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Suffield’s Viggiano lives the dream By Evan Macy Sports Editor

In 2006, all it took to go watch Suffield High School alum Jeff Viggiano play basketball was a 45 minute ride up Route 91 to the University of Massachusetts to watch the Minutemen play. Today, it takes a little more effort. “If somebody had told me seven years ago I’d be playing overseas,” Viggiano said, “a nine hour flight from home, I would have told them they were crazy.”

A proud New Englander, Viggiano left his mark at both his high school and college. Now, he’s making his mark in Italy, playing for Enel Brindisi in Italy-SerieA. “I never thought that basketball could bring me all over the place,” Viggiano said. “One of the main reasons I went to UMass is because I’ve always been a home body. I wanted to stick close to home, but play competitive basketball. It was only 45 minutes up the road so my See ‘VIGGIANO,’ continued on PAGE 3


Picture this: Six young boys on a lakefront beach with a volleyball net, two rackets and a shuttlecock (that’s a birdie for you non-badminton experts). Me sitting on a lounge chair watching. Let the games begin. It was a perfect start to a relaxing vacation. I sat and watched as these boys embarked on organizing a badminton tournament. It was single elimination and they declared a winner about every 15 minutes before starting the tournament all over again. Here were

the rules: 1. You can serve the birdie — I’m not a badminton expert — overhand or underhand from anywhere you want on your side of the net. Inbounds or not. 2. If the birdie goes over the net and lands anywhere on the other side — in the sand, the lake, a boat or on the mountain — it’s good. 3. If the birdie hits the net at any time you take it over. It doesn’t matter which side of the court it lands.

4. If the birdie is on your side after the point, you serve it. No questions asked. 5. Play to 100 by 10s. If someone loses track, just guess the score. 6. Winner stays, loser swims. And swimmer has just as much fun swimming as when playing. Everyone was having a great time. Win or lose, all you could hear was laughter and cheering from every player. I was amazed that six children, ranging in age from seven to 12 could all get along so well. No arguing, no tears,

no name-calling. Just a lot of fun. ‌ And then I got involved. I thought to myself, Why not teach them the real badminton rules? But still keep it simple. So here were my suggestions: 1. Serve underhand only. It’s actually easier for most. See ‘BUZBY’, Continued on PAGE 6

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helps grow the sport. We only play once a week in the Italian league and they have two games nationally broadcast in Italy. It’s pretty popular, and they [are] diehard fans. They could compete with any university or pro team, on a much smaller scale obviously.” The former Wildcat thoroughly enjoys embracing Italian culture, constantly improving his Italian while also enjoying duel citizenship. “The team I first signed for in Italy, “ he said, “we realized my great great grandfather was born in Italy so I was able to get my Italian citizenship. That’s why I am in Italy. The passport gives me citizenship and makes it a lot easier for me to find a job.” Another challenge is adjusting to the European style of play. But as Viggiano started getting acclimated with a new system of play, he realized that it is an enhancement to his game. “It’s much more of a team game in Italy and Europe in general,” Viggiano, who shot 62% from the field last year, said. “A lot of the basketball [in the United States] is 1-on-1 and guys trying to break each other down off


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Suffield’s Viggiano lives the dream in Italy

Suffield native Jeff Viggiano struggles for a loose ball in a game in Italy. the dribble. In Italy, it’s a lot of a team game. It’s better for me. I can’t always beat my man 1-on-1. I need someone to create shots for me. I have been much more successful overseas than I ever was in college. It’s my style of basketball. Everything I learned at Suffield and UMass helped me get to where I am today, but once I got to Europe I had to learn a new style to play.” But with teammates like Villanova’s Scot-

ty Reynolds and Temple’s Antywane Robinson, Viggiano is able to feel right at home on a basketball court in the middle of Southern Italy. “All the basketball teams, there are at least four other Americans on the team,” Viggiano said. “Everything we do on the court is in English. There is not much Italian spoken on the basketball court. All the Italians speak or understand enough.”

