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Packed Weekend On Tap at LCS.

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

TORRINGTON: Big weekend on tap on multiple fronts for the crew at Litchfield County Sports.

Here’s a look at what we will be up to!

Friday Night Double-Dip: Two big games featuring Torrington will dominate tonight as I head first to Seymour at 6 p.m. for the Battle of the Volleyball Unbeaten in the Naugatuck Valley League.

The Wildcats and Raiders have played some memorable matches over the years and tonight will be a good test for both as they find out just where they stand, even at this early stage of the fall campaign.

Both teams come in 5-0, the Wildcats have yet to lose a game, the Raiders just two in a 3-2 comeback win against Naugatuck.

Whichever team can keep their unforced errors down, whether on serves or in action, may just be the one coming out on a six-game winning streak.

After checking on the action in the lower Valley, I’ll make my way north for a stop in Naugatuck as the Raiders football team takes on the Greyhounds at 7 p.m.   

Torrington is in the toughest two-week stretch of the 2016 schedule with Ansonia coming to the Robert H Frost Complex next Friday night.

The Greyhounds host the Raiders with a 1-1 mark, the same as their foe from the northern part of Route 8 with each team being beaten up badly by Seymour (Torrington lost 49-7, Naugy 48-12) who appears to be one of two (the Chargers of course) teams to beat in the NVL this year.

The following four-game portion of the Torrington schedule after Ansonia is a little more reasonable with home games against St Paul and Woodland and road trips to Holy Cross and Kennedy in the mix.

Taking one of the next two games would be a bonus for head coach Gaitan Rodriguez and the Raiders with tonight being the more imaginable than the next.

The Battle of Two Former Big East Teams: On Saturday, Rick Wilson will head up to East Hartford to take in the UConn/Syracuse football game at The Rent with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m.

Just because the Orangemen and Huskies don’t do battle on the gridiron every year, don’t discount the rivalry that is deeply ingrained in both fan bases.

Syracuse will put some points up on the board with a very effective air attack and will test mightily the somewhat suspect UConn secondary that has been taken advantage of at times over their first three games this year.

The Orangemen run a break-next speed type of offense and even though they were beaten badly by USF (45-20) and Louisville (62-28) their offense can be explosive.

UConn on the other hand has played three, down to the wire close games to open the season and could easily be 3-0 or 0-3 at this point.

Can the UConn offense get something going early and keep the ball away from the Syracuse offense? Could be the key.

Should be a good crowd, the Orangemen fan base travels well so expect to see much orange in East Hartford, as UConn did a week ago against Virginia.

Change of Season Baseball: I bought a pair of tickets a few weeks ago to Saturday nights New York Mets game when the temperatures were soaring into the 80’s on a daily basis.

On Saturday night in Queens when the Metropolitans take on the Phillies on Fleece Blanket Night, I of course will need the damn thing.

The winds blow hard off Jamaica Bay, next to La Guardia Airport so I’m guessing I’m going to have to abandon the shorts and find some long pants and ridiculously, a jacket.

Should get to see Thor (Noah Syndergaard) which will be a treat and one can only hope for another night like Thursday night when the team won on a dramatic three run home run off the bat of Asdrubal Cabrera.  

Walking with Team Cons: Honored to start Sunday off by walking to battle ALS in East Hartford at The Rent to raise money to fight the disease that took a great friend of Torrington, Tim Considine far too early.

Team Cons is a strong one with some of the best people I know walking to pay tribute to Considine and to help find a cure.

The ‘Ice Bucket Challenge” was a tremendous success over the last two years and even led to a breakthrough, something we all hope happens when we get behind a cause so near and dear to so many of us.

Registration is at 10 a.m., the walk kicks off at 11.

I’ll have pictures up later that day and a story over the next few days as well.

Man, I’m tired already….


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