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St Peter/St Francis basketball fundraiser and the First Annual Torrington Alumni Baseball game on tap this weekend.

POSTED May 13, 2015
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: Two pretty cool events take place starting Friday in Torrington, stop by and take part of just show up and support from the stands.

On Friday, St Peter and St Francis School will be hosting a contest that will test your skills at either the free throw line or from downtown.

From 6-8 p.m., three different adult age groups will channel their best Lebron or Ray Allen, depending on which activity you choose.

The groups will consist of 18-29, 30-49 or 50 and up.

Here’s how it works.

For a $10 donation to the school, one that so many long time Torrington residents attended over the decades, you get a chance see how many free throws you can make out of 15 chances.

Feel like going yard and playing long ball on the hardwood?

Take the three point challenge and the charity stripe contest for just $15 dollars and see how you stack up against the likes of former Torrington boys’ basketball coach, Tony Turina and myself.

We are thinking everybody else is just playing for second but we need to keep it fair and actually compete.  

Truth be told, coach Turina has a great chance, me not even a fighters chance but what the heck.

On Saturday, it’s the kids turn from 3-6 p.m.

For just $6 dollars, the kids get 10 free throws. For $10 dollars they can also do both. Free throws and 3-pointers.

Remember, it’s always better to go long than short so put your legs into it, have some fun and support a terrific cause.

Father Jim Sullivan organized the event and will be on hand as well and will compete.

I’m thinking home court advantage but what the heck. Good luck to all.

----On Sunday, the first ever Torrington Alumni Baseball game will be played at Fuessenich Park.

Registration starts at one o’clock at the field with the game scheduled to start around two.

No admission or charge to play.

The event honors the 40 year anniversary of the 1975 Raiders State Championship team and is being sponsored by the Torrington Varsity Alumni Club.

Some serious talent has come off the playing fields of Torrington, let’s see how many we can get back to play once again on their own “Field of Dreams”.

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