But Stephen got up early, took his meds, lathered up in sunscreen and took the bag just like he did nearly every week back in the early 2000’s. “Tim and I have been coming to the GHO, as we still call it, since back in Wethersfield,” Stephen, a Glastonbury high class of 1987 graduate said. “I can remember shaking Bob Hope’s hand on the 18th green. I’ve been going to this all my life. Tim’s been Monday qualifying and trying to get exemptions since he was 15. It’s been great, and we always have a chance we think. We would really love to compete.” But for perhaps the first time in the long and prestigious career for Tim, today, the scorecard was secondary. “We went out to have some fun, and enjoyed the fresh air,” Tim said. “He wasn’t able to do that for a long time. Golf takes a back seat. We will add them up and we’ll see where we are on Sunday. I’m going to let the golf thing take care of itself. I put it all in perspective. I’m not going to grind on myself if I hit a bad shot.” When Stephen found out he was sick,

Tim received the phone call every brother dreads. He dropped everything to be by his brother’s side. “It’s the phone call you never want to get, and I got it,” Tim said. “He’s my only brother. You hate to see something like this happen to anybody. We were kind of scratching our heads, asking why, why? But now it’s all about getting better and pushing forward.” “It means the world,” Stephen said of having the support of his brother, and the rest of his family, “My wife and kids are there 24/7 for me, Tim stepped up and did a lot of traveling. The night that we found out he flew in from Phoenix.” With the worst behind them, the Petrovic brothers can now focus on the game they love, and enjoying the community that raised them, and always welcomes them back. “I graduated from Glastonbury High, we both did,” Stephen said. “My mom still lives in Glastonbury, she came down here last night, we spent Christmas together there right when I found out I was sick. I still get my hair cut at Towne Barber. I played football and golf as a Tomahawk.”

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Caddy Stephen Petrovic, left, and Tim.

CROMWELL — Golf can transcend sports in many ways. For Glastonbury natives Tim and Stephen Petrovic, the Travelers Championship offered much needed bonding, and healing, for two brothers. “It’s been awesome,” Tim said after shooting a +1, 271 in the tournament. “Obviously it’s nice to play for four days but the most important thing this week was having my brother on the bag and having him go 72 holes. He’s walking a little slower, pacing himself a little bit.” A longtime tour veteran and winner in 2005, Tim reunited with his regular caddy Stephen for the first time since the younger brother was diagnosed with Leukemia. “It means everything to us,” Stephen said. “Especially being out of it, in the hospital. I’ve really been looking forward even to the chance to be out here, let along being here. I am hurting a little bit. We have the Sunday bag out and I’m still on medication. It takes him a little time to get out of bed in the morning.”


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2. Use boundaries. Just draw lines in the sand. 3. Play to six to keep the games short. More chances to play and swim. 4. Serve five times and then your opponent serves five times. Everyone can count to five. The players were leery at first, but soon all agreed. They seemed to be excited to know the real rules of the game. I proudly returned to my chair having taught these eager boys the right way to play badminton. I applied more sunscreen to my reddening face and was just getting back into my book when, all of a sudden, the arguing started. “It’s in!” “It’s out!” “You already served five times.” Etc., etc. Soon the tears started flowing and one player stormed off the beach because he couldn’t serve it underhand. Now, just one hour into my vacation, I seemed to have the entire beach in an upheaval. I quickly suggested they

go back to their old rules. They refused, insisting on playing the “right way.” I sheepishly walked away from the arguing and crying and headed to the end of the dock. I jumped in the lake. It was a simple jump. No cannon ball or swan dive. There were no judges there to critique or correct me or tell me how a real diver would do it. As I turned and looked back to the beach I thought to myself, Maybe the boys were playing the right way before I got involved, simply because it was their way. Sometimes kids just need to be left alone to make the rules and play their way, whether it’s by the rules or not. On that hot summer day, despite not being perfect, my jump into the chilly lake felt great. Unfortunately, it was just about an hour too late. Remember not to make your vacation a competition. Keep it a fun vacation. Contact Jon Buzby at and follow him @youthsportsbuzz on Twitter.

