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Get Ready For Some Football Glenn Cunningham gets a great block from Greg Murdoch and breaks free for a 50-yard touchdown to help the Glastonbury Youth Football A Team to an opening day victory over Bloomfield Sunday. More photos online at www.TheSportsDept.com

Inside The Sports Department Jon Buzby says parents need to learn to adapt to a new coach. See page 3. The youth football season kicked off. See photos on page 8.

Glastonbury Girls Look To Repeat

By Danny Atkinson The Sports Department

Glastonbury believes CCC championship can propel it to another significant tournament run. “Our goal is be to peak at the right time,” he said.

Over the past three seasons, the Glastonbury girls soccer team established itself as the top program in the Central Connecticut Conference and then the top program in Class LL by winning the 2011 state tournament. The Tomahawks strongly believe they can again be a top program in its conference and class. Glastonbury’s success will start with three players. Seniors Katie Connolly, Kate Smith and Kristen Dragotta were each All-Conference players last season and are favorites to again receive this honor. Smith is a versatile center and midfielder who can be effective at any position, while Dragotta, a forward, will be a potent scorer. Connolly Kate Smith returns for the defending Class will lead an intimidating defense. LL champion Tomahawks. File Photo Finocchiaro is confident that his team can capture another See “Girls Cross Country” Page 6 tournament championship.

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The Sports Department invites you to take our trivia challenge. Get the most answers correct and you have a shot at winning a hoodie, courtesy of The Sports Department. Enter online at www.thesportsdept.com 1. How many Olympic medals did swimmer Michael Phelps end his career with? A) 15 B) 22 C) 25 D) 10 2. Who hit the only grand slam in an MLB All-Star Game? A) Fred Lynn B) Jim Rice C) Babe Ruth D) Melky Cabrera 3. Who is the Boston Celtics all-time leading scorer? A) Bill Russell B) Paul Pierce C) Larry Bird D) John Havlicek 4. Who is the New York Yankees alltime leader in hits? A) Babe Ruth B) Derek Jeter C) Mickey Mantle D) Don Mattingly 5. New England Patriots quarterback played at which college? A) Notre Dame B) Texas C) Michigan D) Ohio State

6. Who is the only college football player to win two Heisman Trophies? A) Archie Griffin B) Tim Tebow C) Peyton Manning D) Charles Woodson 7) What college did Eli Manning go to? A) LSU B) Texas C) UConn D) Ole Miss 8) Who is UConn men’s basketball alltime leading scorer? A) Chris Smith B) Ray Allen C) Tate George D) Kemba Walker 9) Who caught Doug Flutie’s famous hail mary against Miami in 1984 for Boston College? A) Jerry Rice B) Gerard Phelan C) Art Monk D) Lynn Swann 10) Who scored the only TD in Super Bowl III for the New York Jets? A) Joe Namath B) Matt Snell C) Don Maynard D) Tim Tebow


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Learn To Adapt To New Coach

By Jon Buzby The Sports Department

It can take time for a player to adapt to a new coach, just like it takes time for a student to adapt to a new teacher. Some parents also need time for adjustment. You may already be questioning if your child’s coach is the right one to lead the team, regardless of what level your child is playing. And those parents who are not doubting, probably have kids who are. Some parents coach for that exact reason — then there’s no question, at least in the paren t’s mind, whether the coach is getting the job done. But for parents who don’t coach, and for kids who don’t call the coach Mom or Dad, getting used to a new coach can be frustrating at first. Try to remember that a coach is a volunteer doing the very best he or she can. Every decision made might not be the most popular one, or in the players’ or parents’ opinion, the best one, but it is the coach’s

decision and therefore has to be respected as long as safety is not an issue. Let The Little Things Go Most of the little things parents get frustrated about usually aren’t that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things. Parents fight over little items such as how drills are run, if they are effective, and players’ positions on the field. My rule of thumb as a parent is if it’s not jeopardizing the safety of my child, I keep my opinions to myself. After all, I didn’t skip dinner to plan the practice and I’m sitting in the bleachers with a cup of coffee and the sports page during it. Don’t Demean The Coach In Front Of Your Child Any time my son questions his coach, I tell him that it’s a good experience to play for different coaches with varying personalities, just like I strongly believe it’s good for kids to have teachers with different teaching styles. I remind him that part of being a good athlete is being adaptable to a variety of situations on and off the field. It’s no different than at the varsity, college or professional level. You Can Approach The Coach ... The Right Way However, if you think there’s an issue that needs to be discussed, don’t be afraid to meet with the coach and ask why things are done a certain way. I just wouldn’t do it one week into the season. And if and when you do approach the coach, consider starting the conversation this way: “Coach, I’ve

never seen a game situation handled that way and I am always eager to learn, and so I’m just wondering why you do it that way.” You Still Might Not Like The Answer, But At Least You’ll Have One Don’t make the season any longer than it has to be — accept early on that not every coach is perfect, and remember, neither is every athlete or parent. Jon Buzby’s columns appear in newspapers and magazines around the country as well as numerous websites. Email your comments to jonbuzby@hotmail.com and follow him @JonBuzby on Twitter.

