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Welcome to the New Haven Register high school sports blog where our talented staff of Chris Hunn, Joe Morelli, Dan Nowak and Mike Pucci will keep you up to date on everything to do with high school sports in Connecticut. Mike Pucci's Gridiron Glory blog for high school football remains. We hope you enjoy and feel free to join in the conversation.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

SCC hockey Division II championship capsule


No. 1 Hand (10-5-3) vs. No. 2 Branford (11-6-2)

WHEN: Today, 6 p.m.

WHERE: Quinnipiac’s High Solutions Arena, Hamden

ON THE AIR: The game will be broadcast live at CPTV Sports and on WELI-960,, iheart radio

WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Two of the hottest teams in Division II face off in a rematch of last season’s SCC Division II final (Branford won 5-4 in OT). Like the SCC Division I final, these finalists mirror each other in every phase of the game. Both teams possess some of the most talented goalies in Division II state-wide with Hand led by Chase Briggs and Branford led by A.J. Brink (Coach Adolph Brink’s son) and Alex Sarno. The Hornets are led on offense by Tyler Hackett (16 goals, 19 assists), Tyler Criscuolo (17 goals, eight assists), Rob Klouda (five goals, 17 assists) and Tony Pascale (11 goals, seven assists). Rob Petrillo (five goals, 12 assists) and Robert Denhardt lead the strong on-ice defense. Hand is led on offense by forwards Danny Braumann (13 goals, 18 assists), Ben Solin (15 goals, 13 assists) , Sam LaFontaine (nine goals, 11 assists), Ryan Bell (12 goals, five assists) and Matt Oman (three goals, eight assists). Will Lavin and Connor Bell are among the strong defensemen.

CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: Branford makes its fifth D-II championship appearance with a title in 2012 and Hand makes its third straight appearance with a title in 2011.

YOU SHOULD KNOW: Branford defeated Hand 2-1 in the season-opening game and the teams tied 2-2 on Jan. 23.

— Dan Nowak

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SCC hockey Division I championship capsule


No. 1 Fairfield Prep (19-1) vs. No. 2 Notre Dame-West Haven (15-4-1)

WHEN: Wednesday, 8 p.m.

WHERE: Quinnipiac’s High Solutions Arena, Hamden

ON THE AIR: The game will be broadcast live at CPTV Sports and on WELI-960,, iheart radio.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR: The two best teams in the state face off for the third time this season. Both teams are strong in every phase of the game.

The Jesuits have depth at goalie with Matt Beck, Chris Gutierrez and Jack Taubl with Beck likely to start tonight. The on-ice defense is led by Sean Henry, Kevin Brown and Andrew Hatton. There is a long list of quick, high-scoring forwards led by David White (19 goals, 24 assists), Connor Henry (15 goals, 18 assists), Nick Bargiello (eight goals, 19 assists), Matt Wikman (14 goals, 10 assists) and Dean Lockery of New Haven (11 goals, 11 assists). Notre Dame-West Haven is led between the pipes by Luc Amatruda of North Haven and Paul Sliwinski of Guilford with Amatruda the likely starter tonight. Darren Capobianco of Branford, Cameron Hotchkiss of West Haven and Lou Iannotti of Durham are among the deeply talented defensemen. The fast-paced balanced offense is led by Bill Vizzo of Shelton (24 goals, 26 assists), Greg Zullo of Branford (11 goals, 22 assists), Ryan Lynch of Milford (seven goals, 13 assists), Kyle Thibault of Guilford (nine goals, seven assists) and Kyle Lynch of Milford (eight goals, eight assists).

CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: Notre Dame makes its fourth SCC Division I championship appearance and Fairfield Prep makes its third appearance. Notre Dame won a title in 1999 and Prep won in 1997. The SCC Division I tournament was held from 1997-99 and discontinued until this season.

YOU SHOULD KNOW: Fairfield Prep defeated Notre Dame 3-1 and 1-0 in the regular season.

