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Raiders clinch playoff spot, Thomaston field hockey, THS volleyball, the UConn men and sideline rules.

POSTED November 16, 2015
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: With just one game left on the schedule, their annual Thanksgiving Day battle with Watertown, the Torrington football team has clinched a playoff berth and has a shot at a home game at the Robert H. Frost but they will need help.

By the time Torrington kicks off in Watertown at 10:15 a.m. on Turkey Day, they will know if they have that shot at that home cooking if Middletown beats Windsor on Wednesday night.

North Haven, Harding, New Canaan, Torrington and Wethersfield have all clinched spots for December football while Windsor, who owns the number four spot ahead of Torrington at the moment, would secure the home game if the get by Middletown and likely host the Raiders.

The top eight teams in each division make the post season.

Notre Dame of West Haven, Avon and Hillhouse still have playoff hopes but will need help from the teams above them to get in.

….What a great opener for the UConn men’s basketball team on Friday night in front of a packed house at Gampel Pavilion.

The newcomers, fifth year seniors Sterling Gibbs (20 points) and Shonn Miller (17 points, 10 boards) were impressive, albeit against a weak Maine team but if you look back to the start of last season, the Huskies beta Bryant by just 13 (66-53) in that season opener.

The chip seems real on this year’s team, one that didn’t like the taste or sound of playing in the NIT and from this start seems motivated to do what it takes not to get back there.

Long road ahead but a good start, none the less.

….The Thomaston field hockey team lives on to fight another day after a thrilling 2-1 win over defending Class M champion Lewis Mills on Friday in a marathon three overtime game.

The smallest school in the area continues to do what most big schools would love to do: win.

Two more wins is all that separates the Golden Bears from a State title. Never count them out.

….The Torrington girls’ volleyball season came to an end in a 3-1 loss to Avon on Thursday night but the future looks very bright with stars like Carissa Carbone back next year. Head coach Christine Gamari has a masterful way of getting the very best out of the players she has.

All Gamari knew during her days at THS and then at Holy Cross in college was how to win. Her competitive, never say die attitude is contagious and her Raiders have it.

….A much repeated pet peeve of mine about the sidelines at any sporting event.

If you are on the sidelines, you’re more than likely working in some capacity like I am so with that comes this rule.

You don’t root from the sidelines unless you are a player or coach. Fans sit in the stands or along fences and holler away, that’s your job.

Too often, whether it be a parent photographer or some random person who wants to be closer to the action, that individual loses their mind times and becomes part of the story when nothing about being on the sidelines is about that.

On another note, especially in football, is screaming at the player you root for in sometimes negative tone, the best way to motivate teenagers who for the most part of trying as hard as they can

Would not positive reinforcement work better? Maybe it’s just me.

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