Thursday, February 23, 2012
New England Roundup: Connecticut
By Roger Brown
Providence College-bound guard Kris Dunn joined elite company last Friday, when he became the 18th high school player in Connecticut history to score at least 2,000 career points.
Dunn's 2,000th point came on a jump shot in the third quarter of New London's 89-54 triumph over Woodstock Academy.
Last month Dunn broke the New London career scoring record during a 71-56 victory over Norwich Free Academy. Tyson Wheeler held the previous record. Wheeler, who scored 1,807 points for New London, played professionally with the Denver Nuggets and in Europe.
“Kris broke the record of one of the all-time greats,” New London coach Craig Parker told The Day. “Any record you break that was held by Tyson Wheeler is quite an accomplishment.”
Dunn, who was recently named a McDonald's All-American, entered the Norwich Free Academy game 31 points shy of Wheeler's school record. He broke the record on a layup early in the fourth quarter and finished the game with 35 points.
FAST TRACK Precious Holmes was at her best during Saturday's State Open track and field meet.
Holmes set two individual records and ran the anchor leg on the 4x400 relay team that set a meet record to help Hillhouse take first place with 74 points. Windsor was second with 40 points.
Holmes set meet and state records in the 300 (38.56 seconds) and the 600 (1:31.23). She held the previous record in both events.
Holmes also teamed with Johnesse Peterson, Jayvona McDaniel and Sydney Curtis on the 4x400 relay team, which prevailed in 3:57.92.
Staples took first place in the boys meet with 47 points. Hillhouse was second with 34.
CIAC TOURNAMENT PAIRINGS RELEASED Here are the pairings for the CIAC girls basketball tournaments:
Class LL Top Seeds: No. 1 Danbury (20-0); No. 2 Lauralton Hall (19-1); No. 3 Holy Cross (19-1); No. 4 Career (18-1)
No. 32 New Milford (8-12) at No. 1 Danbury (20-0); No. 17 Cheshire (14-6) at No. 16 Sacred Heart Academy (14-6); No. 25 Bristol Eastern (11-9) at No. 8 Trumbull (17-3); No. 24 Amity (11-9) at No. 9 Newtown (17-3); No. 29 Southington (9-11) at No. 4 Career (18-1); No. 20 Staples (12-8) at No. 13 Hall (14-6); No. 28 Simsbury(10-10) at No. 5 Hillhouse (18-2); No. 21 South Windsor (12-8) at No. 12 Norwalk (15-5)
No. 31 Fairfield Ludlowe (8-12) at No. 2 Lauralton Hall (19-1); No. 18 NFA (13-7) at No. 15 East Catholic (14-6); No. 26 Westhill (10-10) at No. 7 St. Joseph (17-3); No. 23 Stamford (11-9) at No. 10 Mercy (16-4); No. 30 Hamden (9-11) at No. 3 Holy Cross (19-1); No. 19 Fairfield Warde (12-8) at No. 14 Glastonbury (14-6); No. 27 New Canaan (10-10) at No. 6 Manchester (17-3); No. 22 Newington (11-9) at No. 11 West Haven (16-4)
Second Round--March 1
Semifinals--March 9, site and times TBA
Class L Top Seeds: No. 1 E.O. Smith (20-0); No. 2 Pomperaug (18-2); No. 3 Bacon Academy (18-2); No. 4 Berlin (17-3)
No. 17 Windsor (11-9) at No. 16 Naugatuck (12-8); No. 25 Maloney (8-12) at No. 8 Northwest Catholic (14-6); No. 24 Kennedy (8-11) at No. 9 Avon (14-6); No. 20 Fitch (11-9) at No. 13 Barlow (13-7); No. 21 Bunnell (10-10) at No. 12 Hand (13-7)
No. 18 Farmington (11-9) at No. 15 Darien (12-8); No. 23 Foran (9-11) at No. 10 Wilton (13-6); No. 19 Middletown (11-9) at No. 14 Mausk (12-8); No. 22 Brookfield (9-11) at No. 1 East Lyme (13-6)
GRANBY HIRES FOOTBALL COACH Rich Gadoury has been selected to replace Paul Schmutz as Granby Memorial's varsity football coach.
Gadoury was Granby's defensive coordinator last season, and is also the head coach of the school's co-ed swimming and diving team. He played college football at Framingham (Mass.) State College, and graduated from Framingham State in 2005.
Schmutz, who started the Granby program four years ago, guided the Bears to a 2-18 record during the past two seasons. Those are Granby's only two seasons as a varsity program.
Schmutz retirned following Granby's 27-12 victory over Canton last Thanksgiving.
STABLEIN'S SEASON ENDS EARLY Nancy Stablein, a senior guard on the St. Joseph girls basketball team, suffered a torn ACL in last Saturday's game against Stamford and will miss the rest of the season.
Stablien, who was averaging 18 points per game this season, scored 1,020 points during her high school career. She has accepted a scholarship offer from St. Anselm College, a Division II school in Manchester, N.H.
Roger Brown is a freelance writer who has been covering high school sports in New England since 1992.