Past Issues of the Putnam Town Crier


By Ron P. Coderre
Passenger rail service was terminated in northeastern Connecticut decades ago but if you’ve followed David Austin’s baseball coaching career, he’s made more dugout stops than the Metro North makes on its way to New York.
In an announcement last week word was that Austin was hired to assume the leadership of the Killingly Redmen baseball fortunes.  The somewhat surprising news came following a successful stop for Austin at Marianapolis Prep School in Thompson, where he produced a winning program in his two seasons with the Golden Knights.  He succeeds Mike Scrapchansky who lasted only one season in Killingly.
Regarded as one of the best baseball minds for miles around, Austin’s diamond sojourn can’t seem to find roots in any of the programs that he’s led in his career.  His first opportunity as a varsity coach was at Putnam where he lasted for three seasons.  Following a brief hiatus he emerged at Woodstock Academy, where his tenure once again lasted only three springs.
In Woodstock he took over a program that was in shambles.  Despite always having talent the Centaurs were never able to produce a winning program.  After going 4-76 in the Eastern Connecticut Conference Large Division for the three previous seasons, Austin immediately produced a winner.
In his initial season at the helm on Woodstock Hill he took the previously hapless Centaurs to a share of first place in the ECC Large and to three consecutive CIAC State Tournament appearances.
After taking another breather Austin ended up at Marianapolis where he took another program desperate for wins to new heights.  In his brief stint with the Golden Knights his teams won back-to-back SENE titles.
It should also be noted that Austin has also had two stints as the manager of the TriTown American Legion Baseball program.
In moving to Killingly, Austin cited his reason as wanting to get back to the more competitive ranks of Eastern Connecticut Conference baseball.
As a player Austin enjoyed success as a lefthanded pitcher.  In 1985 he formed a potent one-two mound combination with Rusty Greene, leading his alma mater Putnam High School to the only State championship in the history of Clipper baseball.  Following his graduation from Putnam he moved on to Manchester Community College where he enjoyed baseball success but by his own admission never followed through in the classroom.  He’s also one of the top pitchers to hurl for legendary coach Tom Auclair in the TriTown program.
Taking over a Killingly program that won only two games last season, there’s only one way for the Redmen under Austin to go and that is up.  If his train can stay parked at the Killingly station for a while the odds are that the Redmen will soon enjoy a revamped, winning program under Austin.




Legal  Notice
Town of Putnam
Zoning Board
of Appeals
 The Town of Putnam Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a meeting on January 21, 2014, at 7:00 P.M. at the Town Hall located at 126 Church Street, Putnam, CT.  A public hearing will be held on the following:
 
Appeal  # 2013-006:  Scott Barylski/Blue Skies Enterprises  — Appeal  from the Decision from the Zoning Enforcement Officer to store and sell ammunition. Property located at 176 Church Street, Town Assessor’s Map 011-135. Zoned C-1.
 
Joseph Nash,
Chairman

Jan. 8, 2014
Jan. 15, 2014

Legal Notice
Town of Putnam
Planning Commission
The Town of Putnam Planning Commission will hold a meeting on January 27, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. at the Town Hall located at 126 Church Street, Putnam, CT. A public hearing will be held on the following:
Application # 2014-01: Town of Putnam — Request for a 2-lot re-subdivision for property located at 36 Ridge Road, Town Assessor’s Map 45, Lot 19. Zoned Industrial.

Gerard Cotnoir,
Chairman

Jan. 15, 2014
Jan. 22, 2014

Legal Notice
Town of Pomfret
Planning &
Zoning Commission
The Pomfret Planning & Zoning Commission will hold the following Public Hearing on Monday, January 27th starting at 7:00 PM at the Pomfret Senior Center, 207 Mashamoquet Road, Pomfret Center, Connecticut:

1. An application from Peter B. Mann, 125 Valentine Road — special permit for Class II Home Occupation.
Dated this 13th day
of January 2014
Town of Pomfret
Planning &
Zoning Commission
Lynn L. Krajewski,
Clerk

