ON DECK: Dive right in! It’s a deep tournament pool

ON DECK: Dive right in! It’s a deep tournament pool



MERIDEN — Unless your loyalties run deep, you’re going to have to choose.

This week’s CIAC tournament slate: It’s a crowded house. And a crowded rink, too. And Sunday night’s snow storm might just make it even more cramped. 

We’ll see how the scene sorts out this morning. For now, here are the facts that won’t change no matter what the weather. Seven area basketball teams and three area hockey teams will be in action this week — all but three of them tonight.

Some teams from the same school will be playing at the same time. Witness Cheshire. Tonight, the Rams are playing hoops at home against Fairfield Ludlowe and hockey at Wesleyan against the Eastern CT Eagles. Both contests start at 7 p.m.

Sheehan is better positioned for tonight. Coach Joe Gaetano’s boys basketball team tips off at home against Goodwin Tech at 6 p.m., while coach Dave Festa’s hockey team, fresh from its SCC/SWC Division III championship, faces off with Northeastern at Choate at 8.

That gives the Titan Pit fan section ample time to get from one side of Wallingford to the other. Barring overtime.

Here’s the rest of tonight’s schedule — again, weather permitting.

■Division II boys basketball, Kolbe Cathedral at Southington, 7 p.m.■Division IV boys basketball, Platt at Griswold, 7 p.m.■Division III ice hockey, Masuk at Lyman Hall Co-op (at Northford Ice Pavilion), 8 p.m.

All area schools have skin in the game. In Division III boys basketball, Maloney heads to Shelton on Tuesday, while Wilcox Tech awaits the winner of West Haven and St. Paul on Thursday. That game will be played at Platt.

Sheehan has the busiest calendar. Coach Mike Busillo’s Lady Titans are the last area girls basketball team left standing, having advanced to the Class M quarterfinals.

The No. 13 Titans (17-7) host No. 28 Weaver (12-10) on Thursday. The same night, Sheehan senior Andrew Buehler will be in Plainville for the CIAC Class S diving championships looking to win his fourth state division crown.

Buehler goes into that competition having won his second straight SCC conference title. Buehler was also named the SCC Division II swimmer/diver of the year after helping the Titans defend their D-II flag.

While Buehler is the only prohibitive area favorite going into the state diving competitions, he is not the only area diver in the midst of a strong season. Three others hold program records heading into their class competitions.

■Lyman Hall/Coginchaug’s Elyse Boothroyd in Class M (Wednesday at Bulkeley).■Meriden’s Jaylon Nixon and Southington’s Chase Galayda in Class LL ( Thursday at Middletown).

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