Local Sports Notebook: Rudy Gay to be Honored by Chamber

Gay will be presented with Middletown's Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce's 2012 Role Model of the Year Award.


Rudy Gay, former UConn men's basketball star and current Memphis Grizzlies star, will be guest speaker at the Middlesex County Chamber's Member Breakfast Meeting on Friday. Gay will be presented with the Chamber's 2012 Role Model of the Year Award.

The Breakfast will be held at the Crowne Plaza Cromwell, 100 Berlin Road in Cromwell, with Networking beginning at 7 a.m. A breakfast buffet opens at 7:45 a.m. with the Breakfast Meeting program from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Cost is $20 for Chamber members and $30 for non-members. The event is sponsored by Citizens Bank.

UConn's Stewart injured: UConn sophomore linebacker Graham Stewart of Durham will miss the 2012 season because of a torn pectoral muscle. The former Xavier star transferred from Florida in May to be closer to home. Stewart, injured working out, had surgery July 27. The 6-foot-1, 227-pound linebacker will still have three seasons of eligibility with UConn. Stewart played in 12 games as a true freshman last year for the Gators with one tackle. He scored a touchdown in the Gator Bowl against Ohio State after 14 yards for the score. Whether Stewart would have been eligible to play this season after transferring was up in the air. UConn was planning on applying for a waiver, but that process had not been completed, according to uconnhuskies.com.

Nutmeg bronze for East Hampton: The Girls U14 "Baby Bells" from the East Hampton Soccer Club recently participated in the Nutmeg State Games in New Britain. The girls earned a bronze medal by winning three games and losing just one. They outscored their opponents 12 to 6 over the course of the week-long tournament. Scoring came from six different girls and included two header goals as highlights. The keeper, Mara Owens, recorded two shutouts. This team is made up of mostly upcoming freshmen and several younger girls who helped out. This is the farthest an East Hampton soccer team has progressed at the Nutmeg State Games. ... The Coginchaug Boys U19 soccer team, consisting primarily of the high school’s varsity team, also won a bronze medal.

RCP postponed: Rain forced the American Legion State Tournament elimination game between RCP (Rocky Hill, Cromwell and Portland) and Avon on Wednesday in Bristol to be postponed until Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at Muzzy Field. The winner of that game will face the winner of the game between Oakville and Greenwich for the right to play Milford in the championship game. RCP, which defeated Branford 12-2 on Tuesday, is 3-1 in the tournament. The winner of the state tournament advances to the Northeast Regional in Maine.

Eye on Williamsport: Evidently Bristol is the place to be this week to take in some important baseball games. Fairfield will represent Connecticut in the Little League New England Regional tournament being played, where else, in Bristol beginning Friday. The winner of the tournament will head to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Penn. Several of the regional tournament games will be televised by NESN. The championship will be on ESPN. You can follow the regional on the Little League web site.

High school needs: Bacon Academy in Colchester is looking for a head varsity football coach for the 2012-13 season. Please contact Bacon Academy Athletic Director Kevin Burke at kburk901@colchesterct.org. Former coach Duane Maranda was named New London High School's football coach last week. ... East Hampton High School is seeking a fourth boys' basketball team for its holiday tournament. Class S or Class M team preferred. Please contact Athletic Director, Shaun Russell, at srussell@easthamptonct.org if interested. Tournament dates are 12/27 and 12/28. ... Windsor is seeking a girls' basketball head coach and JV coach. If interested, email or mail letter of interest along with resume to Windsor AD Steve Risser (srisser@windsorct.org), 50 Sage Park Road, Windsor, CT 06095 or call Windsor Athletics at 860-687-2020, Ext. 485. ... Rockville High School also is looking for a girls' varsity basketball head coach. Apply online at www.vernonschools.com.

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