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Rich Elliott, Geno's 900th, Mike Fritch Sr. goes for 400 and more. The week ahead at LCS.

POSTED February 03, 2015
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


TORRINGTON: The day after Super Bowl Sunday is always a day millions of folks want to have off and thanks to a significant snow storm that made last week’s blizzard look like a partly cloudy day, their wishes have been granted.

A busy week is shaping up on the Litchfield County Sports scene and here’s a preview of what we will be up to.

First though, the final results of our Super Bowl Prediction story.

An astounding 79 folks got in under the wire on Saturday night (got another half dozen on Sunday, right up until game time) and four readers nailed the 28-24 Patriots win.

Mike Fritch Jr., the Torrington boys’ soccer coach, had his name picked out of an LCS hat and will have his own custom LCS polo shirt with the game result listed on the back.

As for the game, my wife Deb and I watched a little behind based on the fact that we were out most of the day and watched it on DVR. Bad thing about the Super Bowl is that it defeats the purpose of DVR because it is the one time you DON’T want to fast forward through the commercials.

The match-up of the past (Tom Brady) and the future (Russell Wilson) was a good one with both showing what makes them so good.

Brady, with no running game to speak of, might have thrown 100 passes if he had too and did what the greats do, he did enough to put his team in position to win.

Not that many of us thought that was going to be the result when Seattle drove to the Patriots goal line with less than 30 seconds left.

Nobody will ever know but most of us will always feel that running Beast Mode on that play was the way to go.

Seemed like the Patriots were going to let him score and try to give Brady a little time for a miracle.

Overall, the commercials were average at best. Still astounds me how much people pay for their time and still don’t hit many out of the park.

…..On Tuesday night, we will be out in two locations with a very special guest writer covering a milestone game on a beat he covered for more than a decade.

The UConn Husky women and head coach Geno Auriemma will be in action at the XL Center against Cincinnati looking to get the Hall of Fame coach his 900th win.

Torrington resident and longtime scribe Rich Elliott will be covering the game for us and we are honored to have somebody who has covered more than his share of big games with the Huskies.

You may recall that the Connecticut Post, a paper Elliott had been at since 1992, suddenly decided to stop covering the state’s largest Division I basketball program in-house, letting Elliott and men’s beat writer William Paxton go.

It’s a very tough business out there right now in the print media.

Talented writers like Elliott and Paxton are not easy to find.

Let’s hope both of them land on their feet.

Be sure to check out his story Tuesday night right here.

…..While one coach looks to win his 900th on the sidelines in Hartford, another hopes to take home his 400th at Torrington High School.

Michael Fritch Sr. is in line to hit the significant number when the Raiders take on Woodland in the Connie Donahue Gymnasium at 7 p.m.

Torrington is in the middle of a terrific campaign that has them sporting a 13-1 record behind the stellar play of sophomore Brie Pergola and a strong supporting class that gets better every game.

I will be on hand if the snow lets up soon enough for there to be school on Tuesday.

Today’s game against Naugatuck has been pushed back for a third time due to weather and scheduling concerns and a new date has yet to be announced.

…..Wednesday will be a busy day in Storrs as the football team will be front and center on National Signing Day.

Head coach Bob Diaco will introduce his first picks since taking over the program a year ago.

UConn has nowhere to go put up and we will introduce you to some of the players Diaco hopes to do so with.

Middletown High School star Dario Highsmith has committed to UConn as a preferred walk-on, meaning he is not on scholarship but can earn one. The talented running back ran for 6612 yards in his career and was named the CT Gatorade Player of the Year for 2014.

The UConn men will be in action at 7 p.m. as well as they take on ECU with their chances of making the NCAA Tournament slipping further and further away with every tough loss.

Could we be looking at the NIT in NYC? It’s very possible.

……On Thursday we will catch up with former THS star and current Baltimore Oriole prospect Connor Bierfeldt who will be making his way out west over the next month or so.

The former Raider standout played for the Delmarva Shorebirds a season ago and while his batting average may have not been where he wanted it (.197) he did lead the team with 12 home runs and 67 runs batted in.

The Shorebirds are the Class A affiliate of the O’s.

……Friday will bring the Mustapha Heron show to Torrington as Sacred Hearts plays the Raiders at 7 p.m.

Heron is that once in a great while player who is simply terrific to watch.

It’s never a bad thing when you get to wake up and talk about and write about sports and this week will be no different.

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