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Norwalk Youth 7th-Graders Capture County Crown

NORWALK, Conn. — The Norwalk Youth seventh-grade team captured the Fairfield County Basketball League division A title Saturday in a hard-fought 56-53 victory over Pathways Academy of Danbury. The win marked the second straight county championship for the team after last season's BB bracket victory.

To advance to Saturday's game, the Norwalk Youth defeated St. Theresa's of Trumbull, 46-43, in the quarterfinals and beat Redding-Easton 56-54 in semifinal action. Pathways Academy, which entered the game with a 19-3 record, defeated Wilton and Ansonia/Seymour en route to the finals.

Colin Burke, Khris Little and Matt St. Louis led a balanced scoring attack for Norwalk, while Donta Backman and Vince Abanilla controlled the boards. "Our boys fought hard all day against a much bigger team," coach Steve Irish said. "I couldn't ask for a better team effort."

Hugh Clyne, Griffin Root and Miles McQuillen controlled the pace from the backcourt, and Chris Giordano and Jordan Palmer provided a scoring spark off the bench for Norwalk. "This team worked hard in every practice, and today we got contributions from the whole team. It was fun to watch," added assistant coach Patrick Nielsen.

Norwalk Youth, which finished the season 15-13, won eight of its last 10 games to finish the season on a strong note.

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