SOUTHINGTON, Conn. - April 30 - There were 36 tables set up for Sunday’s 77th annual Gold Key banquet. But it was hard to miss one table near the front of the room.
Nearly all 10 women at one table had Granby Memorial field hockey state championship jackets draped over the back of their chairs. But when the banquet started with their traditional induction march, the women put on their 1980 and 1982 championship jackets.
And when their former coach Dot Johnson was introduced as one of the five Gold Key recipients, they cheered loudly.
Johnson was one of five Gold Key recipients at the Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance’s Gold Key banquet Sunday. She was honored with PGA professional Dennis Coscina, New Canaan High football coach Lou Marinelli, retired UConn women’s soccer coach Len Tsantiris and Gretchen Ulion-Silverman, who won an Olympic gold medal with the U.S. women’s hockey team in 1998.
The Alliance also honored state athletes of the year, coaches of the year and presented six Good Sport awards to men and women who unselfishly devote their time and energy to the promotion of athletics in their communities.
The Connecticut Sports Writers' Alliance presented five Gold Key awards Sunday to, from left, Gretchen Ulion-Silverman, Dennis Coscina, Dot Johnson, Lou Marinelli and Len Tsantiris