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NVL's a little strange without Raiders involved. Thomaston girls BB rolls along.

POSTED February 23, 2016
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: It’s Monday, it’s nearly 50 degrees, pitchers and catchers are in Florida and Arizona.

What’s not to like?

….The Naugatuck Valley League Tournament seems a little off without one of the staples of the league, Torrington involved in the proceedings this year. The Raiders failed to qualify for the first time in memory with a 10-10 regular season that gets them in the State Tournament but not in the NVL’s. Feels weird, my schedule is all off.

The Raider boys wrap up their regular season on Tuesday with a road game at Waterbury Career (9-9). Both locals will make the post season but for the first time in a good long time, neither team will be at home in the first round.

Four seniors who left their mark on a couple of different fields of battle played their last home   game against Watertown on Thursday night.

Connor Finn, Jake Boccio, Zak Mancini and David White not only played their last game on the hardwood at the Connie Donahue Gymnasium but also their last organized sport of any kind. None of the four play spring sports.

Each lived for their time on the gridiron in football but gave the same intense effort on the hardwood over the course of the four years.

Four talented young men who will be remembered fondly for what they gave back to THS.

….How far will the Thomaston girls basketball team go this year? Will they make it a three-peat in the Class S State Tournament?

Hard to bet against them, each time you do, you seem to lose whatever you bet.

My good friend and writing mate Mr. Wilson will give me 27 reasons why they won’t take it all this year but I have learned better. Until someone knocks off Morgan Sanson and company, they still hold all the chips.

The Golden Bears play in the Berkshire League semi-finals tonight against Wamogo, a team they demolished twice so far and appear ready for another battle with Nonnewaug on Wednesday if both teams hold serve tonight.

Mohegan Sun awaits on Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20.  


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