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Monday, March 28, 2016

CIAC Championship Weekend - Part II

Sunday consisted of three championship games, including the best game of the entire tournament.

Game one featured Greenwich High vs. Stamford High for the Girls Class LL title.

Stamford High vs. Greenwich High - CIAC Class LL Girls State Finals


Stamford was led by point guard Tiana England, who will play for St. Johns next season:

Stamford High vs. Greenwich High - CIAC Class LL Girls State Finals

Stamford High vs. Greenwich High - CIAC Class LL Girls State FinalsStamford High vs. Greenwich High - CIAC Class LL Girls State Finals

Stamford held on to win, 50-45

Stamford High vs. Greenwich High - CIAC Class LL Girls State Finals


In game 2, Capital Prep defeated New London, 51-48 for the Class L title. their fourth straight state championship.

Capital Prep vs. New London - High School Girls BasketballCapital Prep vs. New London - High School Girls Basketball

Capital Prep vs. New London - High School Girls Basketball

Desiree Elmore (#21) signed a letter of intent to play with Syracuse next year.

Capital Prep vs. New London - High School Girls BasketballCapital Prep vs. New London - High School Girls Basketball


The best game was saved for last. Hillhouse vs. Weaver - Hillhouse started the 2nd OT period with an 11-0 run, and won the class LL title.

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vs. Weaver - CIAC Class LL Finals

vs. Weaver - CIAC Class LL Finalsvs. Weaver - CIAC Class LL Finals

vs. Weaver - CIAC Class LL Finals

vs. Weaver - CIAC Class LL Finalsvs. Weaver - CIAC Class LL Finals

vs. Weaver - CIAC Class LL Finals

Friday, March 25, 2016

CIAC Championship Weekend - Part I

After shooting 7 games in 48 hours in 2 arenas, I'm finally emerging from my cave.

Friday night, I headed down to Ingalls Rink at Yale to shoot the CIAC Division II State Hockey Finals. Fairfield Co-op goalie Mike Grace was unconscious, saving 35 on 36 shots on goal in the first 21/2 periods until North Branford scored 2 quick goals to tie the game, and send it into OT. The Mustangs defeated North Branford, 4-3 in overtime to claim the Division II state title.

Fairfield Co-op vs. North Branford - CIAC Division II Hockey Finals

I was back at Ingalls early Saturday morning for the Division III finals, with the Stamford - Westhill co-op team facing the SWS co-op team. Samuel New of SWS scored 2 goals against Westhill-Stamford in the CIAC Division III Ice Hockey State Championshop Final, but Westhill-Stamford outlasted SWS, 5-4 to win the State title.

SWS vs. Stamford - Westhill - CIAC Division III Finals

From there, I rushed out to Mohegan Sun for a pair of CIAC Class M Basketball Finals - Notre Dame of Fairfield Girls taking on Cromwell High, and the Notre Dame of Fairfield boys taking on Sacred Heart Academy.

In the first game, Cromwell High defeated Notre Dame of Fairfield, 43-20, in a game that wasn't even that close:

Notre Dame of Fairfield vs. Cromwell High - CIAC Class M Girls Basketball Finals

Notre Dame of Fairfield vs. Cromwell High - CIAC Class M Girls Basketball FinalsNotre Dame of Fairfield vs. Cromwell High - CIAC Class M Girls Basketball Finals

Notre Dame of Fairfield vs. Cromwell High - CIAC Class M Girls Basketball Finals

In the second game of the ND-doubleheader, Sacred Heart absolutely crushed ND, 101-49.

Let me take this opportunity to introduce you to Mustapha Heron:

Sacred Heart Academy vs. Notre Dame of Fairfield - Boys High School BasketballMustapha Heron

Heron, the top-ranked player in the state, the 6th-ranked player at his position (point-guard) nationally, and ranked 24th over-all, scored 32 points in a game that was never in doubt. He signed a letter of intent to play at Auburn next year.

Sacred Heart Academy vs. Notre Dame of Fairfield - Boys High School BasketballSacred Heart Academy vs. Notre Dame of Fairfield - Boys High School Basketball

That's more than enough for one post. I'll continue with Sunday's games in the next post.

Friday, March 18, 2016

SWS vs. Woodstock Academy - CIAC Division III Hockey

In what was probably the hardest-hitting high school hockey game, I've seen, the Staples/Weston/Shelton co-op Hockey team defeated Woodstock Academy, 6-5 in OT, to advance to the CIAC Division III Finals.

SWS vs. Woodstock Academy - CIAC Division III Hockey

SWS vs. Woodstock Academy - CIAC Division III Hockey

SWS vs. Woodstock Academy - CIAC Division III Hockey

SWS vs. Woodstock Academy - CIAC Division III Hockey

SWS vs. Woodstock Academy - CIAC Division III Hockey

SWS vs. Woodstock Academy - CIAC Division III Hockey

SWS vs. Woodstock Academy - CIAC Division III Hockey

More images are in my album on flickr.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

St. Joseph vs. Darien - High School Hockey

Saturday afternoon, 11th ranked St. Joseph faced Darien High in the quarter final round of the CIAC Division I state playoffs. The Cadets were no match for Darien, and fell 6-0.

St. Joseph vs. Darien - High School Hockey

St. Joseph vs. Darien - High School Hockey

St. Joseph vs. Darien - High School Hockey

St. Joseph vs. Darien - High School Hockey

St. Joseph vs. Darien - High School Hockey

More images are in my album on Flickr.

Monday, March 14, 2016

A night of basketball...

It had been almost 3 weeks since I photographed the CIAC Class M Wrestling State Championship when I ended up in Berlin high School to shoot the CIAC Class M Girls Basketball State semi-finals.

In the first game, Cromwell High defeated Holy Cross,58-46, to remain undefeated and to advance to the CIAC Class M championship game.

Cromwell vs. Holy Cross - CIAC Class M Girls Basketball State Semi-FinalsCromwell vs. Holy Cross - CIAC Class M Girls Basketball State Semi-Finals

Cromwell vs. Holy Cross - CIAC Class M Girls Basketball State Semi-Finals

Cromwell vs. Holy Cross - CIAC Class M Girls Basketball State Semi-FinalsCromwell vs. Holy Cross - CIAC Class M Girls Basketball State Semi-Finals

More images from this game are in my album on Flickr.


The second game featured unbeaten Enfield High facing 11th-seeded Notre Dame of Fairfield. The Lady Lancers upset the second-ranked Raiders, 60-55.

Notre Dame of Fairfield vs. Enfield High - CIAC Class M Girls Basketball State Semi-Finals

Notre Dame of Fairfield vs. Enfield High - CIAC Class M Girls Basketball State Semi-FinalsNotre Dame of Fairfield vs. Enfield High - CIAC Class M Girls Basketball State Semi-Finals

Notre Dame of Fairfield vs. Enfield High - CIAC Class M Girls Basketball State Semi-FinalsNotre Dame of Fairfield vs. Enfield High - CIAC Class M Girls Basketball State Semi-Finals

Notre Dame of Fairfield vs. Enfield High - CIAC Class M Girls Basketball State Semi-FinalsNotre Dame of Fairfield vs. Enfield High - CIAC Class M Girls Basketball State Semi-Finals

More images from this game are in my album on Flickr.