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One season ends and another begins

POSTED December 02, 2014
BY Rick Wilson
Twitter: @scribewilson


            The Torrington High football team’s effort to get snow cleared off the new turf field for Saturday’s game against Watertown is well documented by Tim Gaffney elsewhere on this site but you can’t say enough about the effort put forth by team and so many people in getting the field ready to go. It’s called community support. Maybe one element will finally realize that. In the meantime one heck of an effort guys.

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            I don’t know if it snuck up on you but the high school basketball season has arrived. The girls started practicing last week and the boys, many teams who have been in conditioning for several weeks already, begin official practices Monday. Time to move indoors.

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            In case you missed it, the CIAC will crown eight state champions in football this fall, a result of the elimination of the first round game normally played the Tuesday after Thanksgiving Day. It is a one year deal (thankfully). I understand the problem but the idea of eight state champions is ludicrous.

By the way, some Ansonia, Naugatuck and Wolcott are area teams with state title hopes. Speaking of Ansonia, they were supposed to be a bit down this season. How did that work out for the NVL? Of course everything is relative when talking about Ansonia football.

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Weather raised havoc with the Thanksgiving Day football menu but there was a bit of emptiness anyway without the Berkshire Bowl. I covered the first half dozen Housatonic – Gilbert games and they provided more memories than I can count. Here’s hoping that someday in the future they can resurrect what was a Northwest corner staple for a quarter of a century.

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Former Lewis Mills star Teagan Dunn’s college basketball start is off to a fine start with Roger Williams College. Dunn started the first five games and is averaging 5.4 points and 7. 4 rebounds a game.  Leading the way for the Hawks is another name you might remember – junior Angelica Ariola. Holy Cross’ former outstanding guard is lighting it up at 17.4 points a game.

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Through four games Torrington’s Sarah Royals is averaging 6.5 points for the University of Albany. The Great Danes are 3-1 on the season to date.

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Does it make me old when somebody says the name Noah and my first two thoughts are of the Ark and Yannick of tennis fame instead of Joakim of Chicago Bulls fame? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

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I have to admit it has been very strange this year not covering Torrington and Watertown football. I was scheduled for it but had to bow out due to family commitments when the weather kept moving the game back to later Saturday afternoon.

The game has very much become part of my turkey day and it is strange not being part of it this year.  Like Arnold said, “I’ll be back.”

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I find it almost unfathomable in a community the size of Torrington with a school the size of Torrington High that they are struggling with numbers in girls soccer, a main stream sport. We’re not talking about towns or schools the size of Litchfield, Thomaston or Shepaug Valley that now have less than 300 students total.  There is something very disturbing with this picture. A school the size of Torrington is struggling to get 30 kids that want to play soccer? Sad and hopefully fixable.

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So reportedly it was Vanderbilt that filed the complaint against UConn and coach Geno Auriemma for his phone call to Little League phenom Mo’ne Davis. Classless, tasteless and very, very small. You don’t think Geno maybe enjoyed yesterday’s 91-52 thumping of the Commodores a little more than usual do you?

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For sheer drama and entertainment there isn’t a better area Thanksgiving Day rivalry than Wolcott and Holy Cross these days. For the second year in a row the game went down to the last play and this time it was Wolcott’s turn to do the celebration at Municipal Stadium.  Holy Cross had a chance to tie the game on the last play only to be denied when a pass into the end zone was incomplete. If you remember it was the Crusaders who won on the last play in 2013.  You know Wolcott Principal and former coach Joe Monroe along with the entire program were doing the victory dance late Saturday afternoon.

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Boy, watching the UConn men and then turning to the New York Giants game Sunday didn’t exactly end the weekend on a high note. 

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