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A Sports Wish List For 2014

POSTED December 30, 2013
BY John Nestor
Twitter: @nestorjdn

As 2013 comes to a close Litchfield County has been looking back at some of the stories that made up the local year in sports. The look back has been great and rekindled some great memories while also making me look to the future.

While looking ahead a few things sprang to mind and formed the basis of my (partial) sports wish list for 2014. I'll try to keep it local while it should be understood that an Eagles Super Bowl win trumps just about anything on this list. Sorry but I've got to start the new year with honesty right?!

So with 2014 knocking on the door, I wish for....

New facilities in Torrington and at Lewis Mills. Torrington appears to be on its way and it's a much needed improvement that should have a positive impact on the athletic programs and the community.

At Mills a $3-plus million proposal will go to referendum in about two weeks. There is an active group supporting the proposal but any time you want to spend this amount of money there will be opposition. It's my wish that the district doesn't get penny-wise and pound foolish and undercut the much needed upgrade. Mills football finished its fourth varsity season with its FIRST HOME GAME IN PROGRAM HISTORY! On thanksgiving against Nonnewaug. The present field inside the track is terrible and rarely used because it is so and the field hockey field doesn't meet state standards and the Spartans wouldn't be able to host a state tournament game on it if it earns a home date. Granby, Canton, Oxford and others have finished new facility upgrades recently and it's time for Region 10 to get in the game too.

A local state title in football, hoops, soccer and or baseball.

Not to take anything away from local athletes who have excelled in cross country and track or golf but a state title in one of the four above mentioned sports is a bit overdue. There are plenty of candidates, GN football has been to the playoffs twice in four seasons, Thomaston made a run to the Class S girl’s hoops title game last season, Mills has been knocking on the door in soccer and Northwestern lost a heartbreaker for a state title in baseball last spring. Having covered a number of playoff games and state finals recently it would be nice to add some local flavor to the mix.

A better fate for Coach Bayer and Housatonic football.

It was a tough season in Falls Village as injuries and low numbers forced the Mountaineers to forfeit a handful of games to make sure the players they did have were safe. Housatonic did turn in a spirited effort on Thanksgiving morning in the Housatonic Bowl against GN and hopefully that is a sign of things to come. Coach Bayer is one of my favorite guys that I cover and his teams are always hardworking and never quit. Here's wishing him a full squad and a few wins next fall.

Continued success for locals at the next level.

Sarah Royals is having an outstanding junior season for the Albany women's hoops team, Mark Wildman started as a freshman for the Western Connecticut football team that won an ECAC Bowl Game, Kevin Sullivan was a standout as a freshman for the Boston College cross country team and the list continues to grow. We cover a lot of high school sports at but more and more local athletes are giving in us great stories at the college level and we are all hoping that continues in 2014 and beyond.

A successful summer for the Titans.

During the summer of 2012 the Torrington Titans were one of the better teams in the FCBL, featured a hometown hero in Conor Bierfeldt and went to the playoffs. This past summer was not nearly as successful and hopefully it was just a blip and not a hint at the future. Former Wamogo star Mike Odenwaelder was a bright spot, but that was just about it. The Titans never seemed to get any traction, the weather didn't cooperate and a number of home dates were lost to rain and then they couldn't strong wins together with any regularity. Fuessenich Park has been getting a facelift and the Titans got the beer sales they wanted as well. Now here is hoping they piece together a competitive roster, overcome some longstanding and simmering opposition in town (which I just don't get) and get the area to come out and support summer college baseball.

Happy New Year to everyone out there and all the best in 2014. Here's to some of your wishes coming true, just as long as they don't interfere with an Eagles Super Bowl victory! 

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