Shelton boys' basketball coach Brian Gardiner is a lifer. Varsity coach at Shelton for 14 years, an assistant for six years prior, Gardiner also played for the Gaels. He has been through the ups and downs. None more difficult than what this year’s senior group had to endure.
“These seniors battled through a lot. We talked about it. The tournament was canceled their sophomore year when we had a really good chance for a run to the state championship,” Gardiner said. “The fall before junior year, our two best players transferred out of state because they weren’t confident there would be a season. We had only a partial season. This year, there was still COVID. We had 10 of our 15 guys out in the first half of the year. Their three varsity seasons were dominated by this pandemic.”