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Suffield The Suffield Little League 10-11 AllStars defeated Windsor Locks Little League 9-7 Sunday, July 7, with Anthony Marmo, Tom Killam and Tadhg Mahoney the standouts on the Suffield squad. For Windsor Locks, the standout players were Nick Barcome, Jeremy Malecki, and Alex Ahern. The Suffield Little League 10-11 AllStars defeated South Windsor American Little League 14-4 Friday, July 5 at Christian Field in Suffield. For Suffield, the standout players were Mike Zolciak with a home run, Ryan Lancioni and Sam Potter. For South Windsor American, the standout players were Jason Slahtosky, Westin White and Jake Slahtosky. Somers The Somers 10-11 baseball team faltered Wednesday, July 3rd in a walk-off loss, but had great pitching in the 1-0 decision from Caleb Spielman and Dimitri


When your team is comprised of the best in the area, it naturally makes things a little easier on the coaching staff. “Everthing is a little more intense,” Enfield 11-12 baseball coach Steve Miller said, “But there is also some more scrutiny. If guys miss a sign it will cost you a run. We had that the other day, and its the difference of a ball game on this level.” Luckily for Miller, he hasn’t had too many instances like that, with the talented team he has battling to make it to tournament play. “We’ve had Jadon Archer, he’s done very well for us,” Miller said. “Ricky Batchelder, he has been great as well. Shaun Ryan is our catcher and he’s knocked out a few home runs. Everybody else has played solid defense behind them.” There is also a sense of satisfaction, seeing the progress of players from a very early age develop to an All-Star. “I am more involved in the younger kids in Enfield Little League,” he said. “but with doing all stars this year i’ts been


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Enfield’s Emily Pease slides safely into third base as Suffield’s Payton Salvaggio attempts to put the tag on. For more Little League photos turn to pages 18-19. Sanchez. Alex Bareshi lent two hit for Somers. East Windsor The East Windsor 9-10 All-Stars pulled off an incredible 12-11 win over Enfield back on June 30th, their first win in pool play. East Windsor had a walkoff single in the comeback win after giving up the lead in the top of the sixth, All the boys contrib-

uted to the big win. Windsor Locks In a close game, Windsor Locks beat East WIndsor 6-2 on Friday, June 28th. Noah Willey knocked in Nick Willey with an RBI single in the first. Locks scored four runs in the bottom of the first off starting pitcher Matt Blume who settled down not allowing another run over the next three innings.

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12 Female Athlete of the Year By Evan Macy Sports Editor Tolland’s Katy Sprout is a champion. She’s actually a champion several times over. With titles in state meets, state open meets, regional meets and team titles to boot, the recent graduate has had a lot of success during her four-year career as an Eagle. “I think my three consecutive years as the state open 300 hurdle champion would be one of my proudest accomplishment,” Sprout, who currently holds seven school records, said. “Also placing sixth at Nationals a couple weekends ago in 400 hurdles. Also getting the state record in that event.” It’s likely that had the reigning New England champ thought a little more, she would have come up with several more accomplishments. And why not? She is one of the most decorated sprinters in recent memory. “Probably my sophomore year at Tolland,” Sprout said, looking back at when she first knew she was good enough to fill a trophy case, “I broke the school record by a lot. I was so young and it opened up that I could be successful and go far even as a sophomore.” Running track can be a lonely endeavor, with a bevy of opponents and the unforviging clock to contend with, and only ones self to rely on. But through hard work, repitition and slicing fractions of

a second off a finely coreographed half-minute sonata on the pavement, Sprout has honed her craft better than anyone in the state of Connecticut. “I think the biggest thing is,” Sprout said, “no matter how big the race, is I just tell myself it’s the same race I’ve done over and over again. If I tell myself I’m prepared enough, I shouldn’t be too nervous. I should just go out there and have fun with it.” For Sprout, the act of running track isn’t completely solo. After posting the best time of the day in her hurdle event, the Eagles’ captain has an entire team excited to congratulate her. “My team is so close,” Sprout said. “We have so much fun together. We really push each other a lot, we are very competitive, but we want to make each other better. We won state the past two years and were runners up the year before that. We are probably one of the strongest teams we’ve been in along time. We won our conference three out of four years. We’ve won a lot of invitationals together, it goes on and on.” With the support of her teammates to lean on, Sprout is also thankful for a mentor and tutor of a coach in Corey Bernier. “I think my coach,” Sprout said, “he’s so knowledgable about track, I don’t know how he does it, but somehow he just knows everything. Early in the spring when I hurt my foot I had such big goals, New England’s, State Opens, I wasn’t sure how I would fare when June

