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 we go through the summer months waiting for another high school sports season to begin.
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.
- From the New Britain Herald: Newington got back to fun, and earned the team a third-straight Class M title.
- From the Norwalk Hour: Staples survived a gut-wrenching final to repeat as Class L champions.
- From the Manchester Journal Inquirer: A series of comebacks carried Somers to its first softball championship in Class S.
- From The Day of New London: Resilience was the key word as Waterford bounced back to earn a one-run win and capture Class M.
- From the Meriden Record Journal: One of the most tradition-rich programs in the state added to its trophy case as Southington prevailed in Class LL.
- From GameTimeCT: Masuk had a good feeling and it proved prophetic with the team capturing its second-straight Class L title.
- From The Day of New London: Two quiet players spoke loudly with their play as Waterford won Class L again.
- From GameTimeCT: Chad Knight took the ball and never relinquished it as Staples claimed a second Class LL title in three years.
- From the Hartford Courant: A sparkling pitching performance carried the day for Coventry which earned the Class S championship.
- From the Connecticut Post: A large group of St. Joseph seniors finally broke through as the team prevailed in Class M.
- From The Day of New London: All the emotion you expect from a state championship was on display as East Lyme prevailed in Class M.
- From the Darien Times: Darien’s redemption came to fruition with the Blue Wave getting past its rival to earn the title in Class L.
- From the Danbury News Times: It was a clinic for the New Fairfield girls lacrosse team as it captured the Class S championship.
- From the Danbury News Times: New Fairfield turned in a dominant performance in winning its second-straight Class M crown.
- From the Trumbull Times: St. Joseph put it all together in the second half to pull away for the Class S title.
- From the Stamford Advocate: A focused Darien team came out fast and never looked back as it reclaimed the Class L championship.
- From the Stamford Advocate: After disappointment last year it was a return to the State Open doubles victory for Stamford’s Devon and Taylor Yaghmaie.
- From the Norwalk Hour: Redemption was the order of the day for Staples Alyssa DiMaio as she claimed the State Open singles title.
- From Shore Publishing: Daniel Hand came together as a family and claimed the Class M title.
- From the Norwalk Hour: Staples filled in one whole in its impressive resume by captured the Class L championship.
- From Shore Publishing: Weston collected the Class S championship for a fourth-consecutive year.
- From the Trumbull Times: A steady progression brought Trumbull’s Andrew Ilie to the individual State Open title.
- From the Norwalk Hour: In a championship rematch, a pair of freshmen from Staples secured the Doubles State Open title.
- From the Waterbury Republican American: Charlie Shanks put an exclamation point on his season and Litchfield’s season with the team repeating as Class S champions.
- From GameTimeCT: Doubles success helped team success as Joel Barlow captured the Class M championship.
- From the Darien Times: It was a Class L sweep for Darien as the Blue Wave earned the state title.
- From the Norwalk Hour: Staples continued its dominance of Class LL with its fourth-straight title.
Boys & Girls Golf
- From the Manchester Journal Inquirer: After stewing for a year, Colin Luca and East Catholic earned the Division III championship.
- From the New Canaan Advertiser: It was a record-setting day for New Canaan with a record score and a third-straight girls championship.
- From the Danbury News Times: Stress gave way to celebration for Immaculate when it earned the Division IV title by the slimmest margin.
- From the Greenwich Time: Greenwich completed a “perfect” season by defending its title in Division I.
- From the New Haven Register: Daniel Hand’s top player insured the Tigers’ Division II championship was captured in regulation.
Boys Outdoor Track & Field
- From the Manchester Journal Inquirer: Suffield’s Jared Sharp was in the unusual position of flying solo as he captured the state decathlon title.
- From the Hartford Courant: An impressive trio in the field events carried Bloomfield to a dominant showing in winning the State Open.
- From the Hartford Courant: Points in the distance events helped carry Tolland to the Class M championship.
- From the New Haven Register: Hillhouse did what it needed to do to come away with the Class MM title.
- From the Hartford Courant: Depth helped bring Glastonbury to its first championship since 1960 in the Class LL meet.
- From the Hartford Courant: Hall was confident; and then showed why as it set records while earning the win in Class L.
- From the Hartford Courant: A win in the final event cemented a sweep of Class S for Bloomfield.
Girls Outdoor Track & Field
- From the New Britain Herald: Raven-Symone Jarrett new what she had to do, and then made history with her win in the heptathlon.
- From the Danbury News Times: It was a day of surprises and history for Danbury as the team claimed the State Open crown.
- From the Hartford Courant: By a razor thin margin provided in the final race, Windsor earned the championship in Class L.
- From the Norwalk Hour: Weston raced out of the gates with relay wins and never slowed en route to a Class M title.
- From the Danbury News Times: Domination was the order of the day from Danbury which ran away with the Class LL championship.
- From the New Haven Register: Hillhouse didn’t take “no” for an answer as it captured the Class MM championship.
- From the Hartford Courant: The wet conditions didn’t cool off Bloomfield as it claimed the Class S crown.