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Knights Flying High A recent upset victory over Avon has Ellington thinking toward the post-season. The Knights, and Matt Anderson (shown here) will begin NCCC tournament play next week. Photo by: Brendan Faherty, TheSportsDept.com

+RFNH\&R2SV6LJQ2I1HZ,FH$JH %\1DWH2ZHQ The Sports Department 7KUHH\HDUVDJR(QĂ€HOGDQG)HUPL+LJK Schools were the respective tournament champions of their hockey leagues. They were two more titles in a long list won by WKH5DLGHUVDQG)DOFRQV Two years later, neither school had enough players to form a full team, so

the longtime town rivals had to merge to form a co-op. This year, there was enough to room to add players from two more schools. It is the way of Connecticut high school hockey, especially in north and central Connecticut, where slashes are as common in separating co-op team names as on the ice. The high school hockey landscape in

Inside The Sports Department Jon Buzby discusses how you can prevent running up the score. See page 3. Check out how your boys basketball team is doing. See page 14.

Connecticut has evolved drastically over the last several seasons. The CIAC has three divisions of 57 teams, down from 63 in 2009-10. Of the 57, 23 are co-op teams with players from two, three or even four schools. Lack of numbers is the familiar reason ZK\$QGLW¡VQRWMXVWVFKRROVODQJXLVKLQJ at the bottom of their league that have had trouble putting together enough bodies for a full program. )HUPLDQG(QĂ&#x20AC;HOGDUHWKHSULPHH[DPSOH of the trend. 2QH\HDUDIWHUWKH\PHUJHG)HUPL(QĂ&#x20AC;HOGWRRNRQ(DVW*UDQE\DQG6WDIIRUGWKLV season. Stafford had been with Rockville and Manchester, but that tri-op fell apart due to lack of numbers, and all three schools found new partners this season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we had kept Manchester, we would have had 11 hockey players,â&#x20AC;? Rockville athletic director Steve Phelps said. The Rams ended up with Bolton, Coventry and Lyman Memorial-Lebanon and have ridden a deep team to an 12-1-1 start. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Co-ops are the new norm,â&#x20AC;? said coach Paul Dowe of Tri-Town, the oldest co-op in WKHVWDWH)RUPHGLQLWKDVSOD\HUV from Somers, Ellington and East Windsor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The only way to survive as a high school organization is to co-op with other towns.â&#x20AC;? 7KDW¡VDGUDVWLFFKDQJHIURPWKHSDVW â&#x20AC;&#x153;I grew up in Manchester and my older brother played a lot growing up,â&#x20AC;? Tolland DWKOHWLFGLUHFWRU3DW&R[VDLG´<RXMXVW GLGQ¡WHYHQWKLQNDERXWFRRSLQJZLWK another town. â&#x20AC;&#x153; Steven Grigorian, the vice president of South Windsor Arena, said he saw co-ops VWDUWWRH[SDQGDURXQGĂ&#x20AC;YH\HDUVDJR ´,W¡VUHDOO\DOOLQWKHIHHGHUSURJUDPÂľKH VDLG´(QĂ&#x20AC;HOG\RXWKKRFNH\XVHGWREH

the largest in the state and have 500 kids. Now they have about 100.â&#x20AC;? And as players get older, hockey gets PRUHH[SHQVLYH%HWZHHQLFHWLPHDQG equipment, a family can be on the hook for a hefty bill. ´+RFNH\LVDQH[SHQVLYHVSRUW,JLYHWKH parents a lot of credit,â&#x20AC;? Dowe said. The advent of indoor facilities such as 6WDU+LOOLQ7ROODQGDQGWKHEXEEOHLQ(DVW :LQGVRUKDVH[SDQGHGWKH\HDUURXQG availability of sports such as lacrosse or soccer that are far cheaper than a season of hockey. ´7KHH[WUHPHFRVWLVVRPHWKLQJWKDW¡V DUHDOLW\LQWKLVGD\DQGDJHÂľ&R[VDLG â&#x20AC;&#x153;People are very cautious with discretionDU\PRQH\,I\RX¡UHJHWWLQJ\RXUVHOILQD VLWXDWLRQZKHUH\RX¡UHVSHQGLQJWKRXVDQGV of dollars, maybe the parents start looking in other directions.â&#x20AC;? 1RWRQO\LVHTXLSPHQWH[SHQVLYHDQG often needs to be replacing as players get ROGHUEXWJHWWLQJSUDFWLFHWLPHLVQ¡WFKHDS either. ´,W¡VH[SHQVLYHDVKHOOWRUXQDULQNÂľ said Bob Croteau, general manager of Bolton Ice Palace. Crouteau says most of the high school teams take ice time in WKHDIWHUQRRQW\SLFDOO\FKHDSHUVLQFHLW¡V considered â&#x20AC;&#x153;down time.â&#x20AC;? ([SHQVHVIRUPRVWWHDPVDUHSDUWLDOO\ provided by the school through the town's board of education, with the rest getting VSOLWDPRQJWKHSOD\HUV6XIĂ&#x20AC;HOG*UDQE\ Windsor Locks skaters all pay the same amount, most of which goes towards ice WLPHDFFRUGLQJWR6XIĂ&#x20AC;HOGDWKOHWLFGLUHFWRU Mike Bosworth. See â&#x20AC;&#x153;Other Optionsâ&#x20AC;? Page 11

