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Shooting For The Stars

Local Coach Hopes To Take Hoops Invention Big Time

By Erin Quinlan The Sports Department

When you ask John Hostetler what a chair is for, he’ll tell you it’s not for basketball drills, but for sitting. That theory has led Hostetler – a physical education teacher at Ellington Middle School and the Somers High School boys basketball coach – to create the “Gym Rat.” The “Gym Rat” is a device that holds the basketball in the shooting pocket for the player – instead of the player having to grab the ball off a chair or a ball rack.

Ellington Middle School teacher and Somers resident John Hostetler shows off his invention, The Gym Rat, along with his two sons Jack, left, and Doug.

[Editor’s note: This story is reprinted from the Feb. 2010 edition of The Sports Department. The story ran only in our Vernon edition.]

“It just kind of happened,” Hostetler said. “It wasn’t like I was looking to invent something. I just asked a question to myself, ‘Why isn’t there something that can do this?’ Because a chair is made for sitting. I thought it was tough pulling a ball off of a chair and that the ball wouldn’t sit right. That’s basically what happened. I said, ‘Well why isn’t there anything?’ and I visualized what you see today.”

The “Gym Rat” comes with a three-ball nest or a five-ball nest. It is also adjustable from 35 inches off the ground up to 53 inches, so it is good for players of all sizes. The device can also be adjusted depending on what drill is being run. “You could put it down if you wanted because sometimes you do get bad passes,” Hostetler said. “But the thing is, it’s all muscle memory doing the same thing over and over. With the “Gym Rat”, there’s the muscle memory of coming off of a screen, or running a weave - if you run a weave in your offense - you can assimilate the “Gym Rat” to do that. So it’s a pretty interesting thing. It’ll be the best friend of a creative coach. You can do a lot of things with them.” In addition to working on a players’ shooting skills, it is also about footwork. “It’s not only the shooting part, but it’s also See “Basketball Invention”, Page 4

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Make 2011 “The Year Of Change” In Youth Sports By Jon Buzby The Sports Department As I played mini-sticks (the living room version of the NHL) with my two boys just prior to the New Year it made me think of some youth sportsrelated resolutions I plan to make. Resolution No. 1 I resolve to allow my sons to play backyard sports with their friends without me interfering. After all, I limped out of my last mini-sticks game and my new kickball rule caused more tears than cheers. As much as we’d like to think otherwise, our kids usually have more fun when we parents aren’t involved. Resolution No. 2 I’m going to try and remember that my sons might not choose to follow in my footsteps and opt for basketball as their careers. OK, I never made a dime playing basketball but it was always a dream. Every kid should have a dream, and we parents shouldn’t try to squelch them regardless of how far-fetched they may seem at the time. Resolution No. 3 I’m not going to get upset when I venture to the sporting goods store this spring for my younger son’s first glove, helmet and bat. Like my oldest child, the lessons — most will be good, but unfortunately some

will be bad — my son is going to learn playing sports will be like the memories on the credit card commercials -- priceless. And remember, we parents spend money on a lot of items that not only don’t teach us lessons but also are detrimental to our health. Resolution No. 4 I’m going to continue to appreciate, and never take for granted, the friendships I’ve made as a direct result of my involvement in youth sports. They’ve created fun times that last long after the final horn sounds. Have you ever conversed over a cup of coffee in an ice rink at 6 a.m.? I get chills just thinking about it. Resolution No. 5 The most important resolution I’m going to make is to stop getting depressed every time I read an article about another knucklehead parent acting as if his kid’s game is a life or death situation. Instead I’m going to do everything I can to continue to stress all of the positives in youth sports when I’m at speaking engagements, through writing, and also when I’m just hanging out at a game as a parent. After all, the majority of the parents involved in youth sports are there for the right reasons, we just don’t hear about them. I promise to remember that and hope you’ll join me, too. And now for some specific behaviorrelated suggestions to those involved in youth sports. For coaches: Think about how nice it

would be if every coach promised to yell something negative one less time during each game this coming year. It might not sound like much, but if you multiply one by the number of youth sports coaches all over America, just think how much quieter the fields and arenas will be. And while you’re at it, why not make it twice a game … and add two positive things. For parents: If every parent promised to spend just one game per season not yelling anything negative from the bleachers, imagine how high players’ self esteems would be. That is once the shock wears off. But seriously, every parent can do it … even if it means watching from the car. One other resolution I’d love to have every parent make is not to allow their young child to play more than two sports per season. Personally, I think two is one too many, but I just don’t understand why parents think their kids can handle playing three sports — or participate in two sports and a non-sports activity — without getting physically and mentally worn out. Just something to think about with registrations for spring sports approaching. For players: If every youth sports player in the country went out of his way to pick up a teammate after a bad play rather than criticize him, just once per game for the entire season, the atmosphere in youth sports would change dramatically. This is something that coaches and parents can also reinforce. I always tell my players, “The only person criticizing should

be me,” … and even I should not be doing it. The nicest thing is that as we prepare to start another year, all of us involved in youth sports in any way can continue to look at it as a very positive place for kids to learn, coaches to teach, and parents to watch their children develop. Here’s to another year of youth sports. Let’s be sure we all chip in to make it a happy one. Reach syndicated columnist Jon Buzby at, and be sure to read his weekly Sports Buzz online at



