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Readers' Choice: What Kind Of Sports Town Is Waterford?

The Theory Is Being Tested

The general theory for decades is that Waterford is a and town. The teams are consistently excellent, and Waterford routinely hosts regional tournaments.

Still, in recent years, other sports have take some of that spotlight away. The Waterford High School football team , both the are having great years, the soccer teams are always good and is becoming more and more popular. The question is, what kind of sports town is Waterford?

Jon March 05, 2012 at 11:56 AM
There are enough children in town for Waterford to be any sport town it wants to be. Let's not limit what our children do- allow them to experiment and test their limits. It is our responsibility as adults and parents to provide them every opportunity to do that.
Rick Beaney March 05, 2012 at 03:55 PM
I agree with Jon. Why do we have to label what "type of sports town" we are and pit the sports against each other? We have many great sports programs in both rec and high school. Some have been around a long time and some are pretty new. Let's support all of the programs and encourage our kids to participate in as many as they are interested in.
Mark D. Wiggins March 05, 2012 at 05:47 PM
They are all great. Sports in a small town is about as good as it can get. It allows our young children and young adults to learn valuable lessons such as hard work, dedication, teamwork, respecting authority, leadership, winning and yes...the dreaded word: Losing. Many life lessons wrapped up in local sports. I personally have incredible memories Waterford North Little League. My sons were on the dreaded and feared Blacksox. This days watching my boys play for Coach Bono and Coach Amanti were the best. The facilities at WNLL are among the finest thanks to people like Bill Meehan, Gene Sutera (RIP) and Nick Bontempo. Waterford Wrestling is another sport run by incredible volunteers such as Coach Duplice and Coach K and Coach Smith for youth; Coach Gamble is one of the best high school coaches (and teacher) in all of CT, if not the country. There is absolutely nothing like watching your kid on a mat one-on-one fight for his life for a victory. For a small town, Waterford is known across the state as a team to be reckoned with, winning two class M titles recently and producing many state champions.
Mark D. Wiggins March 05, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Lacrosse and girls field hockey are up and coming sports and it's youth and HS programs are gaining recognition. I have watched girls lacrosse grow as I have watched my daughter grow with it over the last 6 years. It has helped her earn a roster spot at Bridgeport U for this coming fall. They are all great, Youth BB (go Rebels!), Babe Ruth (3 World Series appearances), Senior League SB, Soccer to mention a few. All the Clark Lane and HS sports help develop our future generations. Thanks to all the coaches and volunteers who make them possible.

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