After five days without high school contests, a full slate of Fairfield athletic events returns tonight.
No disrespect to the Notre Dame girls basketball team– who played, and won on Tuesday against Brookfield– but school and games both re-started Wednesday in Fairfield.
And what a slate of games there are in Fairfield on Wednesday.
Prep boys basketball, the newly-minted No. 1 team in Connecticut, will play its first game as such when it hosts Career Magnet at 7. The Jesuits have won seven straight, including their five-point win over Hillhouse last week.
Prep’s hockey team, also No. 1 in Connecticut, will trek down county to take
on the state’s No. 3 team, Darien. The Jesuits are the state’s hottest team, having scored five or more goals in every intrastate contest it has competed.
Yet, the Blue Wave is on fire as well. Darien has lost only once– 3-0 at ND-West Haven on Jan. 5– and is 10-0-1 in its last 11, averaging nearly seven goals per game in that stretch.
I’m told Prep is the first SCC team to ever serve as the state’s top team in both boys basketball and hockey.
Are you more interested in FCIAC matchups? OK, there are a few important ones on Wednesday. Fairfield Ludlowe’s girls basketball team is clinging to its FCIAC playoff hopes, trailing No. 8 Ridgefield by two games with two to play. The Falcons trek to the Tigers Lair tonight, then will close at New Canaan Thursday.
Two wins, coupled with a Ridgefield loss Thursday, will cement the Falcons as the league tournament’s No. 8 seed.
Ludlowe’s boys basketball team also has FCIAC playoff hopes hanging in the balance. The Falcons are just one game back, in a three-way tie for ninth– no matter what the FCIAC website says.
If Ludlowe can upset the Tigers– I believe it can– it will close with games against New Canaan, Harding and Darien. The Falcons also have the tiebreakers over Bassick, Wilton and Staples. But Greenwich– thanks to its 57-42 win on Dec. 22– holds the tiebreaker over the Falcons.
Fairfield co-op hockey vies for its second straight win when it hosts Trinity Catholic at 7:15 p.m. at Wonderland of Ice. Fairfield presently sits in a three-way tie for fifth in the FCIAC standings, but it can clinch a league-tournament berth with five points– a 2-1-1 finish– in its final four games.
That, however, could change between now and the regular season’s end.
ND-Fairfield will put its seven-game win streak on the line, when it treks to South Windsor tonight.
In case you did not hear, Fairfield Prep’s crosstown matchup with ND was moved to Monday at noon at Wonderland of Ice.
All Fairfield public school games originally scheduled for Monday were moved to Wednesday. Both Ludlowe and Warde basketball teams will play back-to-backs on Wednesday and Thursday.
ND-Fairfield’s hockey game against New Canaan was scheduled for Monday, but has been re-scheduled for Feb. 21 at 5:30 p.m. ND vs. Fairfield co-op girls hockey is now Feb. 20 at 3:20 p.m.
The FCIAC wrestling meet was cancelled, and Danbury was declared the winner. Warde and Ludlowe will vie for the Class L title at Bristol Central Friday and Saturday.
Prep will wrestle Friday and Saturday in the LL meet, at Trumbull High School.
The state class indoor track meets, originally scheduled for this past weekend, were moved to Friday and Saturday. Class L– Ludlowe boys and Warde– will be Friday. Class LL– Prep and Ludlowe girls– will be Saturday.
Pat Pickens is the sports editor of the Fairfield Citizen, a Hearst Connecticut Newspaper. Follow him on Twitter here.