The CIAC tournament pairings will be released on Wednesday, but let’s take a peek of what we could be looking at when the state tournaments begin next Monday.
Should be a similar feel to the Division I format that was used by the CIAC from 2004-06: second-round matchups that could be viewed as state championship finals in most seasons. There are only 21 teams in this division so no matter what the record, everyone qualified for the tournament.
Two of the state’s remaining three undefeated teams, East Catholic and Notre Dame-Fairfield, are the top two seeds, respectively, in this division. Bassick will be third while Sacred Heart, last year’s Class L state champion, and Wilbur Cross, the SCC’s regular-season champion, are the No. 4 and 5 seeds.
Trinity Catholic, the Class S winner a year ago, is the No. 10 seed. The top 11 seeds will receive byes into Wednesday’s second round. That leaves five first-round matchups, the most intriguing of which, is Hillhouse, the Class LL champion the last two seasons as the No. 13 seed hosting No. 20 Fairfield Prep.
Simsbury earned the top seed in this division with a impressive 18-2 record. Five more CCC schools are seeded in the top eight: Wethersfield third, Bristol Central fourth, Glastonbury sixth, New Britain seventh and Manchester eighth.
Immaculate is the No. 2 seed and will join the top six seeds receiving a first-round bye. Amity is seeded ninth and fellow SCC teams Xavier and Career are 18th and 19th, respectively.
FCIAC schools Wilton, Bridgeport Central, Fairfield Warde and Stamford should be seeded 13 through 16.
Guilford is the No. 1 seed here after a 19-win regular-season campaign. Brookfield, last year’s Class M champion — and the only champion from last year not in Division I — is in Guilford’s portion of the bracket as the No. 8 seed.
Waterford and East Lyme, squaring off for the ECC tournament title Wednesday night, are seeded second and fourth, respectively. Prince Tech, the CTC regular-season champ, is third. Enfield is fifth, Torrington sixth and North Haven 10th.
Stratford and Bunnell should be seeded 12th and 13th, respectively, while Hand should be the 19th seed will be on the road for Monday’s opener.
Three teams finished 18-2 and it appears Northwestern will be the top seed over St. Bernard and Wilcox Tech. The top four seeds will receive byes.
But the talk of this particular division will be the revival of the Kolbe Cathedral program. The Cougars were 0-20 three seasons ago and 1-19 last season. They are one of two teams to win an appeal last fall (Darien is the other) and was granted the move from Division III to IV by an appeals committee formed by the CIAC. One of the top teams in the South-West Conference once again, Kolbe is the No. 5 seed and will open play on Tuesday.
Amistad should be the No. 10 seed and Seymour will host Creed in the opening round Tuesday with the winner getting Northwestern. Milford schools Foran and Law are seeded 22nd and 24th, respectively.
East Hampton, the only other remaining undefeated team, is the top seed here. Fellow Shoreline Conference rival Old Lyme, the No. 5 seed, could meet up with the Bellringers in the semifinals, as could No. 4 Wamogo out of the Berkshire League.
Cromwell is on the other side of the bracket at No. 3 and Canton is No. 2. Two other Shoreline schools, North Branford and Old Saybrook, are seeded seventh and eighth, respectively. The top eight seeds will receive byes and have second-round home games Wednesday.
Whitney Tech is the No. 12 seed and Derby, in the postseason for the first time since 2007, will be seeded 20th and be on the road in the first round Tuesday.