— Dan Nowak

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SCC Swimming Championship Capsule

When: Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Where: Moore Field House on the campus of Southern Conn. State University

Swimmers to watch

Bjorn Davis, Fairfield Prep (50 yard freestyle, 100 freestyle)
Bryce Keblish, Fairfield Prep (200 individual medley, 100 butterfly)
Kyle Neri, Lyman Hall (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle)
Alan Pite, Amity (200 IM, 100 breaststroke)
Edward Stolarski, Fairfield Prep (100 backstroke)
Dylan Swanepoel, Amity (200 freestyle, 500 freestyle)
Nicholas Wargo, Fairfield Prep (100 freestyle).

You should know: Fairfield Prep will attempt to win its ninth straight league title. The Jesuits are seeded first in all three relays, as well as in four individual events. Amity should challenge Fairfield Prep, but may end up settling for second. Branford is the likely choice to finish third. Pite and Swanepoel are the top seed in two events. Swanepoel is the defending champion in the 200 and 500 freestyle. Neri won the 100 freestyle last season but is seeded third behind Davis and Wargo.

— Mike Pucci

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Hotchkiss player named Gatorade boys soccer recipient

Isaac Normesinu of the Hotchkiss prep school is the 2012 Gatorade Boys Soccer Player of the Year. 

A 5-foot-8 senior, Normesinu scored 16 goals and added five assists in leading the Bearcats to the New England Prep School Athletic Council Class A tournament quarterfinals. He was named the 2012 Connecticut Soccer Coaches Association Prep School Player of the Year and an All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. 

He will play at Boston College next season.

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

SCC GIRLS' HOCKEY TOURNAMENT: Semifinals are on Monday

The Southern Connecticut Conference girls' hockey tournament begins Monday with semifinals at the home of the higher seeds.
No. 4 seed Amity/North Haven/Cheshire is at No. 1 West Harttford (Hall/Conard) at 7 p.m. and No. 3 Hamden is at No. 2 Simsbury at 5 p.m.
The chamnpionshjip game is Tuesday at Quinnipiac's High Point Solutions Arena in Hamden at 5 p.m.
Unfortunately SCC standings and updated team records have been unavailable this season.
The tournament shapes up as an exciting, wide open affair with defending champion West Hartford a slight favorite.
Amity/North Haven/Cheshire and Hamden have as good a chance as any of the teams to win the title with their exceptional goaltending and high-scoring forwards.

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

NH Register Team of Week: East Haven girls basketball

EAST HAVEN — Things were not looking good for the East Haven girls’ basketball team at the midway point of the regular season.

The Yellowjackets lost seven of their first nine games, and a second straight trip to the Class M state tournament wasn’t looking too good.

“I think we were kind of disappointed in ourselves, and we wanted to prove to everyone that were not going to give up like this and we would fight back,” senior center and co-captain Amanda Bradley said. “The seniors on the team got together and said, ‘We have to change something.’”


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Kolinsky Scholarship deadline extended

Because of the number of school cancellations caused by the Feb. 8-9 snowstorm, the Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance has extended the application deadline for high school seniors seeking the Bohdan Kolinsky Memorial Journalism Scholarship to Feb. 21. Each submission, including application form, student biography, academic transcript, writing samples and letter of recommendation, should reach the Alliance at P.O. Box 70, Unionville, CT 06085, by 11 a.m. on that date.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Tuesday's area postponements


Bunnell at Weston, ppd. to Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Newtown at Stratford, ppd. to Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Valley Regional at Old Saybrook, ppd., TBA
Coginchaug at Morgan, ppd. to Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
North Branford at Cromwell, ppd. to Thursday, 7 p.m.

SCC interdivision
Career at Fairfield Prep, ppd. to Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Wilbur Cross at Xavier, ppd. to Saturday, 4 p.m.
Branford at Hamden, ppd., TBA
East Haven at Notre Dame-West Haven, ppd. to Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Lyman Hall at Hillhouse, ppd., TBA
Cheshire at Foran, ppd. to Feb. 20, 7 p.m.
Amity at Hand, ppd. to Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Sheehan at Law, ppd. to Feb. 19, 7 p.m.
Shelton at Guilford, ppd. to Thursday, 7 p.m.

Woodland at Ansonia, ppd. to Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Seymour at St. Paul, ppd. to Thursday, 7 p.m.

Amistad Academy at Westbrook, ppd. to Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

St. Luke’s at Hamden Hall, ppd. to Feb. 19, 4 p.m.


