Abundant smiles and plenty of reason for celebration were the calling cards Dec. 1 of New Milford High School's annual fall sports awards ceremony.

There to take their bows for winning South-West Conference titles were the Green Wave field hockey, girls soccer and boys' cross country teams.

Coach Chris Bacich's harriers also received due plaudits for capturing the state Class L championship.

Also on hand as the school's athletic community paid homage to a nearly across the board strong autumn campaign were student-athletes from girls cross country, football, boys soccer soccer, girls' swimming and volleyball.

The event was hosted by NMHS athletic director Keith Lipinsky, who welcomed each varsity coach to the stage to recount his or her respective season.

Also honored were Green Wave fall sports' academic standouts and those individuals who had earned all-South-West Conference and all-state laurels.

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-- Norm Cummings

Photography by Norm Cummings