A fantastic opening weekend of play for the Fierce travel teams. 5th grade won both of their games with overwhelming pressure defense. They defeated CBA in a 46-18 rout and then Milford Knights 36-28 in a tightly contested game. 6th grade won both of their games as well, with a 47-14 masterpiece over
Congratulations to 5th grade and 7th grade this weekend for winning their tournaments in Woodbridge, CT! Benjamin Brown, Matty Raffaeli, Jayden Wang and Eliah Pierre-Louis all starred for 5th grade. Ben Brown was all over the court forcing turnovers, grabbing rebounds and making good passes to teammates. They defeated Amity Heat 34-26, and CT
Fierce Program Featured in Fairfield County Business Journal
The Fairfield Fierce is proud to have been featured in the Fairfield County Business Journal. Thank you to all of our dedicated players, families and coaches for making the Fierce program what it is today. Here is the full article — Fairfield Fierce in Fairfield County Business Journal
8th Grade Wins 2nd Consecutive Tournament Crown
This weekend Fierce had 6 teams in action at the Zero Gravity Fall Opener. 8th grade took home their second consecutive tournament crown and have not lost this season! They defeated DTX Basketball 54-49 in overtime to win it all. 5th grade once again reached their championship game with a 40-33 win over
Fierce had 5 teams in action this weekend in New Haven. 8th grade came home with the championship with wins over Game Changers, 3D Hoops and CT Dream. Alex Llach was on fire all weekend from outside, but also delivered high level defense. Speaking of defense, Dameer Phifer was locking down at key moments,
We are extremely proud of our 6th grade team that competed in Boston Nationals this weekend — finishing in 2nd place out of a huge field of 36 total teams. We won 6 straight games to make it all the way to the National Championship Game, where we fell just short 58-56. However
This weekend in the Vertical Hoops Summer Slam, the Fierce Freshmen Team played three close games — and pulled out two of them. In the opener against the CT Stallions, they trailed by 12 points at half time — received a pep talk from Coach Judah — and came back to win by 3
In this weekend’s CT SuperCup, the Fierce 4th, 6th and 9th grade teams all advanced to their Championship Games! It was a drama filled tournament. 4th grade won both of their Saturday games due to their high pressure full court defense that has been there for them all season. 6th grade played
We would like to extend a big congratulations to long-time Fierce Coach Matt Bindner for graduating from the Federal Officer Training Academy this week. Matt is now a Federal Correctional Officer!
6th Grade Wins Back to Back Tournaments
This weekend the 6th grade Fierce squad captured their second consecutive tournament title by winning the Connecticut Classic! On Saturday, they defeated CT PHD by a final score of 44-27. Alex Kingan was bruising down low for offensive rebound put backs, while Josh Stewart-Jones was getting his signature floater from the wing to go
This weekend the 6th grade Fierce team took home the championship trophy in the Connecticut States tournament! On Saturday, their ferocious defense was on full display as they turned back the clock and looked like the old ‘bad boy’ Detroit Pistons. Three players were blocking the same shot. The defense was scrambling and rotating
Freshmen win both games in their opening day together. They came out of the gates with great passing in a 56-26 blowout over My Brothers Keeper and followed that with a gritty 51-44 victory over NY Pride.
