Chris Elsberry, Connecticut Post

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Bridgeport, CT, United States

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Past articles by Chris:

Ludlowe shuts out town rival Warde to advance

FAIRFIELD - Goalkeeping is basically instinct. See the play develop, follow your gut feeling and try and make the stop. Ludlowe's Nicholas Tenreiro did that - twice - and because he did, the Falcons are advancing into the FCIAC boys' soccer semifinals. First, Tenreiro slid out to block a shot in close from Warde's Daniel Villabla, and then lunged to his right to punch away a curving shot from… → Read More

Whammond’s goal lifts Jesuits

FAIRFIELD - Alex Whammond was not going to be denied. Time and time again, over the course of the game against Hamden, Whammond had just about every kind of scoring chance you could imagine ... a header from the middle of the box that went wide left ... a drive to the goal, only to have the keeper slide out and steal the ball away ... another header, this one right into the keeper's chest. Was… → Read More

Darien defense dominates in beating Warde

FAIRFIELD - For a moment, for a brief moment, Fairfield Warde had a chance to change the momentum of what had been a one-sided affair in favor of Darien and make the Blue Wave sweat a little. Will Stearns has just caught a touchdown pass to get the Mustangs on the board and one play after the ensuing kickoff, Joe Gjinaj recovered a fumble at the Darien 31, giving Warde the football and the… → Read More

Ludlowe keeps the prize

FAIRFIELD - To put it bluntly, the Swedish Cup is a crazy looking trophy. For the most part, it's indescribable. Ugly, might be a better word. But to watch the Ludlowe boys' soccer team take the trophy from head coach Kevin O'Hara and hold it high, jumping around like they'd just won the World Cup, it doesn't matter what it looks like. All that matters is that it will continue to reside in the… → Read More

Warde tops Ludlowe for fourth straight win

FAIRFIELD - Two years ago, it was coach Samantha Dileo, who worked to get the Warde field hockey program to buy into her system. The results were mixed. Last year, it was co-coaches Paige Moore and Deirdre Hynes that tried to do the same thing. Again, the results were mixed. Now, it's Victoria Strauser's turn - the Mustangs third coach in three seasons - to try and get the players to believe in… → Read More

Wreckers shut out Falcons

FAIRFIELD - On Sunday, the players and coaches of the Staples boys soccer team gathered to watch a video highlighting the first 60 years of Staples soccer. They watched the historic goals, the historic wins and celebrations and the historic championships. Now, as the next 60 years of Staples soccer begins, Lefty Penderakis staked his claim to having one of his goals put into the next highlight… → Read More

Staples shuts out Ludlowe in girls soccer

WESTPORT - Sometimes, no matter how good you are, it pays to be a little bit lucky. Nearly 60 minutes into a scoreless battle with Ludlowe, the Staples girls' soccer team was feeling a little snake-bit. Over a half-dozen solid scoring opportunities in the first half came up empty and the Wreckers had to be wondering what it was going to take to finally get on the scoreboard. A fluke goal did the… → Read More

Darien volleyball holds off Ludlowe in five-set thriller

FAIRFIELD - The momentum was squarely on the side of the Ludlowe Falcons. After dropping the first two sets of the match to perennial CIAC and FCIAC power Darien, Ludlowe had rallied to square things at two sets apiece and set the stage for a winner-take-all fifth and final set. And thanks to an energy level registering at a fever pitch coming from the boisterous Falcons' student section, the… → Read More

Trumbull, Warde battle to draw in boys soccer

FAIRFIELD - The game clock was ticking down under 10 minutes to play and the home team was hanging on to a one-goal lead when Trumbull assistant coach Silverio Vitiello shouted across the field to his players, "It's time for big boy soccer." For 70 minutes, there had been plenty of big boy soccer from both Trumbull and Fairfield Warde with the Mustangs rallying from a halftime deficit to hold a… → Read More

Second-half surge leads Trumbull past Warde

TRUMBULL - Pele would have been proud. A two-goal Trumbull lead had just been sliced to one and the momentum was on the side of the Warde Mustangs. It was still anyone's game, a game crucial to the FCIAC standings, but Trumbull's Meghan Lesko changed everything with a play for the ages. Stationed at the right side of the field, about 20 yards out and with her back to the goal, Lesko took control… → Read More

