Archive: February 2014

Fairfield Prep 71, Career-New Haven 65

Keith Pettway scored 25 points, going 15-for-17 at the free-throw line, and center Paschal Chukwu had 21 points and 13 rebounds as unbeaten No. 1 Fairfield Prep withstood another challenge from No. 5 Career-New Haven in a 71-65 boys basketball win February 20 in Fairfield.  CPTV Sports will show replays in upcoming days (check broadcast schedule).

Justin Campbell had 20 points for Career (17-3), which lost to Prep 63-58 earlier in the season.  The teams could meet again in the SCC tournament, where Prep (19-0) is the top seed and Career is No. 2. Read the game story from the New Haven Register’s Joe Morelli here.

Front page photo courtesy Peter Casolino / New Haven Register

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For the second time this season, No. 5 Career-New Haven gave No. 1 Fairfield Prep all it could handle before the unbeaten Jesuits pulled out a 71-65 victory in Fairfield Thursday. CPTV Sports was there and will show the broadcast premiere Sunday at 7:00 pm. Keith Pettway had 25 points (going 15-for-17 at the free-throw line) and center Paschal Chukwu 21 points and 13 rebounds. Prep is 19-0; Career, coming off a hard-fought 59-58 win over Notre Dame-West Haven Wednesday, is 17-3. YouTube highlights below; Read the game story by the New Haven Register’s Joe Morelli here. . .Bristol Central moved into the CCC South lead with a 50-48 victory over second-place Maloney-Meriden, a rematch of the Maloney win seen LIVE on CPTV Sports last month. . .Richard Zalusky of the Willimantic Chronicle noted that Parish Hill-Chaplin clinched its first state tournament berth in 15 seasons with a 66-55 victory over Wheeler-North Stonington.

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No. 3 Lauralton Hall handed No. 8 Holy Cross-Waterbury its first loss of the season, winning 55-29 in Milford. Both teams are 19-1. Emma McCarthy had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Lauralton. . . . Unbeaten No. 1 Capital Prep-Hartford beat another out-of-state team, topping Archbishop Williams (Mass.) 65-52. . . .The Berkshire League could have tri-champions if Lewis Mills-Burlington bounces back from a 49-38 upset loss to Housatonic Thursday when it plays Friday at Terryville. Thomaston and Nonnewaug have already clinched at least a share of the title. . . .Conference tournament play got underway with first-round action in the SCC.

FOOTBALL

New London Day columnist Mike DiMauro (a regular panelist on CPTV Sports’ Beyond The Beat) wrote about Matt Glasz’s proposal to restructure high school football in the state, which prompted some interesting feedback on Twitter.

WINTER OLYMPICS

It was yet another disappointment for Fairfield’s Julie Chu and her U.S. women’s hockey teammates, who lost to Canada 3-2 in overtime in the gold medal game. The U.S. squandered a 2-0 lead in the final minutes of regulation. . . Jessica Lutz, who played hockey at UConn, won a bronze medal playing for Switzerland. . Follow WNPR.org for updates on state athletes and other news from the Games.

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No. 6 Career avenged its January loss to No. 2 Mercy-Middletown with a 63-55 win in double overtime in New Haven. It was a rematch of Mercy’s 65-47 win seen LIVE on CPTV Sports. The New Haven Register’s Henry Chisholm reported Career (18-2) held Mercy (19-1) scoreless in the second OT. The SCC tourney seeds are set; Mercy and Career get a bye into Saturday’s quarterfinals.

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No. 5 Career hit a shot at the buzzer to give the Panthers a 59-58 over unranked Notre Dame-West Haven. There’s no rest for Career, which travels to Fairfield Thursday night to take on No. 1 Fairfield Prep. The CPTV Sports team will be there; the broadcast premiere is Sunday at 7:30 pm. Late in Wednesday’s game, ND was called for a technical for inserting a player not listed in the scorebook, and Career capitalized by making 1 of 2 free throws. Tahj Eaddy had 28 points for ND. . . . No. 7 Hillhouse defeated No. 8 Wilbur Cross 71-56. Hillhouse led its New Haven rival 36-16 at halftime. @NHRJoeMorelli noted Hillhouse repeated its strong defensive performance from a week ago against Career. . .Ledyard’s 124-46 win over Montville raised some eyebrows on Twitter . . .On Tuesday, No. 6 New Britain clinched the CCC West title with a 74-60 win over Northwest Catholic as second-place Simsbury lost to Conard-West Hartford, 65-64.

