This is not a Xavier-Hand post, this is SPB’s Elite 8

ATTENTION: This is not a post about Hand vs. Xavier.

REPEAT: This is not a post about Hand vs. Xavier. The Game of the Century of the Decade of The Year of the Week.

This is modest post ranking the teams in the southwestern corner of Connecticut.

This is SPB’s Elite 8.

Yes, I know you don’t care because — hey, no Xavier, no Hand, right?


We poor saps down south, we’re waving our arms, sending up smoke signals, waving our traffic batons: LOOK AT US! OVER HERE! LOOK AT US! OVER HERE! LOOK AT US!


OK, yes, let’s talk Hand-Xavier like the Blog Minions on the state poll post.

But will you give me one second to post the Elite 8 teams of southwest Connecticut?


I’ll be brief. Promise and we can get back to the Rumble at Palmer or whatever we’re calling it.

Get ready for a little non-Xavier-Hand outrage:

FAIRFIELD PREP (3-1; This Week: at Cheshire) has jumped two spots and bumped Darien from the ranks of the Eight.


Call it faith, call it foolishness, but we admit we were impressed with how the Jesuits dismantled Shelton. Like, really, really impressed. A week after taking Xavier’s best shot and hanging tough, we think Prep’s earned its way back into the Elite 8 for the first time since… 2007?

Aside from you Prep denizens who have assured us all year that Fairfield Prep is back, the rest of us were shocked at how Fairfield Prep crushed the Gaels. It wasn’t even close. Say all you want about Shelton, they’re still a decent team. That was a bloodletting.

This is a huge game vs. Cheshire coming up. Looking at the schedule, this is Prep’s last heavy lift until West Haven on Thanksgiving Day. Win here and the Jesuits are in great shape for the second half of the season.

ST. JOSEPH (3-1; This Week: vs. Harding) and DARIEN (3-1; This Week: at Trumbull)

Don’t read too much into this, fellas. Technically, the Hogs and Blue Wave did nothing to deserve such disrespect. They only took care of Stamford and Danbury convincingly.

So what gives? It’s the old poll conundrum, frankly. If one team gets bumped up, prepare for some teams to get bumped down. If we could rank St. Joseph 8A and 8B, we would. But we can’t. So we won’t. They’re that close, though.

Just keep playing ball, guys.

STAPLES (3-0; This week: Friday at Danbury); ANSONIA (4-0; This week: Thursday vs. Seymour); GREENWICH (3-0; This week: Friday at Ludlowe); MASUK (4-0; This week: Friday vs. New Fairfield); WEST HAVEN (4-0; This week: Friday vs. Amity).

Those teams stayed in their positions, and so have a few others below. But we’ve stopped being so liberal with our honorable mentions. The teams we’ve listed among the ‘Missed’ are close to elite, while we’ve dropped the others off the map (for now).

These teams have thoroughly handled most, if not all of their opponents this season (except others in the Elite 8). They all deserve their spots.

OK, back to Xavier-Hand…

Sean Patrick Bowley