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Jordan Williams, a new baby, Sabrina Olsen and so on....

POSTED September 01, 2013
BY Rick Wilson
Twitter: @scribewilson


                          Jordan Williams, a new baby, Sabrina Olsen and so on... 

 

            A Jordan Williams sighting. The former Torrington High and Maryland star who spent the 2011-12 season with the New Jersey Nets, has signed with Bilbao in Spain according to NBC Sports. A good step for 6-foot-10 forward towards getting himself back on the NBA floor. Williams posted on Instagram, “I’ll be back.”

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             Congratulations to Colin Pratt and his wife Erika (Fritch) on the birth of their second child, a baby girl on Friday. Erika, a 1,000th point scorer and Torrington High girls junior varsity basketball coach can probably outshoot Colin, but he may be a better hitter. Combine the both and the new addition has a fair share of athletic genes not to mention a lot of class. The child is off to a good start and may not even know it.

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            Gee, UConn came out of the shoot with all guns blazing Thursday night against Towson State, didn’t it? Let’s see, Maryland next and then Michigan.  Not exactly and earth-shattering or novel thought here but I’m thinking that Paul Pasqualoni’s future is not exactly looking bright. By the way, the fans didn’t show up either.

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            Every time I flip on the U.S. Tennis Open I keep looking for Jimmy Connors. Is that a bad thing?

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            Thomaston High running sensation, senior Sabrina Olsen, has been asked to come to Providence College for an official visit.  Impressive enough and then you learn that the Friars are the No. 1 ranked girls cross country team in the country. Pretty good stuff. Olsen won the Class S title as a freshman, was third her sophomore year and second to teammate Cam Chaplen a year ago. She was 8th in the State Open and is also the reigning BL champion.

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            I always thought of Tim Tebow as a winner. For all the well-deserved assessments of the ugliness of his technique, and he can be hard to watch, he always seemed to win. In college, with Denver, when he was given a chance he won. He has that Doug Flutie-like intangible without Flutie’s obvious skills.

            He may not get another chance in the NFL and nobody can argue that Bill Belichick isn’t a good judge of talent. But, you have to wonder. At least I do. What would happen if you gave him the keys to the car? It may not happen, but I’d like to see it. In the meantime, there doesn’t seem to be any doubt that Tebow will land on his feet either in football or out.

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            In today’s day and age, you don’t look the gift horse in the mouth do you? Hard to fathom why there would be any complaints about the state willing to give you a $2.7 million dollar grant to upgrade your athletic facilities.  Yet, you heard some last week in Torrington.

            I understand there are areas of education that could use more funding. This grant wasn’t for that. So we are going to complain. Legislators like Michelle Cook worked hard for the grant.

            Things aren’t exactly hunky-dory in the Torrington educational world these days, are they?

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            Every community has its stalwart citizens that just make life better. And so it was for Ed Mariano and Naugatuck. Athlete, coach, referee, teacher, administrator, innovator Mariano’s fingerprints are all over Naugatuck and these few short lines don’t nearly do him justice.

            Mariano passed away last week at the age of 88. To quote Waterbury Republican sportswriter Joe Palladino who did a fine article on Mariano in Saturday’s edition – “The Borough buried a giant on Friday.”

            A big giant, the kind that makes life better.

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If we drop some bombs on Syria I think I will blame it on the Torrington High football program. Why not? It seems to be responsible for all the misdeeds of the school’s students.

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Sunday mornings used to be Sports Center on the tube and that was it. Now it’s Liverpool and Manchester United. My how the world has changed.

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I guess you can’t win every time. Plymouth’s Fran Marrello, came up one stroke short of winning his fourth straight Senior Connecticut PGA Championship last week, carding a 3-under 139 at Wethersfield CC. Marello, one of the nice guys out there, currently is the Quaboag CC in Monson, Mass. The winner of the event was Jack McConachie of Pine Valley (Southington). McConachie was winning the event for the fourth time.  

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