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Rick Wilson takes a Closer Look

POSTED September 21, 2014
BY Rick Wilson
Twitter: @scribewilson


            I usually get over to Joe Monroe Field in Wolcott at least once a year to catch the Eagles in football action and that time in the press box was always shared with John Rossi, the long-time announcer for the games. I didn’t know John real well but he was always a good guy to have a conversation with. Let’s just say there was a noticeable emptiness in the press box Friday night without John who died last year.

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            If UConn’s loss to Boise State was a small step forward, what do you call Friday night’s ugly 17-14 loss to South Florida? Disheartening to say the least. By the way, UConn hosts Temple at ‘The Rent’ Saturday while Yale hosts Army at Yale Bowl. And attendance will be greater where? I’m guessing the Bowl.

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            A lot of field hockey attention was justifiably paid to defending champion Nonnewaug and its biggest rival the last two seasons, Thomaston, in the preseason. Has anybody noticed that Maggie Tieman has her Lewis Mills team off to a 5-0 start? Not that the Spartans have ever been far from the top.  The trio of teams should have a heck of a round robin knock out battle this season.

            That is if they all get a chance to play one another. Thomaston and Nonnewaug have already been postponed twice due to the death of a parent of one of Thomaston’s players and a bomb hoax at Thomaston High which caused the cancellation of the two games.

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            Torrington High football announcer and security specialist R.J. Poniatoski has promised a new press box to go with Torrington High’s new artificial turf and track. Just a thought here, but if the old one hasn’t been destroyed maybe it could be sent to Watertown to replace the lean-to they have that covers little and holds 2.5 people.

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            It certainly hasn’t been the NFL’s best week has it? But in the toxic atmosphere of what did he know, when he did he know it and if he didn’t know why not, have we lost site that this is about Ray Rice not Roger Goodell? Goodell and the NFL’s sordid reaction to this is all part of it but has the focal point shifted? And should it?

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            Total collapse by Manchester United Sunday against Leicester City. Up 3-1, lose 5-3. Once again peace does not reign in this household. It is looking to be a very, very long year despite the fact that Manchester United spent about a gazillion dollars buying players. It is early yet but maybe sacked manager David Moyes wasn’t that bad.

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            In case you missed it, a couple of football performances worth noting over the weekend. Seymour’s Joey Salemme rushed for 280 yards and four touchdowns in the Wildcats 54-28 victory over St. Paul. By the way, 940 yards of offense in this one.

            In Wolcott, The Eagles Mike Audibet rumbled for 189 yards and five touchdowns, playing just about half the game in a 41-6 victory over Watertown. Kennedy’s Stanley Little rushed for 143 yards and three scores in a 20-6 win over Oxford.

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            Interesting decision by the Torrington school district to cancel a planned trip to Mohegan Sun casino to benefit their eighth-grade trip to Washington D.C. The trip was for adults, not students. According to the Waterbury Republican, “Having an event affiliated with gambling was one of several concerns raised by school district attorneys after parents complained to administrators.”

            I bring this up because I know of cases where several high school sports programs in the area have run trips to the casino for adults to raise money. I’m not getting this one.

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            Connecticut lost a giant from the collegiate sports world this week when the legendary Bill Dietrick passed away. Dietrick was the men’s basketball coach at Central Connecticut from 1959-87 winning 468 games and coached the school’s golf team for 23 years. A class act, he will be missed.

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            Berkshire League teams put on an impressive performance in the Stratton Brook Invitational Cross Country Meet Saturday in Simsbury. On the boys side in the Small School Division, Northwestern Regional and Thomaston finished 1-2 with Litchfield placing eighth. Northwestern’s Peter Bakker took first place honors while Clayton Firmender of Shepaug was third followed by the Highlanders’ Gavin Woodward and Thomaston’s Noe Gaudette.

            On the girls side, Thomaston place fourth and Northwestern eighth. Sammi Breier of Thomaston placed 10th.

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