Chorus of Boos
The Jets are really bad. Luckily I was watching the Ryder Cup all day Sunday and not really paying attention to their embarrassment of a game against the 49ers. Everyone on the team stinks and everyone who doesn’t stink is hurt. I gave up on Mark Sanchez last year and after teasing me when I saw him in person against Buffalo, he’s back to stinking worse than Route 8 between exits 25 and 26 on a humid summer day. Boo.
Anti-American fans infuriate me. I was pretty gosh darned upset when the U.S. choked away the Ryder Cup with the most epic collapse in the history of the event (it’s actually a ton of fun if you’ve never watched). Then I took to Twitter and saw Republican-American columnist Joe Palladino saying he rooted for Europe. Come on, Joe. Just when I thought we were getting along. He explained himself by claiming all Americans are overhyped and therefore he roots against them. Gag. I will not waste newsprint countering such an argument.
On the Air, On the Web
Naugatuck football at Sacred Heart: This script writes itself. You can listen to Steve Gesseck, Bob Sagendorf and me broadcast it live on WATR 1320 AM and watr.com starting at 5:50 p.m. Thursday.
Word from the Woods
The Hawks breezed to a 9-0 start on the season, extending their regular-season winning streak to 27 matches. Last Wednesday they defeated Northwestern 3-1 in a nonconference matchup. Woodland rallied to dominate the last three sets after dropping the first. Samantha Lee led the Hawks with 29 assists and 10 aces while Brianna Pacileo had 15 kills and six digs. Tayler Boncal added 12 kills and six digs, and Erin Wester had nine kills. After a sweep of Wilby last Friday, Woodland beat Kennedy 3-1 on Tuesday. In that match, Lee tallied 37 assists and six digs, Pacileo had 19 kills and 13 digs, Boncal posted 17 kills and nine digs, and Nicole Fowler chipped in 21 digs. The Hawks winning streak came to an end Thursday at the hands of Holy Cross. The crusaders beat the Hawks, 3-0. Woodland will look to begin another streak at home against Naugatuck on Friday and Torrington next Wednesday.
Two losses to strong teams headlined the Hawks’ last week, but they ended it with a league victory. Last Thursday, West Haven took down Woodland 99-84. Event winners included Sydney Corneau (50-yard freestyle), Liz Martin (diving), Chrissy Leeper (100 butterfly) and the 200 free relay team (Corneau, Anna Boris, Emma Sardinskas and Leeper). The following night the Hawks dropped a 98-80 decision to league favorite Watertown. Event winners for Woodland included Kim Thrasher (diving), Leeper (100 fly), Corneau (100 backstroke), Katie Porter (100 breaststroke) and the 400 free relay team (Leeper, Brianna Christiano, Sardinskas and Emily Trumbley). Woodland bounced back on Tuesday to beat Wilby 73-60. Event winners for the Hawks included the 200 medley relay team (Rachel Gerard, Porter, Christiano and Corneau), Becca Grabowski (200 free), Sardinskas (200 IM), Christiano (50 free), Thrasher (diving) and Leeper (100 fly). Woodland visited Lyman Hall on Wednesday before a meeting at Naugatuck on Friday. The Hawks will also travel to Seymour next Wednesday.
Naugatuck (5-4) went 2-1 over the past week. Last Friday, Naugy beat St. Paul, 3-1. Sarah Chandler led the ‘Hounds with 10 digs, seven kills and two blocks while Raquel Lousteanau chipped in with five kills, five digs and three aces. Kait Barry also had five digs and four kills. On Tuesday, Naugy fell to defending NVL champion Wolcott, 3-1. Chandler again led the Greyhounds with seven digs, five kills and five aces, while Ashley Whitney had six kills and three blocks. Naugatuck followed up the loss to Wolcott with a 3-0 victory over Watertown Thursday night and will face off against Woodland Friday in Beacon Falls.
Adam Branco remained hot for Naugatuck, scoring two goals in the Greyhounds’ 4-0 win over Wilby on Monday in the team’s only game of the week. Fernando Branco and Patrick Alves also added goals for Naugy while Matt Bode and Enzo Pereira combined for the shutout. Naugatuck beat Seymour 6-0 Wednesday and is now 7-0-1 on the year. The ‘Hounds will host Woodland on Friday night. Naugy continues its busy schedule with three road games after that, visiting Pomperaug on Saturday, Holy Cross on Monday and Kennedy on Tuesday.
The Greyhounds improved to 3-1 on the season with an 89-81 victory over Seymour last Friday. Event winners for Naugy included the 200-yard medley relay team (Rebecca Doback, Maria Carranza, Elizabeth Walsh and Martina Niebrzydowski), Cara Rotatori (200 freestyle, 100 backstroke), Doback (500 free) and the 200 free relay team (Rachel Fox, Carranza, Niebrzydowski and Doback). The ‘Hounds will host Woodland on Friday and Sacred Heart on Tuesday.