The area baseball rivalry between Newtown and Pomperaug has produced its share of classics in recent years, dating back to the Panthers' 13-12 victory in a wild quarterfinal clash in the 2010 Class LL state tournament.
Those memorable matchups were on Pomperaug coach Mike Eisenbach's mind when he phoned Newtown coach Matt Memoli this past offseason with an idea for making this year's annual regular-season meeting more meaningul than ever. Eisenbach, a Newtown native who attended Sandy Hook Elementary School, proposed "A Game to Remember," a tribute game to honor the victims and first responders of the Dec. 14 tragedy. The winners of the last three SWC championships (Pomperaug in 2010-11, Newtown in 2012) will meet at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport on April 25 at 6 p.m. Admission will be free (parking excluded). Instead, donations will be accepted on behalf of the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire Department.
"A lot of people have asked `What can I do?' (in the aftermath of the tragedy)," Memoli said. "We want to honor these people and make this a fun family event, from little kids all the way up to adults."
Memoli said the two schools had worked out an agreement with the Bridgeport Bluefish in which the cost of the field would be covered if more than 1,000 fans attend. For additional information, Memoli can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or at email@example.com.
-- Chris Brodeur
KENT 4 2 1 0 1 -- 8
CANTERBURY 4 2 1 0 0 -- 7
Records: Kent 1-0; Canterbury 0-1.
Scoring: K -- Brady Dove 3g; Brooks Young 1g; Mike Guerin 1g; Josh Keller 2g; Braden Skripak 1g. C -- Logan Tormey 3g; Mike Urquhart 2g, 1a; Noah Rak 1g, 1a; Luke Habich 1g; Sam Morini 2a. Goalies: K -- Steve Morrissey (8 saves); C -- Casey Fuller (15 saves).
Canterbury at Cheshire, 3:30 p.m.
New Milford at Danbury, 3:30 p.m.
Barlow at Abbott Tech, 3:30 p.m.
Shepaug Valley at Litchfield, 3:45 p.m.
Ridgefield at Pomperaug, 4 p.m.
Newtown at Staples, 4 p.m.
Norwalk at Immaculate, 4 p.m.
Thomaston at Bethel, 4:15 p.m.
Masuk at Newtown (at Rock Ridge CC), 3 p.m.
Barlow at New Milford (at Candlewood Valley), 3 p.m.
Stratford at Pomperaug (at Heritage Village CC), 3 p.m.
Weston at Brookfield (at Sunset Hill GC), 3 p.m.
Immaculate at Masuk (at Whitney Farms GC), 3 p.m.
Barlow at Weston (at Aspetuck Valley CC), 3:30 p.m.
Canterbury at King, 4 p.m.
Brien McMahon at Danbury, 4:30 p.m.
Ridgefield at Greenwich, 4:30 p.m.
Daniel Hand at New Fairfield, 5 p.m.
Chase Collegiate at Canterbury, 4 p.m.
Danbury at Fairfield Warde, 4 p.m.
Lewis Mills at Immaculate, 4:15 p.m.
Westhill at Ridgefield, 6 p.m.
Track and field
Wamogo, Lewis Mills at Shepaug Valley, 3:45 p.m.
Litchfield at Shepaug Valley, 3:45 p.m.
Canterbury at St. Luke's, 4 p.m.
Ridgefield at Pomperaug, 4 p.m.
St. Joseph at Newtown, 4 p.m.
Abbott Tech at Weston, 4 p.m.
Trinity Catholic at Barlow, 4 p.m.
Fairfield Ludlowe at Brookfield, 4:15 p.m.
Bethel at Norwalk, 4:15 p.m.
Gilbert at New Fairfield, 4:30 p.m.
Canterbury at Hamden Hall, 3:15 p.m.
New Milford at New Fairfield, 3:45 p.m.
Bethel at Stratford, 3:45 p.m.
Abbott Tech at Classical Magnet, 3:45 p.m.
Thomaston at Shepaug Valley, 3:45 p.m.
Immaculate at Bunnell, 4 p.m.
Fairfield Ludlowe at Danbury, 4 p.m.
Brien McMahon at Ridgefield, 4 p.m.
Canterbury at Forman, 2:15 p.m.
Newtown at Barlow, 3:45 p.m.
Brookfield at Masuk, 3:45 p.m.
Bunnell at Pomperaug, 3:45 p.m.
New Milford at Immaculate, 3:45 p.m.
Shepaug Valley at Thomaston, 3:45 p.m.
Danbury at Fairfield Ludlowe, 4 p.m.
Ridgefield at Brien McMahon, 4 p.m.
Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe Co-op at Barlow, 5:30 p.m.