NHR Preseason Top 10 Video Adventure: Xavier’s No. 1 again

Xavier retains the top spot in the New Haven Register Top 10 poll, which was (kinda) released this morning by the good folks on Sargent Drive.

The higher powers decided this year to unveil grandaddy poll via online video with writer Mike Pucci and editor Mike Wollshlager counting it down for us.

A detailed poll won’t be released until later today because, well, NHR wants you to watch the video. If you want to watch it, click here. But I skimmed through it early this morning so we can skip the pleasantries and dig into dinner.

Once again, it’s a virtual dead heat for No. 1.

Xavier earned 13 first place votes, Masuk took 12. The final point tally was Xavier 724, Masuk 722.

Interestingly, Pucci lets us know that one wise voter had his Top 3 thus: No. 1 Xavier, No. 2 Hand, No. 3 Masuk.

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So … anyway, the entire poll goes like this: 1. Xavier; 2. Masuk; 3. New Canaan; 4. Hillhouse; 5. Ansonia; 6. Staples; 7. Hand; 8. New London; 9. West Haven; 10. Trumbull.

Update: Here, finally, is the full monty.

1. Xavier (13-0) (13) 724 1
2. Masuk (13-0) (12) 722 2
3. New Canaan (11-2) 592 3
4. Hillhouse (10-3) 543 6
5. Ansonia (11-2) 503 9
6. Staples (9-2) 433 NR
7. Hand (10-2) 367 8
8. New London (10-3) 311 NR
9. West Haven (8-3) 299 NR
10. Trumbull (11-3) 257 5

Others receiving votes: Cheshire (5-5), 251; Windsor (8-2), 202; North Haven (9-2), 154; Bunnell (7-3), 134; St. Joseph (10-3), 98; Berlin (10-1), 87; Brookfield (9-2), 75; Darien (11-2), 68; Montville (10-2), 63; Greenwich (5-5), 59; Glastonbury (10-2), 51; Valley Regional/Old Lyme (11-1), 47; Southington (8-2), 46; Cromwell (7-4), 39; Norwich Free Academy (11-1), 34; Notre Dame-West Haven (7-3), 32; Shelton (6-4), 29; Middletown (7-3), 25; Conard (8-3), 22; Naugatuck (9-2) and Torrington (7-3), 17; Stamford (6-4), 16; Northwest Catholic (4-6), 11; Bridgeport Central (6-4), 10; Woodland (7-4), 9; Gilbert/Northwestern (9-3), Plainville (8-3), Simsbury (2-8) and Waterford (7-3), 7.
The following voted: Marc Allard, Norwich Bulletin; Bob Barton, New Haven Register; Bill Bloxsom, Hersam-Acorn; Sean Patrick Bowley, Connecticut Post; Don Boyle, Sporting News CT; Jim Bransfield, Middletown Press; Bryant Carpenter, Meriden-Record Journal; George DeMaio, WELI; Mike DiMauro, The Day of New London; Matt Doran, MSG Varsity; Kevin Duffy, Danbury News-Times; Tom Evans, Norwalk Hour; Noah Finz, WTNH-8; Ned Griffen, The Day of New London; John Holt, WFSB-3; Mark Jaffee, Waterbury Republican-American; Ken Lipshez, Patch/West Hartford News; Mike Madera, Elm City Newspapers; Joe Morelli, New Haven Register; Dave Phillips, Shore Line Newspapers; Mike Pucci, New Haven Register; Dave Ruden, Stamford Advocate; Tom Yantz, Hartford Courant; Mike Wollschlager, New Haven Register; Jimmy Zanor, Shore Line Newspapers.

There you have it. Unlike the CSWA, Cheshire’s completely out of this poll (hmmm) and there are a couple of teams I believe should be lower. But it’s preseason, so who cares?

Besides, it’s kickoff night. Seymour vs. O’Brien Tech at Derby.

O’Brien Tech? Yeah. They have a football team! Sounds like it should be an interesting night at DeFilippo Field in Derby.

There’s much more to do in the hours before then to be worrying about polls that really don’t “matter” until December.

On the homefront, we’ve run previews for the SCC, the NVL and the CSC. I’ll have the Southwestern Connecticut Elite 8 for you on Thursday along with the FCIAC previews and we’ll wrap up with the SWC preview on Friday.


Sean Patrick Bowley