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					SPORTS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                THE HOUR • TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2008 • B3




 McMahon, Norwalk baseball remain unbeaten
   TRUMBULL — The Brien                                     less game with a run in the third,                                                                                               the victory were Harrison Hess                                         Ludlowe 4, Wilton 3
McMahon baseball team won its                               then added two more in the fourth                                     HIGH SCHOOL                                                (one goal, one assist), Ray                                       The Warriors dropped to 2-1
second straight game with a close
6-3 victory over St. Joseph on the
                                                            and another in the fifth.
                                                               O’Brien Tech loaded the bases
                                                                                                                                    ROUNDUP                                                  McSpirit (one goal), Mike Shagi
                                                                                                                                                                                             (two assists), Chris Kozlowski,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            with the hard-fought loss. Winners
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            for Wilton were Steve Boreen at
road Monday  .                                              in the bottom of the sixth off                                      and Amanda Otero went 3-for-5                                Matt Dunn and Vinnie Cannon                                    No. 2 singles (1-6, 6-3, 6-4), Garrett
   The game was tied at 1-1 when                            starter Mike McDonald, but Mike                                     with four RBI.                                               (one assist apiece). James Fuller                              LeDonne at No. 4 (6-4, 6-2) and
the Senators (2-0 overall, 1-0                              Odierna came on in relief and                                                Weston 3, Barlow 2                                  (six saves) and Devyn Jefferies                                Brian Richman at No. 3 (6-3, 7-6 (10-
FCIAC) broke it open with a five-                           struck out the next batter and then                                    After suffering close losses in                           (four saves) split time in goal for                            8)).
run fifth-inning outburst. Todd                             got an inning-ending groundout.                                     their first two games, the Trojans                           the Warriors.
Lyons highlighted the big inning                               McDonald gave up only three                                      edged out the winless Falcons for                                                                                                            GIRLS TENNIS
with a two-run single and and                               hits and struck out three in five                                   their first win of the season.                                               BOYS GOLF                                             Stamford 5, McMahon 2
Jack Culnane had an RBI single.                             and a third innings to gain the vic-                                   Kiki Fredrickson belted an RBI                                Pomperaug 162, Weston 169                                     Hannah Moulden won 6-4, 6-4 at
   Taso Petridis had two of                                     .
                                                            tory He also collected a double,                                    triple for Weston (1-2) and Ashley                              Bernie D’Amato shot 39 for the                              the No. 1 singles, while Shannon
McMahon’s eight hits, and Tim                               single and two RBIs at the plate to                                 Cordisco added an RBI groundout.                             Trojans, but that was matched by                               Kieburtz posted a 6-0, 6-1 victory at
Frosina plated the Senators’ first                          pace an eight-hit attack.                                              Crissy Fucigna (1-1) started and                          both Zack Sommers and Brian                                    No. 4 singles for the Lady Senators
run with a sac fly.                                            Jesse Nusbaum belted a solo                                      earned the win with three innings                            Butler of unbeaten Pomperaug (0-                               (1-2).
   Dillon Roberts pitched the first                         home run, while Sam Armstrong                                       of work while giving up six hits                             3). Rounding out the scoring for
four innings for McMahon and                                added a two-run single in the                                       and no earned runs with one                                  Weston (1-1) were Brian Epstein                                                  GIRLS TRACK
picked up the win. He fanned five                           seven-run seventh. Mike Berliner                                    strikeout and no walks. Biz                                  (41), Taylor Navin (44), Joe                                         Staples 91, McMahon 44
and allowed only three hits. Rocco                          also drove in two runs with an RBI                                  Harrigan pitched four scoreless                              D’Amato (45) and Jack Foster (47).                                The Wreckers scored the win
Cundari got the save, going three                           single and a bases-loaded walk.                                     innings in relief to nail down the                                  Darien 160, Staples 169                                 over the Senators at BMHS but
innings with three strikeouts                                       Wilton 1, Danbury 0                                         save and struck out three.                                      The Wreckers dropped their                                  Hali Dengenis had a solid meet for
while completing the combined                                  Aaron Shapiro’s bases loaded                                        Daria Heffler finished with two                           season opener against the Blue                                 McMahon by winning four events
five-hitter.                                                RBI infield single plated Ryan                                      hits, two steals and a run scored                            Wave (3-0) atWee Burn Country                                  including the 100 hurdles (18.4),
      Norwalk 7, Harding 0                                  Phillips with the winning run in                                    and Arielle Link had three stolen                            Club (par 35).                                                 the triple jump (30-5), the high
   Andrew Merritt and Taylor                                the bottom of the seventh inning                                    bases, including a steal of home,                               Dylan Murray shot 40 to lead                                jump (4-10) and the discus (71-10).
