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CIAC and RIIL Announce December 27 Cecchini Challenge Basketball Event

CIAC and RIIL Announce December 27 Cecchini Challenge Basketball Event

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference and The Rhode Island Interscholastic League proudly announce the first annual Jiggs Cecchini Holiday Basketball Challenge. The one-day inaugural event, to be held on December 27, 2022, will be played at Mohegan Sun Arena and feature 4 games, 2 boys games and 2 girls games.

The matchups for the first Cecchini Challenge have been set with tipoff times and ticket information to be announced at a later date.

The Jiggs Cecchini Holiday Basketball Challenge
Rhode Island vs Connecticut

Boys Games
Bishop Hendricken (Warwick) vs. East Catholic (Manchester)
Classical High School (Providence) vs. Windsor High School

Girls Games
St. Mary Academy-Bay View (Riverside) vs. Holy Cross (Waterbury)
Ponaganset High School (North Scituate) vs. Hamden High School

 

The creation of a Rhode Island/Connecticut basketball event has been in the works for the last decade.  RIIL Executive Director Mike Lunney attended the 2022 CIAC State Basketball Championships at Mohegan Sun to get an up-close look at the arena.

“The Rhode Island Interscholastic League (RIIL) is pleased to participate in what we hope will be an annual event in collaboration with our friends at the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference,” said Lunney.  “The Cecchini Challenge will be a tremendous opportunity for student athletes and fans of high school basketball to be part of an environment that will be filled with fun and excitement during the holiday season.”

“The CIAC values the relationships formed through interscholastic athletic competition. The CIAC is grateful for the RIIL’s collaboration in bringing this longtime dream to a reality,” said CAS-CIAC Executive Director Dr. Glenn Lungarini. “Also, the CIAC and RIIL are proud to partner with the Mohegan Sun Arena to offer our student-athletes a world-class experience in an amazing environment run by world-class people. While the games are sure to provide excitement and energy to everyone involved, it is the lasting memories and friendships forged by the student-athletes sharing the court that we (CIAC, RIIL, and Mohegan Sun Arena) are most proud to provide.”

The Jiggs Cecchini Holiday Basketball Challenge is named in honor of Robert “Jiggs” Cecchini, the retired Suffield High School principal, athletic director and coach who served as the longtime chairperson of the CIAC Boys Basketball Committee and was the driving force behind moving Connecticut’s basketball state championships to Mohegan Sun.

 

 

 

(File photo / 2022 CIAC Basketball State Championships, Mohegan Sun Arena)

 

39th Annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet to Be Held Sunday

39th Annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet to Be Held Sunday

CAS-CIAC will honor and celebrate 350 statewide scholar-athletes Sunday at the 39th annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet. The Scholar-Athlete Program annually recognizes two high school seniors from each member high school whose academic and athletic careers have been exemplary, whose personal standards and achievements are a model to others, and who possess high levels of integrity,Continue Reading

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 NationalContinue Reading

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 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