Multiple Tournament Championships for the Fierce
WOW what a weekend of hoops for the Fierce. 4th grade won all 3 of their games convincingly to capture the Vertical Hoops Spring Tip-Off Crown. Led by Coaches Andy and Sam, the boys passed the ball beautifully and ran the floor as if they’ve been playing together for years. The defensive energy turned
In the first day of Spring AAU action, all Fierce teams had an impressive debut. 4th grade won both of their games including a 30-26 nail-biting victory to tip off their season. Matty Raffaeli and Landon Gartner led the offensive attack with strong drives to the rim. But the team received contributions across the
Tonight 5th grade, led by Coaches Judah and Scott, captured the Winter League Championship! They defeated North Haven 48 – 36. This group came together as a team from start to finish, ending the season on a 4 game winning streak to celebrate the league title. Their improvement together was tremendous and fun to
Today both 5th and 7th grade advanced to their winter league Championship Games! 5th grade fell behind early 13-3 but used their full court pressure to rally and never look back. They pulled away with a 46 – 27 victory over Guilford. 7th grade advanced with a gritty 48 – 43 win over
This morning 6th grade made us all proud in their Playoff game. Against all odds, these boys made a game of it against top-seeded Milford — they were in it to the end giving them a big-time scare. This team beat us by over 20 points earlier in the season. Our group has come
5th and 7th Grade Advance to Semi-Finals in Milford
It’s playoff time and Fierce Travel is ready. 5th grade got the day started with an overpowering win over Milford. Their man to man defense and hustle was the catalyst to their offensive outburst. In the evening, 7th grade also played Milford and passed the ball beautifully to find the best shot every
Fierce Travel kept rolling thru January with a pair of impressive wins by 6th and 7th grade. 6th grade put together a defensive masterpiece in a blowout victory over North Haven, and 7th grade topped West Haven in a great defensive showing of their own. Gerald Jacobs followed up his career high 25 point game
The Fierce started off 2019 where they left off 2018…. playing high-level team basketball. 6th grade got the day started with a big blowout win over Guilford. Jack Cramer enjoyed a breakout game with 14 points. 5th grade competed hard but came up 6 points short against a physical St. Theresas club.
A pair of Fierce legends — Max Andrews and Jack Petrafesa — reunite for a 53-48 win in tonight’s final 9th-grade scrimmage of the winter.
Smiling into the Holidays
Heading into the Holiday Season, Fierce winter travel has a lot to smile about. 6th grade got today started with a great team performance, getting contributions from everyone. Then, 7th grade pulled out a tight victory over St. Theresa 44-39 and 5th grade topped North Haven by a final score of 30-18.
In another weekend of Fierce Travel Hoops, 6th grade put the press on Beacon Falls to enjoy a 41-17 win. Their scrappy defense helped them jump out to the early lead and they never looked back. Danny Goldberger had his best all-around game of the season as he out-hustled bigger opponents and used crafty moves
Fairfield Fierce Winter Travel Basketball continued itself into the second weekend of December with some more great action. 7th Grade pulled out two impressive wins over East Haven and CT Dynasty, while 5th and 6th grades fought their way to the final buzzers. It was good times all around with pre-game meals at
The Fierce winter travel program swept all 3 of our opening league games today! 6th grade got the day started with a gritty come from behind 31-27 victory over Waterbury. 5th grade followed that act with a complete game 45-23 win over Guilford. 7th grade finished the sweep with a decisive 40
Week 2 of the Winter Scrimmages In 9th grade, Team Cleveland outlasted Team Judah 67-59 in a highlight filled, up tempo game. Braden Moore’s spin moves were out of control and he was sinking everything from the outside as well. Andrew Soltis and Matt Vivona each had approximately 20 points each. Ryan Noble turned
In the winter’s first 8th grade scrimmage, Team Judah defeats Team Cleveland behind the hot outside shooting of Tate Mahoney and the all around attack mode of Jamie Fonseca. In the 9th grade scrimmage, the boys got after it, but Team Cleveland had a tough time dealing with the balanced attack of Team Judah.
All three Fierce basketball teams participated in the Milford Knights Tip-Off Tournament this November. 7th grade won the championship! 7th grade was focused from the opening tip as they jumped out to a 24 – 0 lead in their first game against CT Dynasty of Danbury. They then defeated St. Theresa’s. In their second
The Fierce finished off the fall season this weekend in strong fashion! 5th grade ran off three straight hard fought victories to advance to the championship game. Then as a heavy underdog, they almost pulled out a major upset against the Fenom Fire, missing a three pointer at the buzzer that would have sent
Today is Coach Judah Seawright’s 25th birthday. For many seasons Judah has dedicated all of himself to the kids of the Fierce program, and for that we are all lucky and grateful. There have been many great memories with more to come. Have a good one Judah!