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Timothy Edwards Captures &5$/*LUOV%DVNHWEDOO7LWOH The Timothy Edwards Middle School girls basketball team capped a memorable season ZLWKDQH[FLWLQJ 41-40 victory over Ellington in the championship game of the Connecticut River Athletic League. Timothy Edwards held a 17-point lead at halftime and then fought off a furious Ellington rally in the The girls from the Timothy Edwards Middle School bassecond half to claim ketball team show off the trophy after defeating Ellington to win the CT River Athletic League playoff championthe title. ship. See many more photos at TheSportsDept.com

7ROODQG V(OOLRWW Signs With Con YHUVH&ROOHJH 7ROODQG+LJK senior Mariah Elliott signed her National Letter of Intent to play soccer at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina on Wednesday, )HEGXULQJD Photo by: Lifetouch Photography brief ceremony at the school. Elliott, who was a four-year varsity SOD\HUDW7+6ZDVUHFHQWO\QDPHGWR TheSportsDept.com All-Area Girls Soccer Team and was a two-time All-CCC selection and helped lead the Eagles to two CCC East titles. She said she had considered Eastern Connecticut State University, but once Converse contacted her the thought of playing Division II in a warm weather climate was too appealing. "I love South Carolina, it's beautiful down there and its warm,'' Elliott said. "The more I started looking into it the farther Eastern started VOLSSLQJ&RQYHUVHLVGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\P\QXPber one and has been for a long time.'' Converse College is a Division II program which competes in the Conference Carolinas. Elliott said she hopes to play XSIURQWDVHLWKHUDIRUZDUGRUPLGĂ&#x20AC;HOGHU

Vernon Lax Open +RXVH The Vernon Lacrosse Association (VLA) will be hosting an open house at WKH&HQWHUJ\PQDVLXP +DUWIRUG 7XUQSLNH LQ9HUQRQRQ6XQGD\)HEUXary 24th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. 7KHER\VSURJUDPLVRSHQWRER\VJLUOV in grades K-8 and the girls program is open to girls in grades K-6. Website address is vernonlacrosse.org. (PDLOTXHVWLRQVWRYHUQRQODFURVVH# gmail.com.

South Windsor <RXWK+RFNH\ &RDFKHV*DPH$ 6XFFHVV 7KH6RXWK:LQGVRU<RXWK+RFNH\ Association's Annual Coaches Game was played Sunday Jan. 20 at South Windsor Arena Over 30 coaches and assistant coaches participated. Over $600 was raised for the Susan G KoPHQ&DQFHU)RXQGDWLRQ The coaches had a great time, with the Gold team winning, 6-5. All the kids had a fantastic time as well, cheering RQWKHLUFRDFKHV7KHSDUHQWVHQMR\HG listening to their kids trying to coach their coaches. Proceeds came from GRQDWLRQVDUDIĂ HDQGDKDOIWLPH chuck-a-puck competition.

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+RZ7R1RW5XQ8S7KH6FRUH By Jon Buzby The Sports Department

Three times in the past two weeks, I went to local high school basketball games and witnessed teams running up the score. I've also seen it happen plenty of times in recreation and travel league games, where coaches refuse to control players, resulting in embarrassing the opponents even more. In these situations, all three teams had leads of more than 25 points heading into the fourth quarter and continued to play starters and press full-court. (YHQZKHQWKHVWDUWHUVĂ&#x20AC;QDOO\FDPH out, the substitutes were pressing and running-and-gunning as if trying to score 100 points, even though none of the teams were close to doing so. And the coaches did absolutely nothing to discourage it - in fact, they encouraged it. No matter what level of sport, running

XSWKHVFRUHLVQRWRQO\XQQHFHVVDU\LW¡V downright unacceptable. In baseball, coaches should not tell players to quit hitting or pitchers to stop WKURZLQJVWULNHV%XWSOD\HUVGRQ¡WQHHG to stretch singles into doubles or doubles into triples, or try to intentionally work ZDONV,QIRRWEDOOSOD\HUVFDQ¡WMXVW lay down untouched with the football EHFDXVHWKDW¡VHYHQPRUHHPEDUUDVVLQJ to the opponent (an unintended consequence of the 50-point rule in Connecticut high schools). But coaches should not be calling trick or long pass plays on offense or blitz on defense. 5LJKWQRZLW¡VWKHPLGGOHRIEDVNHWEDOO season and lacrosse is right around the FRUQHU,QERWKVSRUWVLW¡VYHU\HDV\IRU teams to avoid running up the score. Once the game is out of reach, coaches can insert all the reserves and instruct them to pass the ball for one minute or more when on offense. After a pre-established time, the team can run a set play until they score or turn the ball over. This takes time off the clock while forcing players to still play hard and work RQH[HFXWLRQ%XWLWDOVRDYRLGVVFRULQJD ORWRISRLQWVDJDLQVWZKDW\RX¡YHDOUHDG\ proven to be an overmatched opponent. )LQDOO\FRDFKHVVKRXOGLQVLVWWKHZLQning team never run a fast break. ,W¡VSHUIHFWO\Ă&#x20AC;QHWRSOD\KDUGRQ

defense, but it should be in a packedin zone without any type of press or pressure defense on the perimeter. The challenge to the defenders can be to try and limit easy shots and not allow the offense to get rebounds. ,W¡VWKHFRDFK¡VMREWRFRQWUROWKHWHPSR with a large lead and to make sure the players in the game are willing to do so. ,IWKHSOD\HUVDUHQ¡WZLOOLQJWRIROORZWKH FRDFK¡VLQVWUXFWLRQVMXVWOLNHLQDQ\VLPLODUVLWXDWLRQWKDW¡VZK\WKHUH¡VDVHDWRQ the bench for that player to sit and watch the rest of the game.

