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A Closer Look: A little football, a little basketball....

POSTED December 14, 2014
BY Rick Wilson
Twitter: @scribewilson


            If you listened to Ansonia football coach Tom Brockett during the week, the Chargers 21-20  loss to Valley Regional-Lyme Old Lyme in the Class S Large Division state championship game Saturday is not a surprise.

            You expect Ansonia to win every time it takes the field but Brockett knew this was a good opponent and his team would be in trouble if it did not take care of business. So the defeat isn’t exactly a stunning surprise.

            How it came about it. Ansonia doesn’t lose games it leads by two touchdowns with under six minutes to play. Ansonia doesn’t make mistakes (interception, fumble) that give away leads. That is the stunner.

            This is now a legendary game for VR-LOL and a painful piece of the best football program in the state. For those who take it on the chin year and year out against Ansonia there will be little sympathy. They didn’t take care of business.

            This was not a vintage Ansonia team just a very good one. But it goes to show even the might are not invincible. On the other hand Ansonia will be back won’t they? They always are.

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            Took a ride to Northwestern Regional Saturday to catch an early season glimpse at defending Class S champion Thomaston against a team that usually gives them fits. Let’s just say this. The Bears press is going to rattle a lot of teams this season.

  Lewis Mills coach Joe Capitani was in the crowd and got an eyeful. His BL tri-champion Spartans play Thomaston Friday night. One question concerns Natalie Ruel. One of the league’s top players, Ruel has not played or practiced due to a hip pointer. That will be a huge factor.

Incidentally, after Mills Thomaston plays Nonnewaug Dec. 23 and then takes on Class M champion New London in Notre Dame of Fairfield’s Christmas Tournament. In the second game, the Bears will play either Notre Dame or Trumbull. That is a stiff schedule.

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            Also on Friday night is one of the NVL’s great girls basketball rivalries, Torrington and Holy Cross. Coach Mike Fritch has a standout in the making in sophomore Brie Pergola while Holy Cross is well, Holy Cross.  Coach Frank Lombardo has come out and called Rashana Siders the best guard in the NVL so this should be a good one. Hey coach, what about St. Paul’s Kelly McMahon?

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            While the girls have earned the first week headlines, it is the boys turn as they open up their season this Wed. Defending Class S champion Sacred Heart with Mustapha Heron is loaded again and Crosby coach Nick Augelli  and his club is always there. Should be another banner season in the NVL.

            In the BL, who knows, Terryville still has Shea Tracey and Lewis Mills looks to be solid this season.  Time to bounce the balls for real.

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            It looks like I’m going to have to be content with my Baltimore Orioles American League championship appearance this season. So far this off-season they have lost Nelson Cruz, Nick Martakis and Wade Miller.  Now that’s a solid off season.

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            I haven’t seen `It’s A Wonderful Life’ yet this season and my Christmas in not complete without it. I know it was on once, but I missed it. There is no Christmas without George Bailey’s reminder.  I also haven’t seen `Miracle on 34th Street’ which every crabby non-believer in Santa Claus should see.

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            That thumping heard around my neighborhood is my son Jonathan romping around the house every time Manchester United scores a goal. The Red Devils have won six games in a row in the Barkley’s Premier League and if this continues I’m going to have to call a carpenter because he rattling the beams.

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            Great show recently at the Saltwater Grill in Litchfield with Ran Tanguay, Ed Arum, Jim Pepper, Mark Eucalitto and Brian Hurlock. More than few laughs with that crew. All we were missing was John Torsiello but Eucalitto said he was on assignment in Charleston.

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            A belated congratulations to Lindsey Williams, now Lindsey Blanchard, who was married recently. Lindsey, the daughter of Northwestern Regional girls basketball coach and Athletic Director Fred Williams has been a familiar Highlander face since her 1,000-point playing days.

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            All-right, time to get to more Christmas shopping. It’s almost here. Have a nice week.

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