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Rick Wilson takes "A Closer Look". Brandt, Stolle and more.

POSTED November 17, 2013
BY Rick Wilson
Twitter: @scribewilson



A Closer Look


                                        Brandt, Stolle lead WCSU women


            A couple of old adversaries combined to lead the Western Connecticut State University women’s basketball team to the Richard Stockton Tournament title this weekend in Galloway, New Jersey.

            Former Thomaston High start Sciarra Brandt kicked off her senior season with a career performance scoring 23 points and grabbing 20 rebounds to lead Western to a 72-55 win over Farmingdale Friday night. Brandt followed that performance up with six point and six rebounds in a 59-58 win over Richard Stockton to win tournament MVP honors.

            In the victory of Richard Stockton former Wamogo All-Stater Kerri Stolle poured in 20 points to lead the Colonials.  You know Thomaston and Wamogo coaches Bob McMahon and Kevin Crowley are sporting big smiles along with a lot fans and some parents.


            Congratulations to Torrington High’s lefty laser, Sydney Matzko who officially signed her letter of intent to attend North Carolina Friday. The good thing for all of us is that we get to see pitch more season in the spring. Don’t let the opportunity go by. She is a special one.


            What are you thinking if you are Ansonia? The Chargers barely escaped Seymour last week, 22-21, and fell behind New Canaan in the state polls. The reality here is that even if the Chargers run the table to another state championship they probably cost themselves the No. 1 ranking.  It rankles many voters that the Chargers aren’t able to play outside of the NVL too often which is considered a weak league.


            In case you missed Saturday’s state championship results the champions are:

Soccer: Class LL girls – St. Joseph; Class L girls - Guilford; Class M girls – Waterford; Class S girls – Old Saybrook and Portland tied; Class LL boys – Glastonbury and Ridgefield tied; Class L boys – Farmington; Class M boys – Suffield; Class S boys – Cromwell.

            Field Hockey: Class L – Darien; Class M – Wilton; Class S – Stonington.

            Volleyball: Class LL – Cheshire; Class L – RHAM; Class M – Woodland.

            Swimming – State Open – Darien.



            A tip of the hat to Terry Francona on winning the AL Manager of the Year Award but John Farrell deserved the nod. How do you improve on worse to first?


            One of my favorite events takes place next Saturday when Yale and Harvard do battle at Yale Bowl. It’s not Michigan and Ohio State talent wise but 50,000 people in Yale Bowl is still a wonderful sight.  Unfortunately, for Yale fans, Harvard dominates now and expect another Crimson win this Saturday. Sorry about that Paul Denza. Still, it is a great day. One of the best.


            Basketballs are already bouncing in the area gyms even though football has a couple of weeks left.  Some early thoughts here. In BL girls basketball, expect another dog fight. Lewis Mills returns four starters and Thomaston is well, Thomaston. On the BL boys side, Terryville is the early favorite on the boys side with its three outstanding guards led by Tyler Trillo.


            I covered the Darien and Cheshire field hockey game at Wethersfield’s Joe Cottone Field and it was a beauty with the Blue Wave using two penalty shots in the second half for a 3-1 win. One of the sideline discussions was about the great advantage the teams that play on turf all season have over the teams that play on grass.  Nothing you can do about it, but it is a great disadvantage for BL teams.


            Lot of great JFK stuff on this week. Check it out. An historical watershed for sure.

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