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Kick Save And A Beauty South Windsor goalkeeper Aiden Cain can’t take his eyes off the puck as he makes a save during a recent game vs Darien. Photo by Steve Palmer, The Sports Department, www.stevepalmerphotography. com

Rams Going Deep By Nate Owen, The Sports Department There are 13 seniors on his roster, but coach Paul Dowe doesn’t look at the Terrorcats as a veteran team. Need proof? The Rams play a occasionally play a fourth line - a rarity in high school hockey - that Stevenson said is comprised of players that could have played every shift last season. But Rockville’s new co-op team with former rivals Bolton, Coventry, and Lyman Memorial gave the Rams (5-1) a healthy increase in numbers this season. “It was a pretty big rivalry,” Stevenson said of former Rockville-ManchesterStafford and Bolton-Coventry-Lyman Memorial matchup. “I think it wasn’t a big deal for the coaches but the kids had to put the past behind them and look to the future.” The Rams have gotten balanced scoring

Daniel Kelly shows he’s the boss as he takes a Darien player hard into the boards. Photo by Steve Palmer, The Sports Department,

through the lineup, while Cam Earle has played well in net. Manchester is now with Berlin and Newington, while Stafford joined with Enfield, Fermi, and East Granby. “With any new organization there are growing pains,” Stevenson said. “We’ve taken any hurdles that we’ve had and not really turned them into roadblocks. I think that’s because they see the big picture.” Tri-Town There are 13 seniors on his roster, but coach Paul Dowe doesn’t look at the Terrorcats as a veteran one. “This is the first year a lot of them are getting consistent varsity time,” Dowe said. “We’ve been blessed in the past to have very senior laden-teams. Tri-Town (1-6) has lost two games in overtime, two by one goal, and two by two

goals. “The last couple games, we’ve done better with the battles all over the ice. We’ve been controlling the puck and not letting it get away from us,” Dowe said. Cullen Roberts, Cody Roy, Jay Skorulsky, Daniel Champiny, Cam Pape, and

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Krystian Kruzel have paced the Terrorcats so far. “Kruzel has really developed his game,” Dowe said. “We need more guys to get there; it’s just taking longer

South Windsor Like several other area teams, South Windsor is dealing with the loss of a large See “BUMPY”, Page 6

Inside The Sports Department See who made our All-Area teams, beginning on Page 4. Longtime Ellington/Somers coach steps down. See page 9.


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Taking The “Hog” Out Of The Ball Hog By Jon Buzby, The Sports Department Winter has settled in around Connecticut, and that means it’s basketball season and thousands of kids all over the area are dribbling, passing and shooting. Unfortunately, among those players are a few who prefer to just dribble and shoot. In other words, they don’t like to pass, and rarely do. In layman’s terms, they hog the ball. One dictionary definition of a hog is “one that uses too much of something.” Translating that into sports terms, a ball hog is “one that uses too much of the ball.” Or in sim-

pler terms, “does not pass.” And it happens in sports other than basketball. One of the hardest situations to deal with when coaching a talented player is convincing that child that he is one of many on a team. At no age should one person












ever dominate a game to the point that he eliminates the involvement of his teammates, regardless of whether he can score every time or not. Players of all ages know when a player is hogging the ball and they never like it. If you ask a player if he would rather never touch the ball and win, or dribble, make passes and take shots but lose, most would honestly tell you they would rather feel like part of the team in a losing effort instead of knowing they had nothing to do with a win. This is especially true in youth sports. One dictionary definition of “share” is “to partake equally.” Translated in sports terms it means “pass the ball.” So, how do you get one that uses too much of something to partake equally? Or in sports terms, how do you get a ball hog to pass the ball? Talking with the player might help. However, you will find it is very difficult to explain to a young player, especially a talented one, why he should not get the ball, shoot, and score every single time. After all, isn’t the goal of the team to win? And don’t you win by scoring points, no matter who scores them?

You should communicate with parents to make sure they understand what you are trying to accomplish with their child. Much like a teacher does, the coach should be sure what is being taught during practice is reiterated at home, even if only as verbal reminders, especially on the car ride to the game. You can also try changing the player’s position or role in the game. Try positioning selfish players so that they can participate in meaningful but not dominating roles. In soccer or ice hockey, play the dominating scorer on defense or in goal once in a while. On the basketball court, make sure a variety of players have the chance to dribble the ball up the court and set up plays so that the first pass is to someone who is likely to make a second pass. There is always a position for a player in every sport to keep him from hogging the ball or dominating play, and sometimes that position is next to the coach on the bench. So, if the above suggestions don’t work, time on the bench is often the best way to get across you don’t want one player doing everything. Remember, youth sports should be a positive learning experience for everyone regardless of ability level. Therefore, simply put, the sports definition of a ball hog is “unacceptable.” Contact Jon Buzby at JonBuzby@hotmail. com and follow him @JonBuzby on Twitter.

