this. Neither does the outpouring of support he has received from players and parents, past and present, during a contentious process […]