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Golden Bears girls basketball team to be celebrated at Tony's Coffee Express this Sunday from 1-2 p.m.

POSTED May 16, 2013
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

Do you want a chance to reach out and say thanks to a local girls basketball team who took the entire area on a magnificent ride all the way to Mohegan Sun this past March?

Well, you have a chance to do just that because of the effort of a local business man who knows what it likes to take a shot at a State Championship.

Tony Turina, the former coach of the Torrington Red Raiders boys basketball team, is holding a special meet and greet with the Golden Bears team this Sunday at his store not far from the Thomaston High School gym.

Tony's Coffee Express, located at 19 Thomaston Road in Thomaston, will salute this team that captured the hearts of this small town as they refused to go away right down to the last minute of their Class S championship contest against highly favored Capitol Prep.

From one to two p.m., the public is invited to come down to the store, sample one of the players specially made flavored coffees while raising money for the team at the same time.

Try a Maggie Eberhardt "French Vanilla" or a Morgan Graham "Graham Cracker Suite" if it sounds good.

Of course, one could always decide on the Morgan Sanson "Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup" or the Abby Hurlburt "Caramel".

Turina, who has been a huge supporter of the girls program and spoke to the team at their end of the season banquet last month at Black Rock Tavern, thought it would be a nice way to let the public get close to players who gave them so many thrills during the season.

"This place (Tony's Coffee Express) became the place to talk about how the team did the night before." Turina said. "The entire town was wrapped up in it. It wasn't, "How did they do?". It became "How did we do?".

All proceeds from the hour will be donated to the basketball program.

They gave all of us a ride to remember, come on down and toast them with a cup of uniquely named coffee and thank them for their efforts. 


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