Cohen combined to pitch a two-hit                           to give the Warriors their first vic-                               and two runs scored.                                         Staples and was followed by                                       Olivia Massey of Staples cap-
shutout with 18 strikeouts to lead                          tory of the season as they evened                                       Wilton 2, Danbury 0, 9 inn.                              Charlie     Knofla    (41),    Scott                           tured three events of her own in
the Bears over the Presidents in                            their record at 1-1 (1-0 FCIAC).                                       Kristy Ketley plated Steph                                Abramson (43) and Ben Goodman.                                 the 100 (13.0), 200 (27.4) and the
their FCIAC opener.                                            Kurt Marut (1-1) pitched a one-                                  Boyles on an infield RBI single                              Darien’s Phillip Winter was over-                              long jump. Staples’ Alicia Kaestli
   Merritt, the winning pitcher,                            hitter with 10 strikeouts and five                                  with one out in the top of the                               all medalist with a 38.                                        took first in the 800 (2:23.9) and the
hurled the first five innings and                           walks. Chris Judge went 2-for-3 to                                  ninth as the Warriors raised their                                    Norwalk drops two                                     3,200 (12:55). Other first-place fin-
struck out 14 batters, including the                        lead Wilton.                                                        record to 2-0 overall, 1-0 FCIAC.                               The Bears opened the spring                                 ishers for the Wreckers were
first nine. The only hit off him                                                                                                   Kat Poulos (2-0) pitched a five-                          season with a score of 247 in losses                           Nicole LePre in the 1,600 (5:51),
was a leadoff triple in the fourth,                                          SOFTBALL                                           hit shutout with 11 strikeouts and                           to St. Joseph, which shot 161, and                             Katherine Wynkoop in the 400
but he fanned the next three bat-                                 St. Joseph 1, McMahon 0                                       no walks. Stacy Pokora, who had                              Trumbull (169) in a match at Oak                               (1:06) and Joselyn Henry in the
ters to leave the runner stranded                              It was a tough loss for the                                      two hits including a double, added                           Hills (par 35). Dean Efstathindis                              shot put (29-3), which was an
on third.                                                   Senators (0-3 overall, 0-1 FCIAC),                                  an RBI single in the ninth for an                            was Norwalk’s low scorer (55).                                 FCIAC qualifying distance.
   The only out he recorded that                            who were no-hit by Cadets pitcher                                   insurance run.                                                                                                                 McMahon’s Abby van Geldern
was not a strikeout was a one-out                           Micki Keltos, and allowed the win-                                          Trumbull 3, Staples 2                                               GIRLS GOLF                                      won the javelin (90-4), which was a
groundout to short in the fifth                             ning run to score in the top of the                                    The Wreckers (2-1) scored two                                       Weston goes 1-1                                      state qualifying distance.
inning.                                                     seventh inning. Keltos also went 4-                                 runs in the top of the first, but                              The Trojans opened their sea-
   Cohen then came on to pitch the                          for-4 at the plate to aid her own                                   Trumbull came back with single                               son with a score of 212, which was                                 Norwalk falls to Ridgefield
sixth and seventh, striking out                             cause.                                                              runs in the first, second and third                          good enough to beat Danbury (217)                                 The Bears (1-2) lost at FCIAC
four while yielding only one hit.                              Nicole Taliercio pitched well in                                 to claim the victory .                                       but not enough to take down New                                power Ridgefield but had several
   Meanwhile, the Bears collected                           defeat, giving up one earned run                                       Lindsay Wolson accounted for                              Canaan (198) at Aspetuck (par 36).                             individual standout performances
nine hits in the game, including                            on seven hits with 11 strikeouts                                    two of Staples’ five hits ith a single                         Danielle Lamy and Franci Litvak                              led by Lauren Ventrella, who cap-
two each by George Savaides,                                and four walks.                                                     and double, and Leah Garzone had                             each shot 46 for Weston followed by                            tured three events including the
Korey Delbene and Matt Iannazzo.                                   Norwalk 24, Harding 1                                        a two-run single.                                            Dylann Katz (58) and Megan                                     100-meter dash (13.3), the 200 (27.4)
Delbene, who singled and doubled,                              Ashley Scarpone and Amanda                                          Dana Levy pitched into the                                Wiethoff (62). Ellie DeLuca of New                             and the 300 hurdles (47.8).
and Savaides, who singled twice,                            Dugan combined to pitch a five-                                     sixth for Staples but was forced to                          Canaan was overall medalist (41).                              Norwalk’s Mina Alexis won the
each drove in a run, while Chris                            inning no-hitter, and the Bears                                     leave after being hit with a line                                                                                           100 hurdles (16.9).