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Local Girls Contributing At College Level By Reid L. Walmark, The Sports Department Freshman Savannah Kresge (Ellington 2012) is a guard on the Johnson & Wales University women’s basketball team (3-8) in Providence, R.I. She has played in three games coming off the bench. She has scored two points and is averaging 1.7 minutes a game. Emily Savino (Ellington 2009) leads the Western New England College women’s basketball team (6-7) in scoring at 14.2 ppg. The senior guard and captain is shooting 36.7 percent from the floor, 33.3 from three-point range and 82.6 from the foul line. She leads the Golden Bears in assists and steals and is tied for second in rebounds at 4.9 a game. Her 34.2 minutes per game is the most on WNEC. Kelly Conley (Ellington 2012) is a freshman on the Assumption College women’s basketball team (9-3). She has played in seven of 12 games, all as a reserve guard. Conley is averaging 8.3 minutes and 1.4 points per game. Kristin Schatzlein (Tolland 2012) is a freshman guard at Fairfield University (8-6). She has played in all 14 games, each as a reserve. She is seventh in minutes played per game at 14.5. Her 4.5 scoring average

ranks her fifth highest on the team. Schatzlein is shooting 42.4 percent from the floor and 37.9 from three-point range. Her older sister, Kelly, a forward, is second in scoring at Merrimack College (8-4) at 11.4 ppg. She is second in minutes per game (27.3) and leads in rebounding (10.5 per game) and total blocks with 12. The co-captain is third in field-goal percentage (44.3) and tied for fourth in assists. Senior Priscilla Appiagyei (South Windsor 2009) set the University of Hartford record in the 300 and 400 meters in indoor track as a sophomore in 2010-11. She runs the 200 meters and the 4x400-meter relay as well. Appiagyei owns the Hawks’ record outdoors, in the spring, in the 400. Her best performance this season was a third in the 500 on Dec. 8 at the Harvard Open. Her college teammate, Natalie Bonham (Glastonbury 2009), a senior, has competed in the sprints, hurdles, 500, 800, long jump, high jump and shot put in her indoor career. Bonham’s best effort this season was a fourth, behind Appaigyei, in the Harvard Open 500. Emily Howard (Tolland 2012) was scheduled to compete in UConn’s indoor track season opener at the Armory Invite in New York.

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Nickname: JR Accomplishments: High Honors, All-Academic Team, Captain of the Hockey Team GPA: 92 How do you prepare for a game? I eat a good meal before the game and listen to music to get J.R. Piretti ready Thoughts on the season? With the new co-op, BCR, I was excited to come together and be a more competitive team Favorite career moment: My favorite moment was my first varsity goal against EO Smith, I went down on one knee and “Tebowed” for my celebration What area were you strongest in? I think I was strongest in the mental game of hockey, anticipating where the puck would go next. What area did you improve the

most in over you career? Being a team player/leader. What are you going to miss most about high school? I’m definitely going to miss playing high school hockey, and I’ll miss being around my team since we’re like a family What is the toughest challenge you’ve overcome? Keeping my grades up, while playing sports almost 7 days a week Favorite athlete? Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins) and I model my game after him Redsox or Yankees? I’m not a fan of baseball, but I’d go with the Red Sox Uconn men or women? UConn men Favorite singer, movie, tv show? Kid Cudi or 2Chainz, Miracle, and Shameless What’s your favorite sports website to follow? Maxpreps How do you believe sites like twitter and Facebook have changed how you watch and follow sports? Well they certainly help out if you need to figure out a score of a game, but they do create many arguments Plans after high school: Attend a 4-year institution and continue playing either hockey or lacrosse

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Continued from Page 1 senior class. The Bobcats are traditionally one of the area’s top teams, but off to a 3-6 start this season. Still, coach Neil Rodman sees signs of an upswing in his young team, which only returns 10 players from last season. “We’re starting to gain momentum,” he said, pointing to a 5-3 win against Conard Jan. 9, a game tied 3-3 at the start of the final period. “We’re showing signs of improving on finishing games.” E.O. Smith-Tolland-Windham It has been a rollercoaster start for the co-op team, which was 3-3 entering the second weekend of January. The team started out with a bang, defeating Fitch-East

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Tautkus Steps Down As Ellington/Somers Coach By Brian Mazzone From Michael Vick to Alex Voukounas, Keith Tautkus has coached a wide variety of athletes in his successful coaching career. After 13 years as coach of the Ellington/ Somers High co-op football program, Tautkus decided to resign. “I wouldn’t want to coach football at any place other than Ellington,” Tautkus said. “At this point I do not know if I can commit 100 percent of my time to the program. And if I can’t do that, I don’t believe it’s the right way to do things.” Tautkus’ long journey on the football field started in San Angelo, Texas, as a 29-year-old college student at San Angelo State. “I learned a lot because I didn’t really play, I looked at it as more of a coaching opportunity; a chance to learn,” Tautkus said After moving around the country where his wife’s military career took him, Tautkus finished his degree at the University of Maryland. He did some high school baseball coaching, but then ended up coaching football and teaching in Newport News, Va. “I was the baseball coach and the weightlifting coach. I had Mike Vick, I tried to get him to do baseball, but the football coach wouldn’t let him.” Tautkus said. In the Virginia high school league in which Tautkus coached, there were football stars like Vick, Plaxico Burress, Allen Iverson, and Ronald Curry. It was a long way from Ellington. Around the time that Tautkus was hired as a tech-ed teacher and JV baseball coach, the wheels were in motion to start a football program in Ellington. He just happened to mention in his teaching interview in 1997 that he might want to coach

