Linked Up – Spring Championships 2019

Staples celebrates retaining its Class L championship. Dave Stewart – Hearst CT Media.

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.

Boys Volleyball

Somers softball poses after rallying to earn a Class S championship. Adam Betz – Manchester Journal Inquirer.


St. Joseph’s players finally got their hands on the baseball championship plaque. Pete Paguaga – Hearst CT Media.


  • 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.

East Lyme celebrates its Class M title. Sean D. Elliot – The Day of New London.

Girls Lacrosse

  • 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.

The New Fairfield Rebels revel in the team’s Class M championship. Matthew Brown – Hearst CT Media.

Boys Lacrosse

Daniel Hand earned the Class M title. Kelley Fryer – Shore Publishing.

Girls Tennis

  • 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.

Alex Klein Wassink and Adam Ortiz won the Class M doubles title, helping Joel Barlow to a state crown.

Boys Tennis

Greenwich defended its title in Division I.

Boys & Girls Golf

Deshaune Poole earned several wins as Hillhouse claimed a title in Class M. Arnold Gold – Hearst CT Media.

Boys Outdoor Track & Field

Alanna Smith’s win in the 400 helped Danbury capture the State Open. Arnold Gold – Hearst CT Media.

Girls Outdoor Track & Field

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