Hopkins will try to sweep the series from Hamden Hall when the Fairchester League rivalry resumes Tuesday night at Quinnipiac University’s TD Bank Sports Center.
The boys game will begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by a girls game featuring the same two schools. Hamden Hall girls coach Megan Borelli played for Quinnipiac before becoming a head coach first at Guilford and then for the Hornets.
“For years, Megan has wondered if it would be possible to showcase her team at our venue,” said Bill Mecca, a senior associate athletic director at Quinnipiac. “We thought it would be a good way to open the doors up to the community. Hamden Hall-Hopkins is a perfect fit.”
Hamden Hall gave up its home games at the Beckerman Athletic Center in order to play at Quinnipac. There will be no admission to the games.
“Honestly, I’d like to play a home game there every winter,” Hamden Hall athletic director David Doyle said. “I think it would be great for our kids.”
Jay Karlins, the Hamden Hall boys coach, said his kids are excited to play there.
“Hopefully, we will play there for the next 10 years,” Karlins said. “Hopefully, we can work out the dates. I think it’s great exposure for high school kids to play at a college court. It’s a great place to play a high school basketball game.”
Said Hopkins coach Rocco DeMaio: “Our team has played in Boston and at Disney in the past couple of years and this just adds to the overall experience and is great exposure for our kids, our athletics department and our school. We are thankful for the opportunity to play in one of the top basketball venues in the state of Connecticut. Our team and our student body is pumped up, and we are looking forward to a fun night.”
Both boys and girls hockey regular-season CIAC games have been held at the TD Bank Sports Center in the past. This will be the fifth year the SCC boys and girls basketball tournament finals will be held there.
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