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March 15-28, 2011

Take Me Out To The Outfield

By Jon Buzby The Sports Department

Guess who’s No. 1? Tre Preston (3) and company celebrate Enfield’s NCCC championship win over Avon. Photo by Steve Palmer, The Sports Department,


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Even if you aren’t a sports fan you’ve still probably heard the stereotype that lesserskilled players get stuck in the outfield in youth baseball or softball. Or on defense in soccer, hockey or lacrosse. Ask any parent, and if they are honest, they’ll tell you if it was up to them their child would be playing in the infield. Or trying to score, not defend. And ask any kid and he will tell you the same thing. As a coach I can tell you my best players were the infielders and scorers. That doesn’t mean it was right, just the way it seemed to be. Sometimes I put my lesserskilled players in the outfield or on defense for safety. But other times, I have to admit, it was because I wanted my best fielders where the majority of the balls would be hit, and my best shooters in position to score. However, I’ve discovered a reason, as a parent, to be glad that my son played some outfield last season for the first time in his life. And now, as a coach, I’ve pledged to be sure to give all of my players, regardless of skill level, some playing time in the outfield. Even my son admits he was lucky to get the experience, even if it meant putting his ego aside and accepting he wasn’t as good as the infielders playing ahead of him at the time. Why was my son lucky? I’m convinced the reason he made the high school baseball team this season is because of his experience in the outfield last season when, due to an influx of infielders, he was forced to play several innings in all three outfield positions. It was something completely foreign to him because like many of his talented peers, he had spent all of his youth baseball games playing the infield and pitching. The only problem was that at the high school tryouts, so had the other 40 kids trying to make the team. Fortunately, when he arrived at the tryouts and looked around he was smart enough to realize that his best chance to make the team was to compete against players in the outfield who had never played there before, rather than vying for infield positions with all-star infielders. See “Playing The Outfield”, Page 3

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By Reid L. Walmark The Sports Department The entry into youth sports for Hans Petersen was no out-of-the-ordinary, amazing tale of grand sacrifice or uplifting enrichment. No epiphanies. No Disney movie on his career is being planned. Petersen got involved in the early 1980s in the way most typical of parents wanting to share a bonding experience with a child. Petersen wanted to coach his son, Michael, and he did in Little League and recreation soccer. But when Michael moved on, Hans stayed put, deciding to stay involved as a coach and an administrator in the Rockville Little League and Vernon Youth Soccer Association. No one has invited him to shuffle

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off. It is Petersen’s exit from the Vernon youth sports scene that is no run-of-the-mill story – it’s actually incomplete for he remains involved. He’s had a baseball diamond named after him, at Henry Park, which is only fitting for a local icon. Petersen just left his post this winter as president of the Rockville Little League, after overseeing the league’s 60th anniversary celebration last June, yet he remains on the board in his ex-officio capacity. He is in his 31st year with the league. For his years of service in these sports, along with a two-year flirtation in basketball, and for touching the lives of well over a thousand youngsters in the past three decades, Petersen has been named Commu-

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At the end of the first tryout he told me that everyone was asked to shag fly balls and he was one of only a few players who correctly judged them and had the awareness to throw to the correct base depending on the situation. Most of the other kids trying out for outfield “had no clue” what they were doing. If you have ever tried to shag a fly ball in any situation, you know it’s not easy. Imagine doing it for the first time under stressful tryout conditions. My guess is there were several players cut from the team who, with some outfield experience, might have made it.

Fortunately, my son had that experience. So remember, the next time your child is given the option to play the outfield (or defense), he or she might want to think twice about saying no. And you might even want to encourage it. I would have been the first parent to tell my son to say no and stick to the infield. But if he had, he might not be playing this season. Someday, opting to play the “worst” position on the field might just turn out to be the best decision you ever made. Reach Jon Buzby at jonbuzby@hotmail. com and visit his website at jonbuzby. com.

nity MVP for March by The Sports Department. “It gets to be fun,” said Petersen, 67, a 1961 graduate of Ellington High School and a Vernon resident for 45 years. “It’s a lot of fun watching the kids grow. It was always my intent for the kids to have fun, to do the best they can and to learn to play the game better.” There are plenty of warm, fuzzy stories he can recount. But few moments of earthshaking clarity and inspiration. One of his best comes from the 1990s when his Little League team was up against it in the sixth inning of the championship game. The winning run was on base with two outs when a line drive was sent screeching into the outfield. There waited an “average at best” leftfielder. The title could have slipped away. But it didn’t. “He made a great catch. He had to reach up over his head to catch the line drive. It might have been his only catch of the season,” said Petersen, conveniently skipping the hero’s name to avoid potential embarrassment all these years later. “We won the championship. It was his moment to shine.” And that’s special. Bruce Dinnie, the Vernon Parks and Recreation Department director, says Petersen is amazing, citing his work in renovating fields and building concession areas, dugouts, batting cages and irrigation systems as well as installing scoreboards and maintenance of the fields. Petersen has now turned his attention toward the construction