football one day. In 2000, the Knights launched their program with Somers and East Windsor as a JV program. They played three varsity games and a JV Thanksgiving Day game. “The (Pequot) league and state wanted us to go two years of JV. We TAUTKUS said ‘No way.’ My thought process was that we weren’t getting any better playing JV. I thought, well, if we stink, we stink, but I want to get better,” Tautkus said. Well, they never stunk. In their first game as a full-time varsity program, they hosted defending Class S state champion Hyde Leadership-New Haven. “We won that one,” Tautkus said with a smile. “That was a good one, 13-12. We had no clue we’d be that good.” The Knights went 7-4 and won the Pequot Uncas Division title. The Ellington/Somers program was born. The Knights went 10-1 in 2002 and again won the Uncas Division. In 2003 they went 9-2 and in 2004 went 6-4. Tautkus felt the program was moving in the right direction, but that something was missing. “Our goal was to get enough kids. So to do that we used three schools (including East Windsor) —that made us a LL school. We kept just missing out of the playoffs because we didn’t have the points.” “We wouldn’t have matched up well vs. LL teams. So our next goal was to not only make the playoffs, but to be competitive. That’s when we dropped East Windsor,” Tautkus said.

Keith Tautkus Coaching Highlights: • Record: 86-43 • Best Record: 10-0 –2011 • Worst: 3-7 –2006 • Division Titles: 2001, 2002, 2011 • Pequot League Title: 2011 • State playoff appearances: 2011, 2012 • First Win: Tourtellotte 2000, 42-7 • Last Win: Coventry 2012 ,38-14 • Personal Highlights • Best Player: “Too many to name” • Best Team: “2011 record-wise, 2012 was the best performing team I’ve ever had. They got every ounce out of their talent” • Best Rivalry: “Tolland, no doubt about it” • Best Win: “Avon 2011 - 14-5 victory at Fermi” • Toughest Loss: “2006 6-0 to Housatonic” In 2005 the program went to just Ellington and Somers and the program had its only two losing seasons. “The most important thing that I learned from that was that even when you are good, there are things you need to change. Maybe we got complacent, we made some changes and really went back to basics,” Tautkus said. Tautkus’ team missed the state playoffs on the final day of the season in 2007 and 2008. His team finally made it in 2011, going 10-0. They made it again this past season at 9-1. Tautkus said that he started to think about stepping away after the 2011 league title. “I started to get tired of all the stuff that wasn’t on the field. The equipment, the lifting, schedul-

ing, passing league—all the baggage. I started to expand the roles of the staff because I wanted them to take over the team.” Tautkus said. Tautkus had the joy of coaching both of his sons, Jason (class of ‘05) and Austin, now a senior at EHS. He felt that Austin could play football in college and he wanted to be there to watch it all. “I had so much fun. We were such overachievers, it was great, Tautkus said. Despite ending his career with a 29-22 loss to Weston in the Class M playoffs, Tautkus has wonderful memories of his overall stay. “I loved the relationships that I had with my players. I loved to see them grow, mature, get better at football, but be great in life. I saw them become great young men and represent themselves well. “I also got to watch a lot of that first-hand. I had so many former players come back and coach - Erick Knickerbocker, Chris Wells, Justin Russell, Alex Voukounas, Eric Senger, Joe Tarpinian - they were all such great kids and it was a joy to watch them become such good young men,” Tautkus said. Tautkus will continue to coach Ellington’s baseball team and has no intention of giving that up. He still wants to coach, but realizes it’s time to give up at least one role. “I want to watch Austin play, but I also owe so much to my family. My wife, my sister, my in-laws, my girls, my boys - all of them sacrificed so much to let me coach. They were all so supportive - I mean at least for years I could say I was spending time with the boys, but it was great. They are the best,” Tautkus said. Tautkus leaves with a record of 86-43, three division titles, one league title, and two playoff appearances. It will be a tough act to follow.

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Fortin Scoring In Bunches For Eagles

By Danny Atkinson, The Sports Department The Tolland High Eagles have demonstrated the powerful impact an outstanding scorer can make. Tolland would not be 6-2 overall and 5-2 in the CCC East without the talents of All-State scorer Taylor Fortin. However, it also would not be where it is without strong support from Fortin’s supporting cast. The Eagles are skilled and should continue to make noise in the East. Tolland’s success begins and ends with Fortin. The senior point guard is one of the most talented and creative offensive players in the state. He is averaging 30 points and has been amazingly consistent. Coach Mike Lewis said that Fortin has become more aggressive this season and improved his shooting. Guard Dan Vareed and small forward Mike Nisbet are having strong seasons and have provided Tolland with additional scoring options. Vareed and Nisbet, captains along with Fortin, are averaging 12.9 and 9.6 points, respectively, The Eagles are averaging 68 points. Big men Trevor King and Josh Petoskey must improve their rebounding and offensive production to make the Eagles more well-rounded. “If you can compete in our division, you will be a strong postseason team,” he said.

Ellington guard Jon Bassett The Knights came is an outstanding into the season lookfacilitator who can ing to improve on last create mayhem year’s 8-13 record. against any deDespite some bumps fense. He had 19 along the way, the points against East team’s 4-3 record Windsor Jan. 8. demonstrates that it The Knights have is heading in the right struggled to find direction. their best defensive Ellington is outscorcombination, allowing opponents by ing about 57 points about seven points on on average. As average. The Knights Ellington’s cohesivewon four consecutive ness improves, its games from December record should as 14-28 in which they well. “When we’re combined to shoot 47 playing our best, I percent, but have gone think we are one of cold in two consecutive the four or five best losses at Granby and teams in the conferEast Windsor. ence,” Flint said. The Knights have started strong despite Rockville Taylor Fortin has been a force on the consistently playing The Rams (0-8) shorthanded due to in- offensive end for Tolland. Courtesy of: are allowing 76 juries and the flu. “We Lifetouch Photography points on average haven’t been together and have given up long enough to iron out our chemistry is80 or more three times. Many of these sues,” coach Don Flint said. struggles have been caused by a lack of The Knights feature a deep and efficient execution on offense that has led to easy offense averaging roughly 63 points. Point scoring opportunities for opponents.

