New Canaan’s Bruno, Darien’s Fiore Travel Same Path To Remain Rivals

NEW CANAAN — Giana Bruno and Chrissie Fiore became rivals because of proximity, friends and teammates because of their shared talents, and will remain adversaries both due to that ability and the common mindset of taking the road less traveled.

“It’s fun having that two-sided relationship,” said Bruno, a two-sport star at New Canaan. “You step on the field and you’re enemies. We never smile at each other.”


Commentary: FCIAC Sports In 2016 Offered Welcome Reprieve From Outside World

If you have scanned your Twitter feed at any point during the past month, it is easy to see why there is a strong sentiment to give 2016 a swift kick into the rear-view mirror. Often this has been in response to the growing list of celebrity losses in the entertainment world; we have seen the deaths of an extraordinary number of performers with visionary talent, especially in the music world.


Cassidy’s Goal Gives Darien Girls Hockey Team Dramatic 3-2 Win Over New Canaan

DARIEN — For 2½ periods it was a head-scratcher of a girls hockey game. But then, in the final minutes, two of the best players in the state did their best to make sense of it all in the latest rendition of this Darien-New Canaan rivalry.

Ninety seconds after New Canaan’s Catherine Granito scored the tying goal, Darien’s Georgia Cassidy netted the game-winner, giving the Blue Wave a 3-2 Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory at the Darien Ice Rink in a game they never thought would end up that close.


Video: Debut Of ‘Inside The Glass’ With The Darien Girls Hockey Team

This all started when Marissa Baker, a captain on Darien’s girls hockey team, tagged me this week on an Instagram posting for an account called Inside The Glass. Baker wanted me to check out some fun that teammates Cassidy Schiff, Courtney Lowe and Emily Gianunzio started last season, intra-team postgame interviews. When Baker broke a stick in a game, the two pieces became microphones.

After watching the post, and some contact with Schiff and Baker, we decided to make Inside The Glass a new feature on The Ruden Report.


Granito The Latest In Recent Line Of Outstanding New Canaan 3-Sport Female Athletes

NEW CANAAN — Catherine The Great was the most renowned and the longest-ruling female leader of Russia. Her reign was called Russia’s golden age.

A little over three centuries later, Catherine Granito is merely part of what has been an outstanding era for three-sport female athletes in New Canaan. Is this comparison a stretch? Let’s just say Granito, who stands just 5-feet tall, packs greatness into every inch.

Consider: Granito started playing ice hockey when she was 2, save for one year played against boys until she was 14 and could graduate next year as perhaps the second-leading scorer in state history, surpassing one of her role models. Or that she never played field hockey until her freshman year, when she attended a “Meet The Coaches” gathering and was encouraged by a friend to come out for the team.