Gabby Dellacono's state championship tennis season has been selected as the story of the year by The Sun's sports staff.

Dellacono captured the state singles title at the Connecticut Tennis Center's center court in New Haven in June with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Alyssa DiMaio of Staples.

Dellacono, a junior at the time, was in control in every match during the state singles tournament, losing just 14 games in 10 sets.

Dellacono finished the season 27-0. She also earned her third straight ECC championship with a victory against teammate Charlotte Johnstone in the finals in May.

Dellacono did not lose a set during the entire season and lost just one game during the regular season, winning every other match, 6-0, 6-0.

Dellacono had lost in the state finals her sophomore season. She now has a career record of 76-4. She will continue her tennis career at Brown University in the fall of 2020.

Stonington finished the season 18-2 as a team, losing to rival Weston, 4-3, in the Class S state championship match.

2. Chariho baseball

Chariho earned its first championship since 1966 by sweeping the Division II title series with Ponaganset at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket.

Chariho defeated the Chieftains, 4-2, in the deciding game in June. They also won the opener 4-2.

Junior Sean Sposato was named MVP of the title series. He pitched six solid innings in the final game and drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly.

Earlier in the tournament, Sposato had pitched a one-hitter against Mt. Hope in his first varsity start, in a regional tournament elimination game.

Chariho beat Ponaganset ace Kenny Desrosiers, who was 18-0 over the past two varsity seasons, in the title game.

Chariho finished the season 22-4, but had to win three state elimination games to reach the title series.

Chariho pitcher Ben Harrison was named first-team All-State, and second baseman Will Beaudreau was second team.

3. Westerly girls track

Westerly claimed its second straight outdoor championship in June at Brown University in dominating fashion.

The Bulldogs finished with 99 points, well ahead of second place Barrington (52). It was the seventh state title for the Westerly team.

Megan Albamonti, the catcher on the softball team, took first place in the javelin. Softball teammate Victoria Carreiro was third.

Sydney Federico finished second in the 200, and Helena Hall-Thomsen was third. In the 400, Hall-Thomsen was second, while Federico took third.

Hurdler Caelan Holdredge placed second in the 300 hurdles in school-record time.

Westerly also took first in the 4x800 and 4x400 relays.

Nine Westerly athletes earned All-State honors.

Westerly also finished second at the state indoor meet during the winter season.

4. Tommy Wrzesien, Chariho wrestling

Wrzesien earned his second straight state title at 182 pounds in February at the Providence Career & Technical Academy.

Wrzesien did not lose to a Rhode Island opponent during his final two seasons. He finished second at New Englands, suffering his first loss of the season.

Wrzesien finished 3-2 at nationals in Virginia and came within one win of earning All-America honors.

He finished the season with a 50-3 record with 41 pins. Wrzesien completed his career with a record of 168-21 with 119 pins.

5. Megan Albamonti, Westerly

Albamonti won the javelin at the state outdoor track meet in June though she only tried the event for the first time earlier in the spring.

Albamonti was a catcher on the softball team, but also fit in javelin throws for the track team when her scheduled allowed it.

Albamonti finished seventh at the New England championships, missing All-New England by one spot. Albamonti will be competing for Division I Delaware next season.

She was also third-team All-State in softball, leading the team in batting average, home runs, doubles and RBIs.

During the basketball season, the honorable-mention All-State center led the team in scoring (15.9 points per game) and rebounding (14.0).

This fall she was third-team All-State in volleyball.

6. Chariho boys lacrosse

Chariho won its second straight Division III title with a 7-4 win over Ponaganset at Brown University in June.

The Chargers finished the season 17-0 and outscored opponents 24-9 during the postseason. For the season, the Chargers finished with 228 goals while allowing just 57.

It was the second straight unbeaten season for the Chargers, who have won 35 straight matches.

Will Foley, Alexi Fauzey, James Foley, Paul Marshall and Ryan Pater were named first-team All-Division.

7. Matt Stanley, Chariho swimming

Stanley capped his career with a pair of titles at the state swim meet at Brown University in February.

Stanley was first in the 100 breaststroke with a state record time of 55.76. He beat teammate Jack Benavides in the breaststroke race.

Stanley also won the 200 individual medley.

Stanley finished his career with five state titles for the Chargers.

8. Stonington boys track

Stonington put together one of its better indoor and outdoor seasons in 2018.

Cam Whalen won the Class M state championship in the 55 hurdles indoors. He also won the 110 hurdles and the 300 hurdles at the Class M outdoor meet.

Whalen also earned All-New England honors at the outdoor meet with a fifth-place finish in the 110 hurdles.

Stonington won the 4x400 relay at the Class M meet with a team of Whalen, Joey Hinckley, Rhys Hammond and Blake Edwards.

Hinckley was the Class M pole vault champion during the indoor season, and Shane Smith won the state decathlon in June.

9. Westerly football

Westerly High put together a dominating season with a 9-2 record, including a 61-0 victory over rival Stonington in the annual Thanksgiving Day game.

The Bulldogs averaged 46.8 points per game. Senior running back Tristan Turano scored 35 touchdowns and rushed for 1,854 yards, surpassing the 4,000-yard mark for his career.

Westerly lost in the state semifinals to Woonsocket, 22-21. The Villan Novans went on to win the D-II Super Bowl with a convincing win against East Greenwich.

10. Westerly girls lacrosse

Westerly reached the Division III title game for the second straight season before falling to Rogers, 9-7, in the title match at Brown University in June.

The Bulldogs finished 14-3. Kata Cummings and Lauren Dobson both surpassed the 100-goal mark for their careers.

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