Jan. 15, 2014
Jan. 22, 2014

By Ron P. Coderre
The start of 2014 was extremely tough on the local girls’ high school teams as everyone suffered at least one loss coming back after the holidays.  Killingly, Woodstock Academy and Ellis Tech went a combined 0-8 for the week, while Putnam was one-and two and Plainfield one-and-one.  Tourtellotte at 7-1 suffered its first loss of the season.
Pomfret School and Marianapolis continue to roll along as they were a combined 3-0 last week.
Tourtellotte Rebounds After First Loss of Year
Coach Carla Faucher’s Tourtellotte Tigers traveled to St. Bernard and were unable to get its offense in gear as they were dropped by the Saints 63-24 in its worst showing of the season.  Much to the team’s credit it bounced back for wins over Wheeler and Putnam.
On the road in North Stonington the Lady Tigers took the measure of the Lady Lions 48-38 behind its leading scorer Ali Ablondi who posted 13 points and sophomore Abby Poirier with 10.  The Lady Tigers then had an easy time against archrival Putnam, beating the Lady Clippers 51-24.  Ablondi with 18 points was Tourtellotte’s major weapon in the win.  
Putnam bounced back from its loss to Tourtellotte with a convincing 50-29 victory over University High School.  Makenzie Kaylor with 20 points and Cynthia Briere with 11 were the big guns for the Lady Clippers.  Despite a 21-point effort from Kaylor, Putnam was unable to overcome O’Brien Tech as it lost 48-41 to fall to 3-5 overall and 1-0 in the CSC East.
Plainfield defeated Fitch at home 49-40 as it received 11 points apiece from Madeline and Adrienne Lorange and 10 from Alicia Cournoyer.  The Lady Panthers then lost to Stonington 58-40 despite a dozen markers from Julie Jordan and 11 by Cournoyer.  Plainfield stands at 6-3 overall and 1-3 in the ECC Medium Division.
Woodstock Academy continued to struggle, losing a pair 55-25 to Stonington and 49-32 to St. Bernard.  Killingly fell to 1-8 on the season and 0-4 in the Medium as it was beaten three times.   The Redgals lost to Stonington 71-34, East Lyme 51-33 and Waterford 61-48.  Meagan Bianchi was Killingly’s high scorer in all three games.  She posted 16 against Stonington, 12 against East Lyme and 17 against Waterford.  Ellis Tech fell to 0-8 as it lost to Classical Magnet 58-15, Cheney Tech 32-15 and Goodwin Tech 52-9.
Pomfret School & Marianapolis
Riding High
Pomfret School wasn’t affected by the holiday break as it posted a pair of convincing victories this week.  The Lady Griffin waltzed past Portsmouth Abbey 56-11 and easily disposed of St. Mark’s 56-26.  Three Pomfret players hit double figures in the win over Portsmouth Abbey, led by Alyzae Davis with 13 and Mary Redmond and Juliette Lawless with 12 each.  Davis (18) and Redmond (16) were the high scorers in the win over St. Mark’s.
Marianapolis upped its record to 5-2 winning its only game of the week 46-34 over Hotchkiss School.  Rachel Aho with a double-double, 12 points and 12 rebounds led the way, while Madison Springfield was the high scorer with 14 points.  Marianapolis II fell to 1-5 when is lost to Northfield-Mt. Hermon 28-14.


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Tough Play
 Jon-Luc Cournoyer 20 and Will Smith 16 apply pressure to Eagles forward. Courtesy photo.



The Woodstock Academy Ice Hockey team took home its first varsity win Jan. 8 defeating the Eastern Connecticut Eagles 5-2.
Points were registered by eight  different Centaurs including multiple points by Will Liscomb, Nathan Deluca, Tyler Huhtanen and Jordan Lamothe. Points are recorded by a player scoring or assisting on a goal. This is Woodstock Academy’s first varsity season.
The game was relatively even in the first period when at 8:21 WA’s Tyler Huhtanen scored the first goal assisted by Nathan Deluca and Jordan Lamothe. The first period ended with Woodstock up 1-0.
The Eastern CT Eagle team tied the game on a short handed goal to even the score 1-1. WA finally broke the tie with 13 seconds left in the second period on a power play goal from Will Liscomb assisted by Senior Captain Will Smith. WA took a narrow 2-1 lead into the locker room after two periods.
Woodstock opened the third period taking advantage of an Eagles penalty scoring ninety seconds into the period when freshman forward Will Liscomb scored his second goal of the game assisted by Nathan Deluca and Jon-Luc Cournoyer to put the Centaurs up 3-1. Three minutes later Nathan Deluca found the back of the net from an assist by Jordan Lamothe as Woodstock now had a 4-1 lead. Woodstock would put the game away on a five on three advantage from a goal by Zach Burnham assisted by Cassidy Thorpe and Tyler Huhtanen to take a commanding 5-1 lead.
The defense held for the remainder of the period allowing only one other Eagle power play goal for the final 5-2 victory. Goalie Baylee Johns turned back 25 shots from the Eagles. The Centaur skaters are a surprising 2 and 2 on the season and continue play in Norwich on Jan. 17. The next home game is Jan. 18 at Jahn Rink.

