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2018-19 CIAC Championship NFHS Network Top Moment Vote

2018-19 CIAC Championship NFHS Network Top Moment Vote

The 2018-19 school year and CIAC Championships came to a close but we aren’t quite ready to let it go. Instead, we want the fans to weigh in on the best moment from a year of CIAC Championships. The NFHS Network streamed 50 of those events live, giving us many opportunities to choose fantastic moments to highlight. Given all those great options, we have selected 17 standouts (one from each sport covered). Now the ball is in your court to choose your favorite. So vote in the poll below (order randomly assigned) to select the best moment from the year each of which is featured below the poll. We will also be sharing the highlights on Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube and incorporating those votes into the title. The voting will close on Friday, July 19 at noon and we will announce the top-5 in a daily countdown the following week.

Boys Lacrosse:

  • Sam Cragin delivers an unforgettable shot from distance to beat the halftime buzzer helping Darien to the Class L boys lacrosse championship.

Boys Soccer:

  • Plainville scores a picture-perfect goal for the only score late in the 2nd half to earn the program’s first state title.

Indoor Track & Field:

  • Danbury’s Lauren Moore holds off Kathryn Rodrigues in an exciting finish to the girls 1,600 final at the State Open.

Boys Volleyball:

  • A Matthew Epstein ace closes a thrilling five-set final and gives Staples a 3-2 Class L boys volleyball title.


  • Southington gets the final out to secure the Class LL championship, holding off a furious charge.

Girls Volleyball:

  • A big serve and play at the net seals a thrilling 5-set win for Joel Barlow in Class L for its first title.


  • Some trickery, a one-handed catch, a pinpoint throw, all in one play for Greenwich as the Cardinals completed an unbeaten season and earned the Class LL title.


  • Cooper Nodden from South Windsor rallies with a late pin for an exciting conclusion to the 170-lb championship at the Wrestling State Open.

Boys Swimming & Diving:

  • Westhill/Stamford’s Ben Feldman holds off strong challenges to capture his second win of the State Open in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Girls Lacrosse:

  • With St. Joseph rallying East Lyme gets two critical late saves from Maya Rose to help secure the Class M title for the Vikings.

Boys Basketball:

  • Bube Momah converts a circus 3-point play as part of a huge run to open the 3rd quarter propelling Farmington to the Division III title.

Girls Soccer:

  • Old Lyme’s Mya Johnson capped her highly-successful career with this late game-winner to give the Wildcats the title in Class S.

Girls Swimming & Diving:

  • Greenwich continues its State Open dominance, claiming the 400-freestyle relay to narrowly capture the title.

Girls Basketball:

  • In a thrilling finish, Naeva Rene converts with seconds remaining to send Norwalk to the Class LL basketball title.

Outdoor Track & Field:

  • An exciting three-runner dual in the boys 800 goes to Xavier’s Pierre Sylvain at the State Open.


  • Cadin Maynard delivered the key late hit to provide the only run in Waterford’s Class L baseball championship.

Ice Hockey:

    • David Engstrom caps the long rush with a sharp-shooting goal to open the scoring for Branford en route to the DII championship.

2019 Fall Sports Packets, Divisions, & Schedules Now Available

CHESHIRE, Conn. – The sports packets, tournament divisions, and regular season schedules for the fall 2019 CIAC sports are now available on Links to each sports packet — which contain pertinent information about each sport including tournament schedules and procedures — can be found below. They are also available on the individual sports pagesContinue Reading

Video of the Week from CAS/CIAC partners Developing a Success Mindset

In the first of our weekly videos created for educators, coaches, athletes and parents, inCourage provides simple techniques for creating a Success Mindset. Presented by Dr. Marianne Engle, a licensed clinical psychologist and sports psychologist, the video includes actionable strategies for coaches and athletic directors. According to Dr. Engle, “A success mindset empowers your athletesContinue Reading

Join NFHS Network School Broadcast Program With Pixellot Cameras

A representative from the NFHS Network recently presented at the CIAC offices on how schools can stream their school’s sporting events on the NFHS Network through use of Pixellot cameras — and some of the current deals being offered for the cameras. The documents used as part of that presentation, along with the pricing informationContinue Reading

Linked Up – Spring Championships 2019

As quickly as it began, it wraps up (a few track events notwithstanding).  So many great stories, moments, championship games, all collected in one place: Linked Up – Spring Championships 2019. The stories are always memorable and moving as teams earn the dream of a state title. Hope you will check it out as weContinue Reading

“Drive – CIACDocuSeries Coming Soon

“Drive – CIACDocuSeries Coming Soon

“Drive: Seven Stories Inside the CIAC Winter Postseason” Documentary premiere Sunday, June 9 on Fox61 6-7 p.m. with an encore presentation on CW20 7-8 p.m. What’s it take to be a champion? To be a great teammate? To deal with adversity? To leave your mark? #CIACDocuSeries         Continue Reading

CIACcast Returns Talking Outdoor Track & Field

CIACcast Returns Talking Outdoor Track & Field

CIACcast returns from its hibernation for Episode 103. It’s a quick one-guest return as’s Mary Albl returns to preview today’s Outdoor Track & Field State Open offering teams, athletes, and events to watch. The latest edition or past editions of the CIACcast can always be found at this page:, or you can subscribe toContinue Reading

CIAC Spring Tournament Information

Please see below for CIAC spring championship information, including pairings release dates, schedule information, credentialing information and other items that may be useful. CIAC’s Tournament Central page will be the best resource for CIAC Tournament information throughout the season, as well as the CIAC mobile site. Pairings Release Schedule (all pairings will be availableContinue Reading

CIAC Releases Division Information For 2019-20 Basketball Seasons

The CIAC is sharing the tournament divisions information for the 2019-20 CIAC Boys and Girls Basketball Tournaments. Both boys and girls basketball will have five championship divisions for the season. The CIAC Boys Basketball Committee agreed to use the same formula which was used for the 2018-19 season. The system was created specifically with feedback fromContinue Reading

Linked Up – 5/3/19

It’s been weeks since put together a Linked Up, collecting great high school sports feature stories. But we are back now, and the stories have certainly not dried up, as the Linked Up return has many compelling stories to read. From the Middletown Press: It was an emotional, and well-earned day of celebration for aContinue Reading