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No. 6 Notre Dame-Fairfield stunned No. 3 Notre Dame-West Haven, 6-2. . .No. 1 Darien continued its run of winning close games, topping Trumbull, 1-0. Darien plays ND-Fairfield Saturday at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. . . No. 2 Fairfield Prep tied Catholic Memorial (Mass.) 2-2. . . West Haven, which just dropped out of the GameTimeCT.com state coaches/media top 10, defeated No. 9 Xavier 2-1. . [email protected]’s picture tells the story of a heartwarming surprise homecoming of a Marine for son’s senior night in Fairfield Monday.

WINTER OLYMPICS

Hamden native Jonathan Quick made 21 saves as the U.S. men’s hockey team defeated the Czech Republic 5-2 to advance to the semifinals Friday against rival Canada. The big story in Sochi was Russia’s stunning 3-1 loss to Latvia . .Follow WNPR.org for updates on state athletes and other news from the Games.

Norwich Free Academy 54, Woodstock 45

Marcus Outlow showed he can play basketball, too, scoring 24 points to surpass 1,000 for his career and lead Norwich Free Academy  to a 54-45 win over Woodstock Academy in an ECC Large Division boys basketball game shown LIVE on CPTV Sports February 21. We’ll replay the game Saturday March 8 at 8:00 pm.

On March 6, the teams met again in the ECC final, with NFA taking a 58-52 victory. Outlow, an All-State running back, will play football at Boston College.

 

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The top nine in the GameTimeCT.com coaches/media poll remained the same; Darien kept the top spot a day after beating No. 2 Notre Dame-West Haven 2-1 in overtime. East Catholic-Manchester, the top-rated team in CIAC Division II, moved in to the poll at No. 10 on the strength of its win over No. 8 Glastonbury. . . Carly Femniak, a girl who plays goalie on Sheehan-Wallingford’s boys team, was profiled by the New Haven Register’s Dan Nowak and featured in a photo gallery by the Register’s Mara Lavitt. Femniak was seen on CPTV Sports last week in Sheehan’s 7-4 win over Joel Barlow.

WINTER OLYMPICS

Branford native Alex Deibold (@adiebold) won a bronze medal in boardercross Tuesday. The New Haven Register noted in the San Jose Mercury-News story posted on the Register website that Diebold, who now lives in Manchester, Vt., attended Notre Dame-West Haven High as a freshman in 2001 before his family moved to Vermont so he could attend Stratton Mountain School. . The U.S. men’s hockey team, with Hamden native Jonathan Quick starting in goal, meets the Czech Republic Wednesday in the quarterfinals. . . .Follow WNPR.org for updates on state athletes and other news from the Games in Russia.

Tourtellotte-Thompson 34, East Hampton 28

Guard Allie Alblondi scored 11 points to lead Tourtellotte-Thompson to a 34-28 win at East Hampton in a nonconference girls basketball game between state-tournament bound teams February 17. CPTV Sports will show replays in upcoming days (check broadcast schedule). Tourtellotte is 15-5, East Hampton, which celebrated its senior night, is 12-7.

Front page photo by Francesco Graziano Jr. / CPTV Sports

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WINTER OLYMPICS

Roxbury native Lindsey Jacobellis’ run of Olympic misfortune continued in Sochi as she fell in the semifinals of women’s snowboard cross and failed to medal, the New York Times reported . . . Hamden native and U.S men’s hockey goalie Jonathan Quick got a day off a day after his memorable performance against Russia as the Americans routed Slovenia 5-1 in Group A play. . . Follow WNPR.org throughout the Games for updates on state athletes and other news from Sochi.

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Unbeatens Capital Prep-Hartford and Mercy-Middletown are still a strong 1-2 in the GameTimeCT.com state coaches/media girls basketball poll, but there was lots of movement underneath after formerly unbeaten South Windsor dropped two games. Lauralton Hall, whose only loss was to Mercy in a game seen on CPTV Sports, moved up to third and Weaver-Hartford, which topped South Windsor last Wednesday, is fifth. Cromwell, which beat Morgan-Clinton two weeks ago in a game seen on CPTV Sports, moved into the poll in 10th. . . The CPTV Sports team is in East Hampton Monday night at 7:30 pm as Tourtellotte-Thompson visits the Bellringers in a nonconference matchup between teams that have clinched state tournament berths (broadcast premiere Thursday 7:30pm).