of a pavilion. “He is constantly finding ways to improve the fields. He has coordinated many projects with the Vernon Parks and Recreation Department and is always a pleasure to work with,” Dinnie said. Stephen Krajewski, Dinnie’s long-time assistant, says Petersen is a problemsolver and is most impressed by Petersen’s willingness to offer scholarships to participate in Little League for players from needy families as well as stepping forward with equipment for those athletes. “I’ve had the pleasure to work with Hans regarding the day-to-day operations of the Rockville Little League,” Krajewski said. “We’ve worked on the schedule of games, All-Star games, field maintenance, makeup dates and the use of town facilities for tryouts and evaluations. One of the major renovations was the improvement of the infield at Gil Field. Not only did he help design the job, but he was right there helping with the project.” Chris Holt, who has succeeded Petersen as Little League president, said the naming of Hans Petersen Field at Henry Park, in 2001, was a deserving honor. Petersen, who retired from Stop & Shop seven years ago, has helped Holt move into the president’s role. “He has a lot of operating knowledge,” Holt said. “He’s been a good mentor for that transition.”

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March 15-28, 2011

Ten Signs Of A Good Youth Sports Program

By Brooke de Lench The Sports Department

Parents and coaches and young athletes are excited about the start of a new sports season. There is a clean slate waiting to develop “the best season ever.” Unfortunately, many of us who have been through dozens of youth sports seasons know all too well that a promising season can turn sour. Some of us more seasoned coaches and parents also know that the outstanding seasons are the ones that truly make a difference in our lives. Over the past two decades, I have cris-crossed the nation numerous times talking with sports parents in groups as small as twenty-five and as large as two thousand as a keynote speaker at National Youth Sports Conventions. I provide a simple survey and have researched the qualities that make up the very best sports programs I see around the country; the programs that keep our children physically and sexually safe and emotionally happy and thriving. I have been fortunate to have experienced many wonderful seasons and I write this month’s column in the hopes that your child ends up with a program that has adopted these ten points. Successful programs are ones that have a high turnout and low dropout rate. When kids are safe and happy, they want to continue to play and parents want to continue to enroll them. Here is my recipe of the ten most important ingredients for creating a strong program: 1. Implementing comprehensive riskmanagement and child protection programs. A good youth sports program

recognizes that it owes every child who participates a duty of care, has identified best practices, and implemented a child protection program, that includes background checks of all adult volunteer and non volunteer- working with children, implemented a First aid, Concussion, CPR and AED training program, to reduce the number of out-of-control parents, abusive coaches, team bullies, spectators and volunteers and to reduce the number of catastrophic injury and deaths. 2. Is child-centered. The emphasis on winning in today’s youth sports is because adults want to win. Studies repeatedly show that the vast majority of boys and girls, when asked what they would like to see changed about youth sports, say they would like to see less emphasis on winning. A good high school and youth sports program is listening to what our children tell us they want; it emphasizes having fun, skill development and fair play and keeps winning, losing and competition in proper perspective. 3. Does not exclude (i.e. cut) children before grade seven or eight. The goal in childhood should be to prepare children for adulthood by giving them a chance to develop coping skills and the self-confidence to succeed in the adult world in a safe and nurturing environment. Many of my colleagues agree that cutting children from athletic programs foster an environment that hurts, rather than fosters, self-esteem. A survey in one New York City suburb found that eight out of ten parents overall and three out of four parents involved in tryout-based programs believed that there should be no tryouts and cutting before fifth grade. Evaluations and inclusion are critical components. 4. Before Eighth grade its teams are comprised of kids of same age, from same

neighborhoods, and of mixed abilities. There is no proof that forcing “better” players to play with those who appear at an early age to be less skilled somehow keeps them from developing their “talent” or that they somehow deserve to play with similarly “gifted” players. Every child deserves a chance to play, receive the best coaching, and play on the best fields. A recent study shows that 1 out of 4 “super stars” at ages 10, 11 and 12 will only make it to the high school varsity. This is due to “early” and late blooming. 5. Uses independent evaluators, not parent coaches, to select its teams. Parents in one Boston suburb who responded to a youth sports survey were nearly unanimous that tryouts run by parent coaches are unacceptable because of concerns about fairness, politics and behavior associated with such a selection process. Many programs are starting to “exchange” the evaluators for the day to eliminate a conflict of interest. 6. Implementing equal playing time (before sixth grade) and significant playing time (sixth grade and above) rules, which are strictly enforced. Following an equal playing time/significant playing time rule creates a win-win situation for the players (who play together more as a team, are less selfish, and feel less pressure to excel in order to earn more playing time), parents (who, knowing that their child will be getting the same or significant playing time as every other player, are likely to put less pressure on their child to perform), and the coach (the rule eliminates two of a coach’s major headaches: complaints from players and their parents about playing time). 7. Is accountable to parents and solicits their input. A good youth sports program provides for input from parents, makes its mission statement, bylaws, and names,

