The Shelton boys basketball team has decided to forfeit its Class LL state tournament first-round game at Crosby next Tuesday. Crosby coach Nick Augelli confirmed the fact Thursday morning.
“My AD (Dave Ieronimo) told me this morning,” Augelli said.
Shelton was the No. 25 seed in the tournament. Shelton athletic director John Niski did not return messages seeking comment on the reason for the forfeit.
Shelton senior center Edmund Conklin, 17, died tragically in a car accident Sunday morning. Moments of silence were held prior to both the SCC semifinal and championship games Monday and Wednesday evenings, respectively, in memory of Conklin.
“Forget basketball, forget games, forget wins and losses, players are like your family,” Augelli said. “Losing a member of your family so dramitcally affects everybody. I can’t imagine losing on of my players and then have to play a game.”
The CIAC registered a 2-0 forfeit in favor of Crosby on Thursday afternoon.
Crosby, the No. 8 seed, will now host the winner of No. 9 Kennedy and No. 24 Cheshire in the LL second round on Thursday.
Shelton finishes its season at 10-11. There were six other seniors on the roster besides Conklin.