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Terryville, Ruwet, Ferrarotti.....

POSTED January 20, 2014
BY Rick Wilson
Twitter: @scribewilson


A Closer Look    

 

                                         Terryville, Ruwet, Ferrarotti....

             Terryville and coach Mark Fowler are going about what people expected in Berkshire League boys basketball action running through the league to the tune of a 9-0 (9-1 overall) mark. The three guard trio of Tyler Trillo, Jacob Johnson and Shea Tracy is one of the best in the league in a long time. But lest we not forget how good Northwestern Regional was last season as it raced through the BL undefeated with the likes of John Stevens and Connor Guiheen, both 1,000-point scorers.

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            A big girls’ basketball date to mark off on your calendar. On Friday night, Jan. 31 both the NVL and BL are offering up a couple of very big-time matchups. In the NVL, undefeated Copper Division leader Holy Cross (11-0) travels to Bristol to take on once- beaten Brass Division St. Paul (10-1) in the only regular season meeting between the two teams.  Meanwhile, current BL leaders Nonnewaug (9-1) and Lewis Mills (9-1) tangle in Burlington in a game with major title implications. The BL championship is decided based on the regular season. Nonnewaug won the first meeting, 32-31.

            On the boys side, mark off Tuesday, Feb. 4 when the Crosby Palace will be rocking as the two premier teams in the NVL, the Bulldogs and Sacred Heart square off in battle No. 2. Crosby held off the Hearts, 79-76, in the first meeting.

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            A couple of names keep popping up in the Waterbury Republican’s 50 Years Ago section of their This Week In Sports column which runs on Sunday. Biff Pond catching touchdown passes and Hy Ruwet doing a little bit of everything in both football and basketball. And how about Bob Ferrarotti scoring 20 points in a recent game. Sometimes we tend to forget or are too young to remember how good these guys were. It is fun to look back. We were all young once.

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You can make what you want of Kevin Ollie’s banishment in the second half of Saturday night’s loss, one part awful call, one part quick trigger and one part Ollie losing it. But don’t make it out to be a game-decider. Louisville was better particularly in the interior where there was nothing. DeAndre Daniels still hasn’t shown up at the arena yet.    

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Give me a San Francisco- Seattle game over those 49-48 affairs any day. Call it good old football where defenses pounded away on one another like the old Green Bay and Chicago games. All that was missing was a little cold and maybe a bit of snow. But even that didn’t deter from a good old-fashioned slobberknocker.

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Okay Cablevision I’ll be waiting for my rebate on the next bill now that the dispute of WFSB has been settled. Is that laughing I hear out there?

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Can I just say that my man Phil tied for second place in Abu Dhabi this weekend, only a stroke out of the lead. I just thought a little golf news in the middle of January might cheer you up even if you are not a golf fan and could care less about Mr. Mickelson.

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            I don’t know a lot of Minnesota Twins or Viking fans but my friend John Clark is one of them. So I know there must have been a tear in his eye Saturday when officials deflated the Metrodome for the last time. The demolition of the dome will begin this week to make way for a new $1 billion stadium. Who will ever forget the trash bag acting as a fence but most importantly the Twins’ two championships there and the deafening roar? Hang on to those memories Mr. Clark.   

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            Kudos to our own Pat Tiscia and the job he is doing with the UConn men this season. But maybe even impressive is seeing Pat in shirt and tie. The man dresses up well. His New York Giants would be impressed.

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