Published 1:00 am, Monday, January 17, 2005
Jan. 17, 1980
A fourth-quarter surge by the New Fairfield High girls' basketball team gave it a 56-49 victory over Weston and put them into a four-way tie for first place in the Western Connecticut Conference Wild Division. Laura Gyle scored 10 of her 16 points in the decisive fourth quarter for New Fairfield.
Newtown High placed five players in double figures as they trounced New Milford 95-63. The balanced scoring attack came from Tim O'Shea with 15, Randy Below with 14, Chris Matern 12, and Bill Wilkison and Carl Fazio with 10 each.
Kelly Schackleford paced the Ridgefield High Tigers with a hat trick as they rolled to their sixth hockey victory of the year over Rippowam.
Abbott Tech shot a torrid 85 percent from the floor in the first quarter and slipped past Central Catholic, 64-53. Ben Payton finished with a game-high 25, which boosts his season's average to 20 points per game.
Bethel High upset previously unbeaten Immaculate 46-30, in girls' basketball action. The Mustangs were without the services of Claire Holston, the area's top scorer with a 24-point average, who was out with a sprained ankle. Lisa Hancock and Essie Conner paced the winners with 16 and 13 points respectively.
The Danbury High girls basketball team qualified for the CIAC Class LL tournament for the first time ever as it routed Greenwich 63-28, as Karen Kieras scored a game-high 24 points and Dawn Berguson added 23 for Coach Bob Bergman's club.
75 years ago
Jan. 17, 1930
The skating rink constructed by the Danbury Lions Club in the rear of the Normal School (now Western Connecticut State University) property on White Street is being flooded by the fire and water departments and will be put into use as soon as it freezes.
Work has been in progress the past three days on an ice skating rink being constructed at the rear of the Danbury Interurban Bus Company station on Main Street by Thomas H. Hunt.
- Bill Devlin