Looking ahead to high school sports

August 11, 2014

By MICHAEL LETENDRE
STAFF WRITER
PLAINVILLE – Once again, the summer months are here and its time for a quick look at the scholastic season that was for Plainville High School.
And that look better happen quick because we’re already in the month of August and the 2014-15 scholastic campaign is just around the corner.
Last year, the Plainville Observer took a critical look at how the sports programs did as a whole and determined that a possible move from the Central Connecticut Conference was in order.
And now with Avon leaving the North Central Connecticut Conference, it is time for a move to a new conference?
Would Plainville – in essence swapping places with Avon – making a run to the NCCC, be a good move?
There was a recent vote on the subject by the coaches, just like last year, and those results probably called for no change.
Sometimes, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side though a switch to the NCCC would mean no Class LL or Class L schools to tangle with.
In fact, Avon leaving the NCCC means the only Class L school in the division will soon be out of the picture.
With a slate of Class S and Class M schools to battle, why wouldn’t a switch be in order?
Isn’t that a good thing?
Once again, we’ll start with the 2013 fall scholastic season and move on from there as the week’s progress.
Also, we’ll look at the entire make-up of the CCC as well.
Total Fall Sports available by the CCC: 8
Total Fall Sports Plainville participates in: 7
Sport Plainville does not take part in: Field hockey (less that half the schools participate in scholastic field hockey)
CCC Football Divisions (before the addition of Avon)
Division I (East): East Hartford, Glastonbury, Manchester, Newington, South Windsor
Division I (West): Conard, Hall, New Britain, Simsbury, Southington
Division II (East): Bulkeley, Edwin O. Smith, Fermi (Enfield), Hartford Public, RHAM, Wethersfield
Division II (West): Bristol Central, Bristol Eastern, Farmington, Maloney, Middletown, Windsor
Division III (East): Plainville, Berlin, Platt, Rockville, Tolland
Division III (West): Bloomfield, East Catholic, Northwest Catholic, Rocky Hill, Weaver
Plainville’s Regular Season (2013): The Blue Devils went 4-6 overall and 2-2 in Division III East play. The record was a one-game improvement from 2012.
Overall standings – Division III-East
School Overall/Percentage Division/Percentage
Platt 11-1 / .917 4-0 / 1.000
Berlin 5-6 / .455 3-1 / .750
Plainville 4-6 / .400 2-2 / .500
Tolland 1-10 / .091 1-3 / .250
Rockville 0-11 / .000 0-4 / .000
Quick Take of the Season: Probably should have been .500 (or better) as the game at Northwest Catholic was in hand. But a .500 ledger in the CCC isn’t too shabby at all. Still, the Division III-East needs to be fixed (with Avon coming in, expect the six divisions to become three, with divisions of 11 teams each. Hopefully, all those Class L teams won’t factor into the Plainville mix (if Plainville remains in the CCC that is…).
All Other Sports Divisions in the CCC:
CCC East – Hartford Public, Rockville, EO Smith, Fermi, RHAM, Tolland, Rocky Hill, and Bloomfield
CCC North – Manchester, Glastonbury, East Hartford, South Windsor, Windsor, Weaver, Wethersfield, and East Catholic
CCC West – New Britain, Southington, Simsbury, Hall, Newington, Conard, Farmington, and Northwest Catholic
CCC South – Bulkeley, Bristol Central, Middletown, Maloney, Bristol Eastern, Platt, Berlin, and Plainville
CROSS COUNTRY
Boys
Regular Season Record (2013): 4-3 CCC South (.571); The Blue Devils finished behind Bristol Central, Middletown, and Berlin
Plainville won against…The Blue Devils defeated Bristol Eastern (23-34), Platt (19-44), Bulkeley (19-44) and hung a loss on Maloney (19-34).
2013 CCC CHAMPIONSHIP MEET
Plainville – 13th Place overall (out of 28 teams)
Individual finishes: 13. Omar Abdelsame (17:18.79), 74. Jordan Nicholson (18:38.06), 87. Ryan Sifuentes (19:02.83), 112. Jarod Romankiw (19:36.97), 115. Nino Freitas (19:40.68), 147. Jake Dallas (20:17.12), 149. Gabe Yawin (20:23.29).
Class M Championship: Plainville finished in ninth place with Omar Abdelsame seizing sixth overall (17:07) at the competitive event.
Quick Take of the Season: A very good season by the boys squad and expect more of the same this fall with Omar Abdelsame leading the charge. Again, competing with the likes of Class LL giant Bristol Central isn’t easy and Plainville probably shouldn’t be competing with that school in, well, anything.
CROSS COUNTRY
Girls
