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Somers Boys Soccer Loses Class S Championship To Bloomfield

By Danny Atkinson The Sports Department

Somers advanced to the Class S championship game for the third straight season by rallying from two-goal deficits against Canton in the quarterfinals and Northwest Catholic in the semifinals. After those two victories, one could be forgiven for thinking that the sixth-seeded Spartans were destined to capture Friday’s championship game over Bloomfield behind a talented and battle-tested group of seniors. Destiny has a funny way of working out in sports, however. Ultimately, no team will win a championship unless it plays its complete A game when it matters most. The Spartans failed to do so and paid the price. Bloomfield defeated Somers 3-2 on November 23 to win the CIAC Class S championship at Middletown High School.

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How Young Is Too Young To Start Playing Sports

By Jon Buzby The Sports Department

It’s heading into the winter sports season when many parents debate whether or not their child is ready for youth sports. This is especially true for those kids who just completed a successful adjustment to kindergarten and are surrounded by classmates all talking about whatever sport they’ll start playing. I was at a children’s birthday party last weekend and the topic of how young is too young to start playing sports came up. I just sat back and listened to the various opinions. One grandmother offered to pay for her granddaughter to play youth sports. The mother of that daughter, a former Division I field hockey player, is dead set against her daughter playing any organized sport until she is 5 years old. One mom started her son in soccer at four years old while another has decided age six will be a good. A dad, who is a former high school basketball coach, is de-

bating whether his 4-year-old son is ready. Other mothers and fathers chimed in, and just when I thought the topic would wane without me needing to voice my opinion, my wife spoke up: “Jon, you write about youth sports. What do you think?” I actually think it depends on a number of things when determining what age a child should start playing sports. First and foremost is the interest of the child. If he or she has no interest whatsoever, it’s probably too early to start. The second is the physical and emotional maturity of the child. If the child is scared to death of any physical contact, he or she won’t be interested in being part of an unintentional soccer scrum that happens almost every time a child touches the ball. If someone’s feelings get hurt every time a toy is taken from him, imagine the reaction the first time a child “steals” the ball on a basketball court. Two years ago, my 4-year-old was more than ready to start playing soccer and since then has successfully played T-ball and flag football. I can’t imagine my youngest son who just turned four years old playing anything organized right now. And that’s another thing to remember – like all developmental stages, children, including siblings, are ready to begin playing sports at different times. I also think one factor often overlooked by parents when trying to make this decision is how the family will be affected by a

child playing an organized sport at such a young age. If bedtime is 7 p.m. — to allow for not only a good night sleep but also “down time” for mom and dad — and practice is twice a week until 7 p.m., that means the family routine is going to be upset two of four nights. If there is more than one child at home, what happens to the non-practicing siblings the night of practice? Will a younger sibling be dragged out of the house when he or she would normally be in bed? Will an older sibling’s grades suffer because

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he or she is sitting in a car at a practice instead of at the kitchen table getting assignments done? All of these things must be taken into consideration. I’ve heard good and bad stories of young kids playing sports, so there is no one sure-fire answer. But one piece of advice I always give is that if both parents aren’t convinced it’s time, it’s probably not. Contact Jon Buzby at JonBuzby@hotmail. com and follow him @JonBuzby on Twitter.

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Student Athlete of the Month Accomplishments: Team leading Goal Scorer (2011, 2012), Team leading assists (2011), All Conference (2011, 2012), Scholar Athlete (2010, 2011) GPA: 12.459/12 How do you prepare for a game? When I prepare for a game I think of my last game, and I tell myself all the ways I am going to improve my level of play in order to help my team. Expectations for the next season/ Thoughts on the season. Not only did we compete well and have a strong record, but I had a great group of guys to work with. Favorite Career Moment: Our 3-2 win at E.O. Smith in overtime. We were up 1-0 after I scored in the first half, but E.O. Smith went up 2-1. However, with 9.6 seconds left in regulation I tied the game and I ended up scoring in overtime. It was my only hat trick for Fermi High. What area were you strongest in? What area did you improve the most in over your career? My strongest area is my ability to hold the ball. The area I most improved in is my calmness in front of goal. Looking back, what are you going to miss the most about playing for your team? Overall, what are you going to miss the most about high school? The thing that I will miss most is all of my players. The thing that I will miss most about high school is the personal relationships that I have developed with my teachers and administrators. One in particular is Mr. William Schultz.

Conor Glettenberg Soccer What is the toughest challenge you’ve overcome? Helping a friend out who had a serious case of depression. Favorite athlete? Which athlete do you most model your game after? Michael Ballack, in his prime he may not have been the greatest player in the world, but he was consistent and got the job done. Red Sox or Yankees? UConn men or UConn women? Red Sox, UConn Men. Favorite band, movie, TV show? Band (Sigur Ros) Movie (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) T.V. Show (How I Met Your Mother). What is your favorite sports website to follow? Fantasy.premierleague.com , kicker.de How do you believe sites like Twitter and Facebook have changed how you watch and follow sports? If I am out and I am missing a big game Facebook and Twitter can update me on the live scores so I always know what is going on. Plans after high school: Attend a four year university and earn a degree in chemical engineering. Possibly play at the collegiate level.

