Fairfield travel basketball teams fared well in the recent Fairfield County Basketball League tournaments. The FCBL is a 250 team league, including travel teams from every town within Fairfield County, and about two dozen teams from beyond the county’s borders (see FCBLhoops.org).
After three month of regular season play that starts in December, the FCBL splits each boys and girls grade into tournament pools of peer groups. Five Fairfield teams received bids into the league’s highest level tournament pools for their grade.
The seventh grade Fairfield hoops boys entered their top pool as the No. 1 seed (out of 42 teams) and ran the table, beating Darien 64-63 in the championship game.
The Fairfield PAL eighth grade girls entered the top pool as the second seed (out of 25 teams). They made it to the semifinals, losing to the ultimate champion, Southbury of New Haven County.
The Fairfield PAL sixth grade boys, entered as the No. 1 seed (out of 42 teams), but lost to Mount Vernon of Westchester County in their semifinal game.
The Fairfield PAL sixth grade girls (No. seed), and fifth grade boys (No. 8 seed) also earned bids in to the highest level tournament. See the Photos section for each tournament’s grid.
Members of the seventh-grade championship team include coach Billy Lovett, Patrick Harding, JJ Conway, Sean Conway, Phillip Vlandis, Spencer Vlandis, Brendan Flynn, Charlie Hoover, Andrew Rothe and Patrick Steed.
The squad finished 20-1, with its lone loss coming to Newtown, including a 12-0 mark in league play.
Call it Super Wednesday for Fairfield high school sports.
Three Fairfield teams -- the Fairfield Prep basketball and hockey squads and the Notre Dame of Fairfield boys basketball club -- will play for berths in the state finals.
The Fairfield Prep hockey team which expects to play for state championships every season, looks for a return trip to the state finals when it takes on No. 4 Glastonbury in the Class LL semifinals at the Ingalls Rink at 5:30 p.m.
The Jesuits (19-3) advanced with a 2-0 win over Hamden while Glastonbury, the No. 4 seed, edged Darien, 3-2.
In the other semifinal, No. 2 Notre Dame of West Haven takes on No. 6 West Haven at 7:30 p.m. at Ingalls.
Last year, the Jesuits defeated St. Joseph 5-0 in the finals to win the program's 14th state championship and seventh since 2000.
The Fairfield Prep basketball team has made it back to the semifinals for the second time in as many years after Monday's 59-48 victory over New Britain.
Last year, the Jesuits lost to St. Joseph 79-53 in their first apperance in the state finals since 1997.
To get back to the finals, Fairfield Prep (22-3) will have to upset No. 2 seed Hillhouse, which enters Wednesday's game with a 25-1 record. The contest tips off at 7:30 p.m. at East Haven.
Hillhouse, which has won a state-record 19 titles, went 20-0 in the regular season before losing to Career Magnet in the SCC finals.
Fairfield Prep's only state championships came in 1969 and 1997, when the Jesuits defeated Norwalk 66-60 in the Class LL final.
In the other semifinal, top seed St. Joseph takes on New London in a rematch of a regular-season game won by the Cadets.
Finally, Notre Dame of Fairfield (21-5) takes on once-beaten Waterford in the Class M semifinals at Sheehan at 7 p.m.
The winner takes on either No. 9 Ledyard or No. 4 Watertown in the finals. Watertown stunned previously unbeaten Enfield 69-67 in the quarterfinals.
The Lancers are looking to reach a state championship game for the first time since 1980. Notre Dame never has won a state crown, going 0-2 in the finals.
No games scheduled
Fairfield Prep vs. East Haven, 7:30 p.m., Class LL semifinals, at East Haven
Notre Dame-Fairfield vs. Waterford, 7:30 p.m, Class M semifinals, at Sheehan
Glastonbury vs. Fairfield Prep, 5:30 p.m., Division I semifinals, Ingals Rink
Overall RecordWesthill* 13-5 15-7 Danbury* 10-8 12-10 Bridgeport Central* 10-8 12-10 Greenwich 9-9 11-10 Trumbull 9-9 11-10 Staples 8-10 9-12
Overall RecordRidgefield* 13-5 16-6 Stamford* 11-7 12-10 Fairfield Ludlowe 9-9 9-12 Norwalk 8-10 10-11 McMahon 4-14 4-16 Harding 3-15 4-16
Overall RecordSt. Joseph* 18-0 21-1 Trinity Catholic* 14-4 20-6 Bassick* 13-5 19-5 Fairfield-Warde 9-9 11-10 Wilton 8-10 11-11 Darien 1-17 2-18 New Canaan 1-17 2-18
FCIAC RecordOverall Record Danbury* 18-0 25-1 Trumbull* 15-3 20-5 Staples 11-7 13-9 Westhill 10-8 10-11 Greenwich 4-14 4-16 Bridgeport Central 1-16 2-17
Central DivisionNorwalk* 13-5 16-7 Stamford* 11-7 12-11 Fairfield Ludlowe 7-11 8-13 Ridgefield 7-11 7-13 McMahon 3-15 3-17 Harding 2-15 4-15
East DivisionSt. Joseph* 15-3 18-5 Wilton* 13-5 15-8 Trinity Catholic* 12-6 14-9 Darien* 11-7 12-10 Fairfield Warde 10-8 12-9 New Canaan 8-10 10-11 Bassick 0-18 0-20
BOYS HOCKEYEast Division FCIAC Record FCIAC Points Overall Record Darien* 11-1 22 16-6-0 Ridgefield* 11-1 20 20-2-0 St. Joseph* 9-3 18 15-7-0 New Canaan* 8-4 16 13-8-1 Wilton* 8-4 16 10-11-0 Trinity Catholic* 8-4 16 9-12-0 Stamford 4-8 8 6-14-1 West Division FCIAC Record FCIAC Points Overall Record Fairfield 7-5 14 9-12-0 Westhill 5-7 10 6-14-2 Trumbull 4-8 8 13-9-0 Staples 2-10 4 9-11-0 Greenwich 1-11 2 3-17-0 Norwalk/McMahon 0-12 0 2-18-0
Teams FCIAC Record FCIAC Pts Overall Record New Canaan* 14-0 28 21-1 Ridgefield* 10-3-1 21 13-6-1 Greenwich* 10-4 20 12-5-1 Darien* 9-4-1 19 11-6-1 Fairfield 4-9 8 6-10-0 Wilton 4-9 8 5-11-1 Staples-Trumbull 3-11 6 6-12-0 Stamford 0-14 0 1-14-0