Championship Week in Thomaston.
You have to love it when a small community like Thomaston gets to showcase their athletes on the biggest stage, as they will this weekend.
The Golden Bears girls basketball team has made it to the promise land; the Class S State Championship game against Capitol Prep.
There are eight games played between Friday night and Saturday night. Two Friday and eight on Saturday. Thomaston will not know when they play until all the semi-finals are complete on Wednesday night.
Prep comes in ranked number one in Class S, in both girls and boys hoops, and will be a formidable foe for the Bears but we will get into that as the week goes on.
We will be celebrating the journey Bob McMahan and his squad have taken to date.
A trip that included a regular season Berkshire League title thanks to an 18-2 record which was topped off with a BL Tournament crown as well.
Only a pair of losses to Northwestern mark their record away from perfection but this season has been nothing short of remarkable.
John Nestor will take a look on Tuesday at how the Bears got to Mohegan, which games taught the best lessons and how this team learned.
Getting a chance to play on the same stage that WNBA pro's play on is going to be nothing short of awe inspiring for the Bears who will need to get over that awe in a big hurry and get down to the business at hand.
Everything about the Mohegan Sun experience is going to lead to a certain amount of jaw-dropping by both the coaches and players.
The court is ten feet longer than any high school gym Thomaston has normally played on.
The sound sytem alone will make their home gym seem a bit quiet, even though it has been a rocking fun place to be a part of this year.
One thing is for sure.
Don't count on the Golden Bears being timid as they go against a team that lost in the Class S finals to Coginchaug by a 58-48 and who have beating their opponenets by an average of a light year per game this year.
It's not in the Bears character to play scared.
This is a blue collar team that likes to get down in the mud and do the work.
Getting the jitters out of the way early will be important for the BL champs, letting Capital Prep get out to a big lead right from the get-go feeds into what has doomed most of their foes this year.
Prep lost twice this season, both times to teams from New York.
Archbishop Malloy came away with a 55-50 win on January 12 while Bishop Central Catholic beat Prep by a 66-64 score two weeks later.
Everything else has been easy for the team coached by Tammy Millsaps, a former college coach who led a team at Bloomsburg University before coming to Hartford looking to turn her team into the best unit in the state.
So far, so good.This week, we will take a look at every angle of this matchup.
How each team got here, their strengths and weaknesses and what it will take for each to come out with the trophy.
We will tell the players and coaches stories along with behind the scenes features you will only find here.
Should be a great build up week, stay tuned.