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.