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Hillhouse No. 1 in opening basketball writer’s poll

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Hillhouse, the school everyone has been saying is far and away the favorite to be the No. 1 boys basketball team in the state, opens the year at the top spot as it received 18 of 19 first-place votes in the New Haven Register’s Preseason Top 10 poll.

St. Joseph, despite losing a number of players from last year’s Class LL championship team, is perhaps surprisingly No. 3 in the poll.

Ridgefield, considered the team to beat in the FCIAC, is 10th.

Thanks to the Register for permission to run the poll.

Team
Record
Pts.
LAST
1
Hillhouse (18)
(26-2)
568
3
2
Windsor
(25-2)

500
5
3
St. Joseph
(25-1)
410
1
4
Fairfield Prep

(22-4)
354
9
5
New London

(24-3)
337
4
6
Hartford Public

(23-2)
300
NR
7
Capital Prep
(20-4)
296
NR
8
Watertown

(24-4)
247
10
9
Career

(27-2)
198
2
10
Ridgefield

(18-7)
187
NR

Dropped Out:  Northwest Catholic (6), Immaculate (7) and Waterford (8).
Other teams receiving votes: Northwest Catholic (23-4), 182; Manchester (20-7), 149; Glastonbury (12-10), 132; Immaculate (26-1), 121; Valley Regional (20-6), 120; Bunnell (13-10), 102; Waterford (25-2), 99; Crosby (19-4), 93; Notre Dame-Fairfield (21-6), 89; New Britain (14-10), 77; Ledyard (20-7), 68; Wilby (21-5), 55; Trinity Catholic (19-7), 54; Wilbur Cross (13-11), 38; Bridgeport Central (12-10), 22; Norwich Free Academy (12-11), 16; Northwestern (20-5), 12; Bassick (20-6), 10; East Catholic (13-10), 9; Kaynor Tech (23-3) Kolbe Cathedral (20-4) and Stratford (12-12), 8.
The following voted: Mary Albl, Minuteman Newspapers; Marc Allard, Norwich Bulletin; Bill Bloxsom, Hersam-Acorn; Jim Bransfield, Middletown Press; Chris Brodeur, Danbury News-Times; Mike Cardillo, Connecticut Post; Mike DiMauro, The Day of New London; Matt Doran, MSG Varsity; John Holt, WFSB-3; Sean Krofssik, Meriden-Record Journal; Ken Lipshez, New Britain City Journal/West Hartford News; Mike Madera, Elm City Newspapers; Joe Morelli, New Haven Register; Joe Palladino, Waterbury Republican-American; Kevin Roberts, Register-Citizen; Dave Ruden, Stamford Advocate; Ben Talbott, Bird’s Eye Sports; Tom Yantz, Hartford Courant; Jimmy Zanor, Shore Line Newspapers.
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