Laszewksi scores 1,000th point as Avon girls race past Canton

Avon High senior Abby Laszewski scored a game-high 26 points and made a difference on the defensive end with several blocked shots.

Avon High senior Abby Laszewski scored a game-high 26 points and made a difference on the defensive end with several blocked shots.

AVON, Feb. 4 – There are bruises on her arm and multiple bruises on her knees. But Avon senior Abby Laszewski has been enjoying her senior season with the Avon High girls basketball team.

The competition has been more difficult this season with the Falcons moving from the North Central Connecticut Conference into the larger Central Connecticut Conference. Avon came into Thursday night’s game against Canton with a six-game losing streak – something that the Falcons haven’t endured since the late 1990s.

Afterward, there were plenty of smiles on the Avon sideline. The Falcons picked up their first victory in nearly three weeks with a dominant 55-42 non-league win over Canton and Laszewski became just the fifth girl in school history to score more than 1,000 career points.

Laszewski, who missed 18 games in her junior season with a foot injury, came into the game needing 22 points. She got a game-high 26 points to become the tenth athlete in school history with over 1,000 points. She scored the basket in the low post off a nice feed from Kelly LaMarre.Continue Reading

Canton boys finish 2nd at NCCC championships; Canton girls win 2 relays

Seniors from the Canton High indoor track and field program. (Photo courtesy Bill Sarmuk)

Seniors from the Canton High indoor track and field program. (Photo courtesy Bill Sarmuk)

NEW HAVEN, Feb. 1 – For the fourth straight year, the Canton High boys track and field team finished second at the NCCC indoor track and field championship behind Ellington on Monday night at the Floyd Little Athletic Center at Hillhouse High.

Canton’s John Solomon won the 55 meter hurdles and the high jump while teammate Will Briggs won the shot. Six other teammates finished in the top six of individual events and the Warriors had three relay finishes in the top four.

But it wasn’t enough as Ellington won the NCCC championship for the fifth straight year, 115-93 over the Warriors.

On the girls side, Canton had a pair of relay teams win NCCC titles for the first time as the Warriors finished fifth with 59 points – the second-highest number of points that the Canton girls have ever scored in this competition. Ellington also won the girls championship with a 116-95 win over Granby.Continue Reading

Veteran football coach Mike Guy hired to lead grid squad in Canton

New Canton High coach Mike Guy, right, spent two years on the Lewis Mills coaching staff.

New Canton High coach Mike Guy, right, spent two years on the Lewis Mills coaching staff.

CANTON, Feb. 3 – Veteran high school coach Michael Guy has been hired as the next head football coach at Canton High.

Guy, the longtime head coach at Housatonic Valley from 1975 through 2003, was hired earlier this week, Canton athletic coordinator Craig DeAngelis confirmed. Guy replaces Chris Currier, who resigned in December following a 0-10 campaign.

“He will be very good for the program,” DeAngelis said. “He is a very detailed, well organized coach. He will help us going forward.”

Guy has plenty of experience coaching football at small schools. He coached for over a quarter century at Housatonic, won 104 games, two league championships and took the Mountaineers to the 1990 Class S championship game.Continue Reading

East Windsor stops Canton grapplers for ninth win of the year

Canton's Joe Bowman had one of four Canton pins but it wasn't enough in East Windsor's 42-39 win over the Warriors Wednesday night.

Canton’s Joe Bowman, on top, had one of four Canton pins at 182 pounds but it wasn’t enough in East Windsor’s 42-39 win over the Warriors Wednesday night. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

EAST WINDSOR, Feb. 3 – East Windsor picked up three key pins from Jack Pelly (113), Charlie Church (120) and Cote Boivin (145) that helped the Panthers outlast Canton, 42-39 in NCCC wrestling action Wednesday night.

Canton (5-7, 3-4 NCCC) won five matches and had four pins. But the Warriors forfeited four weight classes and that hurt their cause. The Panthers (9-7, 6-2 NCCC) had two forfeits so Canton lost 12 points but it was enough.

Canton cut the East Windsor lead to three, 30-27, when Hayden DiMaio beat East Windsor’s Colin Beahn, 3-0 at 138 pounds. But the Panthers extended its lead to nine, 36-27, and clinched the victory when Boivin pinned Aidan Pass (145) in 1:52.Continue Reading

Granby tops Wildcats to move closer to first NCCC wrestling title since 2004

Granby's Benjamin Kibby has Suffield's Scott Miller on his back in Wednesday night's NCCC match in Granby. Kibby won to help the Bears to a 48-32 victory.

Granby’s Benjamin Kibby has Suffield’s Scott Miller on his back in Wednesday night’s NCCC match in Granby. Kibby won to help the Bears to a 48-32 victory.

GRANBY, Feb 3 — Four years ago, the Granby High wrestling team didn’t win a match, going winless in 17 attempts. Now, the Bears are on the verge of capturing their first North Central Connecticut Conference championship in 12 years.