phone numbers and e-mail addresses of board members and other administrators publicly available, provides for term limits for directors, holds open board meetings, and engages in benchmarking. 8. Requires that coaches receive training and be evaluated after every season. Coaches receive training not only in the sport they are coaching but in child development; evaluations are used to identify those who should no longer be coaching because they are abusive, violate equal playing time rules or overemphasize winning at the expense of fun and skill development. 9. Makes parent training mandatory. Parents who have been trained in the sport they are coaching are better able to handle the stress of watching their child compete without losing their cool. 10. Sets sensible limits on the number of practices and games per week. The program understands that nearly half of the injuries children suffer each year playing sports are overuse injuries and sets ageappropriate participation limits. There will be exceptions to the list, and every program will have certain budgets and restrictions, but overall this is the formula that works best if the program desires to be athlete-centric and one that thrives. About the Author The mother of sports active triplet sons, a past coach and elite level athlete, Brooke is a youth sports parenting expert and the author of HOME TEAM ADVANTAGE: The Critical Role of Mothers in Youth Sports (Harper Collins) and the Founder/ Editorin-Chief of The Trusted Source for Youth Sports Parents. © Brooke de Lench 2011

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Enfield Parks and Recreation

By Alison Alberghini The Sports Department

Open Swim At JFK Pool Begins Soon

The Enfield Recreation Department seeks to provide quality leisure opportunities, which contribute to the environment, needs and interest of the people of Enfield. Recreation is recognized as a necessary service to the community and an integral part of Enfield’s health and welfare. A variety of programs are offered for toddlers, youth and adults through the Department. For additional information on any of our programs including the programs listed below contact the Recreation office at


Saturday Open Swim at JFK Pool The Enfield Recreation Department offers open swim hours at the John F. Kennedy Middle School pool on Saturdays, March 5 - April 9, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. The pool is staffed by Red Cross Certified Lifeguards. Children 10 years old and younger must be accompanied by someone 16 years or older. No more than 3 children per adult. Daily fees apply. Boston Celtics Bus Trip Here’s your chance to join the Enfield

Recreation Department to watch some of the best players in the NBA. Don’t miss out on all the action. The Boston Celtics will take on the Washington Wizards on Friday, April 8th at 7:30 p.m.. The trip includes motor coach transportation and tickets in section 320 (subject to change) of the TD Garden. Bus will arrive in Boston around 4 p.m. allowing time for dinner or shopping before the game. Bus departs Enfield Town Hall parking lot at 2 p.m. for Boston. Bus Departs Boston immediately following the game. Fee: $89 per person The Enfield Recreation Department is located at 19 North Main Street in the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center. The office is open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. To contact the office call 860.253.6420 or visit us on the web at

Spring 2011 Program Information Spring 2011 program information is online at Resident registration will begin on March 119 a.m. Non-Resident registration will begin on March 18 at 9 a.m.. To view program listings visit the Town’s website, and click on the Recreation homepage. For more information contact the Recreation Office, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at 860-253-6420.


Student Athlete of the Month Nickname: Jon Accomplishments: making high honors/ all conference lineman GPA: 7.0476 Other sports: football How do you prepare for a game: I try and calm my nerves by listening to the blues, mostly Stevie Ray Vaughan. Thoughts on the season: This wrestling season has been good overall. We had a full team which we haven’t had in a while and some pretty promising freshmen Toughest team to play against: Somers Favorite sports memory: When I got an interception my senior year. Favorite memory of high school: The first time I made high honors Role model or inspirational person in your life: My grandfather, Phil Caronna Toughest challenge I’ve overcome: Hiking to the summit of Mt. Washington Favorite athlete: Jared Allen Most famous (or near famous) person I ever met: Rodney Smith Person I’d like most to meet: Steven Colbert Favorite way to relax: Going on a walk/ hike or relaxing in the hot tub

Jonathan William Landry Wrestling Favorite class: Auto Favorite snack food: Doritos Favorite band: Phoenix Favorite restaurant: Red Rose Red Sox or Yankees: Red Sox Favorite movie: Anchorman Favorite television show: Tosh.0 Plans after high school: Going to college at Western New England College

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Student Athlete of the Month Nickname: C. Accomplishments: Being named Co-Captain my senior year. Receiving high honors every quarter my last three years of high school. 32-2 in Team Deathmatch. GPA: Senior Year – 11.83. Cumulative – 9.8. Other sports: Many other sports, but only organized basketball. How do you prepare for a game: I stretch out, listen to music, and get amped up. Thoughts on the season: Our record doesn’t reflect the success we have had as a team, but this was the best year of basketball I’ve ever played. I played with a great group of guys and I’ll remember this season for the rest of my life. Toughest team to play against: Bloomfield and Hartford Public. Favorite sports memory: Sweeping Rocky Hill my senior year. Favorite memory of high school: Finding out I was Co-Captain with Pat Bordeau. Role model or inspirational person in your life: My parents. Most embarrassing moment: When my head gasket blew and I was stuck in the middle of the mall intersection. Toughest challenge I’ve overcome: Maturing into an adult.

