I’m sure we write this every season of every year, but it’s a little hard to believe we have reached championship season once again. But we have, which means Linked Up – Fall Championships 2019 makes its triumphant debut. Always one of the most fun stories to publish every year as it highlights teams and individuals whose commitment and talent has earned them a coveted state title.
For those unfamiliar (or simply as a reminder for those who are previously familiar) Linked Up Championships will provide a link to the local media story for all of the CIAC Championships over the course of the season.It provides a one-stop shop for anyone looking for great stories on championship-winning teams.
Girls Swimming & Diving:
- From GameTimeCT: After ending one drought, Cheshire went ahead and ended another by winning the State Open.
- From the Greenwich Time: One point was the championship margin as Greenwich’s Regina Frias captured the State Open diving title.
- From the Meriden Record Journal: Cheshire adapted quickly to Class LL earning a third-straight title.
- From GameTimeCT: Claiming championships has not gotten old for Weston which earned the victory in Class S.
- From GameTimeCT: After several runner-up finishes North Haven broke through for the Class M championship.
- From GameTimeCT: Darien keeps piling success on success as the team swam to the Class L title.
- From TheRudenReport.com: An early deficit didn’t faze Staples as they rallied to continue their run atop Class L.
- From the Hartford Courant: Recent finals losses served as motivation for Granby which came away with the win in Class S.
- From Shore Publishing: Perfect was the only word to describe Guilford’s season after the team claimed its Class M title.
- From the Waterbury Republican American: In a match featuring a record-breaking set, Seymour persevered and won the Class M title.
- From the Collinsville Press: The Class L championship was the first in program history for Avon.
- From the Norwich Bulletin: Volleyball fans across the state no doubt know Lyman Memorial after the team captured another Class S title.
- From the Stamford Advocate: The timing could not have been better for Trumbull which played perhaps its best match to win the Class LL crown.
- From GameTimeCT: A wild overtime session ended with Daniel Hand holding the Class L championship plaque for a fourth-straight year.
- From The Day of New London: The celebrations were for everyone as Stonington claimed a tight Class S championship win.
- From GameTimeCT: There was some championship symmetry for Old Saybrook coach Sam Barnes as his team repeated as Class S champions.
- From We-Ha.com: Hall’s Class LL Championship was an emotional one for the head coach and his son.
- From the Hartford Courant: Glastonbury got redemption for a regular-season loss and earned the Class LL title in the process.
- From the Waterbury Republican American: There were a whole lot of firsts as Holy Cross posted a one-goal victory for the Class S Championship.
- From the Hartford Courant: A prediction came true for Granby as an offensive onslaught led the Bears to a Class M title.
- From GameTimeCT: Guilford capped a good day for area soccer with its come-from-behind-win in Class L.
Girls Cross Country
- From the Hartford Courant: Hall had a plan, and it worked to perfection as the team captured its first State Open.
- From Litchfieldcountysports.com: Thomaston captured the Class S title — and earned a coveted town parade.
- From We-Ha.com: The Class LL cross country titles belonged to West Hartford (with a particular married couple playing a big part) as Hall earned the girls crown.
- From Shore Publishing: In a “pleasant surprise” Haddam-Killingworth followed up a league championship with the Class SS championship.
- From the New Canaan Advertiser: New Canaan’s good season went from good to great over the course of about 20 minutes by winning the Class L title.
- From the Hartford Courant: In one of the day’s tightest team finishes, E.O. Smith pulled out a narrow win to capture Class MM.
- From the Hartford Courant: An impressive sophomore trio helped Tolland to get back to its championship ways in Class M.
Boys Cross Country:
- From the Manchester Journal Inquirer: Tolland was not satisfied with an already strong season, and proved it with a State Open title.
- From The Day of New London: It might not have been expected, but it was a familiar result as East Lyme ran to a third-straight MM victory.
- From the Hartford Courant: Conard got an impressive individual performance from Gavin Sherry and a solid team victory in Class LL.
- From the Middletown Press: The names looked very different, but it was a familiar result with Xavier capturing a Class L victory.
- From the Hartford Courant: It had been 27 years since East Hampton won a cross country title, a streak that ended with its Class SS victory.
- From GameTimeCT: Tolland continued its impressive run in Class M with a fourth-straight title.
- From the Hartford Courant: Bolton’s 4th and 5th runners knew what they needed; and then delivered as the team defended its Class S title.