CHESHIRE, Conn. – The CIAC will kick off its Basketball State Championship Weekend with the Boys and Girls State Basketball Championships Dedication Ceremony at Mohegan Sun on Friday March 17. 7 exceptional individuals, and one outstanding Connecticut radio station will be celebrated. The Dedication Ceremony is open to the public and the media. It will begin at 5pm and be held in the Thunder/Harvest/Hot Suns meeting space in Mohegan’s Earth Convention Center.
The 2023 CIAC Boys and Girls Basketball Tournaments will be dedicated to Peter Carroll. Peter is a former high school basketball official and longtime Commissioner for IAABO Board 9 (Fairfield County). Peter has been an IAABO member for 47 years.
The following individuals will receive Merit Awards:
Robert McKee: An accomplished Athletic Director at Meriden’s Maloney High School, and college baseball National Champion at Eastern Connecticut State University, McKee has regularly made Maloney available to serve as a host site for CIAC basketball tournament games.
Mary Stolle: A dedicated Athletic Director through the years at both Wamogo High School (2000-2012, 20022-present) and New Fairfield High School (2012-2019), Stolle has consistently made her school and gyms available to host CIAC basketball tournament games.
WATR Radio: An institution in the Greater Waterbury area, WATR radio has been broadcasting high school basketball games for 76 consecutive years, a commitment believed to be unmatched by any other radio station in the country.
Ed Generali: A legendary coach in the Naugatuck Valley League, Generali won a combined 578 games coaching boys basketball at Sacred Heart and Holy Cross High Schools, including 3 state championships.
Catrina Hawley Stewart: In her 20th year as the Hillhouse High School Girls Basketball Head Coach, Hawley-Stewart has led the Academics to over 350 wins including six state championships, with a perfect (6-0) record in title games.
Terry Musselman: A remarkable and dedicated 46-year officiating career includes highlights of officiating the Class LL Girls Basketball State Championship games in 1999 and 2000.
Craig Zysk: 37-year official with IAABO Board 9, Zysk has earned selection as an official for the CIAC Boys Basketball State Tournament for 22 consecutive years and counting.
The dedication ceremony will begin a full weekend of tournament championship action – five boys and five girls basketball finals will be played at Mohegan Sun Arena Saturday and Sunday. The 10 games will be played in four sessions beginning Saturday morning.
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