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The SCC Turns 25!

The Southern Connecticut Conference “officially” turns 25 on Thursday, Sept. 6, as competition begins in eight fall sports – football, boys and girls soccer, field hockey, boys and girls cross country, girls volleyball and girls swimming.


The 23-school “mega” conference was officially founded on February 3, 1994 with twenty member schools.   Nine members of the Housatonic League (Amity Regional, Branford, Cheshire, Derby, East Haven, Lyman Hall, North Haven, Sheehan and Shelton), five members from the All-Connecticut Conference (Notre Dame-West Haven, Sacred Heart Academy, Fairfield Prep, Xavier and Mercy), four from the District League (Hamden, Hillhouse, Wilbur Cross and West Haven) and two from the Shoreline Conference (Daniel Hand and Guilford), made up the original 20.  

In 1997, Hill Regional Career Magnet School of New Haven was added to the conference.  In 2004, two Milford schools (Foran and Jonathan Law) joined the league to bring the full member school to 24.   In 2008, Derby left the SCC to join the comparably-sized Naugatuck Valley League.  In 2014, Lauralton Hall of Milford accepted an invitation to join the SCC bringing the current total back to 23 schools.

Sportsmanship, Leadership, Diversity

Throughout its existence, the SCC has fulfilled its focus on sportsmanship, leadership, diversity and the arts through various programs and events.  This week, the league hosted its seasonal Captains Council event at the Floyd Little Athletic Center with more than 400 fall sport captains attending.  The program is designed to provide guidance of what it means to be a captain and the responsibilities that come with the position.  The attendees also heard a powerful presentation on the impact of social media.

The SCC has much to be proud of entering its 25th year,” Commissioner Al Carbone said. “From the beginning, there has been an unwavering commitment to excellence in all aspects of the high school experience, on and off the playing fields.  I thank our administrators, coaches and students for their competitive spirit, but also their willingness to work together and do what’s best for our league.”

State Championship Conference

·        The SCC has been well regarded for its on-the-field athletic success in its first 24 years with 445 state championships won by league teams in 29 different sports. 

·        Among the most successful sports in terms of capturing state championships include girls swimming (36), boys outdoor track & field (30), boys cross country (29), football (29), girls indoor track (28), boys ice hockey (28) and baseball (27).

·        Entering the 2018-19 academic year, Hillhouse has captured the most state titles of any SCC member school with 67, followed by Cheshire (61), Daniel Hand (45), Amity Regional (40) and Fairfield Prep (34). 

·        Since 1994, there have been 30 All-SCC state championship game matchups in 12 different sports, including 19 in the last nine years.

Kicking Off 2018-19

Here is a quick look at the some of the 2018 fall sport season opening games of note…

Girls Soccer – Defending league champion Daniel Hand will host non-league opponent Old Lyme on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m.   Last season’s SCC runner-up Jonathan Law will host Shelton on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m.

Boys Soccer – Defending SCC champion Daniel Hand travels to Coginchaug on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 2 p.m., while 2017 runner-up Fairfield Prep will play at Boston College High School that same day (12 noon).

Field Hockey – Daniel Hand, who won the 2017 SCC title in penalty strokes against Branford, travels to SCC-rival North Haven on Tuesday, Sept. 11 – 4 p.m.  Branford, under new head coach Pete Frye, travels to Lyman Hall on Friday, Sept. 7 for a 3:45 p.m. start.

Girls Volleyball – Defending champion Cheshire travels to East Haven on Friday, Sept. 7 for a 5 p.m. match before the Rams host 2017 SCC-runner-up Amity Regional on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m.  

Boys Cross Country – Defending SCC, State Open, New England and Northeast Regional champion Xavier will open up the 2018 campaign with quad-meet at Notre Dame with Amity Regional and Lyman Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 4 p.m.  

Girls Cross Country – Fourteen-time SCC champion Guilford will compete in a season-opening quad-meet at Foran with Wilbur Cross and East Haven on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 4 p.m.

