Commentary: On The Night Of Danbury’s 3-Peat, A Smith Gets Her Due

FAIRFIELD — Being a starter without the surname Gartner on the Danbury High School girls basketball team is sort of like being a bass player for The Rolling Stones.

The finished product depends on your contributions, just don’t expect to get much acknowledgement at the end of the show.

So on a night that began replete with storylines, it was refreshing to see another one develop Thursday night, after the Hatters won their third consecutive FCIAC championship with a 41-29 win over Wilton.


The Ruden Report Presents…The Bobby V’s Trivia Challenge

We’re going to give FCIAC athletes a chance to showcase their skills at the student part of the term student-athlete.

Sort of.

The Ruden Report is presenting the Bobby V’s Trivia Challenge, to be held at Bobby Valentine’s restaurant in Stamford on March 24 from 7-9 p.m.

Ten teams comprised of two males and two females from one school will compete for the grand prize: a trip to a New York Yankees game as the guests of the team’s general manager, Brian Cashman. The winners will get to meet with Cashman and have a special day.


Danbury And Wilton Provide No Shortage Of Storylines, And Semifinal Thoughts

FAIRFIELD — So much for surprises.

An FCIAC Girls Basketball Tournament that offered the prospect of unpredictability has played out true to form. There have been six games and the higher seed has won five of them.

Danbury, the No. 1 seed, and No. 2 Wilton advanced to the finals with wins Tuesday night, though they didn’t come easy.

Stamford was poised for an upset against the Hatters, but missed too many easy shots and had too many turnovers, a bad combination against a seasoned champion. Danbury closed the game with an 8-1 run in the final three minutes for a 45-33 victory.


Commentary: Danbury’s Experience Leads To 3-Peat Date With Wilton

FAIRFIELD — If you are restless and reading this at, say, 2 or 3 in the morning, you are probably not alone in your insomnia. Odds are there are several members of the Stamford High School girls basketball team tossing and turning, replaying rimmed-out shots and errant passes over and over like a DVR gone mad.

The Black Knights will remember Tuesday as the upset that got away, as missed chances against a seasoned champion were a contributing factor to a 45-33 loss against top-seeded Danbury in the semifinal round of the FCIAC Tournament.

Stamford (17-5), the No. 4 seed, played with energy on defense. That intensity was matched at the other end of the court.


Southfield Center Fan Showdown Darien-Ridgefield Vote-Off Starts Sunday

After ending up in a tie through the voting and video competitions, Darien’s Blue Wave SUPERFANS and Ridgefield’s Tiger’s Lair have agreed to hold a vote-off to settle The Ruden Report’s third annual Fan Showdown, sponsored by the Southfield Center for Development.
The tiebreaker is simple: there will be a voting contest on the site starting Sunday at 7 p.m. until noon on Tuesday. The winner will receive the $500 prize for its school’s athletic department from the Southfield Center.


Wales, England BlueStreak-Ruden Report Players Of The Week

George Wales of the Fairfield Ludlowe wrestling team and Tiana England of the Stamford girls basketball team are this week’s BlueStreak-Ruden Report FCIAC Players of the Week, presented by Chicken Joe’s.

Wales and England will each receive T-shirts and plaques from BlueStreak Sports Training and $25 gift certificates from Chicken Joe’s in New Canaan.

Wales became only the second wrestler from Ludlowe to win a Class L title, at 106 pounds.


Second-Chance Points: Stamford And Greenwich Hope To Provide Girls Basketball Semifinal Surprises

STAMFORD — The parity that has been the major theme of the FCIAC girls basketball season got bounced like an overinflated ball on Saturday.

Four games were decided by an average of 16 points, with just one, Greenwich’s 55-51 win over Westhill, decided by fewer than 19 points. The Cardinals were also the only lower seed to advance as form held.

Will the rich get richer again in Tuesday night’s semifinals, as Wilton takes on Greenwich in the opener, followed by Stamford trying to take down two-time defending champion Danbury?