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The stars come out Sunday

POSTED April 22, 2014
BY Rick Wilson
Twitter: @scribewilson



            Nothing like the Mouse (that would be Mickey as in Disney World) to help you shake off the doldrums of winter and put a smile on your face and a bit of a hole in your wallet. But we can’t have everything can we?

            Before we go any further we should note that the doldrums refers to the weather and nothing else because a winter that ends in victorious splendor at Mohegan Sun with the Thomaston High girls basketball team winning a game-for-the-ages double overtime decision over St. Paul and then a pair of championships for UConn is hard to let go of.

            So the memory banks are loaded and it is time to move on. A few thoughts as we urge the sun to take control the thermometer to continue a steady climb. Burn baby burn.


            Sunday is one big day with a host of people being honored. Let me start with my former colleague, boss and long-time friend Gerry deSimas. The former Register Citizen and New Britain Herald Sports Editor will receive the Art McGinley Award from the Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance. The award recognizes notable contributions to the Alliance and the sports writing craft. Gerry is one of the best newspaper men and people I have been associated with. There is nobody more deserving.

            Meanwhile Thomaston will honor its girls basketball team with a banquet at Fairview Farms Golf Course in Harwinton.  You can bet the Golden Bears will be proudly beaming as they should be.

            There will also be a nice crowd at the Cornucopia to honor Torrington’s latest Hall of Fame class which includes former football great Davie Holiday, Christine Strawson Gamari, Tina Shanahan and the late Tim Considine

            All-in-all, the stars will be out Sunday.


            Nice job by the Waterbury Republican this winter in covering every area school with their Hoop Zone Hall of Fame stories. Well written and well done, not an easy task in scope and selection.

            The Republican ran the results of its online poll and as is often the case in any best-of conversations, there were some interesting choices. Ken Hinz was the reader’s pick over the RA selection of Art Whitehead at Terryville.  Tim Russell finished ahead of Steve Schibi at Lewis Mills

            Here’s a couple that really make you wonder. At Northwestern, Beth Finn was fourth in the voting while in Thomaston Amy Matthews finished fourth. With all due respect, not even close. Finn and Matthews are on the BL’s all-time five. Keith Rado finished ahead of his dad, Naugatuck legend Billy Rado.

            There were more, all of which has resurrected some great memories and provided great conversation pieces.


            These are pretty heady days for the coach Maryann Musselman and her Torrington High softball team which currently holds down the No. 2 ranking in the state. The Sydney Matzko Era has a chance to be something off the charts for the Raiders. Stay tuned to see how far the Raiders can go behind their lefty laser.


            Think about this. Tyler Olander, he of the mediocre career, has two rings which is one more than Syracuse’s legendary coach Jim Boeheim. Kind of makes you think the world is turned upside down or something doesn’t it?


            Congratulations to Thomaston High girls JV coach Tony Geraci on being named the Assistant Coach of the Year at the Connecticut High School Coaches Association All-State banquet recently.  Geraci was and has been an indispensable part of the Bears’ program in recent years.


            The Boston Marathon goes off without a hitch, an American wins for the first time since the Rome tangled with Carthage. That’s a pretty good day. The Red Sox didn’t win but you can’t ask for everything. Congratulations to all the local runners who took part in one great event.


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