Conor Ellis Basketball Favorite athlete: Nate Robinson Most famous (or near famous) person I ever met: Marquis Daniels Person I’d like most to meet: Michael Jordan or Bill Gates Favorite way to relax: Take a shower and play Black Ops. Favorite class: Anatomy Favorite snack food: Sour Patch Kids Favorite artist: John Mayer Favorite restaurant: Denny’s Red Sox or Yankees: Red Sox Favorite movie: Funny People Favorite television show: Jersey Shore Plans after high school: I want to receive my BSN so I can become a Registered Nurse.

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March 15-28, 2011

Enfield Boys Basketball Has Title Hopes

By Nate Owen The Sports Department

All season long, Raiders head coach Cory O’Connell has emphasised the importance of defense. No matter how good Enfield was playing defensively, O’Connell always felt they could always get better. His team must have been listening, as the Raiders have held both of their first two opponents in the Class M tournament under 40 points. Fourth-seeded Enfield easily handled Norwich and Vinal Tech and then used a late rally to emerge with a 52-50 win over Ansonia March 11, setting up March 15th matchup against top-seeded Classical Magnet. The Raiders endured a wild fourth quarter which saw five lead changes, going ahead for good on Hugh Lindo’s threepoint play with 17 seconds left. Prior to the state tournament, Enfield captured its second straight NCCC title, defeating Avon 71-52 on March 3. “I don’t know too many teams we play that could have beaten us tonight,” O’Connell told The Sports Department following the game. “We played very, very well tonight.” The Raiders placed two players on the NCCC All-Conference team, as Lindo and Tre Preston were each honored. Boys and Girls Track A lack of number didn’t hurt the Raiders this season. Enfield only had 24 athletes compete this year, but sent 19 to the NCCC meet, nine to the Class M State meet, and one to the New Balance Indoor Nationals at the Armory Center in New York City. “The team really came together and worked hard, even with all the obstacles in their way,” head coach Rachel Shuttleworth said, adding that the snow days and not being able to train the hallways often made it difficult for the athletes to get work in. Despite that, sprinter Andrew Buanno qualified for Indoor Nationals for the second year in a row.. The senior took first in the 55 meter dash at the Class M State meet on Feb 12, checking with with a time of 6.63, qualifying him for the state open as well. Buanno ran the 60 meter at the national meet Friday morning, which is held in place of 55, according to Shuttleworth. He finished with a time of 7.13 during the preliminary run, good enough to place him in the top eight needed to move to the

finals. He ran a time of 7.14 during the finals to place sixth in the Emerging Elite group. Enfield had several athletes place in the Class M, including Rachel Boulette (9th, 55) and Patience Bearse, who finished ninth in the 300 meter and fifth in the 600 meter. Overall, the boys team placed 14th, while the girls placed 21st at the state meet.

Wrestling Enfield competed in the Class M State Tournament on Feb. 18, finishing 25th. The Raiders received first round pins from Kyle Haber (119), Jarrey Maloney (135) and Jon Landry. Ryan Rader (152) and Antonio Young (285) each received first round byes and then advanced to the third round on 6-5 and 12-3 decisions, respectively. Each then fell to the top seeds in their weight class in the next round.

Tre Preston turns the corner on an Avon defender during the blowout win.

Hockey For the third straight year, Enfield found itself in the Northern Hockey Conference’s playoffs. The Raiders finished 2-3, clinching the fourth seed before falling to Tri-Town 4-1 in the semifinals. Enfield was the recipient of the NHC Sportsmanship Award, and had two players (Max Grozky and Ian McDonald) named to the All-Conference team.

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Hugh Lindo goes head and shoulders above the Ansonia defenders as he grabs the rebound during a state tournament game. Photo by Steve Palmer, The Sports Department,

Zach Audet searches for the puck during Enfield’s game at Rentschler Field against Northwest Catholic. Photo by Steve Palmer, The Sports Department,


March 15-28, 2011

Falcons Track Teams Show Potential Heading Into Outdoor Season

By Nate Owen The Sports Department

A successful indoor track season has already carried over to the outdoor season for Fermi. “In the preseason meeting, we’ve had numbers we’ve never seen before,” Falcons head coach Dan O’Connell said. Fermi sent several athletes to the Class L state meet, including Rachel VanGilder, who took third in the 55 meter, while taking sixth in the 300 meter. Her time in the 55 meter enabled her to be the only Falcon to compete in the state open. CCC East high jump champion Courtney Rider finished ninth in the event at the class meet. The 4x400 relay team of VanGilder, Melissa Hallas, Larissa Brown and Katie Saltzgiver finished eighth, while Brown, Hallas, Saltzgiver, and Shelby Pulyado comprised the seventh place sprint medley team. Overall, the Fermi girls finished 18th. Several members of the boys team competed in states as well. Anthony O’Connell was 14th in the pole vault. The 4x200 team of O’Connell,Garret Guimond, Steve Rabida-Smith, and Mike Nguyen finished 14th in their event as well. “It was very gratifying to hit the end of

the season and have some strong performances,” O’Connell said. “The boy’s team is very young but they had some nice performances in both the league and state meet.”