7th Grade Takes Home First Tournament
After coming close several times this fall… 7th grade has captured their first tournament title! Congrats boys! 8th grade and 9th grade both advanced to their championship games, with great weekends of their own.
Fierce Top DTX Basketball
It was another fantastic all-around weekend for the Fierce. 9th grade, 7th grade and 5th grade all advanced to their Championship Games. 9th grade ran by the Queens Pythons, DTX Basketball and then pulled out a nail-biting 2 point win over a favored Team Austin. 7th grade topped DTX Basketball and Newtown Monarchs.
This weekend, 8th grade took center stage, as the “cardiac kids” (led by Coach Matt) squeaked out a pair of 1 point victories on Sunday to win their tournament! In the morning game, they stormed all the way back from a 20 point deficit to pull it out. Then in the championship, they held off
Congratulations to our Freshman team for winning the Vertical Hoops Fall Tip-Off Tournament this weekend! Coach Judah and Coach Cleveland led them to 4 straight defensive masterpieces. We are proud to have grown up with this group and welcomed some new faces into the mix. 7th grade took their Championship Game into overtime
The intensity level was at its highest of the summer today in the final pick-up games. In the 5/6th grade game, Team Sam rode the dynamic performance of Hayden Banner who was doing everything — scoring, rebounds, assists, steals you name it. Jack McClane was draining his outside shots and Devin Crowley was running
Week 8 of the Summer Games was played with high emotion and passion. In the 5/6th grade game, Team Matt was lifted to victory by Charlie Jones and his “baller” cousin Wes. Luke DiLillo made the biggest shot of the game when he sunk a 3-pointer from the top of the key. That shot
Week 7 of the Summer Games was high intensity play every minute. In the 5/6th grade game, Ryan Moore and EJ Johnson led Team John to a decisive victory. Ryan poured in 26 points with 12 rebounds and EJ ran the floor to collect 9 points. Luke DiLillo came to play with 6 points
Week 6 of the Summer Games was another dandy. In the 5/6th grade game, Hayden Banner and Charlie Jones worked together to lead Team Matt to a 40-36 win. Hayden delivered an excellent all-around game with drives to the hoop, unselfish assists to teammates and tenacious defense. Charlie continued his strong play with 10
Week 5 of the Summer Games was filled with exciting action. In the 5/6th grade game, Charlie Jones and Krish Dodani led Team John to a nail-biting 33 – 31 victory. Charlie collected his second consecutive double double and earned Player of the Game honors, finishing with a stat line of 12 points, 12
Bodies were diving all over the court today in Week 4 of the Summer Games. For Team John in the 5/6th grade game, Ryan Moore dominated his way to Player of the Game with an overwhelming stat line of 26 points and 9 rebounds. Charlie Jones was dazzling the crowd with his speed and
It was an exciting Week 2 of the Summer Games. In the 5/6th grade game, for Team John, Hayden Banner was in attack mode and when he wasn’t finishing he was finding teammates like Matty Corrigan for the score. However due to the heroics of Anthony Le it wasn’t enough. With 7.3 seconds remaining
Connecticut Scholar Leader Award Goes to Fierce Players
We are very proud to announce that two of our Fierce kids were honored yesterday in Southington with the Scholar Leader Award. Connecticut recognizes one boy and one girl from every Middle School in the state, and this prestigious award was presented to Braden Moore from Tomlinson Middle School and Charlie Began from Ludlowe Middle
The Summer Pick Up Games kicked off today with a bang! In the 5/6th grade game, Hayden Banner and Carter Hinze led Team John to victory with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Hayden showcased strong finishes to the hoop. Crew Davis was a monster on the glass with 18 rebounds, and Anthony Le contributed
What a finish to the spring season for our Fairfield Fierce. 11u Redding won their THIRD consecutive tournament with contributions from everyone. Their help man to man defense was on point. That’s a 12 game winning streak to close the season! 12u Radding snuck out a thrilling final game to their spring by
Fierce Meet UCONN Legend Rebecca Lobo and then Win Tournament