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In what could become landmark regulaWLRQVWKH86'HSDUWPHQWRI(GXFDWLRQ¡V 2IĂ&#x20AC;FHIRU&LYLO5LJKWVUHOHDVHGJXLGHOLQHV for K-12 schools to provide opportunities for students with disabilities to participate on athletic teams. I say â&#x20AC;&#x153;could becomeâ&#x20AC;? because now LW¡VLQFXPEHQWRQVFKRROVWRWDNHWKHVH guidelines a step further and offer students with disabilities additional athletic opportunities beyond the traditional varsity teams. Why? Because what these new guidelines essentially state is students ZLWK'RZQV\QGURPHIRULQVWDQFHFDQ¡W be kept off a team because they have a GLVDELOLW\+RZHYHUWKH\FDQVWLOOEHFXW because they're not good enough. Just like any other student. And if they are cut, or in PRVWFDVHVZRQ¡WHYHQWU\RXWLQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW place, in many schools around the country he will not have the opportunity to compete on an athletic team. )RUWXQDWHO\&RQQHFWLFXWVFKRROVDUHZD\ ahead of the game.

$SSUR[LPDWHO\KLJKVFKRROVPLGGOH schools and several elementary schools statewide offer students with and without disabilities the opportunity to participate RQ6SHFLDO2O\PSLFV8QLĂ&#x20AC;HG6SRUWVWHDPV Special Olympics athletes team up with 8QLĂ&#x20AC;HGSDUWQHUVSHHUVZLWKRXWDGLVDELOLW\ to create an opportunity for competition similar to that of a varsity team. It also creDWHVRSSRUWXQLWLHVORQJDIWHUWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOKRUQ sounds. ´8QLĂ&#x20AC;HGVSRUWVLVDOODERXWWKH8QLĂ&#x20AC;HG SDUWQHUVZKRPDNHVXUHRXUDWKOHWHVGRQ¡W get bullied in schools,â&#x20AC;? said Beau Doherty, president of Special Olympics Connecticut. ´,W¡VDERXWWKHSDUWQHUVZKRDVNRXUDWKOHWHVWRGRVRFLDODFWLYLWLHV,W¡VWKHFDSWDLQ of the high school football team telling his WHDPPDWHVRQWKH8QLĂ&#x20AC;HGEDVNHWEDOOWHDP who are at a segregated lunch table to sit with them. That is, to me, why we do it.â&#x20AC;? 'RKHUW\EURXJKWWKHFRQFHSWRI8QLĂ&#x20AC;HG Sports to Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1982 while working as the training director for Special Olympics 0DVVDFKXVHWWV+HWKHQZRUNHGFORVHO\ with Special Olympics Incorporated staff XQWLOLWZDVRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOO\HQGRUVHGLQ ,QLWLDOO\8QLĂ&#x20AC;HG6SRUWVWHDPVZHUHSULPDUily made up of adult athletes. But in 1992, Doherty had become the assistant director at Special Olympics Connecticut and approached the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference with the idea of makLQJ8QLĂ&#x20AC;HG6SRUWVSDUWRILWVRUJDQL]DWLRQ 7KHVWDWH V8QLĂ&#x20AC;HG6SRUWVSURJUDPFXUrently boasts a participation of more than

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students with disabilities that are provided by traditional Interscholastic athletics,â&#x20AC;? said Kevin Charles, president of the National )HGHUDWLRQRI6WDWH+LJK6FKRRO$VVRFLDWLRQV´7KH1)+6EHOLHYHVLQWKHYDOXHV of participation for all students. Providing programs for disabled students adds value WRWKHLUHGXFDWLRQDOH[SHULHQFHV7KH 1)+6DQGRXUPHPEHUVWDWHDVVRFLDWLRQV will work together with the Department of (GXFDWLRQ2IĂ&#x20AC;FHRI&LYLO5LJKWVWRHQKDQFH participation opportunities for all students, including those with disabilities.â&#x20AC;? Bringing together students with and without disabilities on teams is a natural way WRDFFRPSOLVKWKHJRDOVRIERWKWKH1)+6 and the CIAC. Teammates quickly become friends, on and off the court, and ultimately, those friends become advocates for people with disabilities. $ELJKLJKĂ&#x20AC;YHWRWKHPRUHWKDQWZRWKLUGV of Connecticut high schools and middle VFKRROVDOUHDG\RIIHULQJ8QLĂ&#x20AC;HG6SRUWV $QGIRUWKRVHWKDWDUHQ¡W7KHEDOOLVQRZLQ your court. Contact Jon Buzby at JonBuzby@hotmail.com and follow him @YouthSportsBuzz on Twitter.

