After winning its fourth straight Class LL state title, Amity is the unanimous No. 1 team in the final poll of 2016.
The Spartans defeated new No. 3 Fairfield Warde 4-3 on a walk-off walk to win the championship. Amity went wire-to-wire as the No. 1 team in the state. It started the preseason No. 1 and never relinquished it despite losing once to Cheshire.
Notre Dame-West Haven won the Class L title over No. 4 East Lyme to join the final poll at No. 2.
Class M champion Wolcott comes in at No. 5 and Class S champion St. Paul Catholic is No. 9.
Final result: Def. Fairfield Warde 4-3 to win the Class LL state championship.
Bottom line: The Spartans dynasty has won 20-consecutive state playoff games and four straight Class LL titles.
|2. Notre Dame-West Haven||19-9||0||434||NR||L|
Final result: Def. East Lyme 5-2 (8) to win the Class L state championship.
Bottom line: The Green Knights have won two of the last three Class L titles.
|3. Fairfield Warde||19-8||0||424||NR||LL|
Final result: Lost to Amity 4-3 in Class LL final.
Bottom line: The Mustangs were oh-so-close to knocking off Amity, but earn respect in their final, No. 3 ranking.
|4. East Lyme||20-6||0||362||9||L|
Final result: Lost to Notre Dame-West Haven 5-2 (8) in Class L final.
Bottom line: The Vikings went from 0-4 to the state title game, but left Palmer Field with the runner-up trophy for the second consecutive year.
Final result: Def. Northwestern 3-2 to win the Class M state championship.
Bottom line: Ray Bartoli’s walk-off home run to win the championship will be remembered in Wolcott for generations.
|6. Bristol Eastern||21-3||0||302||4||L|
Final result: Lost to East Lyme 15-2 in Class L semifinals.
Bottom line: The Lancers ran into a very hot East Lyme team at the wrong time.
Final result: Lost to Trumbull 5-4 in Class LL second round.
Bottom line: The FCIAC Champions’ banner season ended earlier than expected to the team they beat for the league title.
Final result: Lost to Wolcott 5-2 in Class M quarterfinals.
Bottom line: The Lancers’ mighty offense was shut down by the arm of Ike Negretti and Wolcott.
|9. St. Paul Catholic||20-6||0||235||NR||S|
Final result: Def. Morgan 4-2 to win the Class S state championship.
Bottom line: The Falcons won their first state title since 1972.
Final result: Lost to Xavier 5-3 in Class LL first round.
Bottom line: Hamden won a school-record 19 games, but Green Dragons were slain when it mattered most.
East Catholic (6), Berlin (7), New Britain (8) and Oxford (10).
First-place votes in parentheses and points tabulated on a 30-28-26-24-22-20-18-16-14-12-11-10-9-8-7 basis.
Others receiving votes
New Milford (21-6) 173; Southington (16-7) 141; East Catholic (17-4) 123; Northwestern (17-8) 106; Morgan (21-6) 86; Berlin (16-5) 81; Simsbury (17-8) 79; Trumbull (17-9) 52; Sheehan (16-9) 45; Oxford (21-5) 33; Avon (14-11), Haddam-Killingworth (19-6) 29; New Britain (16-5) 16; Fairfield Prep (13-10) 10; Montville (17-8), New Fairfield (16-10) 7.
The following voted
Marc Allard, Norwich Bulletin; Bill Bloxsom, HAN Network; Jim Bransfield, Middletown Press; Henry Chisholm, WTNH; Mike DiMauro, The Day of New London; Ed DiPersio, Connecticut High School All Star Baseball; Scott Ericson, Stamford Advocate; Martin Fiori, Francesco Graziano Jr., CPTV Sports; East Catholic; Ken Lipshez, Meriden Record-Journal; Mike Madera, Elm City Newspapers; Dave Phillips, Shoreline Newspapers; Dave Ruden, The Ruden Report; Mike Suppe, HAN Network; Derek Turner, GameTimeCT; Tom Yantz, Hartford Courant; Jimmy Zanor, Middletown Press.
Poll compiled by: Derek Turner.