A debate over who suffered most this winter could last until June, no matter who the opponents.
Neverthless, this is a nomination for Litchfield golf coach Rob Gollow and his team.
Nobody had more fun on a golf course last spring. Entering the season thinking his Cowboys might be a year away, Gollow helped his team grow up to 15-1, seize the Berkshire League title and finish 10 in the CIAC’s Division IV state tournament.
That kind of season warms most winters, but consider this. Jack Murphy, the team’s No. 5 player, is the only one who graduated. Ten new candidates are eager to step in.
Captain Joe D’Andrea is the only senior. The other starters – two-time Berkshire League all-star Nathan Leigh, All-star Donnie Protzman and Chris Parsons are juniors.
They have two more seasons.
Every day it snowed last month had to drive the imaginary flag further into the ground.
Now that we’re emerging from the gloom, others hope to mess with Litchfield’s imaginary flag.
Lewis Mills won five straight BL titles before the Cowboys grabbed it.
Last year, the Spartans had one returning starter and some promising freshmen.
“It will be fun to take on the underdog role because we’ve generally been the favorites over the last decade in the Berkshire League,” said Coach Jay Pelchar.
Mills finished 19 in the Division III Tournament. They’re back on most coaches’ lists of teams to watch.
The Spartans are far from Litchfield’s only competition. Thomaston finished ahead of the Cowboys in Division IV – tied for eighth.
Shepaug, 16th in Division IV last year, brings back the top two golfers in the Berkshire League Tournament last year, seniors Robert McCarthy and Griffin Ylagan.
In the NVL, Torrington players have a different reason for eagerness. For one of the few times in Coach Joe Minutillo’s 30 years as coach, the Raiders had a losing season (7-9). Only one player graduated. The rest look forward to turning the record back around.