They have relied on the outstanding scoring duo of forward Rae-Quan Barber andTarchee Brown. Brown scored a combined 59 points at Tolland and RHAM. “I am confident we can qualify for the tournament because of our talent, but I have to make sure our players also believe they can,” coach Peter McCann said.

South Windsor South Windsor is experiencing frequent growing pains during its 0-9 start. However, coach Brendan McClay is not giving up on the team’s preseason goal of qualifying for states. South Windsor is allowing 72 points a game and has given up 63 or more every time out. South Windsor has slowly gotten better at running its offensive game plans, and McClay gave significant credit for this improvement to seniors Shaq Smith, Casey Shoop andMichael Kirby-McGann. Smith is a workhorse inside, and forward Shoop is the team’s best shooter. McClay praised Kirby-McGann for his work ethic and consistency on offense. McClay still views a playoff berth as a realistic goal. “Our goal will continue to be to qualify until it’s impossible to get to eight wins,” McClay said.

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Don’t Call It Beginner’s Luck

By Reid L. Walmark, The Sports Department It cannot be called beginner’s luck, because he had 15 years experience as coach of another school in the conference. But some kind of winning formula is in place at Tolland High, where Vinnie Cianfarani’s first year with the Eagles has gone about as well as could be hoped. The Eagles (9-1) could be on their way toward another high seed in the CIAC Class M tournament. Tolland, coached by Rocco Sansone, made it to the final in 2012 before losing. Sansone retired and Cianfarani, who had been at Windsor, was hired with the task of replacing four starters who graduated. That kind of turnover indicated that the season’s start would be filled with adjustments and a gaining of familiarity. After a 5-1 start, Cianfarani said he was pleased with how the Eagles opened but pinpointed “team togetherness” as the one phase where if improvement came his team would be all the more potent. That has happened. The Eagles are tied for first in the CCC East along with E.O. Smith-Storrs, Class L runners-up the past two seasons. Both are 6-0. The Eagles have won five in a row since a 38-28 loss to Berlin on Dec. 21. “We’re starting to develop togetherness,” Cianfarani said. “I’m tremendously

pleased with our the top of the CCC defensive effort on North primarily bea nightly basis.” He cause — opponents has been tinkerare having a hard time ing with the zone contending with the and man defenses, Bobcats’ depth. They with half-court and have won eight games full-court presses. in a row by an average “They’re picking it of 34.5 points. The closup.” est win in that span was Sammie Olson, by nine points and that Ashley Clawson was a division victory and Jacqui Foreover Weaver-Hartford man have been (8-2), the defending the most consistent Class M state champiscorers. Cianons. farani has been South Windsor was impressed with 5-1 in the division sophomore Courtafter defeating East ney Akerley and Catholic 67-53 Jan. 11. freshman Taylor The Bobcats and East Hall. “We’re getting Hartford were tied for very good contrisecond place behind butions from two Glastonbury (5-0 diviSam Olson tries to gather possession for sion). Scoring balance players [Akerley, Tolland. Courtesy of: Lifetouch Photogra- among Amy McConHall] I expected to be contributing phy nell, Christina Rozzie, at some point in Olivia Bolden, Allie the season who have been doing it for us Hill, Kristina Russo and Kaitlyn LaBonsooner than I had expected.” te has been one of the keys to success for South Windsor. South Windsor The Bobcats’ loss was to Glastonbury; South Windsor (10-1) has moved near the rematch was Jan. 15.

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Rockville Rockville (2-8) has won two of its last five, snapping a three-game losing streak with a 50-13 victory over Hartford Public (0-11) on Jan. 10. The Rams beat Bulkeley (1-9) 77-32 on Dec. 27 to nd a season-opening five-game losing streak. Daphne Botteron scored 15 points for Rockville in the win over Public and Courtney Joubert added 13. They’ve been the Rams’ leading scorers thus far. Danielle Wemmell and Taylor Krajewski have been the next most consistent scorers. Ellington Ellington (8-2) has carved out winning streaks of four and three so far this winter. The Knights’ three-ame wins was halted Jan. 8 in a 62-44 loss to East Windsor (7-3). But Ellington picked up where it left off with a 70-37 win at SMSA on Jan. 11. Karlee Alves has been the Knights’ leading scorer in most games. She had 14 points in the loss to East Windsor when Devonney Waters was the next high with 11. Jess Malone and Megan Millliken have been contributing points and rebounds. Ellington is in a battle with at least eight other teams for a high berth in the NCCC tournament.

