Goal from Avon ignites Granby field hockey team in battle of top 10 teams

Granby's Abigail Phillips, right, breaks up a pass from Avon's Emily Stross in Tuesday's NCCC game in Avon.

Granby’s Abigail Phillips, right, breaks up a pass from Avon’s Emily Stross in Tuesday’s NCCC game in Avon.

AVON – Twice a year, they test each other. Avon and Granby renewed the most competitive field hockey rivalry today in the North Central Connecticut Conference on Tuesday afternoon. Both teams came into the game undefeated. Both were ranked in the top 10 of the most recent state coaches poll.

No. 6 ranked Avon made the mistake of scoring first. All that did was light a fire within No. 5 Granby. The Bears scored two goals in the final 12 minutes, including the game-winner from Olivia Johnson with 4:09 remaining in the game to earn a 2-1 decision.

“That lit a fire under us and we went out and did our job,” Johnson said. “The goal came from a team effort. They got the ball down there (in the scoring circle). I was fortunate to get the ball and get it through.” Continue Reading

Residents donate nearly $9,000 in Booster Club ticket drive

Several of the athletes who participated in the 2014 Booster Club ticket drive Sunday in Avon.

Several of the athletes who participated in the 2014 Booster Club ticket drive Sunday in Avon.

AVON – Town residents generously donated nearly $9,000 to current Avon High athletes and their parents during the annual Avon Booster Club ticket drive on Sunday. 

“Avon takes pride in its winning athletic programs, and that was abundantly clear today,” said Maria Mascoli, president of the Avon Booster Club. We thank town residents for their continuing generosity and assure them that their money will be well-invested in Avon’s student-athletes.”

There were 112 Avon High athletes and 36 volunteer parents who canvassed area neighborhoods. The money raised on Sunday will be added to an additional $9,000 raised through a direct mail campaign earlier this summer. Continue Reading

DeAngelis is the new athletic coordinator in Canton

Canton High's new athletic coordinator Craig DeAngelis.

Canton High’s new athletic coordinator Craig DeAngelis.

CANTON — Craig DeAngelis is the new athletic coordinator at Canton High School. He will also be coordinating athletics for Canton Middle School. DeAngelis, a graduate of Central Connecticut State, is a native of Fairfield. He began working here in Canton in August.

DeAngelis also has degrees from Liberty University and Southern Connecticut State University.

He played football at Central Connecticut State for three years from 2003-05. In 2004, the Blue Devils won the Northeast Conference championship. After graduation, he has worked as a coach at Fairfield Ludlowe, Pomperaug, Wilton and Jonathan Law in football, indoor track, outdoor track and lacrosse. Continue Reading

Roundup: Avon dominates Stafford; record TD pass for Mills; milestone win for Granby

Avon's Jamie Dlugolecki (42) has returned two fumbles for touchdowns in the last 2 weeks.

Avon’s Jamie Dlugolecki (42) has returned two fumbles for touchdowns in the last 2 weeks.

AVON – Throughout the years, the Avon High football team has enjoyed tremendous success against Stafford High and the Stafford/East Windsor co-op squad. That didn’t change on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Avon. 

The Falcons ran out to a quick 35-point lead in the second quarter and coasted to a 46-2 victory over winless Stafford/East Windsor in a Pequot Uncas contest. 

Senior Jamie Dlugolecki earned himself a spot in the Avon High record book, scooping up a fumble and running a record 89 yards for a touchdown. It is the longest fumble return for a TD in school history, breaking the old mark of 45 yards set by Tyler D’Onofrio against Coventry/Windham Tech in 2009. Continue Reading

Avon runners bring home titles from Winding Trails Invitational

The Avon High girls cross country and boys cross country teams each won the Winding Trails Invitational Saturday in Farmington.

The Avon High girls cross country and boys cross country teams each won the Winding Trails Invitational Saturday in Farmington.

FARMINGTON, Sept. 27 – The Avon High boys and girls cross country teams didn’t have to travel far on Saturday to earn some championship trophies. Both teams won their respective Large School races at the third annual Winding Trails cross country Invitational meet. 

The Avon boys placed three runners in the top 10 and five in the top 14 to beat Newtown, 43-60 and win the Large Division championship. Collin Pritchard took third in 17:08.8 over the 3.1 mile course at Winding Trails. Andrew Suter was sixth in 17:33 while Kurt Goldie was eighth in 17:35. 

Senior Molly Hamel easily won the girls race in 19:29.4, beating Erin Tressler of Newtown by 23 seconds. Teammate Christina Martin was fifth while Ryley Higgins was seventh and sophomore Gabriella Colletti took eighth. Avon beat Simsbury, 43-51 to win the title with five runners in the top 10. Continue Reading

Warriors withstand the heat to beat Ellington/Somers for 3rd straight win

Canton's Dan Delos scores the game-winning touchdown from 34 yards away in Saturday's win over Ellington/Somers.

