Basketball Bears toast a title.
WINSTED – There was one more piece of business to take care of so the softball and track uniforms were pushed aside replaced by dresses and jewelry and makeup. And once again the warmth of a championship winter took front and center.
It was time for the Thomaston High girls basketball team to take its formal bow recently at the Cornucopia, scarcely more than month since winning its second straight Class S state title at Mohegan Sun.
It’s getting a little habit-forming for the Bears who have now made the run to the Sun three straight seasons. But, it never, never, never gets old. On one side of the room was the newly minted Brown and Gold banner that will grace the THS gym proclaiming the 2014-15 Class S state title does indeed reside in Thomaston for all time.
There were a loud of proud players and parents along with some friends in the crowd and some basketball royalty beyond the current championship contingent. Coach Bob McMahon invited Amy Matthews and Tanya Ramos to speak, to salute their successors.
Basketball fans will remember both, but here’s a little reminder. The irrepressible Matthews (class of 1994) led the Golden Bears to three straight Class S finals and the 1993 state championship. She is the school’s all-time leading girls scorer (1,567 points), a member of the Connecticut Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and the Western Connecticut State University Basketball Hall of Fame.
Ramos was a teammate of Matthews for two years in high school where she eclipsed the 1,100 point scoring mark and went on to fine career for Quinnipiac College.
Matthews saluted the new brand of champions telling them how special they were. Matthews knows special when she says it she talks from experience. Ramos now lives in Meriden and noted how when she tells people she is from Thomaston they usually respond by saying, “they have a pretty good basketball team there, don’t they.”
The point was obvious that this continuing amazing story has expanded well beyond the borders of Thomaston and the Berkshire League.
McMahon took the floor and along with coaching he can talk. He will never be described as droll in any sense. He is funny, sarcastic at times and was quick to make this point. You got the feeling he was bit irked at the assessments of his team’s play in the championship game which included 29 turnovers and 12 missed foul shots.
He talked about having one more ring than Canton, one more poster than Canton, one more summer drinks named after his team (at Tony’s Place in Thomaston), one more banquet than Canton, one more banner than Canton and most importantly, one more state title than Canton.
Once again the reminder was clear it was all about the final score. Like so many of his coaching decisions, it was right on.
McMahon went through the season and the players, reviewing what once again was a campaign that turned a town on and talked about the awesome support his team has received.
One of the highlights of the evening was an eight-minute tape of the season superbly done by Sam Everett and Rich Revere. What was in the mind’s eye again was front center capped off by Gabrielle’s steal to seal the title win over Canton.hhh
The Bears will once again receive rings for their title. They received front page posters from the Waterbury Republican’s championship game coverage and once again former Torrington High coach Tony Turina, who owns Tony’s Coffee Shop in Thomaston, has named summer drinks after the players.
To the victors go the spoils. It was winter once again on an April night. And once again Mohegan Sun was the focal point and Queen’s iconic “We Are The Champions” rang loud and true.
Again, another night belonged to the Thomaston High Golden Bears.