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10 years ago Nor­walk’s Dan Walsh, who won an Olympic bronze medal in row­ing at the Sum­mer Games in Bei­jing, was hon­ored as the Nor­walk Sports Per­son of the Year by the Fair­field County Sports Com­mis­sion at its fourth an­nual ‘Sports Night’ … It came six days af­ter Walsh and other U.S. Olympians met Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush and were cel­e­brated dur­ing a re­cep­tion at the White House.

Lind­say Macri scored two goals in the first two min­utes of the game as the Nor­walk High girls soc­cer beat Bridge­port Cen­tral 6-0 for its first win of the sea­son. Ni­cole DiMeglio also tal­lied a pair of goals, while

Chrissy Ran­dall, Lorena Sfer­lazza and Ash­ley Lamp­man each scored once.

The NHS boys soc­cer team blanked Bridge­port Cen­tral 4-0 on goals by Jake Zu­niga, An­dres Tor­res, Spencer Ja­coby and

Mike LePoutre.

The two lo­cal foot­ball teams man­aged only one touch­down be­tween them in losses to un­beaten op­po­nents. Michael Gra­ham hooked up with QB Nick Blo­sio on a 74-yard TD on the sec­ond play of the game, but Darien scored the next five touch­downs to beat the Se­na­tors 39-7 … Nor­walk lost to New Canaan 25-0.

25 years ago

In a 32-year coach­ing ca­reer full of mile­stones, Ralph King

reached an­other one on Colum­bus Day morn­ing as the Brien McMa­hon boys soc­cer coach posted his 300th ca­reer vic­tory when the Se­na­tors nipped Westhill 1-0 in Nor­walk. Alex Her­nan­dez broke a score­less tie at the 18:18 mark of the sec­ond half while goal­keeper Dave Fish recorded his fourth shutout.

The 56-year-old King, now 300-143-42, be­came just the fifth soc­cer coach in state his­tory to win 300 games. Many former play­ers and par­ents of former play­ers were on hand to cel­e­brate the oc­ca­sion, while King’s cur­rent play­ers pre­sented him with a plaque and signed the game ball. It was the Se­na­tors’ fifth straight win and gave the East Di­vi­sion lead­ers a 6-2-1 record.

Mean­while, a young Nor­walk High team gave a 6-0 Green­wich squad all it could han­dle be­fore los­ing 4-3. Rod­ney Louis scored two goals while fresh­man Paco Fabian tal­lied the other goal 10 min­utes into the sec­ond half to give the Bears a 3-2 lead. But Green­wich tied it on a penalty kick and then scored the game win­ner with eight min­utes left.

The NHS field hockey team notched its first win as the Lady Bears blanked Fair­field High 3-0.

Bon­nie Faust, who moved up from half­back to for­ward, scored all three goals. Nor­walk had scored only twice in its first six games. Jill Vasil as­sisted on two of the goals while Maria Valera set up the other. Goalie Lisa Mal­izia, fill­ing in for starter Stacey Scarso, who was sick, made 10 saves for the shutout.

In foot­ball, McMa­hon, the state’s 10th-ranked team, im­proved to 4-0 with its third shutout of the sea­son, 31-0 over de­fend­ing FCIAC cham­pion Darien. The Se­na­tors gained a mea­sure of re­venge af­ter the Blue Wave had ended their East Di­vi­sion ti­tle hopes in the pre­vi­ous two years.

Kevin Fos­ter scored three firsthalf touch­downs, in­clud­ing a 73-yard run, while Idris Price had 101 yards on only six car­ries, in­clud­ing a 51-yarder to set up one of Fos­ter’s TDs. John Cerra added a 34-yard field goal and was 4-for-4 on PATs.

Nor­walk High fell to 0-4 fol­low­ing a 26-0 loss to Trum­bull, the sec­ond time the Bears have been shut out this sea­son.

50 years ago

It was home sweet home as all three lo­cal high school foot­ball teams made their home de­but this week. It was es­pe­cially sweet for Nor­walk High, which not only beat Stam­ford Catholic 22-12, but played its first game at NHS in five years af­ter be­ing forced to play at Brien McMa­hon while its field was un­avail­able. Quar­ter­back Bob Jones threw touch­down passes to Jim Flynn, cov­er­ing 50 yards, and K.C. Braun, his sev­enth TD catch of the sea­son, only two shy of the FCIAC record. Richard Lewis ac­counted for the other touch­down with an 82-yard kick­off re­turn.

Cen­tral Catholic posted its first win of the sea­son as the Cava­liers edged Im­mac­u­late 18-14. Frank Ouel­lette scored two touch­downs and Dan Mercedes had the other while also rush­ing for 97 yards.

Un­beaten McMa­hon ran its record to 3-0 by de­feat­ing An­drew Warde 43-6 as Ken Ro­mano ran for four touch­downs. QB Lee Royle passed to Hal Mayo

for an­other TD, while Roger Le­Clair hit Mike Cerulo in the end zone. Jim Wheeler blocked two punts and was in on a third, all of which led to touch­downs.

In soc­cer, it was the bat­tle of un­beaten di­vi­sion lead­ers as McMa­hon and Sta­ples col­lided, and both teams re­mained un­de­feated af­ter bat­tling to a 0-0 tie in dou­ble over­time. Goalie Rick Sal­vato

was out­stand­ing in the nets as he made 20 saves against Sta­ples’ po­tent at­tack … Nor­walk regis­tered its first win, blank­ing Rip­powam 1-0 on a goal by Gerold Hart­man as­sisted by Andy Ky­des. Goalie Dave Boger made 12 saves for the shutout.

The NHS field hockey team over­pow­ered Cen­tral Catholic 7-0 as Linda D’Orio scored four goals while Nancy Cochrane, Suzy Bar­tow and Nancy Balla

each tal­lied once.

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