OF NOTE

@CTwrestling reported New Milford, No. 2 in the Norwich Bulletin’s state coaches wrestling poll, edged No. 4 Newtown for its 10th consecutive SWC conference meet title.  The snow-delayed meet concluded Sunday night .   .  .No. 10 Ledyard won the snow-interrupted ECC wrestling meet. Chuck Banning (@ucfbday) of the New London Day reported the Colonels had 195 points to No. 9 Windham’s 182. . .The snow-delayed State Open indoor track meet is Monday at 3:00 pm at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven. GameTimeCT.com’s Mary Albl gave her five reasons to attend the meet. . . . The Hartford Courant reported late Sunday that Suffield High junior running back-safety Jarvis Miller, who plays for the Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby co-op football team, has committed to Penn State’s recruiting class for 2015. Miller announced his commitment on Twitter  earlier in the day. . .Defending champion Trinity College lost to Harvard 9-0 in the College Squash Association finals. It was the 18th time Trinity reached the final, where they have gone 14-4.

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TRACK AND FIELD

The Danbury High boys and Wilbur Cross girls won the team titles in the State Open indoor meet at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven. It was Cross’ first title since 2004; Danbury won its 10th title and first since 2011. The meet was highlighted by an exciting, record-breaking finish in the girls 1,600 meters. The top three runners all broke the 12-year-old meet record of 4:56.54, with Cross’ Danae Rivers winning time of 4:52.29 edging Staples’ Hannah DeBalsi by .28 of a second. Claire Howlett of Westhill-Stamford (4:53.07) was third. DeBalsi later smashed the three-year old meet record in the 3,200 by 10 seconds, with a winning time of 10:41.39.

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The merry-go-round underneath unbeaten No. 1 Fairfield Prep continued in the GameTimeCT.com state media poll, with Bridgeport Central (2), Crosby-Waterbury (3) and Sacred Heart-Waterbury (4) moving up after Greenwich’s first two losses of the season and Career’s loss to New Haven rival Hillhouse.  CPTV Sports will be in Fairfield Thursday night as Career visits Prep (broadcast premiere next week).  . . . Greenwich, which dropped from third to ninth, rallied to beat Stamford 66-63, led by Alex Wolf’s 29 points.

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It was yet another thrilling victory over a highly-rated opponent for No. 1 Darien, which defeated No. 2 Notre Dame-West Haven 2-1 in overtime on Dillon Fitzpatrick’s second goal of the day. Darien, which beat ND for the second time this season, is 16-1-1; Notre Dame  is 11-4-1.  GameTimeCT.com’s Mike Madera reported it was Darien’s 13th consecutive win. . . .A big upset in CIAC Division II and the CCC North as top-rated East Catholic-Manchester lost to the Fermi-Enfield co-op, 2-1.

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Nonnewaug-Woodbury missed a chance to clinch a tie for the Berkshire League title with a 54-36  loss at Thomaston . . . . CPTV Sports was in East Hampton Monday as Tourtellotte-Thompson defeated the Bellingers 34-28 in a nonconference matchup between state tournament-bound teams. The broadcast premiere is Thursday at 7:30 p.m.  Allie Alblondi scored 11 points to lead Tourtellotte (15-5); East Hampton is 12-7.

WINTER OLYMPICS

Mac Bohonnon of Madison, 18, finished fifth in aerials skiing . . .  Forward Julie Chu of Fairfield (@juliechu13) will be playing for a thus-far elusive Olympic gold medal Thursday when the U.S. women’s hockey team takes on Canada in the final after the Americans defeated Sweden 6-1 in the semifinals.  Chu, in her fourth Olympics, has two silvers and a bronze. Canada has won the gold in three straight Olympics, beating Chu and the U.S. twice in the final in that run. . . .Follow WNPR.org throughout the Games for updates on state athletes and other news from Sochi.

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WINTER OLYMPICS

Hamden native Jonathan Quick was at the center of the biggest drama in Sochi Saturday. The U.S. goalie stopped 29 shots in regulation and overtime, then had four more saves in a dramatic shootout as the Americans defeated Russia 3-2 in a men’s hockey qualifying-round game. Governor Dannel Malloy tweeted his appreciation for Quick’s performance. Follow WNPR.org throughout the Games for updates on state athletes and other news from Sochi.