Hines added a two-run double.                               exploded for 22 hits as they evened                                 drive. Theona Hees finished up.                                            BOYS TENNIS
   Norwalk, now 2-0 overall, plays                          their record at 1-1. Every player in                                                                                                    McMahon 5, Stamford 2                                                      BOYS TRACK
at Stamford High Wednesday in a                             the lineup got at least one hit.                                           BOYS LACROSSE                                             The Senators upped their                                          Weston earns two wins
key early-season matchup.                                      Scarpone worked the first three                                     Wilton 14, Fairfield Warde 3                              record to 2-1 with a hard-fought                                  The Trojans opened up their
   Weston 11, O’Brien Tech 0                                and got the win, and Dugan went                                       Pete Johnson netted six goals                              victory at Stamford.                                           season at home by beating Oxford,
   In a game closer than the final                          the final two in the game short-                                    and added one assist for the                                     Sinbgles winners for McMahon                               138-9, and SWC indoor champion
score suggests, the Trojans raised                          ened by the “mercy” rule.                                           Warriors, who improved to 2-1                                were Jonathan Young at No. 2 (6-2,                             New Milford, 79-71.
their record to 2-1 with the non-                              Sam Zezima went 5-for-5 for                                      overall, 2-0 FCIAC with the home                             4-6, 6-4), Deshawn Lewis at No. 3 (3-                             First-place finishers for Weston
league victory in Ansonia.                                  Norwalk wih two doubles a homer                                     win over the Mustangs.                                       6, 6-2, 9-7), Kevin Menchero at No. 4                          were Jim Gaffney in the 400 (53.7)
   Weston led only 4-0 heading into                         and six RBI; Steph Kurose had                                         Pete McMahon also had a solid                              (6-4, 6-7, 6-0) and John Petropoulos                           and Andrew Vento in the long
the top of the seventh when it                              four hits including a homer and a                                   game with three goals and four                               at No. 5 (6-1, 6-4). Ari Neumann                               jump (20-2).
broke the game open with seven                              double and three RBI; Jessica                                       assists while Mike Francia also                              and Jacob Moulden prevailed at                                    The 4x400 relay team of Jim
runs. The Trojans broke up score-                           Pavia went 2-for-3 with six RBI,                                    had a hat trick and one assist.                              No. 2 doubles (6-1, 6-0) to round out                          and Oliver Gaffney, Mello and Paul
                                                                                                                                Wilton’s other key contributors in                           the scoring.                                                   Philpott also took first (3:44).




                                                                                                                                                                                               After that Ramona raced around the playground         Twenty-nine, most of them with new boots. The happy
                                                                                                                                                                                           with a worm around her finger whenever her mother         booted nursery-school baby climbed off the rocking
                                                                                                                                                                                           made her wear Howie’s old boots to school, and when       horse, collected her free balloon, and left with her
                                                                                                                                                                                           everyone asked who she was engaged to, she always         mother.
                                                                                                                                                                                           answered, “I haven’t decided.”                                The shoe man spoke to Mrs. Quimby.
                                                                               By Beverly Cleary                                                                                               “Not me!” Davy always said, followed by Howie,        “Kindergarten teachers like boots to fit loosely so the
                                                                                                                                                                                           Eric R., and any other boy who happened to be near.       children can manage by themselves. I doubt if
                                                                     Illustration by Tracy Dockray                                                                                             Then one Saturday Mrs. Quimby examined                Petunia’s teacher has time to help with fifty-eight
                                                                                                                                                                                           Ramona’s scuffed shoes and discovered that not only       boots.”

                              Chapter 10: Ramona’s Engagement Ring, Part 1                                                                                                                 were the heels worn down, the leather of the toes was
                                                                                                                                                                                           worn through because Ramona stopped her lopsided
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         “I hadn’t thought of that,” said Mrs. Quimby.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     “Perhaps we had better look at boots after all.”
