Today is shaping up to be the biggest day of the high school sports calendar, at least until championship Saturday rolls around early next month at the Mohegan Sun.
On the docket:
- The SCC Final between No. 1 (state ranking) Fairfield Prep and No. 2 Hillhouse up on the hill in Hamden at the TD BankNorth Center (Watch the live stream above on CPTV Sports at 7 p.m.)
- The FCIAC semifinals with Cinderella-y Wilton taking up Trinity Catholic at p.m. followed by rivals Central and St. Joseph renewing pleasantries — both games at Fairfield Warde.
- The SWC semifinal at Newtown feature two decidedly even matchups with ND-Fairfield and Bethel squaring off at 6 p.m. followed by a nightcap of Kolbe Cathedral and Bunnell.
Unless you have access to a hovercraft or a helicopter, chances are you’re going to have to pick one venue to attend and stick with it.
Monday night Fairfield Prep avoided a shocking (and bizarre) defeat in the SCC semifinals, beating Wilbur Cross. Jesuits coach Leo Redgate made the B-O-L-D to bench most of his starters, in favor of his seniors. Prep was down 17-1 early, but came back behind freshman standout Ryan Murphy to win by nine.
Redgate showed massive faith in his entire roster and lived to play the Academics — again — in Round III of the rivalry. Both teams have won on their opponents courts, so fittingly the rubber-match comes on neutral ground.
Over in the FCIAC and SWC no silverware will be awarded on Tuesday at either Warde or Newtown, but the games should be just as good.
Something that struck me is the four semifinals matchups (and the SCC final, too) feature a private/Catholic school taking on a public school. Every year when the basketball playoffs roll around the old argument about whether or not its fair the private schools should play the public schools creeps into the discussion. This argument probably began seconds after Dr. James Naismith posted the rules of basketball inside the Springfield, Mass., YMCA where the game was born.
For all the grumbling and arguing on either side, you’d have to agree the league and state tournament’s wouldn’t be as fun if the private schools were shoe-horned into their own bracket, right?
As for the games themselves? I already wrote my thoughts about the semifinals in this post, so read it — re-read if you’re a big fan (or my parents).
However you slice it, Tuesday figures to be a great night of hoops. If only you could be in more than one place at the same time …
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