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from 6-7:15pm at Brookside Park. Rain date: April 13, 9am-10:15am. Â&#x2021;,Q+RXVHVSULQJVRFFHUSURJUDPIRU and 7-8 year-olds will start April 22 and April 24, respectively, at Ellington Middle School. Volunteer coaches needed, please FRQWDFWUWHGIRUG#HOOLQJWRQFWJRY *LUOV6RIWEDOO Registration is underway (ages 6-16). If unable to register as of receipt of this column, please visit the website: ellingtongirlssoftball.org, or contact either Keith Jarvis at 860-870-1320 or Jim Lavey at 860-872-5838. %R\V%DVHEDOO Please contact Jim Laughlan at 860454-4553 for further information on the OHDJXH¡VSROLF\IRUODWHUHJLVWUDWLRQV 7%$// \HDUVRIDJH

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5RFNYLOOH&RRS*HDUV For Division III Run %\1DWH2ZHQ The Sports Department While other area high school hockey teams are scrambling to clinch a state tournament spot, Rockville's co-op team is are already in preparation mode. %ROWRQ&RYHQWU\5RFNYLOOH  HQWHUHG last weekend as the second seed in Division III, riding an eight-game unbeaten streak in which the Rams outscored opponents, 36-5. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the kids are starting to realize now that we made the tournament we kind of got the monkey off our back,â&#x20AC;? coach Christian StevensonVDLG´:H¡OOZRUN on on systems and special teams, some different things in practice that made if we ZHUHVWLOOĂ&#x20AC;JKWLQJWRTXDOLI\ZHZRXOGQ¡W KDYHKDGWKHOX[XU\WRGRÂľ The Rams were 9-12 last season, when they partnered with Manchester and StafIRUGDQGUHDFKHGWKHTXDUWHUĂ&#x20AC;QDOVDVWKH eighth seed. ,QMXULHVKDYHIRUFHG6WHYHQVRQWRPDNH DGMXVWPHQWVLQFOXGLQJPRYLQJIRUZDUG /LDP0F*UDWKback to the blue line. But as it has all season, the Rams' depth has paid off. ´+DYLQJWKHGHSWKWREHDEOHWRPDNH those moves has been great,â&#x20AC;? Stevenson VDLG´,W¡VQRWVRPHWKLQJWKDWZH¡YHEHHQ used to. We can move players were we QHHGWKHPDQGQRWIHHOOLNHZH¡UHWDNLQJ something away from the program.â&#x20AC;?

Seth Alexanderowicz chases down the puck for the 12-1-1 Bolton-Coventry-Rockville co-op. Courtesy of: Lifetouch Photography

7ROODQGFRRSFOLQFKHVEHUWK The Bucks (8-7) have been guided by an H[SORVLYHRIIHQVHWKDW¡VVFRUHGĂ&#x20AC;YHJRDOV VL[RUPRUHWLPHVWKLVVHDVRQ 7ROODQG(26PLWK:LQGKDPFOLQFKHGD spot in the Division III tournament following a two year absence with a 4-2 win over 6KHSDXJ1RQQHZDXJ/LWFKĂ&#x20AC;HOG)HE Before that, the Bucks lost to Newtown 4-3 DW4XLQQLSLDF8QLYHUVLW\-DQ The game was originally scheduled for Dec. 15, one day after the shootings at 6DQG\+RRN(OHPHQWDU\6FKRROLQ1HZWRZQ4XLQQSLDFUHDFKHGRXWWR1HZWRZQ to host the makeup game at its TD North Sports Center, home of nation's secondranked Division I college hockey team. The Bucks had green tape on their sticks and socks to honor those affected, while 1HZWRZQZRUHJUHHQ6+(6MHUVH\VZLWK 12-14-12 on the back. 1REUHDNVIRU7UL7RZQ It's been another tough season for TriTown, which is out of the postseason for the second straight year after making the VWDWHWRXUQDPHQWWKHSUHYLRXVVL[VHDVRQV The Terrorcats (1-13) of Somers, Ellington and East Windsor were on a nine-game losing streak culminating with a 3-2 loss WR$PLW\)HE´:HMXVWFDQ¡WVHHPWRJHW the big goal when we need it,â&#x20AC;? coach Paul 'RZHVDLG´,W¡VEHHQDVWUXJJOHÂľ &XOOHQ5REHUWV&RG\5R\&RQQRU :\OOLH5XG\2 .RQLV, and Krystian .UX]HOhave been playing well, Dowe said. Goalies Cam 3LQNKDP and $OH[ %OLHVHQHU have also been steady this season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Both goalies are playing outstanding,â&#x20AC;? Dowe said. ´:H¡YHEHHQJHWting outshot every day.â&#x20AC;? South Windsor VWLOODOLYH The Bobcats stayed alive in the Division I tournament hunt with a 3-3 tie against :HVW+DYHQODVW Wednesday. Aiden Cain made 25 saves for South Windsor, who entered last weekend 7KH\¡OOKRVW Conard Saturday night before ending the season on the road against Northwest Catholic and Glastonbury.

