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Tim Considine, Tri-State champions and more

POSTED August 24, 2014
BY Rick Wilson
Twitter: @scribewilson


            It was a great day at Fairview Farm Golf Course Saturday for the second benefit golf tournament in honor of Torrington sports figure Tim Considine who died two years ago of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

            Considine, even as the disease took its toll, always inspired a smile from people and this day was no different. He led a George Bailey life and more importantly knew it. And people keep reminding him and his family of his impact.

            A packed field of 149 golfers took part (many had to be turned away) and more than 200 were scheduled to come for the dinner later in the day. Sixty-two of the golfers were new participants from a year ago. Tim Considine packed a powerful punch.

            Almost 50 people took part in a gang ALS water bucket challenge in the parking lot with hearty smiles to add to an already festive day in so many ways. It was a good place to be Saturday and congratulations to all who worked hard to set it all up and to the Considine family, quality people.

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            I will get this one out of the way early now that the high schools have officially begun the fall season with practices opening up Saturday. The Berkshire League field hockey title was decided by a very poor rule last year which gives team an extra point for losing, yep losing, a game in overtime.

            Just to remind – Nonnewaug and Thomaston finished with same records and split their two games with one another. Nonnewaug won the crown because Thomaston beat them in OT while they beat Thomaston in regulation.

            If the state wants to give teams a point for an overtime loss for the state tournament fine. It sure as heck shouldn’t decide a league title. I would love to hear the basketball, baseball and softball coaches squeal if the same rule applied to them. Frankly, it is ridiculous.

            Athletic Directors the ball is in you court. Do the right thing.  

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            Just for the record, I am footballed out with high school football stories. Anything else going on out there?

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One point in two games for Manchester United against Swansea and Sunderland. Let’s just say my boy isn’t happy. Thankfully the league lasts until next May.

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            You root for athletes like Chris DeBerry. The former Torrington High star now a senior at UConn has stuck with the UConn football program despite little chance of playing. That’s a lot of effort considering the situation, yet he has persevered. New coach Bob Diaco knows how important young men like DeBerry are to a program – he gave him a full scholarship. That’s a nice job by both and a good story.

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            Best wishes to umpire Jim Isaacson who was accidentally hit by a bat in the championship game of the Tri-State Baseball League Thursday night. Isaccson had moved out from behind home plate on a pop up and had just removed his mask when the batter had tossed the bat catching him right in the cheek bone. Isaccson had to leave the game and went to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital for x-rays.

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            While we are on the Tri-State theme here a couple of other notes regarding the title series. First of all, congratulations to the Wolcott Scrappers on winning their first title. And don’t ever think it gets old folks. Those weren’t raindrops in manager Ryan Soucy’s eyes.

            Scrappers second baseman Manny Cruz gave those in attendance for the championship series ample evidence as to why he has already been drafted once and will play at a higher level in the future. He dazzled at second base as Tri-Town shortstop and former Oakland A’s farmhand Mike Fabiaschi said, “We didn’t hit but we would have had probably five or six more hits if it wasn’t for (Cruz). His story is just starting.

            Best wishes to Tri-Town manager Ryan McDonald who coached his last game. Ryan lives in Colombia and that is a haul folks. Nice job Ryan in guiding you team to the 2013 title and a spot as one of the league’s top programs.

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            One familiar face that will be missing from the fall sports scene is Kathy Brenner. Nonnewaug’s long-time field hockey coach resigned this summer to move on to other things. She built her program into the league’s best with four titles in the last five years and fought hard to promote her sport. She will be missed on the sidelines.

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            A bit of a bittersweet weekend for so many families as they send their kids off for the next chapter in life in college. A bit here, too. It happens every year but so many move on who during their high school days made us itching to get back to the office or wherever to write of their exploits.

            So a final thank-you to the class of 2014, to the Liz Newkirks, Tyler Trillos, Abby Hurlberts, Sabrina Olsens, Teagan Dunns, Zach Risedorfs, Chelsea Houlihans and all the rest who made it so much fun for us to go out to the field or court every day. May your college experience be all that you hope for.   

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            Here’s a note to Phil Mickelson. “Hey Phil while I thoroughly enjoyed watching you hit shots off the terrace in the grandstand this weekend, please be glad you didn’t do that at Fairview Farm. Owner Bob Ferrarotti would never have let you hit off of his patio. I’m just saying."

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