Papp is Norwalk’s next big man on campus

NORWALK — Everybody at Norwalk High looks up to Sam Papp, and not just because he stands 6-foot-5 and weighs in at a strong and athletic 255 pounds.

No, it runs deeper than that. Far deeper, in fact.

Once, when he was far smaller than he is now, Papp was occasionally picked on due to a stutter. Since becoming the man-child he is today, he protects those who might fall prey to the bullying of others.

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FOOTBALL: Stamford and Trinity Catholic seek first win

The city football game between Trinity Catholic and Stamford High could not be coming at a better time for the two schools.

Both teams come in at 0-2 having lost week one games they both felt were winnable and both getting blown out in their week two contests.

Now they get to face each other in the first leg of the Stamford city championship with a chance to erase the bad taste left by the first two weeks.

Of course, while one team will pick up its first victory, the other will walk off Gaglio Field Saturday afternoon at 0-3.

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FCIAC Cross Country Results for Week Two; Updated Standings

• Updated Boys Cross Country Standings • Updated Girls Cross Country Standings Dual Meet At Waveny Park, New Canaan Boys Team Scores: New Canaan 24; Westhill 38; Greenwich 72; St. Joseph 109 Individual Times (5K course) 1 – Andrew Malling (NC) 16:41.60 2 – Colin McLaughlin (WH), 17:23.65 3 – Allessandro Malagoli (NC), 17:59,90 4 … Read more

Greenwich field hockey bounces back

Despite falling to a strong Mamaroneck (N.Y.) squad on Saturday, the Greenwich High School girls field hockey team exhibited some positive signs, which it carried over into its next game against Trumbull.

“We lost 3-0 to Mamaroneck, but the game was much closer than the score indicated,” Cardinals coach Ally Orrico said. “We didn’t capitalize on our opportunities, but we did create opportunities for ourselves.”

Greenwich continued to create scoring chances during its road game against Trumbull on Monday night and this time, it lit the scoreboard.

Receiving scoring from four different players, the Cardinals raised their record to 3-2 with a 4-1 win over host Trumbull in an FCIAC matchup. Greenwich is in action again against a formidable Staples squad on Friday at 4 p.m.

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Boys soccer: Westhill holds off Norwalk

NORWALK — Westhill sophomore goalkeeper Nathanael Aybar wants nothing more than to prove himself to his coach and teammates.

On Monday night, in a battle of FCIAC boys soccer unbeatens, Aybar won them over in a big way.

The first-year varsity starter turned away seven of 11 shots in the second half, leading Westhill to a 3-2 victory over Norwalk at Testa Field.

“It was actually really crazy in that second half,” Aybar said. “This is my first year starting after I earned the spot, but my defense was really great today.”

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Greenwich girls swimming team edges Wilton

GREENWICH — Monday’s meet between Greenwich and Wilton featured the defending State Open girls swimming champion and a team that finished among the top-10, and it certainly showed with how impressive both squads were.

In a competitive, early-season meet reminiscent of a postseason matchup, the Cardinals and Warriors produced one standout performance after another, but in the end, it was last season’s title-winner that emerged victorious.

Defending State Open and Class LL champion Greenwich needed all the points it could get to edge a strong Wilton squad, 98-88, before a big crowd at Greenwich High School.

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BOYS SOCCER: Danbury explodes for 5 second-half goals against Ridgefield

DANBURY — After what he considered a lackluster first half from his team, Danbury boys soccer coach Anthony Howard challenged his team at halftime, urging them to be more aggressive and play more as a cohesive unit.

It did not take long for the Hatters to heed Howard’s advice, breaking the scoreless deadlock by scoring three times in the first 14 minutes of the second half en route to a convincing 5-1 win over rival Ridgefield Monday afternoon.

“I didn’t think it could get any worse because that first half was really, really bad. Sloppy and not ready to play and not up for the game and the first half was not good enough,” Howard said. “I spoke to them at halftime, said what I needed to say and they responded. They are kids and that’s all you want is for them to respond and they came out great in the second half.”

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FCIAC Football Week Two By The Numbers: Honoring Coop, five perfect teams, and dealing Cards

We have five 2-0 teams in the FCIAC with St. Joseph, Greenwich, Darien, Staples and Norwalk all making it through the first two weeks of the football season unscathed. A few interesting games are on tap for week three, including a juicy match-up between the top-ranked St. Joseph Cadets and the No. 3 Darien Blue … Read more