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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

State tournament preview

Here's a quick breakdown of the four state tournaments. Check back Monday for a more in-depth look.
For a complete look at the brackets, click here.

FCIAC finalist Trumbull earns the No. 1 seed here. Mercy will be No. 2 followed by No. 3 Manchester and No. 4 Holy Cross.
Well, the power has shifted from Class L to Class LL. In the top half, look for Trumbull to get knocked off as early as the second round by No. 17 NFA. No. 25 Cheshire is capable of knocking off No. 8 Ridgefield in the first round, too. No. 9 Career gets and should reach the semifinals again.
Good luck to all the teams in the bottom half because it is loaded. It's hard to see Mercy not making a lengthy run, but the potential is there for the Tigers to get upset. The Tigers squeezed by No. 15 East Catholic 52-49 in the regular season and those teams could meet in the second round, assuming East Catholic beats No. 18 Norwalk in the opening round.
There is also a possible SWC final rematch between No. 7 Newtown and No. 10 Lauralton Hall. Also in the bottom half is Manchester, No. 6 Glastonbury and No. 19 Wilbur Cross.
Right now the safe pick to win it all is Career, simply because the Panthers have the easiest road.  

Katie Mahoney and Bacon Academy draw the top seed. CCC power E.O. Smith is No. 2, Sarah Royals and Torrington get No. 3 and two-time defending champion Hillhouse is No. 4.
Class L is watered down this season and the Academics appear to be on another level than teams in this field. Keep an eye on No. 25 Lyman Hall. The Trojans played a really tough schedule this season and their 8-12 record is deceiving. Also, Felicia Ferraro should cause fits for No. 8 Berlin.
Also watch out for No. 21 Windsor, who played Manchester and Glastonbury tough this season. No. 10 Platt will go as far as Damika Martinez can carry it. At first glance, E.O. Smith and Torrington both look to have nice draws and should meet in the semifinals. If No. 22 Foran can upset No. 11 RHAM, the Lions could go as far as the quarterfinals.
The pick here is easy. Hillhouse wins its third straight state title.  

Lewis Mills gets the No. 1 seed here. Windham gets the second seed, Plainfield is No. 3 followed by Ellington at No. 4.
Look for many of the top seeds to go down before the semifinals, except for Windham. That also includes No. 5 St. Paul, which won the Class S tournament last year. Led by Hartford-bound Cherelle Moore, Kolbe Catherdral is the defending champion and seeded No. 8. It may be a down year for Cougars standards, but they are still capable of defending their title.
First round matchup to keep an eye on? No. 12 Trinity Catholic vs. No. 21 Weaver. Winner could knock off St. Paul and eventually reach the semifinals. Kristin Schatzlein and No. 6 Tolland should also make a deep run.
Right now the pick looks to be Kolbe Cathedral. It's tough to go against the Cougars.

Capital Prep earns the top seed. Cromwell is No. 2, Coginchaug is No. 3 and Portland is No. 4.
This class is dominated by Shoreline Conference powers and expect one of them to be the last team standing. Capital Prep should roll into the quarterfinals thanks to a helpful draw. No. 5 Thomaston vs. the winner of the first round game between No. 12 Wamogo and No. 21 Housatonic Regional is intriguing in what will be a matchup of Berkshire League powers. No. 7 East Granby may be a sleeper.
The early favorite here is Portland. It reached the final last year and has a favorable draw this time around.


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