Granby had six pins to beat their closest rival for the championship with a 48-32 win over the Suffield/Windsor Locks/East Granby co-op team Wednesday night. The Bears (9-2, 7-0 NCCC) can close out a perfect regular season campaign in the conference with a win over Coventry next Wednesday night.Continue Reading

Swarming Granby defense handcuffs Canton, lifts Bears to 12th straight win

Canton's Jake Schaetzel (20) finds little room to move thanks to tight defense from Granby's Fred Moffa in Tuesday night's NCCC contest in Canton.

Canton’s Jake Schaetzel (20) finds little room to move thanks to tight defense from Granby’s Fred Moffa in Tuesday night’s NCCC contest in Canton.

CANTON, Feb. 2 – There was less than a minute left in the ballgame and the Granby High boys basketball team had a 19-point lead over Canton. And there was Granby’s Conner Fallon diving to the floor trying to get a loose ball. He did.

Granby overwhelmed Canton Tuesday night in a 58-37 NCCC victory, beating the Warriors for the fifth straight time and for the sixth time in seven games dating back to 2010.

It was the 12th straight win for the Bears, who received 15 points from Connor Field and 11 points from Fred Moffa. Granby (12-1, 9-1 NCCC) scored just four points in the first quarter. It didn’t hamper their efforts.Continue Reading

With two finalists, Canton finishes seventh at Highlander Invitational

Canton freshman Braydon Fluckiger beat two higher seeded wrestlers to earn a spot in the finals at the Highlander Invitational Saturday. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

Canton freshman Braydon Fluckiger beat two higher seeded wrestlers to earn a spot in the finals at the Highlander Invitational Saturday. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

PORTLAND, Jan. 30 – Canton had two wrestlers in the championship finals and finished seventh out of 17 teams at the inaugural Highlander Invitational on Saturday.

Senior Julian Adams (160) and freshman Braydon Fluckiger (195) each finished second. Senior Trey VandeBogart (138) finished tied for third while freshmen Donovan Mackin (106) and Brian Connolly (113) each took fourth place.

No. 6 Middletown easily won the tournament with five individual champions and eight finalists. The Dragons had a big lead over second place Pomperaug, 213 to 135½. Griswold finished third with 95 points.Continue Reading

On the hardwood, Avon High classmates share their love of the game

The Avon High boys basketball participated in the third annual For the Love of the Game event at the high school recently.

Players from the Avon High boys basketball team and their classmates participated in the third annual For the Love of the Game event at the high school recently.

AVON – Snow was expected in a few hours and the decision had been made to close the Avon High facility at 10 a.m. on a cloudy Saturday morning in January. But the decision was reconsidered and delayed an hour to allow the third annual For the Love of the Game basketball game to go on.

For the past three years, members of the Avon High boys basketball team have played a game with classmates from the high school who may be challenged physically or intellectually. It’s been a time to share their love for athletics, basketball and as members of Avon High community.

There are plenty of smiles, cheers and fun. There are pre-game introductions and four quarters of basketball action with some play-by-play commentary from the public address announcer.Continue Reading

Boston tags Whale with second straight loss

Whale goalie Jamie Leonoff made 32 saves but it wasn't enough as Boston beat Connecticut for the second straight game, 5-2 Sunday in Stamford.

Whale goalie Jamie Leonoff made 32 saves but it wasn’t enough as Boston beat Connecticut for the second straight game, 5-2 Sunday in Stamford.

STAMFORD, Jan. 31 – A new coach for the Connecticut Whale didn’t make a difference Sunday against the Boston Pride. For the second straight week and third time this season, Boston beat the Whale.

Hilary Knight scored twice while goalie Brittany Ott made 17 saves to lead Boston to a 5-2 decision in National Women’s Hockey League action at Chelsea Pier Sunday night.

With the victory, Boston (10-3-1) moves within one point of Connecticut (11-3), which has led the four-team league for the entire season. The Pride beat the Whale, 4-1 a week ago. Connecticut, which has lost two straight for the first time, will face Boston in two of its final four games on February 14 in Boston and on February 21 in Stamford.Continue Reading

Allmendinger excited about the opportunity to play football at UConn

Avon High senior Teddy Allmendinger is thrilled with the opportunity to play football at UConn next fall.

Avon High senior Teddy Allmendinger is thrilled with the opportunity to play football at UConn next fall.

Avon’s Teddy Allmendinger doesn’t have a scholarship to play football at UConn next fall. He has an opportunity. The school has offered the Avon High senior a preferred walk-on spot. Allmendinger will have pay for his first year of school like any other student but he will have a chance to earn a scholarship for future seasons.

Allmendinger said the UConn coaches are interested in him playing at fullback.

