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The week ahead on LCS. Bears and Chiefs, UConn and snow.

POSTED January 19, 2016
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: It may snow, I mean it really snow later this week.

I hope everyone is going to be alright. I mean it. I mean we never get snow here in Connecticut, how will we get around?

The major panic is just around the corner, stock up now.

…A busy week is off and running on this Martin Luther King Day holiday. No holiday for sports though and there’s going to be plenty of variety in our coverage this week starting with a trip to Woodbury on Tuesday night.

A battle for the top spot in the Berkshire League is on tap when the Thomaston Bears (9-1, 9-0 in the BL) take on the Nonnewaug Chief’s (9-0 in the BL) at 7 p.m.

Should be some kind of fun as the two-time defending champion Bears look to gain the upper hand in league play while the always hungry Chiefs look to upset the apple cart as the campaign rounds the halfway point of the season.

Nonnewaug is stingy on the defensive end, allowing an average of just 27 points per game while the Bears come in throwing an average of 59 on the scoreboard.

The two teams meet in the last regular season game for both in Thomaston.

Should be a good one.

Patrick Tiscia will be in Hartford at the XL on Tuesday night as the UConn men look to put together a winning streak when they take on Tulane (8-11, 1-5 in AAC) at 7 p.m.

The men are entrenched on a roller coaster type last month that has seen them post a 3-2 record with tough losses to Tulsa and Temple.

Putting together a run is critical for a UConn team that drives their faithful crazy with their inconsistency.

…On Wednesday night, the newest member of the LCS crew Rich Elliott, and I, will head up to the XL Center to take in the action between the UConn women’s basketball team and the University of Central Florida in a game that may be over before the first television time out.

The Huskies are rolling along at 16-0 while the Knights come in with a less than overpowering mark of 4-13.

UConn freshman Katie Lou Samuelson was named the American Athletic Conference freshman of the week off a week that saw her average 16 points and 5.5 assists, while shooting an astounding 63.2 percent from the floor.

Her 21-point effort on Saturday night against Temple was a coming out party for the first-year player who had struggled with her shot, but has come alive of late.

Saturday marked her second start of the year and, aside from scoring at will in the first half (16 points), Samuelson was doing a lot of the little things that please her coaches.

…On Friday we are hoping to stop in and see the Torrington girls face off against Wolcott but, wait for it, it may snow.

Cities and towns are just dying to get the plow drivers out there. It’s been a real rough year for clearing snow so count on every piece of apparatus they have to be out.

Does anybody have a shovel I could borrow?

Kidding. The reason we have had limited snow action is because I made sure my snow blower was working early this season. Never fails. If it’s broken, we get a blizzard every two days. Working and its spring before we know it.

I’m rooting for the latter.

….Saturday (if we are all still here) it’s another XL visit for the men as they face old Big East foe Georgetown at noon. Love the midday start.

Be well my fellow citizens, I hope to see you all out there!

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