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the footwork of getting set for the shot,” Hostetler said. “Which is huge. Getting 10 toes squared to the basket. So it works on your shooting but it’s also the preparation – the base, starting at your feet and working up from there.” Hostetler, who also coaches his sons’ recreational teams, came up with the idea over two years ago and in 2009, Hostetler had a prototype of the device that he made some changes to. “It’s changed a lot,” he said. “I used it with my basketball team and saw a few flaws or a few things we needed to fix to make it a little bit better. So we did that adjusting and things of that nature.” Kaz Kruzel, the owner of Peerless Tool in Enfield, produces the devices for Hostetler. “I knew that he had the facility to make it and he has a good mind,” Hostetler said. “He made it a reality. I drew him a crude picture, talked to him about it, and he’s the one who came up with it. I took him on as a partner since I would have been nowhere without him.” Hostetler has spoken to a patent attorney, who believes he is onto something with his device, and is now going for a utility patent that will protect him for the next 20 years. At the moment, he has 10 devices made and once his basketball season is over, he will be looking to increase the inventory and take the device to the next level. “My ultimate goal is to watch the threepoint competition and having the NBA players using the adjustable “Gym Rat” and not a bar rack. It makes more sense to me to have someone get the ball in

their shooting pocket and shoot instead of reaching down to their knees to pick up a ball.” Hostetler took two “Gym Rats” and a DVD he had made about the product to an AAU tournament in Springfield. He had his son Jack with him and they ran some demonstrations for the coaches who were there. “As the coaches were walking by, I just nabbed them,” he said. “I had a sheet out for them to put their names on if they wanted more information once the product was out. I had 32 interested parties. There were a few high school coaches, but 28 of them were college coaches probably, including four or five Big East coaches. That’s obviously the dream goal - to get it into the big colleges and the NBA.” The cost for both the three-ball and the five-ball nest is $599. For just the threeball nest, it’s $549 and for the five-ball nest it’s $579. “I’m excited about it,” Hostetler said. “It’s really neat to see something you just visualize actually materialize.”

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Tri-Town’s Mike Hanna, of Somers gets greeted with an elbow by the net from Fermi’s Nick Ferracci while goaltender Brandon Carey tries to cover up the puck. Photo by Steve Palmer, The Sports Department, www. stevepalmerphotography. com

Joshua Patsun goes hard to the paint against two Coventry defenders. Somers won the game, 54-51. Photo by Alan Bastarache, The Sports Department, www.bastarachephotos. com

Kylan O’ Hearn of Somers tries to sneak past the Bolton defender. Photo by Alan Bastarache, The Sports Department, www.

Evan Woicik gets his three point shot off over the Coventry defender. Photo by Alan Bastarache, The Sports Department, www.



January 4-17, 2011

Somers Somers Parks and Recreation

By Jenifer Charette The Sports Department

Basketball For All Ages In Somers

Men’s Adult Open Basketball will be held Mondays & Thursdays through June, from 8:30-9:30 during youth basketball season at the MBA Gym. There will be a fee of $10 ($25 for non-residents). Register and pay at the MBA gym. TOT Basketball Saturdays for 4 weeks: January 29, Feb 5, 12 & 19 at Kibbe Fuller Gymnasium. The program is for 3 – 5 year olds. Two Sessions: 9-9:45 a.m. and10-10:45 a.m. $30 per child ($35 for out of town). Includes tot basketball, t shirt and participation medal Registration is now open. Please go to for registration information. YOGA Sunday mornings and/or Tuesday evenings Kibbe Fuller Community Center Gym: sessions are ongoing. Classes will be taught by Kripalu Yoga Instructor Diana Ricci Gunther. Family discounts are available. Classes are one hour. Bring a Yoga mat, and a blanket. • Tuesday night sessions: (10 consecutive weeks at 6 pm) • Sunday mornings sessions: (10 sessions; 8am) 10 weeks;  $80  Both (2 x a week) for $130. To register or for more info, contact:  Thursday morning Yoga classes will be held from 9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m. at Kibbe Fuller Gym. Five weekly sessions will costs $40. Walk-ins are welcome. Classes will be 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. For additional info and to register, please contact Pat at 668-4851. ZUMBA Fitness Thursdays: (8 weeks) $62 Kibbe Fuller Community Center Gym Have fun while you drop those unwanted pounds and tone up while dancing the hour away to a fusion of Latin rhythms and interval training including the dance moves Cha Cha Cha, Salsa, Meringue, Cumbia and Belly Dance. Follow the lead of certified Zumba instructor, Mary Harrington. No previous dance experience needed. Bring plenty of water; wear sneakers and loose comfortable clothing. All ages welcome! An adult must accompany children under the age of 12. Pre-registration is required. For more information, please call Mary @ 749-7273. Shape it Up Studio - Now Open Located at the Kibbe Fuller Community Center. We have 10 exercise machines in our circuit, a treadmill, elliptical and free weights. All exercise is fully supervised by our studio coordinator. The studio is open Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 9 a.m. - noon. There is a fee of $20 to join. Please call Florence at the Senior Center today for more information or to register. IMA Winter Session Programming: Location: Integrity Martial Arts, 585 Hazard Ave./Route 190 (Scitico Plaza), Enfield Participants will learn Respect, Discipline and Confidence in an environment that is fun and exciting.  They will practice martial

