Maroon Panthers honored by Town Council
By Christian Mysliwiec - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Fri., Dec. 7, 2012
Twenty-three members of the South Windsor B Maroon Panthers Youth Football Team flooded the Town Council chambers on Monday, Dec. 3, where they were recognized by the Town Council for winning their league championship.
“In 2001, there used to be the Tri-town Panthers, and South Windsor went on their own and started the South Windsor Panthers, with the belief that someday they would have a successful program,” said Deputy Mayor Gary Bazzano. “They have had a very successful program, but the culmination of it came together this year when the South Windsor team won the championship of their league in Rentschler Field on Nov. 18.” The team beat Glastonbury – South Windsor's long-time rival.
“They were undefeated, they were 10-0, and they outscored their opponents 199-36,” said Bazzano. “These kids have been together since second and third grade, and now they're in seventh and eighth grade, so it's a very exciting year for them, and they deserve the recognition they receive tonight.”
Mayor Thomas Delnicki handed out certificates to each of the players, except one, which he had the deputy mayor present – to his son, Michael Bazzano.
“I'd just like to say congratulations to the group of boys,” said David Hodge, the team's coach. “A number of them went to the UConn football camp, and they went to our camp, and they worked very hard. And I want to thank the town for supporting us.”