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Can the Sunday morning rec games, hail to the Wolcott Scrappers and more

POSTED September 29, 2013
BY Rick Wilson
Twitter: @scribewilson


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                   Can the Sunday morning rec games, hail to the Wolcott Scrappers and more

 

            Field hockey presents its first huge game of the season Tuesday when Thomaston travels to Nonnewaug in a battle of unbeaten teams. The two teams split a pair of games last season with the Chiefs winning the regular season finale to grab their third straight BL title. 

            Nonnewaug enters the game with a 7-0 record while the Bears are 5-0. The two teams are coming off of big wins on Friday with Thomaston dismantling Litchfield, 8-0, while Nonnewaug took down Shepaug, 3-1.

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            Recreation sports programs offer an untold amount of opportunities for young athletes to participate in athletics and are manned by volunteers who sacrifice thousands of hours to offer direction and organization to these youth. But sometimes the Rec programs can muddle the picture also.

            A friend of mine was lamenting this week how much time from church / Sunday school her children were missing because of scheduled fall baseball games on Sunday mornings. Let’s be clear here, no rec programs should be scheduled before noon on Sunday.

            While I understand issues of field space, rain outs, etc., for many Sunday is their religious day with no other options. I run into the same problem with my son and have experienced the same frustration.

            I appreciate the time and effort all the volunteers put in but Sunday morning should be off-limits.  Not playing or just not going also brings other problems into play. It isn’t an easy situation.

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            I don’t think Ansonia running back Arkeel Newsome has broken a sweat yet. The Chargers are averaging about 57 points a game in three blowouts and Newsome has carried the ball 30 times. Of course he has over 600 yards including 11 carries for 306 yards in Friday night’s 62-13 romp over Holy Cross.

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            In case you missed it, Alex Thomas’ state single game yardage mark of 518 yards set against Woodland in 2007 was broken Saturday by Jeremiah Crowley of Montville. Crowley rushed for 526 yards on 37 carries in a 49-37 win over Stonington.

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            Yesterday was a `when’ day for UConn football coach Paul Pasqualoni. It is no longer about will Coach `P’ lose his job it is about when. Will Athletic Director Warde Manuel wait until the season is over or pull the plug sooner? Pasqualoni knows his football and is still working with many of Randy Edsall’s recruits here. But the debacle at Buffalo says nothing is happening. Time for a change. Now it is all about when.

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            It would be kind of neat to see Cleveland and Terry Francona come back to Fenway, wouldn’t it? Here’s hoping the Indians are in the park Friday night. And to my old friend Ken Naylor, who has suffered with the Indians through thick and thin, bad and badder, congratulations. It has been a heck of a season.

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            The social event of the Litchfield season is in two weeks when Litchfield High cross country coach and Litchfield Hills Road Race announcer, Brent `Hawk’ Hawkins enters into the world of matrimony. The legendary Bill Neller is the best man and the running fraternity including the also legendary Tommy Leonard of Falmouth Road Race fame are flying in from all corners. This one should be a doosey. Congratulations Hawk and may a good time be had by all. Like I really need to tell them that.

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            Congratulations to the Wolcott Scrappers (who closely resemble the old Bethlehem Plowboys) on winning the Over-38 Baseball League championship with a win over Torrington. Some of the names you might recognize – Thomaston High baseball and girls basketball coach Bob McMahon, Keith Harkness, Jay Rocca, Jim Alberto, Al Sconziano.

            This group never quite figured out how to lose and they are still working on it.

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            Torrington and St. Paul  combined the throw 73 passes Saturday with Falcons’ QB  Logan Marchi tossing it 33 times and Torrington’s Connor Finn putting the ball up 40 times. Wolcott’s Vincent Gambino threw 36 passes Friday night against Seymour while Gilbert’s John Lippincott put it up 35 times against North Branford.  There will be few early nights this year. Whatever happened to three yards and cloud of dust?

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            A final hats off to Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettit for careers well done. Great pitchers and class acts from Day 1. They made it impossible to dislike them for all of us who aren’t Yankee fans. Also, nice job to the Yankees on the way they handled it all.

            And to Robinson Canoe and the 10-year, $305 million – See ya.  

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