Football – Three games of note highlight the week one schedule.   Perennial Class LL and Tier 1 powers Shelton and Cheshire will open the league schedule on Thursday, Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. at West Haven HS.  The game was moved to West Haven due to Finn Stadium’s field maintenance.   On Friday night, defending Class L state champion Daniel Hand will travel to Bowen Field to meet 2016 Class M state champion Hillhouse at 7 p.m.   And, 2017 Class M state playoff participants Sheehan and Jonathan Law meet in a Tier 3 battle on Friday at 7 p.m. in Milford.

Girls Swimming - Cheshire, which has won 23 of the 24 SCC titles, opens up the 2018 campaign on Thursday, Sept. 13 with a tri-meet against Sheehan and Mercy at 7 p.m. at the Cheshire Community Pool.

A Little History Lession:  Turn Back the Clock to 1994

Looking back to 1994, the first year of the conference, here’s what happened during the first week of fall competition looked for the league members.

In football, there was just one divisional contest in the first week– North Haven held off Hillhouse, 28-20, in a Hammonasset Division contest at Bowen Field on Saturday, Sept. 17, 1994.   The previous evening, two-time defending state champion Cheshire opened its season with a 35-3 victory over new-league rival Hamden.  Several SCC teams played outside the league in week one.  Xavier defeated former ACC-rival St. Bernard, 7-6, while Notre Dame and Wilbur Cross both defeated teams from the South-West Conference (ND defeated Bethel, 28-0, and Wilbur Cross defeated Pomperaug, 20-13).  Sheehan ventured to the CCC and defeated Middletown, 30-26, while Daniel Hand traveled down Interstate 95 and rolled over East Lyme (ECC), 35-7.

In boys soccer, Guilford won two games in the first three days as a SCC member; defeating Fairfield Prep, 4-0, on Wednesday, Sept. 14 before taking care of new Hammonasset Division-rival East Haven, 6-0, two days later.  Daniel Hand and Lyman Hall recorded the first tie in league history, playing to a 2-2 overtime tie on Wednesday, Sept. 14.   The SCC would not institute a league postseason tournament until 1998.

In girls soccer, two former Housatonic League foes, North Haven and Shelton, played to a 1-1 overtime tie, on Sept. 14 – the first draw in league history.   With just 12 teams, the SCC would play a round robin schedule in 1994, and did not have a league tournament until the 1998 season.

In boys cross country, eventual league champion Xavier opened up its dual-meet schedule with a 15-44 victory over Hamden on Tuesday, Sept. 20.  The Falcons would finish with a 7-0 dual meet record and then captured the league’s first championship with a dominating performance (47 points) on October 22 at Orange Junior High School.  Notre Dame was the league runner-up (85).

In girls cross country, eventual league champion Cheshire defeated Housatonic Division-rival Sheehan, 15-44, in its initial dual-meet.  The Rams would finish with a 7-0 dual meet record then captured the league’s first title with a dominating performance (37 points) on October 22 at Orange Junior High School.  Mercy was the league runner-up (70).

Nine teams comprised field hockey in the first year of the league.   Eventual league champion Cheshire opened up play with a non-league 5-1 victory over Brien McMahon (FCIAC).    Guilford, which would reach the Class L state finals under head coach Kitty Palmer who is still the Indians’ coach in 2018, opened up SCC play against former Shoreline Conference rival, Daniel Hand, winning 3-1, on September 17.

In girls volleyball, Amity Regional, which went on to win the Class L state title, opened up SCC play on September 19 with a 3-0 victory over East Haven.   Amity Regional’s lone loss in 1994 came to Guilford, 3-1, in the inaugural SCC championship match on November 5.    Guilford lost its first-SCC regular-season match, to eventual Quinnipiac Division champion Sacred Heart Academy, a five-set battle (3-2), also on September 19.

In girls swimming, Cheshire won its first SCC regular-season dual meet on Friday, Sept. 16 – a 123-66 decision over Amity Regional.  The victory extended the Rams’ dual-meet winning streak, started back in 1986.   Later that fall, Cheshire won the first SCC championship meet title, held on October 18 at North Haven High School.

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