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Looking back on a special fall sports season.

POSTED November 16, 2014
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: It’s over.

Another fall season in a couple of sports have come to an end but boy what a run ad thrills they gave us.

On Saturday, two local teams played for State titles. One won (Lewis Mills Field Hockey) and one lost (Housatonic girls’ soccer) but what a campaign both and more had on the pitch or in the gym.

Sure, football still needs to play out but with all our local teams having challenging seasons throughout, it’s just a matter of time before Thanksgiving Day comes and goes and we prepare to head indoors.

None of our local gridiron gangs will be headed to the post season this year.

First though, congrats have to go out to Maggie Tieman and her Spartans who won the Class M Field Hockey title after putting cement in front of their net all tournament, not allowing a goal in their four outings.

That’s astounding. Not one time did four different teams dent a defense that may go down as one of the all-time best in Berkshire League or State history.

The Mountaineer girls came within six minutes of being crowned co-champions in their Class S final against Portland, a team that did share the top prize a year ago.

Have to say though, I’m glad somebody won. After a pair of 15-minute overtimes, if neither team had scored, we would have handed out two trophies for champions.

Impossible to fathom but reality. Please, can we go to PK’s after the 30 extra minutes?

I know, the players don’t practice PK’s much and they aren’t used during the regular season but give us a champion, not two.

The ‘everybody gets a trophy’ mandate is a ridiculous one. This isn’t grade school. These kids can handle winning or losing. Let them.

We saw great years from the Torrington and Lewis Mills boys’ soccer programs while the Raider girls’ volleyball team had a campaign to remember, including three epic battles with Woodland.

The Torrington Turf and Track Project was completed on time and on budget due to the work of a remarkably dedicated group of volunteers who refused to let anything or anyone get in their way.

The Mills girls got to within a game of the championship before falling to East Catholic but wasn’t it great to see our old friend Dennis Fowler back on the sidelines after a two-year absence.

Wolcott Tech girls’ volleyball had a tremendous campaign and won their conference championship for the first time ever and hosted a state game in Torrington as well.

The Seymour community came out in force to honor one of their own, Nina Poeta, a 17-year old who passed from brain cancer at a far too young age.

Frankie Graziano did a story for us on what it was like to be around such a brave young lady and did a terrific job telling her story on CPTV and on our site and we thank him for that great effort.

UConn kicked off another season on the hardwood, after taking the championships last year and we were on hand to see this year’s teams try and repeat.

The Huskies football season is down to just three games in what has been a very rough season that can’t come to an end soon enough. Head coach Bob Diaco is going to need time to get his recruits into the program and that can’t start until this lost season comes to an end.

We have ventured into the world of UConn hockey and Patrick Tiscia was on hand when they Huskies stunned Boston College on November 5 at a rocking XL Center.

I saw the Huskies in action on Friday night at The Taft School in a 2-0 loss to Sacred Heart on a terrific night that paid tribute to a longtime hockey legend, Jason Pagni who died in a car crash earlier this year.

Over 1000 brave souls (hockey fans are a hardy bunch) saw a Division I game in a very cozy environment and raised money to help the Pagni family.

So as we say goodbye to this season, we await the arrival of the indoor sports and the challenges and championships that lie ahead.

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