Tuesday, July 16, 2024


The Crowd was Sparse But Did Not Lack Enthusiasm

The Staples cheerleaders and supporters are silhouetted against the setting sun during today’s Staples vs Shelton championship football game at West Haven. Even though the crowd was sparse—no more than 125 or so—and the temperature in the 30s, they did not lack enthusiasm. WestportNow.com photo

Staples vs Shelton Championship Football Game 3 p.m. Today in West Haven

A morning conference call of the board of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) approved playing the Class L championship football game pitting Staples against Shelton at 3 p.m. today at West Haven High School.

Coach Marce Petroccio: Jimmy Hughes “definitely out” for today’s game. WestportNow.com photo

During a conference call Monday morning the CIAC board granted a waiver to allow the playing of the football finals past the season limitation deadline of Sunday, Dec. 7,Ӕ according to the CIAC Web site.
The Class L final between Staples and Shelton and the MM final between Masuk and East Lyme will be played today at Strong Stadium in West Haven (L at 3 p.m., MM at 7 p.m.).
It is the first time in 28 years of the playoffs that the CIAC has extended the season past the first Sunday in December.
Staples will be playing without star senior running back Jimmy Hughes. He injured his knee during the Dec. 2 semi-final win over Windsor.
ӓHes definitely out,Ҕ Coach Marce Petroccio told reporters Sunday after a two-hour practice session in the field house.
Although he wonӒt be on the field with us, he will be on the sideline rooting us on. Hell be the leader heҒs been for the past four years.
Hughes has rushed for 1,816 yards this season (5,419 during his career) and scored 38 touchdowns (74 career). He also holds the Staples records in rushing yards (5,419) and points (456).
The championship game originally was scheduled to be played Saturday afternoon. It was canceled due to the weekend snow storm.

Click for real-time game coveratge

While the field was ready to play Sunday, state police said roads were still dangerous and CIAC postponed the game again.
In the 28 years of the CIAC playoffs, a championship game has never been canceled. In the event of cancellation this year, teams would be declared co-champions
The weather forecast for this afternoon was for partly sunny skies with highs in the mid-30s with north winds 10 to 15 miles per hour.
The Staples football Web site planned real-time coverage of the game.

Report: Westport Oyster Proposal Scaled Back

A controversial proposal to harvest oysters off the Westport coastline using suspended cages goes before state regulators next week in a scaled-down version, according to the New Haven Register.

The newspaper said the proposal by Westport-based Mariculture Unlimited will be submitted to the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Dec. 15.

The company earlier this year applied to conduct operations on 366 acres of waters off of Westport and 155 acres off of Milford.

The reaction was swift and mostly negative. Westport boaters said it would seriously jeopardize their recreational activities on Long Island Sound.

The DEP told the firm to scale back its plan and, on Dec. 15, the revised proposal gets put on the table.

The revisions are substantial, said Peter Francis, a DEP analyst.

The Westport portion of the project is down to 91 acres and the Milford area is down to 83 acres, the newspaper said.

And unlike the original application which called for the deployment of all of the cages all at once ח the new proposal calls for the oyster cages to be submerged just below the surface of Long Island Sound over a three-year period, Francis said.

Mariculture is now proposing setting out 20 acres of oyster cages in Westport in the first year, about 25 acres the second and 46 acres in the final year.

The Milford deployment would be 15 acres in the first year, 12 acres in the second year and 56 acres in the third, the newspaper said.

Staples vs Shelton likely at 3 p.m. Monday

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) postponed Class L championship game pitting Staples against Shelton is likely to be played Monday at 3 p.m. at Ken Strong Stadium at West Haven High School, according to conference officials.

The final decision will be made Monday morning during a conference call, but the CIAC Web site said the Staples-Shelton game was tentatively set for Monday afternoon “pending board approval.”

The afternoon game would come as a surprise to some Staples officials who had expected if a game were to be played Monday, that it would be a night game.

Monday is a regular school day.

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Hopefully, most of you learned in time that the Staples vs Shelton game in West Haven scheduled for this afternoon was postponed again.

CIAC officials will decide Monday whether the game will be rescheduled or just declare both teams co-champions.