Bonus factoids, footage and words from the Middletown Press sports desk.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Xavier, Cromwell, Valley/Old Lyme move into semis
Yup, three out of four. The only area loss was H-K, who fell victim to a very tough Holy Cross team. Cromwell, trailing 8-0 early in their contest, battled back to earn a spot in the Class S semifinals. Xavier rolled over G'bury, and Valley/Old Lyme earned a gritty playoff win against Rocky Hill.
OH. And how sweet is this picture (below) from Catherine Avalone at the Xavier-Glastonbury game?
So how does it pan out? Locations and times have not been finalized (although one game will be played at Middletown's Skubel-Rosek, we just don't know which), but here are the semifinal matchups for Class LL & S (check out all of 'em here):
H-K is the only team represented in four state tourneys (and football still has a fighting chance, too). Mercy will compete in volleyball and field hockey, and East Hampton will compete in boys soccer, girls soccer and volleyball.
Notable seedings: East Hampton boys soccer is the No. 1 seed in the Class S tournament, and East Hampton volleyball is the No. 6 seed; Valley Regional boys soccer is the No. 2 seed in Class S; Portland girls soccer is the No. 3 seed in Class S; H-K field hockey is the No. 8 seed in Class S. (Strikethrough means team was eliminated)
SHORELINE SOCCER CHAMPS: Valley boys & Coginchaug girls
A pair of Shoreline Conference champions were crowned on Monday evening at Cromwell High School. The Valley Regional boys team overcame a 2-0 halftime deficit to beat East Hampton, and the Coginchaug girls rolled to a 2-0 win against North Branford. Get the full story on Valley and Coginchaug.
If you haven't caught a Yale or Quinnipiac hockey game of late, I highly recommend you do. We're talking about two top-tier programs, and Yale is oft-considered to be best in the country. (Oh, and if you get a chance to see the Quinnipiac-Yale game at Ingalls or the TD Bank Sports Center, do it. Guaranteed to be a doozy.)
Anyway, Yale took on Cornell at Ingalls on Friday night, and here are some pics from our friends down at the New Haven Register (Cornell won, 6-2):
ONE FOR THE BOOKS: The 1966 Middletown Tigers roster
You’ll probably recognize a few names on the 1966 Middletown football roster, as players went on to be Middletown coaches, athletic directors and councilmen. The undefeated team will be inducted into the Middletown Hall of Fame on Jan. 26. (Check out Jim's feature on the team here)
A look at the actual roster, with height and weight
(Yep, future AD Mike Pitruzzello's name is spelled wrong)