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A weekend to savor

POSTED February 13, 2012
BY Rick Wilson
Twitter: @scribewilson

                                                   A weekend to savor

            So where were you this weekend? Home, waiting for the big snow storm? Taking down the Christmas tree that you forgot about? Watching UConn’s season continue to fall into the abyss of abysmal?

            Wherever you were if it wasn’t in one of the area scholastic venues, you missed a whole lot of good stuff. The kind of stuff where no matter who you were rooting for, it was pretty solid any way.

            Where do you start? How about the Nonnewaug-Wamogo girls basketball game. Both teams needed a victory to keep their title hopes alive with the Chiefs trailing Thomaston by one game and Wamogo two games in arrears.

            And boy did they play it like it meant something. Trailing by 18 points, the Warriors roared all the way back to tie the game with nine seconds left on Megan Layman’s 3-pointer. But, the Chiefs have this kid named Drakeley and there has been no player better in the BL this season. And Caitlin Drakeley wasn’t about to let the regular season be decided here.

            The senior point guard went the length of the court and drained a 3-pointer for a 42-39 win and the Chiefs lived for another day. They still need help but they gave themselves an opportunity. Should Northwestern Regional, currently on a nice roll, defeat Thomaston tonight the Chiefs will own a share of the title. Should Thomaston win, the Golden Bears win the championship outright.

            In Thomaston there wasn’t much of a game as the Golden Bears raced out to a 13-0 lead and dumped Litchfield, 52-28. But if you like brown and gold and like to see senior nights and nets cut down, this was the place to be.

            Coach Bob McMahon’s club won its second title in three seasons. They will walk into the Northwestern gym as champions tonight and win or lose, leave as champions. It is all about owning the title all by themselves or sharing it but either way a title has been won.

            It was the Bears last home game, so with a large degree of satisfaction if not jubilation they cut down the nets. A just reward for a gritty group that has an uncanny knack for winning close games and  flying high with the team concept and a stingy defense.

            Of course if you prefer the boys side of the leger, Wamogo wouldn’t have been a bad place to be. Coach Gregg Hunt’s team has struggled most of the season but it made itself a fine memory by knocking off first place Nonnewaug, 43-42. And the Warriors did it in style.

            Spencer Albano’s medium range jumper with 14 seconds left was the difference. The Warriors (6-9) now have a shot at the state tournament, needing two wins in its final five games. Meanwhile Nonnewaug is now chasing Northwestern Regional in the BL and may look back on this game with a shudder in a couple of weeks.

            Hey, if basketball isn’t your thing you could have made it down to the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven for a little Class S indoor track action’s You would have seen Terryville’s Corie Scharpf win the high jump and Thomaston’s outstanding sophomore runner Sabrina Olsen capture the 3,200 meters.

            Now, if you fell asleep on the couch and missed all of that on Friday, you still had time to get up (and beat that massive snow storm) and get yourself down to the Thomaston High gym and watch the Berkshire League wrestling championships.

            You would have seen Terryville win tournament with five champions, upsetting league champion Nonnewaug whohad four individual champions. Terryville’s Scott LaMarre, who is built like a mini-Hulk Hogan in his prime, was particularly impressive in winning the 160 lb. title, his third BL crown. Thomaston’s biggest bear Tyler Margison, a 6-foot-1, 263 bruin who is an efficient executioner with a smile also had some wow factor picking up his opponent putting him in the center of the ring and then pinning him in 46 seconds.

            Sunday you could have relaxed and watched Phil Mickelson at his best in winning the Pebble Beach, ATT Pro-am or the rugby that was on or gone to a sale at Wal-Mart. But shame on you if you missed some of the top-notch action the weekend provided.

Put the computers away, turn the TV off and get out there and watch a game. You’re missing out if you don’t.

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