EAST HAVEN — Perhaps a lesser team might have folded when its senior starting quarterback was lost for the year in just the second quarter of the season.

After blowing a fourth-quarter lead to Guilford last week, the Branford football team had to come out strong against Stratford and did just that.

MADISON — Phoenix Billings and the Hand football team understand the pressure which comes with being part of a team which has won two consecutive state championships. Billings and company showed no signs of that pressure Friday evening.

BRISTOL — The Madison Little league baseball All-Stars clicked in every phase of the game this season and that talent led the team to the state title, representing Connecticut in the Little League Baseball New England Regional tournament this week.

CHESHIRE — Southern Connecticut Conference girls lacrosse rivals Cheshire and Hand have been familiar foes in the SCC tournament, meeting for the 18th time (semifinals and finals combined) on Tuesday in the semifinals at Cheshire High.

NEW HAVEN — Tyler Criscuolo, his nose a little crooked and his head held high, led his family onto the field Wednesday. This was Senior Day at Southern Connecticut, and anyone close to the Owls baseball program knows what the senior captain has endured this season.