Canton finishes season on strong note and with 11 wins for second straight year

BOLTON, May 24 – The Canton High baseball team finished the regular season on a strong note. The Warriors dropped a hard-fought game to undefeated league champion Ellington on Monday, dropping a 6-5 decision.

But on Wednesday, the Warriors had 13 hits in an 11-1 North Central Connecticut Conference victory over Bolton to conclude the regular season. Canton finishes 11-9 for the second straight year and will begin play in the CIAC Class S tournament next week.

Nate Fulham had an outstanding afternoon against the Bulldogs, going 4-for-5 with a triple, home run and five RBI. It was his second home run in less than a week. He had a home run in Saturday’s loss to Northwestern Regional.Continue Reading

Mitchell wins twice as Canton girls earn share of first NCCC title; Canton boys 4th

Canton freshman Chelsea Mitchell won two individual NCCC titles in the 100 and 200 meters at Tuesday’s NCCC championship meet in Canton. Her sister, Emily, left, finished third in the 200 meters.

CANTON, May 23 – A lot of things went right this year for the Canton High girls track and field team. They won close meets with little depth – just 18 girls. The Warriors (13-0, 12-0 NCCC) beat Suffield on the final day of the regular season to go undefeated for the first time.

Canton was just an injury or two away from a loss throughout the season.

The Warriors’ luck ran out a bit on Tuesday at the NCCC championship meet. Senior Amber Harraden got hurt in the 400 meters and didn’t finish the race. Because she hurt her calf muscle and couldn’t run, she didn’t score any points in the javelin – an event where she was a serious contender.

But the Warriors didn’t crumble. They finished second with a school record 116½ points to earn a share of their first NCCC championship. Teams earn one point for each team they beat in the dual meet season and one point for every team they beat at the league championship meet.Continue Reading

Carpino helps Avon girls win second straight division title at CCC Central meet

track graphic 2SIMSBURY, May 23 – Avon’s Carly Carpino set a new school record and won the long jump at the Central Connecticut Conference (CCC)  Central championship meet Tuesday to help the Avon High girls track and field team finish fourth overall and clinch the CCC Central White Division championship at Simsbury High. Christine Oberhausen finished second in the 400 meters and Olivia Hyun was second in the javelin.

Marek Cireniewski won the CCC Central championship in the javelin as he helped the Avon High boys track and field team finish eighth overall and third in the CCC Central White Division.

It was the second straight CCC Central White crown for the Avon girls (6-1, 5-0 CCC Central White). Carpino won the long jump with a record-leap of 17 feet 7½ inches, breaking her own mark of 17-1 set in late April against Southington. She beat Glastonbury’s Selina Soule (16-6½) by more than a foot.Continue Reading

Few bad innings lead to back-to-back losses for Avon to finish regular season

SOUTHINGTON, May 23 – A few bad innings led to a pair of losses to conclude the regular season for the Avon High baseball team.

On Monday evening, Avon scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a one-run lead but Farmington scored one in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extra innings and beat the Falcons with one-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning, 7-6.

On Tuesday night, CCC Central Blue Division champion Southington scored five runs in the fourth inning on the way to a 6-0 decision over Avon at John Fontanta Field

Avon finished the season at 13-7 overall and 5-5 in the CCC Central White Division. Now, the Falcons await the pairings for the CIAC Class L tournament which begins next week. A year ago, Avon advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 1968 – a run they hope to repeat again.Continue Reading

Robaczynski, Jones each win Avon Road Race for fourth time

Avon’s Marc Robaczynski leads the pack at the 13th annual Avon Road Race Sunday. Robaczynski and Marisa Jones (339) each won the race for the fourth time.

AVON, May 21 – Avon’s Marc Robaczynski and Marisa Jones are establishing a tradition at the Avon Road Race. Both runners won the 3.1-mile race for the fourth time Sunday morning with Robaczynski winning by 44 seconds and Jones winning by 4:52.

More than 250 runners completed the 13th annual race that begins and ends at Avon’s Pine Grove School. It is a fundraiser for the Pine Grove Elementary School PTO. The race was followed by a Kids’ Fun Run at Pine Grove.

