An Eye On The CIAC

An Eye On The CIAC

It is the first installment of what should be a Monday staple (coming on Tuesday this week). With 183 member schools competing in the state, there is a ton of action to keep track of over the course of a season. Each week this piece will try to hit on a few highlights from the past seven days, finding some of the interesting results that might be worth talking about (though in this case, the focus is only on the past weekend). Keep in mind this will never been an all-inclusive look at the results from the weekend, rather it will serve as a quick glance at some exciting results from the past few days.

  • The boys basketball game of the weekend had to be where Haddam-Killingworth evened its season record at 6-6 by outlasting North Branford 62-52 in double overtime. It was one of several games in the boys slate that required extra hoops. Colin O’Brien made a pair of free throws with seven seconds left in regulation to send the game to its first overtime period.
  • The battle between Woodland and Wilby was full of emotion as the Waterbury Republican-American explained. And the basketball matched that emotion as Woodland won a thriller, 79-76. 
  • Suffield and Bolton also engaged in a tight contest, with Suffield pulling out the 57-55 victory on the road. It was the eighth win of the year for the Wildcats, improving them to 8-5, with each of the eight victories coming against Class S opponents.
  • On the girls basketball side, New Britain eeked out a one-point win over Northwest Catholic in the tightest contest of the weekend. It halted a three-game slide for the Golden Hurricanes who trailed by 17 points entering the fourth quarter but were able to rally for the victory.
  • Masuk and Bunnell also staged a one-point thriller with Masuk prevailing 59-58 on the road. Both teams are trying to battle their way towards a .500 record and Jamie Madden’s 13 points helped the Panthers move their record to 6-9.
  • And in a contest pitting a pair of strong technical schools, Kaynor Tech earned its sixth victory of the year while handing Goodwin Tech just its fourth setback with a narrow 54-51 decision. Sydney Craig did a bit of everything for the victors with 16 points, seven rebounds, and seven steals  while also providing a lay-up in the final minute to give her squad a late 52-50 before the Panthers sealed it at the foul line.
  • On the ice East Catholic came away with a one-goal win in overtime, outlasting Northwest Catholic by a 3-2 score. It was the third overtime victory of the year for East Catholic, and the team is 7-0 in games decided by one goal.
  • The glamour matchup of the weekend pitted Hamden against Notre Dame-West Haven in a contest of teams ranked seventh and second respectively in the CIAC rankings. The five place difference in the rankings turned out to be worth a six-goal difference on the scoreboard as Notre Dame cruised to a 7-1 win behind a hat-trick from Lou Iannotti. The New Haven Register had the breakdown of the game.
  • Simsbury and South Windsor also skated into overtime with the road team Simsbury claiming the 5-4 victory. The win helped move Simsbury into the top-10 in the Division I rankings as it now sports a 7-3 overall record.
  • In indoor track and field, the CCC hosted its championship meet over the weekend with Glastonbury coming out on top in the girls team competition, and Bloomfield placing first on the boys side. Bloomfield was third at this meet a year ago, improving by 20 points to capture the crown. Glastonbury fared well in the field events with several individual wins, and piled up points with multiple scorers in the distance races.
  • The FCIAC also held Divisional Indoor Track and Field Championships and Darien, Staples, and Ridgefield all captured wins in both boys and girls team competition in their respective division.
RANKINGS WATCH
As Monday is the day when the team rankings found on CIACsports.com are the most up-to-date, each Monday’s Eye On The CIAC will take a look at the rankings and see what developed over the past week. For this first edition, the changes are from last Wednesday, as opposed to last Monday, but they will be from Monday-to-Monday in the future. And for the sake of keeping things relatively easy, the focus will be on teams in the top-10 of the rankings.

  • In girls gymnastics, there was little change to the rankings with only one team moving into the top-10 that was outside that position last week. Glastonbury improved its team average by nearly a full point to move from third to second, while Nonnewaug also slid up a spot. Fairfield Ludlowe is the team that fought its way into the top-10 and currently sits in the 10th spot.
  • Amity slid into the top position in Division II in boys hockey, moving up from number two last Wednesday. Ridgefield jumped from number five to number three in Division I, and New Canaan was outside the top-10 at last check, but this Monday now sits in the ninth position. The NFA-St. Bernard-Bacon squad was the big mover in Division III, sliding from fifth to third.
  •  Westhill moved up two spots in the Class LL girls basketball rankings and now resides in eighth while Mercy and Stamford swapped spots at second and third. RHAM jumped from outside the top-10 to eighth in the Class L rankings with a record of 13-2. The teams in the eighth and ninth spots in both M and S are new this week and Platt Tech vaulted from 10th position to sixth in Class S–the biggest move of any team in the top-10 of the girls hoops rankings.
  •  Finally in boys basketball Woodstock Academy rose to the number one spot in Class L after sitting at number two last Wednesday. Career Magnet debuted at eighth in those same Class L rankings with a mark of 8-4. There was very little movement in LL with Crosby moving from fourth to second the only jump of more than one spot. In Class M Kaynor Tech made a move into the second spot from number five last week, dropping Enfield from number two down into the five spot. Bloomfield also came from outside the top-10 to the eighth position. The second spot in Class S also has a new team with Terryville moving up from fourth. Coventry enjoyed a three-spot bounce from eighth to fifth after a pair of victories.

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