arts, as well as gain the self-control to use those skills only when necessary. Certified black belt instructors with extensive experience teaching children of all ages and developmental levels will direct the classes.  Checks should be made payable to “Integrity Martial Arts”.  Any questions, please call Integrity Martial Arts at 860698-9226. Mention the Somers Recreation Department to receive discount. Small Samurai (ages 3-5) Dates: January 4th to February 10th Day:  Tuesday and Thursday Time: 5 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Limit: 10 students Fee: $75 (includes martial arts t-shirt) Location: Integrity Martial Arts, 585 Hazard Ave./Route 190 (Scitico Plaza), Enfield Beginners (ages 6-10) Dates: January 4th-February 10th Day:  Tuesday and Thursday Time: 5:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Limit: 10 students Fee: $75 (includes martial arts t-shirt and white belt)

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.

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Student Athlete of the Month Nickname: Ash, Akon Accomplishments: Booster Club Athlete of the Month two times, basketball4 year Varsity starter and co captain this year, member of BETA club and National Honor Society, Honors student GPA: 10.4/12 Other sports: Soccer How do you prepare for a game: Listen (and sing) to music with my friend Kayla Thoughts on the season: I hope that our team just continues to work hard and improve Toughest team to play against: That we have played so far - either Avon or Coventry Favorite sports memory: One of my teammates last year singing and dancing to Miley Cyrus Favorite memory of high school: Washington D.C. trip with the AP history class Role model or inspirational person in your life: My family, there isn’t really one specific person Most embarrassing moment: One of the pictures of me that was in the newspaper Toughest challenge I’ve overcome: My height while playing basketball. Especially in AAU when I was always the shortest one on my team Favorite athlete: Maya Moore Most famous (or near famous) person I ever met: Ray Allen

Ashley Kinney Basketball Person I’d most like to meet: Dane Cook Favorite way to relax: Hang out with friends Favorite class: Gym Favorite snack food: either Chocolate covered pretzels or Tostitos with cheese Favorite band: Rascal Flatts Favorite restaurant: Panera Bread or Red Robin Red Sox or Yankees: Red Sox definitely Favorite movie: Law Abiding Citizen Favorite TV show: Glee, and Lie to Me Plans after high school: Dickinson College to play basketball

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Hockey Notebook

January 4-17, 2011

By Brendan Faherty The Sports Department


Tri-Town Off To Quick Start On The Ice

The high school hockey season is off and running with area teams such as E.O. Smith-Tolland-Windham (2-1-1), Tri-Town (4-0) and South Windsor (2-2) getting off to a fast start. Tri-Town Tri-Town has hit the ground running, as they are undefeated through their first four games, including a thrilling 5-4 victory over Greenwich where Mike Hanna of Somers scored the game winning goal in overtime at Enfield Twin Rinks on December 29. The team started off 2011 on the right foot, beating Enfield 6-4 on New Year’s Day. The schedule favors Tri-Town heading forward as five of their next six games are at home, including a rematch with SuffieldGranby-Windsor Locks. Tri-Town defeated them 3-1 on December 23. Enfield Enfield got their first and only win of the season on Dec. 29 with a 4-2 victory over Farmington. Avery and Evan Boissy sacrificed their body to block shots at key moments in the game, according to head coach Joe Bonfiglio. Tyler Watts scored three goals, including a shorthanded goal early in the third period. Zach Audet made 21 saves in net for Enfield. Nick Smith added the the other Raider goal off an assist from Avery Boissy. “Farmington took chances breaking forward for odd man opportunities but we were ready for

it tonight,” Bonfiglio said. ‘We were able to learn from some mistakes we made in our 6-5 loss to Trumbull and apply those tonight.” The team ended 2010 with a 3-1 loss to Suffield-Granby-Windsor Locks at Enfield Twin Rinks.

