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Bears in Uncasville. Nothing new about that. Big Saturday on deck for locals.

POSTED March 15, 2017
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: Okay, that was ridiculous.

65 degrees a week ago, and then I can’t see around the side of the massive snow pile that blocks my view coming out of the driveway.

What gives?

Just another lovely week in New England that featured those balmy temperatures followed by an eye-blinding blizzard (maybe?) that dumped nearly 20 inches in T-Town.

All I know is I’m glad we didn’t lose power and this time of the year, the lousy white stuff will turn brown and black, pretty quick before melting under the high-in-the-sky sun that we get in March.

Throw us a day of snow-burning fog to boot and we can get ready for spring sports in no time.

In the meantime, let’s look at what’s cooking around that happy little town know as Thomaston, Connecticut who will be on the road as a unit come Friday night as they travel to their home away from home, Mohegan Sun.

The Golden Bears will make an astounding fifth straight appearance in the Class S girls basketball State Championship game against Canton in the rubber match of a three-year run between the two schools.

Each team owns a title, one will be walking out with the decider in this rivalry between two teams who play just 30 minutes away from each other and have compelling stories of triumph coming in.

A year ago, the Warriors were just a little hungrier. Will standouts Julia Quinn and Casey Carangelo be able to deliver on what has driven them all year long? One more chance to bring home the trophy.

Should be a good one.

These are rare and special times around here, an area that was lucky to send one or two teams to the big dances in Uncasville but are making their mark around the state as being anything but the quiet corner or western part of the state.

No less than seven teams from our area could find themselves in the finals with a potential for all four boys teams coming out of the Naugatuck Valley League.

Kennedy (LL), Sacred Heart (L), Holy Cross (M) and Waterbury Career Academy will all be in action in their semi-finals on Thursday night with a chance to sweep the valley league into Uncasville.

On the girl’s side, Frank Lombardo and his Holy Cross girls are coming off the win of the year when they knocked off Capital Prep who had not lost to a team in the state since the Nixon Administration.

They could take the top spot in Class L if they can get by Hand on Saturday at 3 p.m. in a battle between the number one and two seeds, respectfully.

The Warriors and Bears once again get the breakfast game which jeez, after five straight times of making the dance (for Thomaston) you would think they might catch a break and get the 12:30 or so?

Not the showcase games I understand but maybe a bit of a reward for two fans bases who bring a large portion of their small towns with them each time they come to the East.

Look for previews from John Nestor on both the Canton/Thomaston game and the Holy Cross/Hand match ups after the CIAC Luncheon on Thursday.  





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