Stratford at Newtown, ppd. to Wednesday, 7 p.m.
New Milford at Lauralton Hall, ppd., TBA

Ansonia at Woodland, ppd. to Wednesday, 7 p.m.
St. Paul at Seymour, ppd. to Thursday, 7 p.m.

Hamden Hall at Greens Farms, ppd. to Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.

SCC interdivision
West Haven at North Haven, ppd., TBA
Hillhouse at Sheehan, ppd. to Thursday, 7 p.m.
Guilford at Amity, ppd. to Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Foran at Lyman Hall, ppd. to Thursday, 7 p.m.
Cheshire at Hand, ppd. to Thursday, 7 p.m.
Mercy at East Haven, ppd., TBA
West Haven at Wilbur Cross, ppd., TBA
Hamden at Branford, ppd., TBA

Coginchaug at Morgan, ppd. to Thursday, 4:30 p.m.
Valley Regional at Old Saybrook, ppd. to Friday, 5 p.m.
North Branford at Cromwell, ppd. to Thursday, 5:30 p.m.

Derby at O’Brien Tech, ppd. to Thursday, 7 p.m
New London at Westbrook, ppd. to Wednesday, 6 p.m.
North Branford at Guilford (East Haven), ppd., TBA


Law at Lyman Hall (Sheehan), ppd. to Feb. 19, 4 p.m.

Class L championships at Floyd Little Athletic Center, ppd. to Friday, 4 p.m.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Cheshire pool bubble collapse UPDATE

Freaky is the word Cheshire Parks and Recreation director Bob Ceccolini uses to describe experiencing two blizzards within two years resulting in two collapses of the synthetic bubble over the Cheshire Community Pool.
On Saturday at 3 a.m., due to the weight of the snow from the recent raging blizzard, the bubble collapsed according to Ceccolini.
“I’m not 100 percent sure, but right now I think you’re looking at the pool being closed until May when we normally would take the bubble off for our spring swim season,” Ceccolini said. “Our bubble isn’t like the bubbles that you see above soccer fields. When those bubbles collapse they just fall to the ground.
“Our bubble has a support system above the pool. When the bubble collapses, it falls onto those supports and tends to rip. We have a rip and we need to have the manufacturer (Arizon Air Domes of St. Louis, Mo.) look at it and that will happen later this week. We also have to go through our insurance company and FEMA to access the damage.”
Cheshire High boys’s swim coach Fran Connolly said nothing is confirmed, but with the Cheshire Community Pool bubble collapsed, the Rams’ one remaining home meet with Branford on Feb. 20 will likely be held at Branford.
“(Cheshire athletic director) Steve Trifone is working hard to reschedule our one remaining home meet and he’s working hard to arrange for practices with the bubble down,” Connolly said. “Most likely our meet with Branford will now be at Branford. We’re hopeful that we can use Cheshire Academy’s pool for practices. They’ve been very good to us in the past. But all that is still up in the air at this point.
“It’s been a little frustrating for all of us. We haven’t been in the water since last Thursday.”
Ceccolini said during the blizzard two years ago he and others were clearing the base of the bubble when the storm hit. But the top of the bubble is 50 feet high and can’t be reached, allowing the snow to collect.
“Two years ago we couldn’t get to the top and just hoped the heat inside would cause the snow at the peak to melt and slide off,” Ceccolini said. “It didn’t happen and the snow just kept piling up on top of the bubble. I was actually standing next to it and watched it collapse.
“No one could ever anticipate this happening once. But to have it happen twice in two years, it’s freaky.”
For now, all events and programs at the Cheshire Community Pool are cancelled indefinitely.
“The bubble will likely have to go back to the factory to be fixed or possibly be replaced,” Ceccolini said. “This certainly means an end to the indoor season at the pool.”