Plaques for the Student Athlete of The Month are courtesy of Awards and More, 492 Enfield Street, Enfield.

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Notebook

Milestone Wins, Lofty Goals Headline The Season On The Mats

By B.N. Mazzone The Sports Department

After all the blood and sweat shed throughout wrestling practice, most local teams will hit the mat for real on December 12 when the season begins. Teams have been practicing since Nov. 26. Enfield is looking to improve on a rough season and Fermi hopes to hit a milestone victory. Somers tries to be on an elite team even after losing four seniors. Enfield Brian Olsen has set lofty goals as his Raiders look to improve on its 5-24 record of last season. “We’re looking to improve and get 10 wins this year. We need to fill all of our weight classes and stay healthy in order to be successful,� Olsen said. The Raiders are returning seven varsity starters this season including junior Jarret Maloney, who was the NCCC champion in the 145 pound weight class. Olsen also returns juniors RJ Wages (160) and Bryan Murphy (152) as well as senior Jacob Silva (132). All three wrestlers had at least seven wins last year for their squad. “I feel the team is really turning the corner this season. We may not have a lot of success as a team, but I expect a lot of individual success with the wrestlers I do have in the NCCC and Class S State Tournament,� Olsen said. Somers Somers coach Scott Zachary returns for his 11th season on the mats, and looks to have his Spartans competing for the league title with Avon standing in their way. Somers lost only four seniors from last season, one being Zachary is impressed with his senior leadership—a group that is led by Kyle

Foster, Nick Zachary, and Anthony Andrade. Zachary will also look for contributions from junior Hunter Frasca, and sophomore Adam Patsun. East Windsor The Panthers will look to build upon a strong finish from last year. They only lost two seniors from last year’s squad that finished third in the NCCC Tournament. East Windsor will rely heavily on seniors Sonny Chaleunphone (132) and Richard Jarnot (152) to lead the way for them. The biggest battle for the Panthers is facing a numbers problem as they hope to fill all spot in every meet. Fermi Falcons head coach Jeff Beiler expects his team to be back on top during his 18th year as the lead man on the mats. Beiler is looking for his team to compete with annual contenders E.O. Smith and RHAM for the CCC division title. “We are very excited of our prospects for the season. The kids are working extremely hard,� Beiler said. “We currently have a logjam in our middle weights. When things shake themselves out, we should be a very good team.� Fermi will rely heavily on their senior leadership—especially from seniors, Joe Nai (106), Aleena Burnell (113), Brandon Keeler, Jared Avery, Adrian Case, and Tony Bonatos (160) to lead the way. Beiler also noted that numbers are up (32), but that his team is inexperienced with 16 first time wrestlers. Fermi is closing in on a program milestone. With 14 more victories the Falcons will have reached 500 all-time wins. The all-time record stands at 486-330-4— Beiler has been the head coach for 224 of those wins.


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Boys Basketball By Danny Atkinson The Sports Department

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Stafford Looks To Take Another Leap

ended with a thud when Ledyard upset Enfield 69-67 in the third round of the Class M Tournament, giving it a final record of If you think the Stafford Bulldogs are just 25-1. The Raiders are hoping to repeat as content with making a tournament run conference champions and make another after a big improvement from the previous tournament run this season, but to do that, season, think again. their talented squad will have to overcome After a 10-11 season and losing in the the loss of stars Tre Preston and Hugh first round of the Class S tournament, Staf- Lindo. ford expects to take another leap forward Enfield will be a guard-oriented team, this season as the team is stacked with with senior Paul Lima leading the way eight seniors. in the backcourt. Head coach Cory Head coach Mike Morhardt had nothO’Connell believes that speed should be ing but praise for his team’s play in the a strength for the Raiders because of all preseason. the skilled guards they could have. “Our guys have shown good chemistry Enfield will have to overcome its lack and play very well together,” he stated. of size as the season goes along. Kevin “I’ve been surprised by how good our Camidge is currently the squad’s only athleticism has been. It feels like we’ve notable big man. taken a step.” O’Connell is confident that the Raiders The Bulldogs overall athleticism should have what it takes to have another strong be their biggest strength. It starts with campaign. senior Zach Rollins, an all-conference “The season will depend on how the forward. Morhardt said that junior shootteam comes together and prepares.” ing guard Jake Kalette has “jumped off East Windsor the charts athletically” and that he will The Panthers were 11-11 last season open some eyes. Senior Tim Ford is an and finished sixth in the NCCC, losing in exceptional defender, and sophomore the first round of the Class S Tournament Alex Hoss will set the offensive pace at to Haddam-Killingworth. The team has the the point. talent to return to the state tournament, but “We need to try and keep everything must overcome its youth. in the moment. Our players just need to In junior Kevin Mocadlo, East Windsor focus on getting better every day.” has a versatile performer who teams will Enfield struggle to contain. Mocadlo is an outThe Raiders went undefeated in the regu- standing scorer who can play every posilar season last year and won the NCCC tion and shoot well from all points on the championship. However, the season floor. Head coach John Cessario expects Mocadlo to reach the 1000 point mark by the end of his career. Junior Dajon Farley brings similar skills to the Panthers. He plays all five spots on the floor and is an exceptional long range shooter. The Panthers feature six players who are 6-foot-3 or taller and should consistently control the boards. Cessario is looking for his squad to show impressive defensive effort early. “We have to secure a defensive mentality and understand how that pride can lead to some great things on the offensive side of the floor.” Cessario said. Fermi The Falcons may have something to build on after winning its last three Paul Lima will take over the scoring duties after the games of the seaRaiders graduated Tre Preston and Hugh Lindo. son to finish 3-17 TSD File Photo last season. Head coach Bob Evans

