High-SchoolConnecticut: Five Days of List-Mas

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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The best mascots in Connecticut high school sports.

Any school can be a mascot like the Hawks or the Bulldogs. It takes a creative school to come up with something that is a little more exciting. And some of the Connecticut schools have some awfully creative mascots. But which schools made our top five? Read below, and let us know if you think your school should have made the cut.

5. Windham Whippets

4. Harding Presidents

3. East Hampton Bellringers

2. Choate Wild Boars

1. Hillhouse Academics

Honorable mention: Hyde Howling Wolves, Woodstock Academy Centaurs, Kingswood-Oxford Wyverns, O'Brien Condors, Law Lawmen, McMahon Senators

Think your school belongs on the list? Leave a comment below and let us know about it!

And from all of us here at ESPNHS, Merry List-Mas!
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today : The five best NBA players ever to come out of Connecticut.

Kris Dunn, Kuran Iverson and Kahlil Dukes are all standout basketball recruits who are likely headed to D-I colleges — and possibly beyond. Connecticut has sent its share of high school players to the NBA, but who's been the best? Here's our list of the five best NBA players from Connecticut.

5. Ryan Gomes
Credentials: A Waterbury native, Gomes was a standout at Wilby before moving on to play at Providence. The fact that he was under-recruited by UConn proved to be a thorn in the side of Huskies coach Jim Calhoun (a recurring theme in this list), as Gomes went on to average 18.4 points and 8.9 rebounds during his four-year college career. He was then drafted in the second round of the 2005 draft by the Boston Celtics, and he's been a productive pro ever since (10.8 points per game in six seasons).
4. Michael Adams
A 5-foot-10 point guard, Adams came out of Hartford Public in 1981 and enjoyed a nice four years at Boston College, posting 15.3 points and 5.2 assists as a senior. Adams bounced around the NBA from 1985-96, but his best years came in Denver. In 1990-91, he averaged 26.5 points per game for the Nuggets. Adams averaged 14.7 points for his NBA career.

3. Mike Gminski
This spot came down to Gminski or Rick Mahorn, but I decided on Gminski because of his longevity and more productive peak years. A 6-foot-11 center from Monroe, Gminski graduated from Masuk in 1976 and moved on to Duke, where he posted 19.0 points and 10.2 rebounds over four years. Drafted seventh overall in the 1980 draft, Gminski played 14 years in the league, averaging 11.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks.

2. Marcus Camby
Another Hartford Public grad (1993), Camby is also another recruit who got away from UConn, sparking the feud between Jim Calhoun and UMass coach John Calipari. Camby averaged 20.5 points and 8.2 rebounds as a junior at UMass, leading the Minutemen to the Final Four before declaring for the NBA draft and being selected No. 2 overall. In his 15-year NBA career, Camby has averaged exactly 10.0 points and 10.0 rebounds, and he's led the league in blocks four times. The 6-foot-11 center was named NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2006-07, when he averaged 11.7 rebounds and a league-best 3.3 blocks for the Denver Nuggets.

1. Calvin Murphy
The only Hall of Famer on this list, Murphy graduated from Norwalk High School in 1966 and proved to be an all-time great scorer in college, averaging 48.9 points per game as a college freshman at Niagara. Drafted into the NBA in 1970, Murphy played 13 seasons (all for the Rockets) and posted 17.9 points per game for his career. One of the most feared outside shooters in league history, Murphy averaged 25.6 points in 1977-78, the first of three straight years of 20-plus ppg. Despite being a slight 5-foot-9, Murphy was also a noted ironman, playing all 82 games in five seasons.

Tomorrow: Wild Card! Check back tomorrow to find out what our list is.

Five Days of List-Mas: Hoops rankings

December, 14, 2011
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Today's entry in the Five Days of List-Mas is the POWERADE state basketball rankings, but since Connecticut starts its hoops season a bit later than most states, there isn't much to report since we published our initial preseason rankings. Here's the complete Top 10:

POWERADE Basketball State Rankings
  1. New London
  2. Hotchkiss School
  3. St. Joseph
  4. Northwest Catholic
  5. Trinity Catholic
  6. Fairfield Prep
  7. Hamden Hall
  8. Windsor
  9. Capital Prep
  10. Holy Cross

If you want to take a look at the national POWERADE FAB 50, click here.

To follow the POWERADE state rankings throughout the season, click here.
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The top underclassmen in high school football.

The state championships are over and the Class of 2012 had a great run, but it’s never too early to start looking at the impressive players in the Class of 2013 and beyond. Who’s going to rule the gridiron in Connecticut next season? We give you the early rundown of who to watch for.

5. Tim Boyle (JR), Xavier, QB
Credentials: Split snaps this year while helping Xavier win its second straight state championship; should be the full-time starter next year

4. Thomas Milone (JR), Masuk, WR
Credentials: Catching passes from Casey Cochran, Milone put up 1,019 yards and 16 touchdowns

3. Bryan Castelot (JR), Bunnell, QB
Credentials: Passed for 2,497 yards and 29 touchdowns this season; cut interceptions from 16 to 6

2. Andrew Isaacs (JR), Manchester, TE
Credentials: The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder has already committed to Boston College

1. Arkeel Newsome (SO), Ansonia, RB
Credentials: After setting the state record for rushing yards (3,763) and total TDs (62) this year, Newsome is the early frontrunner for 2013 Gatorade Player of the Year honors

Click here to check out some of the other states in our Five Days of List-Mas.

Tomorrow: The POWERADE Connecticut Weekly Basketball Rankings.

Did I miss someone who should be on the list? Hit me on Twitter (@ESPNHSGrimala) and let me know about it.

Five Days of List-Mas: CT's A-List

December, 12, 2011
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Whether you're putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you're making that special list for Santa, there's nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we're bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: Connecticut's A-Listers

What is an A-Lister? In Hollywood, it's the George Clooney and Julia Roberts crowd. In the NFL, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are A-Listers. In the NBA, it’s LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. The A-List is the best of the best. So which athletes can be considered A-Listers in Connecticut this year? That’s where today’s list comes in. Regardless of sport, here’s our list of the top five A-List athletes in the state.

Casey Cochran, Senior
Masuk, Football
Credentials: Two-time Gatorade State Player of the Year, Connecticut's all-time leader in touchdown passes and passing yardage. Committed to UConn.

Kris Dunn, Senior
New London, Basketball
Credentials: Ranked No. 29 in ESPNU 100; led New London to state championship in 2010-11. Committed to Providence.

Kuran Iverson, Junior
Northwest Catholic, Basketball
Credentials: Ranked No. 30 in ESPNU 60; averaged 14.6 points and 8.1 rebounds as a sophomore.

Arkeel Newsome, Sophomore
Ansonia, Football
Credentials: Broke the state record for rushing yards (3,763) and touchdowns (62) in a single season. Led Ansonia to Class M state championship.

Cristoval "Boo" Nieves, Senior
Kent School, Hockey
Credentials: This isn't the first "A-List" for Nieves. The NHL Central Scouting service lists him as an "A" prospect, meaning he's a potential first-round pick in the next draft.

Click here to check out some of the other states in our Five Days of List-Mas.

Tomorrow: The top underclassman football players from Connecticut.

Think I missed someone who should be on the A-List? Hit me on Twitter (@ESPNHSGrimala) and make your case.

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