Need something to do tonight? The Weaver boys’ basketball team will play Maloney-Meriden for the CCC championship after defeating Hartford Public High School in the semifinal Tuesday.
The title game starts at 7 p.m. in Central Connecticut State University’s Detrick Gymnasium in New Britain.
UPDATE: Congrats to Weaver, the CCC tournament champions. Read Tom Yantz’s story here.
Weaver High School guard KeAndre Fair, 3, draws a foul from Richard Jernigan, 24, during the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s CCC semifinal against Hartford Public High School. Weaver won 72-52. RICHARD MESSINA photo.
The city will construct three new athletic fields at Quirk West, Annie Fisher School and Columbus Park.
A preliminary design for the Columbus field was completed Aug. 2, city officials said. A design for Quirk West will be presented to the Hartford School Building Committee on Aug. 19 and for Annie Fisher on Sept. 5 during a Blue Hills neighborhood revitalization group meeting.
From the city:
The Courant’s Mike Anthony is reporting that the Greater Hartford Pro-Am Summer Basketball League, which has brought NBA players and college stars with area ties to dazzle spectators in city high school gyms, is leaving for Waterbury.
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Pro-Am co-founder and CEO Peter Higgins said Tuesday the annual six-week basketball league will be held this year at Crosby High School in Waterbury.
Rising costs and complications at running the event in Hartford are the main reason, Higgins said. With former NBA player and Waterbury native Ryan Gomes, and longtime AAU coach Wayne Simone, helping facilitate discussions with the city and Crosby, Higgins said he would save about $20,000 in the cost of facilities.
“The bottom line is there are better facilities outside of Hartford,” Higgins said.
These Pro-Am games have been packed with people, so it’ll be a tough loss for Hartford. Read the full story here.
Congratulations to Khalil Dukes of Hartford, a senior guard at Capital Preparatory Magnet School who has committed to play basketball at the University of Southern California. The Courant has named Dukes its boy’s basketball player of the year.
“I signed with USC, and I’m leaving to go there June 28,” Dukes told the Courant. “I’ll be working out and taking summer courses there. Putting on weight and getting stronger are things I want to do before I leave for L.A.”
Best of luck to Dukes.
Khalil Dukes is the Courant’s boys’ basketball player of the year. Photo by MARK MIRKO.
Watching the Wichita State vs. La Salle game tonight? Look for No. 35 in the blue and yellow jersey.
The Courant’s Jeff Jacobs spoke to Hartford’s Rohan Brown, who attended Kinsella Magnet School of the Performing Arts before enrolling at East Catholic High School in Manchester. Now he plays for La Salle University in Philadelphia, whose men’s basketball team — against the odds — is still competing in the NCAA basketball tournament.
The Explorers are playing in Los Angeles for a spot in the Elite Eight.
“I’ve got to tell you, this has been an amazing journey,” Brown told Jacobs. Read the full story here.
Students and staff at Kinsella are wearing blue and yellow today in honor of Rohan Brown Day at the school. David Medina, the city schools spokesman, said in an email that there will also be banners around Kinsella wishing Brown luck in tonight’s Sweet 16 matchup.
“More significantly, every class will be taking time out during the school day to learn how one of their own successfully transitioned to college and is managing the rigors of being a Division I student athlete,” Medina wrote.
La Salle guard Rohan Brown (35) celebrates a 63-61 win over Kansas State in the second round of the NCAA tournament in Kansas City, Mo., last Friday. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/MCT)
UPDATE on 3/29: Wichita State “too big, too physical, too quick” for La Salle. Here is ESPN’s recap.
Need a team to root for this week? The city’s own Hartford Hurricanes, a pee wee football squad of 11- and 12-year-olds, is facing the Beacon House Falcons from Washington, D.C., on Wednesday in the semifinals of the national Pop Warner championship in Orlando, Fla.
If the ‘Canes win the 10:30 a.m. Division I matchup, the team will play in the Pop Warner Super Bowl on Saturday.
The football games are played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort. As noted in my weekend story, this trip to Florida is the first time that many of the players have ever left New England.
Can this championship be Hartford’s own Cinderella story? After a rough start to the program four years ago, the ‘Canes compiled a 13-0 record as a team in the Southern Connecticut Pop Warner league this fall. They have been practicing at Keney Park in the North End.
One of the coaches, state Rep. Douglas McCrory, D-Hartford, told the Courant’s Julie Stagis after Sunday’s 25-24 quarterfinal victory — a triple-overtime thriller over Holy Cross of Texas — that “our young men played very hard.” A few boys were injured during the game, including one who needed 16 stitches, McCrory said.
UPDATE: The Hurricanes lost Wednesday in the semifinals to a tough D.C. squad that was no stranger to nationals. Congrats to the team for a great season.
A Hartford player executed a Heisman pose during Sunday’s win over Holy Cross of Texas in the national quarterfinals. Photo by Gerardo Mora for Pop Warner.