One more game as Medeiros coaches Briggs, Skinner in All-Star game victory

Canton High coach Brian Medeiros, center, had one more chance to coach seniors Abbe Skinner, left, and Emily Briggs, right at the recent CHSCA All-Star Festival.

CANTON – What a whirlwind week it was for the Canton High girls basketball team that captured an unprecedented second straight Class S championship on Saturday, March 18 at the Mohegan Sun Arena with another victory over championship rival Thomaston.

Canton, which had won just two state championships in basketball – both by the boys team – since they began playing scholastic basketball in 1920, won their second straight girls crown with a dominant victory over Thomaston.

Head coach Brian Medeiros got one last opportunity to coach All-State forward Emily Briggs and fellow senior Abbe Skinner at the Connecticut High School Coaches Association (CHSCA) Senior All-Star Game.Continue Reading

Robitaille played professional basketball with Springfield in the ABA

Chris Robitaille, a 2009 Canton High graduate, is playing pro basketball with the Springfield Sting in the ABA.

CANTON — Former Canton High All-State player Chris Robitaille is playing professional basketball with the Springfield Sting of the American Basketball Association.

The 6-foot-5 Robitaille is playing forward for the Sting, who finished the ABA season with a record of 11-4 in the Northeast Division. Springfield, which has won eight of their last 10 games, has lost just two games in 2017.

The Sting won their first playoff game last weekend with a 145-121 win over the New York Court Kings. Springfield won its second game a day later with a 145-126 win over the Atlantic Coast Cardinals from Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Springfield finished one win shy of earning a spot in the ABA’s Final Eight national tournament in Baltimore with a 125-123 loss in the Northeast Division championship game to the Jersey Express in Wayne, N.J. on Sunday.Continue Reading

Avon’s Kyle Emery finishes sixth in backstroke at State Open

Avon High senior Kyle Emery

NEW HAVEN, March 18 – Avon High senior Kyle Emery closed out his high school swimming career by finishing sixth in the 100-yard backstroke at the CIAC State Open championships at Kiphuth Pool on the campus of Yale University on Saturday afternoon.

Emery helped Avon finish 23rd in the field of 47 teams with 77 points.

It was the fourth year that Emery had qualified to swim the backstroke for the Falcons at the State Open. He progressed every year. He was 19th as a freshman, 11th as a sophomore, ninth last year and sixth this year with a time of 53.53 seconds – his best time at the Open.Continue Reading

With team effort, Canton tops Thomaston for 2nd straight Class S state title

The Canton High girls basketball team won their second straight Class S championship Saturday with a 60-51 win over Thomaston at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

UNCASVILLE, March 18 – With a little help from everyone, the Canton High girls basketball team won their second straight Class S state championship Saturday at the Mohegan Sun Arena with a 60-51 win over Thomaston.

All-State forward Emily Briggs had a game-high 24 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks. But she didn’t do it alone. Freshman point guard Abby Charron had 15 points and six assists.

Junior guard Belle Magna came off the bench to play outstanding defense and chip with 10 points of her own. Six-foot-3 sophomore center Sarah Bowman scored just two points and pulled down six rebounds. But she had three blocks and forced Thomaston’s leading scorer Casey Carangelo to alter her shots – a contributing factor in a 5-for-21 shooting performance.

“All of these kids had to come in this year and find a role, a niech and play to it. Because if we didn’t, this never would have been possible,” Canton coach Brian Medeiros said. “I’m so proud of all of the kids because they came together as a team. We needed to depend on the person to the right and depend on the person to the left.”

It was the third straight year that the two teams had met in the championship game – the first time in CIAC history that had occurred in the boys and/or girls basketball tournaments. The Bears won by two points in 2015 while Canton won their first-ever state title a year ago.Continue Reading

Emery wins three silver medals as Avon takes fourth at Class M championships

Avon High senior Kyle Emery earned three silver medals at Thursday’s Class M championship to help the Falcons finish fourth. (Photo courtesy Bob Emery)

MIDDLETOWN, March 16 – Avon swimmer Kyle Emery finished second in two events and swam on a relay team that finished second to help the Avon High boys swimming team to their best-ever finish at the Class M championship meet Thursday at Wesleyan University.