Fermi Fermi’s season has gotten off to a slow start, losing their first three games of the season, including a 7-3 loss to South Windsor in the season’s first outdoor game at Simsbury Farms. They will get a chance at payback when they meet South Windsor on January 15 at Enfield Twin Rinks. South Windsor The Bobcats of South Windsor are at .500 now after defeating Fermi 7-3 on New Year’s Eve. When the Bobcats have won, they have put on an offensive clinic, scoring a combined 14 goals, including a 7-2 win over Simsbury. In their two losses against Fairfield Prep and Glastonbury, they were only able to muster up one goal in six periods. The Bobcats will face Conard and Farmington to begin the new year. The co-op team of E.O. Smith, Tolland and Windham is off to a good start, going 2-1-1 in their first four games of the season, including a 4-0 win over BCL on Dec. 23. The Bucks were led by Mike Lane, Mike Criniti, Ben St. Martin and Alex Lefevre who had one goal apiece. Criniti and St. Martin also had one assist each along with James Allanach who added

Tri-Town celebrates Mike Hanna’’s game wining goal against Greenwich in overtime. Hanna had four of the team’s five goals in the game. Photo by Steve Palmer, The Sports Department, two assists. In the team’s first game of the season, they defeated Fitch-LedyardEast Lyme, 3-1 at Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum at UConn. Ben St. Martin, Alex LeFevre and James Allanach scored for EOTW even with the tough Alden Burns in the net for FLE.

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Student Athlete of the Month

Junior Kayleigh Shaughnessy goes up for a layup during a recent game against Platt. Platt won the game 62-37. Photo by Rich Tanguay, The Sports Department, biz

Accomplishments: Being named captain, being inducted into NHS GPA: 10.2 Other sports: Soccer How do you prepare for a game: I listen to music and go for a jog and stretch Thoughts on the season: Even though we are young I see potential in us to shock some teams. Toughest team to play against: Glastonbury Favorite sports memory: Winning a state championship in 7th grade Favorite memory of high school:Going to school sporting events or playing pond hockey at night Role model or inspirational person in your life: Dad Toughest challenge I’ve overcome: Being the only freshman on team my freshman year Favorite athlete: Alex Ovechkin Person I’d most like to meet: Wayne Gretzky Favorite way to relax: Play NHL 11 on XBox 360 Favorite class: Science Favorite snack food: Chicken wings

Joey Rush Hockey Favorite band: Linkin Park Favorite restaurant: Texas Road House Red Sox or Yankees: Red Sox of course Favorite movie: The Hangover Favorite TV show: Jersey Shore Plans after high school: Attend a 4 year college and major in business

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Fermi’s Ryan Sayers battles for position with Enfield’s Ian McDonald in front of Enfield’s goal. Photo by Steve Palmer, The Sports Department, www.

Toni Alexander tries to find some room to make a move during a game against Hall. Photo by Toni Alexander, The Sports Department


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Say ‘uncle!’ Enfield’s Jake Cimino puts an opponent in a headlock during a recent meet. Photo by Steve Palmer, The Sports Department, www. stevepalmerphotography. com

Enfield’s Nick Smith tries to slow down Suffield’s Brendan Fleming during a game. Photo by Steve Palmer, The Sports Department, www. stevepalmerphotography. com

Enfield’s Paul Lima tries to break Avon’s press on his own during a recent game. Enfield won, 40-37. Photo by Steve Palmer, The Sports Department, www. stevepalmerphotography. com

Victoria Leahy looks for some room to operate during Enfield’s game against Stafford.



By Tim Larew The Sports Department

January 4-17, 2011

Boys Basketball Notebook

Somers Off To Quick 4-0 Start

In head coach John Hostetler’s fifth season at the helm, the Somers High School boys’ basketball team is 4-0 and off to its best start in five years. Led by senior guard and co-captain Evan Woicik, who has scored 20 or more points in each of the Spartans’ first four games, Somers took down Coventry in its opener then got a big win over Bolton on the road. After the 2-0 start, the Spartans won its holiday tournament for the first time in its short history with back-to-back wins over Bolton and Windham Tech. Woicik led Somers with 27 points in the 65-50 win over Bolton and senior Josh Fredette chipped in 10 points. Junior Josh Patsun led the Spartans in scoring with a career-high 31 points in the 98-82 title game victory over Windham Tech, but Woicik was a force in every aspect of the game, racking up a triple-double with 24 points, 18 assists, and 15 rebounds. Both Woicik and Patsun were named to the all-tournament team. Since Hostetler’s first season as head coach in which the Spartans finished 0-21, they’ve increased their win total each year but after a 10-12 finish last season, they’ve still yet to break .500. If the total team effort the Spartans have shown so far can continue, this could very well be the year. “We’re off to a good start,” said Hostetler, “The guys are excited, I’m excited; it’s definitely been a team effort so far. Evan [Woicik] has been unbelievable, but everyone has been stepping up, making shots, and been willing to share the ball and support each other.” With the talented trio of Woicik, Patsun, and Fredette coupled with an impressive level of bench production from guys like Connor O’Grady, Matt Benoit, and freshman Mike Casciano, the Spartans are already starting to turn heads in 2011 and proving that they’re here to make some noise in the NCCC.

