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Friday, September 26, 2008

Wilbur Cross decision expected today

The decision on a boys' basketball coach at Wilbur Cross looks to finally be upon us. Finally.

Rumors built to a crescendo late Thursday night that Anthony Hill, the front-runner for the job the past few weeks, will indeed be named head coach as early as today. Hill, currently the Berlin coach, was one of four candidates brought in for second interviews with New Haven Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reggie Mayo last Friday.

Hill had no comment when contacted late Thursday night, but all signs point to him as Jim Reynolds' successor, more than four months since Reynolds' resignation.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Blackout on

Some viewers watching the Shelton-Cheshire football game on Thursday experienced a blackout when the game went to commercial, then to a pair of television programs.

Shelton had just tied the game at 28 and kicked off when the game went to commercial. Then the end of the show "According to Jim" was shown, followed by the beginning of "Scrubs." The webcast returned to the game for the beginning of overtime, won by Shelton 35-34.

The webcasts have been well done thus far - although it would be helpful for viewers to see the game clock more often, especially in the fourth quarter.

I'm also curious how the ratings have been on MyTv9 for the rebroadcast football games on Saturday night.

On another front, football games will be back live on ESPNRadio-1300 on Friday nights beginning Oct. 3. The last three have been rebroadcast to Saturday morning because the station is contractually obligated to show the New Yorn Yankees' game.

Blackout on

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

It's official - Brian Gardiner in at Shelton

The Shelton Board of Education unanimously approved Brian Gardiner to become the head boys' basketball coach at Shelton. He replaces Joe Sedlock, who Gardiner was an assistant for.
One of the other candidates for the job was none other than Shelton mayor Mark A. Lauretti, a former standout player himself and a former varsity coach at Bridgeport Central.

Read Thursday's coverage in the New Haven Register regarding Lauretti's reaction to not getting the position at Shelton.

In other news, final interviews were conducted for the Wilbur Cross boys' basketball job last week. Anthony Hill, the current Berlin coach, still looks to be the front-runner, but Jim Rooney, the former girls coach at Guilford, where he won three consecutive Class L state championships, is still in the picture.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Shelton coach on the horizon?

Lost in all the Rumorville of who will be the next Wilbur Cross boys' basketball coach is the other boys' basketball opening in the Southern Connecticut Conference: Shelton. That may be resolved Wednesday evening.

The agenda lists Brian Gardiner, an assistant the past few years at the school, to be the appointed choice to succeed longtime mentor Joe Sedlock. The Shelton Board of Education holds its monthly meeting Wednesday evening and they will have to approve it to become official. But sources have indicated that this appointment has been put off the past few meetings.

Those same sources indicated that Shelton Mayor Mark A. Lauretti was interested in the position, or at least to be a part of the staff. Lauretti formerly coached at Bridgeport Central in the 1990s.

This process has taken even longer than the Wilbur Cross one has: Sedlock resigned back in March. Jim Reynolds did the same thing in May at Cross.