The NVL said in a press release originally posted by the Republican-American that the “matchups were determined after examining the win/loss records for the 2011 and 2012 seasons” and that the home team will determine the date and time for each contest.
Here’s the schedule:
|Ansonia||vs. Masuk||at Newtown|
|Crosby||vs. Immaculate||at Notre Dame-Fairfield|
|Derby||at Bethel||vs. Oxford|
|Holy Cross||at Weston||vs. Pomperaug|
|Kennedy||at Stratford||vs. New Milford|
|Naugatuck||vs. Bunnell||at Joel Barlow|
|Sacred Heart||vs. New Fairfield||at Brookfield|
|Seymour||at Oxford||vs. Bethel|
|St. Paul||vs. Notre Dame-Fairfield||at Immaculate|
|Torrington||vs. Joel Barlow||at Bunnell|
|Watertown||at New Milford||vs. Stratford|
|Wilby||vs. Brookfield||at New Fairfield|
|Wolcott||vs. Newtown||at Masuk|
|Woodland||at Pomperaug||vs. Weston|
So you can get some perspective on how these matchups were settled, here’s how each team finished (in the regular season) over the last two seasons:
Naugatuck Valley League
|Ansonia (20-0; 10-0, 10-0)||Masuk (19-1; 10-0, 9-1)|
|Wolcott (16-4; 7-3, 9-1)||Newtown (18-2; 8-2, 10-0)|
|Holy Cross (15-5; 9-1, 6-4)||Weston (15-5; 7-3, 8-2)|
|Torrington (13-7; 7-3, 6-4)||Pomperaug (12-8; 8-2, 4-6)|
|Woodland (12-7; 6-4, 6-3)||Joel Barlow (11-9; 3-7, 8-2)|
|Naugatuck (12-8; 6-4, 6-4)||Bunnell (11-9; 8-2, 3-7)|
|Derby (10-10; 4-6, 6-4)||Oxford (11-9; 3-7, 8-2)|
|Seymour (10-10; 5-5, 5-5)||Bethel (11-9; 7-3, 4-6)|
|Wilby (9-11; 4-6, 5-5)||Brookfield (10-10; 5-5, 5-5)|
|Sacred Heart (7-12; 4-5, 3-7)||New Fairfield (9-11; 3-7, 6-4)|
|Watertown (6-14; 4-6, 2-8)||New Milford (7-13; 5-5, 2-8)|
|St. Paul (4-16; 1-9, 3-7)||Stratford (4-16; 2-8, 2-8)|
|Kennedy (3-17; 2-8, 1-9)||Notre Dame-Fairfield (2-18; 1-9, 1-9)|
|Crosby (2-18; 1-9, 1-9)||Immaculate (0-20; 0-10, 0-10)|
Based on these regular-season records, most matchups went pretty much according to the records. The only exceptions are Woodland swapping places with Torrington (the athletic directors may have taken into account the Hawks’ postseason games this year) and St. Paul flipping with Kennedy (the ADs frowned upon the Falcons’ two wins over Hamden Hall, presumably).
Oxford’s excellent season this year negated the potential wrench the school’s move to the NVL would have been to the NVL-SWC Challenge. Even if the Wolverines move over to the league (that seems probable at this point, but we’lll see), they’ll be playing the schools that everyone has wanted them to play in the Challenge and in the NVL. All works well.
If you’re Ansonia, you have to like the matchups against Masuk and Newtown, even though those teams may have reached their ceilings at this point. The Ansonia-Masuk game next year will be with a little less steam because John Murphy resigned after 16 years as the Panthers’ head coach. That should be an interesting coaching search.
Wolcott got a pair of a tough matchups, but as a coach I talked to today said, that’s the price that comes with success.
Holy Cross fans must like a matchup with old rival Pomperaug, and the Woodland-Pomperaug matchup is intriguing, too. Torrington and Naugatuck both have some history with Bunnell, so those are good matchups. It’s too bad Brookfield’s been down over the last two years because the Bobcats would have been a great addition to the top of this Challenge. They should be better next year, so Wilby will have its hands full.
Overall, this should be a good time.
Extra Points: The All-NVL, All-Division and All-City teams were posted early today. Click here to check them out. … CHSCA All-State awards are set to be released by the end of this week. New Haven Register All-State will be out in early January. … The All-NVL Blog Team will be out next week, and the All-Valley Team will be out before the end of the month. … Hopefully we’ll have an update on the Naugatuck coaching search sometime next week. The position was only posted internally (only on the Naugatuck Board of Education website, not on the CIAC) on Dec. 5 and is set to expire Dec. 18. It’s a very interesting move, one that usually doesn’t happen during coaching vacancies. It makes one think that Naugatuck athletic director Tom Pompei has had a plan all along. The candidate field is expected to be very strong. … Speaking of coaching vacancies, the following positions are currently open (and more are expected): Wilby (we haven’t heard if interim Gino Capuano has been made full-time coach), Masuk (John Murphy resigned), Trinity Catholic (Peter Stokes resigned), Bridgeport Central (Dave Cadelina resigned), Avon (Brett Quinion resigned), Bacon Academy (position reopened by school), St. Bernard/Norwich Tech (Scott Cook forced to resign) and Fairfield Ludlowe (Matt McCloskey resigned). … By the way, the three Bridgeport public schools are not coming to the NVL. Thank goodness.