The 2006 Torrington Boys Basketball Championship Season. 10-years later, a look back.
TORRINGTON: As each of them talked about one of the greatest memories they had ever experienced during their careers at Torrington High School, the gleam in their eyes was overwhelming, the memories flooded back like they were yesterday.
It’s been 10-years since the Torrington boys’ basketball team made that magnificent run through the Division II State playoffs, culminating with a 55-40 finals win over Naugatuck Valley League rival Holy Cross on March 18, 2016 at a packed Central Connecticut State University gymnasium that was overflowing with Raider fans.
This series is a look back at the players, coaches and fans who made this as big a community event as the city of Torrington had ever seen.
We will remind you of the season story, bring you interviews with head coach Tony Turina, the architect of so many great Raider teams, while taking you through the campaign from the players perspective along the way.
This was a team that took the court expecting to win every game, they worried not about their opponent as much as they did simply taking care of what they needed to do.
The Connie Donahue Gymnasium was the place to be back then, the crowds were loud and intimidating to anyone who traveled up Route 8 to take on a team that had more of a city feel than anything to do with country.
The fans, nicknamed “The Crazies” prided themselves on making the opposition as uncomfortable as possible every moment they stepped inside the gym. Face and body paint was the norm, the fan section even had a pecking order.
This team, these players judged themselves by a very high standard. They wanted to play the best, they wanted to be the best.
And sure, what happened before the finals is part of the story and makes this an even better story than it would have been anyway as the Raiders showed just how deep they were in starting that final with four starters on the bench for the first quarter.
Over the next three weeks, we will explore ten different angles (in celebration of the decade since) of this story. Starting on Sunday, February 28 with a look at what began as a large piece of unfinished business from the season before that ended with a loss in the semi-finals to Wethersfield.
Special thanks to coach Turina, Michael Fabiaschi, Dustin Waldren, Mark Woznicki and super fan Francesco Graziano along with others, for their input into this series.
We hope you enjoy it.
Up Next: Unfinished Business from 2005.