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After entering the week unbeaten, No. 3 Greenwich lost for the second time in five days, falling to McMahon-Norwalk 68-64 Saturday. Greenwich is 14-2, McMahon 9-7. Greenwich, which lost to Bridgeport Central 53-45 Tuesday, gave up more than 60 points for the first time this season, according to the Greenwich Time’s David Fierro . . .Fairfield Ludlowe scored another FCIAC upset, defeating No. 7 Westhill-Stamford, 51-40 . .ECC Large Division leader Ledyard lost to Hartford Public, 63-62. @NHRJoeMorelli noted Ledyard (14-3) is unbeaten in the ECC but 1-3 out of it, against CCC and SCC teams.

WRESTLING

State No. 1 Danbury won another FCIAC team title, finishing 35 points ahead of Fairfield Warde. The Hatters had five champions along with Trumbull. . .No. 3 Xavier-Middletown won the SCC title. . .Nonnewaug-Woodbury won the Berkshire League title, GameTimeCT.com’s Peter Wallace reported . . .The ECC halted its tournament because of the snow; it is scheduled to resume Sunday at 12:30 pm at Fitch-Groton with the consolations, semifinals and finals. Ledyard holds the lead going into the final day. . . The NCCC meet was cancelled because of the weather, just as the CCC divisonal meets were earlier in the week; @CTWrestling also reported the SWC will try to hold their meet Sunday . .The CIAC class championship meets are next weekend.

BOYS HOCKEY

No. 2 Fairfield Prep scored three times in the third period to rally past No. 5 Ridgefield 3-1 The Jesuits’ win ended Ridgefield’s 11-game winning streak, Hearst CT newspapers Reid L. Walmark reported. . . . No. 1 Darien topped Stamford, 5-1 . . .Bolton/Coventry/Lyman Memorial defeated rival E.O. Smith/Tolland 4-2 in a key CCC South game. BCL improved to 14-2.

COLLEGE HOCKEY

It was a letdown for No. 4 Quinnipiac  and a bounce-back for No. 13 Yale the night after the latest ‘War on Whitney’ seen LIVE on CPTV Sports Friday.  Quinnipiac lost at Brown 4-2, while Yale recovered from its 4-0 loss to the Bobcats Friday with a 7-5 win over Princeton.

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Goalie Michael Garteig made 33 saves and No. 4 Quinnipiac scored two goals in 17 seconds in the second period as the Bobcats defeated neighborhood rival Yale 4-0 February 14 in New Haven in a game seen LIVE on CPTV Sports. The ‘War on Whitney’ will be repeated several times in upcoming days (check broadcast schedule). Quinnipiac, which defeated Yale three times last season before losing to the Bulldogs in the NCAA Division I championship game, improved to 21-5-5, 10-3-3 ECAC. No. 13 Yale, which failed to capitalize on five power plays, dropped to 12-8-4, 7-7-3. YouTube highlights below.

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No. 1 Fairfield Prep remained unbeaten, but it wasn’t easy as the Jesuits got past Cheshire, 61-56. @NHRJoeMorelli noted the Rams — who had the ball trailing by three with 12 seconds left — have played the SCC’s top teams tough and won’t be an easy early-round opponent in the state Class LL tournament. . . . . A week after its big LIVE win over Simsbury on CPTV Sports, No. 8 New Britain also avoided an upset, holding off Farmington, 50-49. The New Britain Herald’s Chris McLaughlin reported Farmington missed three shots on its final possession. WFSB-TV highlights here.  . . ..Westbrook bounced back from its first loss (to East Hampton) with its school-record 18th win as it defeated Hale-Ray, 56-43 (another h/t to Morelli).

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Fairfield Warde upset No. 8 Wilton, 41-36 in a game that impacted FCIAC playoff seeding. Wilton is 16-2, Warde 14-4. WFSB video here. . . . No. 5 Norwich Free Academy bounced back from a loss to Ledyard with a 48-36 win over New London. NFA is 17-2, New London 16-3.

OF NOTE

The State Open indoor track meet was moved from Saturday to Monday in New Haven. The date change means CPTV Sports will not cover the event as planned . . . For the second year in a row, the CCC cancelled its divisional wrestling meets because of the weather. Other conferences scrambled to condense their meets into one-day events with early starts hoping to beat the snow forecast for Saturday.  Numerous other Saturday events will start earlier than originally scheduled; some were postponed to Sunday.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

As major league pitchers and catchers report to destinations throughout Florida, UConn began its season in the Sunshine State, losing to Ohio State 8-2 in Port Charlotte.

WINTER OLYMPICS

Hamden native Jonathan Quick will again start in goal for the U.S. men’s hockey team Saturday in its much-anticipated game against Russia. Follow WNPR.org throughout the Games for updates on state athletes and other news from Sochi.