Regular Season: 4-3 overall (.571); The Blue Devils finished behind Berlin, Bristol Central and Middletown
Plainville won against…The Blue Devils beat Bristol Eastern (28-28), Platt (21-34), Bulkeley (15-50) and Maloney (15-50).
Class SS: In the Class SS event, Plainville finished in 17th place as Delaney Russell (40th, 22:41) led the way for the Blue Devils.
Quick Take of the Season: The girls didjust as well as the boys and have a good, young squad. Just like the boys, the girls have to battle Class L schools which – at this level – shouldn’t be happening, fair or not.
SOCCER
BOYS
Regular Season Record (2013): Plainville went 10-5-1 in regular season play; The Blue Devils were 9-4-1 in CCC South action (.679). Berlin (12-1-1) won the South while Plainville nabbed second place. Overall, including CCC and CIAC Tournaments, Plainville was 13-7-1.
Class M Tournament: Plainville, ranked 12th, made it all the way to the semifinal round before the Blue Devils fell to top ranked Suffield, 4-1.
CCC Tournament Score:
First Round – No. 2 Berlin 2, No. 7 Plainville 1
Tournament Scores:
First Round – No. 12 Plainville 6, No. 21 Ellis Tech 0
Second Round – No. 12 Plainville 5, No. 5 Windham Tech 1
Quarterfinals – No. 12 Plainville 2, No. 4 Nonnewaug 1
Semifinals – No. 1 Suffield 4, No. 12 Plainville 1
Quick Take of the Season: Truly one of the top teams of all the CCC over the last four seasons. Coach Brown has build his team into a major contender and, regardless of opponent, the squad can compete with anyone – and win.
SOCCER
GIRLS
Regular Season Record (2013): Plainville was 7-10-0 overall this year and went 6-8 in CCC South play. The Blue Devils finished in front Maloney, Platt and Bulkeley of Hartford.
Class M Tournament: Plainville, ranked 24th in the Class M fray, dropped a first round game to No. 9 Plainfield by a 2-0 final.
Quick Take of the Season: Had seven wins and in the tough CCC South, that’s pretty good. Again, Plainville has no business playing the likes of Central and Bristol Eastern. There’s not any balance when you pit Plainville up against Bristol. I keep saying this…is someone listening?!?
VOLLEYBALL
GIRLS
Regular Season Record (2013): Plainville went 4-10 in CCC South play and was 6-12 overall. The Blue Devils were better than Middletown (2-12) and winless Bulkeley in league play.
Class M Tournament: Plainville did not qualify for state tournament play.
Quick Take of the Season: It’s unfair and, frankly, ridiculous to ask Plainville to have to compete against Class L schools in volleyball. How are the Blue Devils supposed to defeat giants like Central and Eastern on the court? Again, give Bristol Eastern the wrong time to arrive at the Ivan Wood Gymnasium and hope for a forfeit. Volleyball shows the imbalance of the CCC South, and the league, in a nutshell.
SWIMMING
GIRLS
Regular Season Record (2013): Plainville was 5-9 overall and was 3-3 against CCC South foes. The Blue Devils went on to defeat Rocky Hill (98-85), Enfield/Somers/Fermi (86-84), Bristol Central (92-75), Bulkeley (86-60) and Middletown (90-76).
Class M Tournament: Plainville managed a very good 13th place finish in the Class S fray.
Quick Take of the Season: Plainville is always solid in the pool without question. With all the co-ops in swimming, trying to paddle through size of squads and the like becomes a bit murky.
The Summary: Let’s add up all of the sports program’s win/loss totals and see where we’re at with the math:
Squad  Wins Loss Ties Totals
Football  4 6 0 10
Boys Soccer  13 7 1 21
Girls Soccer  7 10 0 17
Swimming  5 9 0 14
Volleyball  6 12 0 18
Boys XC  4 3 0 7
Girls XC  4 3 0 7
TOTALS  43 50 1 94
Percentage: Taking account all the sports from the fall season, Plainville won just over 46 percent of its games.
Conclusion: Taking account all the sports from the fall season, Plainville won just over 46 percent of its games.
Conclusion: Out of the seven sports, three pulled out winning records and two were just one game/meet over the .500 barrier.
With the amazing boys soccer team that has been keeping that percentage up, the squad is the only thing that says staying with the CCC South is a viable, working conference to be in.
But take boys soccer out, the fall programs percentage ‘falls’ to 41 percent (30-43).
One team makes a huge difference but that’s what happens when Plainville is forced to take on the Class L and Class LL schools of the CCC South.
Does that convince you it’s time for a change?
We’ll look at the winter campaign next week.
Comments? Email mletendre@BristolObserver.com.

 

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