The Day's All-Area Girls' Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year: NFA's Paige Martin

Norwich Free Academy senior Paige Martin set meet records in winning  Eastern Connecticut Conference (11 feet, 6 inches), Class LL (12-3.5) and State Open (12-6) pole vault titles. Martin was named The Day's 2020 All-Area Girls' Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Paige Martin dominated girls' indoor pole vault for the second season in a row. The NFA senior topped her own meet record at the CIAC State Open (12 feet, 6 inches) to successfully defend her title.

The Day's All-Area Boys' Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year: Stonington's Rhys Hammond

Stonington High School senior Rhys Hammond was named The Day's 2020 All-Area Boys' Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year. Hammond won the ECC Division II, Class M, State Open and New England championships in the 1,000 meters, running the New Englands in a school record 2 minutes, 28.12 seconds, good for third in the nation this season. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Stonington's Rhys Hammond has had a productive senior year, contributing to the boys' soccer team's Class M state championship, followed by winning the ECC, Class M, State Open and New England titles in the 1,000 meters in indoor track.

CIAC All-Century Teams for high school basketball feature five locals

New London's Kris Dunn, a former McDonald's All-American now playing in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls, was named to the 25-player CIAC All-Century boys; basketball team this winter. (Day file photo)

The CIAC unveiled the final members of its 25-player All-Century Teams for high school boys' and girls' basketball this week, giving the area a total of five selections.

All-Area winter teams to be published over eight days starting Sunday

The Day will begin publishing its Winter All-Area teams in Sunday's edition, a connection to our local high school athletes which brings us great pride.

U.S. Justice Department: Don't treat trans athletes as girls

In this Feb. 7, 2019 file photo, Bloomfield High School transgender athlete Terry Miller, second from left, wins the final of the 55-meter dash over transgender athlete Andraya Yearwood, far left, and other runners in the Class S indoor track meet in New Haven. In a response to a lawsuit brought by three female high school runners, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference maintains that it is exempt from Title IX, that guarantees equal access to women and girls in education, including athletics. The lawsuit argues that male anatomy gives the transgender runners an unfair advantage in violation of Title IX. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb, File)

The U.S. Justice Department is getting involved in a federal civil rights lawsuit that seeks to block transgender athletes in Connecticut from competing as girls in interscholastic sports


Game changer: My friend Doris tested positive for coronavirus

It's a relief to know Doris Burke is symptom free. Yet her story is also a cautionary tale.



Alterique Gilbert to finish college career at Wichita State

UConn's Alterique Gilbert (3) passes the ball around Tulane's Jordan Walker during a Jan. 8 game in Storrs. Gilbert announced Saturday that he will finish his career at Wichita State. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn)

While UConn is heading to the Big East, Alterique Gilbert is staying in the American Athletic Conference. On Saturday, Gilbert announced on Twitter that he'll play basketball for Wichita State next season.

College athletes choosing whether to stay in U.S. or head home

In this Jan. 19 file photo, UConn's Anna Makurat (24) shoots during the first half of a game against Tulsa in Storrs. Makurat, from Poland, is one of more than 20,000 foreign athletes currently competing at NCAA schools, according to the organization. With competition canceled across all divisions because of the new coronavirus, many of those athletes face a dilemma. Their campuses are shut down, but the coronavirus situation in their homeland may be worse than it is in the United States. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn, File)

All but one of Anna Makurat's teammates headed home after the NCAA canceled this year's postseason basketball tournament and the school suspended classes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hurley, Huskies determined to make most of a difficult situation

UConn coach Dan Hurley shouts during the first half of the team's game against Tulsa on Feb. 6 in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

These are extremely challenging and scary times everywhere, including the college basketball world. There is no playbook or blueprint to follow. Just ask UConn men's coach Dan Hurley.


Rutgers hoops lands Omoruyi

Steve Pikiell and Rutgers took other step toward becoming a major threat in basketball in the Big Ten Conference, getting a commitment from highly regarded center Cliff Omoruyi

NCAA weighs more eligibility

In this March 6 file photo, Purdue Fort Wayne's Rachel Everson connects for a hit during a game against UMass Lowell in Clarksville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

The NCAA Division I Council is scheduled to vote on Monday whether to provide another year of eligibility to spring sport athletes

Dayton's Toppin, Grant claim AP top honors

In this Feb. 22 file photo, Dayton's Obi Toppin, left, celebrates scoring his 1,000th career point with head coach Anthony Grant after a game against Duquesne, in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Dayton's Obi Toppin and Anthony Grant have claimed top honors from The Associated Press after leading the Flyers to a No. 3 final ranking


Chaney's latest chapter in life includes coaching

In this Dec. 2, 2008, file photo, Florida's Allan Chaney (24) goes for two points over Florida A&M's Lamar Twitty (3) during a game in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

Allan Chaney never mapped out a detailed step-by-step game plan for his life. He just kept heading down the road and discovered interesting turns to take along the way.

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Local college honors

Coast Guard assistant coach Dylan Foley, front right, was has been named New England Wrestling Association Assistant Coach of the Year for the second straight season. Foley and head coach Kevin Bratland, left, celebrate a win by heavyweight Patrick Irwin during a dual meet victory over NYU on Feb. 8 at Billard Hall on the CGA campus in New London. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

A number of student-athletes from local colleges were honored last week.


Tech boom, helping women find jobs in baseball

Chicago Cubs minor league hitting coach Rachel Folden hits infield ground balls at the Cubs spring trainng facility on Feb. 5 in Mesa, Ariz. (John Antonoff/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Rachel Folden was in the middle of her first spring training with the Chicago Cubs when the coronavirus pandemic wiped out the team schedule

Timmy Hill wins NASCAR's live iRacing event

Timmy Hill, left, talks with members of his team in the garage area during NASCAR practice on Feb. 14 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

Timmy Hill has won NASCAR's virtual race aired nationally during the sports shutdown caused by the new coronavirus


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