Alex Zachary goes up for two against Rockville. Photo by Steve Palmer, The Sports Department,

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Falcon’s Wrestling Finish 25th In Class L Tournament

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Wrestling Nicholas Husovsky (140) and Tim Eckel (145) each registered wins in the opening rounds to lead Fermi at the Class L State Tournament on Feb 18-19. After pinning his opponent in 1:56 in the opening round, Husovsky fell by decision in the second round. Eckel received a bye and then pinned Colin Davis of RHAM in the second round, before falling to top-seeded Anthony Terlizzi of New Milford in the third round. Delano Davis (125) and Aaron Laramee each received a first round bye before falling in the second round. Darien Bowen (215) also had a bye, and fell 11-9 in the second round to Guilford’s Michael Milan. The Falcons finished 25th in the tournament. Boys Basketball It was a rough season for the Falcons’ boys basketball team, which finished 2-18 on the campaign, with both of its wins coming against Rocky Hill. The team was lead by Pat Bordeau and Alex Zachary. Zachary scored 21 points in the second win against the Rams. The team will graduate six seniors. Girls Basketball The Fermi girls basketball team finished up at 5-15 with two wins each over both Rockville and Hartford Public on the

season. The team was lead by senior Toni Alexander and junior Kerry Davis who scored 11.4 and 8.8 points per game, respectively. The team could have a bright future ahead as they only graduate three seniors this season and will have an experienced veteran squad for the 2011-2012 season.

Ryan Guhne maneuvers the puck out of the defensive zone as Shaun Kellam and Joey Rush follow. Photo by Steve Palmer, The Sports Department,

Fermi’s Kayleigh Shaughnessy (L) and Toni Alexander (R) hound the ball handler during a recent game for Fermi. Photo by Steve Palmer, The Sports Department, www.

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Stafford Wrestling Has Strong Showing In Class S Tournament

By Nate Owen The Sports Department

The Bulldogs had two wrestlers, Roshan Rehman (125) and Tucker Fontanella compete in the championship round of the Class S State Tournament. Fontanella defeated Killingly’s Jacob Whitehead 3-1 to take fifth place in the 171 weight class. Fontanella wrestled at the state open, but fell in the opening round. Stafford finished 18th overall in the Class S tournament. Boys Basketball A glance at Stafford’s season reveals a 4-16 record for Stafford’s boys basketball team, but a closer look shows a Bulldogs team that could have made a push for the state tournament if they had simply been able to close things out in the fourth quarter. Stafford lost eight games

Zach Rollins runs into a road block on his way to the hoop. Photo by Steve Palmer, The Sports Department, wwwstevepalmer

in which it lead in the final quarter, including a 52-51 defeat to tournamentbound Somers on Feb. 15. Seniors Kevin McNiff and Tony Bachiochi provided a young team with solid leadership through the year, according to head coach Mike Morhardt.

Girls Basketball A skid that saw the Bulldogs drop 11 of their last 12 games put their final record at 4-15. Senior Brianna Heald led Stafford with 11.8 points per game, a mark which was also good for fifth among area players. Off the court, Stafford was able to raise 1,225 dollars as part of a cystic fibrosis fundraiser in February. The team held the event in honor of guard Brenna Roy, who has the disease. Boys and Girls Track Stafford sent several athletes to the Class S State


Student Athlete of the Month Nickname: Dusza Accomplishments: Made the Varsity team the one year that I played and had high honors throughout the season. GPA: 3.1 Other sports: Baseball and Dance How do you prepare for a game: I like to sit with teammates and listen to music and think about the objectives for the game. Thoughts on the season: Although our record didn’t show it, we still had a very skilled team that competed highly against the top ranked teams in our conference. Toughest team to play against: Somers Favorite sports memory: Draining a three on senior night for my first points of the year Favorite memory of high school: Watching Joe Direnzo hit a grand slam in a high school baseball game Role model or inspirational person in your life: My grandfather Most embarrassing moment: Running face first into the bleachers in gym class kickball Toughest challenge I’ve overcome: Failing all my classes junior year than having high honors senior year

meet on Feb. 10. Chris Mitta was the only Bulldog to place, as the senior finished fourth in the pole vault. Mitta did not place in the state open.

