Four of the top 12 teams in the GameTimeCT/NH Register preseason poll will be on hand for the second day of the inaugural CPTV Sports Tip-Off Classic at Maloney High in Meriden.
The nightcap features second-ranked Weaver, last year’s Class M state champion, against No. 4 Hillhouse at 8 p.m. Weaver (2-0) petitioned the CIAC to play in the Class LL division this season while Hillhouse (1-0), which moves up every year, was already in LL instead of L due to recent state tournament success. The two programs have a combined 30 CIAC state championships, 22 from Hillhouse.
In the opener Tuesday, two more storied programs square off as No. 5 Crosby (1-0) faces No. 12 New London (1-1) at 6 p.m. Crosby coach Nick Augelli is the state’s active wins leader with 622 victories while New London’s Craig Parker and Augelli have combined for 10 state titles.
“Hillhouse was the final team to commit and in late spring, a match-up between two obvious top contenders in the state was finalized,” said Frankie Graziano, the sports producer at CPTV Sports. “During the match-making process, it was brought to my attention that Craig Parker and Nick Augelli, men who had been involved with their programs for a combined (76 seasons) could not remember a time in which the school’s played each other. That factor is what this Tip-Off Classic is all about: rare-non conference match-ups featuring teams from across the state.”
On Monday, 2-0 Maloney hosts 2-0 Hamden at 6 p.m., followed by a girls game pitting third-ranked Ridgefield vs. Avon at 8.
All four games will be shown live on CPTVSports and streamed live at CPTVSports.org. Tickets are $10 per day, $7 for those 65 and older. Tickets can be purchased on the CPTV Sports website or at the door.
“The 2015 CPTV Sports Tip-Off Classic provided the perfect venue for the coming together of such great talent and competition,” Graziano said.