Round of Applause
High school sports are underway, and that means it’s time for this public service announcement to remind you to GO TO GAMES. We’re lucky to have some awfully competitive teams in our area and everything is much more exciting when the crowds are bigger. I’d give anything for the football crowds to be what they were in the early ‘90s, but for all sorts of reasons that’s not the case anymore. Listen up, Naugatuck: You guys are about to open the nicest athletic complex in the entire Valley and your coach is one of the most exciting ones we’ve ever seen around here. Go watch the Greyhounds. Attention, Beacon Falls and Prospect: There’s a quarterback by the name of Tanner Kingsley who set two state records and a bunch of league records last season, and this is your last chance to see him. The other teams from these schools are awfully good, too, and don’t be surprised to see them playing for league titles in November. Go enjoy the delightful season we get around here and bring your friends or your kids to watch some games. It’s time to start making this a big deal again.
Chorus of Boos
USC and Washington State played last weekend in one of the finest displays of incompetent college football since Towson visited East Hartford last month (actually, only one of those teams looked inept). It was the late-night game on Fox Sports 1, so none of you probably watched it, but talk about the most brutal offenses you’ll see all year. I was actually tweeting back and forth with former Washington State quarterback Alex Brink during the game, and the pain was evident in his text. But, hey, it all ended well: USC lost, as everybody enjoys, and soon afterwards somebody painted “Kiffin” after the nearest fire lane. High comedy there.
Word from the Woods
The Woodland boys soccer team salvaged a 2-2 tie against Crosby on the opening day of the season at Crosby High. Senior captain Adam MacDonald led the Hawks’ scoring effort with a goal and an assist while Dan LeClerc forced the tie by scoring a goal with five minutes left in the second overtime period. Tom Bethin contributed the assist on MacDonald’s goal, and freshman AJ Oliveira saved 13 shots. The Hawks fell, 7-0, to Naugatuck Thursday afternoon, and will welcome nonconference opponent Oxford on Monday. Woodland will also visit Derby on Sept. 18.
Woodland was set to begin its season Thursday with a showdown against Naugatuck at Breen Field but the weather pushed the game back to Friday at 3:30 p.m. The Hawks visit Seymour on Monday before hosting their home opener Sept. 18 against Derby.
The Hawks opening game Thursday was postponed due to weather. They will open the season Friday at 4:30 p.m. at home against nonconference opponent Branford. They begin their Naugatuck Valley League slate Sept. 20 at home against Crosby.
The Greyhounds opened the season with two impressive wins. Naugatuck followed up an 8-1 victory over Ansonia on Tuesday with a 7-0 road win over Woodland Thursday. The Greyhounds return home Sept. 18 against Crosby.
The Greyhounds were set to begin its season Thursday with a showdown against Woodland at Breen Field but the weather pushed the game back to Friday at 3:30 p.m. Naugy hits the road for the first time Sept. 18 against Sacred Heart.
Coach Craig Bruno and his ‘Hounds kick off their highly anticipated season Friday at Crosby before they open up Naugatuck’s new home turf field Sept. 20 against Wolcott in a game that will be broadcast on WATR and CPTV Sports.