Another memorable Fierce weekend! 11u Redding steamrolled through their bracket to capture a second consecutive tournament championship. They’ve won 8 straight games in this impressive run. It’s been a complete team effort by the boys on both sides of the ball, and steered by the great leadership of Coach John Redding. While up at
This weekend at the CT SuperCup, 11u Redding won 4 straight games to take home the trophy! In the championship — Ezra Fearon, Devin Julious and Bobby Welch led the Fierce to a 61 – 58 victory over CSA Velocity. 10u Bindner also had a great weekend. The boys built on a great day
Fierce 11-U Rolls Past High Rise Elite and CT PHD Hoops
Two Fierce squads were in action this weekend: 11u Redding and 13u Lipow. And both teams advanced all the way to their Championship Games. 11u Redding rolled past High Rise Elite by 20 points and then CT PHD by 15 points to qualify for the championship. Their stifling defense held both Fairfield County challengers
For the second consecutive weekend, two Fierce teams advanced to their Championship Games. 12u Radding did it again, and this time was joined by 14u Seawright. 12u Radding was spearheaded by the hot outside shooting of Brendan Devine, dominant inside play of Liam Yin and ferocious defense of Roan Smith. Alex Fieweger was beating
All Fierce Teams In Action at the Tri-State Opener
This weekend, the most ever Fierce teams (6) kicked off their spring AAU seasons at the Tri-State Grand Opener. The UNSUNG HERO performances were: Dillon Mannix and Ryan Goldberger of 14u Seawright showed that being undersized isn’t necessarily a bad thing. They were quicker to the loose balls, faster down the court and money
This weekend, 8th grade ran away from East Hartford 90 – 47 in Torrington to advance to the “AA” FCBL Semi-Finals next Saturday. Charlie Began and Jack Petrafesa scored from everywhere to tally 21 points and 19 points, respectively. Jordyn Davis packaged together an excellent game defensively, to go along with 13 points. Justyn Davis
Yesterday evening, 8th grade topped Wakeman Basketball for the 2nd time this season. The Fierce came out crisp and sharp with their passing and shooting. Wakeman fought hard to keep it close entering the 4th quarter, but the Fierce turned it up to finish the game and sweep the season “backyard rivalry” series. JB
For the 2nd consecutive Sunday, the Fierce swept their home games! 8th grade took out United Youth (Norwalk) by a final score of 74 – 57. From the tip the Fierce were cohesive with their ball movement, energy and defensive tenacity. 6th grade put together an exact replica of last Sunday, as they
8th grade sends away Westport PAL basketball 74 – 54 in an intense League Game. The Fierce locked down defensively for all 32 minutes. Harrison Keith anchored the tenacious defense. Jordyn Davis, Charlie Began and Matt Vivona led the offensive attack. Jack Petrafesa sealed the game in the 4th quarter by knocking down 8 of
A clean sweep by the Fierce in today’s home games! 8th grade turned away a pesky Bridgeport YMCA squad 64 – 48. Jack Knott had himself a block party. 6th grade topped Westport PAL 39 – 37 in an intense nail-biter. Emmett Derby played a great game on both sides of the ball,
The Fierce finished the weekend strong by taking 2 out of 3 at home on Sunday. 8th grade took care of Ridgefield 73 – 42 with high energy defense for all 32 minutes and a fun display of offensive unselfishness. 6th grade used great team defense of their own to defeat Wilton 32
8th grade defeated Greenwich Select 64 – 39 on Saturday, and then Wilton 60 – 54 at home in a hard-fought game on Sunday. 6th Grade topped Wilton 33 – 26 on Saturday but came up short on Sunday against a big, athletic New Rochelle team. 4th grade rallied late but ran out
Despite the icy conditions, the Fierce were on fire today with all 3 teams winning at home. 8th grade got the morning started with a 70 – 46 victory over Wakeman-Southport in the “backyard” rivalry game. They used smothering defense, crisp ball movement and accurate long-range shooting to get the job done. 6th
The Fierce travel teams played their home openers today at Fairfield Country Day School, and it was a great day all-around. 8th grade topped New Canaan, 6th grade played down to the wire with a tough Ridgefield squad, and 4th grade debuted together with a cohesive, high energy victory over Weston.