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Tolland’s Katy Sprout in the 300 Hurdles during the Class M meet in New Britain. came. But he knew all along that maybe it could make me stronger. He’s motivational and kept me together the whole time. I see it with everyone else, too, he can just push people. He gives them that extra kick and that extra drive.” All of Sprout’s hard work has paid off, as her stellar academic performance paired with elite work on the athletic field has earned her the opportunity to attend Dartmouth in the fall. “Academically its a great school I’m hoping to use that to my advantage and set myself for a great future,” Sprout said of her Ivy League decision. “The track team and track coach really drew me to the school. The coach, she’s very passionate, she seems very knowledgable and very supportive of me during the application process and throughout

my season. I’m going to just see how it goes and work from there.” Sprout also closed an important chapter in her life at Tolland, and will carry the memories with her to her new life as a college star. “I think just being able to look back at my four years at Tolland,” Sprout said, “it’s pretty crazy to look back at it now. I have so many memories when I was in the moment, and I have great memories to look back at whether it’s track or school events. Being a graduate, I learned a lot over my four years and I’m excited to apply it now to real life.” Honorable mention: Emily Quail, Fermi, Rachel Kaliff, Enfield, Amanda Jacobsen, Stafford, Kayla Renauld, Somers, Melissa Wabble, East Windsor.

Somers’ Kyle Foster has a long list of achievements as a Spartan. He won back-to-back state titles on the soccer field. He was a four-time All-Academic AllStar as a wrestler, and helped lead the team to its first ever state title back in 2010. He was first-team All-State as a lacrosse player, and made it deep into the playoffs in 2012. Key to this success was Foster’s hard work early in his career, as a youth sports athlete and in middle school. It all started with wrestling, and with one special coach. “My wrestling coach, coach [Scott] Zachary, has been a family friend since I was little,” Foster said. “He got me into it in first grade and we have been working together ever since. We are very close, he’s my second father pretty much and he pushed me to my limits every year in wrestling.” Success on the mat led Foster to find the same success in other sports at Somers, and Zachary was close behind helping Foster adjust. “He knows every sport,” Foster said, “He gives me advice on sports life and school. I will definitely continue a relationship with him for the rest of my life.” From wrestling, a tough individual sport with no dependence on team, Foster was able to develop a strong drive to succeed


and work ethic. “It’s different in wrestling,” Foster said. “You don’t have to rely on anybody else to do what you need to do. In order to be good at lacrosse you need good teammates. Just because I was all-state doesn’t mean I did everything. It’s different.” The same holds true on the soccer field. “We had a really close team both years,” Foster said of the 2010 and 2011 Class S state titles he won, “and I enjoyed every minute of it. We were really good, I only played half a game in both games. In 2010 we really had a strong defensive team, only allowed in one goal in the last minute of a game in the entire tournament. In the 2011 we just ran through it like it was nothing. We had such a good team that we beat Litchfield in the finals 7-1.” With so much post-season experience as an underclassmen, Foster was able to easily transition to a leadership role as he got older. “For soccer, I was always experienced in playoff games,” Foster said. “Other lacrosse players never experienced a quarterfinals, semifinals or finals game. They got nervous or anxious. I was more relaxed and could help them through it. You always have to prepare yourself more for those special games. Some people don’t realize how important it is to prepare well. If you don’t want it more than the other team, they’re going to take it from you.” With a full trophy case and memories


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July 2013 Male Athlete of the Year

Somers’ Kyle Foster was a key member of the Spartans Lacrosse team. to last a lifetime, Foster now hopes to experience the same lucrative career as he begins college at Roger Williams University. In Rhode Island, he will study criminal justice and wrestle for the storied D-III program. “I look forward to it,” Foster said. “High school is in the past now, I did my thing,

I lived high school, I’m looking forward to college. I had a pretty successful high school career, whether it be academics or sports, and I’m ready to start the next chapter of my life.” Honorable mention: Alex Zachary, Fermi, Avery Boissy, Enfield, Zach Rollins, Stafford, Kevin Mocadlo, East Windsor.

