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Ramblings from the desk of Mr. Gaff. Stewart makes the Olympic cut. Cable 5. A tough lesson and the THS budget.

POSTED April 27, 2016
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: Good to see former UConn great Breanna Stewart make the USA Women’s Olympic Team, something many saw happening.

If you want folks to tune in and follow the games in Rio this summer, what better way than to have the most visible player in the country be part of the team this time around.

Team USA is also building for their future as their future by including younger players as some of the stalwarts like Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird and Lindsey Whalen look to be on their last go around.

In four years, look for another former UConn star, Moriah Jefferson to potentially take the reins at point guard.

Regardless, look for the USA to be sporting the gold at the end of this year’s competition.

…..Tune in this Thursday night for the Cable 5 Litchfield County Sports program between 8-9 p.m.

It was a terrific show we taped on April 21 that featured former Torrington boys basketball coach Tony Turina and Raider standout Michael Fabiaschi.                  

WAPJ’s own Patrick Higgins was my co-host and did a great job. Keep an eye on this kid, he’s going places.

His show, Friday Morning Sports Talk airs, strangely enough, on Friday mornings between 10 and 11.

We could have talked for an hour or two more about the 2006 Boys Basketball Championship and just got the last game in with seconds to spare!

Our next show taping will be Thursday, May 12 on Cable 5. It may be a live show, we will keep you posted.

…..Can’t stop raving about the astounding crowd that attended the 13th Annual Unified Sports Program, Monday night at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville.

92 tables. 92 tables! Well over 700 in attendance to celebrate what this program stands for and to honor those who participate.

I’ve yet to meet any of the helpers who have not gotten as much, if not more out of what they get from being partners with the special needs athletes.

If you want to attend a Unified Sports event, do what you do when you are looking to see when your local high school is playing on the CIAC web-site. The events are listed.

…..The Torrington budget mess continues. Will the Torrington Middle School have sports next year? Will Indoor Track continue? How about the swimming situation and the Cheer and Dance teams?

I know Raider Athletic Director Michael McKenna has been working overtime to get the math to add up so the numbers work.

Let’s hope the Torrington BOE doesn’t continue to change the requests at every meeting.

Sports are an essential part of a school’s curriculum, just like math and science.

Let’s stop messing with the students.

…..The choices we make in life are sometimes ones that stick with us for a good long time and can serve as a reminder that can help us stay on the straight and narrow going forward.

We hope that is the case for a Torrington athlete who made a very big mistake on Tuesday and will be paying for it going forward.

The future still can be bright for this Raider but we hope an important lesson has been learned.

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