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Around the local area: Thoughts on just about everything

POSTED January 21, 2011
BY Patrick Tiscia
Twitter: @PatrickTiscia


While looking out the window at other people shoveling snow, I decided it’s time to take a quick lap around the sports world.

And we’re off…

Tough loss for the Torrington boys basketball team, which dropped a 67-64 decision at home to Ansonia Thursday evening. The Red Raiders, a young team seeking an identity, currently stand 5-6, still needing three wins to secure a state tournament berth. While a state championship may be out of the realm of possibilites, just making it there and gaining experience is very valuable for players new to the varsity level.

Check out Tim Gaffney's game report for LitchfieldCountySports.com at this link: http://litchfieldcountysports.com/stories/torrington-falls-to-ansonia-in-ot-6764/

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Meanwhile, on the girls side, please wake me up in July when Torrington and Holy Cross square off in the NVL Tournament Championship Game.

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Mark Douglass’ Gilbert boys squad continues to impress, with its latest victory coming Thursday in a 47-44 win over pesky Litchfield to improve to 9-0.  Count me as one looking forward to Monday’s battle between the Yellowjackets and 9-0 Nonnewaug in Woodbury. If you plan on going, it’s probably a good bet to arrive for the JV game to avoid being stuck on the outside looking in.

Rick Wilson covered the Gilbert-Litchfield game for the Republican-American. Here is the story: http://www.rep-am.com/sports/hoopzone/534517.txt

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On the Torrington Titans front, there hasn’t been any recent news, which I guess is actually good news. The team and its members have been searching for a possible new owner that would keep the team in town for the upcoming season. Whether you’re a fan of the Titan business model or not, you have to give credit for those involved looking for any way to keep the team instead of just giving up. I still believe it’s a long shot the team plays the 2011 season, but at least, at this moment, there’s still a shot.

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Congrats to former Cheshire High football coach Paul Pasqualoni for landing the head gig at UConn.  I wonder, though, if Pasqualoni has the same success he did at Syracuse, will the UConn fan base, many of which think the team is on the level of a Florida or Alabama because of one backdoor BCS appearance, be satisfied? My guess would be an unfair no.

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Also congrats to the aforementioned Tim Gaffney, whose New York Jets are on the brink of reaching of the Super Bowl. I predict, however, the Jets will not match their offensive success of last week and not score a touchdown against Pittsburgh. But neither will the Steelers. Final - Jets 9, Steelers 6.

For record-keeping purposes, the Packers will beat the Bears, 23-3.

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Be sure to stay tuned to LitchfieldCountySports.com for coverage of all the big basketball games coming up this week. And be sure to listen to this week’s podcast with Tim, Rick and myself.

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