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GLASTONBURY — The Connecticut Junior PGA gives the best young golfers in the state an opportunity to face the best competition around while working on their game over the summer. At Glastonbury Hills on Wednesday, June 26, area golfers held their own in the tournament, with many posting impressive scores. Glastonbury’s Albert Hansrisuk shot a 78 to finish in the top ten, thanks in part to a birdie in the par four 13th hole. Tomahawks’ teammate Denis Biglin also broke 80 with a 79 on a cloudy day on the course. It’s my home course, I like it,” the soon to be senior at Glastonbury said. “I know the course well and it gave me a little bit of an advantage. I’m just trying to play a lot of tournaments to get some more experience.” Another Glastonbury golfer, Lauren Crouse, is working over the summer to get better with senior year on the horizon. She

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shot a 94, good for a spot in the top 10 in the girls division. “It gave me a little bit of an advantage on the front nine,” Crouse, who finished seven shots behind Tomahawks teammate Elizabeth Andrian, said. “I need to improve my putting and hit it a little straighter.” Tolland’s Sean Benjamin had two birdies on his back nine to muster an 89 in his second appearance in the Glastonbury Hills Junior Open. “I played here last year,” the junior at Tolland said. “I like the course but I didn’t play well today. It’s fun to get the competition outside of high school golf. I am doing a couple more tournaments and I need to improve my putting.” Another local, Enfield’s Brendan Fahey Evan Macy | Staff was pleased with his performance, with a Enfield’s Brendan Fahey on hole 18. 97 on the day. “I played pretty well, “ Fahey, who at- family tradition. tends Northwest Catholic High School in “My dad first got me stared with them West Hartford, said. “I had some really bad because he did that when he was a kid,” holes and really good holes. I felt pretty Fahey said. “It’s nice to meet new people here, and all of them are very nice. We good.” For Fahey, the Junior PGA circuit is a have a good time.”


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will practice their craft over and over. Come senior year of high school, or even in college, the athlete can sometimes feel just â&#x20AC;&#x153;burnt out,â&#x20AC;? or that they â&#x20AC;&#x153;just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have it anymore.â&#x20AC;? Aside from these reasons, it is common for athletes to suffer minor to major injuries during a season and the body needs that time to heal before jumping into the next sports season at school, or the various summer leagues the athlete wants to compete in. As stated earlier, there is nothing wrong with taking two weeks off to recharge the batteries mentally and physically. Reference: sites/default/files/Pediatric-Overuse-Injuries.pdf Matthew Leeds is the Athletic Trainer at Integrated Rehabilitation in the Ellington clinic, and also provides coverage for Ellington High School. Matt can be reached at mleeds@integrehab. com.

A Symposium intended for female high school athletes and school administrators entitled, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Your Healthy? (TM) Finding My Balanceâ&#x20AC;?, will take place at the New Haven Open at Yale tennis tournament on Monday, August 19, 2013. Sponsored by Aetna, the Symposium will feature discussions on women in athletics living a well-rounded healthy life from top notch panelists including a nutritionist, a sports psychologist, an orthopedic surgeon, a high school athletic director, a current college athlete, and Karissa Niehoff, Executive Director of the CIAC. The panelists will focus on topics that relate to girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; athletics, nutrition, and overall personal wellness. Coaches and girls in attendance will also have the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists and interact at the conclusion of the event.

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er practicing active rest shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even pick up a lacrosse stick after the end of the season. Forms of active rest for this athlete could include, but not be limited to, playing basketball, going for runs and lifting weights. This is different than when in-season and playing basketball, because you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to risk injury playing another sport while competing in another and losing playing time. According to the National Athletic Trainerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association Position Statement on Pediatric Overuse Injuries, repetitive stress on the musculoskeletal system without adequate and appropriate preparation and rest can result in chronic or overuse injuries in athletes at any age. Constantly practicing a sport, specifically a position or event (e.g. pitcher) can cause muscular imbalances, injuries or even just athlete burn out. It happens all too often that a promising softball or baseball pitcher


