John Shea takes over Bacon boys' basketball program
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Colchester - posted Tue., Jan. 14, 2014
Last year, the Bacon Academy boys’ varsity basketball team put together a 13-7 record during the regular season, losing in the first round of the Class M state tourney to Ellington. The team graduated All-Leaguer Connar Chicoski at the end of the season. “He was a really good player,” said head coach John Shea. This year’s team is heavy with seniors, with eight total on the roster, five filling starting positions. The team as a whole “is playing well,” said Shea. “They play together as a good group, they’re working hard.”
This is the first year coaching the boys’ team for Shea, who has served as assistant coach of the girls’ team under his father, long-time coach Dave Shea, for six years. “They’re a coachable group,” said Shea. Noting the ample varsity experience among many of the seniors, he said, “They’re an experienced group. And they enjoy each other’s company, that’s for sure.”
As of Jan. 13, the team had a 5-1 record, having lost only to New London. But Shea said that the most challenging games of the season still lay ahead. “We’ve got three coming up that will be tough, against NFA (Jan. 14), Woodstock (Jan. 16) and Ledyard (Feb. 4),” he said.
The goal is to have a winning season. “We’re trying to have a winning season and make it through the third round or better in the state tournament,” said Shea. The team is striving “to be the best-conditioned team and a team that can play multiple defenses,” said Shea.
Tri-captains Brendan Violette, Aaron Lorenzo and Isaiah Stewart are all Division II and III prospects, said Shea. The other seniors on this year’s Bacon Academy boys’ varsity basketball team are Matthew Scheidel, Dann Bailey, Christopher Nudd, Ryan Miazga and Nick Sturgis.