Canton’s Dan Delos is on his way to scoring the game-winning touchdown from 34 yards away in Saturday’s win over Ellington/Somers.

CANTON – At the end, the Canton High football team was taking strategic timeouts to give their players time to rest and cool off. It was a warm, sunny 80 degree day Saturday afternoon and it was even warmer on Canton’s new synthetic field. “Oh, my god. This was much worse than any August practice,” Canton’s Cam Daley gasped afterwards.

Daley looked exhausted. So did fellow captain Dan Delos. But they were smiling. 

The Warriors ran for 316 yards and forced two Ellington/Somers turnovers to beat the Purple Knights for the first time since 2009 and move into first place in the Pequot Conference’s Uncas Division with a 21-14 victory. Canton and Gilbert/Northwestern are each 3-0. It’s the first 3-0 start for the Warriors since 1954. 

What made the win more significant is the size of Canton’s program. There are just 27 players in the entire program. There is no junior varsity team. A majority of the Warriors play on both sides of the ball. They held Ellington/Somers to 38 yards of offense in the first half. 

“This team redefined toughness,” Daley said. “It took 110 percent to stay on the field and perform and that is what we did.” Continue Reading

No. 1 Southington is too quick for Simsbury

Simsbury sophomore Riley Shanley (13) made his first start at QB vs. No. 1 Southington. Nick Worthington (45) puts pressure on Shanley.

Simsbury sophomore Riley Shanley (13) made his first start at QB vs. No. 1 Southington. Nick Worthington (45) puts pressure on Shanley.

SIMSBURY – It happens every year. Teams face an outstanding opponent and you see how you measure up. Simsbury High coach Jeff Osborne calls it a measuring stick game. “You play your best and you see what happens,” he said. 

Simsbury found out they have some work to do before they measure up to defending Class LL champion Southington – at least this year. Ranked No. 1 in the state sportswriters poll, the Blue Knights forced four Simsbury turnovers in a 47-7 victory in CCC Division I West action Friday night at Holden Field. 

Simsbury fumbled the ball three times on its first two offensive series. They lost two. Both times, Southington capitalized with touchdowns. The Knights led 14-0 in less than five minutes of action. It was 20-0 by the end of the first quarter. 

“We performed well,” Southington coach Mike Drury said. “The guys came out firing on all cylinders in all facets of the game – offense, defense and special teams. That is what we stressed this week.” Continue Reading

Scoring outburst lifts Canton boys to third victory; Canton girls get 1st win

Canton's Nate Hansen is the Warriors' leading scorer with 8 goals in five games.

Canton’s Nate Hansen is the Warriors’ leading scorer with 8 goals in five games.

CANTON – Canton High boys soccer coach Bill Phelps is looking to build some confidence his Warrior squad. A two-game winning streak won’t hurt.

Senior Nate Hansen has scored five goals in the last two games as Canton has improved to 3-2 with a 2-1 win over Bolton last Friday and a dominating 9-0 decision over Public Safety Academy of Enfield on Wednesday on the turf at the high school.

“We’re getting there,” Phelps said earlier this month. “The whole idea is to build up this team to compete in the Class S tournament.”

Canton’s nine goals against Public Safety was the largest one-game scoring outburst for the Warriors since scoring nine against Stafford in a 9-0 win 13 years ago in 2001. It’s one goal shy of the school record of 10 goals in a single game achieved by Canton teams in 1995 (twice) and 1973.Continue Reading

Canton boys, Avon girls win series finale

Canton, Avon, East Granby and Enfield runners take off at the start of Tuesday's race at Fisher Meadows.

Canton, Avon, East Granby and Enfield runners take off at the start of Tuesday’s race at Fisher Meadows.

AVON – Fisher Meadows has never been an easy place for the Canton High boys cross country team to win a dual meet against Avon. Under head coach Tim O’Donnell, the Warriors visited Fisher Meadows seven times prior to Tuesday’s meet and had lost five times to the Falcons. 

On Tuesday, Canton made its final trip to Fisher Meadows a memorable one with a solid 23-32 win over the Falcons to remain one of two undefeated teams in the NCCC. The Warriors had three runners among the top five, including race winner James Yost, his twin brother Dean who finished second and Jake Whittingslow, who was fifth. Zach Oliver and Ethan Porter were a second apart and finished ninth and tenth, respectively. 