The Falcons finished sixth with a school-record 465 points. Six Falcons finished in the top six of their respective events and two relay teams finished in the top three of their respective events.

Emery, Andre Richard, Brendan Downey and members of the 200 medley relay earned All-State honors.

“We swam great,” Avon coach Diana Cesaro said. “It’s been a great season.” The Falcons went 13-2 this season and won the CCC North White title with a 5-0 record. They also had a dominating victory over Wethersfield, 363-201, to win the CCC North White championship meet.

Twice, Emery finished second by less than a second. In the 100-yard freestyle, Emery swam a season-best time of 48.82 seconds but it was 0.78 of a second behind the pace set by Class M champion Sam Stewart of Weston in 48.05.Continue Reading

Medeiros and Warriors back in Class S finals for third consecutive season

Canton High girls basketball coach Brian Medeiros and the Warriors will be playing for the state title Saturday morning.

CANTON, March 17 – Wallingford’s Brian Medeiros has already made some history at Canton High. He has led the girls basketball team into the state championship game for the third consecutive year.

It’s an impressive feat considering that the boys and girls basketball teams had combined to make just five appearances in the finals since the Warriors starting playing basketball in Canton in the early 1920s.

No. 3 Canton (22-4) faces No. 5 Thomaston (23-4) for the third straight season in the Class S championship game Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The Warriors are the defending champions having won their first-ever state title a year ago. The Bears, who were stunned by the defeat, won the Class S title in 2015. And they are making their fifth consecutive trip to the finals.

“You ask for pressure defense, they give you pressure defense. You ask them to run the floor and they run the floor. They’re adaptable. We trust each other, we have fun and they don’t want to disappoint you,” Medeiros told Ken Lipshez of the Meriden Record Journal earlier this week.

Read about Ken’s discussion with Medeiros in the Record Journal.Continue Reading

Knight, Carpenter help Boston end the season for Connecticut in 8-2 rout

Boston Pride defenseman Gigi Marvin and Connecticut Whale forward Haley Skarupa meet before Thursday night’s Isobel Cup semifinal game in Boston. Marvin, Skarupa and members of the U.S. National Team were recognized prior to the game. (Photo by Michelle Jay/NWHL)

Hilary Knight and Alex Carpenter each had two goals as the defending National Women’s Hockey League champion Boston Pride moved into the Isobel Cup championship game for the second straight year with a dominating 8-2 win over Connecticut Pride on Thursday night at Warrior Arena in Boston.

Carpenter had the first two goals of the game for the Pride while Knight had the final two goals of the game. Carpenter added three assists for five points while Knight had two goals and two assists for four points.

Boston, who have won 17 of 18 games they’ve played this season, will face the winner of Friday’s semifinal game between New York and Buffalo in Sunday’s championship game at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell at 6 p.m.

Prior to the game, league commissioner Dani Ryan expressed her support for members of the U.S. national team that have said they will boycott the upcoming World Championship tournament in Plymouth, Michigan over fairness in wages and respect from U.S. Hockey.Continue Reading

Waterbury Career is too quick in Class S quarterfinal victory over No. 2 Canton

Canton’s Ryan Enns scored a team-high 16 points in Canton’s loss to Waterbury Career Academy in Monday’s Class S quarterfinal game in Canton.

CANTON, March 13 – The Canton High boys basketball took a tough shot to the chin in the first three minutes of Monday night’s Class S quarterfinal against Waterbury Career Academy.

The visiting Spartans used their quickness and skill to race out to a quick six-point lead.

