Dr. I: Jared and Maddie Burrows accomplished something special for Waterford
(A bonus high school state tournament edition of) Idle Thoughts, while waiting for the utter joy of summer:
• Dr. Idle, Dr. I to his close friends, must begin today’s discussion with a shout-out to the Burrows family of Waterford.
They accomplished something this weekend never done in the history of Connecticut high school sports (or at least that Dr. I’s extensive research team could find): A brother and sister who were winning pitchers in state title games on consecutive days.
Jared, the brother, pitched the baseball team to a victory Friday night in the Class L final.
Maddie, the sister, was the winner in relief Saturday afternoon for the softball team in the Class M final.
As Dr. I’s longtime friend and colleague Vickie Fulkerson texted the other day, “Maddie Burrows, winning pitcher. You can’t make this (stuff) up.”
Congrats to the family.
And if you ever wondered why Dr. I loves high school sports so much … it’s stories like this.
• Yes, that was Dr. I trying to egg on the East Lyme girls’ lacrosse fans Saturday.
As East Lyme was about to beat school of choice St. Joseph, he tried to get some of the fans to chant “Public school! Public school!”
But, alas, he failed.
Good effort, though.
And congrats to coach Phil Schneider and the Vikes, who not only hang a banner now, but do so at the expense of a school that only gets kids from 30 different towns.
• Speaking of: Dr. I has concluded that the greatest coaching gigs in Connecticut are at St. Joseph.
Coaches there get kids from 30 different towns (per the school website), compete in the FCIAC against mostly Class LL and L schools (great programs like Darien and New Canaan) and then are somehow allowed to participate in the Class M and S state tournaments.
This just in: Class M and S schools are the most vulnerable against schools of choice because of their smaller enrollments and inability to attract kids from 30 different towns.
You’ll note St. Joe’s competed for the Class M girls' and Class S boys’ lacrosse titles (against public schools East Lyme and Bacon Academy) and the Class M baseball title (against public school Wolcott) on Saturday.
It’s the very definition of inequity.
The CIAC’s reaction, apparently, is “nothing to see here … move it along … nothing to see here …”
• Just to be irritating, Dr. I will again point out that Waterford’s last decade includes state championships in softball (four), boys’ basketball (three), baseball (two), wrestling, volleyball, girls’ soccer and cheerleading.
From a school with 846 kids.
Sorry. But that’s incredible.
• Note to the CIAC lacrosse people: Explain to Dr. I how New Fairfield, with 844 kids, competes in Class S girls’ lacrosse, but Waterford with 846, plays in Class M.
Hello? Is this thing on?
Dr. I asks because New Fairfield, now the three-time defending Class S champion, actually moved down from Class M a few years ago for some reason.
The Rebels appear to be ready for better competition.
Their enrollment numbers suggest it as well.
• Dr. I was part of his first water bucket dousing this weekend.
And loved it.
The East Lyme girls’ lacrosse players waited for their coach to be distracted with media interviews before drenching him.
And Dr. I was a little too close to the action, thus getting a face full of water.
(Felt really good on a warm day, actually).
• Other news from the weekend: Congrats to Old Lyme athletic director Hildie Heck on the magnificent hire of Ally Gleason as the new boys’ soccer coach.
Ally has helped her dad, Paul, coach the now four-time defending girls’ state champs. Clearly knows what she’s doing.
More importantly, it gives a woman a chance to coach a boys’ team. Remember: plenty of men coach girls. That’s why this is a huge hire. Good luck to her.
This is the opinion of Day sports columnist Mike DiMauro
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