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To submit information about your golf tournament please email us at: Golfnews@thesportsdept.com. Listings are free and will run both online at TheSportsDept.com and in print.

Eastern Connecticut Hockey Tournament On September 21, 2102 the Eastern Connecticut Hockey Organization (ECHO) will hold their 11th Annual Golf Tournament at the Blackledge C.C. in Hebron, CT. The cost is $448 for foursomes ($117 for Single Golfers) and includes Lunch, Golf, Cart and Dinner. Not a Golfer? Then come for dinner and the Raffle (over 50 items). Silent& Live Auctions as well. Cost for Dinner only is $43. Lots of sports memorabilia. Please visit www. echostars.com or call Bob Pilney at 860647-9398. Stafford Bulldog Youth Football League Tournament The Stafford Bulldog Youth Football League will hold its golf  tournament on Sept 21 at Cedar Knob Golf Course in Somers. Entry fee is $110 and includes golf, cart, lunch, dinner, prizes, golf awards and more.

The format is a scramble and shotgun play begins at noon. Silent Auction and Chinese Raffle also held. For more information please contact Henry Engel (860) 262-1651 or Scott Gilbert (860) 993-4865; hwengel51@gmail.com. COME JOIN THE FUN AND SUPPORT THE CAUSE! NCCCC ANNUAL ROXY BURKE SCHOLARSHIP WOMEN’S GOLF TOURNAMENT The North Central Connecticut Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce its annual Roxy Burke Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament. This year’s tournament will held on September 21st, at the Rolling Meadows Country Club located at 76 Sadds Mill Road in Ellington, CT. A continental breakfast for the golfers will be held in the club’s banquet hall at 8am, followed by a 9am shot gun start. The 9-hole tournament will be followed by a luncheon and raffle. This year’s tournament will include the first of hopefully many Silliest Hat Contests. Golfers: be sure to have your silliest hat in tow for a chance to win prizes! The fee per golfer is $65.00, which includes continental breakfast, lunch,

greens fees, and golf cart. All proceeds from this event will be awarded to students from the five area high schools, as well as NCCCC member’s children, and one student from Asnuntuck Community College. To register for this event please contact the chamber at (860) 741-3838. Vernon Orioles Tournament Slated For October 6 The Vernon Orioles baseball club will hold its 21st annual golf tournament on

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Student Athlete of the Month Do you have a nickname? My nickname is Tom Tom Your grade in school: Senior Your Birthdate: January 9th. I’m the oldest in my family, I have a younger sister who is in 9th grade. Can you give me some background on when you started playing your sport: I started playing soccer in 1st grade. Then I started premier soccer, and played for Glastonbury high school varsity team. What do you love most about your sport? You don’t have to be the biggest kid, you can compromise with your speed. How do you prepare for a meet or game? I think about what I did last game and what I could do better for the game I’m playing that day. Thoughts on the upcoming Season for both you and your team: We will do great, we’re playing the ball well. Taking it day by day, game by game. Biggest School Rival: Farmington , Wethersfield, and Simsbury My Role Model: My dad, he taught me a lot about sports and he got me into wanting to play soccer. I listened to him to think more into the game Favorite Way to Relax: I play piano a

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lot and hang out with my friends having pick up games. Favorite Class at School: I have always loved science. Favorite Junk Food: I eat everything. What’s Playing on Your Ipod? Depends what mood I am in that day. Red Sox or Yankees: Not much of a baseball guy. Favorite Movie: Dark Knight Rises Favorite TV Show: It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia Plans for After High School: I would love to go to either Northwestern or Johns Hopkins to become a doctor.

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More Action From Our Glastonbury Athletes Amanda Edson sets for a teammate during practice for her Tomahawks volleyball team.

Quarterback Ben Berey will lead the Tomahawks offense on the football field.

