The Eye on the CIAC got a big helping of snow in the face this weekend as events across the state were cancelled as a result of the massive snow fall. So this version of the weekly round-up of the sports scene will be a touch more abridged than normal, with the weather wreaking havoc with the schedule for the second (or is it third, or fourth) time this year. This release details the current updated schedule for the CIAC Indoor Track Championships and any additional changes will be released when decisions are made. Continue to check CIACsports.com for the information and follow the CIAC on twitter. With all that said, here are some of the highlights from an abridged week of activities.
- The week opened with a girls basketball clash of the two teams ranked atop Class M and Cromwell justified its lofty perch with a convincing 46-30 victory over Haddam-Killingworth. Cromwell has been dominant defensively on the year, having held to 40 points or less in 14 of their 17 games.
- A huge boys basketball game on Tuesday took place in New Haven with Fairfield Prep knocking Hillhouse from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 57-52 win. Fairfield Prep and Hillhouse were ranked third and first respectively in the Class LL rankings and the team entered the game with a combined record of 29-1. Hillhouse nearly overcame a 15-point fourth quarter deficit but Prep managed to hang on to earn the win. The New Haven register tells the full story of the big battle.
- An interesting Division III match-up on Tuesday night with Rockville-Bolton-Coventry-Lyman Memorial capturing an 11th win by downing E.O. Smith-Tolland-Windham by a 5-2 score. The victory extended the team’s unbeaten streak to seven as the team built an early lead and didn’t look back.
- Newtown boys basketball earned a win that put them at the .500 mark in the most dramatic fashion as Mike Daubert drilled a buzzer-beating three pointer to give his team a one-point win over New Milford on Wednesday. It was the sixth win in the last eight for Newtown.
- Dramatics in another sport as well Wednesday night as Farmington claimed a one-point win for the second-straight week in boys wrestling, topping local rival Simsbury 24-23 to finish the regular season undefeated.
- It was a record-breaking performance for Platt in boys wrestling as it defeated Maloney by a 38-26 score to establish a new program record for wins in a season. The team’s record stands at 28-5 after the victory.
- In boys swimming action Matthew Tylutki won both the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle as Foran pulled out a narrow six-point win over Shelton in dual-meet competition on Wednesday. It was a second-straight win for Foran.
Each Monday we take a look at any major movement in the top-10 of the CIAC Tournament Rankings for those sports where it is provided.
- Two teams moved to the top of their class rankings in girls basketball as Mercy assumed the top spot in Class LL, while Cheney Tech vaulted two spots into the top place in Class S. There was little other change in Class LL, or in Class L with only Torrington’s addition to L marking a significant difference. There was a shuffling in the top-4 of Class M, with Haddam-Killingworth dropping two spots and the other teams moving up. Kolbe Cathedral also made a big move, vaulting from ninth to sixth. Along with Cheney Tech’s move, Platt Tech moved up two spots, from ninth to seventh.
- There was also a change at the top of Division II in boys hockey with Amith moving into the top spot and supplanting East Catholic which is now third. In Division I, New Canaan rising from ninth to seventh was the only movement within the top-10. Elsewhere in Division II Daniel Hand enjoyed a three-spot boost, moving from 10th to seventh. Brookfield-Bethel-Danbury slid up a pair of places into fourth. Only minor movement in Division III with NFA-St. Bernard-Bacon falling from third to fifth in the biggest movement, pushing two teams up one position.
- Average scores were the only changes in the gymnastics team rankings as the order and teams in the top-10 all held firm from last week. Glastonbury narrowed the gap on Woodstock Academy at the top of the rankings as they raised their team score, as did Southington in third place. The scores were nearly up across the board among the teams in the top-10.
- In boys basketball as discussed earlier, a battle between LL teams now has Fairfield Prep atop those standings. There was also shuffling near the bottom of the top-10 with Simsbury and Kennedy both making an appearance and Windsor rising from ninth to seventh. The top teams in the other three classes all remained the same from last week. In fact the only changes in L came near the bottom of the top-10 as Career Magnet moved from 10th to seventh and Middletown and Watertown both appear in the top-10. One position changes were also the order of the day in M, with teams swapping places at fifth and sixth and also at seventh and eighth. Gilbert moved up two places in S, providing the biggest move, going from seventh to fifth.
CIAC On TV
There are no live events currently on the CPTV Sports schedule for this week, but there are still a number of excellent games being broadcast including top-ranked Fairfield Prep in boys hockey in action.
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