is confident his team can build on those victories behind its experience and size. If Fermi reaches its ultimate goal of qualifying for the state tournament, it would be a huge boom for the program, which has won just nine games over the past five seasons. Fermi should have three effective big men in forward Alex Zachary and seniors Josh Murphy and Josh Liebla, who are both 6-foot-3. Senior point guard Dan Brunetti needs to have a strong season to take pressure off the Falcons big men. “We can’t back off at all,” Evans said. “We have to play hard for all four quarters.” Somers The Spartans have a strong shot at a state tournament berth, as they return three full-time starters from a squad that finished twelfth in the NCCC and just missed out on the Class S Tournament by going 7-13. Somers experience and size will make them a tough opponent in the NCCC. The Spartans will rely on senior big men Brendan Coverdill and Nick Elia. Coverdill and Elia, who are both 6”4”, both averaged nine PPG. They will bring experience and size to both ends of the court. Sophomore guard Jack Hostetler and junior guard Mike Casciano are returning starters who averaged 5 ppg and 3 ppg last season.

Kevin Mocadlo holds the key to the Panthers success this season. TSD File Photo

Enfield

Student Athlete of the Month

Nickname: “C” Accomplishments: All Conference, Scholar Athlete, MVP offense, Captain GPA: 11.4/12 How do you prepare for a game? I listen to music while I warm up and stretch and take shots on goal Expectations for the next season/ Thoughts on the season: I thought our team had a successful season. We started off the season 5-0 and made it to the first round of states. Favorite Career Moment: Our home game against Avon during a horrible rain storm. This was the first time in my four year career that we were beating Avon 2-0 by the end of the first half. It was a big disappointment that we lost in overtime 3-2 but it was a great accomplishment for our team. What area were you strongest in? What area did you improve the most in over your career? I am strongest in attacking and making passes and threw balls. I improved the most in scoring and being an “All-around player” being that my position changed almost every year. Looking back, what are you going to miss the most about playing for your team? Overall, what are you going to miss the most about high school? I’m going to miss playing for a team that is like family. We are all friends off the field. With our close relationships we play great as a team on the field and we know how to keep each other’s confidence up. I’m

Sierra Trzepacz Soccer going to miss the fun I had playing on this team. What is the toughest challenge you’ve overcome? Balancing out my school work with playing soccer. Favorite athlete? Which athlete do you most model your game after? Alex Morgan from the U.S. Women’s soccer team Red Sox or Yankees? UConn men or UConn women? Red Sox. UConn women. Favorite band, movie, TV show? “Bridezilla” “The Hunger Games” “Bad Girls Club” How do you believe sites like Twitter and Facebook have changed how you watch and follow sports? If I’m not watching games that are on TV, I can go on Facebook or Twitter to get an idea on how the teams are playing. Plans after high school: To go to college to study exercise science and to play college soccer

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Girls Basketball By Reid L. Walmark The Sports Department

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The Spartans of Somers were the Cinderella team of the Class S tournament last season, reaching the quarterfinals after being seeded 26th. They hope the shoe fits again this season. The Spartans finished 11-12, 6-10 in the NCCC last season. Coach Alan Walker, in his 14th year, is replacing one starter, and he would like to maintain the up-tempo and pressing that brought success last winter. “We need improved post play, with a better commitment to rebounding and defense,” Walker said. “We have very fast guards who can all handle the ball.” Junior guard Diandra DaRosa was AllNCCC last season. She averaged 20.7 points per game, 6.7 rebounds, 5.3 steals and 4.4 assists. She blocked 27 shots and made 26 three-pointers. The senior captains are guard Kelsey Charette (6.3 rebounds, 3.6 steals), guard Kylen O’Hearn (7.1 ppg, 2.9 steals), guard Emma Panto (2.3 ppg) and forward/guard Paige LaDue. Also in the Spartans’ rotation will be senior centers Madison Wohlers andBrianna Caraballo (3.8 rebounds), juniors Hailee Stetson (6.4 ppg, 4.7 rebounds), a forward and guard; guard Kathryn LaVallee (6.7 ppg, 29 threes), center Rebecca Novak (32 blocks), forward/center Lauren Buettner and guard Tiffany O’Regan. Somers defeated Lyman Memorial 51-40 in its opener Dec. 5 East Windsor Last year was filled with improvement for East Windsor, which finished 11-11 with a