Ellington Ellington, who many coaches are calling one of the two favorites in the NCCC, is off to a 2-1 start after a 66-61 win over former rival Tolland to close out 2010. The Knights hit the road for their season opener and took down Rockville in dominating fashion, 55-31, behind a 15-point 20-rebound effort from senior captain and 6’5” center Zack Graves. Graves, who averaged a double-double and earned an all-conference honor last season, is said to be one of the conference’s best big men this year and is showing why early. After a tough loss in their second game at Woodstock Academy, the Knights defeated Tolland in their home opener led by Graves’ 26 points and 15 rebounds. Despite the big man’s dominance early on, it’s far from a one-man show in Ellington. The Knights return eight seniors to this year’s roster including speedy point guard Mike Gresh and 6’3” wingman Dan Schofer. “We’re not going to have one star every night,” said head coach Don Flint, “We have three or four guys capable of a taking over a game, so you might see Zack [Graves] facing double teams, but Gresh, Schofer, and [senior guard] Brannen Wesley can shoulder the load in any game.” Though the Knights have played well through the first few contests, not too much can be said before the conference schedule gets underway. “We’ve got Granby and Suffield away next week as well as a home game against Enfield next Friday,” said Flint, “Conference games are always tough and Enfield’s going to be one of the NCCC’s best teams so next week we’ll have a better idea of where we’re at.” Enfield Take away a one-point loss at Plainville on December 28th, and the Enfield High Raiders are 4-0. Despite the 5958 heartbreaker in their third game, the defending NCCC champions are 3-1 and off

to a great start. Led by arguably the best player in the conference, junior guard Tre Preston, Enfield is considered by many coaches to be one of the NCCC’s top three teams. Behind Preston’s 24 points, the Raiders took down Avon 40-37 in the season opener, then knocked off Coginchaug on their home floor as Preston notched an incredible 32 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals. Though Preston, who is now averaging 30 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists through four games, is the clear go-to guy on the Raiders roster, head coach Cory O’Connell still sees their success as a result of true team play. “We’re a young team, but everyone has gelled well,” said O’Connell, “The kids like each other, they work extremely hard, and they’ve really impressed me so far.” O’Connell pointed to sophomore Paul Lima and junior Hugh Lindl as key players and important pieces of the puzzle for the Raiders if the team is going to repeat as NCCC champs. Lima, who O’Connell says is improving every day at the point, is averaging nine points per game, and Lindl notched his first double-double of the season in Enfield’s win over Sport and Medical Sciences Academy to close out 2010. “A lot of what we can do this season is going to depend on how quickly we can grow up,” said O’Connell, referring to the team’s youth with no seniors in the starting lineup, “but as long as we continue to work hard, I really like our chances.” South Windsor After a 2-18 finish in their 2009-2010 campaign, the South Windsor High boys basketball team has yet to record their first win this year through the first four games. First year head coach Brendan McClay, who coached the South Windsor freshman team for five years before taking over the varsity job, sees shaping the young and inexperienced team into a contender as a

process. “We only have a few guys with varsity experience before this year,” said McClay, “We’re trying to introduce a whole new offensive and defensive philosophy, so it’ll take a lot of work, but we’re on the right track.” After opening with a thirty-point loss at Conard, the Bobcats returned home and fell 70-39 to Glastonbury. In its last two games of 2010, South Windsor lost backto-back contests against Platt, but showed improvement and kept the second game much closer, losing by just ten. The Bobcats welcomed back senior point guard Jordan Jones in their second game against Platt, as he had to sit out the first three games due to undisclosed reasons. Though he sees no games that he considers easy wins coming up for his squad, McClay believes the return of Jones gives them a much better shot against CCC North opponents. “I can definitely see things turning around for us with the return of our senior point guard and leader,” said McClay, “There’s no easy break in the CCC North because every team is so competitive, but we’re going to take it one game at a time.” So far senior center John Telkey and senior forward Chris Bombara have been very effective for the Bobcats. According to McClay, Telkey “has been a force on the boards and is willing to get down and dirty no matter who the opponent”, and Bombara “does anything the coaching staff asks of him whether it’s getting on the floor for loose balls or setting hard screens against much bigger opponents.” The Bobcats face three tough and battletested opponents to begin 2011 as they’ll take on Windsor, Manchester, and Weaver, but with the return of Jones and the grittiness of the senior duo of Telkey and Bombara, McClay still thinks they have a fair shot at stealing a win or two.

