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A Spring to Remember. A Look Back.

POSTED June 16, 2015
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: As another wild spring high school sports campaign comes to an end, we look back at some of the best stories that dominated the highlight reels.

THOMASTON SOFTBALL: Yes, their undefeated season ended on Saturday when they dropped a 4-0 decision to Sarah Lawton and the Holy Cross Crusaders but nothing needs to be taken away from this amazing campaign but joy for the Golden Bears.

A year after losing an All-State player in Abby Hurlbert, the defending Class S Champions came back with an unlikely regular season record of 19-0, won the Berkshire League title and four more games in the states.

Most of the team returns in 2016 and one would expect the Bears to keep doing what they do; win.

Even with two outs in the bottom of the seventh in the title game, you never really thought Thomaston was done. We have seen far too many comebacks to fall for that one but on this day, Lawton was just that good.

The Crusaders hard throwing soon to be junior has solidified her spot amongst the top pitchers in the Naugatuck Valley League for the next two years.

NONNEWAUG AND WAMOGO SOFTBALL: The two BL partners with Thomaston flew under the radar but represented themselves very well in the post season.

The Chief’s (#11 in Class L at 14-6), came within a win of being in the title game while the Warrior’s (#9 in Class S at 14-6) made a nice run to the quarterfinals.

TORRINGTON SOFTBALL: Ali Dubois, Marissa Morris and the Raiders won two state games after a regular season mark of 15-4 and with a young team returning in 2016, the cupboard is hardly bare.

Morris is off to play at the University of Connecticut next fall and will greatly missed behind the plate, at bat and in the leadership department.

THOMASTON BASEBALL: The Golden Bears won a pair of home games before running into Northwest Catholic, the eventual Class S champion.

A 17-3 regular season showed the strength of the Bears program and combined with the girls, the school with 227 students continues to impress with their athletic programs.

WOLCOTT TECH BOYS VOLLEYBALL: Ray Tanguay, Jim Pepper and the Wildcats put on some kind of show for their fan base in 2015, making a run all the way to the semi-finals before falling to Barlow.

A team that the coaches had no idea what to expect at the start of the season more than established themselves as one of the best Tech has ever put forward.

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