State Tournament Brackets Announced

The full brackets for the CIAC high school postseason tournaments was released on Friday. Many local teams received outstanding seeds, with one earning a top seed and multiple squads being seeded second.

The Ellington High School baseball team is seeded first in Class M after going 19-1 in the regular season. Right behind it is rival Tolland, which finished 17-2 and handed the Knights their only loss of the season. The Eagles losses came to East Catholic and E.O. Smith. Ellington will host No. 32 Northwestern (10-11) Tuesday at 3:30, while Tolland will battle No. 34 St. Joseph (9-12) on the same date and time.

South Windsor (17-3) baseball is ranked second in Class LL behind Amity. The Bobcats will face  No. 31 Manchester (8-12) Tuesday at 3:30. They lost two of their last five games.

South Windsor High has another program seeded second in the L boys lacrosse tournament. The Bobcats went undefeated in the regular season at 16-0. They will host No. 15 New Milford (10-7) on Wednesday at 4:30. South Windsor outscored opponents 295 to 111 this season. It defeated East Catholic 11-9 in the CCC North Final on the 25th.

The M volleyball tournament sees Rockville (16-4) seeded second behind Joel Barlow. The Rams have earned a bye to the quarterfinals on Thursday at 5:00, where it will take the court against rival South Windsor (11-8), seeded seventh. Rockville split games against the Bobcats, losing 3-2 on the road on the 3rd and defeating them in five sets on the 18th. South Windsor won last season’s M tournament as the top seed, sweeping No. 2 Joel Barlow in the final.

BASEBALL 

All listed games held Tuesday at 3:30

Two additional local teams have high seeds in the M tournament, with East Catholic (15-5) and Rockville (14-6) earning a No. 8 and No. 11 seeding, respectively. East Catholic will host No. 25 Seymour (11-9). The Eagles won their last five games 39-8. Rockville will match up against No. 22 Stonington (11-9). East Catholic was upset by Brookfield in last season’s tournament as a No. 2 seed. Suffield (13-7) is seeded 16th and will host No. 17 Cromwell (13-7).

Enfield (11-8) and Glastonbury (8-12) will both play on the road in the first round of the LL tournament. No. 18 Enfield will face No. 15 East Hartford (12-8). The Eagles lost to East Hartford in the regular season. No. 29 Glastonbury will meet No. 4 New Milford (16-4). The Tomahawks struggled in the second half of the season, losing seven of 10.

BOYS LACROSSE

Ellington and East Catholic are both among the top ten seeds of the Class S tournament. Ellington (12-4) is seeded 4th and will No. 13 St. Paul (8-8) Wednesday at 5:00. No. 8 East Catholic (10-6) will match up with No. 9 Granby (8-8) the same day at 3:45. The program lost in the semifinals to St. Joseph last year as a third seed. It defeated Ellington in the quarterfinals.

Glastonbury (13-3) is the No. 5 seed in the L tournament. The Tomahawks will look to chop down No. 21 McMahon (8-9) Wednesday at 4:30. No. 3 Glastonbury was upset in the first round by Greenwhich in last year’s tournament.

SOFTBALL

All listed teams will play Tuesday at 4:00

South Windsor (17-3) and Glastonbury (16-4) grabbed the No. 8 and 10 seeds in the LL tournament after outstanding regular seasons. The Bobcats will face No. 25 Lyman Hall (10-10), while the Tomahawks will take the field against No. 23 Fairfield Warde (11-9). South Windsor has been on the short list of Connecticut’s best teams since the opening two weeks of the season, winning 15 consecutive games. Five of Glastonbury’s final six wins came via shutout. Enfield (12-8) is seeded No. 21 and will face Newington (15-5).

In the L tournament, RHAM (14-6) is the top local seed at No. 9. The Sachems will host No. 24 Woodstock (8-12) Tuesday. No. 13 Rockville (13-7) will try to take down No. 20 East Lyme (9-11) at the same time. The Rams won six of their final eight games, three by shutout. No. 17 Tolland (10-9) will travel to No. 16 Foran (11-9). The Eagles struggled badly at the end of the season, losing their final five games.

