American Legion

baseball clinics

start Saturday

Fairfield American Legion Post 143 baseball will conduct its annual clinic and evaluation in January at The Clubhouse baseball and softball training facility at 2215 Black Rock Turnpike. All players interested in playing Junior and Senior Legion baseball for the 2014 summer season are required to attend two of the three sessions. The sessions start at 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and on Sunday, Jan. 12. There is a $25 fee for each session.

Players must be Fairfield residents and at least a high school freshman. Legion also offers offseason professional strength and conditioning, as well as hitting clinics throughout the winter monitored by former MLB and minor league players. Post 143 also offers offseason pitching sessions in early February, given by a 12th-round MLB draft pick and 2012 College World Series player.

Since 1925, American Legion Baseball has taught young men the importance of sportsmanship, good health and active citizenship. Legion ballplayers also participate in community service activities throughout the year.

For more information -- including times, fees and pre-registration -- contact Legion Post 143 baseball General Manager Sars Ford at

Warde Wrestling Invitational

set for Saturday

Some of the best high school wrestling in Connecticut will be on display when Fairfield Warde hosts the Warde Invitational wrestling tournament on Saturday.

Nearly 200 wrestlers from 15 high school teams in Connecticut and New York will kick-off the New Year with a wrestling extravaganza when they converge at Fairfield Warde on Saturday. The tournament begins at 9:30 a.m. and matches will continue throughout the day until champions in more than a dozen weight classes are crowned at approximately 5 p.m. The invitational will include teams from Fairfield Ludlowe, Mahopac, N.Y. (two teams), Wilton, Stamford, Westhill, New Fairfield, Cheshire, Brien McMahon, RHAM-Hebron, Simsbury, Maloney, Montville and a second team from Warde.

Tickets will be available upon entrance -- $3 for adults; children younger than 12 years old free.

The Mustangs' grapplers will look to defend their tournament title in what is regarded by many as one of the best and most competitive high school wrestling tournaments in the state.

The Mustangs, ranked fourth in the Norwich Bulletin poll, are looking to improve upon their 2012-2013 season, when they finished with a dual-meet record of 20-2 and as CIAC Class L state runner-up and FCIAC East champions for the eighth consecutive season.

Warde has won the Class L state title three times under coach Jason Shaughnessy. The Mustangs are 5-0 thus far this season.

Junior Babe Ruth

clinics set

for winter

Fairfield Junior Babe Ruth has established a winter workout program in preparation for the upcoming season. The eight-week Friday evening clinics, at The Clubhouse at 2215 Black Rock Turnpike, will start on Jan. 10, from 7 to 8 p.m., and run through Feb. 28.

Former Major Leaguer Mike Porzio, of The Clubhouse, and his staff will work with players on fundamentals and skills, so that they will be ready when spring rolls around.

The league will use the clinic to evaluate players for the Xtreme Babe Ruth program, which allows top players to develop their skills and compete against the best players in Fairfield County during the spring. The Clubhouse will remain involved with the Xtreme program with professional coaching for 13-, 14- and 15-year-old teams.

The cost of the clinic is $95 per athlete, with a maximum of 16 players. Players must sign up for the spring Junior Babe Ruth season at the same time they enroll in the clinic.

For more information, visit the league website at, or call league Presidents Alvin Prusoff at 203-255-9975 or Eric Blinderman at 203-371-2972.

District Elks

`Hoop Shoot'

final on Sunday

The district phase of the Elks' National "Hoop Shoot" Contest will take place this Sunday at Fairfield Warde High School starting at 9 a.m. Winners from towns in the district, which extends from Greenwich to Branford, who won their local contests will compete to shoot for a trip to the state finals to be held in New Britain in February.

Boys and girls will compete in three age categories, 8 and 9 year olds, 10 to 11 and 12-13. Each shooter will take 25 free throws to determine a winner.

The contest is held nationwide, with winners advancing through local, district, state and regional competition. The survivors will wind up in the national championships, which take place in Springfield.

Locally, the four entrants representing the host Fairfield Elks Lodge are Matthew Vivona (8-9), Tricia Carey and Redding's Richard Cottrell (10-11) and Christian Homa (12-13).