Linked Up – Spring Championships 2016

Notre Dame-West Haven celebrates its Class L baseball title. John Vanacore - New Haven Register.

Notre Dame-West Haven celebrates its Class L baseball title. John Vanacore – New Haven Register.

Forty-six stories. A thrilling sprint of the spring championship season wrapped up (on the team side, we will add stories on the individual track and field events in the coming day) and Linked Up has all the stories. There were incredibly dramatic and competitive competitions throughout the spring, and these stories help relive the excitement, passion, and joy of earning a state championship.

Baseball:

  • From the Waterbury Republican-American: Hard to imagine a better feeling for Wolcott than earning a first baseball state title on a walk-off home run.
  • From GameTimeCT: Notre Dame-West Haven was the definition of resilient in earning the Class L championship.
  • From the Bristol Press: St. Paul’s long wait came to an end with the Class S Championship.
  • From GameTimeCT: It wasn’t how they drew it up, but the result was the same with Amity claiming another Class LL title.
The Canton girls lacrosse team poses after earning the Class S championship. John Fitts - Canton Compass.

The Canton girls lacrosse team poses after earning the Class S championship. John Fitts – Canton Compass.

Girls Lacrosse:

Ridgefield celebrates again after earning a third-straight Class L title. Matthew Brown - Hearst Connecticut.

Ridgefield celebrates again after earning a third-straight Class L title. Matthew Brown – Hearst Connecticut.

Boys Volleyball:

It was hugs all around with Fitch earning the Class L championship. Tim Cook - New London Day.

It was hugs all around with Fitch earning the Class L championship. Tim Cook – New London Day.

Softball:

Darien's Hudson Hamil exults in a state championship. Brad Horrign - Hartford Courant.

Darien’s Hudson Hamil exults in a state championship. Brad Horrign – Hartford Courant.

Boys Lacrosse:

 

A long wait paid off for Killingly with a Division III golf title. Submitted photo - Norwich Bulletin.

A long wait paid off for Killingly with a Division III golf title. Submitted photo – Norwich Bulletin.

Boys & Girls Golf:

  • From GameTimeCT: Joel Barlow earned a third state title after a lengthy drought at the Division II Championships.
  • From the Norwich Bulletin: It was a state title four years in the making for Killingly at the Division III Championships.
  • From the Greenwich Time: Fueled by recent disappointment, Greenwich responded by claiming the Girls Golf Championship.
  • From the Hartford Courant: It took extra holes but Simsbury sent its coach out on top with a victory in Division I golf.
  • From GameTimeCT: Thirty years was a nice round number for Portland to add another trophy with its Division IV title.
Shelby Vertula picked up a win to help Lauralton Hall earn the Class M girls tennis championship. Arnold Gold - New Haven Register.

Shelby Vertula picked up a win to help Lauralton Hall earn the Class M girls tennis championship. Arnold Gold – New Haven Register.

Girls Tennis:

  • From the Hartford Courant: Lexi DeNucci put her name on the scoreboard with the singles championship in the State Open.
  • From the Darien Times: Battling back from a tough second set, a duo from Darien captured the State Open doubles title.
  • From the Norwalk Hour: It wasn’t immediately clear, but eventually Weston knew it earned the Class S championship.
  • From the Connecticut Post: Staples finally broke through after lots of “almost but not quite” to win the Class L title.
  • From GameTimeCT: After an inspirational banquet, Lauralton Hall went out and won a second-straight Class M crown.

The Tolland girls track & field team celebrates another Class M title. Matthew Conyers - Hartford Courant.

Girls Outdoor Track & Field:

  • From the Hartford Courant: Bloomfield showed up focused after a narrow loss at the Indoor Open and it carried them to an Outdoor Open crown.
  • From the Hartford Courant: Windsor’s Kenya Warner made history by competing in — and then winning — the heptathlon competition.
  • From the Hartford Courant: Two friends helped each other out and ended up celebrating a fifth-straight Class M championship for Tolland.
  • From the Hartford Courant: Windsor’s Jiana Baker went out in record-setting fashion to help her team to a Class L crown.
  • From the Collinsville Press: A team effort carried Avon to the Class MM title and its first track championship.
  • From the Danbury News Times: It had been more than 20 years since Ridgefield claimed a CIAC outdoor track title before it came home with the Class LL championship.
  • From the Hartford Courant: Another Class S title for Bloomfield is going to force some redecorating at the school gym.
New Canaan coach Ben Young celebrates with his team after clinching the Class L title. Stacy Mettler - New Canaan Advertiser.

New Canaan coach Ben Young celebrates with his team after clinching the Class L title. Stacy Mettler – New Canaan Advertiser.

Boys Tennis:

A strong finish propelled Northwest Catholic to a Class M state title. Photo courtesy Northwest Catholic.

A strong finish propelled Northwest Catholic to a Class M state title. Photo courtesy Northwest Catholic.

Boys Outdoor Track & Field:

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