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Published 1:00 am, Sunday, December 28, 2008
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December 29, 1983

25 years ago

n Danbury High and host Bethel scored convincing victories last night (Dec. 27, 1983) in the WINE Christmas Tournament and will face each other in the finals. Danbury defeated Abbott Tech, 67-37, with George Menzies scoring 15 points and Otha Owens adding 14...

n Bethel High held off several Ridgefield comebacks to record a 66-52 win, with sophomore Steve Ruiz scoring 18 points. Earlier in the week, Ruiz's outside shooting paced the offense with 24 points and an effective trap that produced numerous turnovers keyed the defense as Bethel High defeated Pomperaug, 89-51. The Wildcats shot 54 percent from the field...

n Stu Strong and Ted Porterfield scored 19 points apiece as the Joel Barlow boys basketball team beat O'Brien Tech, 71-61, in the semi-finals of the Bunnell Christmas Tournament...

n Wylie Nash scored 15 points and LeAnn Schmidt and Maureen Foley added eight points apiece as Ridgefield High advanced to the finals of the Newtown Indians Booster Invitational girls basketball tournament with a 32-29 win over Immaculate...

n Ralph Torcaso, who was active in many sporting activities, coached Danbury Little League, and was honored by the Danbury Old Timers Association in 1975, died this week...

n Joel Barlow High seniors Ellen McPadden and Stephanie Whitt combined for 30 points to lead the Falcons' girls basketball team over Stratford High, 44-34...

n The New Milford boys basketball team ran away with an 84-43 win over Abbott Tech. Each New Milford starter scored in double figures, with seniors Bryan Noonan, John Ndukwu and Lou Heaton scoring 17, 14, and 10 points respectively. Coach Bill Hibbard's Green Wave is now 2-0 in the WCC and 2-1 overall.