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Warm Up to Skiing & Snowboarding By Julie Dutton, ATC, LAT, Director of Athletic Training Services For winter sports enthusiasts, the first sight of snow brings the urge to hit the slopes! The National Ski Patrol has tips for maximizing safety and fun while snowboarding and skiing. Equipment: Snowboarders often injure their wrists due to falling on their hands. Wrist injuries can be prevented by wearing wrist guards. Along with this important piece of safety gear, knee pads and a snow sports helmet are also recommended. Skiers should focus on conscientious and safe skiing and riding as their primary way to prevent head and other injuries. Prior to hitting the slopes, you should practice falling with all your gear on to alleviate the fear of hitting the ground. Fluids: Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration, even in cold weather. Clothing: Layering is important when it comes to dressing for the slopes. You should be able to add or remove clothing layers as weather conditions or your exertion level changes. Start with an inner moisture-wicking layer, a middle layer for insulation, and

finally an outer shell layer for wind or water resistance. Warm up: Most of your falls will occur at the end of the day due to muscle fatigue. Preseason training should focus on endurance and conditioning to combat muscle fatigue. A dynamic warm up, like the one outlined below, is suggested to increase strength and flexibility prior to beginning any training session or before getting on a ski lift. Dynamic Warm Up • Inch Worms – to loosen calves. In the push-up position, with your hands stationary, walk your feet to your hands with your knees straight. Once you feel the pull in your calves, walk your hands forward back to push up position. Repeat for 20 feet. • Heel Kicks – to loosen quads. Jog forward while lifting your heels to your buttocks. Repeat for 20 feet. • Lateral Lunges – to warm up legs and loosen inner thighs. Step out and lunge to the left, then shift weight to the right leg and push up with right leg to standing position bringing feet together. Repeat for 20 feet. • Knee Highs – to warm up calves and loosen glutes. Walk forward while pulling one knee into chest and raising the heel of the opposite leg. Repeat for 20 feet. • Mummy Walk – to loosen hamstrings. With arms extended out in front, march like a mummy by raising your toes to your hands, while keeping your knees straight. Repeat for 20 feet.

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Ellington Student Athlete of the Month

Nickname: Jess Accomplishments: Honors Student, National Honor Society, Scholar Athlete, Captain Senior year GPA: 3.8 How do you prepare for Jessica Malone a game? Listen to my iPod and hang out with my teammates. Expectations for the next season/ Thoughts on the season: I think next year the girls will do well and this year I think we can win the NCCC and make it far in states. Favorite Career Moment: When I scored 15 points against Ledyard in a tournament game my freshman year. What area were you strongest in? What area did you improve the most in over your career? I am strong in shooting and I have been improving

my ball handling skills throughout my career. Looking back, what are you going to miss the most about playing for your team? Overall, what are you going to miss the most about high school? I am definitely going to miss pasta parties and pregame in the locker room with my teammates. Overall, I am always going to miss being close to my friends. What is the toughest challenge you’ve overcome? Tearing my ACL and Meniscus sophomore year. Favorite athlete? Which athlete do you most model your game after? Caroline Doty Red Sox or Yankees? UConn men or UConn women? Yankees, UConn Women Favorite band, movie, TV show? Eli Young Band, The Blind Side, One Tree Hill What is your favorite sports website to follow? ESPN How do you believe sites like Twitter and Facebook have changed how you watch and follow sports? I think they have helped because I get game updates easily and quicker than before. Plans after high school: I plan to attend Southern New Hampshire University and major in Accounting and Finance.

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Little League Registration Around The Corner By Bob Tedford, Ellington Recreation Many Winter and Spring program signups will begin soon in Ellington. Here is a little of what is going on in Ellington. All Little League registration sessions to be held at the Ellington Middle School cafeteria: • Saturday, Feb. 2: 9 a.m. - noon • Saturday, Feb. 9: 9 a.m.- noon • To volunteer, call Jim Laughlin at 860-4544553. • First time players must bring a copy of their birth certificate to registration. Little League Girls softball signups: • Saturday, Feb. 2: 9 a.m. - noon • Saturday, Feb. 9: 9 a.m.- noon Volunteers are needed, contact Keith Jarvis @ 860-870-1320 or Jim Lavey @ 860-872-5838. AED/CPR/First Aid Training AED/first aid/CPR certification classes: classes currently being held, NEW coaches that need to register for a class should contact the recreation office at 860-870-3118. The Class schedule is Jan. 17, Feb. 7 and March 21 from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. To register online, email The fee associated with this training is sponsored by the Town of Ellington. Recreation Youth Basketball The department’s youth recreation division and travel basketball programs are

underway and due to an expansion of team enrollment, there is a need for additional qualified basketball officials. Please contact the recreation office at 860-870-3118 if you have had prior experience as an official and are available, on a rotating basis, to accept assignments on Saturdays between 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Spring Lacrosse The deadline for spring lacrosse is Jan. 25. Registrations received after that date will be accepted on a wait list or as roster space becomes available. The program is designed for grades K-2, and grades 3-4 (Bantam); 5-6 (junior); 7-8 (senior). Introductory clinics(K-2) will be held on Saturdays from April 20 to May 25 from 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. at Ellington High School. Pre-season goalkeeper clinics are scheduled for: March 1, 8, 15 from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Crystal lake School. For updated information on the status of weeknight (by 3pm) or weekend (8am) activities, please check the following TV stations for notification: Channels 3, 30 and 8. If the public school classes are canceled or closed down early, ALL evening recreation programs are postponed for that date. If a weekend closure is required, please look for a web-site update or notification on the aforementioned TV stations, as early as 7am on a Saturday morning or 11am on a Sunday morning.