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East Windsor East Windsor Parks and Recreation

Portable Skating Rink To Make Appearance At EWHS

By Melissa Maltese The Sports Department

We hope that you are able to find a program or event for you and your family to partake in these winter months. Check back for updates on the CRPA Hot Shot Contest results, best of luck to all of our participants. Please feel free to let us know what types of programs, events, and /or facilities you would like to see in East Windsor. If you have a special talent or skill and would like to run a program for us please contact Melissa Maltese at 860627-6662. Outdoor Skating Rink The portable skating rink, which was acquired through the efforts of Girl Scout Troops #123 and #154, 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 during the week, and during the evening as well. The rink is also available at 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 8-week session of Yoga Classes at 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 January 10th to March 7th. No class will be held on February 21st. Thursday classes will be held from January 13th to March 10th. No class will be held on February 24th. The cost of the program is $25 for one class per week, and $40 for both classes each week. Checks should be made payable to Diane LeMay. Please register through the Parks and Recreation Office, or online with our Webster Bank Payment link. Please call 860-627-6662 with questions. Zumba New from the East Windsor Parks and Recreation Department is two 8 week sessions of Zumba. Classes are being held at the Town Hall Annex, 25 School Street from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Monday classes will be held from January 10th to February 28th. Wednesday classes will be held from January 12th to March 2nd. Registration is through the Parks and Recreation Office, or online with

E. Windsor Student Athlete of the Month

Nickname: Strba, K.Sturb. Accomplishments: Coach’s award and most improved award for basketball, 3D award for soccer, Goodwin College book award, Outstanding student award. GPA: 3.3 Other sports: Soccer and track. How do you prepare for a game: I listen to music and review plays with Molly Gallant. Thoughts on the season: Varsity opened with a strong road victory that looked to pace the season. However we have seen some well developed teams since then but are still optimistic for a tournament berth. Toughest team to play against: Canton and Avon have always been a challenge. Favorite sports memory: MBeating Granby in this year’s opener against some of my best friends. Favorite memory of high school:Pasta parties. Role model or inspirational person in your life: My Aunt Jo and Melissa Maltese. Most embarrassing moment: Sixth grade slipping on my shoelace at practice, falling to the floor and blaming it on invisible water. Toughest challenge I’ve overcome: Stepping up as a more vocal leader. Favorite athlete: Tina Charles

Kelly Strba Basketball Most famous (or near famous) person I ever met: Renee Montgomery. Person I’d like most to meet: Little Lengyel. (My coach’s wife is having a baby girl.) Favorite way to relax: On the couch with a snack. Favorite class: Math. Favorite snack food: Oreos Favorite band or artist: Rascal Flatts Favorite restaurant: Chili’s Red Sox or Yankees: Red Sox Favorite movie: My Sisters Keeper Favorite television show: Greek Plans after high school: Army National Guard.

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our Webster Bank Payment link. Space is limited. Early sign-up is encouraged. Final sign up is due by January 3rd. Please call 860-627-6662 with questions. The cost of this program is $35 once a week, or $60 twice a week; daily walk-ins are $5. .

Panther Plunge Join the East Windsor Parks and Recreation Department and the East Windsor Human Services Department for its 2nd Annual Panther Plunge. The plunge will be held on January 22nd at East Windsor Park, Reservoir Avenue. Come in costume, or come as you are. Plungers who take a brief plunge in the reservoir can raise money to benefit the East Windsor Fuel Bank. A $10 donation will give you the opportunity to plunge; a $15 donation buys you an exclusive Panther Plunge tee shirt. Prizes will be awarded for best costume before and after the plunge; and for most money raised. Come and join us benefit this worthy cause. Please pick up your paperwork at the Park and Recreation Department Office, 76 South Main Street, East Windsor, CT. (phone: 860-627-6662) February Vacation Camp Camp will be held for children in grades K-6 at East Windsor High School from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Feb. 22-25. Cost for the camp is $90 for residents and $100 for non-residents. Pre-registration by Feb. 16. through the Parks and Recreation Office is required.

Mad Science Calling all Future scientists: Mad Science is back! This program is for kids in grades K-4. Classes will be held at the Broad Brook School on Wednesdays 3:45 p.m.4:45 p.m., Feb. 9-May 18. There will be no classes on Feb. 23, April 13 and April 20. The fee for the 12-week program is $152. Checks to be made payable to Mad Science. Registration through the Parks and Recreation office must be received by Feb. 4. Space is limited to the first 20 students. A parent volunteer is needed for each class. Acting Classes through Performing Arts Come show off your acting talents with Performing Arts Programs Inc. The Winter class will be held on Thursdays, Feb. 10-March 31, with no class on Feb. 24. Grades K-5 will meet from 3:45-4:40 p.m. at the Broad Brook School, Music Room. Cost of the program is $90. Please make checks payable to Performaing Arts. Call Michael Lamb at 860-432-9890 with any questions. Please sign up early.

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East Windsor’s Kayla Herson pulls down a rebound against Stafford. Photo by Steve Palmer, The Sports Department, www.

East Windsor cheerleaders show off their routine during a break in the action.

Kevin Mocadlo sticks a jumper during a recent NCCC game in East Windsor

Josh Canning directs the offense during a game against East Granby. The Panthers lost the game, 52-42.

January 4-17, 2011



TSD Local Digest 8th Annual Snow Bowl Soccer Game

Dani Clark saves the ball from going out of bounds during a game against Enfield.

