Linked Up – Spring Championships 2017

The excitement of a championship goal for Branford while winning the Class M crown. GameTimeCT.

Just like that, it’s all wrapped up. Forty-six championship stories in all, recapping a thrilling few weeks of high school sports. The thrilling sprint of the spring championship season concluded over the weekend, (on the team side, we will add stories on the individual track and field events in the coming day) and Linked Up has all the stories. There were incredibly dramatic and competitive competitions throughout the spring, and these stories help relive the excitement, passion, and joy of earning a state championship.

Thank you all for following along with us for an exciting few weeks of high school sports championships.

Girls Lacrosse:

  • From the Danbury News Times: New Fairfield held off its league rival to earn the Class S state crown.
  • From the Stamford Advocate: After holding off a comeback Darien got its big celebration with another Class L title.
  • From GameTimeCT: Branford’s coach was there at the start and was there for the celebration as the team won the Class M championship.

Foran celebrates a home run during its Class L title win. Catherine Avalone – New Haven Register.


Joel Barlow celebrates its Class L softball championship. Arnold Gold – Hearst CT.


New Canaan holds aloft its Class M championship plaque. Lindsay Perry – Hearst CT.

Boys Lacrosse:

Darien celebrates its win in the Class L volleyball championship. Gregory Vasil – Hearst CT

Boys Volleyball:

It was a second-straight Division IV title for Portland. Peter Wallace – GameTimeCT

Boys & Girls Golf:

  • From GameTimeCT: Driven by some tight losses, Xavier claimed the program’s first golf title by winning the Division I title.
  • From the Stamford Advocate: New Canaan’s surprise girls golf title had its coach grinning broadly.
  • From GameTimeCT: Portland battled through a tough course and conditions to defend its Division IV title.
  • From the Collinsville Press: After coming close many times recently, Avon broke through and won the Division II crown.
  • From the Hartford Courant: The Suffield players were unanimous in saying they won the Division III championship for their coach.

Bloomfield ran to another Class S championship. Brad Horrigan – Hartford Courant.

Girls Outdoor Track & Field:

Daniel Hand celebrates its first State Open track title. Photo courtest via twitter (& GameTimeCT).

Boys Outdoor Track & Field:

  • From the Collinsville Press: Last year he watched the finish, this year Dustin Van Kirk came out on top in the decathlon.
  • From GameTimeCT: Daniel Hand surprised even itself in winning its first State Open championship.
  • From GameTimeCT: Middletown’s title in Class L came in the most dramatic fashion.
  • From the Hartford Courant: Emotions were high as Bloomfield continued its run of championship success with a win in Class M.
  • From GameTimeCT: Derby earned the Class S championship for the first time since 1976.
  • From the Norwalk Hour: Staples was a little surprised to find itself earning the LL title.
  • From the Hartford Courant: Masuk claimed the first outdoor track & field title in program history with a win in MM.

Glastonbury celebrates its team’s Class LL championship. Jared Silberkleit – Hartford Courant.

Girls Tennis:

Staples’ Evan Felcher earned a singles title and helped his team claim the team crown in LL. David Fierro – Hearst Connecticut.

Boys Tennis:

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