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Happy Mother's Day and a few other thoughts

POSTED May 12, 2013
BY Rick Wilson
Twitter: @scribewilson

                                     Happy Mother's Day and few other thoughts


             THOMASTON – When the kid saw his high school basketball career end with a less than stellar performance that included a few bad passes in crunch time and the game eventually lost in overtime in the state tournament, she was there.

            When the kid helped turn her yard into a football field, golf course, whiffle ball field, she was there.

            When the kid was still playing flag football well into his 20s and coming home, slopping the house up with dirty clothes, she was there.

            When the kid finally gave up the basketball dream in college, she was there.

            When the kid turned her garage into a baseball clubhouse and later on into Philmore West of East, she was there.

            When the kid won the Berkshire League basketball title and later on three Connecticut Modified Softball stat titles and the team he played on finished fifth in the country in the national tournament, she was there.

            When the kid started playing softball at 18 and got home a little later on school nights that he was supposed to, She was there (at the door).

            When the kid set the school high jump record she was there.

            When the kid did some no-nos on a school trip to the NIT Basketball Tournament in New York City and got a two-day vacation she was there.

            When the kid got his first sportswriting job, she was there.

            When the kid the kid was inducted into the Tri-State Baseball Hall of Fame, she was there.

            The bottom line is that she has always been there, through the good and bad. And she is still there, vibrant and elegant as ever at this stage of the game.

            I was the kid and she is my mom. Thanks and happy mother’s day mom.


            How about the Thomaston High baseball and softball teams at this point? Coach Bob McMahon’s baseball team is 11-3, 11-1 in the BL. The Bears aren’t far from being perfect, their losses being a 3-0 eight-inning defeat at the hands of undefeated Northwestern Regional, 3-2 in eight innings to Bethel and 6-5 to Oliver Wolcott.

            Juniors Brian Butkevicius and lefty Blaise Russo have given the team an outstanding one-two pitching punch while the hitting has come from all directions including Drew Gagne and Jake Tehan.

            Abby Hurlbert and Morgan Sanson have made THS softball coach Gene Torrence as happy as McMahon. Sanson a hard-throwing freshman lefty and Hurlbert a hard-throwing righty have given Bears something they have rarely ever had, two quality pitchers. The result to date has been a sparkling 11-2 record with the only losses coming to Terryville, 7-1, and Bethel, 6-4.

            The hitting has come, like with baseball team, from a variety of directions. Hurlbert and Shannon April and Abby DuPont are just a few of the swingers that have allowed the Bears to pout a bevy of runs on the board.

            For both the teams the next week will be crucial in their hopes of a Berkshire League title. The baseball team travels to Northwestern, next Wed. for a do or die game provided there is no stumble along the way. The softball team has a number of tough games coming up including a makeup against Lewis Mills and Terryville again.


            Junior Meg Fitzgerald has been having a superb season playing No. 2 singles for THS girls tennis coach Jeff Dauphinais’ team. Fitzgerald handed Nonnewaug’s Reilly Ratcliffe her first loss of the season last week and is 10-2 so far.


            Some familiar names are scoring big points for the THS boys and girls track teams. On the girls side, basketball all-stater Maggie Eberhardt won the high jump, discus and javelin in a meet against Lewis Mills earlier this week. Class S state champion Cam Chaplen and Berkshire League cross country champion Sabrina Olsen tied for the top spot in the 800 meters.

            On the boys side, Alex Gagne continued to stake a claim for the BL’s best athlete with wins in the long jump, triple jump, high jump and javelin. . A different sport, same result.


            Nice new portable scoreboard for the younger Little League set that plays at Sanford Avenue.


            Put the doughnuts down, pushed the past away. The Litchfield Hills Race is less than a month away. A 7.1 mile jaunt of severe joy. Of course I don’t run it. Hang nail you know.


            Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there who do so much, every hour of every day. I know without my wife, Caroline around, Jonathan would be in big trouble. She washes, drives, organizes, coaches and does everything else. You are all the best.  

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