Sunday, November 11, 2012

From 1947: Middletown's Flash Faraci Wins Scoring Honors in Central League

The following article is from 65 years ago, published in the Hartford Courant on November 9th, 1947.

Faraci was one of our city's great athletes, setting state records in both the javelin and sprinting events. He went to Santa Rosa (CA) Junior College, served in the Marines, and then returned home. He joined the police department in 1950, rising to the rank of Captain. In 2009, the Common Council paid him tribute by naming the road that leads to the police firing range, which he helped construct, Captain Salvatore "Flash" Faraci Road. Faraci died in 2010.

Buddy Sbona was a former union carpenter who was elected Mayor in 1969. His popularity was credited with sweeping into power a Republican majority Common Council and Board of Education. Sbona died in 2003.

Salvatore Faraci, called Flash for obvious reasons, scampered to six touchdowns and an equal number of rush conversions during the past season to win the individual scoring championship of the Central Connecticut Interscholastic League.

The stocky, lightning-fast Middletown High fullback, piled up 42 points to easily out-distance the field as he led the Tigers to their sixth title in the league's 22 years of operation. Coach Waino Fullback's eleven went unbeaten in league play in gaining the crown for the fourth year running. William Hall of West Hartford shared the title with the Tigers last fall.

Second place in the scoring went to Faraci's teammate, Buddy Sbona, who was 17 points behind at 25. Ronald Snell, William Hall fullback, was third with 24 points, and Hawk Labbadia, another fleet-footed Middletown backs [sic], finished fourth with 21.

Faraci's total was 13 points more than that accumulated by William Hall's Bob Cushman in 1946, although the league was made up of only 5 schools then.

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