Bristol Press Athletes of the Week are Bristol Central's Sarah Guerin and Terryville's Mike Tiscia

Published on Monday, 8 January 2018 22:46
Written by BOB MONTGOMERY

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Experienced senior captains are key to any basketball team and that’s the case with the “Athlete of the Week” picks.

Sarah Guerin is leading the way for Bristol Central and Mike Tiscia stepped it up a notch for Terryville’s when it lost its No. 1 scorer, Evan Dorso, to injury in Wednesday’s game.

In the case of Guerin, the daughter of Joe and Theresa Guerin, it’s having the team’s best all-around statistics.

“She’s a returning starter and senior captain who was named to the all-tournament team at the North Haven Christmas Tournament,” Bristol Central coach Steve Gaudet said. “She averaged 18 points in those two games and she’s a leader on and off the court for the team. She’s second in rebounds and number one in assists.

“She works extremely hard, pushes her teammates and even though we are off to a slow start, she continually comes to practice and games trying to make herself and her teammates better each day.”

The Rams were 0-8 coming into this week and despite this, Guerin, a guard, keeps a positive outlook on things.

“We’re having a hard time finishing games where we’ve had the lead, so we’re practicing time management,” Guerin said. “I don’t think our record shows the talent we have on our team. We’ve just made some mental mistakes that have taken us down.”

Having won just one game during last season, the goal, Guerin added, is to better that this winter.

“I think it’s possible,” Guerin said. “We have to work on the little things, making easy layups, getting rebounds, and just work as a team more.”

A three-sport athlete who also plays soccer and softball for Bristol Central, Guerin appreciates what her time on the basketball court has taught her, including making her a stronger individual.

“It’s taught me to make the best of everything even though things aren’t going your way,” Guerin said. “It’s taught me to never give up and to have fun with anything I’m doing. I’ve made my best friends from playing sports and I’ve become close to my coaches.”

And in being a team leader, she shares some of her knowledge with the younger up and coming athletes.

“I’d tell them to always stay positive, to be confident even when they make a mistake,” ” Guerin said. “Get right back up and keep trying.”

Following graduation in June, Guerin will start readying for college. She hopes to play basketball at that level while studying to become an elementary school teacher.

Tiscia, the son of Lauren and Ronald of Plymouth, scored a career- and game-high 31 points on Wednesday in the Kangaroos’ exciting 66-62 triumph over Nonnewaug. His backcourt partner, Evan Dorso, left the game in the early part of the second quarter after breaking his elbow and Tiscia went on to tally 23 of his 31 points after Dorso’s exit. He followed this performance with a team-best 11 points on Saturday night in a 52-37 loss to host Litchfield.

With regards to the Nonnewaug game, Terryville coach Mark Fowler said Tiscia “was outstanding.”

But going into the week with a 1-3 record, Tiscia said there is still work to be done.

“We aren’t off to the start we wanted, but we’re going to pick up the pace and win more games,” Tiscia said. “We lost Evan, our point guard, and we’re going to play through that making some adjustments. He’s going to be out 4-6 weeks.”

Asked about team goals this year, one coming off a 2016-2017 season with a 10-10 record, he was upbeat.

“It’s to do some damage in the Berkshire League tournament and make it to the state tournament and make damage there,” Tiscia said. “We have to play hard to get there and I have to play point guard now. I have to push my teammates and they have to push me. We’ll be in the state tournament at the end of the year.”

And like Guerin, Tiscia is a three-sport athlete at school, also having run cross country this fall and being a member of the school baseball team. But his favorite sport is basketball.

“I love going on the court playing with my friends and it’s the only sport where the crowd gets into it,” Tiscia said. “It really pumps you up. My friends and I help coach the recreation league team and my ultimate goal is to be a coach.”

With his experience, Tiscia also leaves advice for the younger players.

“Always keep your head up,” Tiscia said. “Always work hard, but be open to advice. Listen to your coach and your teammates and in the offseason, always work on your game. Never take a break from playing.”

His plans for the 2018-2019 school year is college. He’s thinking of sports management for a career while hoping to playing basketball at that level.



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