Wethersfield out to prove its clout

Posted Online: March 06, 2014, 8:01 pm
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Daniel Makarewicz, danmak@qconline.com
The longer the interview continues, the more cliches Wethersfield boys' basketball coach Jeff Parsons utters.

Then, though, Parsons offers a rebuttal to the coachspeak.

"Keeping it as simple as you can is the way it has to be," Parsons said.

With so much emphasis currently on social media, Parsons knows communication has to be brief. He learned that from the Twitter craze, hoping the pregame message to his team can come in 140 characters or less.

Some added fire ironically came via Twitter on Tuesday night after the Geese reached the Class 1A Brimfield Sectional championship. In sticking with Parsons' theme, it required very few words.

Actually, it was 23.

"Don't worry," Parsons said. "We're using that as motivation. No doubt."

Moments after a 48-45 win over Brimfield, a Quincy television reporter suggested Wethersfield had a lot of wins against a "suspect schedule." Thirty wins apparently are not what they used to be.

"I think we're a good team," Parsons said. "I guess we'll find out tonight. That's all we can do. We can't worry about what other people are thinking."

The test comes tonight when Wethersfield (30-2) meets Mendon Unity in the Class 1A Brimfield Sectional championship. Unity, located 10 miles north of Quincy, reaches the sectional final for the second consecutive year after a 66-59 win over Liberty on Wednesday.

The Mustangs (18-11) topped Wethersfield in last year's sectional semifinal.

"It's one at a time," Parsons said.

Back to the cliche.

"We can't reinvent the wheel," Parsons said. "We have to do what we do."

What Parsons views as a challenging schedule has the Geese, who have not won a sectional since 1979, prepared for this moment. Putnam County and Macomb handed Wethersfield its two losses. The Panthers are playing for a sectional title tonight and Macomb was a miraculous comeback by Monmouth-Roseville away from a regional title.

Highlighting the wins are regional champion River Ridge and state-rated Henry-Senachwine.

"For some reason or another, it seems like teams have doubted us," Parsons said. "Teams in our area are a lot better than people think. People think we're a football area. There is some good basketball."

Some still aren't convinced, meaning Wethersfield is out to prove the critics wrong. In a twist, this started from a message on Twitter that was short and simple.

So is Parsons' response to it.

"It's dumbfounding to me why we have doubters," Parsons said. "We're 30-2."


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