CIAC TOURNAMENT: Planes, Trains & Titans — semifinal traffic is tight, especially for Sheehan

CIAC TOURNAMENT: Planes, Trains & Titans — semifinal traffic is tight, especially for Sheehan



WALLINGFORD — Sheehan may want to rethink the “fan bus” for Monday night’s CIAC state tournament semifinals.

A “fan train” might be in order.

After all, it will be a short turnaround from Sheehan’s Division III hockey game with Daniel Hand at Ingalls Rink in New Haven at 5:30 p.m. to the Class M girls basketball game between the Lady Titans and Berlin Redcoats at Plainville High School at 7:30. 

Not to mention 40 miles between venues.

Then again, if the Sheehan hockey team continues scoring as it has of late — 30 goals in four postseason games — its semifinal could be all but over by the end of the second period.

The CIAC set semifinal sites and times on Friday for the games involving local teams. It will be a crowded boat come Monday. Along with Sheehan, crosstown rival Lyman Hall has skin in the semifinal game with its co-op hockey team. After the Titans take on Hand at 5:30 p.m., the Trojans will take the ice at Ingalls against the Newington Co-op at 7:30 p.m.

Also on Monday, all area swim teams compete in the CIAC class meets. With the State Open on Thursday night this year rather than the traditional Saturday afternoon, the divisional meets are not spread out over two days. All qualifying swimmers descend on the Wesleyan and SCSU pools on Monday afternoon and evening.

For the locals, the itinerary is this:

■Meriden Co-op, Southington at Class LL (at SCSU), 1:30 p.m.■Lyman Hall Co-op at Class M (at Wesleyan), 1:30 p.m.■Sheehan at Class S (at Wesleyan), 6 p.m.■Cheshire at  Class L  (at SCSU, 6:30 p.m.

The class diving competitions are already in the books. Sheehan senior Andrew Buehler, going for his fourth state class crown, was denied in Class S on Thursday night. Buehler placed third with 360.45 points behind winner Marcas Racevicius of Holy Cross (379.05) and runner-up John Courtemanche of Northwestern (370.90).

The highest local point-scorer was Southington senior Chase Galayda. With a 399.85, Galayda placed fourth in Class LL. Southington teammate E.J. Suski was seventh at 367.20.

Also in Class LL, Maloney senior Jaylon Nixon of the Meriden Co-op placed 11th at 356.05. Coginchaug sophomore Elyse Boothroyd, who competes with the Lyman Hall Co-op team was eighth in Class M at 321.05.

 

 


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