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Of Jack Hunt and other doings

POSTED November 25, 2012
BY Rick Wilson
Twitter: @scribewilson


A Closer Look

 

Of Jack Hunt and other doings  

            Jack Hunt was a big man on the field and off of it. Hunt, the legendary former Ansonia coach died of esophageal cancer Thanksgiving morning at the age of 67.

            Hunt’s on-field exploits are hard to fathom – seven state titles and a 193-26 record (80 percent) in 19 seasons as the Chargers head coach. As an assistant coach he was part of six more state titles.

            At 6-foot-7, 260 lbs. or so (give or take a T-Bone or two), you always knew Hunt was around physically, but his coaching accomplishments were off of the charts. And Jack was a good guy before and after the games.

            I had the privilege of covering a number of Jack’s games through the years including several of his state titles. Always a gentleman, he always had time for me before and after. In retirement, Jack was always a big, proud figure at the Ansonia games as Tom Brockett continued the brilliance.

            Ansonia lost a very big man Thursday. Condolences to the Hunt family, the Ansonia football family and the Ansonia community. 

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            Hats off to the Torrington football team which made something of a season that could have gone up in smoke at several points along the way. The Raiders got off to a rocky start including letting a 21-0 lead against Wolcott get away that ended quickly the hopes of qualifying for the state playoffs.

            Then there was a hazing incident that did nothing to enhance chances for a successful season. Yet, the Raiders won their last four games to finish 6-4, showing an admirable resiliency.

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            Sticking with Torrington football for a minute, I am not sure I have seen a game where 18 plays went for negative yardage, which is what the Raiders defense did to Watertown Thanksgiving Day.    Hats off to the Torrington defense especially Dan Shebell and Ernie Tracy a couple of defensive stalwarts who spent most of the afternoon in the Watertown backfield and made it long Turkey Day.  

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            Nonnewaug’s new girls basketball coach Adam Brutting, who replaces John Somero, brings some championship credentials to the job. Brutting was the starting point guard and one of Thomaston’s best defensive players for its undefeated 1990-91 Class S championship team. Brutting was also the team the previous season when the Bears won their first Class S title in 27 seasons.

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            I guess I’m just a traditionalist. Can I say that I miss Harriet on the UConn women’s basketball broadcasts. And what about all of that cool UConn stuff you could get for a modest donation? Life as we know it is over. Actually, CPTV did a good job with the games.

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            I’m not the only one who thinks when the college football season finally ends in January that it won’t be Notre Dame as the last team standing, am I? I know, bad timing on this one after last night’s impressive win over USC.  By the way, it is a sign of age when you remember the 1966 game with Terry Hanratty, Jim Seymour and Bubba Smith? IN case you forgot or didn’t know in the first place, the two undefeated teams fought to a 10-10 tie.

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            Nice article by the Hartford Courant’s Lori Riley on Owen Canfield in Sunday’s edition. In case you didn’t get, you should. But here’s the update anyway. After spending three weeks in Hartford Hospital and a month of rehab at Litchfield Hills, Owen is home recovering from a serious Sept. 13 auto accident in which he broke his left arm and leg. Owen is not back writing again yet because his left hand is a little balky and he can’t type with it. But, he continues to exhibit that irrepressible Canfield optimism and has strong family support. Thanks for the update Laurie and keep getting better Owen.

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