"Lazzari's Sports Roundup" - - - - 3/15/14
Congratulations go out to Cheshire (CT) High volleyball coach Sue Bavone and Ansonia High football coach Tom Brockett--who have been named Doc McInerney Coaches of the Year by the Connecticut Sports Writers' Alliance. Bavone, who has compiled a 20-year record of 403-78, led her team to a perfect 27-0 record this past fall--culminating with her fourth state championship. She has coached 20 All-Staters with 37 of her former players having gone on to play at the collegiate level. Brockett--whom I've interviewed numerous times on "Monday Night Sports Talk" (www.mondaynightsports.net)--coached an Ansonia team this past season that went 15-0 (first time that's ever happened in CT state football history) and won his fifth state title in his eight years as head coach. Currently, AHS has won 43 consecutive games dating back to 2010. Brockett's career record? A phenomenal 100-7--which translates to a winning % of .935. Both Bavone and Brockett--along with numerous others--will be honored at the CSWA's annual Gold Key Dinner on April 27th--which begins at 4PM. Tickets can be obtained by contacting Alliance President George Albano at (203)434-2320 or VP Bob Ehalt at Ehalt.Bob@sbcglobal.net..........TRIVIA QUESTION: Who was the last member of the San Antonio Spurs to lead the NBA in assists? Answer to follow..........Let's face it, guys: The annual SI Swimsuit Issue is worth the price of an entire one-year subscription to the magazine--if not a TWO OR THREE year subscription.........."Raven" Update: My dear friend Robert "Raven" Kraft, well, he just KEEPS GOING. He's one of the top "streak runners" in the country who's been mentioned numerous times in this column. At the time of this writing, "Raven" has run his 8-mile route on the soft sand of Miami Beach for over 39 years (starting on 1/1/75) WITHOUT missing ONE day (yes, you read that correctly, my friends). Allow me to put this in perspective: That's over 14,300 consecutive days totaling approximately 114,400 miles. The term "amazing" is too weak when describing his devotion and accomplishments; I'll just let the above numbers do all the talking. He's simply a remarkable individual whose inspiring nature knows no bounds..........She may be 56 years-old now, but did anyone out there catch a glimpse of a bikini-clad Sharon Stone on the cover of the March 2014 issue of Shape magazine? My goodness--and I used to think that Tommy John and Mariano Rivera aged gracefully..........Did you know that the 2005-'06 St. Louis Blues scored just 197 goals as a team that season--and were led in scoring by Scott Young with a modest total of just 49 points? Perhaps that's the main reason the team finished with a less-than-stellar record of 21-46-15--fifth in the NHL's Central Division..........ITEM: Red Sox prospect Jon Denney is arrested following a traffic stop in Florida around 4:00 AM; he allegedly told the police on duty that he was a professional baseball player and made more money than the officers would ever see (umm, he earned $1,000 per month in the Rookie League last season). After several arrests now, I'm offering some much-needed advice for this 19-year-old, clueless catcher: 1) Develop some number sense 2) NOTHING good usually happens after midnight and 3) Most fans like players with character--not character ISSUES..........*Here goes: LPGA player Mo Martin marries former MLB pitcher Derek Lowe, divorces, marries ex-heavyweight boxer Riddick Bowe--divorces again--then walks down the aisle with former NBA player Curtis Rowe. She is then roaming golf courses with the catchy, full married name of Mo Lowe Bowe Rowe..........Answer to trivia question: JOHNNY MOORE--who led the league with an average of 9.6 apg during the 1981-'82 season..........Finally, condolences go out to the family of former University of Maine football player Dom Cusano--who passed away recently at the tender age of 26. A Connecticut native who was an All-State player at Sheehan High School (Wallingford), Cusano played in 30 games for the Black Bears between 2007 and 2011 and also competed in track and field. An honor student as well, Dom received a degree in kinesiology/physical education in 2010 and later received a Master's degree in 2012. Cusano is survived by his parents, Zoraida and David, and two brothers--Dave and Pasquale. May Dominic Cusano--taken from this world at such a very young age--rest in peace.