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Girls Cross Country Team Has Big Goals

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Football Glastonbury went 8-2 in the 2011 season and earned a berth in the Class LL playoffs before losing at Xavier. The Tomahawks should again be a strong contender for the CCC East divisional title. Even after graduating five starters each on offense and defense, Senior defensive end and captain Josh Hill was All-CCC last season and was the team’s second leading tackler with 68, while leading the team in tackles for loss. Fellow captain and senior outside linebacker Nick Karp is expected to be an impact player at linebacker. Head coach Scott Daniels had plenty of praise for the pair. “Josh will be an impact player on the defense coming off the edge,” he said. Boys Soccer Glastonbury lost seven starters to graduation from a team that went 14-2 and advanced to the Class LL quarterfinals, but the Tomahawks expects to reload quickly. They are very capable of earning a playoff berth. Glastonbury will rely on the senior trio of midfielders Connor Trymbulak and Matt Parmelee and defender Luke McNabb. “The guys are working very hard to get ready for the season," coach Mark Landers said. "They understand what they must do to replace the talented players that graduated. We are looking to reload, not rebuild." Field Hockey Glastonbury has a number of experienced players who are looking to replace

last year’s stars. Senior tri-captains Courtney Peterson, Shea Clark and Jessica Rihm will anchor the team at forward, on defense and in the midfield. Senior goalie and 2011 All-State honoree Dana Dhami will also take on large leadership role. Head coach Maureen Perkins believes the experience and talent of her returning players is the Tomahawks largest strength. Perkins said: “They understand what it takes to compete for a state championship and would like to get back there.” Volleyball The volleyball team will rely on a talented and experienced core. It returns eight seniors and two starters from last year’s squad. Senior outside hitters Abby Gordon and Danielle Ganci will anchor the offense alongside senior setter Amanda Elison, an All-Conference selection. Girls Cross Country For the girls cross country team, they had just two starters graduate from a team that was Class LL runner up and seventh in the State Open. Kaitlyn Hebert, Kristin Aborio, Anna Orientale and Sarah Tobias each earned All-Conference last season, with Hebert also being named All-State. “There are some good new additions to the team that could have an impact on our season," Collins said. Boys Cross Country The boys cross country squad should have anywhere from nine to 13 runners competing for varsity slots. However, coach Howard Breinan said “We lack a big gun guaranteed a top 10 spot at the

state level.” Brothers Ryan and Patrick Shirling, both seniors, finished in the top 10 for CCC North runners at the conference meet, and also placed in the top 30 overall for conference runners. Swimming Glastonbury lost seven starters from a formidable 2011 squad that placed fourth in the Class LL championship meet. Despite these losses, head coach Suzie Hoyt is confident Glastonbury’s depth will allow the Tomahawks to barely miss a beat. Senior Mary Howard and juniors Abbey Fusco and Katie Hegwood are excellent freestylers, but still versatile enough to swim a large variety of strokes. Boys Crew Glastonbury’s novice team had an outstanding 2011 season that was capped off with a second-place finish in the State

Matt Parmalee is one of the captains for the Tomahawks squad.

Championships. Every oarsman in that boat returned and will compete for spots in the team’s top boats. The Tomahawks also return most of the oarsmen from its third Varsity Eight boat that finished second in the state. Glastonbury is a squad that has an impressive blend of young talent and experience. Head coach Stephen Somosky said "We hope to have an overall improvement in our rowing technique and physical conditioning,” Girls Crew The girls crew team has a deep class of juniors who are ready to replace a large group of graduates. Head coach Patrick Houle is confident his juniors can step up into leadership roles as they gain experience. Kathleen Morrisroe, Caroline McManus and Abby Plummer are Glastonbury’s captains.


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The teams and players from our past are a huge part of what shapes our memories and overall appreciation for sports. And nothing can cause memories to come rushing back quite like an old team photograph or an action shot from someone’s “glory days.”

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One season after the boys swim team captured a state title, the GHS girls team won a title of its own in 1976. Courtesy of: Glastonbury High School

Glastonbury’s girls soccer team advanced to the Class L tournament semifinals in 1993. (Courtesy of: Glastonbury High School) The boys swim team rode a wave of excellence all the way to a state title in 1975. Courtesy of: Glastonbury High School If you have a photo you would like to see in next month’s edition of The Sports Department you may email it to us at Storyideas@thesportsdept.com or mail it to us at The Sports Department, PO Box 746, Ellington, CT 06029. Mailed photos MUST be accompanied by a paid return postage envelope in order to be returned to sender.

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Glastonbury's A Team defense shows its mettle during an opening day victory over Bloomfield

Patrick Sconzo comes to the sideline for a breather during Glastonbury's victory over Bloomfield in A Team action.

