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The Sixth Annual LCS banquet for Torrington High School is a go. A virtual go on Tuesday, June 2.

POSTED April 30, 2020
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: I am not about to let a pandemic disrupt celebrating the excellence that I saw this year in Torrington High School sports.  

With that in mind, I am proud to announce that the Sixth Annual Litchfield County Sports Banquet, saluting Torrington High School student/athletes will go on as scheduled with a twist that most of us are getting used to.

The event, to be held on Tuesday, June 2 will be virtual.

Yes, boys and girls I am going to throw a celebration via Zoom, with the help of the folks at the Torrington Board of Education with all the bells and whistles each of the previous five events contained.

One downside. Hard to throw a virtual buffet, sorry. Maybe in the future?

Invitation will go out by email to the winners from 21 sports programs, celebrating 42 student/athletes.

Yes, I will be including Spring sports which we are holding out hope for but even if they do not resume, I will get names from the spring sports coaches and celebrate them as well.

The event is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. on June 2 with the program divided up into three identical banquets. With 42 winners, coaches, me and local dignitaries on, I thought it would be better not to see 55 or so folks in front of me so fall sports will lead us off.

I will send a schedule so winners from the Winter and Spring know when they will be joining the call.   

There will be guest speakers as per usual with former Raider greats Alyssa Otis and Chris DeBerry talking with all three groups.

Torrington Mayor Elinor Carbone and Torrington Superintendent of Schools Sue Lubomski will be on screen to pay tribute to the student/athletes. We will be sending the Certificates of Accomplishment to the homes of the winners, keeping that part of the tradition alive as well.

In past years, we have given out a pair of $250 dollar scholarships to a male and female senior but this year due to the kindness and support of some great local folks, that number will increase to 4, $250 scholarships.

Special thanks to Kory Fador from KDF Tree and Landscaping (fourth year with us), Northwest Business Referral (third year with us), Coach Tony Turina from Tony’s Coffee Express (sixth year with us) and Lily and Vine Florist (fifth year with us).

All these folks have been extra special supporters of the banquet in the past and I genuinely appreciate their dedication to our kids and this community.

Each coach will say a little something about each of their selections with a special emphasis on the senior amongst us that night who have missed out on so much due to this crisis.

Hard to give them advice on how we handled this because we never did but on June 2, we will try and will certainly be in their corners.

The Joe Friscia Courage Award will also be presented to a special recipient who will be unveiled that night.

Thanks to Minuteman Press in Torrington, our magazine creator, for sponsoring this beautiful award for the fourth straight year.

I will post the winners in a separate story and look forward to seeing everyone on my computer on June 2!

Stay Safe, Stay Well.



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