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Battle of two unbeatens headlines week in local action.

POSTED January 10, 2011
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

BURLINGTON- All eyes will be on the Berkshire League girls basketball battle of the unbeaten tonight, as the Lewis Mills Spartans take on the Thomaston Golden Bears.
Both teams enter the week with 8-0 records; one team was expected to be close to where they are, the other, not so much.
Dennis Fowler and the Spartans came into the 2010-2011 campaign with high goals and even higher expectations.
Bob McMahon and the Bears had lost their entire starting five, six seniors in all after their magical 20-0 regular season a year ago.
Most thought this was the year that would see Fowler and his squad, led by senior Amanda Adamski, do the same.
Something has got to give tonight and while one might think the Golden Bears, behind Maggie Eberhardt (13.3 ppg) and Laura Miller (9 ppg) would be outgunned by the likes of Adamski (league leading 20.4 ppg), stranger things have happened.
BERKSHIRE LEAGUE BOYS BASKETBALL- Fans will have to wait till the end of the week to see the big game on the boys side when the first battle of Winsted takes place at the Gilbert School.
The Yellowjackets start the week with a perfect 5-0 record and will be busy before they host their neighbors from Regional 7 with games at Wolcott Tech (tonight) and Tuesday when they travel to take on Lewis Mills.
Two players, Elide Romero (17.5 ppg) and Robert Skinner (16.5) have led the way for Mark Douglass after a tough 8-12 season a year ago. Looks like winning is back on the big hill.
The Highlanders are led by the player who helped the ’Jackets during their magical run to the playoffs on the gridiron this fall.
Senior Bobby Lippincott is back leading on the court again and has is averaging 18 points per game while newcomer, John Stevens has pitched in with just over 13 per game.
It’s “GN” on the football field; two opposing rivals at everything else.
The owners of the top spot in boys action, Nonnewaug (6-0), will be at Wamogo on Tuesday night before hosting Shepaug on Friday.
The Litchfield Cowboys, owners of a 5-1 record at the start of the week, will host Shepaug tonight, travel to Torrington to take on Wolcott Tech the following night before wrapping up play on Saturday, when they host Wamogo.
NAUGATUCK VALLEY LEAGUE GIRLS- The Torrington girls basketball team takes their 9-1 record on the road as they face Naugatuck on Tuesday night.
The Raiders face off against a struggling Greyhound team that sports a 3-7 record but is a always a tough out on the road.
The next night, Wilby will be in Torrington before the Raiders get a break, not playing again until they travel to Ansonia on January 21.
NAUGATUCK VALLEY BOYS- The Torrington boys look to break a three game losing streak when they host the Naugatuck Greyhounds, Tuesday night.
It’s the start of a four game home stretch for the Raiders who take on Wilby on Friday followed by games against Ansonia (Jan 21) and their out of conference match up versus Maloney on January 26.



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