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Mills, Thomaston, Ansonia, Woodland and more

POSTED December 08, 2013
BY Rick Wilson
Twitter: @scribewilson


 

 

                               Mills, Thomaston, Ansonia, Woodland and more

 

            How much weight you can put on the first game of the season is debatable but there is a good one scheduled for Wednesday night when the Berkshire League girls basketball season opens up with Thomaston traveling to Lewis Mills.

            Coach Bob McMahon’s two-defending BL champions and Class S finalist from a year ago have won three of the last four BL crowns with Mills winning the other one. However, the Bears have some big shoes to fill with the loss of All-Stater Maggie Eberhardt and guard Sydney Keith.  

            Coach Joe Capitani’s Spartans return four of their five starters from a year ago, including Teagan Dunn. It should be another battle with Nonnewaug there also. It all starts this week.

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            An All-NVL final for the Class S state football title with Ansonia and Woodland winning their games Saturday. Not a bad day for a league that takes it share of criticism. Ansonia won the first meeting between the two teams, 48-7. Tanner Kingsley has been superb for Woodland but this is Arkeel Newsome’s year. Again. Look for another title flag to fly for the Chargers.  Newsome has run for more than 1,100 yards and 18 touchdowns in the last three weeks. Yep, three weeks.

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            You have to wonder what Coginchaug football coach John Bozzi was thinking last week when he trashed the Ansonia football team and program after losing to the Chargers, 49-21 in the Class S quarterfinals.

            In case you missed it, among other things, Bozzi was quoted as saying that Ansonia wouldn’t even finish first in his league’s division and that his team was the best team on the field. It went on, but you get the picture.

            You want to take on the most storied football program in Connecticut, on the field is probably the best way. Bozzi coached his team to a 28-point loss and Arkeel Newsome, whom I assume needs blockers at least some of the time, ran for 492 yards and seven scores and sat out much of the fourth quarter.

            Kudos to Ansonia coach Tom Brockett who told the Waterbury Republican he wouldn’t dignify the remarks with a response. The Chargers did their talking on the field. A lesson obviously lost on some.

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            I wouldn’t have signed Robinson Canoe for 10 years either. On the other hand, I wouldn’t have given Jacoby Ellsbury seven years.  Still, you have to admit, the Yankees aren’t watching the off-season drift by.

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            It was not a good season for UConn football. But, it was a great ending. The three wins give the Huskies something to build on especially when you consider the idea of a winless season wasn’t that far-fetched three weeks ago.

            As for Casey Cochran, you kind of get the idea that he is the man going into next season. What a performance Saturday with four TD tosses and 461 yards through the air.  A nice ending. And nice of the 17,000 plus to show up at the Rent.

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            The CIAC needs to figure out what is more important, the student-athlete or football. For teams like Ansonia, next Saturday’s championship game will be the third game in 11 days. It is too much and it needs to be fixed.  

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            Holy Cross won the NVL girls city jamboree Saturday. No surprise there. With Kiera O’Donnell, one of the top players in the league, and Chelsea Houlihan who only played half of a season for the Crusaders a year ago after transferring from Wolcott, look for the Crusaders to be back in the running for that top spot they held for so many seasons.

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            You can’t really argue with the BCS championship matchup now can you. Clearly Florida State and Auburn deserve to be there after Mich. State beat Ohio State and Auburn outlasted Missouri.

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