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Latest Monday schedule

All games at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted
BOYS’ BASKETBALL: SCC interdivision: North Haven at West Haven; FCIAC: St. Joseph at Stamford, ppd. to Tuesday, 7 p.m.; Non-league: O’Brien Tech at Derby; Preps: Choate at Christian Heritage, 5:30 p.m.; Hamden Hall at King, 6 p.m.; SWC: Brookfield at Bunnell, ppd., TBA; Shoreline: Morgan at Haddam-Killingworth, ppd. to Wednesday, 7 p.m.; Old Saybrook at North Branford; SCC Hammonasset: Hillhouse at Foran, ppd. to Saturday, 1 p.m.; Guilford at Hand, ppd., TBA
GIRLS’ BASKETBALL: Shoreline: Valley Regional at Old Saybrook, ppd. to Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.; Coginchaug at Morgan, ppd. to Tuesday, 4:30 p.m.; North Branford at Cromwell; SCC interdivision: Hillhouse at Sheehan, ppd. to Tuesday, 7 p.m.; Cheshire at Hand, ppd. to Tuesday, 7 p.m.; Foran at Lyman Hall, ppd. to Tuesday, 7 p.m.; Law at Shelton; Guilford at Amity, ppd. to Tuesday, 7 p.m.; Mercy at East Haven, ppd. to Tuesday, 7 p.m.; Sacred Heart Academy at Career, ppd. to Wednesday, 7 p.m.; West Haven at Wilbur Cross, ppd. to Tuesday, 7 p.m.; Hamden at Branford, ppd. to Tuesday, 7 p.m.; CCC: Maloney at Platt, ppd. to Wednesday, 7 p.m.; Non-league: Derby at O’Brien Tech; Non-league: Haddam-Killingworth at St. Bernard, ppd. to Tuesday, 7 p.m.; New London at Westbrook, ppd. to Tuesday, 6 p.m.; SWC: Bunnell at Brookfield, ppd. to Wednesday, 7 p.m.; Lauralton Hall at Barlow; Preps: Greenwich Academy at Hamden Hall, 4 p.m.
BOYS’ HOCKEY: Notre Dame-West Haven at East Haven, ppd., TBA; Amity at Branford (Northford), ppd., TBA; Sheehan at Shepaug-Litchfield-Nonnewaug (Gunnery), 7:45 p.m.
GIRLS’ HOCKEY: Guilford at Hand (Northford), 3:45 p.m.; Branford at Lauralton Hall (Wonderland), 4:50 p.m.
CO-ED INDOOR TRACK: Class S championships at Floyd Little Athletic Center, ppd. to Thursday, 4 p.m.

SCC wrestling meet cancelled

The Southern Connecticut Conference cancelled its wrestling championship meet on Sunday.
The blizzard forced the tournament to be moved twice - to Sunday and then Wednesday - but with the CIAC state class meets to begin on Friday, the SCC, along with the South-West Conference and the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference, felt it was best to cancel their meets for 2013.
"With the State of Connecticut still in a 'state of emergency,' and many of our league schools not in session on Monday and possibly Tuesday, as well as the coaches’ concern that the SCC meet would be too close to the state tournaments, we decided to cancel," SCC commissioner Al Carbone said. "We just didn’t want to take any more chances."
This is the first time the SCC wrestling tournament has been cancelled. The SCC gymnastics is on as scheduled for Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Law.
The Class S indoor state indoor track and field championship meet has been postponed for a second time. The meet moved from Saturday morning, to Monday afternoon, and now to Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven.
The Class L and LL meets are still scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, at 4 p.m. at the athletic center.

WRESTLING: SWC cancels its league meet

After postponing several times, South-West Conference spokesperson Pamela Goodpaster has announced that the SWC wrestling is officially canceled.

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Updated postseason schedule

Friday's blizzard has pushed back both of Sunday's area championship events until Wednesday.
The Class LL state indoor track and field championship meet being held at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven has been postponed until Wednesday at 4 p.m. So has the Southern Connecticut Conference wrestling tournament, which will be held at Shelton beginning at 4 p.m.
In the wrestling tournament, only the top eight seeds in each division will be able to compete due to time constraints.
The SCC gymnastics championship meet will also be held Wednesday beginning at 5 p.m. at Law.
The Class S state indoor track and field meet is still scheduled for Monday at 4 p.m. and the Class L championship is set for Tuesday at 4 p.m. Both meets will be held at the athletic center.
The State Open indoor track meet, originally scheduled for next Saturday at the athletic center, has been moved to Feb. 19 at 4 p.m.
Sunday's seed state wrestling seeding meetings have been rescheduled to the following days at the CIAC office in Cheshire: Class L is Wednesday at 4 p.m., followed by Class LL at 6 p.m. The Class S seeding meeting is Thursday at 4 p.m., followed by Class M at 6.
All four meets are still on schedule to be held next Friday and Saturday.

