Grieving his mother’s passing the previous day, Sam Phommachanh left his Stratford home early in the evening of Dec. 21 to pick up his son at LaGuardia Airport. “Obviously, Taisun wanted to be home to be with family,” Sam said. “My mother meant so much to us.” Taisun Phommachanh, a redshirt freshman backup quarterback at […]
Those playing high school football in Connecticut can be forgiven if they feel like, well, let’s use the tweeted words of Danbury coach Augustine Tieri: “Our kids were misled, placated & strung along for months when it was clear that there was no intention to have a football season.” Those involved in high school basketball, […]
To say Tyler Thomas, suddenly one of the most productive players in college basketball, honed his skills on the outside courts of the Connecticut shoreline is no distant reflection. We’re not talking five years or even five months ago. He was out there last month in the early December chill. That’s what life in a […]
This was when the pandemic first hit us in March. This was when we were, at once, frightened, frustrated and overwhelmed. When words like COVID-19 and coronavirus were new, yet powerful enough to change our way of life overnight. Geno Auriemma, UConn’s Hall of Fame coach and in many ways the conscience of our state, […]
Casey Cochran picked up a guitar five years ago and hasn’t put it down. He was finished with football, the game he loved, the game that loved and hurt him in return. He needed to do something with his time. “More than that,” Cochran said. “I needed something holistic, something good for my mind. Something […]
Lou Marinelli, the man who has coached high school football more than four decades and has won more CIAC state championships than anyone, got into bed Monday night, turned out the lights and all of a sudden … “This is really weird, huh?” his wife Fran said in the dark of their New Canaan home. […]
This is how the tentacles of COVID-19 can spread and reach all corners of a state that has boasted of its enviable numbers. This is how we can lose trust in adults who supervise our kids and how we can be left to wonder how quickly those with an agenda will be forthcoming in giving […]
It’s late. It’s very late. It’s too late. The state Department of Public Health hasn’t seen any evidence that would convince it to lower high school football from a high risk to a medium risk sport. Amongst conflicting announcements from the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, protests that have caught the eye of Fox News and […]
Brandon Fratta does not blast into a loud, defiant explanation why he will not compete in 7 v. 7 football this fall. The North Branford senior quarterback gives the impression that the thought of playing without his bigger, beefier brothers in front of him never crossed his mind. “Honestly, it’s just naturally what I came […]
When we spoke Wednesday afternoon, Fran Rabinowitz didn’t know the CIAC Board of Control had voted 30 minutes earlier to continue with its fall plan for state high school athletics to begin Sept. 24. Rabinowitz, the executive director of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents, did know one thing: There had been no organized […]
Among the many emails and social media responses that flowed my way last weekend after a column insisting high school football was too much of a public risk to play this fall, one question gnawed at me. “Why would you want to take away the kids’ hope?” My piece was meant to be provocative in […]
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…