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Tolland Student Athlete of the Month

Nickname: Qui Accomplishments: CCC All-Academic Team, Honor Roll GPA: 3.5 How do you prepare for a game? I take a nap and listen to music. Expectations for the next season/ Thoughts on the season: We have a team of talented and experienced players who are inexperienced playing together. As the season progresses, this team will undoubtedly fulfill the high expectations of Tolland basketball. Favorite Career Moment: Getting the win over Ellington in the 2012 Class M semifinals to advance to the Championship at Mohegan Sun. What area were you strongest in? Rebounding What area did you improve the most in over your career? Ball handling Looking back, what are you going to miss the most about playing for your team? The close knit team we’ve always had. Overall, what are you going to miss the most about high school? The people What is the toughest challenge

you’ve overcome? Leaning to fill a big role after losing 4 key players. Favorite athlete? Maya Moore Red Sox or Yankees? Yankees UConn men or UConn women? UConn Jacquelyn Women Favorite Foreman band/artist? Brantley Gilbert Movie? The Notebook TV show? Criminal Minds How do you believe sites like Twitter and Facebook have changed how you watch and follow sports? I don’t believe that social media sites have changed how I watch sports, but they have helped many to follow sports more actively. Plans after high school: College

January 2013



The Ellington Holiday Tournament and The Fred Hammick Invitational were held recently in Ellington and South Windsor, featuring some of the best boys 8th grade basketball teams in the area. Newington captured the Ellington Holiday Tournament defeating the host Ellington team in the finals. Ellington went on to take the Hammick Invitational this past week, defeating South Windsor 55-31. The Hammick also featured 6th and 7th grade teams from Ellington, South Windsor and Vernon. More photos for both events may be found online at

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South Windsor’s Shane Young looks for an open teammate. Photo by Andre Garant, The Sports Department,

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2013 Should Focus On Childhood Obesity By Tom Ainsworth, Tolland Recreation Well another year gone by, hopefully you have a lot of happy memories to start off 2013. There have certainly been some tragic events that make you realize how fragile our lives can be. As we start off the New Year, let’s all promise to try and do what we can to help make the world a better place. Volunteering, carrying out random acts of kindness, donating to worthy causes, there are lots of little ways to help that make a big difference and don’t require a lot of time or effort but show that you care. Sometimes just knowing that people care makes a big difference. Speaking of things that don’t require a lot of time or effort, how about helping us find ways to serve you better. Our goal is to provide you with the best, most affordable, programs and activities we can. In order to do that we need to know what it is you are looking for. How about taking a minute and going to under “recreation” and filling out our short survey. We would greatly appreciate your help and you would also be helping yourself and your family in the long run. A big issue that needs to be addressed in the New Year is childhood obesity.

Computers, television, video games unhealthy snacks and lack of exercise, are taking their toll on the health of our youth. If we can teach our children the importance of exercise, healthy eating, and the benefits of living an active lifestyle, we can help reverse this alarming trend. You don’t have to workout all day everyday to get healthier. Just making some simple lifestyle changes will go a long way. There are plenty of books and websites out there that can help you get started. My advice is find something you like and keep doing it. Keep track of your progress and keep it simple. Start out with the basics and build from there. Get out there and do something. Start now. Don’t wait. The longer you put it off the harder it is to get started. I think you will be amazed how much better you will feel, both mentally and physically and you’ll be setting a good example for your kids. Check out our new list of programs and activities for ideas to get the whole family up and moving towards better health. As always we like to hear from you with your ideas for new programs and activities and feedback on ways to improve existing offerings. If you have any questions about any of our recreation programs, please give us a call at 871-3610. As always stay warm and we hope to see you out and about!

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Bobcats Off To Hot Start

By B.N. Mazzone, The Sports Department South Windsor High is having another strong wrestling season. The Bobcats, who won 39-34 at Manchester Jan. 9, are 8-3, 2-0 overall in the CCC North. The team has been paced by Sam and Max Odell, Sam at 172 pounds, Max at 140. Coach Jude Knapp has also gotten strong performances from Casey Mitchell (162) and John Knapp (108). The Bobcats have a tough stretch ahead, including Feb. 6, when they visit Glastonbury in a key CCC North match. Rockville Rockville is 0-9 but coach Paul Coutrois’ squad is making improvements. The Rams have improved numbers and have been getting solid showings against in- and out-of-state and teams. Ethan Hotchkiss has been strong for the Rams and shown some solid indi-

vidual performances. Courtois sees good things on the horizon for the team. “I am not upset about the scores. We’ve had good days. The team is getting better, but still has trouble against the more experienced teams,” Courtois said. Somers The Spartans have had a great start to the season and they ended December with a record of 11-3. Most recently they turned in a dominant performance in sweeping the Somers Mid-Season Duals Jan. 5. The Spartans took down SMSA, Housatonic, Holy Cross, Classical Magnet, and Lyman Memorial. It was a dominating five-match sweep in which only one match was decided by less than 40 points. Coach Scott Zachary recorded the 100th victory of his career Jan. 2 against St. Bernard-Montville.