Students and alumni of Ellington and Somers High School gathered for the 8th annual Snow Bowl Game on New Years Day. As a result of the recent blizzard, the game was played on the parking lot of Ellington High School. Although the conditions were not the best, it did not effect the competitive spirit of the players.

Ellington Little League Registration Stafford’s Isabella Randazzo boxes out an Enfield player during an early season game.

EABC Receives Donation

On September 26, 2010, Trattoria da Lepri Restaurant in Ellington held its First Annual Pigs in a Blanket Fundraiser at the Luginbuhl Pond on Lower Butcher Rd in Ellington. One hundred percent of the proceeds from this event were donated to the Ellington Athletic Booster Club.

Registration information and forms for Ellington Little League (ages 6-16) can be found at Costs are as follows: T-Ball (6 years old) $40, Instructional (7-8) $50, Farm and Minors (9-11) $75, Majors (10-12) $75, and Junior/Senior ($85). All fees have an additional $35 refundable concession stand deposit. In person registration will be held at Ellington Middle School on Jan. 29 (9 a.m.-noon), Feb. 2 (5:30 p.m.-8 p.m.) and Feb. 5 (9 a.m.-noon).

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Stafford’s Brianna Heald grabs the rebound in the paint between two Enfield defenders.


Girls Basketball Notebook

January 4-17, 2011

Panthers Already Surpass Last Season’s Win Total

By Reid L. Walmark The Sports Department

It took the Panthers six days of the season to have improved upon their win total from 2009-10. Last season, East Windsor finished at 1-19. The Panthers won two of their first three games. East Windsor beat Granby 43-36 in the season-opener on Dec. 10, then following a loss to Windsor Locks, the Panthers defeated Prince Tech 56-43 on Dec. 15. East Windsor (4-3) is receiving some balanced scoring but is not producing consistent efforts on the defensive end, said coach Bob Lengyel. Some of the defensive problems are being caused by ineffective boxing out, which is limiting how many rebounds the Panthers are grabbing. With opponents getting second and third chance to score, East Windsor’s defense is being extended to its limit. Stafford The Bulldogs opened 2-4, showing they might make a serious run at back-to-back CIAC Class S tournament berths following a seven-year absence from the state playoffs. Senior co-captain and forward Brianna Heald, their best player from 2009-10, contributed 27 points in the season-opening win over Enfield. She poured in 21 points in a 63-46 win at East Windsor on Dec. 22. That production against East Windsor was a step in the right direction for Heald, said coach Erin Clark. “She’s our leading scorer. She really stepped up a lot for us.” Clark said. “We told her to take it to them one-on-one. She had baskets at important times.” Somers

Coach Alan Walker knew this rebuilding year would feature small steps of progress at times. That is exactly what he’s found in the Spartans’ 1-4 start. He has been pleased with Somers’ defense and execution of its half-court offense. The Spartans’ struggles have been in making their shots. “We’ve just been losing to better teams, teams that are making the easier shots,” Walker said. Spartans’ opponents have been focusing their defensive efforts on senior Ashley Kinney but they haven’t been so effective. Kinney, a four-year starting guard who had a season-high 23 points in a Dec. 21 loss to Bolton, is averaging 17.6 points per game, 4.6 rebounds and 4.7 steals.

Fermi The Falcons’ lone win during their 1-6 start came Dec. 28 against cross-town rivals Enfield, 48-23. But after graduating three starters and five seniors, coach Sean Sweeney did not expect a quick start. The main issue confronting Fermi is the return to the lineup of senior guard and captain Toni Alexander, out with an ankle sprain since Dec. 14. Alexander is a threeyear starter and was averaging 12.8 points per game. The target date for her return is somewhere in mid-January. Enfield The youthful Raiders expected some bumps and bruises while gaining experience and confidence this season. Enfield is 0-6. There are 11 first-year players on the combined varsity and JV roster of 19; there were 11 players total left at the end of 2009-10. Coach Bruce Hargraves is impressed with the improvement of his defense,

although the offense has not been productive. Last year, the Raiders averaged giving up more than 60 points a game. This year, Enfield opponents’ are averaging 53.8 points a game. “That’s something for us to grow on,” Hargraves said.

one senior this season, finished 17-9 with an overtime loss to Brookfield in the CIAC Class M semifinals in 2009-10. “Confidence has been our No. 1 asset”, coach Rocco Sansone said. “We’re not afraid to make mistakes any more.”

Ellington “We can tighten up on the defensive end. Our communication is going to have to improve on the court a little bit,” senior captain Kelly Strba said The Ellington Purple Knights were 18-7 last year and runners-up to Avon in the NCCC championship game. They opened 2010-11 with three straight wins, then snapped a twogame losing streak with a 54-20 win over Enfield Dec. 29 for a 4-2 record. Senior Claudia Perez, a starter, is returning from multiple concussions. Junior point guard Kelly Conley, a CIAC Class M All-State player a year ago, scored 27 points against Avon Dec. 21 in a 61-51 loss. She is closing in on 1,000 career points. Senior center Julie Gage had 24 points against Hall on Dec. 28. TollandJunior tri-captain Kristin Schatzlein is closing in on the 1,000-point plateau in career scoring. She would become the fifth player in Eagles’ history to reach that mark, the most-recent being her sister, Kelly (Class of 2009), now a sophomore on the Merrimack College women’s basketball team.

