STAMFORD, Conn., -- Three of Stamford's high school sports teams were honored Tuesday for their winning ways by Mayor David Martin.
The Stamford High School girls basketball team won its first-ever state championship this year. The Westhill-Stamford High boys hockey team also won a state title this year. The Westhill boys basketball team won its second-straight FCIAC championship.
"You guys really stood up and really did a great job," Martin told the beaming athletes and coaches in the 3 p.m. ceremony in the lobby of the Government Center.
Chris Clemmenson, co-captain of the combined Westhill-Stamford hockey team that merged this year and captured a championship, said he and the team are excited about being recognized.
"It's an honor because we are getting honored by the city and it is something that doesn't usually happen," he said.
Westhill coach Howard White said the reception was a tribute to how hard his players have worked.
"It's a day of appreciation for the kids hard work and dedication that they committed themselves to throughout the year," he said. "It's an appreciation of the kids and of the program."
Madison Johnson, one of the co-captains of the Stamford girls' basketball team said the event was recognition of the hard work the team put in this season.
"This day is really special for us because we put a lot of time and effort into the season and it's a great day to get honored," she said.
Interim Superintendent James Connelly joked that while he was superintendent of Norwalk Public Schools last year he was cheering for Norwalk and not Stamford schools, this year he has become a Stamford Public Schools sports fan.
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