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New England Roundup: Connecticut

2/23/2011

A year when the Danbury High School wrestling team fails to win the Class LL title is nearly as rare as a winter without snow.

ConnecticutDanbury entered this year’s tournament having won the last 14 Class LL state championships, but the program’s stranglehold on the title ended last weekend. Xavier won three matches in the championship round and claimed this year’s LL title by earning 200 points during the state meet at Trumbull High School. Danbury finished second with 181 points.

It was Xavier’s first Class LL championship.

“It was quite enjoyable,” Xavier coach Mike Cunningham told the Danbury News-Times. “When we got the trophy, it kind of hit me. It’s something you’ve been striving for your whole career – to beat Danbury – and then it happened.”

Cunningham’s son, Tyler, won the 145-pound title; Will Chowanek earned the 103-pound title; and Elliot Antler prevailed in the 160-pound weight class.

All but two players on Danbury’s roster are eligible to return next season.

Class L: Conor Kirkegard (103 pounds) and Nick Amorando (135) each won individual titles to help New Milford prevail in Class L.

Class M: Nick Dodge (125) and Devin Covone (160) each won state titles as Bacon Academy won its second consecutive state championship.

Class S: Dylan Martel (103) and Brandon Walsh (135) each prevailed in their weight class as Griswold won its third Class S championship and its first since 2007.

TOURNEY TALK

Here are the first-round pairings for this year’s girls' basketball state tournaments:

CLASS LL (28 teams)

All games on Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Upper Bracket: No. 1 Trumbull - Bye; No. 17 Norwich Free Academy (14-6) at No. 16 Shelton (14-6); No. 25 Cheshire (10-10) at No. 8 Ridgefield (16-4); No. 24 Amity (11-9) at No. 9 Career Magnet (16-4); No. 4 Holy Cross - Bye; No. 20 Westhill (12-8) at No. 13 Pomperaug (15-5); No. 28 Staples (8-12) at No. 5 Hall (18-2); No. 21 Newington (11-9) at No. 12 Sacred Heart Academy (15-5).

Lower Bracket: No. 2 Mercy - Bye; No. 18 Norwalk (13-7) at No. 15 East Catholic (14-6); No. 26 South Windsor (9-11) at No. 7 Newtown (17-3); No. 23 New Britain (11-9) at No. 10 Lauralton Hall (16-4); No. 3 Manchester - Bye; No. 19 Wilbur Cross (13-7) at No. 14 St. Joseph (14-6); No. 27 Stamford (8-10) at No. 6 Glastonbury (18-2); No. 22 Southington (11-9) at No. 11 Danbury (15-5).

CLASS L (27 teams)

All games on Monday, 7 p.m.

Upper Bracket: No. 1 Bacon Academy - Bye; No. 17 Fairfield Warde (11-9) at No. 16 Fitch (12-8); No. 25 Lyman Hall (8-12) at No. 8 Berlin (15-5); No. 24 Daniel Hand (9-11) at No. 9 Bristol Eastern (14-5); No. 4 Hillhouse - Bye; No. 20 Guilford (11-9) at No. 13 East Lyme (13-6); No. 5 Avon - Bye; No. 21 Windsor (11-9) at No. 12 Masuk (14-6).

Lower Bracket: No. 2 E.O. Smith - Bye; No. 18 Northwest Catholic (11-9) at No. 15 Brookfield (13-7); No. 26 Bunnell (8-12) at No. 7 Farmington (15-5); No. 23 Maloney (10-10) at No. 10 Platt (14-6); No. 3 Torrington - Bye; No. 19 Wilton (11-9) at No. 14 Darien (13-7); No. 27 Middletown (8-12) at No. 6 New Canaan (15-5); No. 22 Foran (10-10) at No. 11 RHAM (14-6).

CLASS S (24 teams)

All games Monday, 7 p.m.

Upper Bracket: No. 1 Capital Prep - Bye; No. 17 Ellis Tech (11-9) at No. 16 Canton (11-9); No. 25 O'Brien Tech (8-12) at No. 8 Platt Tech (15-5); No. 24 Parish Hill (8-12) at No. 9 Windham Tech (15-5); No. 4 Portland - Bye; No. 20 University (10-10) at No. 13 Kaynor Tech (12-7); No. 5 Thomaston - Bye; No. 21 Housatonic Regional (10-10) at No. 12 Wamogo (14-6).

