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Linked Up – Fall Championships 2019

Newtown celebrates its thrilling Class LL championship. Christian Abraham – Hearst CT

It began on October 26 and concluded on December 14. That is the length and breadth of the CIAC fall championship season. Along the way, 39 (well, actually a lot more than that) championship stories were written. And Linked Up – Fall Championship 2019 has those 39 in one convenient place. Anytime a fan wants to relive the the excitement, energy, and emotion of a state title, they can come right here.

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.


Cheshire celebrates its Class LL title with a dip with the plaque. Aaron Flaum – Meriden Record Journal.

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.

Guilford celebrates its Class M championship. Susan Lamber – The Courier.

Field Hockey:

  • From 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.

Lyman Memorial celebrates its Class S state championship. Pete Paguaga – Hearst CT Media.

Girls Volleyball:

Old Saybrook repeated as Class S champs to send its coach out in style. Pete Paguaga – Hearst CT Media.

Boys Soccer:

  • 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 Hall’s Class LL Championship was an emotional one for the head coach and his son.

Granby celebrates its Class M Championship.

Girls Soccer:

Hall won its first State Open girls team title, and Greenwich’s Mari Noble crossed the line first. Mark Mirko – Hartford Courant.

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 Thomaston captured the Class S title — and earned a coveted town parade.
  • From 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:

CIAC Football Postseason Schedule Changes

CHESHIRE, Conn. – Due to the continuing forecast of inclement weather and a need to allow host schools adequate time to prepare their facilities, the CIAC football quarterfinal games scheduled for Tuesday, December 3 have all been rescheduled to Wednesday, December 4. Game times will remain at 6:30 p.m. All quarterfinals are scheduled for theContinue Reading

CIAC Football Finals Sites Chosen For 2019

CHESHIRE, Conn. – The path to state championships in Connecticut high school football this season will run through New Britain and Trumbull as the CIAC Football Committee has approved Veteran’s Stadium at Willow Brook Park in New Britain and McDougall Stadium at Trumbull High School as the sites for the 2019 CIAC Football Championships. BothContinue Reading

CIAC Football Contact Changes Highlight Safety & Collaboration

CHESHIRE, Conn. – Connecticut high school football is now in its fourth week of competition under new contact rules aimed at enhancing student-athlete safety.  At its spring meeting, the CIAC Football Committee unanimously approved a proposal put forward by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association (CHSCA) to reduce the amount of full contact practice time forContinue Reading

Ultimate High School Football Itinerary Contest

Fans of the CIAC podcast the CIACcast have become familiar the past six years with the week-by-week itinerary for the high school football season presented by Ned Griffen of The Day of New London. Each of the past six years, Ned joins the show to lay out one (sometimes more) game per week that fansContinue Reading

2018 CIAC Football Championship NFHS Network Top 10

2018 CIAC Football Championship NFHS Network Top 10

The NFHS Network was live with all four 2018 CIAC Football Championships. Here are ten of the top plays from a busy football championship weekend.

Linked Up – Fall Championships 2018

It started more than a month ago with the Cross Country Divisional Championships (impacted by weather, of course) and concluded this past Saturday with four football finals. All told, 38 CIAC State Championship trophies were awarded and this edition of Linked Up – Championships edition has a story on all 38. For those unfamiliar (orContinue Reading

2018 Football Championship Headquarters

Eight teams remain in the pursuit of a CIAC football championship with all four championship games taking place on Saturday. Football Championship Headquarters is your one-stop shop for all the relevant information for the four contests including links to the NFHS Network live broadcast and rosters/information sheets for each game. Click here for online ticketsContinue Reading

Football Championship Schedule Changes

CHESHIRE, Conn. – The CIAC is releasing schedule changes for the 2018 CIAC Football Championship games on Saturday, December 8. The Class LL final between New Canaan and Greenwich originally scheduled for 2 p.m. at Shelton High School will be played at Boyle Stadium in Stamford at 10 a.m. The Class M final between BerlinContinue Reading

Linked Up – 11/27/18

Football takes center stage in Connecticut tonight as 16 quarterfinal games take place across the state. And so a special football-only edition of Linked Up is here to get fans ready for what will take place this evening. As typically done, these links focus on features for the teams, players, and coaches involved in theContinue Reading