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:

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