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2014 Torrington Hall of Fame Inductee. Tina Shanahan O'Marra

POSTED April 27, 2014
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: This Torrington alum was also known for her incredible work ethic and ability to set a standard on her teams by example.

A dominant force on the inside, O’Marra was a tremendous shooter and equally skilled rebounders for Coach Lou Moscaritolo for most of her career before finishing up under current girls head coach Mike Fritch.

Here is her bio which will be read on Sunday night at the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.  

                Tina Shanahan O’Marra is a 1993 graduate of Torrington High School.  She was a four-year varsity member of the school’s girls’ basketball team.  During her high school career, Tina scored 1,146 points with a 14.7 career point per game average.  She scored in double figures in 56 games which included 20 games over 20 points and 3 games over 30 points.  She was selected to the All-NVL First Team and Class L All-State Second Team during her senior season.  She was also selected to the All-NVL Second Team in her junior season and All-NVL Honorable Mention Team in her sophomore season.

Tina graduated in 1997 from Western Connecticut State University.  In 2014, Tina was inducted into the WCSU Sports Hall of Fame.  She was selected by her college coach, Jody Rajcula.  Upon her graduation, Tina held the all-time team records in career rebounds with 912; rebounds in a single game with 23; and, consecutive free throws made in a season with 26. She also ranked fifth on the all-time list in field goals made with 478 and ranked 8th in free throws made with 233. She was selected to the Little East Conference First Team in both the 1995-96 and 1996-1997 seasons.   During her career, her teams qualified for 2 NCAA-Division lll tournaments and two ECAC Tournaments.  Her 1996-97 team was a NCAA Sweet Sixteen Team.

Tina is currently a first grade teacher at Batcheller Elementary School in Winsted.  She has been employed by the Winchester Public Schools for 13 years teaching 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades during that time.  She currently resides in Torrington with her husband, Rob, and their two children, Braden and Annabel.  They all share in Tina’s passion for sports.  In her free time, Tina enjoys traveling with her family, watching her children’s participation in sports, reading and playing volleyball.  Tina joins her late grandfather, Matt Shanahan Sr. in the THS Athletic Hall of Fame.            

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