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High school March Madness and more

POSTED February 23, 2014
BY Rick Wilson
Twitter: @scribewilson


 

 

 

            There is no better time of the year than this in high school sports. After three months of going from gym to gym and traveling the area’s highways and byways we are getting into the one-and-done time. A cornucopia of tears and cheers and memories that will last for many, a lifetime.

            So let the games begin and to all teams and athletes don’t get so lost in the results that you miss the journey. That’s the special part. So let’s get on with the action starting with the NVL and BL girls tournaments this week, the boys next week and then on to the state tournament.

            This week – NVL girls semifinals Monday at Kennedy (St. Paul vs. Wolcott, 5 p.m., Holy Cross vs. Torrington, 7 p.m.)  with the finals on Wednesday same place. BL semifinals Tuesday at Northwestern (Nonnewaug vs. Thomaston, 6 p.m., Housatonic vs. Lewis Mills, 7:30 p.m.)   with the finals Friday night. Boys get it going the following week.

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            A couple of very special players went over the 1,000-point mark last week – Thomaston’s Abby Hurlbert and Lewis Mills’ Teagan Dunn.  Hurlbert has been one of the finest athletes produced at Thomaston, All-State in basketball, and one of the premier field hockey and softball players in the area.  A deadly 3-point shooter with a rugged demeanor, she earned big time accolades with her 28-point, 10 rebound effort against Capital Prep in the Class S championship game a year ago.  Thomaston has won three titles in Hurlbert’s four years and she has been a big part of it.

            Dunn, has been the BL’s chairman of the boards during her tenure, pretty much of an unstoppable commodity under the basket. Mills has won two titles in her four years and like Hurlbert she has been instrumental in the success.

            Hurlbert broke the 1,000-point mark with a 3-pointer. Dunn got it done with an offensive rebound basket. How fitting and characteristic for both. Championship players on championship teams.

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            Does a three-way tie for the Berkshire League girls basketball title between Lewis Mills, Thomaston and Nonnewaug lend itself to any talk about the BL instituting a playoff system of some sort? Way back when the BL did play off ties, a couple of games coming to mind. In 1970 Thomaston beat Woodbury on a playoff for the BL baseball title and in 1977 Litchfield beat Thomaston at Nonnewaug for the BL basketball title in a great game.

            The BL has not been fan of settling ties in recent times but it could be done. Food for conversation anyway.

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            Memo to the Boston Red Sox – sign David Ortiz for another year and move on. He is still very productive and is the soul of your team. Don’t make this an issue unless he is asking for Cano-like money which he isn’t.

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            I have to admit I knew about Bob Ferrarotti’s golfing prowess but was less informed about his high school basketball days. He keeps popping up in the Waterbury Republican’s 50-Years Ago segment and is scoring a lot of points. Nice job Bob. By the way, any thoughts about the referees?

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            Congratulations to coach Mark Fowler and his Terryville Kangaroos on winning the BL boys basketball title. The Kangaroos were expected to be the best and are the best with no debate. As has been said you would be hard pressed to find a trio better than Tyler Trillo, Jacob Johnson and Shea Tracy. They have been sensational.

            Looking down the road, you can’t help but notice that Sacred Heart sits in the Class S bracket come state tournament time. That does not bode well for all true small-school teams. But, enjoy today.

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            A couple of boys teams on the state tournament bubble (8-wins) with one week to go: Housatonic (6-11), Wolcott Tech (7-11) and Holy Cross (7-12).

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            A question for the Housatonic officials: Is the bat that was flying around the gym Thursday night a school pet, part of the Vo-Ag dept. or just an illegal squatter? The little critter did show some impressive quickness.

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            Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim still has some spunk, doesn’t he? The long-time Syracuse was ejected from the his team’s game against Duke Saturday night (66-60 loss) after doing one heck of a `Dancing With the Stars’ routine on a charging call against C.J. Fair. Tough call, bad call. Great dance. Ill-advised timing.

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Thomaston High cross country coach Mark Olsen will be honored as the boys cross country coach of the year by the Connecticut High Coaches Association May 8, 2014 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington. Congratulations to a coach who has built both his girls and boys teams into programs that have demanded state-wide attention. Tickets are $46 and can be obtained by contacting THS Athletic Director Jenn Ewart at Thomaston High School.

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