second-round loss in the Class S tournament. The Panthers were 6-14 in 2010-11. “Our team will need to play solid defense and remain healthy, as depth is a concern,” said coach Bob Lengyel, whose team returns four starters and three more with experience. Senior guard Ashley Gallant was All-NCCC last winter. Her sister Molly is also a guard. Senior Allison Rodrigue will play forward and juniors Madison Carolus and Makinsey Carolus will see time at forward, too. Junior Melissa Wabble will be in the rotation at guard. The Panthers opened Dec. 5 with a 5636 win over Classical Magnet. Enfield Megan Willis begins her second year coaching Enfield. She only needs to replace one starter from last year’s 3-17 team. The Raiders were 0-19 the year before she arrived. “We thrive on playing team defense,” Willis said. Senior forward Rachel Kaliff and junior guard Maggie Richards are the captains. Sophomore Hannah Lempitsky will play at center and sophomore Olivia Caronna guard. Sam Hellyar, a senior, is a forward. Enfield showed off its defensive prowess in a season-opening 42-20 win at Stafford Dec. 5. Fermi Fermi returns one starter from last season's 4-16 team. “We will need to learn how to win,” said Sean Sweeney, in his 15th year with the Falcons. “The entire team has embraced the idea that ‘the beginning starts here.’ We could sit around and complain about our lack of experience, or we can be the team that takes it upon ourselves to change the climate of

success around here.” Sweeney said two freshmen will definitely see a lot of playing time – forwardTori Weatherwax and guard/forward Melissa Liebla. Senior center/forward Justyce Jenkins is the returning starter who will supply scoring and rebounding. Junior guard and captain Nicole St. Armand started six games last winter. Senior Kaitlyn Peck will start at guard and junior Abby Shaughnessy, a reserve last season, will start at forward. New to the varsity are junior guard Sheena Ware, senior guard Emily Sweetman, sophomore forward Jill Lapponese and forward/center Sarah Tremblay. The Falcons opened Dec. 5 with a 62-36 loss at New Britain. Stafford Scott Martin is in his first year as coach

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Come See The Celtics In Action

By Alison Alberghini-Durler Enfield Parks and Recreation

Join the Enfield Recreation Department as we travel to Boston for the evening to see the Boston Celtics take on the Atlanta Hawks on March 8. The game will start at 7:30 p.m. Trip includes round trip motor coach transportation and tickets in balcony section of the TD Garden. The bus will arrive in Boston around 4 p.m. Bus departs Enfield Town Hall parking lot at 2 p.m. Fee is $85. Pre-Registration is required and tickets are limited. Winter 2013 Program Information and Registration The Enfield Recreation Department winter program information is now online. Look for information on special events, playgroup, classes, indoor swimming lessons, bus trips and more. Program registration for Enfield Residents will begin on December 14 at 9 a.m. and on December 21 at 9 a.m. for Non-Residents. Log onto www.enfield-ct.gov and click on Recreation under the Departments tab.

Diandra DaRosa of Somers is one of the top returning players in the state. Photo by: Alan Bastarache, The Sports Department, www.bastarachephotos.com

and will try to improve on last year’s 1-19 record. Three starters return: seniors Brenna Roy, Kelsey Heavener and Isabella Randazzo are captains, along with junior Jordan Hosey. Roy and Heavener are guards, Randazzo is a forward and Hosey plays guard and forward. Martin also will rely on junior forward Mykala Perrier and senior guard/ forward Jaime Sierra. Junior Amber Pierce and senior Hayley Richards will play forward. “We have a lot of room to grow,” Martin said, “and we have grown in spades throughout the preseason. Through a continued positive attitude and hard work, the team has a chance to make an impact on the league [NCCC] this year.” Enfield handed the Bulldogs a 42-20 loss in the opener Dec. 5.

Adult Open Gym Basketball The Enfield Recreation Department hosts Open Gym Basketball time for adults 18 and over. Participants must show proof of age and residency to participate in addition to having a program waiver on site where they participate. There is a nightly fee for these programs. There is no basketball when school is closed. For locations, dates, times & fees, visit the

Recreation Homepage on the Town’s website, www.enfield-ct.gov .