WCA’s Marquan Watson scored on a rebound in the paint after a missed three-pointer, Matt Torres intercepted a Canton pass and sank a three-point shot. On WCA’s next possession, Torres drained another three-point shot and on Canton’s next possession, Torres swatted the ball away.

The Warriors didn’t win their first league championship in 35 years this season but meekly responding to a challenge. Despite trailing by as many as nine points, the Warriors fought back and cut the WCA lead to two with 3:47 remaining in the game.

But No. 26 WCA remained tough on defense and sank six of eight foul shots in a two minute span in the fourth quarter to advance to the Class S semifinals for the first time with a 50-45 victory over No. 2 Canton.Continue Reading

Despite two goals from Stack, Buffalo beats Connecticut in final home game

Connecticut’s Kelli Stack had a pair of third period goals but it wasn’t enough as Buffalo beat the Whale, 4-3 in the regular season finale Sunday in North Branford.

NORTH BRANFORD, March 12—Connecticut’s Kelli Stack had two goals in the third period but former Whale forward Shiann Darkangelo scored with 4:37 left in the game to lift the Buffalo Beauts to a 4-3 victory over the Connecticut Whale in National Women’s Hockey League play on Sunday.

It was the final regular season game of the season for both teams. With the win, Buffalo (6-10-1) clinches third place and will face the New York Riveters in a one-game playoff semifinal Friday night in Newark, N.J.

The Whale (5-12-1) lost for the ninth time in the last 10 games and will face the defending NWHL champion Boston Pride (16-1) on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Warrior Arena in Boston in the other semifinal contest. The NWHL final will be Sunday, March 19 at Tsongas Arena in Lowell, Mass.Continue Reading

Black Wolves rally to hand Eastern Division-leading Georgia a loss

The New England Black Wolves celebrate another goal in Sunday’s NLL victory over Georgia at the Mohegan Sun Arena. (Photo courtesy Black Wolves via Twitter)

UNCASVILLE, March 12 — The New England Black Wolves became the first team in the East Division to defeat the Georgia Swarm on Sunday in National Lacrosse League action, digging out of an early hole on the way to an 13-8 victory before 5,324 at Mohegan Sun Arena. 

It was the second key East Division win in a row for the Black Wolves (5-6), who pulled out an overtime victory at second-place Toronto last Friday. Georgia is now 7-3. 

Shawn Evans and Kyle Buchanan each had three goals and four assists while Kevin Crowley had three goals and three assists. It was the fourth hat trick of the year for Evans, the second for Buchanan and the sixth for Crowley. Continue Reading

Canton outlasts Housatonic to earn spot in Class S final for 3rd straight year

Canton’s All-State forward Emily Briggs drives to the basket for two of his game-high 21 points in Friday’s win over Housatonic.

SIMSBURY, March 10 – It wasn’t a work of art. But it was good enough.

For both teams in Friday night’s Class S girls basketball semifinal, there were many missed shots – some from point-blank range. Defending Class S champion Canton and Housatonic each struggled from the free throw line, combining to miss 24 shots.

But No. 3 Canton had All-State forward Emily Briggs, who scored a game-high 21 points, and made enough plays to beat Housatonic, 41-32, at Simsbury High and advance to the Class S finals for the third consecutive year.

The Warriors (22-4) will face Thomaston for the third straight time in the final at the Mohegan Sun Arena next weekend on either Friday or Saturday. The No. 5 Bears, who beat Sacred Heart, 61-28, to earn a spot in the Class S final for the fifth consecutive year, beat Canton in the 2015 championship game while the Warriors won a year ago.Continue Reading

Burke jumper helps Canton beat Amistad and advance in Class S tournament

Canton senior Ethan Burke hit a short jump shot with 2.9 seconds remaining to lift the Warriors to a win over Amistad in the second round of the Class S tournament.

CANTON, March 9 – Close games haven’t bothered the Canton High boys basketball team this season.

