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.

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Where: Staples High School

When: Thursday 6 and 7:30 p.m.



Western Division

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

Eastern Division

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


Western Division

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

Eastern Division

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.

The juniors will be coached by Joel Geriak from Wilton in the Eastern Division and Andrew McClellan from Ridgefield the Western Division.

The Seniors will be coached by Buddy Bray from Trumbull of the Western Division and Charoy Bentley of Darien in the Eastern Division.

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.; @EricsonSports