The move of Avon High to the Central Connecticut Conference is still more than 10 months away but the CCC has announced a realignment of its teams to accommodate the addition of the Falcons. Avon will become the 33rd member of the largest scholastic league in the state in September 2015.
In 14 sports, the CCC will divide itself into three regions of 11 schools each – the North, South and Central regions. In most sports, there will be two divisions within each region – a White Division of six schools and a Blue Division of five schools. Every school will play each team in its region (10 games) at least once and that will go toward determining a divisional champion.
The regional alignment will be used for boys soccer, girls soccer, boys and girls cross country, girls volleyball, boys basketball, girls basketball, baseball, softball, boys and girls outdoor track, boys and girls tennis and boys golf.
Avon will be in the Central Region in the White Division along with Farmington, a long-time foe in the Northwest Conference from the 1960s through the 1980s. There will be plenty of games with Simsbury, which is in the Central Region’s Blue Division, along with Hall, Conard and Northwest Catholic from West Hartford. There will also be the challenge of yearly games with Southington and Glastonbury, two of the largest schools in the state, who are in the Central Region’s Blue Division.
Blue Division: East Catholic, East Hartford, Hartford Public, South Windsor, Manchester
White Division: Bloomfield, E.O. Smith, Fermi, RHAM, Rockville, Tolland
Blue Division: Conard, Hall, Glastonbury, Simsbury, Southington
White Division: Avon, Bulkeley, Farmington, Northwest Catholic, Weaver, Windsor
Blue Division: Bristol Central, Bristol Eastern, New Britain, Newington, Wethersfield
White Division: Berlin, Maloney, Middletown, Plainville, Platt, Rocky Hill
There will be a minor changes in the current football alignment. The league is already divided into three divisions based on size and that will continue. The 10 largest Class LL schools will be in Division I. There will be 13 schools, primarily Class L schools, in Division II and the remaining 10 Class M and Class S schools will play in Division III.
Avon will be added to the Division II West Division with Newington, Wethersfield, Platt, Maloney, Bristol Central and Bristol Eastern. Farmington, a current Division II West member, will move up to Division I East.
Division I East: Glastonbury, Hartford Public, Farmington, Manchester, East Hartford
Division I West: Southington, Simsbury, Hall, Conard, New Britain
Division II East: South Windsor, Middletown, Windsor, Bulkeley, RHAM, E.O. Smith
Division II West: Avon, Newington, Wethersfield, Platt, Maloney, Bristol Eastern, Bristol Central
Division III East: Berlin, Fermi, Rocky Hill, Rockville, Tolland
Division III West: Bloomfield, Northwest Catholic, East Catholic, Plainville, Weaver
Other moves among football teams include Farmington and Hartford Public moving up to Division I. Newington and South Windsor drop to Division II while Platt will move up from Division III into Division II. Fermi drops into Division III.
Wrestling will remain in four divisions with Avon joining the East Division, one of the weaker divisions in the league, to give each division seven teams. Avon will join E.O. Smith, Fermi-Enfield, Hartford, RHAM, Rockville and Rocky Hill. Farmington and Simsbury are in the CCC West along with Southington, one of the most competitive leagues in the state the last few years.
In field hockey, Avon will be placed into the CCC South with Conard, Farmington, Glastonbury, Hall, Newington, Northwest Catholic and Simsbury. Avon, SImsbury and Glastonbury have all been ranked in the top 10 in the state this fall.
Avon will finally have a league to compete in boys swimming in the 2015-16 season when they join the Northern Region. They’ll compete in the Northern Region’s White Division with Hartford Public, Newington, Rocky Hill, E.O. Smith/Tolland and Wethersfield.
In boys lacrosse, Avon will be in the Central Region in the spring of 2016 with Conard, Hall, Glastonbury, Simsbury and Southington. The girls lacrosse team will be in the Northern Region with Conard, Farmington, Glastonbury, Hall, Southington, South Windsor and Simsbury.
The Avon girls golf team will compete in the Central Region in spring 2016 with Conard, Farmington, Hall, Northwest Catholic and Simsbury.
Avon will be playing its final season in the North Central Connecticut Conference this winter and this spring. Avon is the largest school in the NCCC, which is made up of Class S schools (nine) and Class M schools (four).
Avon was accepted into the CCC last April. In the CCC, Avon will be one of the smaller schools in the league. Among the boys, Avon would be the No. 23 largest school out of 33. The Avon girls program would be the 19th largest school.
Avon has been a member of the NCCC since 1984. Prior to that, Avon participated in the now-defunct Northwest Conference where they competed with Farmington, Middletown, Berlin and Plainville.
The CCC last expanded in 2009 when they admitted seven teams from the Northwest Conference – Berlin, East Catholic-Manchester, Middletown, RHAM, Plainville, Northwest Catholic-West Hartford, Rocky Hill and Tolland from the North Central Connecticut Conference. Farmington joined the CCC in 2008. The CCC was formed in 1984 with 24 teams.