AROUND THE HORN: Destefano outduels Oliveira; “Free Fishing Day” on tap; Blue Knights passes going on sale; Edsall making Chamber appearance

AROUND THE HORN: Destefano outduels Oliveira; “Free Fishing Day” on tap; Blue Knights passes going on sale; Edsall making Chamber appearance


MERIDEN — The penultimate Meriden Parks and Recreation Department Summer Fun Run drew one of its biggest turnouts of the summer this week to Platt High School.

It also featured a good battle for the top spot. Maloney cross country coach Derek Destefano out-dueled Lyman Hall distance runner Brian Oliveira over the three-mile course. Destefano finished in 17:09. Oliveira, an incoming senior, crossed in 17:42.

Jack Murphy was third in 19:29 and Mike Perkowski placed fourth in 19:59. Tony Salerno (20:27) rounded out the top five in the 28-runner field.

Next Wednesday marks the final race in the 2017 Summer Fun Run series. Starting gun sounds at 6:30 p.m.

Total Reno notches win, playoffs next

WALLINGFORD — With the postseason fast approaching, teams in the Wallingford Twilight Baseball League are jockeying for playoff position.

On Wednesday night, despite playing with just eight players, Total Renovations got past the Downtown Merchants 6-4. Wink Farrow’s bases-clearing double put Total Renovations ahead in the sixth inning.

Guy Gogliettino and Matt Moran added RBIs for Total Renovations. Winning pitcher J.D. Tyler went five innings. Derek Drag tossed two innings of scoreless relief.

Saturday designated as Free Fishing Day

HARTFORD — The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has designated this coming Saturday, August 12 “Free Fishing License Day.”

To fish for free, any resident or non-resident 16 years of age or older can obtain a free one-day fishing license online at or at any venue that sells fishing licenses. Those 15 or younger do not need a fishing license but can register using the same on-line system to obtain a “Youth Fishing Passport.”

The one-day pass is good for both inland and saltwater areas.

Also on Saturday, the sixth annual Saltwater Fishing Day will be held at Fort Trumbull State Park in New London from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The family-oriented event features fishing, crabbing, a touch tank and other educational activities.

Blue Knights passes on sale next week

SOUTHINGTON — Family passes and senior gold cards for the Southington High School 2017-18 sports year will be available in the athletic director’s office between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. starting Wednesday, August 16.

Family passes are $110 and cover admission for immediate family members to volleyball, football, basketball, wrestling and any night games starting at 5 p.m. or later on the turf field.

Family passes are good for all regular season games. They cannot be used for tournament games or the Thanksgiving football game.

Individual adult ($45) and student($30) passes are also available for purchase. Senior gold cards are issued free of charge to Southington residents ages 62 and over. Fans who already have gold cards do not need new ones.

Contact the athletic office at 860-628-3229, ext. 425 or email

Fearsome foursome rolls at Wallingford

WALLINGFORD — Diane Aldrich and Joann Rogers teamed with June Brackett and Tania Stenberg to win this month’s Member-Guest Tournament at the Wallingford Country Club.

The quartet dominated, winning by 11 strokes with a gross score of 168. The team of Felicia Romano, Andrea Porto, Florence Demers and Sarah Murphy placed second.

In net scoring, Julia Daria, Marcia King, Jen Caruso and Lori Panzo won by four strokes with a 122. Kathy Taylor and Julie Chubet combined with Karen Wilson and Sharon Criscuolo to finish second.

Edsall this month’s Chamber speaker

MIDDLETOWN — UConn football coach Randy Edsall will be the guest speaker when the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce holds its August Member Breakfast on Thursday, August 24 at the Radisson Hotel Cromwell.

Networking begins at 7 a.m. and breakfast at 7:30. The meeting program runs from 8-9 a.m.

Cost is $22 for Chamber members, $32 for non-members. Advance registration is required at

Edsall and the Huskies open the season Thursday, August 31 at home against Holy Cross.


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