Avon is leaving the NCCC for the Central Connecticut Conference next fall. The two teams may meet in weekend invitational events in the future but the chances of competing in a dual meet are small. The long-time series that began with the boys in 1968 and the girls in 1973 looks to be complete. Continue Reading

Canton spikers stumble against Classical

The Canton High volleyball team after beating Enfield earlier this year. (Photo courtesy Canton Compass)

The Canton High volleyball team after beating Enfield earlier this year. (Photo courtesy Canton Compass)

CANTON — They began the season with a 3-0 win over Enfield. But the Canton High girls volleyball team is struggling to keep the momentum moving forward. The Warriors (1-5, 1-5 NCCC) were swept by Hartford Classical on Monday night, 3-0, losing for the fifth straight match. The Canton Compass caught up with the Warriors and snapped a few photos. Check them out.

Black Wolves select 10 players in NLL draft

PrintUNCASVILLE, Sept. 22 – Connecticut’s newest professional sports franchise, the New England Black Wolves, were very busy Monday night at the 2014 National Lacrosse League (NLL) draft, selecting 10 players and making four trades.

The key move was a trade that sent veteran transition player Jordan Hall to Rochester – where he starred in 2011-12 – for the 11th and 28th picks in 2014 and a first-round pick in 2015. The Black Wolves promptly sent that pick in 2015 to Calgary for the sixth, eighth, 26th and 27th picks.

The Black Wolves also acquired veteran Mike McNamara from Colorado in exchange for the 17th overall pick, and Jay Card from Minnesota in exchange for the 40th overall pick. Continue Reading

Undefeated Avon takes care of business in win over Canton

Avon's Abbey Hagan tries to make a pass despite the defensive efforts of Canton's Sarah First.

Avon’s Abbey Hagan tries to make a pass despite the defensive efforts of Canton’s Sarah First.

AVON – The rivalry between Canton and Avon has been the most competitive in field hockey. Despite Avon’s recent dominance in the series, it is believed to be the only sport where Canton has an edge in the overall series that dates back to 1972.

Avon’s players didn’t forget Canton’s victory in the season opener a year ago. The Warriors prevailed, 1-0, on a penalty stroke, beating the Falcons for the first time since 2007. “This week before the game, the players reminded each other of that fact. They did that on their own,” Avon coach Terri Ziemnicki said. “It’s a serious game.”

Avon came out and took care of business on Thursday improving to 4-0 with a dominating 2-0 decision over Canton. Shelly George scored a pair of goals in the first half for Avon, which owned a 14-1 advantage in shots on goal and a 12-1 advantage in penalty corners. Emily Stross and Hannah Deppe each had assists for Avon.

“We played together well,” Ziemnicki said. “We’re utilizing the strengths we have and working on the things we need to work on. It’s a matter of gaining confidence in ourselves and getting comfortable.”Continue Reading

Canton boys run with the big schools at Stratton Brook, take fifth

XC boys DSC_3816SIMSBURY – Canton High boys cross country coach Tim O’Donnell doesn’t want to pick up a trophy for the sake of winning a trophy. His goals include having the Warriors be competitive in the upcoming NCCC championships in mid-October and the Class S championship race one week later.

That’s why Canton ran in the Large School Division at the 34th annual Stratton Brook Invitational Saturday. Canton finished fifth behind Staples, Hall, Simsbury and Glastonbury. The combined time for Canton’s five runners would have been good enough to win the Small Division championship. But O’Donnell wants to push his runners to get better.Continue Reading

Daley has 4 TDs in record Canton win; Simsbury now 2-0; historic FG for Mills

Canton's Cam Daley scored 4 TDs vs. Stafford/East Windsor.

Canton’s Cam Daley scored 4 TDs vs. Stafford/East Windsor.

STAFFORD, Sept. 19 – Cam Daley scored four touchdowns Friday night as the Canton High football team won its second game of the year with a dominating 46-0 victory over Stafford/East Windsor. 

Daley scored a touchdown on the opening kickoff with an 80-yard run and added three more rushing touchdowns of 10, 16 and seven yards. He became the seventh player in school history to score four TDs in a single game. 

Dan Delos led the way for the Warriors, rushing for 156 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. Canton led 27-0 after one quarter and 46-0 at halftime. The Warriors controlled the game, rushing for 254 yards. Continue Reading

Black Wolves will be name of state’s new lacrosse team playing at Mohegan Sun

PrintUNCASVILLE –The Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun offered the appropriate setting Friday as the new name for the National Lacrosse League franchise recently relocated from Philadelphia was unveiled. 

The team will be called the New England Black Wolves. 

“In ancient times, the Mohegan Tribe was part of the ‘Wolf Clan’ of the Delaware Indian Nation, making its way down through New York State in pursuit of the resources of the Connecticut shoreline,” Mohegan Tribal Council Chairman Kevin Brown said, explaining the choice of nickname. “Now, over 400 years later, the wolves are back in a new way on that shoreline – giving a team name and a new team spirit to Mohegan territory.” Continue Reading