High School Player
When the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference chose an All-Century Girls’ Basketball Team, listing the Top 25 players of all-time in the state, Tracy Stolle’s name was among them. Stolle, who finished with 1,924 career points, carried Wamogo Regional High School in Litchfield to the 1995 Class S state championship with a 27-0 record, earning Most Valuable Player honors for the title game with 33 points, seven rebounds and four steals in a 49-47 victory over St. Thomas Aquinas.
Stolle jokes that winning the title was the program’s own “Hoosiers moment” due to the gymnasium packed with fans at Central Connecticut State University, but the explosive Stolle, who said she “fell in love with Michael Jordan and his intensity and love for the game” was certainly never much of an underdog.
“Without question, she is the best player I’ve ever seen,” then-Wamogo coach Ken Gladding told the Hartford Courant prior to the championship game. “It’s hard to compare a guard with, let’s say, a center, but you can with her. I think she may be the best player the (Berkshire League) ever saw.”
“Being an undefeated state champ, you always joke at the beginning of the year about winning, but as the season progressed, the joke became reality,” Stolle said.
Stolle, a 5-foot-8 guard/forward, averaged 26.4 points, 4.0 steals and 3.7 assists as a senior. In the Berkshire League championship game, she scored 40 points to lead the Warriors to a victory over Gilbert (she had 38 in the league semifinal). She graduated with 10 individual school records for girls’ basketball, as the Berkshire League’s all-time leading scorer and as a two-time all-state selection.
Stolle went on to a Division I career at the University of Hartford, where she earned third team all-conference honors in the America East in 1997-98 and led the Hawks in scoring and blocked shots in two separate seasons. Stolle earned her degree in elementary education in 2000 and now teaches for the Consolidated School District of New Britain.
A resident of Bristol, Stolle and her husband Greg Floyd have three children, Isaiah (17), Quinn (12) and Gregory (10), whom they enjoy watching participate in their own activities. She credits her parents, John and Mary Stolle, for encouraging and supporting her basketball career, traveling all over the state and beyond to watch her and her siblings compete.
Stolle will be presented as a member of the Connecticut Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame by sportswriter Rick Wilson of Litchfield County Sports, who chronicled Stolle’s career for the Torrington Register. Said Stolle: “I swear there was more than one of him with all the coverage and sports he knew.”