Adult Open Gym Volleyball For ages 18 and over. This program is designed for recreational play and will be held at the Eli Whitney School Gym. During open gym there is no league play, only pick-up games are arranged amongst the participants. Proof of age and residency is required. Participants must have a program waiver on file at the gym to participate. Forms may be filled out the first night you attend. There is no volleyball when school is closed. The program runs Wednesdays, through March 6 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Nightly fees are $2 for residents and $2.50 for non-residents. Adult Yoga Yoga will bring balance, breath awareness, stamina, and flexibility to the body and mind. Students will be able to work at their own level, modifying poses as needed. Participants are encouraged to bring a yoga mat to class. Classes are held on Tuesdays, January 15 – March 5, 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Parkman School. Fee is $30 for Enfield residents and $37 for non-residents. Pre-registration is required. For more information, contact the Enfield Recreation Department at 860-253-6420 or visit us on the web at www.enfield-ct. gov. The Recreation Office is located at 19 North Main Street with hours of operation Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


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Fermi-Enfield Adds Two More Schools

By Nate Owen The Sports Department

Fermi-Enfield head coach Frank Genovese has been through this before. After merging Fermi and Enfield last season, Genovese is now tasked with working in players from Stafford and East Granby as the Falcons’ co-op hockey team expands from two schools to four. “There are a lot of new faces and it will be important to gel quickly,” Genovese said. The Falcons (9-12) moved from Division I to Division II this season, but will still play many of the same Division I

Avery Boissy was the second leading scorer for the FermiEnfield team last year. This year, the team adds two more schools. TSD File Photo by Steve Palmer, The Sports Department, www.stevepalmerphotography.com

opponents. Notable returners include senior forward Avery Boissy and senior defenseman Logan Beck. Boissy was the team’s secondleading scorer last season (11-12), while Beck was slowed by injuries, but should be at full strength this year. Senior goalie Aaron Lickwar was voted second-team Division 1 All-State last year, while senior forward Jason Despard scored several big goals down the stretch to help Fermi/ Enfield make the playoffs. Genevose is also looking for good things from Matt Boulette, who should be ready to make an impact this season. “I like our work ethic and energy so far,” Genovese said. “There seems to be great competition for playing time so far and that is also contributing to making the team better as a whole.” Tri-Town The Somers/Ellington/East Windsor co-op team opens Dec. 15 at home against Conard. The Terrorcats begin the year with four straight home games as they look to rebound after going 6-13-1 last seaason and missing the state tourney. Zack Palmer and Cullen Roberts are the key returnees.

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Neal Janiga led the way for the Ellington/Somers Knights, with 212 rushing years and three touchdowns in a 38-14 win over Coventry on Thanksgiving Day. The win had secured a playoff berth for the Knights.

Neal Janiga was the horse for Ellington/Somers Thanksgiving Day, rushing for 212 yards and three touchdowns in Ellington/Somers victory over Coventry.

Ellington/Somers captains (L-R) Brendan Coverdill, Neal Janiga and Austin Tautkus went out winners on their home field for the final time with a 38-14 victory over Coventry on Thanksgiving Day.

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Off-Season Training

Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC’s) are allied health care providers trained in the prevention, evaluation and rehabilitation of sports injuries. They work under the direction of a physician and they are board certified nationally and licensed in CT. Visit www.NATA.org for more information. Certified athletic trainers at Enfield High School and Enrico Fermi High School are provided by Hartford Hospital Rehabilitation Network ( rehab.harthosp.org ), formerly Eastern Rehabilitation Network. Hartford Hospital Rehabilitation Network (HHRN) and The Sports Department have partnered to bring readers a monthly column on sports medicine topics. Readers may submit questions related to injuries, training advice, rehabilitation or any other sports medicine topic. Submit questions to: Ben Stralka, ATC (Enrico Fermi High School) – bstralka@harthosp.org; Kyle Hicks, ATC, (Enfield High School) – khicks@harthosp.org; Wendy Nichols, Physical Therapist, (HHRN Enfield) – wnichols@harthosp.org Many sports enthusiasts and scholastic athletes consider “winter” their off- season. Rest, both physical and emotional, is certainly an important part of sports. Maintaining a level of fitness during the offseason, however, is not only good for the body. It means less risk of injury when starting up again. So the offseason is a great time

to try a new sport or work on different aspects of conditioning. The question of how fast to progress with conditioning or in a new sport is frequently posed. The old saying of “no pain, no gain” should not be your guiding principle. A much more reasonable approach is the 10% rule. This means that whatever your activity – weights, training time, mileage, participating in the actual sport – should not increase by more than 10% week over week. If you’re trying to peak for a particular event, back into the timeframe to give yourself adequate training time with gradual increases in intensity. Several organizations and institutions have collaborated to bring sports injury prevention strategies for kids forward at the website www.STOPSportsInjuries. org, but the advice is practical for any age. Their recommended offseason approach concentrates on different phases. The first focus is core strength, followed by cardiovascular/fitness training. Once this base has been established, strength training would be included, and finally, sport-specific drills. Following this regimen, with adequate rest built in, will allow you to have a productive, fun offseason followed by a new sports season that will hopefully be injury free. For additional information on setting up your off-season program consult an athletic trainer, physical therapist or sports specialist.

