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Here, There and Everywhere in Winter Wonderland

POSTED January 09, 2011
BY Rick Wilson
Twitter: @scribewilson

                           Here, There and Everywhere in Winter Wonderland

             Mother Nature has decided she has been ignored enough and needs to make her presence felt. So we watch the white stuff play havoc with what we do. In the meantime it allows the old medulla oblongata to process a few thoughts while we are waiting for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to figure out that waiting for a melting is probably not a good substitute for plowing.

            *The Waterbury Republican ran a nice story on some of the top basketball sophomores in the high school area.  Don’t forget about Pomperaug’s Gabrielle Holness. She is young, quick, averaging about 16 points a game and will win a whole passel of awards by the time she graduates.

            *Woodland has kind of escaped notice this season in girl’s basketball despite a 9-0 record. Early attention was focused on the Torrington- St. Paul matchup and Torrington – Holy Cross contest. Also, Woodland has yet to play any of the three schools listed above.

            However, coach Gail Cheney’s team has a top notch player in Heather Framski and should not be underestimated.  The second half of the season will tell the story with big matchups virtually every week for the Hawks.

            *Congratulations to Holy Cross coach Ed Generali who joined a small and prestigious list of area coaches that have hit the coveted 500 win mark. Northwestern Regional girls coach Fred Williams passed the mark last season and Crosby boys coach Nick Augelli is already there.

            Generali’s mark is hardly a result of longevity. His teams have won three state titles and are usually good for at least 15 victories a year.  Ed is also one of the good guys around and has always had time for those around him. Long may he continue.

            *Another job superbly done by two or our area’s big-time sports figures – Litchfield cross country coach Brent Hawkins and Litchfield Hills Road Race co-founder and all around good guy Bill Neller, for New Year’s Day's annual Possum Queen festivities in Litchfield.

            The dynamic duo raised more than ,000 for a number of area families through their fund-raising efforts furthering the idea that there are still a lot of very big hearts out there and that it is really about giving and giving back. Nick job guys!

*Torrington girls JV coach and author of more than 1,000 points during her playing career for the Red Raiders, Erika Fritch, is getting married next weekend to Colin Pratt. Congratulations to an athletic couple and two very nice people.

*It’s okay to admit that you are finding this UConn women’s basketball season more interesting and entertaining than most seasons. It has been amazing to witness perfection, the 90-game win streak, national championships, etc. 

But, how many of you got bored with the consistent one-sided games in which Geno’s Huskies were ahead by 822 points 10 minutes into the game and could have won with a Route 44 fifth-sixth grade team playing the final 30 minutes? How many of you instead of making a sandwich during timeouts, actually read War and Peace, already knowing the outcome?

Saturday’s 76-73 win over Notre Dame in which the Huskies trailed by five points with less than five minutes to go was a whole lot of fun to watch. We’re still rooting for wins but by less of a margin than one that equals our national debt. The Huskies will be fun to watch this season.

*Pardon me if I become the 1,000th reporter to weigh in on the Randy Edsall departure. There should be no problem with him leaving. He spent a dozen years at Connecticut, built the program from the bottom to a birth in the Fiesta Bowl.

The manner of departure speaks of, “It’s all about me,” which is the really disappointing part of it all. Randy, get on the plane, go home, get your team together and tell them in person. If that wasn’t okay with Maryland, well, there were other opportunities out there.

Now let’s move on. Edsall, who spoke at Torrington’s 1929 Club dinner last year, is gone. Time to look ahead, not back.

*Also want to wish Newell Porch good luck in his new stint as interim Athletic Director at Avon High School. We’re still trying to get used to Newell not welcoming us into Torrington High’s Connie Donahue Gymnasium and he is already two schools gone after a stint at Nonnewaug this fall.

*Nonnewaug super runner Jackie Nicholas just keeps on earning titles and blowing by the opposition. The two-time State Open champion won the 1,600 meter race Saturday in the Lindy Remigino Invitational in Hartford and finished second by seven seconds to Glastonbury’s Lindsay Crevoiserat in the 1,000 meters.

If you need a bit of measuring stick for the level Nicholas is running at, Crevoiserat is the national indoor champion in the 5,000 meters and two-mile. Nicholas defeated Crevoiserat in the fall for the State Open title.

*Hey Bob Ferrarotti when does Fairview Farm open up? I’m tired of winter already except for the hoop action.  

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