Glastonbury A Team quarterback Michael Welcer gets his team settled in for a crucial goal line series.

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Glastonbury Parks and Recreation

Santa's Run Registration Begins On October 10th

By Bill Engle The Sports Department

It’s about that time of year to start thinking about Santa's Run, the great family event that will top the year of 2011! This year we will celebrate the 35th year of this popular event. The Parks and Rec Department will begin accepting registration for the 2012 Santa’s Run, beginning Wednesday, October 10th. In a new requirement this year, registrations will only be accepted online or mail only from October 10-November 6. Register on line at http://santasrun. glastonbury-ct.gov. Registration forms can be downloaded from the same website. Online registrations will be accepted until November 26. Walk-in registration will begin on November 6. Race numbers will be picked up on race day. The first 150 to pre-register will receive a free cotton t-shirt. Interested participants may order a dri-fit shirt (pre-order only) online until November 6 for $20. The race will be held Sunday, December 2nd with a snow date of December 9th. Co-sponsored with Quality Name Plate, Inc. and Nutmeg State Federal Credit Union. The run starts at noon at the Glastonbury high school. The entry fee is $10 per runner through November 22. After November 22 and day-of-race, the fee will be $15. Special merchandise prizes will be awarded randomly through a raffle on race day.

A special Costume Division is featured at this event. Come dressed in your wildest Christmas costume and enjoy the holiday spirit. All 2011 registrants will receive an email to download the registration form. The race will feature computerized chip timing by Bay State Race Services. This will enable results to be faster and more accurate. Forms will be available at the Welles Turner Library, Chamber of Commerce, Town Hall and area sport shops, as well as the Parks and Recreation Department, beginning October 1. A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Glastonbury Fuel Bank. Fall Children’s Swim Lessons Still Have Openings Don’t miss the opportunity to get a start on swim lessons! The Parks and Recreation Department offers children’s swim lessons on Saturday between 10:30 a.m. – 1:10 p.m. Lessons are available for children ages 6 months and up. The lessons follow the nationally recognized American Red Cross Learn to Swim program, designed to introduce children to the aquatic environment and guide them through a series of skill levels. Classes begin September 22 for eight weeks. Fee is $29/child. Please refer to the Parks and Recreation fall brochure for details on class times and level descriptions. The brochure can be found on-line at www.glastonbury-ct. gov, click on "Town Departments," then

"Parks and Recreation," and then "Programs and Activities." Skateboard Lessons Beginner Skate (Boys and girls, ages 5-7.) For new skateboarders and those with limited experience. Skaters are taught the basic skills of skateboarding including balance, position, stopping, turning, falling techniques and safety. Staff will evaluate each skater and work with them on an individual basis as much as possible. Full pads and waivers required. Fee: $45/child Meets: Saturdays, 9:00-9:45 a.m. Dates: September 8-October 13 Instructor: Hoodlum Skateboard Company Advanced Beginner Skate (Boys and girls, age 7 and up.) Skaters will learn the fundamentals and beginner maneuvers of skateboarding. Participants are taught how to properly ride each piece of equipment in the park, falling techniques, balance and safety. As participants improve, airs, grinds, spins and tricks will be taught. Full pads and waivers required. Fee: $65/child Meets: Saturdays, 9:45-10:45 a.m. Dates: September 8-October 13 Instructor: Hoodlum Skateboard Company Intermediate Skate (Boys and girls, age 7 and up.) Skaters learn advanced tricks and maneuvers of skateboarding. Skaters

taking this level must have several years of skating experience. Proper technique will be stressed. 360’s, 180’s, Ollies, 50-50’s, Kickflips, Shuvits, Grabbed Airs, Topsides, Negatives, Torques, Technical Grinds and special tricks will be practiced and critiqued. Full pads and waivers required. Fee: $65/child Meets: Saturdays, 10:45-11:45 a.m. Dates: September 8-October 13 Instructor: Hoodlum Skateboard Company Registration is currently on-going through mail or online registration at www. glastonbury-ct.gov. Click "Departments" then "Leisure/Culture," then "Parks and Recreation" then "On-Line Registration." For more information, please contact the Glastonbury Parks and Recreation Department at (860) 652-7679. All Pro Sports/UConn Women’s Players Basketball Clinic (Boys and girls, ages 7-15.) Get ready for the season with this three hour clinic! Spend time working on your fundamentals and learning from current UConn Players like Caroline Doty and Stephanie Dolson! This is a great opportunity to meet some of the players and get ready for the season by doing drills with them. Sports Camps UConn Clinic 104110-UC Fee: $30 Meets: Saturday, 3:00-6:00 p.m. Dates: September 29 Location: GHS Gym