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In Rockville, the board of education raised funds for ice fees and coach stipends, Phelps said, with the remainder getting picked up by the players. Players IURP%ROWRQDQG&RYHQWU\DUHQ¡WIXQGHGE\ their respective schools, instead relying on money raised by booster clubs and their SDUHQWVZKRFDQPDNHLWGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOW3KHOSV said. E.O. Smith handles the bulk of the administrative work for the tri-op consisting of them, Tolland, and Windham, accordLQJWR&R[7ROODQG¡VSOD\HUVSD\DELWRID KLJKHUIHHEHFDXVH(26PLWK¡VERDUGRI education picks up a higher portion of their SOD\HU¡VH[SHQVHV â&#x20AC;&#x153;That being said, for what our kids pay to skate is still cheap. If they were to go play in a private league and play the same 25JDPHVWKH\ZRXOGVSHQGH[SRQHQWLDOO\ PRUHWKDQZKDWWKH\DUHSD\LQJQRZÂľ&R[ said. While the decrease in numbers often leaves some high schools with no choice but to seek out other schools, there are VRPHEHQHĂ&#x20AC;WVWRSOD\LQJWRJHWKHU ´)URPDFRRSSHUVSHFWLYHLW¡VJUHDWÂľ Dowe said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The kids make a bunch of friends. A lot of these kids become lifelong friends.â&#x20AC;? And the results on the ice can be there WRR5RFNYLOOH¡VĂ&#x20AC;UVW\HDUFRRSLQJZLWK Manchester was 2007-08, when the team won the in Division III. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Go Man-Villeâ&#x20AC;? was inscribed on a lot of car windows in the area during the title run. Per CIAC rules, any team with co-op proJUDPFDQ¡WFXWSOD\HUV%XWWKDW¡VW\SLFDOO\ not a problem, as most coaches said they XVXDOO\MXVWKDYHHQRXJKERGLHVWRSXW together a team, never mind make cuts. Junior varsity teams are rare, although some teams such as Rockville have informal scrimmages to give players who might a lot of ice time a chance to develop. Schools like South Windsor and Glastonbury have managed to stay as a single SURJUDPDQGKDYHEHHQDPRQJWKHDUHD¡V top hockey programs, although South Windsor is having an off year this season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think across the board, the size of our school contributes to being able to maintain a squad on our own,â&#x20AC;? Glastonbury athletic director Trish Witkin said. The Tomahawks compete in Division I for hockey and in Class LL, the largest clasVLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQIRUDOORWKHUVSRUWV :LWNLQVD\VWKHSURJUDP¡VQXPEHUVĂ XFWXDWHIURP\HDUWR\HDUEXWLW¡VQRGLIIHUHQW WKDQDQ\RWKHUVSRUW7KHUH¡VQHYHUEHHQ a point where Glastonbury has had to consider a co-op program, she said. %XWZKDW¡VWKHIXWXUHIRUWKHUHVWRIWKH VFKRROVVWUXJJOLQJWRĂ&#x20AC;QGSOD\HUV" Bosworth said there might come a time down the road when the state might have to look at cutting back to two divisions if the numbers keep dropping as they have been. While some area youth programs are down in numbers, the Eastern Connecticut +RFNH\2UJDQL]DWLRQEDVHGRXWRI%ROWRQ Ice Palace, has a seen a rise over the last few years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Their numbers had dwindled quite a bit, especially in the house program and learnto-play program,â&#x20AC;? Croteau said. %XWWKH\¡UHVWDUWLQJWRJREDFNXSDJDLQ thanks to a recruiting effort co-presidents Bob Pilney and Ken Camello started when they took over the program three years ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kenny and I basically put the emphasis back on young age groups,â&#x20AC;? Pilney told The Sports Department in December. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We worked really hard with a grassroots PDUNHWLQJSURJUDPDQGMXVWEDVLFDOO\EODQketed the area and tried to get kids back to youth hockey.â&#x20AC;? Those two, along with Mike Rooney, (&+2¡VGLUHFWRURI*URZWKH*DPHKDYH

