BRISTOL BITS: City has always had a strong sports community

Published on Wednesday, 23 November 2022 10:23


I’ve always felt and said that Bristol had a strong sports community. And today, I still feel the same with the coaches, athletes, fans and school officials who support it. There are so many doing well in college, and to give an example, how about two UConn freshmen, Donovan Clinghan and Victor Rosa.

I’ve seen Rosa on the gridiron on TV this fall, and for the first time saw Donovn, and that was the other day when the host Huskies, ranked No. 25, nailed Delaware State 95-60 on Sunday.

Just one more reason for Bristol pride! This pride “rocks” in so many areas, government, volunteerism, the military and other areas just to name a few.

Hines to lead Emmanuel soccer team in 2023

Another fellow from a sports-minded family in Bristol is Luke Hines, who is a junior soccer player at Emmanuel College in Boston. The St. Paul grad was recently named captain of the 2023 team. Luke, who is also strong in the classroom, was also named to the all district academic soccer team this past season.

Luke is the son of Mike and Beth Hines, and grandson of Mary Kay Greger and Jack and Bev Hines. 

Birthdays the next few days

I’m sure there are more, but here is what I have: Dave Godbout on Sunday and Jan Capodi on Monday. (Are there any Thanksgiving “Turkey Birthdays” that I missed, and can jot down for next year’s column at this time?) 


There were approximately 80 people at tables representing Peter Wininger at last week’s annual Bristol Sports Hall of Fame ceremonies at the DoubleTree Inn. It was also good that Bob Kalat, the Hall of Fame’s vice president, got awesome razzing at the event. Bob, like Hank Lodge, another member of the hall committee as a director of the organization, stays on inductees and other directors months before to make the evening a success. 


To Don and Linda Soucy, Frank J. Johnson, Karen Vibert and Maryellen Holden, who are among the many folks who make Christmas more of a delight for the kids in Bristol.

Contact Bob Montgomery at or by calling 860-583-5132.    

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Central, Bristol on Wednesday, 23 November 2022 10:23. Updated: Wednesday, 23 November 2022 10:25.