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Chad Knight (RHP) – Staples (Westport) Baseball
Chad Knight’s heroic performance unseated four-time defending state champions Amity Regional 5-1 Saturday. The sophomore’s two-run homer was the go-ahead hit for Staples. He also pitched a complete game to propel the Wildcats to their first state title since 2001. He allowed five hits. And Ruden Report’s Dave Ruden says that he retired the final 11 of 14 batters he faced.
Michael Burrows (RHP) – Waterford Baseball
This nomination was submitted by Sharon Sandstrom and former UChoose Student-Athlete of the Week Mikey Buscetto via our nomination form at cptv.org/uchoose. The junior carried Waterford to a state Baseball championship Friday night shutting out Lewis Mills Regional (Burlington) 4-0, while striking out 15 and walking one. He allowed two hits. And he hit an RBI double in the game. Burrows hit a solo homer in a semifinals victory Wednesday over St. Joseph. The 6’2”, 180-pound righty is committed to the University of Connecticut.
Sarah Lawton (RHP) – Holy Cross (Waterbury) Softball
The senior pitched Holy Cross to their third consecutive state title Friday night in a 4-0 shutout of St. Paul Catholic (Bristol). She struck out 13 and allowed just three hits. Lawton has been a major part of this run for Holy Cross. In the three championship games, Lawton pitched all three and has allowed no runs and just six hits, while striking out 38!
Kevin Lindley (A) – Darien Boys Lacrosse
The senior, perhaps the most decorated Connecticut Boys Lacrosse player ever, finished his career with seven goals to push Darien to its fourth-straight state title (54th consecutive win overall). The Blue Wave beat Cheshire 16-3. Lindley finished the season with 133 points—a Darien single-season record. He graduates to the Loyola University (Maryland) Men’s Lacrosse team with an 89-3 record as a High School Lacrosse player.
Sophie Spencer (A) – Branford Girls Lacrosse
On Saturday, the Hornets captured their first-ever Girls Lacrosse championship by knocking off Pomperaug Regional (Southbury) 15-8. The junior scored an unbelievable 15 goals the past two games: nine goals versus top-seeded East Lyme in the semis and six goals vs. No. 2 Pomperaug in the finals.
Lexi DeNucci – Glastonbury Girls Tennis
On Wednesday at the Connecticut Tennis Center in New Haven, Lexi DeNucci, a senior at Glastonbury High School, won her second consecutive Girls Singles Tennis CIAC Open Championship. She beat Stonington’s Gabby Dellacono 6-1, 6-3.