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CONNECTICUT POST
SUNDAY AUGUST 5, 2007

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Shelton LL Gladchuk: An imposing ‘gentle giant’ Bridgeport’s dealt loss finest: the ’30s
By JARED KEENE Staff writer

BRISTOL — Shelton National had not lost in over a month and it took one heck of a pitching performance to take it New England Little down. League Regionals Caleb Fraser pitched a MAINE 3 complete game, giving up just four hits and one run SHELT. NAT’L 1 to lead Portland North (Maine) to a 3-1 victory over ■ Legion Shelton in the New England tournament coverage. D7 Little League Regionals at Breen Field. Shelton, 1-1 in the tournament, next plays Portsmouth (N.H.) tonight at 8. “The kid really pitched well. He kept us off balance and disguised his off-speed pitch,” Shelton manager Mark Testani said. Nick Petrovich’s home run in the sixth was Shelton National’s only run. Fraser had the Shelton hitters off balance right from the start as the team failed to take an early lead, which it has been doing often recently. But it was Portland’s bats that came alive in the top of the second inning. After Nathaniel Smart led off the inning with a home run to right-center, Fraser followed with a double. Luke Boyle II took care of the rest, drilling a long home run to deep left to put Portland up 3-0. Boyle, who later added another hit, made several spectacular defensive plays at shortstop, too, including a game-ending double play by ranging up the middle to snag a grounder, stepping on
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BRIDGEPORT — They called him “the gentle giant.” Chet Gladchuk stood 6-foot-5 and weighed about 250 pounds. Playing football in the late 1930s, Gladchuk wasn’t just big, he was massive. He had a leathery face and a rock-solid jaw. He helped Boston College defeat Tennessee in the Sugar Bowl, he served in the United States Navy in World War II and he worked to turn emerging football players at the University of Bridgeport

This is the first in a six-part Sunday series that will showcase Bridgeport’s outstanding athletes from the city’s past. This week: the 1930s — Chet Gladchuk, who was a four-sport star at Harding High School from 1933-37 and went on to play football for Boston College and in the NFL with the New York Giants. three seasons, he played for the New York Giants. He was an All-American center. He was a Naval Chief Petty Officer. He was a head coach and an athletic director. He was one of Bridgeport’s finest. “He was a guy that was huge. He was

into men. He played four sports at Harding High School. He lettered in football, baseball, basketball and track. Gladchuk’s play on the football field earned him a scholarship to Boston College. His play for the Eagles got Gladchuk into the NFL, where, for

imposing,” said Gladchuk’s son, Chet, 57, who is the athletic director at the U.S. Naval Academy. “He was in many ways, by virtue of his size in that era, intimidating, but he always had a soft, warm smile and GLADCHUK a firm handshake, and those are the traits that I recall vividly. He was loved by everyone.
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Milestone men
Bonds hits 755th, A-Rod blasts 500th
By JANIE McCAULEY Associated Press

UCONN FOOTBALL PREVIEW

QB question just one of many for Edsall, Huskies
By NEILL OSTROUT nostrout@ctpost.com

As is becoming the norm, the UConn football team will begin another training camp without knowing who will start at quarterback. But who starts under center isn’t the only question head coach Randy Edsall and his staff must begin to answer when the Huskies hit the practice field Monday. After consecutive losing seasons, UConn has a number of things to improve upon as it prepares for its Sept. 1 opener at Duke. Let’s take a look at the battles for playing time by position.

Offense
QUARTERBACK Probable starter — Jr. Tyler Lorenzen. When the 6-foot-5 lefty transferred from Palomar JC in the offseason, it was assumed by many that job was his. To paraphrase an ESPN LORENZEN analyst, however, not so fast, my friend. Pushing hard — Soph. Dennis Brown. Brown has a stronger arm, more experience in the UConn offense and, seemingly, increased poise since he was thrust into action as a true freshman in 2005. Big question — This position has been a liability BROWN for the Huskies since Dan Orlovsky left three seasons ago. UConn’s quarterback play must improve if the Huskies are to crack the .500 mark. RUNNING BACKS Probable starters — Soph. TB Donald Brown, RFr. FB Anthony Davis. Brown was UConn’s biggest surprise last season, unseating the school’s all-time rushing leader (Terry Caulley) while rushing for 896 yards and earning second team all-Big East honors. Pushing hard — Jr. Lou Allen. A bulky, bruising back, Allen’s speed has increased
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Associated Press

