Linked Up – 10/16/15

Aaron Pettiford has been an inspirational presence for the Westhill football team. Mark Conrad - Hearst CT Media.

Aaron Pettiford has been an inspirational presence for the Westhill football team. Mark Conrad – Hearst CT Media.

My goodness, this is a lot of links. The hardest part of this process is figuring out what amazing stories to include and then even what order to put them in. This was particularly challenging this week, with a slew of interesting features from both Connecticut and across the country. So much good stuff in here, get primed for a busy weekend of high school sports.

  • From the Stamford Advocate: It’s about heart and a kidney for Westhill football and one of it’s toughest players.
  • From Going to do a bigger story on this next week, but this story looks at sport specialization and the decline of three-sport athletes.
  • From the Washington Post: Not specifically about high school, but a must-read for all parents about taking all the fun from sports.
  • From the Norwalk Hour: The pictures alone are worth clicking on this story about Norwalk football standout James Makszin.
  • From the Hartford Courant: Teams often say they are a family, but it really is the case for the East Catholic girls soccer team.
  • From GameTimeCT: After a few seasons not being able to field a team, Derby High School has a girls cross country team and it’s thriving.
  • From the Norwalk Hour: Lessons learned in sports have helped Danny Doyle battle through some life challenges.
  • From USA Today: A special football manager got a chance to shine on the field.
  • From the New London Day: A new football coach for Fitch has been proving some folks wrong.
  • From the Connecticut Post: The secondary has been a difference maker for the unbeaten Shelton football squad.
  • From the Norwich Bulletin: St. Bernard found its new athletics director among the list of the school’s athletic standouts.
  • From the Des Moines Register: Speaking of multi-sport athletes, this Iowa senior is a two-sport standout in two seemingly very different endeavors.
  • From the Miami Herald: Who needed more evidence that there are long-term benefits to participating in high school sports?
  • From Montville kicker Tamara Veillette is making history.
  • From the Poughkeepsie Journal: A pediatrician offers some tips to help young athletes remain healthy and avoid injury.
  • From GameTimeCT: Too early for a look at winter sports? Nah, how about a look at some of the girls basketball games to check out this winter.
  • From the Boston Globe: In a similar vein to the Washington Post story above, a fairly accomplished athlete weighs in on placing too much emphasis on youth sports.
  • From the Meet the duo driving another successful season for the Darien field hockey squad.
  • From the Waterbury Republican-American: A deep dive on the NVL football showdown between Torrington and Wolcott.
  • From the Sault St. Marie Evening News: The Michigan High School Athletic Association reached out to some interested parties to highlight safety initiatives.
  • From We never tire of including stories about schools with thriving Unified Sports programs like the one at Torrington.

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