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Past articles by John:

Skewis hurls Wilton Post 86 past Norwalk Post 12

NORWALK - When Brendan Skewis was younger, he had some issues pitching with men on base. Problem solved. The Wilton Post 86 right-hander fired a shutout, throwing 92 pitchers and scattering seven hits and leading his team to a 6-0 win over Norwalk Post 12 at the Callahan Athletic Complex on Tuesday night. "Last year, pitching JV, I used to let that get to my head," said Skewis, a recent Wilton… → Read More

Boys lacrosse: Wilton defeats Staples

WILTON-The Wilton boys lacrosse team has had some issues playing a full game this season. On Saturday night while hosting Staples, though, the Warriors put together perhaps their best 48 minutes of the season, defeating the Wreckers by an 11-6 score at Fujitani Field. "Obviously, they're jacked up, but a win is a win is a win," Wilton coach John Wiseman said. "We're just trying to build and get… → Read More

Danbury races past Norwalk with RB Thomas’ help

NORWALK - Two years ago, Danbury running back Malik Thomas considered himself a soccer player. When a friend of his joked that at 6 feet tall and 200-plus pounds he was too big for soccer, Thomas considered another sport - or more specifically, another kind of football. On Friday night at Testa Field, Thomas showed he was more than built for football as he piled up more than 250 yards rushing… → Read More

No. 8 Darien stuns top-seeded Staples

WESTPORT - One of the reasons Darien entered the FCIAC girls soccer tournament as the No. 8 seed was its inability to defend set plays this season. During a regular-season loss to Staples, that was one of the things that really bit the Blue Wave. On Thursday at Albie Loeffler Field, the Blue Wave found those goals on the other foot. Darien scored a pair of long-range direct kicks in the first 90… → Read More

Staples caps undefeated season by beating St. Joseph

WESTPORT - Last season, as Zoe Barnett watched and bided her time behind a three-year starter and all-state goalkeeper, she took everything in and learned as much as she can. This fall, as a senior starter, Barnett finally got her shot. Barnett backstopped an undefeated Staples High girls soccer regular season, giving up just five goals in 16 games and recording her 11th shutout of the season in… → Read More

Rullo’s PK sparks Ludlowe past Norwalk

NORWALK - There are multiple reasons Fairfield Ludlowe's Nico Rullo wears the captain's armband. Having his foot on the ball with the game on the line is just one of them. Rullo buried a penalty kick with 9:16 left to play in Saturday's FCIAC boys soccer showdown against Norwalk, lifting the Falcons to a 2-1 victory over the Bears at Testa Field. The victory clinched a league playoff spot for… → Read More

Thaw leads Staples past Norwalk

WESTPORT - Jake Thaw has come into his own as quarterback of the Staples football team. The junior signal-caller amassed 245 of the Wreckers' 447 total yards Friday night, rushing for four touchdowns and throwing for another while leading Staples to a 40-20 win over Norwalk. The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder scored on touchdown runs of 1, 10, 14 and 42 yards and connected with wide receiver Kevin Rabacs… → Read More

McManhon blanks Norwalk volleyball

NORWALK - Brien McMahon volleyball coach Pete Georgiou has seen his team rise to the occasion against some of the best teams in the league this season. He's also seen his young squad falter in games it likely should have won. When archrival Norwalk High crossed the Norwalk River on Wednesday for the annual showdown with his Senators, Georgiou didn't know what to expect. What he got was a team… → Read More

Wilton’s Rothkopf breaks single-season scoring school field hockey record

WILTON - It wouldn't be field hockey season if Emma Rothkopf wasn't banged-up and hurting somewhere on her body. That's how hard the Wilton High senior forward plays every time she picks up her stick and steps on the field. Now, Rothkopf has gone and broken something else. Only this time, it's a school record. In just her ninth game of the season, Rothkopf scored her 28th goal of the season,… → Read More

Westhill improves to 12-1 with win over Staples

WESTPORT - It's understandable if Sanjana Nayak gets lost from time to time among the taller, heavy-hitting front line that the Westhill Vikings boast this volleyball season. In Wednesday night's 3-1 win FCIAC win over host Staples, however, it was Nayak who came up with the two biggest kills of the night as Westhill walked away with a 25-9, 25-21, 24-26, 25-23 victory. The junior helped cap a… → Read More