At Avon, he ran for a team-high 1,278 yards and 13 TDs as a junior in 2014 but he modified his role for his senior season. Head coach Jim Caouette asked Allmendinger to reduce his role offensively this fall to he could focus on his defensive play where he led the team with 145 tackles. The Falcons went 8-2 this past season and won the CCC Div. 3 Eastern Division title.Continue Reading

Four Avon athletes finish in top 10 at CCC championship meet

Track logo DSC_1740NEW HAVEN, Jan. 30 – The Avon High indoor track and field teams made their debut at the Central Connecticut Conference tournament Saturday at the Floyd Little Athletic Center. And the competition is fierce.

A year ago, Bloomfield won the Class S girls title, Glastonbury won the Class LL girls title and Tolland captured the Class M and State Open championships. Among the boys, Bloomfield won a Class S title and Windsor grabbed the Class L crown.

It was just as competitive Saturday. In the girls competition, Bloomfield edged Tolland, 98-92 to win the CCC championship while in the boys competition, Glastonbury was the big winner with Wethersfield a distant second, 114½ to 67.

Avon had four runners finish in the top 10 of their respective events as the Falcon boys and girls teams each finished 25th in the field of 31 teams.Continue Reading

Crowley has six goals to lead Black Wolves to win over Buffalo

New England's Kevin Crowley had a game-high six goals as the Black Wolves improved to 3-1 with a 15-11 win over Buffalo Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun. (Photo courtesy New England Black Wolves via Twitter)

New England’s Kevin Crowley had a game-high six goals as the Black Wolves improved to 3-1 with a 15-11 win over Buffalo Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun. (Photo courtesy New England Black Wolves via Twitter)

UNCASVILLE, Conn., Jan. 30 – Kevin Crowley tied a career high with six goals and Evan Kirk set a new personal best with 56 saves as the New England Black Wolves ended an eight-game home losing streak, rolling to a 15-11 victory over the Buffalo Bandits at Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday night in National Lacrosse League action.

It was the first home win for New England since a 17-7 victory over Rochester on February 15, 2015. The Black Wolves (3-1) took over sole possession of first place in the East Division with the win.

“I got reminded of that last home game,” New England coach Glenn Clark said of the long home losing drought that stretched to eight games when the Calgary Roughnecks beat New England 9-8 back January 15th. “It’s nice. I wasn’t aware of (the length of time), but it was nice for the fans and you could feel the energy. There was a bit of excitement in there. It was good for the players because they’re starting to believe that they are in the mix and can play with the big boys.”Continue Reading

Canton continues to discuss viability of hydro project in Collinsville

The upper dam power house in Collinsville near Route 179.

The upper dam power house in Collinsville near Route 179.

CANTON, Jan. 30 – The initiative to generate electricity at the upper dam in Collinsville near the Route 179 bridge is still alive. Town officials provided the Canton Board of Selectmen with an update on the proposed project on Wednesday night. Canton is in the midst of ongoing negotiations with a firm called Canton Hydro, LCC to develop the project.

At the meeting, Robert Skinner, the chief administrative officer, presented an historic overview of the hydro project, the current program and how the town got to this point. Read more about this from our friends at Canton Compass.

Weaver feasts on Avon turnovers in big win over Falcons

Avon's Abby Laszewski had 18 points to lead the Falcons Friday night but it wasn't enough in a loss to Weaver.

Avon’s Abby Laszewski had 18 points to lead the Falcons Friday night but it wasn’t enough in a loss to Weaver.

AVON, January 29 – The Avon High girls basketball is finding little room for error in the Central Connecticut Conference. Their opponents can feast on their mistakes. After beginning the season with seven wins in their first nine games, the Falcons dropped their fifth in a row Friday afternoon losing to Hartford’s Weaver High, 57-32.

Weaver (12-3) forced 25 turnovers and never gave the Falcons a chance to climb back into contention. Avon senior Abby Laszewski led the Falcons (7-7) with a team-high 18 points and six blocks. Click on the following link for GameTIme CT’s coverage of the game with Weaver.

Avon returns to the floor Monday night when they travel to West Hartford to face Northwest Catholic. And next Thursday night, the Falcons renew their rivalry with Canton at 7 p.m. in Avon.

Canton can’t overcome Bolton’s big lead in defeat

Canton's Emily Briggs (22) had a game-high 26 points Friday night against Bolton.

Canton’s Emily Briggs (22) had a game-high 26 points Friday night against Bolton.

CANTON, Jan. 28 – Jessica Larsh had a team-high 18 points to lead the Bolton High Bulldogs to a 57-54 NCCC victory over Canton Friday night. Julia Hinckley had 10 points for Bolton (13-2, 11-1 NCCC) while Megan Shorey and Syndey Marshall each had eight points.

Bolton led by 15 points in the fourth quarter but the Warriors (11-4, 10-2 NCCC) made a late run, outscoring Bolton 15-3 in the final three minutes. Canton cut the deficit to three points with 9.2 seconds remaining on a three-point shot from Emma Charron.

But it took Canton too long to foul Larsh. She missed the front end of a 1-and-1 foul shot opportunity with 1.5 seconds remaining but it wasn’t enough time for Canton to get off a shot.Continue Reading