Robaczynski won with a time of 16:32.6, beating Adam Gootnick, who was second in 17:16. Jones finished third overall in the race with a race record time of 17:19.8. Jones, 35, broke her own race record that she set a year ago with a time of 17:32.Continue Reading

Avon baseball team share their love of the game with their classmates

Players thank each other for a good game after the Love of the Game baseball game Sunday at Buckingham Field. (Photo courtesy Maria Mascoli)

AVON, May 21 – For the past four years, members of the Avon High basketball program have played contests with fellow students who are physical or intellectually challenged. It started with the boys basketball team and grew to include the girls basketball squad as well.

On Sunday, members of the Avon High baseball team hosted a game at Buckingham Field with their peers, too. It was another opportunity for the Falcons to share their love for athletics and baseball with their fellow students.

Maria Mascoli, who began organizing the basketball games in 2014, also helped organize the baseball game with Falcon head coach Jon Yolles.Continue Reading

Canton ties game in final minute, beats St. Paul in OT to earn Class S invitation

Canton’s Matthew Moraski (6) carries the ball upfield in Saturday’s overtime win over St. Paul to earn a spot in the upcoming Class S tournament. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

BRISTOL, May 20 – Junior Harry Mitchell took a pass from Chris Giancola with 1:24 left in overtime and scored to lift the Canton High boys lacrosse team to a 14-13 win over St. Paul and into the CIAC Class S tournament for the second straight year.

Jake Sullivan scored all three Canton goals in the fourth quarter including two in the final 1:54 of the contest to help erase a two-goal St. Paul lead and force overtime.

Canton (6-9) won three of their final four games to earn an invitation to the Class S tournament. On Wednesday, the Warriors beat Windsor, 15-4 and last week, Canton scored a school-record 21 goals in a 21-8 win over Wamogo-Litchfield.Continue Reading

Granby races out to a quick lead and dominates Avon in a 17-9 victory

Avon’s Will Avery (1) is closely guarded by Granby’s Mike Spence in Saturday’s non-league lacrosse contest at Buckingham Field.

AVON, May 20 – The Avon High boys lacrosse team was been moving in the right direction.

About 10 days ago the Falcons outlasted Hall, 5-1 in a tough contest. They lost to Simsbury on Monday night but scored 11 goals in a 15-11 loss. On Wednesday, the Falcons rolled over Southington by a 13-4 margin to clinch a spot in the four-team CCC Central post-season tournament.

On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, Granby came out on fire and quickly took Avon out of the game in the first quarter in a 17-9 non-league victory. The visiting Bears (9-6, 5-3 NCCC) led 6-1 after one quarter and the Falcons never got any closer than four goals the rest of the way.Continue Reading

Northwestern races out to big lead and holds off late rally to beat Canton

CANTON, May 20 – Northwestern’s Vinny Tancreti had a double, triple and two RBI as the Highlanders held on for an 8-7 victory over Canton on Saturday at Bowdoin Field. The Warriors had 11 hits could never grab the lead.

Pitcher Jason Reola scattered 11 hits and struck out seven to earn the victory for Northwestern (7-10).

Northwestern took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run single from Lucas Gryniuk but Canton rebounded quickly on a two-run home run from starting pitcher Nate Fulham to tie the game at 2-2.Continue Reading

Canton Crushers hope to continue growth in Tri-State League campaign

Taylor Riley is one of many pitchers that return for the Canton Crushers Tri-State League baseball team. The Crushers open their fourth season on Sunday in Bethlehem.

CANTON, May 20 – The Canton Crushers baseball team has continued to grow and progress in their first three seasons in the Tri-State League. Fourth-year skipper Tom Dubois hopes the Crushers can take the next step this summer – a winning record and a playoff berth.

Canton returns a solid core of players from last year’s squad that had the most wins in team history. But the Crushers (5-13) also added some talented newcomers.

Sean Allaire, a Bristol native who was the 2010 player of the year in the Northeast Conference while playing at Central Connecticut State, joins the team. He batted a team-leading .426 and matched a school record with 100 hits with 22 doubles and 73 RBI for the Blue Devils in 2010. He played a year of professional baseball in the Frontier League before moving into coaching.Continue Reading

Harris improve to 5-0 as Avon beats Maloney for sixth win in last 7 games

Brendan Dyer and the Falcons beat Maloney Friday for their sixth win in the last seven games.

MERIDEN, May 19 – Pitcher Connor Harris scattered seven hits and struck out six to lead the Avon High baseball team to a 4-2 victory over Maloney in a Central Connecticut Conference game Friday.

The Falcons (13-5) made five errors behind Harris, now 5-0, and Avon played well enough to win for the sixth time in the last seven games. Harris didn’t walk a batter in the game.

