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WE HAVE A WINNER! What was the SCC's Best Moment/Performance in 2019-20, presented by Town Fair Tire

       

WE HAVE A WINNER!!  Thank you for voting.

Town Fair Tire was the presenting sponsor of the SCC’s “Best of… for 2019-20,” an online poll to determine the best moment or performance in the Southern Connecticut Conference during the academic year.  More than 6,000 votes were cast.

 

The Winner:   GUILFORD GIRLS SOCCER

After winning its first SCC title since 2014, the Guilford girls soccer team proceeds to win five more matches, culminating with a 2-1 victory over East Lyme in the Class L state title game on November 23.   

Pictured (L-R) - 2019 Guilford girls soccer captains Madison Gambardella and Gabi Garcia-Perez

More Top Moments from 2019-20... 

A Fall of Titles:   Guilford completed one the most impressive seasons in league history, winning five league titles in the fall (girls cross country, field hockey, boys soccer, girls soccer, and girls volleyball).  It was the most titles won by a school in one season in league history.

House Party:  The Hillhouse boys indoor track team won its sixth straight state title, winning the Class L title in 2020.  The Academics have now won nine state titles in the last 11 years.

COVID-19 Wreaks Havoc:  Internationally pandemic halted Winter State Tournaments and the entire spring sports season was cancelled. 

Titans Rejoice:  Sheehan wins the Class S football title with a resounding 64-33 victory over previously unbeaten Bloomfield.   The Titans (11-2) outscored the Warhawks, 36-6, in the second half to win their first state title since 1985.

Governors Repeat:  Wilbur Cross wins its second straight SCC boys basketball title.  The sixth-seeded Governors defeated #11 Amity Regional (58-45), #3 Shelton (56-53), #2 Hillhouse (63-53) and top-seeded Notre Dame (49-48) to win its seventh overall league title.

Green Dragons on Fire:  Hamden wins its second straight SCC girls basketball title.  The seventh-seeded Green Dragons defeated #10 Hillhouse (42-36), #2 Sheehan (52-44), #6 Shelton (56-49) and #4 East Haven (40-36) to capture the title.

Daniel Hand Boys Indoor Track: Daniel Hand won its first-ever SCC boys indoor track title in 2020.  The Tigers (83 points) won easily over runner-up Shelton (52).

A Titan First Title – Sheehan captured its first-ever SCC girls indoor track title in 2020.  The Lady Titans (68 points) bested runner-up Hillhouse (62), ending the Lady Academics’ three-year title run.

The Law Won – Jonathan Law captured the 2020 SCC gymnastics title, narrowly ahead (0.2 points) of runner-up Mercy.  It was the closest margin in league championship meet history.

Momma Mia, Here We Go Again:   Mercy senior Mia Lawrence won three of the four events on her way to the all-around title and earned the “Melanie Coleman” SCC Meet’s Most Outstanding Gymnast award for the second straight year.

Xavier Boys Swimming: Led by the meet’s Most Outstanding Performer Andrew Mitchell, Xavier won its first-ever SCC boys swimming title and ended Fairfield Prep’s outstanding 15-year run as league champions.

Guilford Girls Ice Hockey: Guilford, which is the lone SCC stand-alone girls ice hockey team, won the 2020 girls ice hockey title with a 3-1 victory over top-seeded Amity/North Haven/Cheshire co-op.

Branford Puck Repeats – Culminating one of the most competitive Division II league tournaments, Branford defeated an outstanding North Haven contingent, 1-0, in the final.  It was Branford’s second straight league title.

Fairfield Prep Goes to Shoot-out for Div 1 Title:  After playing a fast-paced 60 minutes of hockey, Fairfield Prep scored three times in the shootout and did not allow a Notre Dame tally, to win 3-2 in the SCC/SWC Division I title game before a jam-packed crowd at The Bennett Rink.  It was the Jesuits’ second SCC/SWC title in the last three years.

Spiker Success:  Led the SCC Player of the Year Emma Appleman, the Guilford girls volleyball team captured its first SCC title since 1994 with an exciting five-set thriller against second-seeded Shelton (25-11, 15-25, 22-25, 25-21, 15-10).

X-Men Duo: Xavier had two State Open wrestling champions: junior Mike Rapuano at 113 pounds and senior James Lunt at 145 pounds.  Lunt finished sixth at the State Open last year, so this capped off a trifecta for him: SCC, Class L and State Open titles.

Eastie Brotherly Love:  The three DiVito brothers all earned All-SCC wrestling recognition in 2019-20.  Mathew (126 lbs.), Alec (132 lbs.) and Tanner (138 lbs.) as made it to the championship match in their respective weight classes.  The DiVito brothers led the Yellowjackets to a runner-up finish – its best team result since 2000.

Hat Trick for Sheehan:  Sheehan scored five first-period goals on its way to a 7-1 victory over New Milford in the SCC/SWC Division III boys ice hockey final.  It was the Titans’ third consecutive league title.

X-MEN on the Mat – The Xavier wrestling team won its fourth consecutive SCC wrestling title, and its sixth in the last seven years, before winning the Class L state title a week later. 

Shark Attack:  After recording four wins in previous two seasons combined, the Sacred Heart Academy girls basketball team records 17 regular-season victories and earns its first state tournament victory since 2017.

X-MEN Run:  The Xavier boys cross country team won its fourth straight SCC title in 2019, and then captured the Class L state title a week later.

Robbie Runs Fast:  Xavier senior Robbie Cozean had an incredible cross country season, winning both the SCC and Class L meets, while finishing second at the State Open and New England championship meets.

Pool Hopping -- Cheshire Girls Swimming – The Cheshire girls swimming team finished a dominating 2019 season, winning the SCC (for the 25th time in 26 years), Class L and State Open titles. 

North Haven Girls Swimming: Led by SCC Swimmer of the Year Angela Gambardella, the North Haven girls swimming won the Class M state title in 2019. 

 

 

Palmer’s Perfect:

 

Give a Cheer for Hand: Daniel Hand won the Class L cheerleading state title in 2020, finishing just ahead of league-rival North Haven (177.70 to 176.40).

 

 

 

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