Hereâ€™s a look at the top 10 local sports stories from the past year:
1. Bristol Eastern wrestling wins second straight Class L title
The Bristol Eastern wrestling team became the back-to-back Class L state champion for the first time in program history and also went unbeaten in dual meets throughout the regular season. Lancers coach Bryant Lishness was named Class L Coach of the Year, as voted on by all coaches in the state.
2. Bristol Central football forfeits two games
The Bristol Central football team suffered an unexpected blow, as it was discovered the team had unintentionally been using an ineligible player. Administrators looked into the matter and self-reported the violation to the CIAC, and as a result the Rams officially forfeited two games that had previously been victories.
3. St. Paul grad Byron Jones picked for 2019 Pro Bowl
St. Paul graduate and four-year Dallas Cowboys veteran Byron Jones was selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career for his play this season after making a switch to cornerback from safety. Selected as a reserve, he was leading the Cowboys in pass breakups (14) and was fifth in tackles (65) through the teamâ€™s first 14 games.
4. St. Paul girls volleyball has record season
After winning just 14 matches over the two seasons prior to 2018, the St. Paul girls volleyball team put together the best season in school history with an 18-6 record, including an NVL Tournament first round win and a state Class S first round victory before being eliminated after a five-set match in the second round.
5. Croze breaks Bristol Eastern goal record
Bristol Eastern girls soccer midfielder Myah Croze scored 19 goals this past season, finishing with 58 for her career, breaking the previous school record of 42 goals scored by Christi Carone. She got the record-breaking 43rd goal early in the season against Enfield.
6. Bristol Junior Legion team wins Northeast Regional
After winning the state championship, the Bristol Junior American Legion baseball squad rallied to win a rain-shortened championship game over South Kingstown, R.I., to claim the Northeast Regional title in a tournament played in Windsor Locks. The regional tournament maked the highest level of competition at that age level.
7. St. Paul boys lacrosse captures first WCLC title
The St. Paul boys lacrosse team captured its first WCLC title with a 18-16 win over Lewis Mills at Watertown High School. The Falcons finished the regular season 15-1 to claim the No. 1 seed in the Class S state tournament, where it advanced into the quarterfinal round.
8. Bristol Centralâ€™s Trelli wraps career at New Englands
Disappointed following his fifth place finish at the State Open, Bristol Central wrestler Chris Trelli took his frustration out at the New England championships, finishing in third place and completing a stellar career for the Rams as the program's all-time leader in wins with 149. Trelli's only loss was to Danbury's Ryan Jack, who went on to be the 120-pound champion.
9. Bristol Senior League baseball, Junior League Softball teams win state titles
The Edgewood-sponsored Bristol Senior League all-stars won the state title this past summer. After a loss earlier in the tournament, the Bristol squad had to battle back through the losersâ€™ bracket to claim the title. The Bristol Little League Girls Softball Junior League all-stars defeated Fairfield to capture the state championship. Bristol overcame a loss to Fairfield in its state tournament opener to beat Killingly and get another chance at Fairfield.
10. Bristol Eastern QB Marshall finishes third on cityâ€™s all-time passing list
Bristol Eastern quarterback Justin Marshall finished the season with 977 passing yards, giving him a three-year total of 3,268 yards, which puts him in third place all time among Bristol public school quarterbacks and second behind only Steve Mills on the all-time Bristol Eastern quarterback list. Marshall completed 97 of 169 passes for five touchdowns in his senior season.