The Warriors erased a 12-point deficit and beat Sport Medicine Science Academy by three points in January. Canton trailed Hartford Classical erased a 12-point deficit against Hartford Classical and limited the Gladiators to 18 points in the second in a 13-point victory. The Warriors beat Somers in overtime in the quarterfinals of the NCCC Tournament.

No. 2 Canton won another close one on Thursday night. Senior Ethan Burke scored with 2.8 seconds remaining to lift the Warriors to a 40-38 victory over No. 15 Achievement First Amistad out of New Haven.Continue Reading

Canton takes care of Windsor Locks to earn third straight Class S semifinal berth

Canton senior Abbe Skinner drives to the basket for two of her 13 points in Tuesday’s Class S quarterfinal win over Windsor Locks.

CANTON, March 7 – The Canton High girls basketball team had handled Windsor Locks pretty easily in three previous contests this season. It was nearly two weeks ago that the Warriors scored 72 points against Windsor Locks – one of the top six scoring performances in team history.

Still, Canton coach Brian Medeiros implored his team to play hard in their pregame talk. And he reminded them of a big upset that occurred Monday when No. 1 ranked Lewis Mills boys basketball team was upset by No. 32 Ansonia in overtime, 78-73, in a first round Class M tournament game.

“Their eyes got really big,” he said. “You saw the look in their faces.”

No. 3 Canton (21-3) scored the first sixteen points of the game and led 20-1 midway through the second quarter as the defending Class S champion Warriors rolled into semifinals for the third consecutive year with a 54-25 win over Windsor Locks Tuesday night.Continue Reading

Canton boys get back onto the floor and clamp down on another opponent

Canton freshman Jack Rose tries to score despite the defense from Connor Svab in Tuesday’s Class S contest in Canton.

CANTON, March 7 – The Canton High boys basketball team got back to playing the sport they love on Tuesday night.

The last time that the Warriors were on the court they dropped a hard-fought one-point loss to Hartford Classical in the semifinals of the NCCC Tournament. Canton nearly erased an 11-point lead in the final 2:43. They cut it to two points but couldn’t get the equalizer.

It was a disappointing defeat for the Warriors who won their first league championship in 35 years and had hoped to add the NCCC Tournament trophy to their collection as well.

But for the past week, there has been little talk about what happened on the floor. Discussion has been dominated by the action of a group of students who chanted Trump, Trump, Trump in the first half referring to President Donald Trump. An assembly was held in Canton the next day to address the issue, a letter was sent home to high school parents and an apology was sent to Classical.

It ignited a firestorm of debate in town and around the country.

On Tuesday night, the focus was on the hardwood. Canton’s Ryan Enns tied a career-high with 24 points as the No. 2 Warriors beat No. 31 St. Bernard’s-Uncasville, 55-27 in a first round Class S tournament contest. Canton (19-4) advances and will host No. 15 Amistad-New Haven (13-8) on Thursday night at 7 p.m. here in Canton.Continue Reading

Simsbury’s Jasper Stone concludes career with 2nd place finish at New Englands

Simsbury’s Jasper Stone battles Nick Martino in the New England final at 285 pounds Saturday night in Providence.

PROVIDENCE, R.I., March 4 – Simsbury’s Jasper Stone carried big expectations on his shoulders coming into his senior year with the Trojan wrestling team.

They didn’t diminish much even when he missed several weeks with knee surgery after the football season. Stone didn’t disappoint when he returned winning his first 21 matches.

Stone fell in the championship match at 285 pounds in the Class L tournament, dropping a 3-1 decision to Hand’s Michael Burchell. At the State Open, Stone lost in the quarterfinals in triple overtime to Platt’s Nick Martone on escape with eight seconds left. He lost again to Burchell, 3-2, in the consolation semifinals.

But Stone beat New Haven’s Jacarie Houston, 2-1, to secure an invitation to the New England tournament for the second consecutive year.Continue Reading