By Matthew Leeds MS, ATC, LAT What is active rest? This term may sound counter-productive, but is actually very beneficial to todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s athletes of all ages. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Active restâ&#x20AC;? is engaging in low-intensity exercise after a season ends to help maintain oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fitness level. Because it is thought that to master something you need to practice a specific skill for 10,000 hours, parents and athletes alike feel like they will fall behind if they take any time off. However, this method of thinking can become detrimental to health and performance. A long and physical season, regardless of the type of sport, will take a toll on the athlete. Active rest activities may differ by athlete. For example, a lacrosse play-

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Pixel Power: Taking better sports photos By Elizabeth Taylor Special to The Sports Department

Welcome to Pixel Power, a new monthly column by professional photographer EB Taylor, owner of EB Taylor Photography of Glastonbury. We hope Pixel Power will help you take better photographs with greater consistency and image quality. The first task for anyone aspiring to take better photographs, begins with understanding how your camera works. This does not mean turning your camera to the automatic mode and hoping for the best. Turning your camera to automatic mode tells your camera to take both light and camera setting measurements and determine the ideal middle ground for camera exposures at the second you take your photograph. What does this mean? It means you’ll get average results because you are asking your camera to think for you. Cameras can do this thinking job well enough, but that is not the same as you learning how to be the brains behind the lens when you want that special photograph to rise above average. Where to begin? There are so many factors that go into superior image making. We need to first understand how our cameras see light and how the computer chips and glass in your camera work together to create a photograph. These

concepts have not changed since the beginning of photography two centuries ago. For this first column we’ll look at ISO as the first way to control your image making, ISO, (International Standards Organization) measures the sensitivity of your camera’s sensor to light. In the film days, this was known as your film’s ASA. You will use this setting to set your shutter speed and aperture to the settings that best maximize the light in which you are photographing. The ISO setting options on your camera typically start at 100, and continue to double, progressing to 200, 400, 800, 1600…etc. The highest and lowest ISO settings depend on your camera. The more advanced your camera body, the more ISO settings you have. The lower your ISO, the less light your images will have and the less grainy look your images will have. The higher your ISO, the more light your images will have and the more grainy your images will become. Changing your ISO will directly effect your image’s exposure. As a visual person, I learn best when I can see what I am learning, so here’s a great way to understand how ISO effects your images. Turn your camera setting/dial to Manual mode. Set your ISO to 100 and your shutter speed to 125 and your aperture to f8. Turn off your flash. Check your cam See ‘PHOTOS’ on facing page

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The Suffield 11/12 girls all stars finshed tournament play 3-1. Manager: Bob Mills, Coaches are: Brian Casinghino and Sean McHue. Players in no particular order: Grace Mangiameli, Isabella Mills, Amanda Martin-Ryan, Anna Casinghino, Samantha Kawalec, Caitlin Bombard, Guistina D’Amato, Makenzie Shaw, Payton Salvaggio, Felicia Dugay, Jenna McCue and Miranda Condon. Below, a play is made at third base during the game, Saturday June 29.

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Windsor Locks/Enfield combined 11/12 Girls all star team Enfield coaches: Manager Fred Broxton, Coach Joe Oliveira Jr, Coach Eric Pease. Players in no particular order are as follows: Taylor Fritz, Emily Pease, Sofie Oliveira Alannah Miessau, Victoria Grigaitus, Madison Brady, Brianna Pelletier, Audrey Gilhooly, Lyndsey Broxton, Emily Malecki, and Alyssa Meyers.

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Suffield’s pitcher, Amanda Martin-Ryan dominated the circle and took the 5-0 win.

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Images from an Enfield Little League Minors semifinal between Chicago Sams and American Legion Post 80 in Enfield on June 19. For more youth photos, and coverage of Little League All-Stars, visit


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era manual if you do not know how to change your aperture and shutter speed. Once you’ve set your camera this way, go outside and stand in one place in the shade. Take a photo. Change your ISO to 200 and take the same photo again. Take the same photo three more times, each time changing your ISO to 400, 800 and 1600. Go inside and download the images and see for yourself what ISO does! Notice the difference in the grain and exposure as you change your ISO. ISO’s 100-200 are great for very bright outdoor settings if you are not freezing action. Settings 400-800 are good for most outdoor situations. ISO’s 1600 and up are best for low light interior images or for photographing at night. Next month we’ll explore how to combine shutter speed and aperture to take full control of your camera and your photographs. Happy image making and let us know how you like our new column.


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