Eye On The CIAC

eye_on_the_ciac3It has been more than two months since the last edition of Eye On The CIAC, as postseason chaos and excitement garnered most of the attention. A new year has dawned, however, and the winter sports are now in full swing as 2014 begins to heat up (other than the actual weather). We will highlight a few of the interesting results and performances from the past week each Monday, and take a look at some changes in the unofficial CIAC Tournament rankings from week-to-week.

Girls Basketball:

  • Fairfield Warde earned a victory over Greenwich thanks to a buzzer beater from Kaitlin McKenna. The senior scored her final two points on a putback with the clock expiring to earn a 45-43 victory and improved the team to 7-1 on the season.
  • Bloomfield pulled out a two-point victory over East Hartford over the weekend, earning a 43-41 triumph. It was the first road win of the year for Bloomfield which opened the season which played five of its first six contests at home, and dropped its first two road games before pulling out this victory.
  • Woodland claimed an overtime win over Naugatuck in a low-scoring defensive affair. The victory snapped a three-game slide for Woodland and gave the team its second win of the season while dropping Naugatuck to .500.
  • Amity continued its strong play with a pair of tight victories the past week. The Spartans fought past Daniel Hand 39-36 on Tuesday and then capped the week by outlasting Cheshire 60-54 to improve to 9-1 and extend its winning streak to eight-consecutive triumphs.

Boys Hockey:

  • Amity pulled out a high-scoring victory over the Milford Co-op on Wednesday evening, skating to a 5-4 win that moved its record to 4-2. Amity bounced back from a one-goal loss to Trinity Catholic last weekend and produced a fourth game scoring at least four goals.
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  • Rivals New Canaan and Darien skated to a 1-1 tie in a weekend showdown of the FCIAC teams. Darien came in riding a three-game win streak and got 14 saves from Michael Colon in goal to move its record to 3-1-1. New Canaan tied the contest up with a goal in the second period and is now at 3-3-1 after the draw.
  • An 0-2 loss to Amity remains the only blemish on the ledger for East Catholic after the team knocked off Northwest Catholic 4-3 in overtime this past weekend. The Eagles have been rolling through the regular season with a record of 7-1 after the OT win.

Boys Basketball:

  • Ellington picked up a fourth-straight victory with a narrow three-point win over Avon on Wednesday evening. After dropping its opener by two points to Woodstock Academy, the team has reeled off four-straight victories, two of which have come by fewer than five points.
  • It was a thrilling battle of unbeaten teams and Shoreline Conference rivals, and the game went to Westbrook as the Knights knocked off East Hampton 71-66 to improve to 8-0. It was the team’s fourth win by five-points or less this season, while East Hampton suffered its first loss in its seventh outing.
  • A battle of a pair of highly-ranked teams went to Windsor which handed East Catholic its second-consecutive loss in a 62-47 decision. Windsor now sits at 6-0 on the year and has played only one game decided by fewer than nine points.
  • Trumbull and Bassick engaged in a thrilling contest on Friday night with Bassick prevailing by two points. The Lions earned a 60-58 win to raise its record to 4-2 and each of its last two wins have been by two points. Trumbull dropped to .500 at 3-3, and is just four points away from a 5-1 record.

Indoor Track & Field:

  • The SCC Invite over the weekend was the location for several strong performances. The Haddam-Killingworth boys blitzed the 4×200 relay in a time of 1:34.76 which ranks as the second fastest in that event.
  • Fitch’s Tyler Latham produced a very quick time of 7.81 in the 55-meter hurdles at the Rhody Invitational. It is the fastest among the 39 qualifying performances in that event this year, and is one of four events in which he is qualified.
  • Also impressing at the SCC Invite was Mike Lang of Woodland who posted a best leap of 21’7″ in the long jump which is one of the better marks in the state.
  • On the girls side the weekend saw a ton of qualifying performances in the 4×800 with six total on Saturday. Glastonbury had the best of the lot, producing a 9:53.69 at the SCC Invite to rank among the fastest in that event.
  • Alyssa Brehler of Griswold was a top performer at the URI Classic as she ran an outstanding time of 5:12.44 in the 1600 to put her in the mix in that event. She has already also qualified in the 1,000 and the 3,200.
  • A toss of 38’5 1/4″ was very noteworthy effort from Destiny Coward of East Haven at the SCC Invite. That production in the shot put ranks her among the top efforts in the state this year.

Boys Swimming & Diving:

  • In a highly-anticipated match-up of rivals, Greenwich remained unbeaten with a dominant 116-70 triumph over Fairfield Prep in dual-meet action over the weekend. Greenwich improved to 5-0 thanks to winning 11 of 12 events and had Alex Lewis and Thomas Dillinger both win a pair of individual events apiece.
  • East Lyme raised its record to 3-1 and 2-0 in conference competition with a 100-84 victory over Windham-RHAM-Coventry. Ryan Dumais and Clayton Otter had individual wins for East Lyme in the win.
  • Masuk edged Shelton 84-78 in a dual-meet over the weekend to raise its record to 4-1, while Shelton fell to 1-4. Jack O’Shaughnessy won the 200 and 500 freestyle and was part of a winning relay.

Wrestling:

  • Montville swept a quad-match, beating Gilbert 57-12, Weston 60-18 and host Canton 60-18. Tommy Wynosky  was one of four wrestlers to record three pins in the victory.
  • Foran swept a quad-meet, earning victories over East Haven, Immaculate/Barlow and Cheshire. The Lions were dominant, winning all three by at least 25 points.
  • Xavier and Greenwich, two of the top-ranked teams in the State each went 4-0 at the X Duals over the weekend. Greenwich had a pair of tight victories, getting past Guilford and Windham by just two points apiece.

RANKINGS WATCH
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 (rankings and records are based on results reported through the CIAC on-line reporting system). The rankings are a great reference to see where your favorite team is positioned (rankings can be found here under the fall sports tab).

  • In ice hockey the biggest move in Division I was West Haven which vaulted from eighth to third on the strength of a pair of victories. Newington-Berlin-Manchester earned three wins in Division II to climb from six to third in Division II, while Division III saw Newtown rise to first in the rankings from fourth position.
  • In girls basketball an unbeaten week from St. Paul Catholic in S moved them from fourth to first. The big mover in class M was Prince Tech which is now 8-1 on the year and climbed up to third after sitting in eighth a week ago. Class L has three unbeaten teams remaining but it was one-loss Weaver making the biggest move with a leap from outside the top-10 to seventh in the rankings. In LL Career Magnet made a big jump from eighth to third, and is one of three remaining teams without a loss.
  • In boys basketball Bridgeport Central enjoyed a productive week with three victories that slid them from ninth to fifth. There was very little movement in the L rankings with New Fairfield’s two-spot jump from ninth to seventh ranking as the largest move up the rankings. Similar to the girls rankings, Weaver made a significant move in the M rankings, and is now in third place after sitting outside the top-10 a week ago. A three victory-win for Terryville helped them climb from eighth to third, while East Windsor remained unbeaten and moved up two spots to second.
CIAC On TV & The Web
A big week of action on CPTV Sports including a live broadcast of a battle of a pair of teams in the CIAC girls basketball rankings. Career Magnet and Mercy will square off on Friday night in a game carried live on CPTV Sports. A boys basketball contest between Notre Dame-West Haven and Guilford will air Tuesday on the network, and several boys ice hockey co-ops will also be broadcast with the game between Rockville/Bolton/Coventry and Norwich Free Academy/St. Bernard/Bacon Academy. The NFHS Network will also have an ice hockey contest between Notre Dame-West Haven and Xavier.

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