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Tri-State League leader to be honored at Gold Key dinner. By Gerry deSimas
THOMASTON, April 19 -- Ed Gadomski, commissioner of the Tri-State Baseball League since October 2003, is one of five individuals who will receive a John Wentworth Good Sport Award from the Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance at its 71st annual Gold Key banquet on Sunday, April 29 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington at 4 p.m.
Given in memory of the late, long-time sports editor of the New Britain Herald, Good Sport Awards recognize individuals who voluntarily donate their time in support of community sports and charitable organizations.
Time is running short to get your tickets. Tickets are still available for $75 through Tuesday, April 24. Contact George Albano, the Alliance president, at Truckin114@AOL.com, or Bob Ehlalt, the Alliance’s vice president, at Ehalt.B@sbcglobal.net.
Former World Cup soccer star Kristine Lilly of Wilton, long-time Bacon Academy coach Dave Shea, Trinity College ice hockey coach John Dunham and Trinity Catholic basketball coach Mike Walsh will receive Gold Keys. Shea has won over 300 games in three different sports, Dunham won over 400 games in 37 years leading the Bantams while Walsh has earned over 500 wins and led Trinity to six state titles.
Granby Memorial field hockey coach Sandy Wickman Mason and Manchester High boys track and field coach Thayer Redman will be honored as the Doc McInerney High School Coaches of the Year.
Former UConn basketball player Kemba Walker will receive the Bill Lee Male Athlete of the Year Award, while former University of New Haven track star Shannon Gagne will be honored as the Hank O’Donnell Female Athlete of the Year.
Former Masuk High quarterback Casey Cochran will be recognized as the Hal Levy High School Athlete of the Year.
Gadomski has been the commissioner of the Tri-State League since October 2003 and has since done wonders for one of the longest-standing amateur baseball leagues in the state. A Thomaston native who began playing in the league with the Thomaston Spoilers in 1992, Gadomski has expanded the league from six to 18 teams since he took over as commissioner. The league made the switch to wood bats in 2006.
He’s responsible for the league’s hosting of the AABC Stan Musial State Tournament for the past eight years, and has orchestrated several charity fundraiser games and tournaments in Litchfield County. He also created the Tri-State League’s website in 2007.
Gadomski is as a computer support specialist at Waterbury Hospital, where he has been employed since 1988.
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