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Kinesio-Tape Helps The World's Best

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Student Athlete of the Month Do you have a nickname? Just Mary. Your grade in school: Senior and I’m captain of the Varsity Girls Swim Team Your Birthdate: Dec 29th How many kids in your family? I am the middle of three kids. Can you give me background on your swimming career? I swam at Woodledge Pool Club for six years. I also did Glastonbury U.S. Swimteam for five years. I have been on the GHS Varsity Girls Swimteam since freshman year. I won all conference for three years and I won all-state in the 200 relay sophomore year. I hold two school records: 400 free relay which is also a pool record and the 200 free relay. What do you love most about your sport? I love the team work aspect. I also like swimming in relays. It’s a great workout. How do you prepare for a meet? We have to do two sprints before a meet but I do three sprints before each meet. I paint my toe nails the same color before each meet. Thoughts on the upcoming Season : We always do well and sadly it will be over this year. It’s about the team too and not just you. Biggest School Rival: Cheshire. Chesire has not been beat in 31 years and

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we beat them last year, Fall 2011. Favorite Sports Memory in your sport: Beating Cheshire. My Role Model: My teammates Famous People I’ve met: Jim Calhoun Favorite Way to Relax: Read and hang out with teammates. Favorite Class at School: English Favorite Junk Food: I love Robb’s Farm ice cream and anything with chocolate. What’s Playing on Your iPod? I love country music. Hunter Hayes “Wanted” is my favorite song right now. Red Sox or Yankees: Red Sox Favorite Movie: Crazy Stupid Love Favorite TV Show: The Office Plans for After High School: College and swim D3. I also want to shout out to my amazing supportive sisters!

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What Is A Stress Fracture?

By Kristen Weiman, PT, DPT The Sports Department

*Certified Athletic Trainer Certified Athletic Trainers (ATCs) are allied health care providers trained in the prevention, evaluation and rehabilitation of sports injuries. They work under the direction of a physician and they are board certified nationally, and licensed in CT. Visit www.NATA.org for more information. Certified athletic trainers at Glastonbury High School are provided by Eastern Rehabilitation Network (www.easternrehab. net ), a department of Hartford Hospital (www.harthosp.org). Eastern Rehabilitation Network (ERN) and The Sports Department have partnered to bring readers a monthly column on sports medicine topics. Readers may submit questions related to injuries, training advice, rehabilitation or any other sports medicine topic. Submit questions to: Christina Martinelli, ATC (Glastonbury High School) – cmartinelli@harthosp. org, Allison Steingiser, ATC (Glastonbury High School) – asteingiser@harthosp.org, Rob Durbois, Physical Therapist (ERN Glastonbury) – rdurboi@harthosp.org. A “stress” fracture is a hairline crack that can occur in bones from repeated or prolonged use.  They normally occur in the foot bones, tibia and fibula (shin bones), femur (thigh bone) and the

vertebrae (back bones). A stress fracture normally presents with localized swelling, bone pain in a specific spot and point tenderness. In the early stages of the fracture, pain will be present when active but will not be present at rest.  During the later stages of a stress fracture the pain will become constant and more intense. The majority of stress fractures of the leg occur during activities such as running, jumping and dancing. The exact cause of this fracture is unknown, however there are a number of possibilities including; overload effect caused by repetitive muscle contraction (muscle tendons attach to bone), constant vibration of the bone due to weight bearing activities, changing the stress to the bone from fatigued muscles during training, and a change in surfaces (grass to gym floor for example). In athletics, stress fractures are most commonly seen in athletes who come back too soon to competition after injury, going to one sport to the next without proper training in the second event, starting training too quickly (bones are more susceptible to fracture during the first two weeks of training), and changes in training habits. Thus the best way to prevent stress fractures is to maintain fitness and to listen to your body when training. Stress fractures are commonly misdiagnosed because x-rays do not always show them. If your doctor suspects a stress fracture a bone scan may be

ordered to get a more accurate diagnosis. If a stress fracture does occur the most important treatment is rest. Commonly stress fractures will be casted or immobilized for 3-6 weeks while the bone heals. Return to sports will be determined by how quickly the fracture heals. Return-toplay will be a slower process than most overuse injuries and the athlete should NOT “push” through the pain because further injury may occur. In general, the longer you had symptoms before you start treatment, the longer it will take to get better.

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