Shelton boys’ basketball team forfeits Class LL playoff game after teammate’s death

Photo courtesy: Shelton Police Department

(WTNH)–The Shelton High School boys’ basketball team has forfeit its first-round state tournament game after one of its players tragically passed away on Sunday.

Edmund Conklin was killed in a single-car crash on Bridgeport Avenue in Shelton on Sunday morning. He was just 17 years old.

The school’s superintendent, athletic director, coach and principal collectively decided to forefit the game, which was scheduled for Tuesday, March 8, against Crosby of Waterbury.

“In light of the recent tragic death of a member of the SHS basketball team, the decision was made, with input from the A.D., the coach and the principal to forfeit next week’s scheduled playoff game. CIAC officials have been informed,” superintendent Christopher Clouet said in a statement.

Some parents disagreed with the decision, with one telling News 8 that the team had wanted to honor Conklin by playing. The parent said the team had made up wristbands and warmups with to honor the senior.

The CIAC credited 8th-seeded Crosby with a 2-0 victory over 25th-seeded Shelton on Thursday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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