KHOSHGWKHSURJUDPH[SDQG 5RRQH\VDLGLQ'HFHPEHUWKDW(&+2¡V Learn to Play program had 55 members, while Mini-Mites had 30. Once players are done with Mini-Mites, they move on WR(&+2¡V+RXVHSURJUDPWKHKLJKHVW in-house group. 5RRQH\VDLGPDQ\SOD\HUVMRLQHGFRPpetitive travel leagues instead of learn-toSOD\JURXSVOLNH(&+2$QGZKLOHLW¡VEHHQ DOPRVW\HDUVVLQFHWKH1+/ V+DUWIRUG Whalers left, youth programs are still imSDFWHGWRDQH[WHQW â&#x20AC;&#x153;When the Whalers were here, they ZHUHPRUHJUDVVURRWVWKDQWKH $+/ V  Wolf Pack or the Whale are,â&#x20AC;? Grigorian said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Whalers were always doing something, always giving back, and that had a lot to do with it when [youth hockey] was strong. Every little kid wanted to be a Whaler.â&#x20AC;? *ULJRULDQVDLGWKDW86$+RFNH\WKH governing body for amateur ice hockey in the United States, has made several changes to help increase interest in the game, including addressing the issue of concussions and the travel schedule for mite hockey. ´7KHUH¡VDQRWKHUELJEXEEOHRISOD\ers that are on their way [from the youth level],â&#x20AC;? Rockville coach Christian StevenVRQVDLG´,IVFKRROVFDQVXUYLYHWKHQH[W few years, you could see more (schools) going back out on their own.â&#x20AC;? (QĂ&#x20AC;HOG)HUPLFRDFK)UDQN*HQRYHVH said the Bruins' Stanley Cup two years DJRFRXOGKHOSOHDGWRDQLQĂ X[LQ\RXWK KRFNH\WKRXJKWKHUHVXOWVZRQ¡WEHUHDOized at the high school level for several years. ´<RX¡UHDOZD\VJRLQJWRJHWDFRUHJURXS of hockey players that are going to play,â&#x20AC;? Genovese said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I played so I want to pass LWDORQJWRP\NLGVWRJHWWKHVDPHHQMR\ment.â&#x20AC;? But there are other options for players besides their local high school. While 6WHYHQVRQDQG*HQRYHVHVD\WKH\¡YH rarely lost players to select programs or SULYDWHVFKRROV'RZHVD\VKH¡VFRQVWDQWO\ Ă&#x20AC;JKWLQJWRNHHSSOD\HUVIURPKHDGLQJRXW to private schools like East Catholic, or the YDULRXVMXQLRUKRFNH\SURJUDPVDQGSUHS schools through the state. ´,QDMXQLRUSURJUDP\RXSOD\DERXW games and you can be on the ice every GD\LQDSUHSVFKRROÂľ'RZHVDLG´,W¡VD smart move to make because the cost to play in high school is about the same. Really, it depends on the family and what their goals academically are.â&#x20AC;? While more and more schools are banding together due to dwindling numbers, those closest to the game realize what a EHQHĂ&#x20AC;WLWFDQEHIRUSOD\HUV â&#x20AC;&#x153;,¡YHEHHQKHUH\HDUVÂľ*ULJRULDQVDLG ´,GRQ¡WWKLQNWKHUHLVRQHJDPHTXLWHOLNH KRFNH\,W¡VYHU\GLVFLSOLQHGYHU\WHDP RULHQWHG,MXVWFDQ¡WVD\HQRXJKDERXW WKHTXDOLW\RIWKHJDPH,W¡VDJUHDWIDPLO\ JUHDWNLGV,WUHDOO\WHDFKHVDOORIOLIH¡VOHVsons. If more people realized what good kids are generated through the game, I think more kids would be playing.â&#x20AC;?

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&RUH7ULR'HSWK%RRVW(OOLQJWRQ V0LG6HDVRQ5XQ %\'DQQ\$WNLQVRQ The Sports Department 7KH(OOLQJWRQ+LJK.QLJKWVKDYHGHPRQstrated the difference depth can make time and time again this season. (OOLQJWRQKDVZRQĂ&#x20AC;YHRILWVODVWVL[DQG is 10-6, 7-5 in the NCCC. The Knights have not relied on any one player to carry them game to game. Instead, they feature a talented and versatile roster that can go 10 deep. Ellington has players who can contribute on both ends at any given time, and this will make the team a force to be reckoned with in the CIAC Class M state tournament. At their best, the Knights feature a core group who can cause nightmares for any opponent they face. It starts with the talented trio of Jon Bassett, Justin Dionne and 0DWW$QGHUVRQ. Bassett, the point guard, has been a terror on offense UHFHQWO\+HLVWKHXOWLPDWHĂ RRUJHQHUDO and an outstanding passer who can also score when needed. )HOORZJXDUG'LRQQHLVDVNLOOHGVFRUHU and solid defender. Anderson is a force LQVLGHHVSHFLDOO\RQWKHERDUGV+HKDV ramped up his energy level as the season has . Guard &RE\+DUQHG has also been HVVHQWLDOWR(OOLQJWRQ¡VVXFFHVV+HLVDQ intelligent and aggressive defender and KDVGRQHDQRXWVWDQGLQJMRERIGHIHQGLQJ

RSSRQHQW¡VEHVWRIIHQVLYHSOD\HUV All of the Knights' strengths were on display in a statement win over NCCC leader $YRQ)HEDWKRPHLQDYLFWRU\ KDQGLQJWKH)DOFRQVWKHLUWKLUGORVVRIWKH season. Ellington played with energy and HIIRUWIURPWKHRSHQLQJWLSDQGMXPSHGRXW to a big halftime lead Avon was unable to overcome. Each member of the core trio recorded a double-double. Ellington coach'RQ)OLQW said unequivoFDOO\WKDWLWZDVWKHWHDP¡VEHVWSHUIRUmance of the season. )OLQWVDLGWKDWWKHRIIHQVHQHHGVWREH more patient and improve its passing over WKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOIRXUJDPHV(OOLQJWRQFRXOGJUDE a favorable tournament seed if it continues to play well during this stretch. The Knights are currently 14th in the Class M point standings. 7ROODQG It has been a tale of two seasons for the (DJOHV  ,QWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWKH\ZHUHDQG winning games behind superstar guard 7D\ORU)RUWLQ and a formidable offense. In the second, Tolland has gone 1-6 and VWUXJJOHGWRH[HFXWHDWERWKHQGV7KH Eagles are 5-5 in the CCC East must become more balanced and consistent to contend in the Class M tournament. The Eagles need one more win to qualify. Tolland was ill-served by a schedule that had eight consecutive road games from

