It's early April. I have no idea what sports will look like in the coming months. Neither does anyone else
This pandemic, if nothing else, has illustrated a few things to me: 1) politics during a health crisis are toxic and destructive; and 2) the unending need to be right about everything is overrated.
Groton needs to reconsider its AD position
We are living very conscious days, perhaps examining our lives and values as never before.
Local football official and baseball umpire Kevin Moreland learned Monday that his daughter, Cory Lynn, a nurse at Yale-New Haven, has the coronavirus. She is 24.
Rachel and Paige Mebus, former athletes and graduates of East Lyme High, work in New York City hospitals, heroically and frightfully fighting the coronavirus.
It's a relief to know Doris Burke is symptom free. Yet her story is also a cautionary tale.
Nowhere else in the state can trumpet the names O'Neill, Harvey, Varjas, Rousseau, Schiffner, Bidwell, McDonald, Davis, Campbell, Walker, Fordyce, Carignan ... Apologies to the scores of others unintentionally omitted.
Tony Nocito retires after 19 ECC championship games, nine state championship games and as the 2017 CIAC Official of the Year.
Can someone explain why Shennecossett, Norwich Golf Course and Stonington Country Club (for its members) are still open?
GameDay has compiled highlights of the top 10 state playoff games of the past decade involving schools from this corner of the world.
A Facebook site established recently to collect restaurant gift cards earmarked for the staff at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital
The best way we’re going to survive this is together. So how does one navigate such a paradoxical road? Look to our favorite gin mills, of course.
It was 15 years ago when a bunch of players from Vermont became the most treasured men in the state this side of Ben or Jerry. The No. 15 Catamounts took down No. 2 Syracuse with Stonington Whiz Kid Alex Jensen in the middle of it.
We will know more Wednesday about the plight of the spring high school sports season, following a meeting of league commissioners at Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference headquarters.
Sports, the great societal distraction, became the vehicle that ultimately awakened the country to the COVID-19's threat.
We've learned in recent days and weeks that the economic tentacles of the coronavirus have left our better angels indisposed
Somehow, educational leadership in our state has concluded that our kids are safer among all their classmates, teachers and other staffers within the bustling halls of a school than they would be playing basketball in a gym without spectators
There was never a darker day in state high school sports than Tuesday. We allowed fear of the unknown to stage a coup d'état on common sense.
Idle Thoughts, while waiting for bracketology, a case of Lysol to arrive and for the Yankees to get a new medical staff:
There is nothing more sacrosanct that protecting our kids from predatory adults. I just don't see justice served in its highest form here when so many people have been hurt, beginning with kids
The Eastern Connecticut Conference has become a beacon for other leagues in Connecticut to emulate. Never has this league been more efficient and of better service to the kids and their memories.
It was a little less than 24 hours earlier that the Bears, left for dead a few weeks ago, won their third road game in five days, this one for the conference tournament championship at WPI.
Fitch senior Ajia Brown a different kind of cat. He says "sir" a lot in casual conversation. He actually converses. And he can do so with adults as easy as his friends. Makes you pine for more like him.
There is no other sporting venue in the country today — none — that does more for girls' and women's sports than Mohegan Sun Arena. #GirlDads everywhere have enjoyed the shapes and forms of Neon Uncasville for many years now.
Basketball practice, perhaps met at moments throughout the season with a sense of dread, never felt as good as it did Monday at Coast Guard.
Courtney Williams had a specific target in mind for the summer of 2020. It wasn't Connecticut.
Sam Light, otherwise a Stonington Bear – his wrestling singlet is brown and white – wrestles with Fitch as a "team of one," the CIAC's option that allows kids to stay in the sport they love.
The town of Old Saybrook's Zoning Commission is suing town residents John and Jane Ellis, who have dedicated most of their lives to helping cancer victims and their families through the Connecticut Sports Foundation.
Phil Orbe wins wherever he goes. He does not tolerate fools. He will hold you accountable. He is fair. He is firm. This job means a lot to him. So does the city.
The idea is that RMMS is teaching kids to stand up for what they believe in – and not care who knows it. I love it. And so should journalists – real ones, anyway - everywhere
Some years fly us to nirvana. Some years plunge us into the abyss.
The voices from the wilderness were heard. The ECC decided this past offseason to move the girls' championship games, Divisions I and II, to Mohegan Sun as well
What if some (all?) of the same legislators join in a similar bipartisan effort to rewrite state law and render MGM's arguments less applicable?
Paige Martin has been setting records all winter, including her school's indoor mark, which stands at 12 feet, 6 inches. And counting. Martin's recent vault of 12-6 would have rendered her the top seed in the ECC Div. II boys' meet Saturday and the No. 2 seed in ECC Div. I.
I don't care about individuals, their playing time or their stats. I care about the team. Winning the game. Period. And I don't like people who think otherwise.
What an idea. What a challenge. The two best teams in Connecticut, the best current rivalry ... but would GameDay's appeal resonate in another region of the state?
If we're truly serious now about "making the most of every day," we can perhaps extract ourselves from self-indulgence and achieve true happiness and fulfillment in the best way possible: start helping others. We can begin today.
So much for an all-decade team serving as an amusing distraction. This was hard. And also testimony that the ECC may have been the best league in Connecticut in girls’ basketball — at least at the top — for the entire decade.
Alas, the opinions from our lawmakers on this issue are irrelevant. So is mine. I am not Native American and have little concept what is truly offensive. I can surmise, sure. But I have not lived it. This counts.