December 2012

COLLEGE NOTEBOOK

Preston Adjusting Well At Next Level

By Reid L. Walmark The Sports Department

Trachone Preston (Enfield 2012) is a freshman guard on the Eastern Connecticut State University men’s basketball team (5-2). Preston was injured in the preseason but has recovered to play in all seven games for the Warriors, starting in two of them. His 6.6 ppg scoring average ranks him fifth on the team. Preston is shooting 40 percent from the floor and a team third-best 50 percent (8-for-16) from three-point range. He is averaging 1.6 rebounds per game and has 10 assists, one blocked shot and four steals. Preston has made 14 of 16 foul shots (87.5), which is second best on the team.

Tre Preston, seen in his glory days at Enfield High School, is off to a good start at Eastern Connecticut State University. TSD File Photo

Ashley Kinney (Somers 2011) is a sophomore guard at Dickinson College (6-2). She has played in all eight games, starting none, and is averaging 9.8 minutes a game. She has scored two points but has chipped in with four rebounds and nine assists this season. Two standout girls basketball players in 2011-12 as high school seniors are experiencing the ups and downs of making the transition into the college game. Kelly Conley, an All-State and All-NCCC player at Ellington last winter, is a freshman at Assumption College (6-1) and Kristin Schatzlein, an All-State and All-CCC player at Tolland last winter, is a freshman at Fairfield University (5-1). Conley has played in five of seven games at guard and has scored seven points in 32 minutes. She played 16 minutes in her career debut, scored a point and supplied two assists against AIC on Nov. 14. Conley was 2-for-2 from the field with four points against Pace. Schatzlein, the Gatorade Player of the Year in Connecticut a year ago, has appeared in all six games as a guard, starting none. She has logged 45 minutes of playing time. Schatzlein is averaging 2.2 points per game. She has grabbed 10 rebounds, blocked a shot and added two assists.


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The Stafford Bulldogs B Team are the 2012 NCFL Champions after a dominating 20-0 2in over RHAM in the title game. Photo by Andre Garant, The Sports Department, www.ajgphotoguy.com

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Mahyar Shukri (7) and Eric Rogers play keep away in a recent JFK Middle School boys soccer game. Photo by Max Delano, The Sports Department, Â www. flickr.com/photos/ myfotomax/

Sean Lovering of JFK Middle School in Enfield tries to protect the ball against the Sage Park defender in a recent game. Photo by Max Delano, The Sports Department, www.flickr.com/photos/myfotomax/ Stafford’s Jeffrey Kology refuses to go down as he prepares to make a touchdown for his team during the B Team NCFL Championship. Photo by Andre Garant, The Sports Department, www.ajgphotoguy.com


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Heartbreaking Defeat

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later when Burnett sped through the defense and scored to tie the match at two. In the final 20 minutes, Somers defense continued to display the hustle that had allowed it to slow down the Bloomfield offense for the entire match. For a while, it appeared that the Spartans were back on track, but Burnett proved otherwise. The decisive goal was set up by a costly defensive mistake. Instead of denying Bloomfield possession near the net by clearing a ball out to midfield, the Somers defense knocked the ball out to the side when the Warhawks were close to the net with roughly two minutes remaining. As a result, Bloomfield was able to throw the

Fabian Burnett had an unforgettable game by scoring all three goals for the Warhawks and knocking in the game-winner with just 1:36 seconds remaining. Luke Alvaro scored twice for the Spartans. Somers was challenged from the opening whistle by the athletic Warhawks, who made the title game by shutting out Immaculate-Danbury and St. Paul CatholicBristol. The Spartans defense struggled to combat Bloomfield’s quickness. The fourth-seeded Warhawks were able to penetrate Somers backfield a number of times in the first half but failed to convert scoring opportunities into goals. Meanwhile, Somers' offense started off slow and was rarely able to get into rhythm. When the Spartans finally found a scoring opportunity midway through the half, the made the most of it. Luke Alvaro carved out space on the left side of the field and knocked it into net to give the Spartans a 1-0 lead. The Warhawks broke through just 1:30 into the second half on Fabian Burnett’s first goal. Burnett had been held in check in the first half, but overwhelmed Somers defenders in the second half with his blazing speed. Alvaro and fellow senior Joe Pantuosco helpt get the lead back for Somers at the 24:14 mark. Pantuosoco set up Alvaro with an outstanding pass and the star senior Anthony Andrade boots the ball for Somers was able to fake out the during its championship game. Photo by: goalie before chipping in a Alan Bastarache, www.Bastarachephotograshot from 20 yards out. phy.com The Spartans momentum was deflated just 23 seconds

Nick Murdza doing some nifty ball handling for Somers. Photo by: Alan Bastarache, www.Bastarachephotography.com

ball in right in front of the net. Seconds later, Burnett bashed in the winning score off a Rashawn Dally pass and Bloomfield led 3-2. The state title is Bloomfield's first since 1950. Somers failed to obtain a three-peat after title victories against Valley RegionalDeep River and Litchfield in 2010 and 2011. After the game, first-year Spartans head coach Rick Kelley discussed the reasons for why his squad lost. “We didn't take care of kicking the ball well,” Kelley said. “When you don’t kick the ball well, you’re going to lose.” “Our defense was flat and we struggled with keeping the ball out of the net,” he stated. “We put our backs against the wall by not playing well on defense.” Kelley answered bluntly when asked about Burnett’s winner. “We didn't kick the ball out away from the net. It’s as simple as that.” Somers is losing 12 seniors, many of whom contributed heavily to the Spartans success these past four seasons. Kelley was visibly choked up when talking about their departure. “They were such a cohesive class. I am never going to forget my first year here.” Somers final record is 15-6. Bloomfield finished 15-4-1.

