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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Tiger Pride Movie: The story of Hand football

Check out a sneak peak of Mike Seib's movie about Hand football here.

The film will be showed:
Labor Day Weekend, Sunday, September 4 at 7:30p.m. at
Daniel Hand High School, 286 Green Hill Road, Madison, CT 06443

Click the link for ticket information.


Friday, August 12, 2011

New football field in the works at Cheshire

By Luther Turmelle, North Bureau Chief / Twitter: @lutherturmelle
CHESHIRE — Just two weeks after the Town Council approved a $1.04 million plan to replace Cheshire High School’s grass football field with an artificial surface, bulldozers from a Massachusetts contractor began ripping up the site.

Crews from R.A.D. Sports are expected to finish the work by early November, said Steve Trifone, the school’s athletic director. The timing will require the varsity football team play at least two home games this season at another venue.

But after waiting three years since the town got a $525,000 state grant for the project, Trifone isn’t complaining about having to juggle the team’s schedule.

Read the full story here.


Monday, August 8, 2011

Funeral services for Dave Solomon

For those wishing to pay final respects to longtime Register columnist Dave Solomon, his funeral will be on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the B.C. Bailey Funeral Home in Wallingford.

Burial to follow at Beth Israel Cemetery, Dudley Avenue, Wallingford.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations can be made in Dave's name to the Beth Israel Synagogue in Wallinford, or the Register Fresh Air Fund.


Sunday, August 7, 2011

Masuk QB Cochran gives oral commitment to UConn

Less than a week after Masuk quarterback Casey Cochran received a scholarship offer to play football at UConn Cochran has accepted, giving the Huskies an oral commitment Sunday.

The reigning Gatorade state player of the year and Register All-State selection, Cochran said a number of factors played a role in him choosing to play for the Huskies.

"It's my home state," Cochran said. "It's such an honor to get a scholarship from my home state school."

Cochran went on an unofficial visit to the Storrs campus on Sunday and made his intentions clear to UConn head coach Paul Pasqualoni. Cochran also received an offer from Boston College, while Yale, Princeton and Penn offered Cochran a "spot" with their programs. Ivy League schools don't offer athletic scholarships.

Since Pasqualoni joined the UConn program, Cochran said he made three or four visits to the campus.

"I have a great relationship with the staff," said Cochran, who has thrown for over 6,000 career yards and 70 touchdowns. "The program is headed in the right direction and I am very excited to get up there."

Cochran led Masuk to the Class L state title last season. He won the Class SS title as a member of New London as a freshman in 2008.

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RIP Dave Solomon, my colleague and friend

Since joining the Register staff in 2002, I often looked to Dave Solomon, as the elder statesman of the sports writers there, for guidance, advice and approval.

It wasn't enough just knowing Dave Solomon, you wanted to be Dave Solomon, and not out of jealousy. Dave Solomon was simply the best damn sports columnist in the state of Connecticut. If he worked in California or Florida or Texas, Dave would be the best there, too. I was, as many were, in awe of his talent.

It's tough to put into words what Dave meant to the Register and to the sports scene in this state. We had conversations about many things, mainly sports, but Dave listened as if the conversation was the most important thing in the world regardless of the topic.

I remember one time when I was struggling to make a decision about selecting an MVP for a high school sport, which is one of the toughest jobs we do during the scholastic season. Often the athlete makes the decision for us based on what they do on the field or court. But sometimes it's not that simple.

I asked Dave for his advice. He told me to just do what I think is right. To think about it, make a decision, and go with it. Doing the "right thing" was important, but so was the process in how you came to that decision. Once you make that decision, he said, be content with it and know that you did the best you could in making that decision.

On a personal note, Dave often razzed me for one of my bad habits as I stood outside of the entrance door to the Register building. He wanted me to do the right thing and, Dave, I promise I will.

Dave talked proudly, and often, of his wife Judy and daughters Abby and Lisa, who I, sadly, haven't had the good fortune to meet. Dave was indeed a true pro and a gifted writer but, more importantly, a better husband and father. My condolences to the Solomon family.

Hearing the news Saturday night was devastating. Even more so is reading the comments on various social media sites. Dave truly touched many people's lives. And for the better. We are all better people for having known Dave Solomon. Dave, you will certainly be missed.