Eye On The CIAC

eye_on_the_ciac3No indoor track and field in this week’s edition of Eye on the CIAC as the results from the events of this past week can better be found in “Linked Up” or CIAC Tournament Central. While indoor track and field has begun its championships, other sports are still in the heart of the season so there are plenty of interesting events to look back on from the past week.

Ice Hockey:

  • New Canaan got its week off to a strong start by knocking off Notre Dame-West Haven, the team previously atop the Division I CIAC point standings. David Bruch scored the decisive goal in the third period as New Canaan extended its unbeaten streak to nine matches and its winning streak to seven. The Rams have scored at least three goals in each of the seven of the wins.
  • You can’t stop Darien, you can only hope to contain them right now as the Blue Wave battled past Fairfield Prep 3-2 in overtime on Thursday. Nick Allam netted the winning goal 33 seconds into the overtime period after Darien rallied from an early 2-0 deficit. The Jesuits scored twice in the first period but Darien slowly chipped away and earned its second one-goal win over Fairfield Prep this season.
  • The battle for bragging rights in West Haven went to Notre Dame with the team capturing a 6-3 victory over West Haven. It was the 10th time this season Notre Dame has knocked home at least four goals, and the fourth time it has found the back of the net six times in a contest.
  • A 3-2 win over Branford gave Amity back-to-back wins and victories in three of its last four as it climbs up the Division II CIAC point standings. In a battle of two highly-ranked Division II teams Amity’s victory gave Branford just its second loss of the season and snapped a nine-game unbeaten streak for them.

Boys Swimming:

  • Cheshire’s Karl Bishop started his team’s meet against Hamden about as well as possible as he was a part of wins in the first three events of the day to lead the Rams to a 96-81 win. He swam a leg on the 200-medley relay to open the meet, then won the 200 freestyle and 200 IM in succession to propel Cheshire to the victory.
  • Wamogo raised its record to 7-4 with a 90-69 victory over Lewis Mills on Thursday evening. Jake Rosko won a pair of individual events and also was a part of a pair of winning relays for Wamogo. He won the 50 freestyle and the 100 butterfly on his own, and teamed up for wins in the 200 medley and 400 free relays.
  • Torrington found a way to come away with a victory for the first time in 10 years against local rival Naugatuck. Torrington posted a 90-78 victory in the dual meet with Matt Traub winning a pair of individual events and also joining with three folks for a pool-record breaking relay.

Gymnastics:

  • Wilton came out ahead in a tri-meet with Weston and Joel Barlow, compiling 134.80 points. Annie Sactarelli was the top performer on the bars and the beam to lead the way for Wilton.
  • Daniel Hand was a dominant force at the SCC championship meet setting a meet record with a score of 141.45 points, more than 18 points ahead of second place North Haven. The Tigers’ Stefani Taschner claimed the All-Around with a score of 35.95, narrowly getting past Meghan French of Shelton. Taschner was also the top scorer on three of the apparatus at the meet.

Boys Basketball:

  • A rivalry game between Sacred Heart and Crosby lived up to the billing as Sacred Heart survived a furious comeback to claim a 90-82 win in overtime and deal Crosby its first loss of the season. Mustapha Heron scored 32 points and Malik Petteway produced 25 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks along with several key plays late in the game to help secure the win for Sacred Heart.
  • Norwalk earned one of its biggest wins of the season by holding off Trinity Catholic to claim a 58-53 triumph on Tuesday evening. The win for Norwalk moves both teams to identical records of 6-7 overall and 5-6 in the FCIAC, both very much still alive in the postseason chase.
  • New London and Waterford played a tight game earlier in the season, and it was another barn-burner Thursday night with New London ultimately prevailing 84-76. The game featured the two teams combine for 55 points in one quarter, and saw Waterford erase a 19-point first quarter deficit to take the lead, before New London finally bounced back to capture the win.
  • Xavier rallied to defeat West Haven over the weekend, giving fans a second memorable match-up between the two programs this season. Xavier improved to 12-4 with the win, which was its second of the season over West Haven, and have come by a combined three points. Sunday’s victory came by a 53-52 victory.

Wrestling:

  • Hand and Guilford produced a highly-competitive match on Tuesday night with the host Tigers coming away with a 36-31 victory. Hand claimed wins at seven of the weight classes with three victories by pin to come away with the match.
  • Windham’s 55-16 win over Lyman-Windham Tech was an historic victory for the winning team. The win was the 400th career victory for Windham head coach Pat Risley and improved the team to 19-4 this season with the victory.
  • Danbury helped cemented its position as a favorite heading into the CIAC class championships next weekend with a sweep of five matches at its own invitational which featured several top teams. Foremost among the wins was a 38-25 victory over New Milford which had four wins of its own at the event.

Girls Basketball:

  • Local rivals East Haven and Branford staged a tight game with Branford prevailing by four points to raise its record to 9-6. Branford opened the year losing three of its first four, and four of its first seven games, but has lost just twice since January 10th including the 42-38 win..
  • Cheshire played only five players but that was enough to get past Shelton by a single point on Tuesday evening. The Rams bounced back from a halftime deficit with 24-second half points to capture a 43-42 win in the defensive battle.
  • It was a typical Shoreline Conference battle between Cromwell and Morgan and Cromwell managed to hold off their foes to claim the 49-47 victory. Janelle Harrison scored 11 of her 21 points in the fourth quarter, including a traditional three-point play in the final minute to give Cromwell the lead for good.
  • Old Saybrook and Old Lyme have now played a pair of memorable contests this year, with Old Saybrook managing narrow victories in both of the games. Old Saybrook won the opening game of the season 51-48 and then on Friday pulled out a 50-48 win to raise its record to 9-7.

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 each individual sports page under the winter tab).

  • At this stage of the season there is not a ton of moment in the hockey point standings. Staples-Weston-Shelton earned one victory, but it was one that bumped them from seventh to fourth in Division III, which matches the biggest climb of the week. In Division I New Canaan also was a three-spot climber moving from eighth to fifth on the strength of two wins. There was virtually no movement in Division II with North Haven sliding up one position as the only move up.
  • Three-position moves were the biggest positive movements in girls hoops over the past week. New London made a big move last week and was at it again rising from sixth to third in M, while in S Sacred Heart bounced up from eighth to fifth. In class LL Norwich Free Academy jumped up two spots from sixth to fourth to break into the top half. There was no team that moved up more than one spot in class L over the past seven days.
  • In boys basketball E.O. Smith was the biggest mover on the week, as the team climbed from outside the top-10 all the way to sixth in class L. Notre Dame-Fairfield made a slight move into second position in class M bouncing up from fourth. In class S Bloomfield and East Hampton both had the biggest moves which were just one position apiece with East Hampton now fifth and Bloomfield now eighth, and in class LL there was no school moving more than one spot.
CIAC On TV & The Web
The NFHS Network whet your appetite with the indoor track & field class championships last week, and this week it comes back with the State Open carried live on the Network on Saturday. Meanwhile on CPTVSports fans of hockey and girls basketball will have plenty to see. Saturday will feature the first airing of a triple header of hockey games with Masuk vs. New Fairfield-Immaculate, Sheehan against Joel Barlow, and New Milford taking on Newtown all on the schedule. In girls hoops Thursday night will see the first broadcast of Amity against Lyman Hall. MSGVarsity.com will also have some live competition this week as they will show the FCIAC boys basketball showdown between Greenwich and Bridgeport Central on Tuesday night.

 

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