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FINAL POLL: Windsor No. 1

Posted Thursday, April 09, 2009 by New Haven Register

It took a decade for the Windsor boys’ basketball team to return to the Class LL state championship game. The Warriors made sure it was a positive result.

Windsor defeated Crosby 72-69 in the final Saturday at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

FINAL POLL: Windsor No. 1

The Warriors finished at 26-1 and were the unanimous choice as the No. 1 team in the final Register Top 10 poll.

“It means a heck of a lot, especially after not winning it for such a long period of time,” Windsor coach Ken Smith said.

Torrington center Jordan Williams was announced as the Register State Player of the Year live on the Register’s Web site, www.nhregister.com, on Monday afternoon.

Online readers can view the video and add comments on the selections of Windsor and Williams.

Williams, who is headed to the University of Maryland, finished the season with 1,000 points and a 35.7 scoring average for the Class L state finalist.

Windsor won back-to-back Class LL state championships in 1998 and 1999, but only finished No. 1 in 1998. The Warriors finished with all 15 first-place votes from the state media and 450 total points.

“In that time span (10 years), there have been better teams than this one,” Smith said. “I think the one loss (to Bulkeley) helped us refocus.”

Crosby (23-4), last year’s top team, finished second with 396 points. Sacred Heart (23-2), the Class M champion, finished

third (378), followed by Hillhouse (322) and Bulkeley, the Class L champion (310). Bulkeley did not receive any votes heading into the tournament.

Windsor was ranked second in the Register’s preseason poll and remained in the top five for the entire season. The Warriors came into the tournament ranked second.

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