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Cable 5, Raiders week in review and a look ahead.

POSTED September 14, 2015
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


TORRINGTON: Big week on tap for the crew at LCS. Gotta love fall.

On Monday night we will be taping two terrific shows at the Cable 5 Studios in Litchfield, sponsored by our new friends at Simply Seafood.

As a sports guy, it’s not really in the normal realm of my ridiculous diet to eat much fish but with the product the folks at SS are bringing to the table, I have figured it out.

There will be a spread at the tapings tonight which feature in segment one, Christine Strawson Gamari, the Torrington girls’ volleyball coach and simply one of the best young leaders you will ever find.

Her stellar career at Torrington in volleyball, track and basketball was followed by a great stint at Holy Cross during her college years was one for the ages and she will always be one of the top three-sport athletes to ever come out of Raider country.

A staple in the community, Christine Strawson Gamari will always be one of our favorites.

Part two of the show tonight features a spot with the two guys responsible for Torrington football. One on the Warriors level, the other on the Raiders varsity scene.

Gaitan Rodriguez, now in his third year at the helm of the Raiders is quickly establishing himself as a coach for the ages at THS. His method of teaching his young men how to develop into great men is taking hold at the high school and we could not be happier to talk with him about what just might be a special season at THS.

Torrington won their opener by a 50-31 final on Friday night at home in a game that was not that close. The Raiders led 50-19 before the junior varsity took the field.

Their new “Monster” package was unveiled after the running game had stalled early on and it was instantly effective when Tyler Marens raced 72-yards for a score that opened up the flood gates for the home team.

Also on the show will be a guy who is helping the football feeder system get players ready for when they hit the big school, Rich Romanchick.

The guy loves his Warriors program and it shows. Romanchick coaches the top level of players, the same level that produced so many of the current seniors on the varsity that dominated during their time at the middle school.

Fried Clam strips, some shrimp and assorted other goodies should make for a good pre-show meal. Can’t wait.

….Pinch me when it’s time to wake from this dream that says the New York Mets are just 11 games away from clinching the National League East.

We Mets fans are so scarred from 2007 that we have a hard time enjoying a 9.5 game lead with 19 to play.

I’m trying to enjoy it but…..

….Kuddos to Mario Longobucco and the Torrington girls’ soccer team for their 6-2 opening day win over visiting Ansonia.

Before the campaign started, I’m not sure my friend thought his team would score that many goals in a month but the Raiders got it done.

They are on the road on Tuesday at Wolcott with a return trip back home against rival Naugatuck on Friday night, under the lights.

Two good tests.

….The Torrington boys look to break into the win column this when they host Wolcott tonight at 6 and Crosby on Thursday.

The Raiders lost their season opener on the road at Ansonia by a 3-1 score.

….Christine Strawson Gamari and the Torrington girls’ volleyball team got off to a fast start on Friday night with a 3-0 win over Crosby.

The Raiders travel to take on rival Naugatuck on Thursday night and host Watertown on Friday night.

….Great to see that the Torrington High School Marching Band has grown to their largest number yet.

The award winning Raider band presents a massive presence whenever they show up and it’s great to see the tradition not only continuing but getting stronger each year.

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