FCIAC basketball all-star game on tap
For most high school basketball players, the season ends on a sour note.
For seniors, the finality of the last game is sudden after being ousted from a state tournament game.
There were certainly tears as players peeled off their jerseys one last time.
For teams from the FCIAC, only Class S state champions Trinity Catholic and New Canaan, who did not qualify for states, finished their seasons with victories.
The reality of high school sports is a player’s career usually all ends in defeat.
For those not moving on to play in college, it will be the last time they lace up their sneakers as part of a team.
2017 FCIAC SENIOR/JUNIOR ALL-STAR GAME
Where: Staples High School
When: Thursday 6 and 7:30 p.m.
Coach: Buddy Bray, Trumbull
JJ Pfohl, Trumbull
Conor Harkins, Greenwich
Nico Laveris, Stamford
Marcus Fox, Danbury
Tyler Lasicki, Westhill
Nick Laudati, Ridgefield
Justin Seideman, Staples
Jimmy Forest, Central
Coach: Charoy Bentley, Darien
Eric Day, McMahon
Kerry Alcena, Norwalk
Frank Lumaj, Ludlowe
J. J. Conway, Warde
Tyler Sweeney, New Canaan
Omar Telfair, St. Joseph
Pete Galgano, Trinity
Zak Swetye, Darien
Andrew Connolly, Wilton
Coach: Andrew McClellan, Ridgefield
Timmond Williams, Trumbull
Elias Gianopolous, Greenwich
Brendan McNamara, Ridgefield
Tevin St. John, Stamford
Cameron Snow, Danbury
Max Sussman, Staples
Sam Lombino, Westhill
D J Fulton, Central
Coach: Joel Geriak, Wilton
Ty Stapleton, Ludlowe
Luke Crawford, New Canaan
Kyle Maatallah, Wilton
Dimitry Moise, Trinity
Dutreil Contavio, Trinity
Sean Conway, Warde
Jack Tierney, Darien
Joey Benincaso, Norwalk
Paul Lois, McMahon
It is a stinging way to wrap up a high school career.
Thursday night at Staples High School, 17 FCIAC seniors get one more chance to represent their schools and it is almost a guarantee this final game will be fun, win or lose.
The 17 seniors along with 17 juniors, will be taking part in the second-annual FCIAC Senior and Junior All-Star Games beginning at 6 p.m. at Staples in Westport.
“We want to showcase the league and its players,” FCIAC basketball committee chair and Stamford athletic director Jim Moriarty said. “These kids are the best in the FCIAC and they are getting a chance to play with kids they have played against for four years. I think the seniors especially will be excited to get to play one more game.”
The inaugural game took place last year at Ludlowe, moving over to Staples this year after glowing reviews from all involved.
The juniors will tip off at 6 p.m. with the seniors getting going around 7:30.
Every team in the FCIAC will be represented in the game as league coaches could nominate a player for each team.
All proceeds from the game go directly to Unified Sports and the Special Olympics.
Referees from Board 9 have agreed to donate their time and service for the two games.
It is a unique event in the FCIAC with no other sport offering an all-star game after the season.
The game gives players the opportunity to get to know guys they have only competed against.
Players from Darien and New Canaan, Norwalk and McMahon and Stamford and Westhill will be playing together and may even form a few friendships before it is all over.
Since there is snow still on the ground and the spring season seems miles away, come down for one more dose of high school hoops, have some fun and support a worthy cause.