Remarkable. That is just one of the many adjectives that describes the CIAC winter championship season, which was capped off by an enthralling series of games and meets. The final championship weekend featured three overtime games, numerous records being set, thrilling finishes and incredible team and individual performances. All of the competitors should be lauded for their efforts, and hopefully this now complete Winter Championship edition of Linked Up will help fans and players alike relive those memories.
- From the Waterbury Republican-American: It took a pair of overtimes but eventually Thomaston completed its season-long goal of winning the class S title.
- From the Hartford Courant: Capital Prep found itself in an unfamiliar spot and but then did something very familiar in rallying to win the class L championship.
- From GameTimeCT: This trip to Mohegan Sun ended in much different fashion for Lauralton Hall in the class LL final as the team won its first title.
- From the New London Day: A slow week and a slow fourth quarter didn’t stop New London from capturing the class M state championship.
- From the Hartford Courant: East Catholic embraced the chaos on its way to a win in the class M final and the program’s first stat championship since 1972.
- From the Connecticut Post: A remarkable rally and a scintillating fourth-quarter saw Bridgeport Central emerge as the class LL champions.
- From the Waterbury Republican-American: A late run and a thunderous exclamation point capped Sacred Heart’s class S championship victory.
- From the Hartford Courant: Windsor’s class L championship was earned with hustle, and some accurate free-throw shooting.
- From GameTimeCT: A winning hat-trick helped cap Daniel Hand’s Cinderella run to the Division II hockey championship.
- From the Newtown Bee: A bad break turned into a good break as Newtown won the Division III championship game to claim its first title.
- From the Connecticut Post: Fairfield Prep was not interested in excuses as it overcame a hot goaltender to win the Division I hockey championship.
- From the Greenwich Time: Greenwich got a memorable performance from a standout senior to claim the program’s 31st State Open crown.
- From the Danbury News Times: Brookfield never thought it was a rebuilding season as the team earned another class M title.
- From the Norwalk Hour: Success across the board carried Weston to a near 100-point win in the class S swim championship.
- From the Greenwich Time: Records fell like dominoes and Greenwich piled up the victories while winning the class LL title.
- From the Waterbury Republican-American: Pomperaug’s run of class L championships reached lucky number seven.
- From the Norwich Bulletin: Woodstock Academy backed up its strong effort from last week to earn a third-straight Open title.
- From the Meriden Record-Journal: It wasn’t the team’s best performance, but Southington found a way to capture the class L championship.
- From the Source: The Daniel Hand gymnastics team continued its tradition with a win at the class M championships.
- From the Norwich Bulletin: Winning the class S crown and achieving another goal were part of a big day for Woodstock Academy.
- From the Danbury News Times: After disappointment a week ago, Danbury rebounded with a resounding win at the State Open
- From the Newtown Bee: In class LL a total team effort helped Newtown make history with its first wrestling championship.
- From the Danbury News Times: New Milford showed its mettle in the wrestle backs to repeat as class L champions.
- From the New London Day: Ledyard rallied for an improbable 20th class championship at the M meet.
- From the Norwich Bulletin: A coaching pep talk focused Windham on the task at hand, helping the team earn a second class S title.
Girls Indoor Track & Field:
- From GameTimeCT: Wilbur Cross capped a memorable night by winning the final event to clinch its first Open title since 2004.
- From the Stamford Advocate: Dominance in the field events were a big part of Darien’s championship at the class L meet.
- From the Manchester Journal Inquirer: Tolland’s class M indoor track and field championship came with strong efforts from a pair of Swansons.
- From the Norwalk Hour: A virus was not about to keep Staples girls indoor track & field coach from watching the team win its first indoor championship at the class LL meet.
- From the Hartford Courant: Strong efforts in the throws helped carry Bloomfield to a fifth-straight class S indoor crown.
Boys Indoor Track & Field:
- From the Danbury News Times: It came down to a pair of FCIAC rivals and Danbury held off Ridgefield to earn the State Open title.
- From the Stamford Advocate: It took awhile to sew up, but a distance race was the difference as Darien captured the boys class L crown.
- From the Danbury News Times: It was a second title in the span of a week for the New Fairfield boys team as they bested the field in the class M meet.
- From the Danbury News Times: A championship performance was followed by some dancing for Danbury which earned the LL title.
- From the Hartford Courant: Bloomfield continued its recent habit of winning the class S indoor track & field championship.