True Blue: Baker And Cassidy The Engines To Darien’s Field Hockey Team

DARIEN — Consistent with their uniform numbers, Marissa Baker and Georgia Cassidy refer to themselves, respectively, as “Thing 1 and Thing 2.” It is a playful but inaccurate description for the star forwards of the Darien High School field hockey team, who have been teammates — no, linemates — in two sports for six years.

“Sometimes I know where she is without looking up and she will do whatever she can,” Baker said.


Week 2: FCIAC Football Plays Of The Week

The second full week of the FCIAC football season brought us a high-scoring rematch that ended with Darien toppling Greenwich, a most controversial ending as Trinity Catholic defeated Norwalk, and shutout wins by Staples and St. Joseph.

And this week our FCIAC Football Plays of the Week has highlights from all eight games.


Upon Further Review: On Trinity Catholic’s Winning Touchdown, Uncertain Officiating And The Fallout

One of the nicest scenes over the weekend from two three-hour games that failed to live up to expectations took place Saturday afternoon at Cardinal Stadium. It didn’t involve Greenwich or Darien, the two teams on the field, but behind the fence near the visiting stands. Trinity Catholic quarterback Anthony Lombardi was hanging out with several Norwalk players.

There was amicable discussion and teasing about a play that took place 30 hours earlier and may end up being the most controversial one of the season.


Staples’ Graham Gudis, Darien’s Katie Elders BlueStreak-Ruden Report Players Of The Week

Graham Gudis of the Staples boys soccer team and Katie Elders of the New Canaan field hockey team are this week’s BlueStreak-Ruden Report Players of the Week.

Gudis and Elders will each receive our T-shirts.

Gudis, just back from injury, scored the game-tying and -winning goals, the latter off a spectacular volley, in the Wreckers’ 3-1 come-from-behind win over St. Joseph.

Elders, a freshman, scored a hat trick as the Blue Wave defeated New Canaan, 4-0, to avenge a loss in last year’s FCIAC final.


Vote For The Ruden Report Team Of The Week

We have seven teams on the menu this week for The Ruden Report FCIAC Team of the Week vote.

Your finalists are: the Ridgefield girls cross country, Darien field hockey, Danbury field hockey, Trumbull volleyball, St. Joseph football, Norwalk/McMahon girls swimming and Stamford football teams.


Darien 51, Greenwich 28: Grant’s 6 Touchdowns Help Blue Wave Ace First Test

GREENWICH — The Darien High School football team was not lacking for incentive when it arrived at Cardinal Stadium on Saturday.

First and foremost, the Blue Wave wanted to play as well as the spectacular early autumn weather in their first big test of the season, against Greenwich. There were the memories of a year ago, also in the second week of the season, when Darien fumbled the ball away five times yet escaped with a 33-26 win.


You Make The Call: Trinity Catholic’s Winning Touchdown Catch Against Norwalk

Controversy broke out at Norwalk High School Friday night, after Trinity Catholic’s Johnny Somers made a spectacular fourth-down catch between three defenders with 1:22 remaining that provided the winning margin in a 22-20 decision over the Bears.

The official on the play first started to rule a touchdown, then quickly changed his call to incomplete. An official much farther away came running in, and after a meeting the play was ruled a score.


Trinity Catholic 22, Norwalk 20: Crusaders Even Record On Controversial Late Touchdown

NORWALK — A penalty-filled battle that had already stretched nerves and removed flow from an important early-season game boiled over into controversy Friday night at Norwalk High School.

Trinity Catholic, looking to complete a 17-play drive and overcome a 20-16 deficit, faced 4th and 4 from the Bears’ 15 with 1:22 remaining. Crusaders quarterback Anthony Lombardi lofted a pass into the left corner of the end zone, where his receiver, Johnny Somers, was surrounded by three defenders.