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Tolland 8th-grade team’s coat drive a success The Tolland 8th-grade boys B travel basketball team, led by coach Andy Szabo, recently helped with a programwide coat drive for students at Hartford’s Maria Sanchez Elementary School. Tolland Travel Basketball president Rob Keane said the idea for a coat drive came after a phone call from his brother Tim, who is a teacher at the school. Rob Keane, who also helps coach the 8th grade A team in Tolland, put the word out to all of his coaches and together the teams gathered more than 50 coats “When my brother called me on a Thursday morning asking me if I had any used coats at home to donate to the kids in his school, I decided to get him a bunch of coats by having my coaches e-mail all of their parents and ask them to donate to a good cause on behalf of the Tolland

Tim Keane, a PE teacher at Hartford’s Maria Sanchez Elementary school, poses with the Tolland 8th-grade boys basketball B travel team and some of the 50-plus coats the team gathered for Sanchez students. The team is coached by Andy Szabo. Courtesy of: Rob Keane boys travel basketball program,’’ said Rob Keane. “They did an outstanding job!”

ECHO raises $2,765 for Sandy Hook families, first responders With the help of league parents and officials, the Eastern Connecticut Hockey Organization raised $2,765 at a public skate Dec. 31 at the Bolton Ice Palace to benefit families and first responders affected by the Dec. 14 tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. The idea started with T.J. Crickmore, a parent of two ECHO Mini-Mite firstgraders, who wanted to do The Bolton Ice Palace rink was filled Dec. 31 at a public something to help. skate to raise money for Sandy Hook Elementary vicT.J. came up with the idea tims’ families and first responders. Courtesy of: ECHO to hold a public skate. T.J tional media. turned to ECHO’s co-presidents Ken The fundraiser was a huge sucCamello and Bob Pilney to gauge their cess as players, families, coaches, interest. Within a day ECHO secured area business and friends showed up. two hours of donated ice from the BolThe funds will be distributed evenly ton Ice Palace, lined up volunteers to work the event and also got the worked between the families and the first responders affected by this horrible to get the word out to ECHO families tragedy. and friends through social and tradi-

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South Windsor Student Athlete of the Month

Accomplishments: Varsity letter three years GPA: 3.61 How do you prepare for a game? Listen to music and try to relax Expectations for the next season/ Casey Shoop Thoughts on the season: The team is getting close to where we need to be and we will get there soon with hard work Favorite Career Moment: Scoring 37 points in eighth grade and making 10 of 11 three point shots in an overtime win against Southington. What area were you strongest in? What area did you improve the most in over your career? My strongest area is probably shooting and my most improved area is my defense. Looking back, what are you going to miss the most about playing for your team? Overall, what are you going to miss the most about high school? I

am going to miss playing with my teammates who I have been playing with for 5 or 6 years. In high school, I am going to miss my friends and having small classrooms. What is the toughest challenge you’ve overcome: Dealing with the loss of my good friend Kenny Offiaeli in eighth grade, he would have been a force on the team now but we have dedicated this season to his memory. Favorite athlete? Which athlete do you most model your game after? My favorite athlete is Lebron James and I really don’t try to model my game after anyone, I just go out there and play. Red Sox or Yankees? UConn men or UConn women? I am a huge Washington Nationals fan and a Syracuse fan as well. Favorite band, movie, TV show? The Kooks. Coach Carter. Game of Thrones. What is your favorite sports website to follow? How do you believe sites like Twitter and Facebook have changed how you watch and follow sports? Not much, I’m not really in to social media that much. Plans after high school: I plan to go to a four year college and then go to dental school and hopefully become a dentist.

January 2013

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Learn To Fence In South Windsor

By Patrick Telman, South Windsor Recreation All winter programs and offerings are in the brochure mailed out last summer or online at . Registration is ongoing for both residents and non-residents for all Winter programs. You can register for programs at the office, by mail or online. The recreation office can be reached at: (860) 648-6355. Office hours are: Monday through Friday 8am4:30pm. Challenger Basketball Challenger is a basketball program for young athletes with disabilities. This program will provide these boys and girls in grades 1-8 an oppotunity to learn the basic skills and play the game of basketball. Each participant will be assisted in developing their skills of the game, raising their level of self-esteem and having fun. Jan 5-Feb 9. No fee • Who: For young athletes in grades 2-5 with disabilities.Where: Eli Terry Elementary School Each athlete will have a buddy who is a high school student or coach.

• Sign up soon as spots are limited! Activity # 148999A Fencing During the four-week beginner course students will learn to wield three distinctive fencing swords: Foil, Epee and Saber. You will learn fencing footwork, as well as each of the types of swords including the lightest and most flexible sword called Foil, the dueling heavy sword called Epee and the cavalry swordthe Saber. Each sword has its unique technique and purpose. Come to learn and appreciate the finesse of this unique, exciting and technically most complicated sport in the world! Intermediate/Advanced classes will build upon the skills learned in the beginner classes. Classes are taught by the Gold Medalist of First Junior Games and nationally ranked Fencing Master Marc Ganych. All equipment is provided by the Instructor. • Ages 10 to adult • Activity # 335000D Wednesdays, 6:157:15pm, 1/30-2/27 NC 2/20 Fee:$70 • Activity # 335000E Wednesdays, 6:157:15pm, 3/6-3/27 Fee:$70