Lower Bracket: No. 2 Cromwell - Bye; No. 18 Old Lyme (10-10) at No. 15 Wilcox Tech (11-9); No. 7 East Granby - Bye; No. 23 Goodwin Tech (7-10) at No. 10 Putnam (15-5); No. 3 Coginchaug - Bye; No. 19 Hale Ray (10-10) at No. 14 Windsor Locks (12-8); No. 6 East Hampton - Bye; No. 22 Old Saybrook (9-11) at No. 11 Cheney Tech (14-6).

CLASS M (36 teams)

All games Friday or Saturday, 7 p.m.

Stonington (9-11) at New Fairfield (9-11), Friday or Saturday, time TBA; Lyman Memorial (9-11) at Watertown (9-11), Friday; Granby Memorial (9-11) at Notre Dame-Fairfield (9-11), Friday; Ledyard (8-12) at Sheehan (9-11), Saturday.

FIRST ROUND

All games on Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Upper Bracket: New Fairfield/Stonington winner at No. 1 Lewis Mills (20-0); No. 17 SMSA (13-7) at No. 16 Montville (13-7); No. 25 St. Bernard (11-9) at No. 8 Kolbe Cathedral (15-5); No. 24 Prince Tech (12-8) at No. 9 Joel Barlow (15-5); Sheehan/Ledyard winner at No. 4 Ellington (16-3); No. 20 Coventry (11-6) at No. 13 Nonnewaug (14-6); No. 28 Haddam-Killingworth (10-10) at No. 5 St. Paul Catholic (16-4); No. 21 Weaver (12-8) at No. 12 Trinity Catholic (14-6).

Lower Bracket: Watertown/Lyman Memorial winner at No. 2 Windham (17-3); No. 18 Morgan (13-7) at No. 15 Seymour (13-7); No. 26 Classical Magnet (11-9) at No. 7 Sacred Heart (15-5); No. 23 Waterford (12-8) at No. 10 Woodland (15-5); Notre Dame-Fairfield/Granby Memorial winner at No. 3 Plainfield (17-3); No. 19 Northwestern (13-7) at No. 14 Weston (13-7); No. 27 Ansonia (10-10) at No. 6 Tolland (15-5); No. 22 Bloomfield (12-8) at No. 11 Suffield (15-5).

HOMPE TIES STATE RECORD

Sophomore Olivia Hompe collected each of her team’s six goals as the New Canaan girls hockey team completed the regular season with a 6-5 overtime victory against Hall/Conard.

The six goals tied the state record for goals in a game. She scored with 34 seconds remaining in regulation and then netted her sixth goal 1:34 into overtime.

Hompe completed the regular season as the state’s leading scorer (88 points).

Earlier this month Hompe, Bea Eppler and Jana Persky broke the state’s single-season scoring record by one line. Hompe, Eppler and Persky accounted for 12 points in a 5-4 victory over Ridgefield.

The 12-point performance gave that line 192 points this season. The previous record was 186 points.

PEAK PERFORMERS

  • Christian Heritage’s Kevin Clark scored 62 points during a 106-47 triumph against Bethel Christian Academy on Senior Night. Clark entered the contest needing 62 points to reach the 1,000-point mark for his career.

  • Kelly Coleman became Portland’s all-time leading scorer when she tossed in 30 points in a 64-39 victory over Old Lyme. Coleman passed Colleen McBrien, who finished her career with 1,515 points. Coleman’s 30-point effort gave her 1,530 points during her career.

  • Junior guard Ashley Perez became Manchester’s all-time leading scorer when she scored 32 points in a 63-57 victory over Hall. Perez broke the record held by Raenelle DelCastro, who collected 1,332 points during her career. Perez finished the Hall game with 1,349 career points.

Roger Brown has covered high school sports in New England since 1992. He currently covers high school and college football in the Northeast for ESPN/Scouts Inc.