8th Graders Runner-up in Milford
Fierce 8th grade won 4 out of 6 games to finish runner-ups at the pre-season Milford Tip Off tournament. Their two losses came to Bridgeport Curiale Middle School, the tournament champion. The Fierce squeaked out the opener vs the Holy Infant Orangemen by a final score of 48 – 43. The Orangemen were using
Today at the Vertical Rise Above Challenge, almost every game came down to the wire. 13-Under Lipow started off the day with a dramatic overtime win over CBA 45 to 43. Jack Petrafesa dominated the game on both sides of the ball, with steals everywhere and a “quiet” 30 points. The score was tied and
Despite playing older, bigger teams at almost every turn this weekend — the Fierce kept fighting together — and never turned on each other. In this sense, it might have been our proudest weekend of the fall. 13-Under Lipow hung with the New England Playaz in two games with standout performances from Max Andrews
Today in Bristol, CT all 5 Fierce teams were in action. 13-Under Lipow got the day started right with a hard fought 42-34 win over Avon. Dillon Mannix and Liam Ryan caught fire from long-range. TJ Martere had approximately 10 rebounds and 5 rejections. Jack Petrafesa lit it up with 18 points in the
Fierce 13-Under Lipow came alive in the 2nd half of Monday’s DeSantis Fall League opener to defeat PHD Basketball by a final score of 32 to 24. The half-time score was only 14 to 8, but the Fierce opened up the second session on a 14-0 run with a new pep in their step.
The Fierce kept it going this weekend at the Vertical Fall Classic in the New Haven area. 10-Under Bindner split two tight games on Saturday and were led by the ferocious defense of Charlie Scott and Danny Goldberger, the inside rebounding of Grady Kaliski, Felix Crawford and Ryan Luchetta, and the outside shooting of
This weekend the Fairfield Fierce opened up the fall season at the Tri-State Tip-Off in Brewster, NY and New Milford, CT 10-Under Bindner came out of the gates blazing, going 3-0 and capturing the tournament championship over Fenom Fire (Westchester). They rode ferocious team defense and unselfish ball movement all the way. Ryan Luchetta
Tonight the fifth and final week of the Fierce Pick-up Games finished off in exciting fashion. In the 5/6th grade session, Team Matt pulled away to a double digit victory and were led by the guard play of Ryan Mollica, Ben Davenport and Ryan Moore. Mollica was flying all over the court impacting the
In Week 4 of the Fierce Pick-up Games, it was up and down and back and forth. In the 5/6th grade session, Team Matt pulled out a close game and were led by an estimated 20 points from George Todorovich – he was an unstoppable scoring machine. In the 2nd half Liam Yin went
In Week 3 of the Fierce Pick-up Games, there were bodies flying everywhere. In the 5/6th grade session, Team Judah narrowly escaped with a 2 point victory. Jack Plesser dominated on both ends of the court – he could not be stopped, finishing with approximately 30 points and 5 steals. Ryan Mollica was controlling
In Week 2 of the Fierce Pick-up Games, the defense and hustle continued. In the 5/6th grade session, Coach Matt’s team pulled out a hard contested game that was within reach for Coach Judah’s crew until the end. George Todorovich starred for Team Matt with an excellent all-around performance. Ryan Mollica facilitated the offense
In Week 1 of the Fierce Summer Pick-up Games… it was all defense and offensive ball movement. In the 5/6th grade session, Coach Matt’s squad jumped out to a quick start and never looked back. They were led by the inside combination of Nicolas Alvarez and Theodore Mante and the fast break speed of
The Fierce program finished the spring in dramatic fashion today all across the Tri-state area. In Bristol, CT — 13-Under Lipow won all 3 of their games to capture a 2nd consecutive tournament. In their early game, it took every second to pull it out, as Jack Petrafesa drilled a buzzer beater from two
