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No. 1 Staples extends win streak to 17; Granby to face Westbrook in top 10 battle

For the fourth consecutive week, Staples is the unanimous No. 1 team in the state field hockey coaches poll. The defending Class L champion Wreckers (10-0) have won 17 straight games dating back to last season.

Wilton (10-0) and Cheshire (8-0) swapped spots with Wilton moving up to No. 2, one point ahead of the Rams in third spot. No. 4 Immaculate-Danbury (11-0) continues to lead the state in victories.

Staples has a showdown scheduled with No. 2 Wilton on Friday at home in Westport at 4:30 p.m.

No. 5 Granby (9-0) remained undefeated and beat No. 11 Pomperaug on Saturday, 2-1. The Bears gave up their first goals of the season to Suffield earlier in the week and Pomperaug on Saturday. Granby has outscored opponents 24-2 in nine games this year.

Granby has two challenging games this week when they host No. 9 Westbrook (7-0-1) on Wednesday in Granby at 4:30 p.m. The Bears host Longmeadow, Mass., on Friday at 4 p.m.

At No. 8, Guilford (8-1-1) was one of two teams to join the top ten this week. Stonington (9-0-1) also slipped in at No. 10, tying Norwalk.

The most recent state high school field hockey coaches poll with first place votes in parentheses. Compiled by Janet Dickey, Westbrook High

Week 4, Monday, October 8, 2018
Team Rec. Pts LW Class
1. Staples (8) 10-0 160 1 L
2. Wilton 10-0 130 3 L
3. Cheshire 8-0 129 2 L
4. Immaculate 11-0 96 4 S
5. Granby 9-0 94 5 S
6. Darien 9-2 71 7 L
7. Hall 7-0 64 6 L
8. Guilford 8-1-1 51 nr M
9. Westbrook 7-0-1 48 9 S
10. Norwalk 7-2-0-1 33 10 L
10. Stonington 9-0-1 33 nr S
Also receiving votes: Pomperaug (8-1-2) 23, Avon (5-1) 22
Coaches Voting: Matt Ariniello Immaculate; Janet Dickey Westbrook; Dawn Hough New Milford; Sandy Wickman Mason Granby; Kitty Palmer Guilford; Maureen Perkins Glastonbury; Kyle Seaburg Norwalk; Jenna Tucchio Stonington


Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 40 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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