The Day's All-Area Hockey Player of the Year: Eastern Connecticut's Evan Tower

Eastern Connecticut Eagles senior forward Evan Tower was named The Day’s 2020 All-Area Hockey Player of the Year, earning the honor for the second straight season. Tower led the Eagles with 19 goals and 40 points and earned Connecticut High School Coaches' Association Division II second team all-state honors. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Evan Tower, a senior forward for the Eastern Connecticut Eagles, is The Day's All-Area Hockey Player of the Year for the second straight season.

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.

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UCONN

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.

COLLEGES

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

LOCAL ROUNDUP

CGA's Detwiler named New England Wrestler of the Year

Coast Guard Academy's Paul Detwiler, right, executes a takedown against Johnson & Wales' Nick Caracappa during their 184-pound bout on Dec. 11, 2019 in New London. The sophomore was named New England Wrestler of the Year on Monday. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Coast Guard Academy's Paul Detwiler, who had a perfect season cut short when the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the NCAA Div. III Championships, was named the New England Wrestling Association Wrestler of the Year on Monday.

Chaney's latest chapter in life includes coaching

Ex-New London great Allan Cheney recently completed his second season as an assistant coach with the Iona College women's basketball team in New Rochelle, N.Y. (Photo courtesy of Iona athletic department)

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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PROFESSIONAL

Red Sox pitcher ChrisSale has Tommy John surgery

Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale warms up prior to a spring practice game on Feb. 19 in Sarasota, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Red Sox starter Chris Sale had Tommy John surgery on his left elbow on Monday, his 31st birthday

Messi, Barcelona teammates taking 70 percent pay cuts

Barcelona's Lionel Messi and his teammates will accept 70 percent pay cuts to help pay for other employees within the Spanish soccer club who are out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Lionel Messi and his Barcelona teammates are taking a 70% cut in salaries because of the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic

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