Around the SWC: Week 2

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By now, you’ve probably already read about Saturday’s classic between Weston and Brookfield. If not, here you go. I couldn’t squeeze everything into that article (or inject my opinion), but that’s why we have The Duffle Bag. Basically, this was the most bizarre game — of any sport — that I’ve covered in my 23 […] [Read More]
Categories: SWC Football

Game of the Week: Bethel at Pomperaug

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You know what you’re getting with this one:  at least 90 rushing plays and an extremely physical game up front. Pomperaug ‘hammered’ Brookfield in Week 1 and Bethel used its triple-option to narrowly avoid an upset at New Milford. Both teams head into Friday’s matchup with 1-0 records and very realistic state playoff aspirations. So, […] [Read More]
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Bethel’s Serencsics named SWC Player of Week

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After recording 16 tackles in a win over New Milford, Bethel defensive end Pete Serencsics was voted as the SWC Player of the Week. Serencsics received 210 votes, beating out teammate Brandon Schmidt, who had 177 votes. Third place went to Pomperaug tailback Andrew Reel, my personal choice for the award. Reel totaled 143 yards […] [Read More]

The Duffle Bag SWC Athlete of the Week

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With the new fall season, it’s time for a new feature here on The Duffle Bag. In addition to voting for the SWC Football Player of the Week, I’ll be conducting a weekly poll for the “SWC Athlete of the Week.” The award will encompass all sports, not just football. I’ll post the nominees every […] [Read More]

Masuk is No. 1

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One week after Casey Cochran became the all-time leading passer in Connecticut history, his Masuk Panthers surpassed Xavier and became the No. 1 team in The New Haven Register state poll. Masuk, which blew out Oxford 49-14 in its first game, hosts New Fairfield (1-0) on Friday night. Poll results are below. 1. Masuk (1-0) […] [Read More]
Categories: SWC Football

Around the SWC: Week 1

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OFBK. It’s a Pomperaug football saying. It’s embroidered on some Pomp T-Shirts. It’s written a few times under the “comments” section of the previous blog post. It means “Old Fashioned Butt Kicking” — and Brookfield found that out Friday. The Panthers, playing the first game of the post-Chuck Drury era, dominated the Bobcats in all […] [Read More]

Game of the Week: Pomperaug at Brookfield

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Before we get into this monster Week One matchup,  check out the SWC team previews and my preseason rankings, if you feel so inclined. There are a few interesting games on the slate for opening weekend:  On Saturday, Masuk — the state’s No. 2 team — visits Oxford, which scored a season-high 28 points on […] [Read More]

New Milford AD Ted Oczkowski steps down

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On the same day that fall sports started, New Milford athletic director Ted Oczkowski ended his near four-year run at the school. Oczkowski resigned on Tuesday morning, according to several sources. His departure opens the door for a new AD at New Milford. And with fall sports underway, the Wave must act quickly. More to […] [Read More]
Categories: General

Xavier tops Masuk in New Haven Register Poll

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The 2011 season starts with the same debate in which the 2010 season ended. Xavier or Masuk? Who’s No. 1? Just like last year, Xavier has fended off Masuk, claiming the top spot in the New Haven Register Preseason Poll by a mere two points.  The top 10 is below. Bunnell and Brookfield were the […] [Read More]

News-Times Sports Facebook Pages

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Hey all you local sports fans, Follow the links below to ‘like’ your school’s official News-Times Sports Facebook Fan Page. As we head into the fall sports season, we’ll be posting links, photos, polls and starting conversation about each area high school. So now,  as you surf Facebook and mindlessly scroll through pictures when you […] [Read More]
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