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#SCC25 Turn Back the Clock - March 20, 2010

#SCC25 Turn Back the Clock - March 20, 2010 - A Quintet of Champions

Over a 24-hour span that started late on Firday, March 19 and culminated on Saturday, March 20, 2010, the SCC won five state championships (out of 7) – three in boys ice hockey and one each in boys and girls basketball.

On Friday evening, Amity Regional came-from-behind to defeat St. Joseph, 7-5, in Division II boys ice hockey final at Ingalls Rink.  The Spartans scored five third-period goals, two apiece by Joe Bianchi and Marcel Shteirman.

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The next morning, Guilford defeated BBD, 7-3, to win the Division III title.   Troy Raccula scored three goals and added one assist as Coach Ralph Russo’s team captured its first state title since 1994.

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In the Division I final, Hamden defeated SCC-rival Fairfield Prep, 6-5.  In a back and forth game, Fairfield Prep’s David Griffin tied the score at 5 with a wrist shot with 3:39 remaining.  However Hamden’s Nick Amarone lifted a backhand with 2:04 left for the game-winning goal.

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It was the first time one league won all 3 state boys ice hockey titles.  In 2019 - the SCC repeated the feat with Lyman Hall (Div. 3), Branford (Div. 2) and Fairfield Prep (Div. 1) winning state titles.

That same day in Uncasville, the SCC won two basketball titles – Sheehan boys (Class M) and Hillhouse girls (Class L) in a busy day at Mohegan Sun Arena.  

Sheehan defeated Bloomfield, 72-61.  The eighth-seeded Titans jumped out to a 15-0 lead and held on for their first-ever state title.   Phil Gaetano, son of head coach Joe, finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals, while Jon Songer scored a game-high 24 points for Sheehan.

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Hillhouse bested Wethersfield, 47-45, behind 21 points (17 in the second half) and 10 rebounds from All-Stater Bria Holmes.  Holmes and teammate Andreana Thomas (13 points) combined to hit 5-of-6 free throws in the final 1:22 to seal the victory. 

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Two other teams – Mercy (Class LL girls basketball) and Hillhouse boys (Class LL boys basketball) also competed for state titles that day.  Mercy lost to Norwich Free Academy, 50-47, and  Hillhouse fell to top-seeded Bridgeport Central, 78-66.