SAN DIEGO — Barry Bonds swung, took a half-dozen steps and clapped his hands. With no trace of a smile but a strong shot for all the doubters, he caught Hank Aaron and tied the career home run record Saturday night. No. 755 was an opposite-field drive to left■ Six-run third center field, moving inning off John Bonds within one Maine helps swing of having baseCubs beat ball’s pinnacle of powMets 6-2. D5 er all to himself. ■ Yankees pound Royals Commissioner Bud 16-8, win fifth Selig stood up and put of last six his hands in his pockets while Bonds’ family games. D5 ■ Bluefish hugged and high-fived. He later declined an in- reliever Franklin Perez puts visa terview request from nightmare ESPN. behind him. D7 When Bonds crossed the plate, he lifted his batboy son, Nikolai, and carried him several steps in an embrace. The Petco Park crowd stood and cheered, with some boos mixed in, when the San Francisco slugger homered off Clay Hensley in the second inning. Several fans held up asterisk signs. Bonds was booed as he headed to left field at the end of the inning. The 43-yearold star has been shadowed by suspicions of steroid use for several years, which some fans feel has tainted his chase for home run record. Earlier in the day, Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees hit his 500th home run against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. It had been eight days since Bonds hit his 754th home run, and he came out for early batting practice Saturday, hoping to
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The Giants’ Barry Bonds reacts as he rounds third base after he hit a home run, his 755th to tie Hank Aaron, at San Diego on Saturday night. Earlier in the day, the Yanks’ Alex Rodriguez hit his 500th career home run.

CAREER HOME RUN LEADERS
(x-active) Player...................................No. 1. Hank Aaron .....................755 2. x-Barry Bonds................755 3. Babe Ruth .......................714 4. Willie Mays ......................660 5. x-Sammy Sosa................604 6. x-Ken Griffey Jr. ..............589 7. Frank Robinson...............586 8. Mark McGwire.................583 9. Harmon Killebrew............573 10. Rafael Palmeiro .............569 11. Reggie Jackson ............563 12. Mike Schmidt ................548 13. Mickey Mantle...............536 14. Jimmie Foxx..................534 15. Willie McCovey .............521 15. Ted Williams ..................521 17. Ernie Banks ...................512 17. Eddie Mathews .............512 19. Mel Ott ..........................511 20. x-Frank Thomas ............505 21. Eddie Murray.................504 22. x-Alex Rodriguez.........500

YOUNGEST TO 500
....................................Yrs Days 1. Alex Rodriguez .......32 8 2. Jimmie Foxx.............32 338 3. Willie Mays ...............34 130 4. Sammy Sosa............34 143 5. Hank Aaron ..............34 160 6. Babe Ruth ................34 186 7. Ken Griffey Jr............34 211

RODRIGUEZ

Distler coaching torch passed
By MICHAEL FORNABAIO mfornabaio@ctpost.com

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FAIRFIELD — John Distler and Cori Distler were on the figurative sidelines Saturday, several rows removed from where they used to be. When they were on the literal sidelines, they built a lacrosse program in Redding and Easton. Saturday, they watched the next generation continue the tradition. Their sons, Mike and Chris, coach the Relax junior boys lacrosse team at the Health Net Nutmeg State Games. Today, the

team plays for the gold medal in their age group. Their parents, who made the Distler name pre-eminent in Redding and Easton lacrosse, watched with pride as Relax’s seventh- and eighth-graders remained unbeaten with an 11-6 win over Trumbull at Fairfield University. “It’s pretty neat,” Cori Distler said. Added John, “They’re giving

back to the sport. The little kids just love the college kids. They’re like gods to them. They’re getting a lot out of (the coaches) that they probably wouldn’t get from us.” The team’s plays are a mixture of what Mike and Chris took from their dad at Barlow and what they’ve learned in college, Mike at Haverford and Chris at Gettysburg. Mike, 21 was a captain at Barlow and will be a second-year captain at Haverford this year in his senior season.
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Mike Distler, coach of the Relax lacrosse team, yells instructions to his players at the Health Net Nutmeg State Games on Saturday. Distler’s parents, John and Cori Distler, have been nationally recognized high school coaches.