By Ron P. Coderre
This week’s RPC sporty shout out is sent along to Putnam native Peter Regas.  One of the community’s biggest cheer leaders, Regas is a big supporter of everything Clippers.  Enjoy the column, Pete.
Since the arrival of Geno Auriemma on the UConn campus in Storrs, women’s basketball in Connecticut and the United States has never been the same.  Many may claim that other coaches before he arrived set the tone in women’s basketball but its indisputable Auriemma has certainly been the person who not only revolutionized the women’s game but he’s also had so much to do with generating the fan interest that the game enjoys today.
Along the way Auriemma has produced a litany of super stars; among them are the likes of Rebecca Lobo, Sue Bird, Jennifer Rizzotti, Cara Walters, Diana Taurasi, Carla Berube, Svetlana Abrasimova, Tina Charles and many others.  In the mix of all the greats that have played for the Huskies there’s one individual who often gets overlooked despite having definitely put her mark on the history of women’s basketball at UConn.
In the late 1970s Plainfield High School boasted of a young lady basketball player who was setting local courts on fire with her play.  Her name was Cathy Bochain.  Playing for coach Jim Cotter, Bochain led the Lady Panthers to unprecedented heights.  She enamored not only the Plainfield faithful but basketball fans from all over northeastern Connecticut.
Her play led her to UConn, in the pre-Auriemma era, where she continued to shine.  Many believe that she and other players such as Leigh Curl were the Husky pioneers who set the tone for what the program is today.
Playing in creaky and leaky Alumni Hall, the Bochain Huskies attracted sparse crowds of approximately 50 to 100 fans for their games. Yet, without the benefit of the three-point arc, Bochain lit up the UConn scoreboard to the tune of 1,534 career points.  In 1998 Bochain was ranked 7th on the all-time Connecticut scoring list.  
The advent of the three-point arc, the faster, more wide open game plummeted Boachain on the all-time list faster than the Dow-Jones during a recession.  By 2009 she had dropped to 14th place and entering 2014 she was 18th on the career scoring parade.  She was passed by Bria Hartley in 2013 and is currently being hotly pursued by Stephanie Dolson, who by the time you read this may have surpassed Bochain , dropping her to 19th place.
Another disadvantage that Bochain faced was the fact that when she graduated cum laude with a pharmacy degree there was no American professional league for women to move on to.  Bochain proved that an athlete could excel in sports while following a rigorous academic program.  In 1983 when she received her degree she was the Huskies leading career scorer, had the most career steals (240) and most steal in a single game (10).  
Following a brief stint as a pharmacist at Day Kimball Hospital, Bochain moved on to a career in pharmacy management with CVS.  Today she is very successful managing a CVS store in Storrs.  Although the rewards are different than had she been afforded the opportunity to play professionally in the WNBA, she has reaped honors for her play approximately 30 years ago.  In 1992 she was inducted into the Connecticut Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.  A humble individual, Bochain performs her work for CVS much the way the she attacked her athletics and academics from 1979 to 1983 at UConn, professionally.
Lady Hoopster Shines at Bella’s
Bella’s Restaurant in Putnam is a popular dining spot not only because of its sumptuous menu but in large part due to the pleasant wait staff that cater to the local dining clientele.  Among the smiling faces that care for diners every need is a Massachusetts lady by the name of Megan (Bowes) Carney.  Little do people realize the Bowes-Carney was once an outstanding collegiate basketball player.
A 1993 graduate of Worcester State University with a degree in education, Bowes-Carney was a stalwart on the court for the Lady Lancers.  As a high school player in Oxford, Mass., she attracted the attention of many college coaches.  In fact, she opted for Division III WSU over an opportunity to play at Division II Stonehill College.  As a power forward at Oxford High School she teamed with Carla Berube, who later went on to star at UConn, to lead the team to a perfect record and a State championship.  
The next time you’re at Bella’s if your waitress flips you your drink, meal or salad with a behind-the-back pass, watch out.  It may be Megan Bowes Carney demonstrating her basketball prowess.
Boston Fine Dining
Three Putnam area couples celebrated their wedding anniversaries with a getaway weekend in Boston.  Bill and Kathy Zamagni, Chico and Pat Panu and Moe and Pam Coderre took Boston by storm enjoying a few days in Beantown.
One of the high lights of the sojourn was the opportunity to relish the gourmet offerings of some of Boston’s finest restaurants.  On what was intended as a quiet evening of dining the trio was excited to be seated next to New England Patriots lineman Tommy Kelly, who this season has been sidelined with a knee injury.  They not only enjoyed speaking with Kelly and his lovely wife but they met three of the standout basketball players from coach Tommy Amaker’s outstanding Harvard Crimson hoop squad.
Zamagni is a former Putnam High School quarterback, Panu a former star on the Tourtellotte Memorial High School hardwood and Coderre, a three-sport Putnam Clipper stalwart.
BCS Champions By a Whisker
If you watched the historic final chapter of the BCS football era, you were treated to a see saw battle between Florida State University and Auburn University.  The contest went down to the final 13 seconds before the FSU Seminoles finally won on a touchdown toss by Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston.
On hand for the game, which was played at the fabled Rose Bowl in Pasadena California, were Putnam residents Jim and Bev Shaw, both graduates of Florida State University.  Although the final score turned out to their liking, they admitted that the contest was a seat-squirmer that was very exhausting.  Go Noles!
From The Annals
of Putnam Sports History
January 5 and January 12, 1906: Windham defeated Putnam 56-17 in Willimantic.  PHS returned the favor, defeating Windham 21-15 at Putnam.  (Information contributed by Willie Zamagni)
RPC’s Closing Thought For The Day: The harder the race, the more glorious the triumph.
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