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CIAC gives Terryvile no love

POSTED March 09, 2014
BY Rick Wilson
Twitter: @scribewilson



            Okay, I’ll say it. It is a shame after the season Terryville has had to be rewarded in the state tournament with possible matchups against Bloomfield and Sacred Heart. The CIAC is trying to even the playing field, but there haven’t completed the job yet and schools like Terryville are paying the price, Neither the Hearts or Bloomfield belong in Terryville’s class.

            For that matter, Nonnewaug playing in LL was the biggest fiasco of the girls tournament. Coach Adam Brutting’s BL tri-champions did a nice job of beating Kennedy in its opener but then was overwhelmed by Career by 53 points. It shouldn’t have been that way.

            As for Terryville whatever happens this week doesn’t take away from a brilliant romp through the BL, 20 up, 20 down. Nice job to coach Mark Fowler and his champions that include Shea Tracy, Tyler Trillo and Jacob Johnson.


            Good luck to coach Joe Capitani and his Lewis Mills Spartans as they take on Cromwell Tuesday night in the Panthers’ home gym. The BL tri-champion Spartans (19-5) have had nice wins over Waterford and Old Saybrook with Teagan Dunn leading the way. They are the underdog against No. 2 Cromwell but the game is played for a reason. You hope the Spartans can find a way to keep it going.


            No. 3 Thomaston had little problem with Old Lyme Friday night but the Bears face a major problem in Immaculate Thursday night. Coach Bob McMahon calls the Mustangs `relentless’ in their demeanor, a team that goes as hard as anybody. Immaculate, ranked No. 11 lost to NVL finalist and Class S No. 1 seed St. Paul, 44-40, in early February.

            However, the Bears have proved to be a mighty tough out in recent years and this one has all the earmarks of being a dandy. And Immaculate doesn’t have an Abby Hurlbert.


            Can I just say this – starting last week this absolutely the best three weeks of the year. It is filled with road trips, tears, smiles, great performances, not so great performances and memories that last long after the last basket or miss.

            It is one gym after another. It is tiring. It is awesome. Wouldn’t trade it for anything. And if you get on a ride like the Thomaston girls took us on last year, it is beyond awesome.


            Can we be a bit premature and offer colleague Pat Tiscia and his wife Becky congratulations? The power couple (they are to us) are expecting their first child any minute and the youngin’ is going to be one well-cared for child. He or she will also be a New York Giants fan or looking for a new home down the road..


            I don’t know if it has been announced but I believe Mr. Gaffney will not be running in the Litchfield Hills Road Race this year due to his recent leg surgery. Personally I’m thinking the surgery was a way to make a graceful exit from his declaration after last year’s race.

            I mean he could limp it or crutch it. The race is held on Sunday. We’ll pick him up on Monday if need be. Also, I have seen Bill Neller run the race on no legs. For some reason they weren’t working right but he willed himself home.

            On a serious note, Tim is out and about, ready to discard the brace he is wearing and concentrating on therapy and things like learning to walk right again.  It is good to have him up and out.


            The UConn women place four players on the AAC All-Star first team, have the Defensive Player of the Year in Stephanie Dolson, the Coach of the Year in Geno Auriemma and the Player of the Year in Breanna Stewart.  That’s about as close as you can get to a clean sweep. It’s called a world of your own. You wonder if everybody else except Louisville wonders what the heck they signed up for.


In the middle of the state tournament with snow still draped all over our baseball fields it is hard to consider that that practice will begin in two weeks for the high schools. Holy Cross A.D. Jerry Ciarleglio told me he has a scrimmage scheduled for Mar. 26. I hope you have orange baseballs Jerry.


Good luck to all the area boys basketball teams as their pursuit of the dream begins this week. Hope the journey is a good one.

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