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Summer Conversations On New CIACcast

Summer Conversations On New CIACcast

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Episode 105 of the CIACcast is here to help pass the time before fall sports begin shortly. It’s a one-guest episode of the podcast as Joe Palladino, longtime and recently retired writer for the Waterbury Republican American joins for a wide-ranging conversation on what it’s like to cover high school sports.

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#CIACRewind – Weston’s Carolyn Zech Took Challenging Path To Scholar Athlete Honor

When Weston High School field hockey coach Samantha Jacobsen shares the common feeling amongst her athletes during games was “it’s okay, Carolyn’s got it, we’re good,” she’s referring specifically to the confidence her athletes had in their senior goalkeeper Carolyn Zech. Taken more broadly, it nicely articulates the sentiments that accompanied everything Zech took onContinue Reading

George Synnott – A Thank You

“We will forever be known for the tracks we leave in other people’s lives, our kindness and generosity” Mary T. Lathrap Selfishly, this piece is about me, and my family. But hopefully it’s even more about George Synnott and all the families like mine whose lives he impacted, whether he knew it or not. And aboutContinue Reading

CIAC Rewind – DRIVE: 7 Stories Inside the CIAC Winter Postseason

CIAC Rewind – DRIVE: 7 Stories Inside the CIAC Winter Postseason



CIAC Rewind – Why Choose One?

Ledyard High School Athletic Director Jim Buonocore thinks the wrong question is being asked. Nearly everyone associated with high school sports in this era bemoans the fact that most high school athletes don’t play three sports anymore, or at least asks the question of why that is the case. As Buonocore looked at the athleticContinue Reading

CIAC Statement On Notification of OCR Inquiry

CIAC Statement On Notification of OCR Inquiry

CHESHIRE, Conn. – The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) received notification that the United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights has opened an inquiry in regard to the CIAC’s policy on transgender athlete eligibility.  The CIAC is committed to equity in providing opportunities to student athletes in Connecticut, and the CIAC will participateContinue Reading

Schedule Set For 2019 Fall Rules Interpretation Meetings

CIAC rules and regulations require head coaches or their designee to represent their school annually at a rules interpretation meeting for their sport. Other coaches are encouraged to attend. Below is the schedule for the fall 2019 rules interpretations meetings provided to CIAC by officials’ organizations and leagues. If your coach cannot make the meetingContinue Reading

J. Robert Ford Athletic Grant Program

J. Robert Ford Athletic Grant Program The Connecticut Association of Schools provides exemplary programs and services that promote excellence in the education of all children.  The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference believes that interscholastic athletic programs and competition are an integral part of a student’s academic, social, emotional and physical development. CAS-CIAC has established the J.Continue Reading

2018-19 CIAC Championship Moment #1

2018-19 CIAC Championship Moment #1

CIACsports.com gave fans the chance to choose their favorite CIAC Championship NFHS Network moment from 2018-19, with 17 choices. The fans have spoken. After counting down numbers 5-2 the previous four days, it is time to reveal the top choice. The previous entries in the top-5 are listed below. #1 – Cadin Maynard delivers winningContinue Reading

2018-19 CIAC Championship Moment #2

2018-19 CIAC Championship Moment #2

CIACsports.com gave fans the chance to choose their favorite CIAC Championship NFHS Network moment from 2018-19, with 17 choices. The fans have spoken. We happily present the top-5 choices for top championship moment in descending order with one revealed each day. The previous entries in the top-5 are listed below this moment. #2 – Two keyContinue Reading