School pride keeps Norwalk’s Sferlazza on a different field

NORWALK - It's never easy to try something new. Norwalk High School senior Julia Sferlazza not only tried something new, but thrived in that new environment. Sferlazza is a soccer player, and a talented one at that. In fact, she'll be playing at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., next fall. This fall, though, with her college decision made and her Connecticut Football Club travel team… → Read More

Defense carries Bullard Havens past ATI

BRIDGEPORT - Jamai Duncan seriously considered not playing football this season. The Bullard-Havens junior went to take a look at the season's opening practice to give new coach Chris Pace a look-see. The next day, he rejoined the team. On a cloud-covered Saturday afternoon at Kennedy Stadium, Duncan came up with two huge defensive plays on fourth down to give his Tigers a 14-8, come-from-behind… → Read More

Naugatuck races past Oxford

NAUGATUCK - The mascot "Greyhounds" is without a doubt the ideal moniker for the 2018 edition of the Naugatuck High School football team. They're fast, they're strong and five games into this high school football season, they're undefeated, as well. Naugatuck raced past Oxford on Friday night at Veterans Field, rolling to a 49-7 win over the visiting Wolverines. "We're playing with a lot of… → Read More

McMahon’s Ortolano sets school record for career goals

STAMFORD - One of the intangibles of Chloe Ortolano's soccer career is that she always seems to be in the right place at the right time. That's exactly where she was Tuesday when Brien McMahon girls soccer teammate Peyton McNamara delivered a corner kick to the far post during their FCIAC contest against Trinity Catholic at Gaglio Field. Off that corner, Ortolano then did what nobody in the… → Read More

Alfisi sparks Norwalk past McMahon

NORWALK-Adriana Alfisi's own worst critic has always been staring back at her in a mirror. After Norwalk defeated Brien McMahon 5-2 on Monday at Testa Field, that critic was silenced. Alfisi scored three goals and assisted on another to lead the Bears to the win over their cross-city archrivals. "Adriana has been working a lot on staying disciplined and going to the goal," Norwalk coach Kyle… → Read More

FOOTBALL: O’Brien Tech’s Roc brothers run wild in win

ANSONIA - Simply put, the Emmett O'Brien Tech football team Roc'd the house on Saturday. And, because of that, the Condors rolled to their third win of the season. The one-two punch of twin brother tandem Jommar and Jonte Roc combined for 402 yards of rushing and eight touchdowns to lift the host Condors to a 56-27 win over Henry Wilcox Tech at the O'Brien Athletic Complex. The 56 points was a… → Read More

Brookfield runs past Stratford

STRATFORD - Nick Henderson might be No. 1 on the roster sheet, but he's far from the only one in the Brookfield Bobcats backfield. A trio of Brookfield backs tore up Penders Field for more than 300 yards rushing on Friday night as the Bobcats bested host Stratford 42-7 in an SWC matchup. Henderson had 136 yards on 15 carries, Conor McVey had 116 yards on nine carries and Jack Mix picked up 46… → Read More

Brien McMahon’s center of attention is a ‘Lucky’ guy

NORWALK - The day the earth shook so violently and so many buildings and worlds came crumbling down, Paul Louikenson was only 8 years old. It's a day burned forever into his mind, a time the Brien McMahon junior football player can't escape even as he stood on Casagrande Field with a whole new family he never even knew existed in January 2010. "It's not a day I like remembering or talking… → Read More

Newtown rolls over Stratford

STRATFORD - Anyone who casually glances at the final score Newtown's 49-7 win over Stratford on Friday would assume it was another typical Nighthawks victory. Newtown coach Bob Pattison knows better. Pattison knows when he looks at the game film he's going to fill a legal pad of mistakes and miscues that could come back and haunt the Nighthawks somewhere down the line if things aren't fixed.… → Read More

Papp is Norwalk’s next big man on campus

NORWALK - Everybody at Norwalk High looks up to Sam Papp, and not just because he stands 6-foot-5 and weighs in at a strong and athletic 255 pounds. No, it runs deeper than that. Far deeper, in fact. Once, when he was far smaller than he is now, Papp was occasionally picked on due to a stutter. Since becoming the man-child he is today, he protects those who might fall prey to the bullying of… → Read More