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Connor Finn chosen as the '29 Club winner for 2015. A champion choice.

POSTED December 14, 2015
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: Tracy, Bonvicini and Finn.

While that might seem to stand for a local law firm, it actually represents three pretty terrific young men who have been honored by the prestigious Torrington ’29 Club over the past three seasons.

Is it a coincidence that these are the first three inducted while under the guidance of their head coach Gaitan Rodriguez? I don’t think so.

We are talking about Ernie Tracy, Ben Bonvicini and this year’s honoree, Connor Finn.

That’s a pretty fine group of talented football players and more importantly, great young men.

Each represents what the ’29 Club, which was named for the undefeated 1929 Raiders team, is looking for on and off the field.

Tracy and Bonvicini were staples in the trenches for the Raiders while Finn mastered the art of scoring in his three full years as a starter.

We watched as this senior, a top ten student with a near 100 grade average, lead an offense that put up nearly 1000 points over these past three season, we saw a young man grow up before our eyes.

When Torrington upended Wolcott to improve to 6-0 with Ansonia on deck, we watched Finn respond to the numerous media requests from around the state with a maturity well beyond his years.

After dropping their only game to the Chargers the following week, Finn made sure his teammates didn’t disappear into a vat of self-pity.

He stood up and talked, just as he did following the Raiders 33-6 loss to Wethersfield after Torrington finished the year 9-1 and earned a home state playoff game, their first under the CIAC’s current system.

Finn had thrown an interception that was returned for a score in the waning seconds of the first half that turned the tide of the game but afterwards, the senior stood up and took questions while accepting responsibility for his mistake.

It’s part of life after all, owning both one’s successes and failures and Finn is properly trained to handle both.

Next year, it’s off to Union College and some more time on the gridiron behind center where he is the most comfortable.

Before that, you can still catch Finn in action as he plays on the hardwood for the Raiders boys’ basketball team.

The 29 Club, a who’s who of Torrington football has some remarkable members and just added another one.

Congrats Mr. Finn, a well-deserved honor.

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