Category Archives: Sports

WRHS boys’ tennis will rely on depth to win

BEACON FALLS — Last year, the Woodland boys’ tennis team relied on the best player in school history to capture its eight wins. This year, he’s gone. The Hawks look…

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McSherry Law captures NBA championship

NAUGATUCK — The Naugatuck Basketball Association concluded its playoffs Tuesday night at City Hill Middle School, as McSherry Law swept Nardelli’s, 2-0, in the championship series to claim the NBA…

Momentum on the side of Hawks track

BEACON FALLS — There’s no doubt Woodland is home to one of the best boys’ track and field programs in all of Class M—the Hawks are the reigning indoor and…

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WRHS coach is wacky but wildly successful

Without saying this man’s name, I’m willing to bet almost any Woodland student or fan (even some from Naugatuck) can guess who this guy is by a simple description: He’s…

Hawks boys’ and girls’ track will contend

BEACON FALLS — There’s no doubt Woodland is home to one of the best boys’ track and field programs in all of Class M—the Hawks are the reigning indoor and…

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Naugy track will benefit from additions

NAUGATUCK — He wasn’t exactly Brad Childress waiting with bated whistle to hear whether Brett Favre would rejoin the Minnesota Vikings (still uncertain, by the way), but Naugatuck track and…

Scenes from spring sports practice

The spring season is officially underway, and Naugatuck and Woodland teams are preparing ardently for the first contests April 7.

Dean answering opportunity’s knock at BC

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — When Pat Dean decided to play baseball at Boston College, he wanted an opportunity to show his skills on a national stage. He’s getting his chance. Dean…

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Hawks hoopsters losing numbers game

BEACON FALLS — Here’s a bit of trivia to rattle the brains of the Woodland faithful: Which non-spring team has won at least eight games in each of the last…

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The Science of Running

They’re a meet day mainstay, though the faded, burgundy leather boat shoes befit a man who owns a closet full of Bermuda—rather than running—shorts. But to Naugatuck High cross country and track coach Bill Hanley, nautical footwear is as essential as a pair of Nikes.

“What I’ll do is when I go to meets, I’ll wear Sperry Topsiders because they don’t have a lot of support,” he explains. “So on Saturdays, as I’m running around the course … I’m strengthening my lower legs.”

And all this time I thought it was a fashion statement. I should have known better. See, Hanley, a special education science teacher at NHS, is a man of reason, and there’s a very good reason why he rocks those white-soled, bow-tied beauties.