First of all, a happy Memorial Day to all, and we hope everyone reflects today on the brave men and women who have lost their lives protecting our freedom. The regular season came to an end over the past week and now all the attention turns to the CIAC Championships. As always, CIAC Tournament Central is the best place to keep track of all the postseason happenings. But for today, Eye On The CIAC is focusing on the pre-tournament events of last week, primarily results that earned teams a spot in the CIAC Tournament fields, or a look at some of the many league tournaments that battled some rough weather and took place across the state.
- It was a long-anticipated title for Morgan team as it won its first Shoreline Conference title since 1992. Gabe Van Ness shot a tournament-best 71 to help the team claim the title with a team score of 315, besting Old Lyme by 15 strokes.
- Killingly pulled out a one-stroke victory over NFA to claim the team title of the ECC Championship with a score of 324. John Aitken led the way with his 74 that was the top score of the day.
- With many conference championships still to come, it was still a busy week in girls golf. Sacred Heart got past Suffield on Wednesday by a 202-216 score that left Sacred Heart one win shy of the .500 mark.
- Mercy and Hall engaged in a tight battle in midweek with Mercy pulling out an eight-stroke victory. Mackenzie Dugan of Mercy and Michelle Dicke of Hall tied for low round with a score of 48.
Outdoor Track & Field:
- Emily Savage won three field events for Weston to help propel it to the team title in the SWC Championship. Bunnell was able to out-distance Bethel for the boys title. Four of the top-5 positions in the long jump went to Bunnell, helping them to the victory.
- Amity swept the SCC outdoor track & field titles as the boys won a fourth title in five years and the girls were able to match with their own title. Kellie Davis of Hillhouse enjoyed a prolific meet setting net meet records in the 800 and 1,600 and she also earned a win in the 3,200 en route to earning the Outstanding Meet Performer award.
- Highlighted by a highly-motivated performance from Rajay Hinds, Windsor rolled to the CCC North championship on Wednesday, piling up 216.50 points. On the girls side, Glastonbury wasn’t quite as dominant, but still claimed a comfortable win with 243 points–68 points clear of second place.
- Championship site Palmer Field had a taste of must-win games on Monday as Middletown earned a spot in the postseason with a 4-1 win over Bulkeley in its regular-season finale. The victory put the team in the tournament with an 8-12 record having won its last two games to reach the .400 mark.
- Brookfield fought its way into the class L tournament field by wining its final three games, capped by a 13-7 win over Shepaug Valley on Tuesday. The team scored 37 runs in those final three games.
- Housatonic Regional also earned wins in its final two games to secure a spot in the tournament, with its final win coming on Tuesday. The Mountaineers topped Gilbert 8-2 in their final game to reach the .400 mark.
- East Hampton reclaimed the Shoreline Conference baseball crown from Cromwell behind a dominant pitching performance from Marvin Gorgas. East Hamption got a 13-strikeout effort from Gorgas to claim the 8-2 win and has the title again after last earning the crown in 2011.
- Berlin expanded the field in the class M tournament by winning its final regular season game to qualify for the tournament with a record of 6-9-1. Berlin went on the road and downed Capital Prep 20-11 on Monday to secure a spot in the tournament field.
- Wins on Tuesday and Wednesday put Bacon Academy into the class M tournament by moving its record to 6-9, right at the .400 mark. The Bobcats knocked off Wheeler and Valley Regional in its final two outings to secure a berth.
- Lewis Mills girls lacrosse prevailed in a thrilling WCLC final. The team squeaked by Housatonic by a 10-9 score to capture the title.
- Darien outlasted New Canaan in a thrilling and wet final in the FCIAC girls lacrosse championship. Title match MVP Jenna Fritts scored four times to help Darien rally from a first-half deficit and earn the victory.
- Avon took the rubber match against Granby Memorial, riding a stingy defense to a dominating 13-2 win to capture the NCC championship.
- Oxford’s impressive play continued with a dominant victory over second-seed Masuk in the SWC boys volleyball championship. Oxford swept its way to the title and will enter CIAC play without a loss this season.
- Staples continued to be a thorn in the side of Ridgefield, only this time it was in the finals of the FCIAC boys volleyball tournament. Staples swept its way to the title winning by scores of 25-19, 25-22, 25-22. Staples is the only team to defeat Ridgefield this season, something it has now done twice.
- Top seed Cheshire overcame a tough semifinal battle to earn its third SCC title. The Rams got all they could handle from Shelton in the semifinals, earning a 3-2 win including being pushed to 20-18 in the final set, before knocking off Amity 3-0 in the finals.
- Torrington’s run of success through the regular season continued into the postseason as the team captured the NVL tournament title. The Red Raiders overcame some tough situations to remain unbeaten and earn the 3-1 win over Seymour in the final.
- Platt Tech was able to come away with the softball crown with a 10-3 win over Goodwin Tech in the final of the CSC Tournament.
- New Canaan earned its first-ever FCIAC softball title, edging St. Joseph 2-1 in the final. MVP Cyndey Ventura allowed no earned runs over seven innings while surrendering only seven hits and fanning three.
- It doesn’t get much more exciting than a walk-off win, and that is Haddam-Killingworth got in the ninth inning to capture the Shoreline Conference softball title. Meghan Sepega delivered the tournament-winning hit in the ninth inning to give her team a 3-2 win over Morgan to capture the title.
- Woodland continued its recent run of domination in the NVL boys tennis postseason as Kyle Beynor repeated as the singles champion, and Steve Pec and Pat Dietz combined to capture the doubles crown.
- Classical Magney and Kaynor Tech were the co-Champions of both the Tournament and regular season in the Constitution State Conference this season.
- Daniel Hand captured its first-ever SCC championship by claiming consecutive 4-3 wins. The Tigers knocked off Fairfield Prep 4-3 in the semifinals and then got past Amity by a 4-3 score to earn the crown in Division I.
- A 4-3 win to open the week and close the regular season earned St. Bernard a spot in the class S tournament. It was a third victory in four matches for the team, which got past Lyman Memorial 4-3 in the finale to finish at 6-9 after getting off to a 1-7 start.
- Rockville also needed a 4-3 win in its final match to qualify for postseason play, and the Rams got it with a 4-3 triumph over Fermi on Wednesday. The win snapped a four-match slide for Rockville that put them in a precarious position in terms of postseason qualification.
- The Lewis Mills boys lacrosse team didn’t have nearly the battle the girls did to claim its own conference crown. The boys rolled past Watertown 19-3 to capture the conference title.
- East Lyme earned a third-straight ECC boys lacrosse title with a 15-9 win over top-seed Stonington.
- Joel Barlow earned the SWC Division I Championship over the weekend with a 14-6 victory over New Fairfield. Joel Barlow was undefeated in League play during the regular season and then went on to capture the tournament championship.
As stated last week, there is no new edition of Rankings Watch this week as there was very little competition to change the rankings from a week ago. You can check out all the CIAC Tournament pairings to see how the various top-10s finished the year.