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Derby’s Bridget Wright Honored With Spirit of Sport Award

Derby’s Bridget Wright Honored With Spirit of Sport Award

Cheshire, Conn – Bridget Wright, a spring track and field athlete and All-State cheerleader at Derby High School, has been chosen as the 2022 Michael H. Savage Spirit of Sport Award honoree. She becomes the 13th recipient of the distinguished yearly award, and as Connecticut’s honoree she will go forward as a nominee for the National Federation of State High School Associations’ (NFHS) Section and National Spirit of Sport Awards.

The Michael H. Savage Spirit of Sport Award seeks to recognize individuals who exemplify the ideals of the positive spirit of sport that represent the core mission of education-based athletics. The award may be given in recognition of a specific act or an activity of longer duration.

Wright is an All-State athlete, honor roll student and dedicated school and community volunteer. She has achieved those things and more while living with pulmonary stenosis – a debilitating, life threatening disease which required she undergo open heart surgery when she was just a year old. Surgeons found multiple blood pouring holes in her heart, a missing pulmonary artery, and other rare conditions. Doctors truly do not know how she survived a full year prior to the surgery.

Wright shares that, “I am not living the same way everyone else around me does, and walking past me at a glance, you would never know, which is what I am thankful for. I am strong and doing what most would not expect me to do after all I endured. But I am okay, I am living, and that is what keeps me going every single day.”

Derby Head Cheerleading Coach Jessica Blackwell gets to the heart of who Bridget is, “Bridget is a passionate and enthusiastic young lady with a strong work ethic. She holds herself accountable to attain the goals she sets forth for herself. Bridget embraces the growth mindset whenever she is faced with challenges and believes that overcoming adversity is the key to growth as a student and an athlete.”

Derby High School Assistant Principal Ray Coplin says, “Bridget’s most admirable trait is her huge humanitarian heart. She is extremely committed to volunteering regularly at her local animal shelter and was the humble organizer of the Cheer Squad’s animal shelter donation drive last year. Multiple DHS staff sing her praises for her constant willingness to sacrifice her own time for the sake of assisting others/”

Wright will be formally honored at the CIAC’s Annual Scholar-Athlete Banquet in May.

The CIAC thanks partner Buffalo Wild Wings for joining us in supporting and celebrating the Michael H. Savage Spirit of Sport Winner


(L-R DHS Principal Jennifer Olson, Superintendent of Derby Schools Dr. Matthew Conway, 2022 Michael H. Savage Spirit of Sport Winner Bridget Wright and DHS Director of Athletics Teg Cosgriff)

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Quinnipiac To Host CIAC Boys Ice Hockey State Championships

Quinnipiac To Host CIAC Boys Ice Hockey State Championships

  Quinnipiac University’s People’s United Center will host the 2022 CIAC Boys Ice Hockey State Championship games in March.  With a spectator capacity of 3,386, the Frank Perrotti Jr. Arena at People’s United Center will offer players and fans a memorable, first-class championship experience. State Championship Schedule Div. III Boys Ice Hockey State Championship –Continue Reading

CIAC Pauses 2021-2022 Battle of the Fans Competition

CIAC Pauses 2021-2022 Battle of the Fans Competition

Note: On January 4, 2022 the CIAC paused the Battle of the Fans competition. Spectator limitations and COVID concerns have impacted student sections and attendance at high school sporting events.  Should conditions change later in the winter season, we may re-launch this year’s Battle of the Fans.     Does your school have the best studentContinue Reading

CIAC Honors 22 Class Act Schools with Michaels Cup Award

CIAC Honors 22 Class Act Schools with Michaels Cup Award

The CIAC proudly announces a list of 22 Connecticut High Schools being honored with a 2020-2021 Michaels Achievement Cup Award. Schools that are part of the CIAC’s Class Act program can be considered for the Michaels Cup Award. The Michaels Cup Committee recognized these exemplary athletics programs for their willingness to subscribe to the ClassContinue Reading

Class M Championship Recap and Boxscore – Killingly 28 Rockville 14

By GERRY deSIMAS, Jr. Special to CIACSports.com NEW BRITAIN, December 11, 2021 – The Killingly High football team wanted to make a statement in the second half of Saturday’s CIAC Class M championship game. Killingly led Rockville by seven points at halftime but wanted to seize control.  Killingly ran the ball with dominating fashion toContinue Reading

Class LL Championship Recap and Boxscore – Darien 42 Fairfield Prep 7

By Ned Griffen Special to CIACSports.com Trumbull — If there were any questions about who is the number one team in the state, then Darien went out of its way to erase all doubts on Saturday. The third-seeded Blue Wave harassed, bashed and smashed top-seeded Fairfield Prep to win its eight CIAC state championship, 42-7,Continue Reading

Class L Football Championship Recap and Boxscore – Maloney 35 Windsor 21

By Tim Jensen Special to CIACSports.com NEW BRITAIN, CT — Josh Boganski rushed for 239 yards on 46 carries and scored four touchdowns, powering Maloney High School to its first-ever CIAC football championship with a 35-21 victory over Windsor in the Class L championship tilt at Veterans Stadium. Boganski had a full game’s worth ofContinue Reading

Class S Football Championship Recap and Boxscore – Cromwell/Portland 21 Bloomfield 6

Class S Football Championship Recap and Boxscore – Cromwell/Portland 21 Bloomfield 6

By Ned Griffen Special to CIACSports.com Trumbull — The Cromwell/Portland crowd began serenading Teddy Williams with a repeated chant of “Teddy Ballgame” after Saturday’s CIAC Class S final. As they should have. Williams put on a sensational one-man show for the Panthers. He scored on a reception, an interception and one of his two fumbleContinue Reading

Football Championship Sites and Kickoff Times Announced

Football Championship Sites and Kickoff Times Announced

CIAC Football Championship Sites and Kickoff Times The 2021 CIAC Football Championships will take place on Saturday, December 11. The S and LL championships will be played at Trumbull High School. The L and M championships will be played at Veterans Stadium in New Britain. Trumbull High School 11:00am Class S – Bloomfield vs Cromwell/PortlandContinue Reading

CIAC Releases Winter Sports Guidance

CIAC Releases Winter Sports Guidance

The CIAC has collaborated closely with the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Connecticut State Medical Society Sports Medicine Committee to develop its winter sports guidance. The full CIAC Winter Sports Guidance document can be by viewed by clicking this link:  http://www.casciac.org/pdfs/CIACWinter2021-2022COVIDSportGuidanceFinalDraftv4_Approved.pdf. Highlights of the CIAC Winter Sports Guidance include: Alignment with allContinue Reading