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The Norwalk Hour - - SPORTS - | BY GE­ORGE ALBANO

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.

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