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Tracy and Newsome and Merry Christmas

POSTED December 22, 2013
BY Rick Wilson
Twitter: @scribewilson


                        Tracy and Newsome and Merry Christmas

 

Congratulations to Torrington High lineman Ernie Tracy on being selected as the winner of the prestigious 1929 Club Award. Tracy, a co-captain, was both the center and defensive tackle and earned All-Copper honors for his offensive efforts.  A class act, Tracy is a deserving section that will fit in nicely with the Red Raiders’ historic elite.

The 1929 Club dinner will be held Dec. 30 at P. Sam’s Café.           

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            Word just in. The CIAC is going to an 18-game high school football schedule next year extending the season until Feb. 1. Hey, what’s a couple of more weeks?

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            Here’s hoping that Watertown High officials clear up the Ed Lopes situation so that the affable girls basketball coach can return to the sidelines as soon as possible. Lopes has been on administrative leave since the week of Dec. 9 while a complaint of unknown nature is being investigated. Coaches George Palomba and Brian Stanley have been handling the team in Lopes’ absence.

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            As good as the UConn women have looked and nobody has been able to give the Huskies a game, isn’t it a little early to be handing them the national championship trophy. Injuries, a mighty bad night, things can happen especially when you are still in December. Baylor and Brittany Griner were supposed to win hands down a year ago, weren’t they. We typists tend to get carried away once in a while.

            Are the Huskies the best team? Yes sir.  Does the best team always win? No sir. Let’s let it play out before we cancel the rest of the season.

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            I know the big schools will always doubt but Ansonia didn’t really leave much room for a debate about who is No. 1 did they. Give the Chargers their due Connecticut.

            By the way, terrific job by the Waterbury Republican and Roger Cleaveland on their coverage of Arkeel Newsome particularly in today’s edition (Sunday). An entire one-page spread with some eye-opening statistics.

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            Former Thomaston High All-Stater Maggie Eberhardt, who led the Bears to the Berkshire League title and Class S finals in March, has left Post University. Look for her to show up at Western Connecticut very soon. Eberhardt, a thousand-point scorer for the Bears saw limited time with the Eagles. Western is developing a nice little pipeline with the Berkshire League with Sciarra Brandt, Brittany Brandt and Kerri Stolle already playing there.

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            Had a chance to talk to former Register Citizen sportswriter Tony Dobrowolski recently. Tony, who left the RC in the mid-1990s for the Berkshire Eagle is still working but has moved out of the sports world and is the business editor. Always good to catch up with old friends.

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            The girls basketball season is starting to pick up steam and come into focus. After an up-and-down season a year ago, Holy Cross is back in its customary position off to a quick 4-0 start including a big early season win over rejuvenated Sacred Heart.  The Crusaders have an outstanding one-two punch with maybe the league’s top player in Kiera O’Donnell and Chelsea Houlihan.

            In the BL, early indications point to this race going down to the final game. Lewis Mills beat defending champion Thomaston by four points and lost to Nonnewaug by a point. Housatonic is 3-1 and lost to Thomaston by 10 points. Can you say any given night?  This race is going to be a good one.

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            A special `hats off’ to Gilbert girls basketball coach Gerry Hicks for his commitment and dedication to keeping the Yellowjackets program going. Not enough players last year to have a full JV schedule and continuing numbers concerns this year. Yet, Hicks keep on rolling and trying to rebuild a once proud program. Nice job Gerry.

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            Merry Christmas and happiest of holidays to all. You make this job fun and interesting, a terrific slice of life. Be safe and hope Santa is good to all of you.

           

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