And yet here is Courtney Gomez, with an energy level that could make Eversource take notes, happily following The Guy at Norwich Free Academy
The residual effect of women's sports' greatest rivalry has been greater awareness for female athletes everywhere. Not just in Connecticut. Women's sports are bigger and better than ever because of the history behind what's about to transpire again Thursday night at the XL Center
Mendoza's dizzying levels of obtuseness illustrated a fundamental lack of understanding of the media's job, especially in a day and age when anonymity stonewalls progress.
What assurances do we have that the cheating that permeated baseball during the recent runs of the Astros and Red Sox is going to stop?
The politicos in Killingly — one of whom once had ties to what the Southern Poverty Law Center calls a "general hate group" — just spit in the eye of all the kids and all their work. The "Redmen" are back. Happy days are there again, apparently.
Idle Thoughts, while waiting for pitchers and catchers, March Madness and Gerrit Cole's impending Cy Young Award.
Their voyage of self-discovery turned a bit gruesome Thursday, to the point where by night's end, the man with more championships than everyone else admitted that his team just isn't at Baylor's level.
In many ways, this is who Dave Mortimer has always been. Now he's reinvented himself to all the people who perhaps only knew him by what they read.
New London's athletic department has become a symbol of what ails much of the school system: systemic failure, stemming from a lack of supervision and evaluation of all parties involved. There is not enough — if any — accountability.
The idea came from the kids on Twitter, asking my opinion about the decade's best high school basketball team here in our corner of the world. I thought: Why not name an all-decade team within the ECC and throw in some other awards, too?
No longer is "Montville basketball" an oxymoron. "Montville basketball" is where the undefeated guys go now, all the way to their first home game tonight at 800 Old Colchester Rd.
Those of us in the public eye — local, regional or national — should take long and serious pause from not merely reading, but completely absorbing, the national obituary written about Don Imus.
This is the story of us. All of us. Any of us. And it's nothing more complicated than the mere suggestion that we all have more in common than we think.
And so this past Thursday, there we were in the Daddy Jack's kitchen – me, Jack, Jackson, Jeremiah and camera man Glen Peltier – doing an official cooking show. Title: "The Harshberger's Burgers."
The stories Newtown folks have carried with them since 2012 were no less poignant before the outcome of Saturday's game. And sadly, had the football team not won, we would not have heard them.
It wasn't merely a victory Sunday at the Meadowlands. As Paul Schwartz of the New York Post aptly wrote, "it wasn't a perfect 10, but it was perfect for '10.'"
Maybe Killingly's graciousness in losing came from once having known the euphoria of winning. Maybe it's just a nice bunch of kids. Maybe it's the culture of the program. More likely a combination of the three.
And so, the latest episode of "You Can't Make This Up" comes from Killingly, where some newly elected politicos have ensured the high school football team, playing for a state title Saturday, will do so without a nickname or mascot.
It was fun to watch A.J. Dillon throw away tacklers, run them over and then sound like a diplomat explaining them to the media after games
Jeremiah: senior lineman. Jackson: junior linebacker and fullback. Know that song "Country When Country Wasn't Cool?" Here are two kids from the country who were playing football when football wasn't cool in Waterford.
The universe hit the cosmic pause button for a moment Wednesday night at Waterford High, a scene we might have thought reserved for only what we see on TV instead of wondrous reality.
Marcia Agripino's road not taken was more akin to Bourbon St.: parties, good times and booze. Her true path on the higher road, although perhaps quieter, has been considerably more rewarding.
Waterford's Ryan Bakken is a renaissance guy, a throwback three-sport connoisseur who only enjoys every millisecond of being a high school athlete.
Waterford cam become the first CIAC school to win football, basketball and baseball titles in the same calendar year
There have been teams with better records in NFA lore and legend. Just never one that ever taught its participants — and the rest of us — more enduring lessons.
I've written about schools of choice and their inherent competitive advantages for a while now.
Officials still not in agreement
None of us are immune from the tentacles of violence.
Fitch coach Mike Ellis needed a police escort off his home field last Friday night.
Coast Guard Academy's Bill George knows there's no fighting time.
Wednesday night at Gampel Pavilion offered little proof that, as the analytics geeks like to say, fan interest in UConn men's basketball is truly trending upward.
Soccer deities not kind to the Falcons
The time was right for this moment at NFA.
Idle Thoughts, while waiting for Thanksgiving, more RPO (run-pass option) and less RCS (Road Construction Season): ● Dr. Idle, Dr. I to his close friends, has a question. (And thanks to old friend Hank Cormier for bringing this to Dr. I’s attention.) Has there ever been...
Unless specifics surface about the NCAA's alleged callousness toward Evina Westbrook, the former Tennessee women's basketball player seeking a waiver to grant her immediate eligibility to play at UConn, the NCAA can hide behind its esoteric canons.
Dev Ostrowski, among the most popular young men to ever hit our corner of the world, the East Lyme whiz kid whose basketball career ended long before it should have, is over the moon in Miami now, healthy and happy and hopeful.
The whole EEE consternation has mostly denied us the concept of Friday Night Lights.
They will gather today at Filomena's not merely to honor a man, but his calling. And Chip Jessuck's 51 years with us so far have been the best validation yet of Ziggy Marley's line, "people treat you according to the energy of what you put out there."
A wise guy sportswriter once said that soccer is the only game where the coach can get his (or her) 100th tie before the 100th win.
Norwich — This is the story of why New London still has a pulse, despite recent (and not so recent) headlines about the 06320 that ought to carry their own background music. Like “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves.” This is the story of a good guy named A.J. Turnier, a...