State Highlights: Section 1

By NFHS/Tim Leighton on September 06, 2017 hst Print

Editor’s Note: This section highlights some key events that have occurred recently in high school sports and activities as reported through NFHS member associations websites. Tim Leighton, a member of the High School Today Publications Committee from Minnesota, compiled the following information from the eight state high school associations in Section 1.

CONNECTICUT – E.O. Smith’s McKenna Dale swam the fastest 50 freestyle in Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) history at the State Open, a feat that was declared the top moment of 2016-17 by the CIAC website (

MAINE – Gorham High School won the Southwestern Maine Activities Association baseball title, snapping a three-year championship streak of South Portland High School.

MASSACHUSETTS – Mark Sullivan, Burlington; Jim Pignataro, Grafton; Tim Brillo, Ludlow; and Dan Shine, Arlington Catholic, are beginning terms on the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Board of Directors.

NEW HAMPSHIRE – Forty-two schools participated in the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association’s bass fishing activity during the spring season. New Hampshire is one of three states that offer a state event in bass fishing, along with Illinois and Kentucky.

NEW JERSEY – Sharon Hughes, a longtime volleyball official and rules interpreter in the state, was honored with a 2017 NFHS Citation Award for Service to Officiating at the NFHS Summer Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island.

NEW YORK – The Central Committee of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association approved a proposal to extend the length of a period in boys hockey from 15 minutes to 17 minutes. The committee defeated a proposal to have two referees and two linesmen for the state semifinals and championship games.

RHODE ISLAND – The Rhode Island Interscholastic League gave a salute to sports broadcaster Ken Bell, who retired after a 48-year career, including 35 as the sports director of the ABC affiliate. He showcased many student-athletes and their accomplishments in his award-winning reports.

VERMONT – Jay Nichols began his duties as the new executive director of the Vermont Principals Association (VPA) on July 1, succeeding Ken Page. Nichols had been serving as superintendent of schools in the Franklin Northeast Supervisory Union.