Ross bringing fun, winning back to Ludlowe

FAIRFIELD - Brian Howell was through. He was done with football. It had been a miserable season, 10 games, 10 losses. None of those 10 defeats even remotely close. As a sophomore, he saw the seniors, including his older brother, Chris, at odds with the coaching staff - even to the point of the players boycotting a practice after a blowout loss to Greenwich. Once, the game had been fun. Now, it… → Read More

GIRLS SOCCER: Domingos powers ND-Fairfield past Barlow

FAIRFIELD - Joel Barlow girls soccer coach Neil Phillips knows it's hard enough to beat Notre Dame-Fairfield when Toni Domingos is playing at her best. But when Mother Nature decides to get involved, it's nearly impossible. Domingos used her dazzling speed to score the Lancers' first goal and later, set up the second with another explosive burst and then, just after the halftime horn, thunder… → Read More

FOOTBALL: Masuk rolls over ND-Fairfield behind five Juliano TD passes

FAIRFIELD - Coming into Saturday's game against Notre Dame-Fairfield, Masuk coach Joe Lato was close to being sick to his stomach. Especially after watching his Panthers go through their Friday workout. "(Friday) We struggled," Lato said. "Lots of mistakes, distractions ... "I'm always worried. I had a stomach ache coming into this game. I was worried about Notre Dame, definitely." He didn't… → Read More

FOOTBALL: Duran’s kick return, TD catch, lift Prep over Sheehan

WALLINGFORD - Finn Duran needs a better nickname. Something sweet, you know? Like Captain Lightning ... or Mr. Fantastic because it seems every time he touches the football, something great happens for Fairfield Prep. Duran returned the opening kickoff 72 yards to set up an early field goal, caught a 37-yard touchdown pass and was everything the Jesuits needed in a dominating 23-14 victory over… → Read More

FOOTBALL: Warde uses Central’s mistakes to roll to easy win

BRIDGEPORT - There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Derrick Lewis knows it's out there, somewhere. One of these days, but most likely not this season, however, the Central football coach will see it. Bringing better days along as well. Until that time comes. However, there are going to continue to be games like this, games when the Hilltoppers shoot themselves in the foot over and over… → Read More

Top-ranked Staples field hockey whips Ludlowe

FAIRFIELD - Joe Skarupa was curious. His young Ludlowe field hockey team had gotten off to a fast start in its opening five games, winning three and tying one and with Staples, the class of the FCIAC, standing on the opposite side of the field Monday, Skarupa felt the game would give him a good sign of where the Falcons stood. "We have a lot of work to do," Skarupa said afterward. Indeed.… → Read More

Ludlowe edges Norwalk in comeback win

FAIRFIELD - Ludlowe coach Mitch Ross felt like he had a 50-50 chance. And he liked those odds. Aidan Wykoff had just scored from a yard out with 1:38 to play, bringing Ludlowe within one point in what had been a back and forth offensive battle against Norwalk. On the previous Falcons touchdown, the extra point had been blocked and Ross, admittedly a little hesitant, decided to play for the win.… → Read More

Shelton tops Prep behind Yakowicz punt return

FAIRFIELD - One of the unwritten sports rules, especially in football, is play until you hear a whistle. And on a play when everyone on Fairfield Prep stopped, Shelton's David Yakowicz kept going. Yakowicz picked up a loose ball on a punt and raced 54 yards to the end zone for the Gaels lone touchdown, a play that proved to be decisive in Shelton's 10-7 win over the Jesuits Friday night at… → Read More

Ridgefield blanks Ludlowe 2-0 in girls soccer

FAIRFIELD - With the season just passing the quarter pole, the Ridgefield girls' soccer team looks very much like the same team that captured the Class LL championship last fall. The Tigers used an overwhelming defense and an opportune offense to score once in each half and defeat a solid Fairfield Ludlowe squad 2-0 Thursday night at Taft Field. Freshman midfielder Meredith Clifford scored both… → Read More

Early gamble pays off in Trumbull’s lopsided win over Ludlowe

TRUMBULL - The gamble paid off. Going for it on fourth and one just a minute into the game, Trumbull coach Marce Petroccio told his quarterback, Colton Nicholas to do what he does best, push the ball forward. And so, he did. It might have been just a two-yard gain, but it was more than enough to get the Eagles the momentum they needed. The end result was a touchdown, the first of many as… → Read More