Rockville Senior Melissa McCann is supplying the leadership and acting as the role model for the young Rams, who opened 0-6. Rockville coach Craig Archambault is starting four freshmen. Experienced teams are having their way with Rockville but the lessons learned from each game and practice will pay dividends down the road “We’re just getting better every day,” Archambault said. “They’re learning to slow it down [on offense] and they’re learning to trust their abilities.”

Tolland Tolland’s 5-1 start is a stark contrast to a year ago when the Eagles were in transition out of the NCCC and beginning play in the more competitive CCC against schools with larger enrollments. They took their knocks early on. Tolland, which is starting

South Windsor The Bobcats are off to a 4-3 start, which has surpassed their win total from 2009-10 when they went 2-18. Coach Don Leclerc has been pleased with South Windsor’s depth. He has been able to substitute in two or three players at a time, even refreshing all five on the court, without much of a drop-off in performance. Center Maxine Offiaeli, who is 6-1, is making a fine adjustment as a freshman starter. “She’s coming along,” Leclerc said about Offiaeli, who is averaging more than five points and 11 rebounds a game. “Composure is the big factor for her. Kids are fearing going inside on her; she’s an intimidating presence. She isn’t trying to block every shot; she tries to alter shots.”

January 4-17, 2011


The Sports Department

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Shin Splints Can Be Treated

Dear Ben: I am a junior in high school and play multiple sports. Every season I seem to get shin splints and struggle to get rid of them. What exactly are shin splints and what can I do to fix them?

The term “shin splints” often confuses people because the word “shin” gets associated with a bone, therefore shin splints must affect the bone. This is a common misunderstanding. Shin splints are actually a muscular injury that causes inflammation and pain in the lower leg. There are two basic types of shin splints. The first type involves pain on the front-outside of the shin and is referred to as an “anterior shin splint.” Anterior shin splints affect the extensor group of muscles in your leg, which act to lessen the impact of heel strike during running and pull the toes off the ground. The second type of shin splints occur on the front-inside of the leg and affect the flexor group. These muscles hold the arch up during running and keep the leg straight during heal strike. The most common option to resolve shin splints is complete rest. Some athletes, not wanting to be held out of activity, will

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run with pain. Neither solution is optimal, especially running with pain as this can ultimately result in more serious injury. The following three-step treatment routine can allow the athlete to maintain conditioning and some activity. The first step is RICE which stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. The involved area should be rested, but conditioning should continue. Examples of how to achieve this include using a stationary bike, swimming or water running. After activity the involved area should be iced for 20 minutes, being sure to protect the skin with a cloth prior to applying the ice. The next step is stretching and strengthening. The stretches should be done by standing on a step with your heels off the edge and allowing your heels to fall so they are below your toes. You should do this with both straight and bent knees so both of the major calf muscles are worked. Stretches should be held for 10-20 seconds and repeated five times, three times a day. Strengthening exercises include calf raises, which are performed by using a table for support and standing up on

your toes, holding for five seconds and repeating 20 times for three sets. Another exercise to help build up the muscles in your foot and lower leg is done by placing a towel on the ground and scrunching the towel with your toes while your heel remains on the floor. This should be done for one to two minutes, continuously flexing then extending your toes. Repeat two to three times. All exercises should be done to tolerance and should not be painful. The third step may be the most difficult. Since shin splints can be caused by many things, their cause must be identified. Common causes include: changing running surfaces, grass to hardwood for example; poor running surfaces such as hard pavement; poor conditioning; track work done in one direction; improper footwear; and not listening to your body. When pain begins it is your body’s way of saying there is something wrong and it should not be ignored. Remember, whenever there is an injury you should be evaluated by an athletic trainer, physical therapist or a medical doctor. Stress fractures, stress reactions and other serious injuries can present as shin splints.

College Notebook

Fermi Hockey Stars Stepping Up At The Next Level Compiled by Reid L. Walmark The Sports Department Senior forward Chris Beaudoin, a transfer from SUNY-Potsdam and a 2006 graduate of Fermi High School in Enfield, has three goals and three assists for the WNEC men’s ice hockey team (3-6-1). Beaudoin had five goals and nine assists in 2009-10. Freshman Chris D’Onofrio, a 2010 graduate of Ellington, is a reserve goaltender for the Golden Bears. D’Onofrio played for Tri-Town. Senior defenseman and assistant captain Mike Little, a 2005 graduate of Fermi, has six assists for the American International College men’s ice hockey team (4-9-0). In his career, he has three goals and 21 assists. He also played for the Springfield (Mass.) Junior Pics.

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