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Another Championship Saturday for the Thomaston

POSTED November 21, 2015
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: Well, here we go again.

Another Championship Saturday with the Thomaston Golden Bears in the mix.

Yes, I know, there will be a full slate of title games going on throughout the day but for the small town that sits nestled in between Waterbury and Torrington, the only place that will matter will be wherever their Bears will be looking for another medal to add to an astonishing collection.

The #1 ranked Golden Bears take on #3 Haddam-Killingworth at high-noon at Wethersfield High School for the Class S Field Hockey crown.

A win, which will not come easy against a powerful Cougars team that sported a 14-2-0-0 mark in the always tough Shoreline Conference, would give three members of the team a near hand full of championship rings.

Let me say that again and remind you that we are talking about a school with just over 100 girls (less than 240 total) who have gone on a run the past three years that is simply hard to comprehend and may not be duplicated again in our lifetime.

Championships are such a rarity for any school, save a couple of perennial schools that always seem to end up atop the mighty mountain at the end when no one else is left standing.

Thomaston, with their multi-sport athletes who make it hard to argue for specialization in high school sports where an athlete focusses all their energy to just one sport, is riding some kind of wave that they hope never crashes.

Four of the Golden Bears appeared on a live LCS, Cable 5 last night and did a tremendous job representing themselves, their parents, their school and their community.

Let’s look at just their hardware and mind you, they have two more seasons (basketball and softball) to try and get more.

The “Core Four” is made up of four seniors.

Morgan Sanson, Garbriella Hurlbert, Nicole Schaefer and Julia Romaniello have each been part of at least one state championship team.

Sanson, Hulbert and Schaefer have won three, yes three. In basketball twice and softball once.

Romaniello owns a title in softball and all four are looking to get one in a sport that may not be their strongest suit but as we have said many times, it’s hard to kill a bear.

Led by head coach Brooke Holway, the Bears compiled a 15-1-0-0 mark while taking the Berkshire League title from foes Nonnewaug and last year’s state champs, Lewis Mills.

Sanson is closing in quickly on 30 career goals, which would be a school record and one of the biggest advantages Thomaston has is in being in that moment before.

The moment when you walk onto the field or court with everything on the line. The moment will never be too big for this team, they have been there so often it’s almost second nature.

Win or lose, this group of young ladies, all Honor Roll students at THS, will have done themselves proud, both on and off the court.

Picking against the Bears?

Good luck with that.

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