                                                                                                                                                                                           two-wheeled tricycle by dragging her toes on the con-         “I’ll bet Petunia here would like red boots,” said the
                                                                            • TENTH IN A SERIES OF 16 •
                                                                                                                                                                                           crete. Mrs. Quimby had Ramona stand up while she          shoe man. When Ramona beamed, he added, “I had
            “No!” said Ramona on the first rainy morning after                                                                                                                             felt her feet through the leather.                        a hunch that would get a smile out of you.”
        she had started kindergarten.                                                                                                                                                          “It’s time for new shoes,” Mrs. Quimby decided.           When Ramona left the shoe store with her beautiful
            “Yes,” said Mrs. Quimby.                                                                                                                                                       “Get your jacket and your boots, and we’ll drive down     red boots, girls’ boots, in a box, which she carried
            “No!” said Ramona. “I won’t!”                                                                                                                                                  to the shopping center.”                                  herself, she was so filled with joy she set her balloon
            “Ramona, be sensible,” said Mrs. Quimby.                                                                                                                                           “It isn’t raining today,” said Ramona. “Why do I      free just to watch it sail over the parking lot and up, up
            “I don’t want to be sensible,” said Ramona. “I hate                                                                                                                            have to take boots?”                                      into the sky until it was a tiny red dot against the gray
        being sensible!”                                                                                                                                                                       “To see if they will fit over your new shoes,”        clouds. The stiff soles of her new shoes made such a
            “Now, Ramona,” said her mother, and Ramona                                                                                                                                     answered her mother. “Hurry along, Ramona.”               pleasant noise on the pavement that she began to
        knew she was about to be reasoned with. “You have a                                                                                                                                    When they reached the shoe store, Ramona’s            prance. She was a pony. No, she was one of the three
        new raincoat. Boots cost money, and Howie’s old                                                                                                                                    favorite shoe salesman said, as Ramona and her moth-      Billy Goats Gruff, the littlest one, trip-trapping over the
        boots are perfectly good. The soles are scarcely                                                                                                                                   er sat down, “What’s the matter with my little Petunia    bridge that the troll was hiding under. Ramona trip-
        worn.”                                                                                                                                                                             today? Don’t you have a smile for me?”                    trapped joyfully all the way to the parked car, and
            “The tops aren’t shiny,” Ramona told her mother.                                                                                                                                   Ramona shook her head and looked sadly and            when she reached home she trip-trapped up and
        “And they’re brown boots. Brown boots are for boys.”                                                                                                                               longingly at a row of beautiful shiny girls’ boots dis-   down the hall and all around the house.
            “They keep your feet dry,” said Mrs. Quimby, “and                                                                                                                              played on one side of the store. There she sat with           “For goodness’ sake, Ramona,” said Mrs. Quimby,
        that is what boots are for.”                                                                                                                                                       Howie’s dingy old brown boots beside her. How could       while she was marking Ramona’s name in the new
            Ramona realized she looked sulky, but she could                                                                                                                                she smile? A babyish nursery-school girl, who was         boots, “can’t you just walk?”
        not help herself. Only grown-ups would say boots                                                                                                                                   wearing new red boots, was rocking joyously on the            “Not when I’m the littlest Billy Goat Gruff,”
        were for keeping feet dry. Anyone in kindergarten                                                                                                                                  shoe store’s rocking horse while her mother paid for      answered Ramona, and trip-trapped down the hall to
        knew that a girl should wear shiny red or white boots                                                                                                                              the boots.                                                her room.
        on the first rainy day, not to keep her feet dry, but to                                                                                                                               “Well, we’ll see what we can do for you,” said the        Unfortunately, there was no rain the next morning
        show off. That’s what boots were for – showing off,                                                                                                                                salesman briskly, as he pulled off Ramona’s shoes and     so Ramona left her new boots at home and trip-
        wading, splashing, stamping.                                                                                                                                                       made her stand with her foot on the measuring stick.      trapped to school, where she did not have much
            “Ramona,” said Mrs. Quimby sternly. “Get that                                                                                                                                  Finding the right pair of oxfords for her did not take    chance of catching Davy because he could run faster
        look off your face this instant. Either you wear these                                                                                                                             him long.                                                 than she could trip-trap in her stiff new shoes. She trip-
        boots or you stay home from school.”                                                                                                                                                   “Now try on the boots,” said Mrs. Quimby in her       trapped to her seat, and later, because she was art
            Ramona recognized that her mother meant what                                                                                                                                   no-nonsense voice, when Ramona had walked across          monitor who got to pass out drawing paper, she trip-
        she said, and so, because she loved kindergarten, she                                                                                                                              the shoe store and back in her new shoes.                 trapped to the supply cupboard and trip-trapped up
        sat down on the floor and dragged on the hated                                                                                                                                         For a moment, as Ramona sat down on the floor         and down the aisles passing out paper.
        brown boots, which did not go with her new flowered                                                                                                                                and grasped one of the hated boots, she considered            “Ramona, I would like it if you walked quietly,” said
        plastic raincoat and hat.                                                                                                                                                          pretending she could not get it on. However, she knew     Miss Binney.
