The biggest snowstorm of 2017 shut down almost the entire state of Connecticut on Thursday, including high school athletics.
All of the games that were scheduled to be played on Thursday afternoon and evening were postponed and moved to different dates, with eight of the nine local games that were postponed being basketball games. The other was an indoor track event.
The boys and girls basketball seasons are winding down as the end of the regular season is in sight, so these postponements will make for a packed schedule in the coming weeks. Here is a rundown of what was postponed and when each game was moved to.
The Goodwin Tech boys basketball team was scheduled to take on O’Brien Tech on Thursday but that game has been moved to Tuesday, Feb 21. Initially the Gladiators were going to end their season on Friday the 17th but now this game against O’Brien Tech will close out their regular season schedule. Goodwin Tech has already qualified for a spot in the Class S playoffs with its 10 wins.
The Berlin boys basketball team is coming off of a blowout loss at the hands of Bristol Central and was scheduled to get right back at it on Thursday against South Windsor but that game has been moved to Saturday, Feb. 18 at 5 p.m. The Redcoats currently sit at six wins on the season so that means they will have to win two of their finals five games to qualify for the playoffs. The good news is Berlin plays four of its last five games at home.
The Newington boys basketball team is on a roll at the moment. After a 1-4 start to the season, the Indians have won nine of their last 10 games and have already punched their ticket to the postseason. Newington was scheduled to take on Bristol Central on Thursday but that game will now be played on Monday, Feb. 13. That turns next week into a three-game week for the Indians, as opposed to the two-game week that was originally scheduled. Newington will not have to travel anywhere next week, though, as all three games are at home.
The Southington boys basketball team was scheduled to play Bulkeley on Thursday night but that game was moved up to Wednesday night. The Blue Knights needed a buzzer-beater to pick up their eighth win of the season and qualify for the playoffs. After winning just five games last season, Southington has shown major improvement and can now use its last five games of the season to prepare for the tournament.
Goodwin Tech was also scheduled to take on O’Brien Tech on the girls side of things but that game was also postponed. The Gladiators only have two games left on the schedule, including this one against the Condors, and they need to win one of them to qualify for the Class S tournament. Goodwin Tech lost its first four opportunities to qualify for the tournament but will have a chance to do so again on Friday against Capital Prep and on Tuesday against O’Brien Tech.
The New Britain girls basketball team has already qualified for the playoffs with its 9-8 record. The Hurricanes, though, have three games left on the schedule and they will be played in the span of four days. The game against Wethersfield, which was supposed to be played on Thursday, has been moved to Saturday at 1 p.m. so the team will be playing on Friday, Saturday and Monday to close out the regular season.
The Southington girls basketball team, like the boys team, had its game against Bulkeley moved up instead of back. The Blue Knights routed the Bulldogs by 41 points to pick up their 10th win of the season on Wednesday and have now won four games in a row. Southington has just three games left on the schedule, two of which will be played at home, and will look to continue to improve its playoff position.
The final basketball game to be moved due to Thursday’s weather was the Innovation vs. Public Safety girls game. That contest has now been moved to Wednesday and will mark the Ravens’ final game of the regular season. Innovation has five wins on the season and needs to win each of its remaining games to qualify for the playoffs. The Ravens have lost their last three but when they met up with Public Safety earlier this season, they won by 29 points.
The only non-basketball event to be postponed on Thursday was the CIAC Class M Indoor Track and Field Championships which were set to take place at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven. Berlin is set to have some athletes compete in the event which has been moved to Monday at 4 p.m.
Michael Woolfson can be reached at 860-801-5203 or firstname.lastname@example.org