Saturday's postponements

North Haven at Platt, ppd. to Feb. 20, 7 p.m.
St. Luke’s at Hamden Hall, ppd., TBA
Old Saybrook at North Branford, ppd. to Monday, 7 p.m.
Hyde at Hillhouse, ppd. to Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Westover at Hamden Hall, ppd., TBA
LaSalle Academy (RI) at Xavier (Wesleyan), ppd. to Feb. 18, 1:30 p.m.
Notre Dame-Fairfield at Fairfield Prep (Wonderland of Ice), ppd. to Feb. 18, noon
Notre Dame-West Haven at East Haven, ppd. to Monday, 3 p.m.
North Branford at Milford, ppd. to Feb. 18, 6 p.m.
West Haven at Fermi-Enfield-East Granby (Enfield), ppd., TBA
Amity at Branford (Northford), ppd. to Monday, 4 p.m.
Wilton at St. Joseph (Shelton), ppd., TBA
Hamden at South Windsor, ppd., TBA
Sheehan at Lyman Hall/H-K (Northford), ppd. to Feb. 18, 4 p.m.
Cheshire at Watertown-Pomperaug, ppd., TBA
North Haven at Guilford (East Haven), ppd., TBA
Notre Dame-Fairfield at West Haven, ppd., TBA
Amity/North Haven/Cheshire at Hamden, ppd. to Wednesday, 3:30 p.m.
Guilford at Hand (Northford), ppd. to Monday, 3:45 p.m.
SCC tournament at Shelton, ppd., to Wednesday, 4 p.m.
Class S championships at Floyd Little Athletic Center, ppd. to Monday, 4 p.m.
Class L championships at Floyd Little Athletic Center, ppd. to Tuesday, 4 p.m.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

SCC GYMNASTICS MEET POSTPONED: SCC gymnastics meet rescheduled for Monday

The approaching blizzard of the Century now named Nemo is being monitored closely by high school officials throughout the state including Law gymnastics coach Pat Simon whose school WAS scheduled to host the Southern Connecticut Conference gymnastics meet on Friday at 5 p.m.
Simon has confirmed the meet has been postponed and rescheduled for Monday at Law at 6 p.m.
The impending storm also brought back memories of the Blizzard of 1978 that dumped several feet of snow throughout New England.
"The biggest storm was on this day in 1978," Simon said. "I was teaching that day and when I got to school it was snowing heavy and there was already 4 inches on the ground. They decided to go with an early dismissal for 1 p.m. but shut down everything around 10:30 a.m.and sent everyone home.
"No one was allowed to drive on the roads for three days. We have better forecasting now and we are much more prepared. I actually started planning for an alternative date to host the SCC meet two days ago."

INDOOR TRACK: CIAC monitoring storm and its impact on Class LL, L and S meets

As the predicted storm of the Century approaches with potential snow accumualtions of 10 inches to two feet between Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Indoor Track Committee is monitoring the situation with the CIAC Class LL boys/girls indoor track meet scheduled for Friday at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven and the Class L and S boys/girls indoor track meet scheduled for the same site on Saturday.
If postpooned the meets could be moved to Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
Here is the CIAC's oifficial statement on the storm:

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

BOYS' HOCKEY: Amity to host fundraiser for fire victims

The Martino family of Orange needs help and the Amity boys’ hockey team is pitching in with a fundraiser.
The Spartans will be hosting a fundraiser at its SCC interdivision game with Cheshire on Thursday at the Bennett Rink at 6:30 p.m. to benefit the family of former Spartans player Eddie Martino of Orange whose family lost their home and belongings in a fire on Jan. 20.
Martino was a forward with the Spartans boys’ hockey team and graduated in 1984.
“Eddie Martino was a talented, hard-working forward for Amity when he played,” Amity coach Gary Lindgren said. “He had a lot of speed and was a very intense, physical player.”
According to Lindgren a fire started in the middle of the night and the cause is still to be determined.
Raffle tickets with proceeds going to the family will be sold during the game.
Donations can also be sent to The Amity Hockey Parent’s Association, 25 Newton Rd., Woodbridge, CT., 06525 and put it to the attention of Gary Lindgren.