            Howie arrived in a yellow slicker that was long                                                                                                                                she could not get away with this trick, because the           “I am the littlest Billy Goat Gruff,” explained
        enough for him to grow into for at least two years and                                                                                                                             shoe-store man understood both children and shoes.        Ramona. “I have to trip-trap.”
        a yellow rain hat that almost hid his face. Beneath the                                                                                                                            She pulled and yanked and tugged and managed to               “You may trip-trap when we go outdoors.” Miss
        raincoat Ramona glimpsed a pair of shiny brown                                                                                                                                     get her foot most of the way in. When she stood up        Binney’s voice was firm. “You may not trip-trap in the
        boots, which she supposed she would have to wear                                                                                                                                   she was on tiptoe inside the boot. Her mother tugged      classroom.”
        someday when they were old and dull and dirty.                                                                                                                                     some more, and her shoe went all the way into the             At playtime the whole class turned into Billy Goats
            “Those are my old boots,” said Howie, looking at                                                                                                                               boot.                                                     Gruff and trip-trapped around the playground, but
        Ramona’s feet as they started off to school.                     Part of the class had lined up properly by the door,     Binney! Miss Binney!” Everyone wanted to be the first        “There,” said Mrs. Quimby. Ramona sighed.             none so joyfully or so noisily as Ramona. The gather-
            “You better not tell anybody.” Ramona plodded            waiting for Miss Binney, while the rest ran about            to tell. “Ramona is wearing a worm for a ring!”              The babyish nursery-school girl stopped rocking       ing clouds, Ramona noticed, were dark and threaten-
        along on feet almost too heavy to lift. It was a perfect     clomping, splashing, and stamping. “Those are boys’              “It’s a pink worm,” said Ramona, thrusting out her   long enough to announce to the world, “I have new         ing.
        morning for anyone with new boots. Enough rain had           boots you’re wearing,” said Susan to Ramona.                 hand. “Not an old dead white worm.”                      boots.”
        fallen in the night to fill the gutters with muddy streams       Ramona did not answer. Instead she picked up a               “Oh … what a pretty worm,” said Miss Binney              “Tell me, Petunia,” said the shoe man. “How many
        and to bring worms squirming out of the lawns onto           smooth pink worm that lay wiggling on the play-              bravely. “It’s so smooth and … pink.”                    boys and girls in your kindergarten?”
        the sidewalks.                                               ground and, without really thinking, wound it around             Ramona elaborated. “It’s my engagement ring.”            “Twenty-nine,” said Ramona with a long face.
            The intersection by the school was unusually quiet       her finger.                                                      “Who are you engaged to?” asked Ann.
        that morning, because rain had halted construction on            “Look!” yelled Davy from beneath his big rain hat.           “I haven’t decided,” answered Ramona.                                       Chapter 11 - Wednesday - April 9th
        the new market. Ramona was so downhearted that she           “Ramona’s wearing a ring made out of a worm!”                    “Not me,” Davy piped up.
        did not even tease Henry Huggins when he led her                 Ramona had not thought of the worm as a ring                 “Not me,” said Howie.
        across the street. The kindergarten playground, as she       until now, but she saw at once that the idea was inter-          “Not me,” said Eric R.
        had expected, was swarming with boys and girls in            esting. “See my ring!” she shouted, thrusting her fist           “Well … a … Ramona …” Miss Binney was
        raincoats, most of them too big, and boots, most of          toward the nearest face.                                     searching for words. “I don’t think you should wear
        them new. The girls wore various sorts of raincoats
        and red or white boots – all except Susan, who car-
                                                                         Boots were temporarily forgotten. Everyone ran
                                                                     screaming from Ramona to avoid being shown her
                                                                                                                                  your … ring during kindergarten. Why don’t you put
                                                                                                                                  it down on the playground in a puddle so that it will
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        ried her new white boots so she would not get them           ring.                                                        … stay fresh.”
        muddy. The boys looked alike, because they all wore              “See my ring! See my ring!” shouted Ramona, rac-             Ramona was happy to do anything Miss Binney
        yellow raincoats and hats and brown boots. Ramona            ing around the playground on feet that were suddenly         wanted her to. She unwound the worm from her finger
                                                                     much lighter.                                                and placed it carefully in a puddle, where it lay limp
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        was not even sure which boy was Davy, not that he
        mattered to her this morning. Her feet felt too heavy            When Miss Binney appeared around the corner,             and still.                                                              Teachers this feature available for your classroom at no cost.
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