POSTED March, 20, 2013, BY
While the Thomaston Golden Bears may not have come away with the Class S championship, you would not know it from this photo. The Bears carried seniors Maggie Eberhardt (left) and Sydney Keith off the Mohegan Court hardwood on Saturday afternoon.
TORRINGTON: They are silent now.
The gymnasiums that provided us so much entertainment and action this winter (yeah I know it's spring but I have to shovel the driveway in a bit so.......) are being used but their hosting baseball and softball hopefuls.
What they are hoping for is a stretch of weather over 50 degrees in the next three months so that they are not required to wear more layers than an Eskimo on the diamond or track.
While we were indoors though, what a winter it was.
Furious action, a great Run to the Sun by the Thomaston girls that left us all thankful for the ride and featured a pretty good showing by the Berkshire League.
We said goodbye to some classic players who have brought us our fair share of unbelievable memories that will live on in their respective schools archives long after they move on.
In our business, we sometimes get a fast exit into the postseason that leaves us scrambling for content and something to talk about.
Not this year.
Oh no. In fact, this winter ended with a flurry of action that left most in the business longing for sleep and a night home to watch Justified.
Starting in Torrington, Mike Fritch and the Red Raiders gave us a great season that featured a regular season Naugatuck Valley League title and a Tournament crown as well.
The ride ended against a tree-tall Ledyard squad but take nothing away from Nicole Kozlak, Caroline Teti and company who proved that good old fashioned teamwork can take teams far.
The Northwestern boys gave us some of the best ball we have seen in a while and were the last undefeated team in the State at the regular season finish line.
John Stevens and Connor Guiheen will be remembered as one of the best one-two punches ever to come out of Winsted.
On the other side of town, it will be hard to enter "The Hive" next year and not see Robert Skinner electrify the home crowd with a 35-point effort that seemed within his game any time he took the court.
We saw the Yellowjackets fall to Weaver in the opening round, then watched Weaver give up a 21-point lead in the Class S Championship game to an amazing Granby Memorial team that refused to lose, finally winning in double overtime.
Then there are the Golden Bears, who took a town on a ride they will not soon forget.
Thomaston was a ghost town on Saturday as the "Cave" fans flocked to Uncasville for their teams chance at the Class S title.
So many grea stories. Sydney Keith coming out of her shell on and off the court. A rousing speach at the CIAC luncheon gave us a hint at the internal strength this senior possessed.
Maggie Eberhardt and Keith being carried off the court by their teammates after they dropped the final to the Uconn woman's, I mean to Capital Prep and their general manager Tammy Millsap who might be able to help the Yankees at some point.
The fight that Abby Hurlbert showed in the final, going off for 28 points and 10 rebounds against a future D-I player named Gillespie.
On Monday night, the trio made their radio debut on the Litchfield County Sports program on WAP.
They aced it. While a little shy at start, all three represented themselves with a maturity and poise that comes from being around each other for so long.
A great team with tremendous kids who each appear to have great futures ahead of them.
We thank them for the ride.
Don't look now but Sarah Royals and the Albany Great Danes are starting to make a habit of getting in the NCAA Tournament. Last year, the Danes crept up on people with a late season streak that gave them the America East title and the automatic berth in the big dance.
This season, her second, saw the former Raider start every game at the point and helped guide the team to a first round game in Delaware on Saturday against North Carolina.
Pack you bags Royals family, it's time to head south!
Congrats to our good friend Gregg Hunt for being recognized by the CIAC this past weekend for his years of great service on the hardwood and diamond. Nobody works harder than this guy and it was good to see him get his moment at The Sun.