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Prep's Steiner signs Letter of Intent to play soccer at Villanova

By Mary Albl
@MaryAlbl on Twitter
FAIRFIELD -- After a storybook senior season at Fairfield Prep on the pitch, goaltender Will Steiner’s journey continues.
Wednesday morning, Steiner signed his official Letter of Intent to Villanova University, in Villanova, Pa. to play soccer for the Wildcats.
“I was always very interested in Villanova for both its engineering program and the strong soccer program there,” he said. “I took a visit their last year and I loved it and I love the coaching staff, the team and enjoyed my visit very much, so it was  pretty easy decision for me.”
Steiner helped guide Prep to its best season in school history last fall, finishing 20-3-1, and runner up in the Class LL state title game to Norwalk. Steiner was named All-American for his efforts as he recorded 17 shutouts his senior season, and was the MVP of the Southern Connecticut Conference Tournament. He was also named the Register’s All-Area MVP.
Steiner will be playing in the Big East Conference this fall, as Villanova finished 12-6-2 in 2012. The Wildcats recently announced the hiring of Zach Thornton as the associated head coach. Thornton is a former Major League Soccer goalkeeper and two-time MLS Goalkeeper of the Year. Steiner said he’s excited about the opportunity to work with Thornton and expand his game.
“I mean, not much more I can ask for in a great coach,” Steiner said. “He’s definitely going to help me a lot. I was there this weekend for my official and talking to them; it’s just keep getting better there and I’m excited to work with them and their coaching staff and to just be a part of that team.”

BOYS' HOCKEY: Nowak to discuss division issue with George DeMaio

The CIAC Ice Hockey Committee's plan to restructure the boys' hockey divisions in an effort to save the sport's third division has become a hot topic among the state's coaches, players and parents.
Yours truly has been invited by George "Coach" DeMaio to appear on his Saturday morning radio sports talk show at 7:35 a.m. on 960 WELI to discuss the new plan that calls for an elite 12-team Division I format. The show is also streamlined at
You can read my update story with reaction from coaches plus my own personal analysis of the issue at the links below:

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

BOYS' HOCKEY: CIAC, coaches discuss reorganization of divisions

The CIAC Ice Hockey Committee met on Sunday with boys’ high school hockey coaches to discuss the reorganization of the sport's three divisions and 40 of the 57 state coaches attended.
Because the number of hockey teams have gone from 67 to 57 since 2008, the Ice Hockey Committee is trying to find a way to keep the three-division setup. The CIAC is favoring going to a 12-team elite Division I group of teams with the remaining teams split up into an equal number of Division II teams and Division III teams.
"We listened to different proposals from the coaches and their concerns,” said Milford coach Sal Follo, who represents the state’s coaches on the CIAC Ice Hockey Committee. “The most important thing for all of us is to keep the three divisions.
“The coaches had their say today and it was a very productive meeting. What it comes down to is tweaking what was presented by the Ice Hockey Committee (12-team elite division). Nothing definite was decided today and the Hockey Committee will meet to come up with a final proposal to present to the CIAC Board of Control (Feb. 28) for their approval.”

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

BOYS' HOCKEY: CIAC to discuss reorganizing divisions

The CIAC boys' hockey committee will meet on Sunday at 10 a.m. at CIAC headquarters in Cheshire to discuss the reorganization of divisions.
Because the number of hockey teams have gone from 67 to 57 since 2008, the hockey committee is trying to find a way to keep the 3 division setup. The CIAC is favoiring going to a 12-team elite Division I group of teams with the remaining teams split up into an equal number of Division II teams and Division III teams.
The other alternative would be going back to a Division I and Division II setup.
"Since I joined the Ice Hockey Committee in the 80's we have annually assessed our tournament organization-divisional set-up," said Tom Neagle, chairman of the CIAC hockey committee. " In that respect, this year is no different than past years. We are meeting with our coaches tomorrow (Sunday) to discuss with them the current status of high school hockey in Connecticut and its future.
"At this point, we are only at the discussion stage. No decisions have been made and, as is our custom, we want our coaches' input. We have received some feedback via emails and phone calls but we are looking forward to tomorrow's personal dialogue."
Neagle said any decision about the future organization of the hockey tournament would need action by the CIAC hockey ommittee and then by the CIAC Board of Control.