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Friday, February 15, 2008

season's final stages

Two more days of significant games remain for the Southern Connecticut Conference' regular season.
Tonight, Wilbur Cross can lock up the top seed with a win at Sheehan. Hillhouse, Notre Dame-West Haven and Lyman Hall are all tied for second at the moment. Branford and Xavier are tied for fifth while Career has a two-game lead on several teams in seventh place.
Tonight's Xavier-Hillhouse game in New Haven will have a big imact on the league standings as will others.
Sixteen teams are still alive for berths in the newly-expanded SCC playoffs. Amity, West Haven, Foran, Guilford and East Haven all need either one or two wins to qualify. Check back on Tuesday for an update. The tournament begins next Thursday at the site of the higher seed.
In the Shoreline, your top three seeds, in no particular order, are Hyde, Cromwell and Old Saybrook. The rest of the field has its work cut out to reach the finals, let alone win the conference crown. That tournament begins Feb. 23.
Kolbe Cathedral has a two-game lead on the South-West Conference field and should be the top seed. So will Crosby in the NVL, if it beats Torrington tonight at the Palace.
St. Joseph looks to be the top seed in the FCIAC. More interesting in that conference is the continued absence of one of the state's all-time winningest coaches. Harding's Charlie Bentley has missed 11 games as the police and internal investigation into him allegedly slapping a female student while at the high school. He is on paid leave from his job as dean of students and as the boys' basketball coach.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

WFSB, CPTV announce deal

In a deal first reported in the New Haven Register last month, CPTV and WFSB announced Tuesday the creation of the Connecticut Sports Network, which will televise both the boys and girls basketball state championship finals.
Here is the cliff-notes version. The girls finals will be broadcast live on Saturday, March 9 on CPTV2, CPTV's digital broadcast channel. Here is the order of games at Central Connecticut State University: Class S, 11 a.m., Class M, 2 p.m., Class LL, 5 p.m. and Class L at 8 p.m. All games will be re-broadcast March 9 over the air on CPTV beginning at 6 a.m.
Three boys games will be broadcast live on WFSB-3' s digital channel, Eyewitness News Now, on March 15. Two of those games, Class S and M, will be at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively, at Central.
The other two games will be played at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs. One of those will be televised live on WFSB-3 at 8:15 p.m., either Class LL or L. The other game will be on the digital channel at 6:15.
Check your local cable listings for channel positions. People can also listen to the games on-line at

All games tonight postponed

The entire SCC schedule is off until Wednesday. The only division title still up for grabs is the SCC Quinnipiac. Xavier takes it with a win at home over Hamden.