We began our project to let the fans choose the best CIAC Network championship moments and at the very least to re-live some of the great moments from the championships a few days ago. Part one brought some of the best of boys and girls cross country, and soccer. Today it is time to get through the rest of the fall and tackle boys and girls soccer, girls swimming, and football.
Daniel Hand entered the class L football championship game unbeaten and hoping to earn the title and the possible top ranking among the state newspaper polls. Midway through the third quarter, all of that was in doubt thanks to a stout Windsor defense that had kept the Tigers out of the end zone. But a swing pass to Caleb Evans changed all of that and swung the momentum and the lead to Hand which it would not relinquish on the way to the championship.
GIRLS SWIMMING & DIVING:
Darien came away with the championship at the State Open, and there were enough great performances to put two great moments. In the first, the 100 yard freestyle came down to a battle between three swimmers all trying to claim that individual title. The three swimmers finished .28 seconds apart, providing a thrilling finish with Jessica Hespeler of Ledyard earning the win. And then in the final race of the day, the 400 freestyle relay teams from New Canaan and Greenwich put on a show, battling through four swimmers and 32 laps to come all the way down to the wire.
It is hard to imagine anyone had a better championship weekend than Bloomfield’s Fabian Burnett. In the thrilling back-and-forth battle between Bloomfield and Somers class S final, he had found the back of the net twice to help tie the score at two. Still knotted at two very late in the second half, the moment was ripe for someone to snatch the title, and Burnett came through with his third goal.
They might not be the most exciting thing to watch but defensive battles in sports like soccer and field hockey certainly do produce tension and drama. The class L battle between Avon and Masuk had plenty of tension as neither team was able to find the offensive plays to connect and put a goal on the board. Finally, with less than 15 minutes left in the contest, a singular moment of brilliance broke the deadlock and helped Avon claim the crown.