Ellington (11-9) is seeded twentieth in the M tournament. It will face No. 13 Valley Regional (13-7). The Knights ended their season a tear, winning their final five games, all but one blowouts.

GIRLS LACROSSE

East Catholic and Ellington will compete in the S tournament Tuesday at 5:00. The No. 9 Eagles (12-4) will travel to No. 8 Waterford (12-4). The No. 15 Knights (10-7) will try to upset No. 2 Old Lyme (14-2) at the same time. East Catholic was seeded second in last year’s tournament but upset by St. Joseph in the first round. Ellington advanced to the game by defeating No. 18 St. Bernard 9-5 Saturday in the qualifying round. The Knights won six of their final eight regular season games.

Glastonbury (12-4) is seeded sixth in the L tournament, and will host No. 11 Wilton Tuesday at 5:00. The Tomahawks ended the season on a tear, winning theirs final six games.

VOLLEYBALL

Enfield (13-5) and Glastonbury (8-10) are seeded No. 8 and 16 in the L tournament. The Eagles will host No. 9 Trumbull (11-7) on Wednesday at 6:00. It won five of its last six games, all in three orfour sets. The Tomahawks have the challenge of  taking the court against top-seeded Cheshire, undefeated at 16-0.

 BOYS TENNIS

(Already started, multiple players have lost, all matches on Tuesday)

Tolland’s Nick Brennan is the only local singles player to advance to the quarterfinals of the state tournaments. Brennan, ranked sixth in M, defeated Andrew DiBiase of Bacon Academy 6-0, 6-2 in the first round, and Suffield’s Brad Pines 6-0, 6-1 in the second. He will face off against Weston’s Charlie Gosnell in the third round Tuesday at Yale University.

Five doubles teams are remaining as the tournament’s advance to the quarterfinals, with East Catholic’s top two teams leading the way in S at Conard. The second-seeded duo of Troy Romano and Ben Adams earned a first-round bye and then dispatched Westbrook’s Dylan Martinson/Jason Rauniker 6-1, 6-2. Romano and Adams will face Old Saybrook’s team of Mac Coppes/Ben VanVliet in the quarters. Meanwhile, the Eagles Victor Alessi and Robert Costello defeated East Lyme’s Morgan Greenho/Quinn Hartmann 6-1, 6-2, and Ellington’s Jake Frye/Nathan Welton 6-4, 6-1 in the first two rounds. The team of Randy Philavong and John Zuffelato has found success for the Knight’s however. Philavong/Zuffelato opened by defeating Nonnowaug’s Riley Baker/Daniel Swanson 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, and then outlasted No. 10 Bulkeley Huffstetler/Spencer Sivillia of Litchfield 6-1, 3-6, 10-7. Philavong and Zuffelato will face off against No. 7 Christoper Charette/Trevor Hutchins of Ledyard next.

In LL at Yale, South Windsor’s duo of Parker Pacekonis and Ronnak Saxena defeated Darien’s Ben Langlois and John Lochtefeld 6-4, 6-4, and upset Notre Dame’s second-seeded team of Eric Harkins and Andre Signer7-6 (7-4), 6-4. In M, Tolland’s team of Ryan Camemolla and Dalton Lotz, seeded twelth, earned a first-round bye and then defeated William Lonergan and Britt Walman of Brookfield 6-4, 4-6, 10-7. No. 5 Austin Chet and Evan Purcell of Avon are waiting in the third round.

GIRLS TENNIS

Glastonbury (17-1) is the lone local squad remaining, competing in L. The No. 3 Tomahawks swept No. 14 Mercy 7-0 on Saturday and will hit against No. 14 New Canaan (14-4) on Tuesday at 3:00.

 

 

 

 

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