Status quo rules The Day's state coaches' poll

The same teams have been ranked in the top 10 of The Day's state coaches’ poll for the past four weeks.

Just 11 other teams received votes this week, which is a tad low.

St. Joseph, Shelton, West Haven and Southington have all lost a game but are still ranked in the top 10.

The likes of Berlin, Fitch, Killingly, Naugatuck and Rocky Hill (last year’s Class S runner-up) are all unbeaten and not ranked. Berlin (8-0) didn’t even receive a vote.

The GameTimeCT/New Haven Register media poll has had the same top 10 teams with 12 other teams receiving votes.

Perhaps it means something. Perhaps it means nothing. But it’s curious.

Maybe past success has something to do with the lack of representation. Top-ranked Darien (8-0), No. 3 Ansonia (8-0), No. 4 St. Joseph (7-1), No. 5 Windsor (7-0) and No. 10 Southington (7-1) have all won state titles over the past four seasons.

No. 7 Shelton (7-1) played for the CIAC Class LL title in 2014 and 2015.

No. 2 Greenwich (7-0) and No. 9 West Haven (7-1) are two of the state’s all-time most successful programs.

Perhaps conference affiliation is a factor. There have been 32 state titles awarded since the CIAC expanded from 24 to 32 participants in 2010. The Fairfield County Interscholastic Conference and Southern Connecticut Conference have won nine apiece. The Central Connecticut Conference has won four. Those leagues account for eight of top 10 teams (the Eastern Connecticut Conference is the only league that hasn’t won a state title over that seven-year stretch).

Could school size be a factor? Eight of the top 10 teams are Class LL or L except for Ansonia and St. Joseph, which are both in Class S and have won multiple titles since 2010.


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