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Big game tonight between good friends

February 8, 2013 - Dana Sulonen
Tonight's game between Maplewood and Bristol is highly anticipated -- and for good reason. When a team that is 17-0 (Bristol) is heading into a war zone against a quality opponent that could end your perfect season (Maplewood), it's going to create an atmosphere that is what high school sports are all about.

However, many don't know that the coaches for the two teams know each other better than most husbands and wives do.

Maplewood's Nathan Kish and Bristol's Craig Giesy used to coach together when Kish's career started at Lordstown High School (Giesy was the assistant). Since then, Kish has moved to Maplewood (where he teaches) and Giesy took over his alma mater of Bristol. But just because the two are now coaching against each other, doesn't mean they still don't share a brotherhood.

The two are still good friends, talk post game about their respective games, and even celebrate (or mourn) together after the final whistle blows. Their wives are even friends have formed a basketball wife sisterhood together, knowing that when it's in season, they will probably talk to each other more then their spouses.

Tonight's game has the potential to be the best game of the year. If Bristol wins tonight, many think that the 22-0 season could be obtained as their last games are against Geneva (Saturday), Jackson-Milton (Feb. 12), Mathews (Feb. 15) and a makeup game against Southington to finish the season. Since this is the first year the 22-game schedule is in effect, Bristol could be the county's first 22-0 team.

If Maplewood wins, it's the upset of the year and a huge spoiler before the tournament draw on Sunday.

Many think Maplewood can pull it off. The other side thinks Bristol will win easily. No matter what the outcome, it will be a deserved victory and the coaches will congratulate each other, and truly mean it. Because while they are coaches and trying to lead their teams to victory -- after the whistle blows and the game ends, they are friends and colleagues.


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