10 years ago Chris Hines had another big day for the Norwalk High football team as the senior halfback rushed for 156 yards and two touchdowns and also returned a punt 65 yards for a third TD as the red-hot Bears beat Ridgefield 24-10 to clinch the Central Division title. It was the fourth straight win and sixth in the last seven games for the Norwalkers, now 6-3. Brian Jacoby booted a 42-yard field goal to round out the scoring. NHS, which has a bye next week, will be off for 19 days before facing crosstown rival Brien McMahon on Thanksgiving.
The Senators blanked LudloweFairfield 6-0 as senior running back Tyler Dixon, playing in his first game since breaking his collarbone in the preseason, scored the game’s only points on a 2-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
The Norwalk High boys soccer team opened state-tournament play with a thrilling 3-2 doubleovertime win against Wilbur Cross in Class LL. The 13th-seeded Bears trailed No. 20 Cross 2-1, but Matt Surace tied it with 6:48 left and Tommy Garcia headed in a corner kick from Willy Arbieto with 3:15 remaining in the second OT to win it.
The Bears then blanked No. 36 Cheshire 2-0 to advance to the quarterfinals. Spencer Jacoby
scored in the first half off a nice feed from Andres Torres, while defender Sean Whitteaker
knocked in a rebound in the second half to seal it … Norwalk’s season ended two days later with a 2-0 loss to No. 5 Farmington as the Bears finished 13-6-2.
Norwalk’s T.J. Trimboli won the 23rd Connecticut Public Links Championship at the Alling Memorial Golf Course in New Haven. The former standout basketball and lacrosse player at Norwalk High shot an even-par 72 each day to win by one stroke.
25 years ago
The Brien McMahon girls field hockey program made history as the Lady Senators won the school’s first FCIAC championship in a girls sport by upsetting three-time defending champion Greenwich 1-0. McMahon had won the Eastern Division the last three years, but came up short in the playoffs each time. This season, they made the FCIAC tournament as a wild card and defeated East champ Darien 1-0 in the semis and then West Division champ Greenwich by the same score in the finals. In both games, Karen Galbo scored the lone goal with an assist from Tara Sprague.
Greenwich, 13-0-2 coming in, outshot McMahon 8-1 in the first half and the Senators had only one shot in the second half, but Galbo made it count with 11:08 gone by. The defense did the rest behind the play of tournament MVP Lukyda Williams, Alison Hotchkiss, Tammy Coleman, Hope Morrison and sophomore goalie Michelle Audet, who made several big saves. McMahon takes a 10-3-2 record into the state tournament.
The postseason hopes of the McMahon football team were dealt a big blow as the Senators lost to Trinity Catholic 7-3. The Norwalkers broke a scoreless tie when John Cerra kicked a 35yard field goal with two minutes left in the third quarter. But the Crusaders put together a gamewinning 80-yard drive, scoring a touchdown with 5:25 to play … Norwalk High lost to Greenwich 34-0.
50 years ago
An overflowing crowd of more than 5,000 people witnessed the most exciting game thus far in the eight-year history of the NorwalkBrien McMahon football rivalry as the Senators held on to nip the Bears 7-6 at BMHS. Ken Romano
broke off a 45-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and Hal Mayo kicked the extra point to give the home team a 7-0 halftime lead. Norwalk finally broke through in the fourth quarter when Hal Conyers ran three yards for a TD, but on the twopoint conversion try, Mayo stepped in front of an open receiver at the last second and knocked down the potential go-ahead pass to preserve McMahon’s one-point lead.
NHS drove to the McMahon 17 later in the quarter but was stopped, and the visitors got down to the 18 the last time they had the ball, but Larry Miller
tackled QB Bob Jones on the last play of the game. The Senators, coming off their first loss of the season to Danbury last week, improved to 6-1 and remained in a three-way tie for first in the West Division with one game left. Norwalk fell to 4-4, but still leads the city series 4-3-1.
Central Catholic, winners of four straight, was scheduled to play West Haven, which was 7-0 and ranked No. 1 in the state. But the contest had to be canceled when 15 CCHS players came down with skin infection impetigo.
The McMahon soccer team knocked off Hamden 2-0 in overtime in the state quarterfinals as Jim Marmanides scored both goals in the extra session and goalie Ricky Salvato recorded his eighth shutout … But the 12thseeded Senators saw their season end in the semifinals following a 3-2 loss to No. 6 Wethersfield on penalty kicks. The score was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation as Marmanides scored again for McMahon, while Floyd Sisterhanm and Peter DiMeglio converted the Senators’ two penalty kicks.