It didn’t take Silas Red long to impact his new college football team as the Norwalk running back helped No. 2 USC to a pair of season-opening wins. Playing in front of family and friends at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, Redd, a junior transferred from Penn State, rushed for a team-record 107 yards on 15 carries as the Trojans beat Syracuse 42-29… The Norwalk Pop Warner The graduate was also the team’s top rusher in his opener last week, gaining 56 yards on nine carries, including a 31-yard touchdown, as Southern Cal, the No. , defeated Hawaii 49-10. Redd also caught a pass for 41 yards.

Christine Macean All-FCIAC field hockey player at Norwalk High for the past two years, scored her first collegiate goal as the Sacred Heart University rookie came off the bench to score the winner in the 2-1 victory of the Pioneers on Holy Cross.

Former athlete of Brien McMahon Lauren Madaffari finished first in the 18-24 age group at the 2012 Ironman US Triathlon Championships in New York.

25 years ago

The inauguration Jerry Courville The Sr. Memorial Golf Tournament in Shorehaven was a great success as the 36-hole, two-ball, best-ball invitational tournament drew 88 top amateurs representing 38 clubs in the tri-state area. Courville, who played at Shorehaven and was one of the top amateur golfers in the country in the 1960s and 1970s, died in November at the age of 62 after a long battle with cancer. He would have turned 63 the day before the tournament celebrating his life and career. Floyd Gilmore and Ira Minortwo of Courville’s closest friends, co-chaired the event and played in the first quartet with other Shorehaven members Jerry Courville Jr. and Jack Curran. Gilmore and Courville Jr. teamed up to shoot 135, one shot behind the winning duo from Tenafly, NJ, while Miner and Curran carded a 141. A third Shorehaven tandem, Matt Pugliese and Dan Fitzgeraldturned 144, while the Oak Hills duo of Jim Russo and mike rizzo recorded a 140.

The Norwalk Sharks youth football team won the U-10 age division title at the Ridgefield warm-up tournament by going 4-0. The hosts beat Ridgefield Rangers 7-1 as Joseph Lorusso registered three goals and three assists while Jean Beierle added a pair of goals… Sal Libertino then scored three goals and Beierle scored two more in a 6-1 win over Wilton… A 6-2 victory over Fairfield saw Lorusso register his second hat-trick, while Libertino scored twice and Beirle got a goal and two assists… The Sharks capped their unbeaten streak with a 4-2 victory over the Fairfield FC Indians thanks to goals from Lorusso, Libertino, Marc-Vincent and Kris Whitteaker.

Four local Pop Warner football teams opened their seasons, but only the Junior Midget Division’s Norwalk Raiders picked up a victory beating Derby 6-0. Joe Ezzo scored the only touchdown on a short run after a 25-yard run by Glen Adams the previous piece. Ireland and Danny DeRosa shone in defense to score the shutout.

50 years ago

Local tennis fans watched with interest week one of the US Open in Forest Hills as Norwalk’s Paul Gerken played both singles and doubles at the last Grand Slam of the year. Gerken, 22, who was just 5 when he started playing tennis at the Shore & Country Club, won the state singles championship as a junior and senior in 1967 and 68 while he played at Norwalk High School before becoming a three-time Collegiate All-American. He earned a wild card at the US Open each of the last four years as an amateur, but joined the professional circuit this year after graduating from Trinity University in Texas. Gerken’s visit to Flushing Meadows was brief, however, as he lost a five-set thriller to the No. 12 seed Richey Cliff in the first round. Gerken also teamed up with his college teammate Brian Gottfried in doubles, but fell in straight sets to world No. 1 in singles Stan Smith and Erik van Dillen.

The 1972 Norwalk City Baseball League season ended when the Dusters defeated the Jets 12-2 at Vets’ Park in the final game. Bill Stabell and Willie Wilkes threw a four-hit combo while chris klein had three hits and two RBIs, and Willard Hall added two hits and three ribbies. Limon Wilkes also had two hits and Corky Scofield delivered an RBI single for the Dusters, who opened the game with seven runs in the fifth inning. Shorehaven Dodge won the league championship last week.

CP Gandy of Norwalk became the fifth golfer this year to record a hole-in-one at Oak Hills when he teeed off on the 13th hole of the municipal course. Four of the five aces were made by residents of Norwalk, as Gandy joined Louis Esposito Jr., larry maron Norwalk High Golf Team and Gary Carelle of the Norwalk Community College golf team.