Thoughts on a Friday.....
TORRINGTON: So here’s what we know so far in the early stages of the winter sports season.
The Torrington girls may have been the sleeper coming into the year without a returning big time scorer but they have shocked most with how they have gone 3-0 to date.
An easy win over Wilby (62-25) was followed by a 38-28 win over Naugatuck, a team thought to have been a force in 2012/2013.
But the shocker came Wednesday night when the Raiders dismantled their arch rival from Holy Cross by a 65-35 margin.
What did I say, you ask?
Did you say a 30- point win over a Crusader team that has had Torrington’s number it seems like, forever?
Yes, that’s what happened.
When I first saw the THS girls in action during the pre-season, head coach Mike Fritch had no idea what his team was going to look like.
No Otis or Williams or Cerruto or Royals to be seen unless they were in the stands.
What he did have though, was the makings of a team looking to sneak up on people because it was now their time to shine.
Players like Caroline Teti, a junior who played behind Sarah Royals as a freshman and Mariah Cerruto a year ago.
We saw flashes of something special at times last year but Teti was still the understudy.
This year, the offense starts with the junior who opened with 20 points against Wilby and added nine Wednesday night against Cross.
The big-time pressure that comes with playing against a Frank Lombardo led Crusader team is never an easy task for anyone in the Naugatuck Valley League but Teti and company held their own.
Two soccer standouts have made their presence know quickly this winter season.
Olivia Morrison had her breakout game against Holy Cross with a 16 point, eight rebound effort in the huge win.
Paige Middleton added a dozen in the win and is starting to play within herself, slowing the game down.
Nicole Kozlak is one of the few returning players who saw considerable time a year ago and her three-point shooting skills will remain key for the Raiders this year.
Another test awaits the Raiders on Friday when they travel to take on a 2-1 Kennedy team that has looked good so far.
BERKSHIRE LEAGUE GIRLS BASKETBALL
Nonnewaug, Lewis Mills and Thomaston are all off to fast starts.
At least one will have loss hung on them by the end of the night Friday.
The Golden Bears (2-0) travel to Burlington to take on the Spartans (3-0) on Friday night with each team looking to separate themselves from the other a bit.
All three teams are somewhat alike.
They all love to drive to the basket, play in-your-face defense and crash the boards like there is money under it.
Nonnewaug (3-0) is led by one of the best players in the BL, Katie Burke but runs deep and has talent up and down the lineup.
Aside from Burke, freshman Courtney Carlson represents a real problem for team with size and agility inside.
The road to wins runs through Teagan Dunn at Mills who has gotten off to a great start.
Thomaston runs with the best of them, led by MaggieEberhardt who has taken up where she left off a year ago.
BERSKHIRE LEAGUE BOYS
The BL boys just kicked off the season a week after the girls but three team on this side also seem to be leaders of the pack.
On Opening night, Nonnewaug destroyed Wamogo by a 67-36 score while Northwestern burned Litchfield 90-39 across town.
The Gilbert Yellowjackets took care of Thomaston by a 71-57 score behind 31 points from Louis Cordova and 18 from Robert Skinner.
Nonnewaug got 24 from senior Ben Timme in the win while John Stevens pumped in 27 for the Highlanders.
A great start on the local scene, count on us seeing your team soon.