December 2012

Local Youth Hockey Program Hosts Harlem Team

By Nate Owen The Sports Department

The Eastern Connecticut Hockey Organization’s one-day Mini-Mite Thanksgiving Festival was a sign of just how much the organization has grown in recent years. The tournament, which lasted almost six hours, was held at the Bolton Ice Palace Nov. 24. This was the fifth year of the event, which had four teams its first year. That number grew to 10 this year, including one from the Harlem section of New York that received a special invitation. Mini-Mite is for players from 4 to 8. Each team played four,cross-ice four-on-four games. Playing cross-ice games gives players a chance to touch the puck more, and better hone their skills, according to Mike Rooney, ECHO’s director of Grow the Game. The rink was split into three playing areas. Each game went 25 minutes, with players skating two-minute shifts. Some games had a fully-equipped goalie, while others just had a player standing in the net. “We try not to pigeon-hole kids into a goalie-type position at this age,” Rooney said. “There are so many other things they need to learn besides standing in front of the net with pads attempting to block shots.” Playing in a smaller area didn’t seem to bother any of the participants. “We had refs with striped shirts; the kids swore they were playing in the Stanley Cup,” Rooney said. “It was a great day for everyone.” The Ice Hockey in Harlem group is sponsored by the NHL's New York Rangers and plays on an outside rink in Central Park. Rooney said the Harlem team originally reached out to various organizations across Connecticut looking for some of their older kids to come to play in the state. ECHO reached out to them and offered

the chance for their Mini-Mite group to play in the Thanksgiving event, waiving the tournament fee. For many of the Harlem skaters, it was their first time in the country and playing in an indoor rink. “It was great,” said Bob Pilney, ECHO’s co-president. “I don’t think any of the kids knew about their different backgrounds. All the parents were hooting and hollering. Once they put on their skates and helmets they were just hockey players.” Pilney said the plan is to send one of ECHO’s older Peewee A teams down to Harlem’s rink at some point. While some of ECHO’s older groups travel for games, the Mini-Mites mainly stay close to home. Both Rooney and Pilney said this level is all about teaching the game and having fun. “You’ll see a little boy or girl score their first goal, or learn to stop and start, or do a drill they haven’t been able to do before,” Pilny said. “That’s what makes its fun for the kids.” ECHO has two co-ed groups for kids interested in playing hockey: Learn to Play and Mini-Mites. Rooney said Learn to Play has 55 players while Mini-Mites has 30. Once players are done with Mini-Mites, they move on to ECHO’s House program, the highest in-house group. Those numbers are up from three years ago, when Pilney and co-president Ken Comallo took over the program. Rooney said competitive travel leagues have replaced the local, rec-level learning experience that ECHO offers. “We’re not out there directing our energy trying to get a kid a scholarship at a D1 school somewhere,” Rooney said. “Our attitude in our three groups is ‘Let’s enjoy it.’ These kids come to the rinks will a smile on their face at 6 a.m. in the morning. They truly and genuinely love what they’re doing.”

The NHL may not be playing any games right now, but these kids felt like they were in the Stanley Cup.

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Somers Parks and Recreation

Teach Your Young One About Basketball

By Amy Saada Somers Parks and Recreation

Have the little ones learn the fundamentals of basketball. An instructional, co-ed program that teaches the fundamentals of basketball to young players using a variety of fun drills and activities designed to improve skills. The program includes a T-Shirt, basketball and participation medal. The program runs Saturdays for five weeks, starting January 19. Registration deadline is December 30. Space is limited. Register early to ensure time slot. The fee is $45 Register online at http://somers.

recdesk.com/recdeskportal/ Baton Twirling: All ages Baton Twirling is a very beneficial & popular sport. It improves coordination, teaches timing, concentration, self-esteem, confidence and teamwork. Students will learn how to twirl, march, parade march, model and dance. All groups will learn a dance twirl routine which will be performed during the final show as well as the competition. Classes are Monday nights through May from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m., There is a $25 fee per month, payable to the instructor. Walkins are welcome.

