Warriors and Cowboys set for state tourney play
Wamogo coach Gregg Hunt, above, and Litchfield coach Dan Goscinski, below, lead their teams into the Division V state tournament next week. John McKenna photos
What has been an exciting season for the Wamogo and Litchfield boys basketball teams is about to become even more fun as both teams will take the court in the Division V state tournament next week.
Wamogo (19-4) is ranked fourth in the field and will receive a first-round bye. The Warriors will host the winner of Monday's first-round game between East Windsor and Derby on Friday at 7 p.m.
Litchfield (10-11) will host Bolton (9-11) on Monday at 7 p.m. The Cowboys are ranked 14th. Should they win Monday, the Cowboys would play at third-ranked Cromwell (17-3) on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
For Wamogo, a potential opponent in the quarterfinals is Old Lyme (15-5). Wamogo would be at home for the game. A march into the semifinals could mean a date with top-ranked and unbeaten East Hampton (20-0). The ultimate goal for the Warriors, of course, is reaching the championship game at Mohegan Sun on March 17 or 18. Canton or Cromwell could await in the title game.
Division V is new this year as the CIAC changed its tournament format to create more of a balanced tourney. Catholic schools and magnet schools that were running roughshod over the Class S tournament for several years were kicked upstairs to Division IV.
Division V makes for more of a true small public-school tournament where teams like Litchfield and Wamogo have a better opportunity to be successful.
Sean Coffey, above, Matt Schweter, below, and Ethan Collins, bottom, will be key players for their teams in the state tournament.