Avon took a 3-0 lead in the third inning. Kyle Emery singled and moved to second base after a walk to Ryan Ollestad. With one out, two runs scored on an error after a ground ball from Brendan Dyer. The Falcons took a 3-0 lead on a RBI triple from Chris Jacobs.Continue Reading

Canton girls finish undefeated for first time, have eye on first NCCC title

Canton’s Amber Harraden takes the baton from Maddie Archangelo in Tuesday’s 4×400 relay in Canton. The Warriors beat Suffield in the relay and in the meet to finish undefeated. (Photo courtesy Samantha Harraden)

CANTON, May 16 – Canton senior Amber Harraden won three individual events, Chelsea Mitchell swept the 100 and 200 meter races and the Canton High girls track and field team won an additional three individual events and two relays to complete their first-ever undefeated season with a 81½ to 68½ win over Suffield Tuesday. The Warriors also beat Stafford, 109-41.

Canton (13-0, 12-0 NCCC) handed Suffield (11-1 NCCC) their first loss of the season and took command of the race for the North Central Connecticut Conference championship.

Teams earn one point for every league team they beat in the regular season and one point for each team they beat at the league championship meet on Tuesday, May 23, in Canton. The Warriors can win their first-ever league title by finishing first or second on Tuesday.

The Canton boys (12-1, 11-1 NCCC) also remained in contention to capture a seventh straight league championship with a 108-42 win over Stafford and an 89-61 win over Suffield. The Warriors can claim a piece of the league title on Tuesday by beating undefeated Coventry (12-0 NCCC) at next week’s league championship meet.Continue Reading

Avon girls top Farmington; move closer to second straight CCC Central White title

track graphic 2AVON, May 16 – The Avon High girls track and field team won nine individual events and two of three relays to move closer to their second straight Central Connecticut Conference Central White division title with a pair of victories on Tuesday for Senior Day.

Emily Foley and Hayley Douglea each won two individual events and Riley Abate lowered her own school record in the 100 meters as the Falcons beat Farmington, 98-48 and Bulkeley, 140-1. The Falcons concluded the regular season with a 6-1 record and 5-0 in CCC Central White.

Avon earned a point for every CCC Central White team they beat in the dual meet season. They can earn another point for each CCC Central White team they beat at the CCC Central championship meet next Tuesday, May 23, at Simsbury.

The Avon boys team (3-4, 3-2 CCC Central White) earned their first victories of the season with 108-38 win over Bulkeley and an 89-56 victory over Farmington. Zach Tilsch won three events for the Falcons, who picked up a forfeit win over Weaver-Hartford earlier this season.Continue Reading

Canton rebounds with tough loss to Warde with 36 goals and two victories

Canton’s Fiona McNally (28) moves through the middle of the field in Monday’s win over Bethel. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

SUFFIELD, May 16 – The defending Class S champion Canton High girls lacrosse team finished undefeated in the North Central Connecticut Conference with a dominating 18-3 victory over Suffield on Tuesday. The Warriors (13-2) finish the league season with a perfect 8-0 mark and become the first team to run the table in the league since Avon did it in 2014.

Canton (13-2, 8-0 NCCC) had little problem with Suffield, racing out to a 10-1 lead at halftime. Grace Giancola scored a game-high six goals while Ashley Huff had a season-high four. Abby Charron had three goals while Anna Holland, Julianna Iovine, Jess Rogowski, Anna Miller and Laura DiMartino scored for the Warriors.

Jesse Webb made five saves in goal to earn the win as Canton won the NCCC for the second consecutive season.Continue Reading

Chelsea Mitchell helps Canton take 2nd at Greater Hartford; Avon girls 4th in Large

track graphic 2SIMSBURY, May 13 –Freshman Chelsea Mitchell became the first Canton High girl to win an individual event at the 86th annual Greater Hartford Invitational Saturday at Simsbury High and she helped the Warriors’ 4×100 relay team become the first Canton relay team to win at the event.

It helped the Canton girls finish second in the Small Division at the Greater Hartford Invitational – their best-ever finish at the event.

The Canton boys finished third in the Small Division led by Max Sparks, who was second in the 1,600 meters and Dustin Van Kirk, who was second in the 110 and 300 meter hurdles races.

For the third time in the last four years, the Avon High girls finished fourth in the Large Division, led by Carly Carpino, who won the long jump for the second straight year. Marek Cierniewski finished second for the Avon boys in the javelin.Continue Reading