East Windsor Student Athletes of the Month

How do you prepare for a game: Molly: To prepare for a game I listen to music and think about what I need to do to help my team win. Ashley: Listen to music that will pump me up for the game an go through plays in my head. Expectations for the next season/ Thoughts on the season: Molly: I expect for our team to make it past the second round in the states tournament. Ashley: We hope to make it past the second round game of starts and do well in our conference. Favorite career Moment: Molly: My junior year when we made it to states. The whole team was extremely excited and it felt good to see our hard work and dedication pay off. Ashley: When we played our first states game last year. The environment was amazing and seeing all of our parents and fans in the stands cheering us on was great. Playing in the game was amazing. We played one of our best games that night and when we won the game. Celebrating our win was great. What area were you strongest in? What area did you improve the most in over your career? Molly: I am strong in my shooting abilities. The thing I improved on the most would have to to be my left hand. Ashley: Strongest area is shooting and defending. Dribbling was the most improved. Looking back, what are you going to miss the most about playing for your team? Overall, what are you going

Somers

Student Athlete of the Month Nicknames: E, E-money Accomplishments: National Honor Society, Scholar-Athlete Awards, Coach’s Award GPA: 9.8 How do you prepare for a game? Listen to pump-up music and get my head in the game. Thoughts on the season: I think this season is going to be filled with many victories because not only does our team work hard, we all connect on the court and play together, which after all is the most important aspect to being a part of a team. Toughest team to play against: Avon Favorite sports memory: When I got the goal in field hockey my junior year that qualified us for states. Favorite memory of high school: Having a solo in dance to the song “Don’t Stop Believin'” in my recital. Role model or inspirational person in your life: My mom is my role model because she has supported my successes and setbacks ever since day one. She inspires me to be a better person every day, and reassures me that life isn’t always easy. She always tells me to “do everything will all of my heart”, and I will have success.

to miss the most about high school? Molly: I'm going to miss the family bond I have with my team. As a team, we are very close. I consider these girls my family. And not every team creates that bond. The thing I'm going to miss the most about high school is sports. Ashley: The thing that I will miss most about playing for my team is being with all of my teammates. We are like one big family and we et along so well. The thing I will miss most about high school is playing sports and seeing all of my friends all the time. What is the toughest challenge you’ve overcome? Losing my mom to brain cancer. Favorite Athlete: Molly: Rajon Rondo Ashley: Rajon Rondo Plans after high school: Molly: I plan on serving in the military and hopefully attending Westfield State University as well. Ashley: Plans after high school to go to college and hopefully continue to play basketball.

Plaques for the Student Athlete of The Month are courtesy of Awards and More, 492 Enfield Street, Enfield.

Most embarrassing moment: Holding the record for having the most falls during a basketball game. Toughest challenge I’ve overcome: Getting elbowed in my throat last year in our states game for basketball, which inflamed my trachea and consequently resulted in me losing my voice for two weeks. Favorite athlete: Jennifer Rizzotti Person I’d like most to meet: Taylor Swift Favorite way to relax: Listen to music Favorite class: English Favorite snack: Goldfish Favorite restaurant: Olive Garden Red Sox or Yankees: Red Sox Favorite movie and TV Show: The Pursuit of Happyness; Full House Plans after high school: I plan to attend college in hope to get my Masters Degree in elementary education.

Plaques for the Student Athlete of The Month are courtesy of Awards and More, 492 Enfield Street, Enfield.

East Windsor Parks and Recreation

Portable Ice Rink To Open

By Lori Titus East Windsor Parks and Recreation

Molly & Ashley Gallant Basketball

Emma Panto Basketball

The portable skating rink will be located on the north side of East Windsor High School. This facility will be available for use by people of all ages, and provides a free family recreational activity. The rink is available after school hours and any time during the weekends, or during school vacation. Check with the Parks and Recreation Department for the opening date. Winter Yoga The East Windsor Parks and Recreation Department will offer an eight week session of Yoga Classes at the East Windsor High School, Room D4. All classes will be held from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday classes will be held from Jan. 7 - March 11. No class on January 21st or February 18th. Wednesday classes will be held from January 9 - March 6, No class on February 20th. Cost: Residents $25 for one class per week, $40 for both. For non-residents, $30 and $45, respectively. Checks should be made payable to Diane LeMay. Please register through the Parks and Recreation Office, or online with our Webster Bank Payment link.

Zumba The East Windsor Parks and Recreation Department will offer an 8 week session of ZUMBA. Classes are being held at the Town Hall Annex, 25 School Street from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Monday classes are from Jan. 7 - Feb. 25. Wednesday classes are from Jan. 9 - Feb. 27. For residents, the cost is $35 for one class per week and $60 for both programs per week. For non residents, $40 and $65, respectively. Daily walk-ins are $5. Registration is through the Parks and Recreation Office or online with our Webster Bank Payment link. Space is limited. Open Skate East Windsor Parks and Recreation is offering Open Skating at the Enfield Twin Rinks on Friday, December 28 from noon 2:00 p.m. for a $4 fee. It is open to all East Windsor Residents. Skate rentals are $3. Rave Discount Movie Tickets Need to find that perfect stocking stuffer? The East Windsor Parks & Recreation is selling Rave Motion Pictures tickets for $7.50 per ticket. The ticket is good for one admission and no expiration date. For any questions on any programs, call the parks and recreation office at 860-6276662.


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