2009: The Huskies were back in the Final Four, but the story of rules violations in regard to the recruiting of Nate Miles surfaced. UConn lost to Michigan State in the semifinals and sanctions were later imposed. 2009: Joey Logano, 19, of Middletown, became the youngest winner in Sprint Cup Series history with a victory in the Lenox Industrial Tools 201 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It was his 20th start in NASCAR's top division. 2009: For the first time in state history the boys and girls basketball championships were played at Mohegan Sun Arena, an entertainment complex that includes gaming venues, March 20-21. 2009: Jessica Bennett, a senior 103-pounder, became the first female wrestler to qualify for the State Open when she beat Jack McKeever of Brookfield 4-0 in the semifinal to advance to the finals of the Class M tournament. Bennett, who was the second seed, lost 5-1 in the final to top-seeded Robert Lonergan of Law. The highest a girl had finished before Bennett in a class meet was fifth. 2009: Rachele Fico of Masuk-Monroe was one of the most dominant pitchers in state history, graduating with 105-3 record, 1,884 strikeouts and two state titles. Fico went on to play at LSU.
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