Today at the Rose City Basketball Challenge in East Hamption, CT… 13-Under Lipow got progressively stronger with each of their 3 games. The Fierce lost in overtime to New Haven Boys & Girls despite 14 points from Griffin Harding, but bounced back with a double digit win over RABC led by a tenacious 21 points
Today at the Connecticut State Championships, 13-Under Lipow topped Fairfield County foe Stamford Peace Basketball 45-41, but fell to United Youth 60-51 in a hard fought game. Jack Petrafesa, Charlie Began and Griffin Harding led the scoring attack. Max Andrews and Stephen Keating worked together in the paint. Jack Knott and Dillon Mannix contributed rebounds
Today at the 2017 Roundball Classic, the Fierce program left it all out there. 13-Under Seawright won 2 of 3 to qualify for Sunday’s Championship Game. The squad was led by the scoring of Matt Vivona, Sean Donohue, Eamon Jones and Liam Ryan… the rebounding of Tobey Sappern and Aston Martin… and the defense
Today at the Brewster Easter Challenge, 11-Under Bindner split a pair of tough games vs the Kingston Komets and CT Roughriders. Gavin McCarthy led all scoring, with help from Ben Davenport and Griffin Rothe. Nicolas Alvarez gave the Fierce an inside presence down low with a big day of rebounding.
Fierce Pride at the Junior Tip Off
On Day 1 of the Jr. Tip Off tournament, the Fierce program came to play. 13-Under Lipow pulled away from CT Elite Basketball in a 58-36 win. Stephen Keating was pushed beyond his limits in a dominating performance down low. Charlie Began was in attack mode from the start, and Luke Brodsky was making
On Day 1 of the ZG Border Wars, 13-Under Seawright fell just short to Dishin and Swishin and were led on both sides of the ball by Matt Vivona and Eamon Jones. Jack Balsano was all over the loose balls and offensive glass, and Sean Donohue brought toughness on defense. 13-Under Lipow came away
13-Under Lipow tipped off the spring in style today with 2 gutsy wins. In a 38-31 win over Tri-State Thunder, a pair of Jacks led the attack… as Jack Petrafesa carried much of the scoring load and Jack Knott anchored the defense with at least 7 blocked shots to go along with 10 rebounds.
On Day 1 of the 2016 Fall Roundball Classic, the short-handed Fierce competed to the end against older, bigger kids in all 3 games. In Game 1 Jack Petrafesa led the way with 11 points and 7 rebounds. Matthew Vivona chipped in with 8 points of his own. In Game 2 Max Andrews went
Today in the Battle at Brewster, the 13-U Fierce pulled off back-to-back nail-biting victories vs Chris Ward Basketball and CT PHD. In the 9am game, the Fierce took everything CWB threw at us and found a way to pull it out 52-51. Ethan Crawford was draining 3’s from all over the court. In the
In Saturday’s 57-48 win over CT-PHD, the Fierce used team ball movement and ferocious defense to overcome a 10 point first half-deficit. Griffin Harding came to play and finished with an estimated stat line of 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Craig Hyzy was marveling the crowd with his creative finishes at the basket.
Boys 12-U have won the first ever tournament for the Fierce! On Day 1 of the Junior Tip-Off, the Fierce won both games. In a big win over the CT Breakers — Hiro Wyatt scored 8 points, with Spencer Levine and Brian Fullenbaum both adding 7 points of their own. In the 7:40pm night
Our Boys-12U team placed 2nd in this weekend’s Zero Gravity Border Wars. In Sunday’s early game, the Fierce played their way into the Championship with a 50-46 win over the AFK Renegades. Craig Hyzy was in rhythm and dropped 25 points. Griffin Harding chipped in with 8 of his own. In the Championship, the
Congrats to our Boys-12U team for defeating the Simsbury Spartans 43-28 and the New Britain Legacies 45-32 at today’s Zero Gravity Easter Challenge. Griffin Harding led the way with 16 and 19 points. Max Andrews dominated the glass and anchored a Fierce team defense that never let up.