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Tolland Soccer Club - A Look Back at 2012 By Eric Krementowski, Tolland Soccer Club As the fall season comes to end, we look back on some of the moments that made the year special for the Tolland Soccer Club. The Under-14 boys team had a very successful season. The U-14 girls won the Manchester Nutmeg, the Columbus Day tournament, and fell just short of winning their second state championship. The Kicks for Nick event at the 3-v-3 was a great success and lastly, the individuals who were generous enough to donate their time to the TOPS program (The Outreach Program for Soccer) made it a very rewarding experience for the players involved. Carlton Caywayd’s U-12 girls team won their North Central Conference Division. They reached the third round of the state cup, losing 1-0 to eventual champion Suffield. The U-14 boys played 21 games this fall, going 12-4-5 and reaching the final 16 in the state cup. They also participated in the Manchester and Rocky Hill tournaments and did an outstanding job in their division (North Central Division 1), finishing first with an undefeated record and closing out league play by beating U-14 boys state cup champions Hartford 2-1 in a down-tothe-wire game to decide first place in the league. Overall, the boys did a magnificent job this season and are leaving with a bang. Although the U-14 girls did not win the

state cup, they did more than expected of any team. Not only did they win the two tournaments noted above, they also reached the state final for the second time and the semifinals for the third. They went 18-2-1, scored 61 goals and only gave up 10. Great job girls! The Kicks for Nick and TOPS programs were wonderful additions to a superb year. The Kicks for Nick fundraiser yielded enough equipment to dress a team of eight, about 50 balls and a check for $75.50 which will be used to buy pumps and pay the shipping cost for the items. Check out the picture - great job by the U-11 girls! The TOPS program had 26 players and four buddies registered. The buddies showed tremendous help and caring towards the players which helped them to develop even more this year. The TSC recreation program continues to grow in leaps and bounds. The U12/14 program competed in the North East Division D5 and this was the inaugural season for our U5 program. Finally we would like to thank the referees and all of the volunteers who gave their time and talent to the soccer club this year. Also, thank you to the sponsors who helped make many of the fundraisers and many other parts of the season possible. TSC would like to give a special thanks to all of the Travel, Rec and TOPS coaches we could not do it without you. Let’s hope that we can do all of this and more next year!



Plenty To Do In The Winter Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC’s) are allied health care providers trained in the prevention, evaluation and rehabilitation of sports injuries. They work under the direction of a physician and they are board certified nationally and licensed in CT. Visit for more information. Certified athletic trainers at Enfield High School and Enrico Fermi High School are provided by Hartford Hospital Rehabilitation Network ( ), formerly Eastern Rehabilitation Network. Hartford Hospital Rehabilitation Network (HHRN) and The Sports Department have partnered to bring readers a monthly column on sports medicine topics. Readers may submit questions related to injuries, training advice, rehabilitation or any other sports medicine topic. Submit questions to: Nicole Fontaine, ATC, (South Windsor High School) –; Greg Zimbelman, Physical Therapist, (HHRN South Windsor) – As the cold weather and snow settle in, we frequently hear the lament about wanting to live in a warm climate where we can be outside all of the time. With some planning, however, we can be active outside all winter. Most people think about downhill skiing and snowboarding in the same sentence as winter sports. But there are other options if those sports are too expensive in terms of time and/or money.Taking the winter off is not in the best interest of a healthy body. Some of the more popular aerobic outside options include cross country skiing, snow-

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All Area Girls Soccer

The Sports Department announced it's 2012 All-Area Girl’s Soccer team. The team was voted on by area coaches. Congratulations to all of the players.

GiGi Rubino, Sr, Ellington

Hannah Fay, Sr, Tolland

Jenny Jacobs, So, Tolland

Katie Connolly, Sr, Glastonbury All-Area teams are voted on by area coaches. We would like to say congratulations to all of the area high school student athletes on a great 2012 season.

Kaylee Polmatier, Sr, Enfield

Kianna Woods, Sr, Stafford

Kristen Dragotta, Sr, Glastonbury

Laura Skoly, Sr, Rockville

Lauren Webb, Sr, Stafford All-Area Girls Soccer teams are proudly sponsored by “Sakura Garden Japanese Steakhouse”. Please see our ad on Page 4.

Mariah Elliott, Sr, Tolland

Samantha Couture, Jr, East Windsor

Sierra Trzepacz, Sr, Enfield

Christine Allard, Sr, South Windsor

The Sports Department

January 2013

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(May be 6 if one year of T-Ball has been played)

MINOR LEAGUE: Ages 9 & 10 MAJOR LEAGUE: Ages 11 & 12 SENIOR LEAGUE: Ages 13 - 16

RETURNING FAMILIES: register online at Simply sign on to our website, click on the Home Page tab, then the Register Online tab on the left of the page and follow the instructions. Registration is open from Jan 28 to Feb 10, 2013.

Score a Great Smile with Team Daniels Dr. Daniels is an American Board Certified Orthodontist and a member of the American Association of Orthodontics. He specializes in expert orthodontic care for the entire family, including clear braces and Invisalign- the invisible way to straighten your teeth.


219 Talcottville Road-Vernon CT

FAMILIES NEW TO THE LEAGUE must come to one of our registration sessions: Saturday February 2nd, 9:00am - noon Saturday February 9th, 9:00am - noon at Ellington Middle School Cafeteria.

FIRST TIME PLAYERS must bring an ORIGINAL, certified Birth Certificate, and a parent/guardian’s valid driver’s license. For more information, visit our website

and click on the Registration tab, or contact Keith Jarvis at (860) 870-1320 or Marcus DeBaise at (860) 454-4321. Ellington Girls Softball Little League is an all-volunteer organization chartered under Little League, Inc. We are not affiliated with the Ellington Recreation Dept.

Would you like to learn more about Dr. Daniels and his Team? Visit us at Vernon/South Windsor Edition January 2013