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Ramblings from the desk of Mr. Gaff. Celebrating the 2006 THS Championship team and who needs a ground hog.

POSTED February 03, 2016
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: I’m not sure I needed a groundhog to tell me what I’ve already figured out: we have not had a winter and that spring is on the way.

A year ago when we were somewhat buried under the white stuff, maybe, this year not so much.

Hey, when it starts staying light until 5:30 or so, I’m already looking forward to pitchers and catchers in warmer (?) weather climates.

….We have a big one on tap at the end of this week in the town that knows nothing but championships. Thomaston, that is.

On Friday night, the Golden Bears girls basketball team takes on the only Berkshire League team to give them any hint of trouble in Lewis Mills.

The Spartans, you may recall, gave the Bears a scare the first time they met in Burlington earlier this season before falling by a 36-33 final. The narrow escape followed the only loss Thomaston experienced so far this season, a 61-33 loss to New London.

With six regular season games left, the Bears (13-1, 13-0 in BL) have the edge on second place Nonnewaug (12-1) and host the Chiefs in the last contest of the season on February 18.

….The Torrington girls are in the State Tournament with a young team that has posted an 8-7 record to date.

It’s certainly unchartered territory for head coach Mike Fritch and company who are not used to this kind of campaign, but growing a young team takes time.

The Raiders are at Woodland (10-6) tonight and host Sacred Heart (5-10) on Friday night. Torrington got by the Hawks on opening night by a 41-31 score.

….The Raider boys stand at 6-7 as they prepare to host Woodland (3-10) tonight before heading down to Waterbury to face Sacred Heart on Friday night.

Torrington needs two wins to make the states and with seven to play, look in pretty good shape to do so.

….We will begin a special series this week celebrating the Torrington boys basketball team that took home the State Championship as the 10-year anniversary of that magic run to the Class II title is coming up.

Check back to get the inside story from head coach Tony Turina and some of his players as they recall what it was like during that amazing campaign.

We will take a look at where players like Michael Fabiaschi, Dave Arsego, Mark Wozinicki, Gary Robinson, Ty Kittle and others are now and how they still treasure that year in their memories.

Who can forget the final game against Naugatuck Valley League foe, Holy Cross that sealed the title coming up to Torrington that season?

It will certainly be a fun look back.

The series starts on Sunday, February 7 and will run once a week until the states this March.

Should be fun.

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