Stephen Dusza Basketball Favorite athlete: Blake Griffin Most famous (or near famous) person I ever met: Ray Allen Person I’d like most to meet: Charlie Sheen Favorite way to relax: Sleep a lot Favorite class: Athletic Director Assistant Favorite snack food: Funny Bones Favorite band: Staind Favorite restaurant: Texas Roadhouse Red Sox or Yankees: RED SOX Favorite movie: Good Burger Favorite television show: Tosh. O Plans after high school: To attend Nichols College and become a coach.

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Stafford’s Brenna Roy launches from way beyond the arc against East Windsor. Photo by Steve Palmer, The Sports Department, www.

David Deleone drives past the East Windsor defenders. Photo by Steve Palmer, The Sports Department, www.


East Windsor

March 15-28, 2011

Basketball Teams Overcome Difficult Schedule Changes

By Brendon Willis The Sports Department

Although the East Windsor boys basketball team failed to qualify for the state tournament after a 6-14 finish, Coach John Cessario said that the team had a lot of fun and was a committed group of players. In the last 9 games, East Windsor played well, going 4-5. The team also practiced hard along the way even when tough situations presented themselves; such as roof concerns over the snow which limited gym availability. Seniors Ryan Briggs and Josh Canning contributed consistently throughout the year and provided excellent leadership for the younger players. Coach Cessario is excited for next year’s core group of young players that will be returning to the program. Kevin Mocadlo was the Panthers’ leading scorer, putting in almost 12 points per game. Center Rick Reilly led the team in rebounding, pulling down about 7 rebounds per contest. Girls Basketball The East Windsor girls basketball team also finished the season at 6-14. Due to the roof issues in East Windsor, the Panthers had to reschedule a few games toward the end of the season. The team ended up losing out on three home games, in which they played conference opponents in gyms outside of East Windsor. Ending the season on a positive note, the girls beat NCCC rival Enfield 52-20,

East Windsor’s Madison Carolus drives between Stafford’s Isabella Pandazzo and Jamie Sierra. Photo by Steve Palmer, The Sports Department, www.

sending the seniors off in fashion and was no doubt a great win for them to end their careers. Coach Bob Lengyel is looking forward to off-season workouts and AAU programs in addition to some strength training as the team looks to build for the future.

See “Panthers”, Page 15

March 15-28, 2011



Somers Parks and Recreation

Men’s Adult Basketball To Have New Times

By Jenifer Charette The Sports Department

Men’s Adult Open Basketball will be held on Mondays & Thursdays through June 6:30-9:30 p.m. beginning on March 7 (call the Recreation Office for up to date times). It will be held at MBA Gym for a fee of $10 ($25 for non-residents). Times and days are subject to change. Register and pay at the MBA gym. TOT T-Ball Tot T-Ball will be held for four weeks: May 14, May 21, June 4 and June 11 at the Tot Sports Field behind the Senior Center. The program is open for 3-5 year olds. There will two sessions: 9 a.m.-9:45 a.m. and 10 a.m.10:45 a.m.. The cost is $25 per child/$30 for out of town. The program includes Tot T-Ball t-shirt and participation medal. Registration begins on April 1st. Please go to for registration information. YOGA The ongoing Sunday mornings and/or Tuesday evening Kripalu Yoga sessions are ongoing at Kibbe Fuller Community Gym. The Tuesday night sessions are for 10 consecutive weeks at 6 p.m. The 10 week Sunday morning sessions are held at 8 a.m. The cost is $80 for one 10 week session, or $130 for both 10 week sessions. The class will be taught by Diana Ricci Gunther. Bring a Yoga mat and a blanket. To register or for more information, contact dianaricci@ The Thursday one hour Kripalu Yoga sessions begin at 9:45 a.m. at Kibbe Fuller Gym. The cost for a 5 week session $40. Walk-ins are welcome. The class is taught by Kripalu Certified Instructor Pat Baker. This class is designed for individuals who have little or no yoga experience. You will

learn breathing techniques while practicing basic yoga postures. Bring a yoga mat and a blanket. For additional info and to register, please contact Pat at 860-668-4851.

Shape it Up Studio - Now Open!!!!! The new Shape It Up Studio is located at the Kibbe Fuller Community Center. There are 10 exercise machines in the circuit, a treadmill, elliptical and free weights. All exercise is fully supervised by the studio coordinator.The studio is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m.-noon. There is a $20 fee. Please call Florence at the Senior Center for more information or to register. Somers Recreation Summer Camps Registration for Summer Camps will begin in April. You will find more information on the following camps by going to our website in late March. Somers Recreation Summer Day Camp at Field Road Park 7 weeks: July 5 – August 19. Small Fry Camp 6 weeks: July 11 – August 12 Ray Reid Somers Young Stars & High School Camps July 25 – 29, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Pantousco Soccer Camp August 15 – 19 Swish School of Basketball (date TBD) Art Camp at Somers High School (dates TBD) For more information on the above programs, please contact Jenifer Charette, Director of Human Services and the Recreation Department at 860-749-7160 or You may also view our program brochure at: http://www.


