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Of Fred Williams, cross country, Dale Ives....

POSTED October 13, 2013
BY Rick Wilson
Twitter: @scribewilson


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                                       Of Fred Williams, cross country, Dale Ives.......

 

            Since early September area cross country teams have been running for the finish line. Now it’s time to run for the gold. The Berkshire League Cross Country Championships will be held Friday at Black Rock State Park on the Thomaston-Watertown town line and there are some interesting story lines to follow.

            On the girls side, the Thomaston High juggernaut, who completed the regular dual meet season undefeated to stretch their BL win streak to 69, will be looking for its 7th straight title.  But the crack is open a bit this season with the Bears pack attack maybe a pinch below recent years. Nonnewaug actually beat Thomaston in the BL scrimmage while the Bears returned the favor in dual meet action.

            Thomaston’s senior sensation and defending champion Sabrina Olsen is a heavy favorite to grab a second straight title.

            The boys race should be a beauty. Lewis Mills is the favorite but Nonnewaug, Shepaug, Thomaston and Northwestern could slip in depending on how the day goes. The bid for top honors should be equally entertaining with Jackson Morrow of Lewis Mills, Luke McMahon of Thomaston and Vincent Pistritto of Nonnewaug the top favorites. All have beaten one another

during the season.

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            Congratulations to a couple of giants in their respective sports who will be inducted into the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame Nov. 21 at the Aqua Turf in Southington at 7 p.m.

            Legendary Northwestern Regional girls basketball and former boys soccer coach Fred Williams and legendary Ansonia football coach, the late Jack Hunt, will be getting their just rewards during the dinner and ceremony.

            Williams has coached the Highlanders to a Class M state title, and 10 Berkshire League crowns on the court while winning 141 BL games in a row at one point in the early 1990s. He also piled up seven BL soccer titles. Fred currently serves as the Northwestern Athletic Director.

            In 19 years of coaching Hunt won seven state titles, nine NVL championships and posted a 193-26, earning him an indelible spot in the amazing Ansonia football story.

            I have been privileged to have covered both coaches during their tenure and it has been my pleasure. Well deserved gentlemen. All the players, the student bodies and the communities have been very fortunate for your presence.

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            We’ve said this before but it is worth repeating. Kudos to R.J. Poniatoski who helps make this job a lot easier on Friday nights. R.J. always has team rosters ready in the press box at Torrington High which is a tremendous help. Many schools don’t have them at all and many of the rosters on the CIAC website have players listed with no numbers. Never a worry in R.J.’s house. We humbly say thank-you.

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            Let’s see, UConn 0-5 and the Giants one of the ugliest 0-6 marks anywhere. Time to make a trip to Yale Bowl. Hey, the Bulldogs were 3-0 before Saturday’s game at Dartmouth (okay, now 3-1).  Here’s hoping they keep it up. Harvard is in town next month and there is no better day.

            By the way, was that Eli throwing another interception? 

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            Despite Masuk’s first loss of the season, 35-32, to Pomperaug Friday night, its battle next week against Ansonia is an intriguing one. The Chargers took care of business running away from Derby in the second half, 62-28, for its 33rd straight win and getting out of the NVL against a quality opponent can only help the Chargers win or lose. It will also help coach Tom Brockett’s program whose history is unmatched but sometimes suffers a few wayward comments because of the quality of the NVL.

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            I ran into Dale Ives recently while she was refereeing the Nonnewaug-Thomaston field hockey matchup. Dale has been refereeing since long before I first started covering field hockey so I asked her how many years. The answer – 47.

            Time to stop and salute. Not just for the longevity but the idea that after all these years, she is still out there doing a top notch job. Nice job Dale.

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The old mascot debate has heated up considerably as of late particularly concerning the Washington Redskins nickname. While I agree with many who see this as offensive, particularly a name that denotes color, I am still wondering how, say, the Nonnewaug chief is demeaning to Native Americans if it is.

I do not believe the way Nonnewaug portrays this image is derogatory (the school went through this debate a while back and changed its former caricature).  The debate will go on.

  

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