-DQWR)HE7KHWHDPZDVZRUQ down by the road and saw its energy level fall off late in games. Tolland has been unable to come up with DGGLWLRQDOVFRULQJRSWLRQVEHVLGHV)RUWLQ who is averaging 28 points. Teams conVWDQWO\GRXEOHWHDP)RUWLQDQGWKHRWKHU Eagles have been unable to step up and knock down open shots. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teams have been pressuring Taylor and its left other guys open for good shots,â&#x20AC;? coach 0LNH/HZLVVDLG´7KH\MXVWKDYHQ¡W been converting them. I think our other JX\VDUHQ¡WXVHGWRWDNLQJVRPDQ\VKRWV DQGDUHQRWFRPIRUWDEOHZLWKLW,W¡VEHHQD big shift for them.â&#x20AC;? 5RFNYLOOH The Rams (3-13, 2-9 CCC East) are 3-4 following a 0-9 start. The Rockville GHIHQVHKDVLPSURYHGVLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQWO\WKHODVW seven games, particularly in transition. The team is outscoring opponents three points a game during this stretch. ´,W¡VLQFUHGLEO\GLVDSSRLQWLQJWKDWZHGLG not make the playoffs,â&#x20AC;? coach 3HWHU0F Cann said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was our ultimate goal coming into the season, and anything short of that is a failure. There were a number of games where we could have won but made big mistakes at the worst WLPHV,W¡VEUXWDOIRUWKHWHDPWRQRWEH going.â&#x20AC;? )RUZDUG7DUFKHH%URZQ has been the

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WHDP¡VWRSVFRUHUDQGUHERXQGHUWKHHQWLUH VHDVRQ+HLVDYHUDJLQJPRUHWKDQ points a game. South Windsor The Bobcats (0-16) are being outscored by more than 25 points a game. South Windsor has allowed at least 60 points in every game but one. )RUZDUGCasey Shoop is an outstandLQJVKRRWHUDQGKDVEHHQWKHWHDP¡VPRVW reliable scorer. Big man 6KDT6PLWK and guard 0LFKDHO.LUE\0F*DQQ have also made a big impact on both ends competing in the tough CCC North.

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7RXUQH\%RXQG6RXWK:LQGVRU,V$OO,Q %\(YDQ0DF\ The Sports Department 6RXWK:LQGVRU+LJK VJLUOVEDVNHWEDOO team has used a balanced attack all season and has earned its berths into the conference and state tournaments. ,QVWHDGRIKDYLQJMXVWRQHRUWZRVWDUVFRUers, the Bobcats (16-2, 10-2 CCC North) take pride in having so many options that RSSRQHQWVRIWHQGRQ¡WNQRZZKRWRJXDUG â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have four players averaging nine points per game,â&#x20AC;? coach 'RQ/HFOHUF

said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a lot of depth. We play almost 14 kids every game and we have kids scoring across the board. The depth has played a factor and almost all of these NLGVDUHUHWXUQLQJIURPQH[W\HDUÂľ The impressive play continues, even after a block of games postponed because of weather and other issues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a long layoff last week due to weather and a power outage,â&#x20AC;? Leclerc VDLG´6RZHKDYHDVWUHWFKKHUHZLWKĂ&#x20AC;YH games in seven days right before the (CCC) tournament. The girls have been

ZRUNLQJKDUGDQGLW¡VDWUXHWHVWDPHQWWR how they have been working in the offseason and in practice.â&#x20AC;? 7KH%REFDWVUDQNHGQLQWKLQWKH+DUWIRUG DUHDE\WKH7KH+DUWIRUG&RXUDQWKDYH improved their win total impressively since last season (12-8) and its solid regular VHDVRQSHUIRUPDQFHLQWKHGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOW&&& North can only be a good sign as the postseason begins. The Bobcats' only losses are to Glastonbury, ranked 10th in the New +DYHQ5HJLVWHU VVWDWHPHGLDSROO ´7KHJLUOVKDYHNHSWWKHLUIRFXVDQGLW¡V

a good thing because in our conference every game is an important game.â&#x20AC;? 7ULROHDGLQJ7ROODQG With center and senior captain -DFTXL Foreman out for the season, Tolland team has barely missed a beat, thanks to the contributions of three key starters. Senior 6DP2OVRQ is averaging over 12 SRLQWVMXQLRU&KHOVHD'RPLDQ 12 points and senior $VKOH\&ODZVRQ nine points 6HH´7ROODQGÂľ3DJH


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DQGVL[DVVLVWV:LWKVHYHUDOVRSKRPRUHV also stepping up for the Eagles, Tolland (15-4, 10-3 CCC East) is playing good basketball heading into tournament time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hope that some of the younger players who have practiced and played well all year can contribute at a higher level than they have all year,â&#x20AC;? coach 9LQQLH&LDQID raniVDLG´,W¡VEHHQDVHDVRQZKHUHZH have played some tough competition and we are well prepared to make some noise in the state tourney and league tourney. (YHQWKRXJK-DFNLHZRQ¡WEHZLWKXVZH have enough to make some noise in Class L and the league tournament.â&#x20AC;?

