Jimmy Econompoulos estimated he had 120 text messages to return on Wednesday night from family members, friends and well-wishers. He said he returned almost all of them.

WOODBRIDGE – Free throws usually play a determining role in close contests. For the Amity boys basketball team, it was fortunate the one free throw it did make in the latter parts of regulation and two overtime periods proved to be all the insurance it needed.

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MADISON — It’s been four long years since Daniel Hand has been in the postseason. And and an even longer five since the Tigers won a playoff game at the fanatic confines of the Surf Club.

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WETHERSFIELD— While offense has been a strength this season for the Hand field hockey team, its defense hasn’t been too shabby with the Tigers outscoring opponents 91-18 entering its matchup with New Canaan in the CIAC Class M championship game on Saturday.

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WATERBURY — The core group for the Morgan boys soccer team has been together for three seasons. They made three straight trips to the Shoreline Conference tournament finals.

  • By Dan Nowak
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GUILFORD — Defense was the name of the game in the Southern Connecticut Conference field hockey semifinal game between No. 1 Branford and No. 4 Guilford at Guilford High on Wednesday. While Guilford had its chances to score with 13 penalty corners, Branford was able to make one of its six pe…

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UNCASVILLE >> Many of the 8,420 fans who made their way inside Mohegan Sun Arena for Sunday afternoon’s nationally-televised WNBA playoff game were ready to see the young stars for the Connecticut Sun do their thing in the franchise’s first postseason game in five years. By game’s end,…

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When James Akinjo sat down with his high school coach, Bill Mellis, several months ago to talk about his future, he told Mellis that he wanted to commit to a school in the spring.

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BRANFORD >> Last season, defense was one of the many strengths for the Branford field hockey team, which won the Southern Connecticut Conference tournament (2-1 win over Cheshire) and advanced to the Class M semifinals.

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It wasn’t a huge shock to see the names of Olympic gold medalists and former UConn stars Sue Bird, Tina Charles, Maya Moore, Breanna Stewart and Diana Taurasi among the UConn products to accept invitations to the upcoming U.S. women’s national team training camp in Santa Barbara, Calif. Howe…