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Twelve teams unofficially clinched state playoff berths this weekend night according to calculations done by the CIAC’s Realtime Qualification Status page (or, as we call it, the H.A.L. 9000).
Along with New Canaan, which unofficially qualified last week, 13 of 32 playoff spots have been filled with two regular-season weeks to go.
In CLASS LL, Darien (9-0), West Haven (9-0), Southington (9-0) and Newtown (9-0) have not only clinched half of the playoff spots, they’ve all claimed quarterfinal home games.
Twelve teams remain in contention, including frontrunners Shelton (7-2), Ridgefield (7-2), Norwich Free Academy (7-2) and Fairfield Prep (6-3), which are favorites to get in with victories on Thanksgiving (though NFA has to beat New London and Prep has to beat West Haven).
Cheshire (6-3), Hall (6-3), Greenwich (6-3), Glastonbury (6-3) are still alive but need wins and some help. Wilbur Cross (5-3), Xavier (5-4) and Trumbull are all mathematically alive and would need some of the teams above to lose.
In CLASS L, Windsor (9-0) clinched a home quarterfinal, joining New Canaan (9-0). Middletown (8-1) and New London (8-0) also clinched berths.
Platt (7-2), Masuk (7-2), Maloney (7-2), Notre Dame-WH (6-3) and Naugatuck (7-2) round out the next four. They all need to win and get some help. Platt and Maloney play each other on Thanksgiving so the loser’s likely done, but not quite. Masuk needs to beat Newtown, but will probably still qualify for a loss.
Notre Dame needs to beat Hamden. Naugy needs to beat Ansonia.
Harding (6-3) and Wilton (6-3) are also both alive and kicking and will be looking to get major help. It’s not by any means dire for either team.
In CLASS M, Valley Regional (8-1) and St. Joseph (8-1) both clinched with Saturday victories.
Hillhouse (8-1), Killingly (8-1) are next in line, with Bunnell (7-2), Wolcott (6-2), New Fairfield (7-2) and Waterford (6-2) holding down the remaining spots for now. All of them need to win on Thanksgiving, or more. (Waterford has to play New London and East Lyme).
Berlin (7-2), Gilbert/NW (7-2) and even Foran (5-3, two games left) also have realistic shots. ATI (5-3) is mathematically alive, as well.
In CLASS S, Capital Prep (8-0) and Ansonia (9-0) have clinched home games. Bloomfield (9-0) clinched just a few hours later on Saturday.
Cromwell/Portland (8-0), Seymour (7-2), Bullard-Havens (8-1), Rocky Hill (8-1) and Old Saybrook/Westbrook (7-1) round out the next six. They all must win out to put themselves in or at least get close.
Old Saybrook plays two games, including next week vs. ninth-place Stafford/Somers/East Windsor. So, that’ll be a key game.
Oxford (7-2), Trinity Catholic (6-3) also have shots to get in with victories, depending on how the teams ahead fare over the next two weeks.
Windham (6-2), Prince Tech (6-3), Ellington (6-3), St. Paul (6-3), Morgan (6-3) and even North Branford (5-3) are mathematically alive.
You can view all the potential points here. We’ll have a full breakdown later this week.
Update: Bloomfield clinched after we posted this on Saturday evening. The Post has been updated.