The state polls are out and, with three ranked teams going down, there was a slight shakeup of the rankings this week.
In the State’s Media Poll, Xavier expanded its lead to 10 points as Masuk lost a couple of first-place votes. Hand, with its 28-14 victory over West Haven, leapfrogged Ansonia into the No. 3 spot. Staples jumped a spot to No. 6 behind No. 5 New Canaan with its 42-23 win over Darien.
With its 14-0 upset loss to Fitch, New London dropped from No. 5 to No. 9. Bunnell’s 56-46 loss to Bethel dropped the Dawgs out of the Top 10, but only slightly to No. 11. The same thing happened to Darien, which fell out of the Top 10 to No. 12.
Less movement in The Day’s coaches poll, but the same general idea.
State Media Top 10
Others receiving votes: Bunnell (6-1), 173; Darien (6-1), 162; Greenwich (5-1), 161; North Haven (6-1), 154; Pomperaug (6-1), 148; Valley Regional/Old Lyme (6-0), 121; West Haven (5-2), 83; Norwalk (5-1), 49; Norwich Free Academy (5-1), 45; Glastonbury (6-1), 44; Hall (6-1), 31; Northwest Catholic (6-1), 27; Bethel (5-2), 21; Ledyard (5-1), 15; Fitch (4-3), 10; Berlin (6-1) and Newtown (6-1), 8; Cromwell (6-1), Ellington/Somers (7-0), Holy Cross (6-1) and North Branford (5-1), 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; 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.
The following did not vote: Ken Lipshez, Patch/West Hartford News.
The Day Coaches Top 10
Also receiving votes: Darien (6-1), 95 points; Glastonbury (6-1), 88; Bunnell-Stratford (6-1), 75; Greenwich (5-1), 73; North Haven (6-1), 70; Tie, Northwest Catholic-West Hartford (6-1) and Valley Regional/Old Lyme (6-0), 54; Pomperaug-Southbury (6-1), 43; West Haven (5-2), 27; Ledyard (5-1), 24; Holy Cross-Waterbury (6-1), 23; Ellington/Somers (7-0), 17; Tie, Bethel (5-2), Hall-West Hartford (6-1) and Norwich Free Academy (5-1), 11; Cheshire (4-3), 10; Tie, Farmington (6-1) and Norwalk (5-1), 9,
The following coaches voted: Tom Brockett, Ansonia; Jim Buonocore, Ledyard; Craig Bruno, Bunnell-Stratford; Dave Cadelina, Bridgeport Central; Steve Filippone, Hand-Madison; Rob Fleeting, Windsor; Tanner Grove, Montville; Jude Kelly, St. Paul-Bristol; Tim King, Valley Regional-Deep River; Sean Marinan, Xavier-Middletown; John Murphy, Masuk-Monroe; Marce Petroccio, Staples-Westport; Bob Zito, Maloney-Meriden.
CSWA Top 10
Also Receiving Votes: Bunnell 6-1 59; Notre Dame-West Haven 5-2 55; Darien 54; North Haven 6-1 38; Pomperaug 6-1 34; Greenwich 28; Glastonbury 6-1 24; West Haven 5-2 18; Ledyard 5-1 13; Northwest Catholic 12; Hall 10; Newtown 6-1 9; Bethel 7; Norwich Free Academy 5-1 7; Berlin 6-1 6; Ellington/Somers 7-0 6; Norwalk 5; Holy Cross 6-1 4; Coventry/Windham Tech 2; Hartford Public 1; North Branford 1; Waterford 5-1 1
Voters: Brian Barreto (NVL Blog), Don Boyle (Sporting News CT), Kyle Brennan (Waterbury Republican-American), George DeMaio (WELI Radio), Bill Donovan (WXLM 980 AM), Mark Fijalkowski (CT Sports Network), Larry Kelley (SE Conn Patch), Pete Lamoureux (WCCC 1290 AM), Bob Lazzari (Valley Times), Eric Montgomery (Minuteman Newspapers), Sean Patrick Bowley (Connecticut Post), Dave Phillips (Shoreline Newspapers), Pat Pickens (Fairfield Citizen-News), Mike Pucci (New Haven Register), Mike Suppe (Hersam Acorn Newspapers), Peter Vander Veer (Hersam Acorn Newspapers), Tom Yantz (Hartford Courant), Rich Zalusky (Willimantic Chronicle), Jimmy Zanor (Shore Line Times)
Strange things going on with the CSWA poll. A bunch of writers didn’t vote.
Add: And Ned at The Day points out (below) that, since hundreds of thousands of people didn’t have power from the storm, you can see why there were less votes.
Duh. Apologies. I’ll take my head out of my heated & and powered home for the moment and remember the less fortunate among us. Godspeed.