Happy birthday, happy birthday, happy birthday to me! (Sunday)
Tony’s bringing the noise this week with some of his strongest takes in quite some time. When the weather heats up, so does Ant.
1. The Memphis Grizzlies are doing work—without their best player, former UConn Husky Rudy Gay.
2. I’m looking forward to beach volleyball and wiffleball now that nice weather is hopefully here to stay.
3. Twilight Zone moment: How weird is it that Osama bin Laden was announced dead to Americans while the Phillies and Mets were playing in the ninth inning of Sunday Night Baseball, when the planes on Sept. 11th crashed in New York and Pennsylvania…
Lips to CN’s Ear
“Before the game Matt [Zahornasky] talked to the guys about putting the Derby game behind them. Arber [Mehmedi] did a good job calling the game as he and Matt really had it going. Matt gives us an adequate chance to win the game when he is on the hill. We can beat anyone when we play our ‘A’ game and we proved that on Monday in Torrington.”
Naugatuck baseball coach after the Greyhounds beat Torrington, 4-3, on Monday at Fuessenich Park to hand the Red Raiders their first defeat of the season following the ‘Hounds 14-0 shutout loss to Derby on Saturday. Naugy scored all of its runs in a four-run fifth inning, thanks to a pair of Torrington errors and key hits by Mehmedi and Kyle Lopes. The ‘Hounds are 8-4 and are fighting to be in the top four seeds in this month’s Naugatuck Valley League tournament.
Word from the Woods
The Woodland softball team struggled through its toughest week of the season thus far, losing two of three to drop to 10-3 on the season. Last Wednesday, The Hawks were shut out by Holy Cross, 9-0. Woodland had just three hits in the game, one of which was a double by Emily Wirsing. The Hawks rebounded on Friday to smoke Kennedy, 15-2. Rebecca Norton had three hits with two RBI and two runs while Brianna Pacileo had three hits and two runs. Kelly Sherman and Lindsay Boland each contributed RBI doubles. On Monday, Woodland suffered its most lopsided loss of the season in a 13-1 loss to Ansonia. Brooke Leshin homered to score the Hawks’ lone run. Woodland will look to get back on track this week as it was set to host Sacred Heart on Wednesday before traveling to St. Paul on Friday and hosting Watertown on Monday.
Jim Amato’s Hawks are still undefeated after another perfect week, beating Kennedy, Crosby, and Torrington to improve to 12-0. Woodland beat Kennedy, 7-2, last Friday before crushing Crosby, 8-1, on Monday. The Hawks’ closest match of the season came on Tuesday at Torrington, where Woodland came away with a 5-4 victory. Crucial to the Hawks’ victories during the week were mid-range singles players Matt Murphy, Kyle Beynor, Steve Pec, and Jimmy Tompkins, who all won three matches. Pat Dietz and Nick Boccuzzi also contributed singles victories. Chris Zmuda and Nick Rioux teamed up to win a pair of doubles matches, while Mike Patsiarikas and Mike Ventimiglia both paired up with different opponents to win two doubles matches each. The Hawks were set to visit Sacred Heart on Wednesday before hosting Wolcott on Friday and visiting Watertown on Monday.
The Hawks rebounded from two straight 4-3 losses late last month by reeling off a three-match Naugatuck Valley League winning streak. After squeaking past Wolcott last Tuesday, The Hawks shut out Kennedy on Friday and Ansonia on Monday. Top singles players Megan Wester, Lauren Tremaglio, and Julia Lawton each won two matches while Nicole Nelson and Liz Martin won a match apiece. The top doubles teams of Angela Vallillo-Avery Gartman and Brooke Dragon-Eileen Hurley each won a pair of matches while Dayna Chucta-Rachel Mariano and Martin-Amanda Olivera both teamed to win a match. The Hawks were shut out in a nonconference match against Joel Barlow on Tuesday. Woodland is 8-4 overall and was set to host Sacred Heart on Wednesday before traveling to St. Paul on Friday and hosting Watertown on Monday.
The only reported score of the week for the Naugatuck boys tennis team was a 7-2 loss at Torrington on Monday. No. 1 singles player Richard Mitchell earned an 8-5 victory while the No. 2 doubles team of David Justice and Marco Velasco took a 6-4 win. The loss dropped the Greyhounds to 4-7 on the season. Naugatuck will host Crosby on Thursday before traveling to Sacred Heart on Monday. The Naugatuck girls tennis team did not report any scores, but were scheduled this week to play at St. Paul on Wednesday and at Crosby on Thursday before hosting Sacred Heart on Monday.
Track and Field
Last week, the Naugatuck girls swept a tri-meet against Woodland and Crosby. The ‘Hounds beat the Hawks, 79-71, and crushed Crosby, 135-13. Event winners for the Greyhounds included the 4-by-800 and 4-by-100 relay teams, Jordyn Allen in the 800, 1,600, and 3,200 meters, Shannon Hale in the 300 hurdles and the high jump, Becky Renzoni in the pole vault, and Brianna Ritter in the shot put and discus. The meet improved Naugatuck to 5-3 on the season. The results from Tuesday’s scheduled boys and girls scheduled meet against Sacred Heart and Kennedy in Naugatuck were not reported. The ‘Hounds will meet Torrington in a dual meet Tuesday before facing Kennedy and Wilby on Tuesday.