“It was a financial decision,” said Marchi, who lives in Winsted and grew up with most of his new teammates. “It’s cool to be back with them.”
Marchi played basketball at St. Paul last season, helping them to an 11-11 season. He wasn’t planning on playing basketball this season. He will also have to sit out because of the CIAC transfer rules.
“Coming here I decided to play ball,” Marchi said. “CIAC rules say I can’t play for 10 games so I will be back for the last three games and then the tournament.”
Right now Marchi can only practice with the Yellowjackets. He’ll be eligible for his first game on Feb. 21 at Litchfield.
“Just been practicing and staying in shape,” he said.
Gilbert head coach Mark Douglass said Marchi will bring a different outlook to the team.
“He talks to the kids if he sees something,” Douglass said. “He’s going to help us with that. He played at St. Paul last season. He’s a rebounder and he brings a different perception”
Douglass also said that Marchi’s football background is a plus.
“He brings a little toughness and a different perspective to the team,” Douglass said. “He’s a natural leader. All the kids know him and have accepted him as a part of the team.”
Marchi capped off a sensational high school football career with 112 career touchdown passes to go along with 9,702 yards through the air.
The Yellowjackets are 7-3 so far this season.