Did you know that the CIAC NetworkÂ has 57 championship events On Demand from the past season? Well, it is true, and with the 2013-14 season still a few months away, this seemed like a perfect time to re-live some of those championship moments and to get the feedback of the fans. With all those games, the CIACsports.com staff has selected a best “moment” from each sport (or in some cases a combination of moments) and will be featuring them in a series of posts over the next few weeks. From there, it moves to the fans who will be given a chance to vote on what was the BEST moment from the 2012-13 CIAC Championships. So study up over the next few weeks, and then get involved with the voting. And if there are moments you want to nominate, or comment on ones we have chosen, let us know on our Facebook page, or on Twitter.
A few notes on the selections: The selections only came from games available On Demand on the CIAC Network, and were made through studying game stories and other information about key moments from the championship contests. In many cases the selections are focused on the most competitive games, so spectacular plays from championship games that might have been more lopsided were rarely chosen.
On to the selections!
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY:
The tightest team competition in the boys cross country class championship came in the L race, with Darien edging E.O. Smith by just two points. A key part of that win came from the tight finish at the top of the race as places second through 10 were separated by just ten seconds. Among those finishers was top Darien runner Marshall Huffman placing fifth to earn some critical points towards the team title.
The class S field hockey championship game between Haddam-Killingworth and Stonington featured a number of noteworthy moments as the teams engaged in a tight battle throughout the day. The biggest difference in the victory for H-K may have been the play of freshman goalkeeper Meghan Cerino, who made 12 saves to help her team earn the 2-0 win. None of the saves was bigger than this one, which came midway through the second half with her team clinging to a 1-0 lead and thwarted a stellar scoring chance.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY:
Gabrielle Richichi of New Fairfield and Avon’s Rachel Rosow battled for the top spot throughout the class MM girls cross country championship race at Wickham Park. In the end, the duo provided the most exciting finish of any of the girls championship races, as the pair pushed each other all the way to finish with Richichi pulling out the victory with a tremendous finishing kick.