March 15-28, 2011

The Sports Department

Three Words: Practice, Practice, Practice

By Chris Corkum Special to The Sports Department

Practice Planning The key to a successful season is a long string of great practices. These practices must reflect your yearly team objectives and areas of team and individual play that need both long range improvement and most always, once your season starts, immediate improvement. We want no practice activity that goes on without achievement. In other words we want a direct carry over from our practice activities to our game play. Below are some suggestions to follow. 1. Develop your personal coaching mission statement. (Why are you coaching and what do you want to accomplish?)

2. Develop 1 to 3 major program objectives for the season (One example could be, defensively we always go for the sure out.) 3. Develop and communicate 3 to 4 basic team rules. (You may start with: be on time, listen and hustle.) 4. Construct a basic practice plan. (Make sure to write it down. Remember if you fail to plan you plan to fail)

Components of a Successful Practice 1. Start on time 2. Share your practice objectives with the team. 3. Allow for a proper warm-up. (When in doubt light jogging is a good choice then start activities lightly before you go full intensity. 4. Use the first 20 min utes for new teaching. 5. Create small group skill work stations with many repetitions. 6. Play a game. As in all other sports we need to

replicate real game situations whenever possible. Drills are not enough. 7. At the conclusion of practice recap and review the practice activities. 8. End with a positive message. Fun and informative practices will keep your players interested in the game. For youth league teams it is extremely important to continue to practice at least once a week during the season. Players need the repetition and the touches of the ball they receive in practice. If at any time you need assistance with practice/fundamental issues feel free to call me at 860-623-1027 or contact me by email at

TSD Local Digest Stafford Native To Challenge For 5K Light Title

Stafford Springs native Shayne Prucker will return to Stafford Motor Speedway this season with Mainline Heating and Supply as his sponsor for the second consecutive season. After his rough 2010 season, he is looking to push ahead and is setting his goal to capture the 2011 SK Light Modified championship. The 2011 racing season at Stafford Motor Speedway begins with the 40th Annual Spring Sizzler, April 29 through May 1.

SW Golf Tournament The South Windsor Bobcats youth lacrosse team is putting on its first annual golf outing on May 13th at The Tradition Golf Course in Windsor. It will be a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start and the format will be a scramble. The tournament fee of $125, which covers golf, cart, lunch and dinner as well as a tournament gift. There will also be a raffle and auction prizes as well. The goal is to use the proceeds from the tournament to build a lacrosse wall at Rye St Park. Tee sponsorships available at $100 per hole and cart sponsors at $250. An 18 by 24 sign will display with the company’s name on each hole. If you have any questions, please contact Darren Demartino at Somers Little League Registration Is Open Registration for Somers Little League baseball from ages 4 to 18 is open. The league has 7 Divisions; T-ball, Instructional, Minors, Majors, Juniors, Seniors and Big League. Walk-in Registration will also be available during baseball clinics on March 20th and 27th at the SES Gym from 12:45 p.m. to 4:15 pm. No prior registration is required to attend the clinics. Additionally, the league is seeking sponsors for the 2011 season. For more information or to

download a registration/sponsorship form, please visit Completed forms can be mailed to Somers Little League P.O. Box 591 Somers, CT 06071. Lion’s Leap Mayor’s Cup On March 19, Lake Street School will host the monthly Town of Vernon Mayor’s Cup Fitness Challenge event. The Mayor’s Cup Fitness Challenge is a program implemented by the Vernon School District’s Wellness Committee and the Vernon Parks and Recreation Department. Children and families from the town’s schools are invited to participate in the Lake Street School’s Lion’s Leap, a 1.0 or 2.0 (2 loops) mile jog/walk beginning in front of the school and continuing through the neighborhood adjacent to the school. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The event will begin at 1:00 p.m., so please arrive by 10:40 a.m. to register.

Tolland’s Hyde Looking To Qualify Tolland’s Jared Hyde is a member of the Keene State College 200 freestyle relay team that is currently ranked ninth on the qualifying list for the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships, which take place March 23-26 at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. “It would be amazing if I could qualify for nationals in the first year,” said Hyde, a former standout swimmer at Tolland High School. “I think I just scratched the surface as far as my potential in the sport.” The Owls

relay posted their qualifying time (1:22.88) with a first-place finish at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) championships in White River. If the relay team makes the cut, Hyde will also be able to compete in the 200 I.M. Successful Freshman Year For Rockville Graduate

Annual Phone-a-thon on March 21st, 28th and 29th from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Gathered at the Ellington High School guidance department or the Board of Education offices, dozens of students and adults will be calling residents seeking tax-deductible contributions to help high school seniors in Ellington continue their education. Anyone not contacted during the phone-a-thon but who wishes to contribute can send a donation to ESCA, P.O. Box 54, Ellington, CT 06029. ECHO Mite A wins Campbell Division Connecticut State Tournament