(OOLQJWRQORRNVWRFRQWLQXHOHJDF\ )HZDUHDJLUOVWHDPVKDYHKDGDVPXFK success in recent memory as Ellington, which is getting ready to contend in another postseason. ´,WKLQNZH¡OOHQGXSIRXUWKLQWKH1&&& a drop from last year when we won it,â&#x20AC;? coach /DXUHQ/RYHWHUH%HHOHUsaid. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We won the tourney the last two years and we have a lot of pride going into it. We have to prove we are the same team we were last year, and from a coaching perspective I use it as a tune-up for the state tournament. Though Ellington does its best not to focus on the pressure that comes with a stoULHGSURJUDPOLNHWKH.QLJKWV¡WKH\KDYHD

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/HDUQ7R)HQFH,Q South Windsor %\3DWULFN7HOPDQ 6RXWK:LQGVRU5HFUHDWLRQ During the four-week fencing beginner course starting March 6, students will learn to wield three distinctive fencing swords: )RLO(SHHDQG6DEHU(DFKVZRUGKDVLWV unique technique and purpose. Come to OHDUQDQGDSSUHFLDWHWKHĂ&#x20AC;QHVVHRIWKLV XQLTXHH[FLWLQJDQGWHFKQLFDOO\PRVWFRPSOLFDWHGVSRUWLQWKH:RUOG,QWHUPHGLDWH Advanced classes will build upon the skills learned in the beginner classes. Classes are taught by Marc Ganych, Gold MedalLVWRI)LUVW-XQLRU*DPHVDQGQDWLRQDOO\ UDQNHG)HQFLQJ0DVWHU All equipment provided by the instructor. )HHFODVVUXQVXQWLO0DUFK -XNLGR-XMLWVX Jukido is a style of the Japanese Martial $UWRI-XMLWVXWKHWHFKQLTXHVRIZKLFKZHUH founded centuries ago. The techniques learned includes throws, takedowns, arm locks, and pressure points. Safety and doing one's best are emphasized in class. $IUHHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWU\RXWFODVVLVDYDLODEOH1RWH $IWHUWKHVWXGHQW¡VĂ&#x20AC;UVWVXFFHVVIXOWHVW

there is an additional annual association IHHRI8QLIRUPVQRWPDQGDWRU\)RU more information about Jukido and Master Betancourt please visit the IKA website www.kokondo.org. 'HWDLOV6XQGD\VSPSP DW6RXWK:LQGVRU&RPPXQLW\&HQWHU )HH /HDUQWR6NDWH3URJUDP A beginning ice skating program at South Windsor Arena that is challenging and rewarding - but most of all, fun. Participation will enable beginning skaters of all ages and abilities to learn the fundamentals of ice skating while teaching them the necessary skills used for their further skating advancement. The fee for all classes is $80; Skate rentals available for an additional $10 for each four-week session; skaters must wear helmet (not provided). Classes $JHV)ULGD\VSPSP $FWLYity #156902) ; March 1, 8, 15 & 22 Ages 3-6, Tuesdays, 10am-11am (Activity #156902M); March 5, 12, 19 & 26 Ages 15-plus, Tuesdays, 7:30pm-8:30pm (Activity #156902N); March 5, 12, 19 & 26

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good chance to go deep in the CIAC Class M tournament. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know most of them know what it felt OLNHWRJRWRWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOIRXUIURPODVW\HDUÂľ the coach said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and they want that feeling DJDLQ%XW,¡PQRWVXUHWKH\IHHOWKHSUHVsure to do it.â&#x20AC;? 5RFNYLOOHVWURQJWRĂ&#x20AC;QLVK )LUVW\HDUFRDFK,VUDHO&DEDQKDVQ¡W had the best year as Rockville will miss SRVWVHDVRQSOD\EXWWKHWHDPLVĂ&#x20AC;QLVKLQJ strong as it tries to establish momentum IRUQH[WVHDVRQ7KH5DPVDUH LQFOXGLQJDZLQRYHU+DUWIRUG3XEOLF )HE

Sarah Allen keeps the ball away from Rockville's Hannah Steed. Courtesy of: Lifetouch Photography

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1LFNQDPH)RRW\ $FFRPSOLVKPHQWVThree-sport athlete all four years of high school (also plays soccer, lacrosse); Completed three half marathons *3$ 3.8 +RZGR\RXSUHSDUHIRUDPHHWUDFH" The week of a meet I normally do a series of harder workouts and take the day before a meet easy. Before a race I listen to songs that help me mentally prepare. 7KRXJKWVRQWKHVHDVRQThe season ZDVUHDOO\VKRUWWKLV\HDU,¡PJRLQJWR PLVVLWQH[W\HDU )DYRULWHFDUHHUPRPHQW I changed my events this year. So when I passed about three people at the end of the race and set a new personal record for that event it was nice because I knew my hard work was paying off. :KDWDUHDZHUH\RXVWURQJHVWLQ" What area did you improve the most LQRYHU\RXUFDUHHU"After running so much long distance in the past year, I found out that longer distance races were my strong suit. In this season, I improved my time and endurance. /RRNLQJEDFNZKDWDUH\RXJRLQJWR PLVVWKHPRVWDERXWSOD\LQJIRU\RXU WHDP"2YHUDOOZKDWDUH\RXJRLQJWR PLVVWKHPRVWDERXWKLJKVFKRRO"One WKLQJWKDW,¡PJRLQJWRPLVVDERXWWKLV

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