1997:Nykesha Sales, born in Bloomfield, scores 46, the single-game high for the Huskies. 1997: Cheshire won its state record sixth consecutive football championship on Dec. 6, 34-12 over Trumbull. The Class LL title was its second in a row. The Rams won Class L titles 1992-95. 1997: Frank "Porky" Viera picked up his 900th victory as New Haven baseball coach with an 11-2 victory over UMass Lowell May 8. Viera was 1,134-329-6 in 45 years and retired after the 2006 season. His teams were NCAA runners-up in 1980 and 1989. 1997: Liz Janangelo, 13, of West Hartford was the youngest winner of the Connecticut Women Amateur championship with a 36-hole score of 150. The final round was washed out because of rain at Simsbury Farms Golf Course on Aug. 21, 1997. 1997: A new women's league, the WNBA, was formed. UConn's Rebecca Lobo wsais a first-round draft choice. 1998: Nykesha Sales' career seemingly ended by injury three days before, Sales appeared at Villanova on Feb. 24 in a walking boot and scored an arranged, controversial basket on the first play, making her UConn's all-time leading scorer.
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