Vernon resident and Rockville High School 2010 graduate Elise Chase was the lone freshman and starter on Manchester Community College’s basketball team this past season, averaging 7.5 points and 4.9 rebounds for the 23-2 Cougars. Chase played in all 25 games, averaging 25.4 minutes. The Cougars lost to Roxbury CC in the 2011 Region 21 championship game on February 27 at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. Ellington Community Scholarship Association Phone-A-Thon In addition to wining the NCCC Championships and starting their quest for a State Championship Title the Ellington High School Girls Basketball Team is also busy providing valuable community service. Members of the squad will be working the phone during this year’s Ellington Community Scholarship Association’s Annual Phone-a-Thon. The Ellington Community Scholarship Association will be conducting its 29th

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At the Campbell Division tournament held in Bolton, the ECHO Mite A team swept all five opponents. Volunteer coaches, Scott Segar (Head Coach), and assistant coaches, Tim Olson, Nancy Thomas, and JC Zwick, brought both the art of hockey and sportsmanship to the ice. The results of their games (all wins): 3-0 vs. South Windsor Knights, 10-4 vs. North East Ice Dogs, 9-6 vs. Greenwich Blues, 10-2 vs. Central CT and 4-3 vs. Greenwich Blues L to R: Alex Tonioni, Doyle Coughlin, Jacob Budnick, Joseph Cafro, Rowan Masse, Zach Thomas, Matthew Nicolo, Matt Calderoni, Aiden Borruso, James Hanville, Russ Olson, Austin Zwick, Matt Abery, Nathan Segar, Andrew Fogarty and not Shown Tony Nicolo

March 15-28, 2011

Panthers Break 9 School Records

Continued from Page 12

Indoor Track & Field The indoor track team wrapped up its season last month at the NCCC championship meet. Some performances have been recognized since then however, highlighted by an excellent overall team season in which 9 school records were broken. This is especially impressive since there are only 32 records on East Windsor’s list. Individually, Ramis Saleem was voted to the All-Conference


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team. Seven of the record-breakers this season were underclassmen – 4 sophomore boys, 2 sophomore girls, and 1 freshman girl are now record holders for the Panthers. Coach Dan Ward was extremely pleased with captains Nick Parker and Demetria Estrada. He said that both did an excellent job from start to finish, and mentioned that senior Nick Parker will most certainly be missed next season.

Boys Basketball Makes Run To Second Round Of Class S Tournament

By Kate Powers The Sports Department

The Somers High School boys’ basketball team had a solid season, making a run to the second round of the Class S state tournament after finishing the regular season 13-8. In its first round game against Westbrook, Evan Woicik scored 11 first quarter points in a 57-48 win. Josh Patsun finished with 16 points for the Spartans. The team’s playoff run came to an end, losing 79-54 to Classical Magnet in the second round. Throughout the season, senior Evan Woicik led the team in scoring with 18.1 points per game, as he was named to the All-NCCC team. Patsun, Jayce Haynes, Josh Fredette, Brendan Coverdill, Mike Casciano, Connor O’Grady, and Matt Benoit were all vital parts of the team’s success as well. Head coach John Hostetler refers to them as “an eight player rotation that gave great defensive intensity and leadership” throughout the season. Girls Basketball The girls’ basketball team ended its 2010-2011 season with a record of 6-14, falling short of making the state tournament. After experiencing two tough defeats against strong opponents Stafford and Windsor Locks, the Spartans

Dajon Farley looks to make his next move with the ball. Photo by Steve Palmer, The Sports Department, www.

were able to end the season with a victory in their final game against Enfield. However, the girls can be proud of their progress throughout the season and their determination to fight hard in every game. Senior Ashley Kinney ended the season on a high note, as she was named to the All-NCCC team after averaging 17.7 points per game, the fourth highest average in the NCCC this year. While the Somers girls did not qualify for post-season play this year, they can take comfort in the fact that they will only be losing two seniors. Head coach Alan Walker looks forward to continued improvement and success for his team in the 2011-2012 season, with an astounding nine varsity players returning to the squad, all of whom, he claims, “gained valuable experience this year.” Wrestling With a record of 15-8, the Somers wrestling squad ended its season on a strong note, as Ken Vollaro won the 215 lbs class and Nick Zachary (112 lbs) and Kyle Foster (189 lbs) both finished third in their respective weight classes. All three of them also won there weight classes in the NCCC meet. Anthony Andrade and freshman Hunter Frasca finished in second in their weight classes. As a whole, the team finished 9th in the meet.

Matt Graham takes a runner in the lane against Stafford. Photo by Steve Palmer, The Sports Department, www.

Joshua Patsun goes up for two points. Photo by Alan Bastarache, The Sports Department, www. Ashley Kinney brings the ball up the court for the Spartans. Photo by Steve Palmer, The Sports Department, www.

Jayce Haynes tries for the layup along the baseline against Enfield. Photo by Alan Bastarache, The Sports Department,


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