The Canton High girls basketball team will try and win their first state championship on Saturday morning at the Mohegan Sun Arena at 10 a.m. The Warriors will face Thomaston, a squad making its third straight appearance in the championship game. Two years ago, Thomaston lost to Capital Prep. A year ago, they beat St. Paul in double overtime for their first Class S title since 1993.
The Bears are not your typical small school. They’re smaller. East Granby, the smallest team in the NCCC, has more girls in their school than the Bears. Thomaston has 132 girls in their school in grades 9-12. Only six schools in Class S are smaller. Canton is actually one of the larger schools in Class S with 287 students.
There is a special bond between the students, fans and players at Thomaston. “I do know that they are now part of a love story between a team, its school and its town. It is something to behold, awesome in its magnitude and intensity,” writes Rick Wilson for Litchfield County Sports. “And this is no one night stand. This is a multi-year attraction that has grown in its ardor, all parts feeding off and nurturing one another to a small-town utopia.” Read more about the love for the Bears at Litchfield Country Sports.