CCC realigns with addition of Avon next fall

CP canterbury a, graphicThe move of Avon High to the Central Connecticut Conference is still more than 10 months away but the CCC has announced a realignment of its teams to accommodate the addition of the Falcons. Avon will become the 33rd member of the largest scholastic league in the state in September 2015.

In 14 sports, the CCC will divide itself into three regions of 11 schools each – the North, South and Central regions. In most sports, there will be two divisions within each region – a White Division of six schools and a Blue Division of five schools. Every school will play each team in its region (10 games) at least once and that will go toward determining a divisional champion.

The regional alignment will be used for boys soccer, girls soccer, boys and girls cross country, girls volleyball, boys basketball, girls basketball, baseball, softball, boys and girls outdoor track, boys and girls tennis and boys golf.Continue Reading

Hamel wins NCCC cross country title as Avon girls and Canton boys finish 2nd

Molly Hamel became the sixth and final Avon High girl to win a NCCC cross country title.

Molly Hamel became the sixth and final Avon High girl to win a NCCC cross country title.

WINDSOR LOCKS, Oct. 18 – The reign of the Avon High girls cross country may have come to an end in the North Central Connecticut Conference. But the Falcons made Suffield High work for it.

Suffield placed five runners in the top nine to beat Avon, 28-47 and clinch its first NCCC cross country championship since 2009 Saturday at Windsor Locks.

On the boys side, Canton continued to grow as a team but it wasn’t enough to slow down Ellington which clinched its third straight NCCC championship with a 37-46 victory over Canton.

Avon High senior Molly Hamel has had a wonderful fall campaign. She has won four dual meets and a pair of invitational races at the Windham Invitational and the Winding Trails Invitational in Farmington. She added her first NCCC championship, beating Suffield’s Monique Labarre by 24 seconds with her time of 19:33. “I’m glad for Molly. She ran a great race,” Avon coach Al Dadario said.

Hamel becomes the third consecutive Avon girl to run to the league championship. Maddi McHugh won last year and Rachael Rosow won in 2012.Continue Reading

Morgan breaks through to hand Canton its first loss of season

Canton's Sebby Gumbs (8) had an 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown Saturday against Morgan -- the second longest in school history.

Canton’s Sebby Gumbs (8) had an 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown Saturday against Morgan — the second longest in school history.

CANTON, Oct. 18 – Even without Morgan’s All-State running back Jake Ward on the field, the Canton High football team couldn’t contain the Morgan High running attack. The visiting Huskies ran for over 350 yards and five touchdowns in a 31-7 win, handing Canton its first loss of the season.

Ward, who set a new school record for career rushing yards earlier this season (over 4,700) has been injured and has missed the last two games, including Saturday’s game with Canton. Still, Ward’s teammate Gabe Eriksen scored five touchdowns and ran for 349 yards behind a large, veteran offensive line. Morgan QB Chucky Kostek completed 15-of-21 passes for 166 yards. Continue Reading

Thunderbirds rock the Falcons, 47-7

Avon's Andrew Blackmore (24) scored on a 72-yard run in Friday night's loss to North Branford.

Avon’s Andrew Blackmore (24) scored on a 72-yard run in Friday night’s loss to North Branford.

NORTH BRANFORD, Oct. 17 – The North Branford High football team ran for over 233 yards and three touchdowns while two Thunderbird quarterbacks combined to throw three TD passes in a 47-7 win over Avon on Friday night. 

The Thunderbirds (5-1) had a 34-0 lead before the Falcons (4-2) could get on the scoreboard with a 72-yard run by Andrew Blackmore.

North Branford’s defense was solid. They had a season-high 98 tackles including six for a loss. The Thunderbirds forced two Avon turnovers (one fumble, one interception).

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Canton, Avon face big Sassacus Division tests this weekend

football graphicThe Avon and Canton High football teams both play inter-divisional games this weekend that won’t have an effect on the race for the Pequot Uncas Division championship. But this weekend’s games against two of the stronger Sassacus Division squads will shine a light on how far Canton and Avon may go this season. 

Undefeated Canton (5-0), off to its best start since 1952, hosts Morgan (4-1) Saturday afternoon at the high school. Avon (4-1), which has won four straight since an opening day loss to Ellington/Somers, challenges North Branford (4-1). Continue Reading

Avon girls, Canton boys looking for a share of a NCCC cross country title

Action from last year's NCCC championship race in Windsor Locks. The league championship meet is scheduled for Saturday.

Action from last year’s NCCC championship race in Windsor Locks. The league championship meet is scheduled for Saturday.

WINDSOR LOCKS, Oct. 16 – In its final appearance in NCCC competition on Saturday morning, the Avon High girls cross country team will try and bring home a league championship. The Canton High boys cross country team will try to pull off an upset and gain a share of a NCCC title. 

Both teams will be at the NCCC cross country championship meet beginning Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Windsor Locks High School. 

Avon will be moving to the Central Connecticut Conference next fall. The girls cross country team would like to add a fourth straight NCCC championship before they leave the conference. Avon, which was 13-1 in the league, would have to beat Suffield (14-0) to earn at least a share of the championship. Continue Reading

Canton’s Spirit Week includes Wall of Fame induction and night football, field hockey and soccer games

Canton hosted its first-ever night football game at the high school Friday night against Lewis Mills.

Last November, the Canton High football team hosted Lewis Mills on the new turf field. This year, the boys and girls soccer teams, field hockey team and football team will have games on the turf under the lights.

CANTON – Spirit Week at Canton will include the annual night soccer games, sponsored by the Canton Youth Soccer Association. But this year, there will be night games for the field hockey and football teams thanks to fundraising efforts from the Canton Athletic Booster Club. 

And the Canton Wall of Fame will induct their latest class on Friday, Oct. 24 to cap off a week of highlighting athletic and community service excellence. 

Six Canton High graduates will be recognized at the 12th annual Wall of Fame induction ceremony for their outstanding contributions in their field of work and/or the community. The ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. Continue Reading

Roundup: Canton’s record-tying win streak halted at 7; Avon boys still unbeaten

Soccer graphic CPWINDSOR LOCKS, Oct. 14 – The record will remain at seven. Windsor Locks outlasted the Canton High boys soccer team on Tuesday, 3-2, to snap Canton’s record-tying win streak at seven straight games. The Warriors (8-3, 6-3 NCCC) had won seven games in a row since losing to Avon on September 16. 

Canton previously won seven in a row in 1973 when they won the final seven games of the season to win their first Class S championship. They also won seven straight in 1975 and 1983. Continue Reading

Basketball shooting specialist to host youth clinic in Canton

CP basketball graphicCANTON — Renowned NBA shooting specialist, Dave Hopla, will hold a special basketball clinic for boys and girls, grades 3-12, on Nov. 22 and 23, at Valley Sports Center in Canton.  This advanced two-day program is designed to help basketball players improve their mid-range, three-point shooting and free throws. Continue Reading

Avon girls take 2nd in seeded race at Wickham Invitational

CP canterbury a, graphicMANCHESTER, Oct. 11 – The Avon High cross country program took their annual trial run on the home course of the CIAC state championship meets Saturday – Wickham Park. Led by senior Molly Hamel, the Avon girls finished second in the seeded race behind Londonderry, N.H.

Londonderry had four runners in the top 25 while Avon had two. Christina Martin also earned a top 20 finish by taking 14th.  The Avon girls took second in the seeded race for the third straight year.

The Avon boys took fifth in the seeded race led by Collin Pritchard, who finished 14th. Continue Reading

Undefeated Canton forces six turnovers, runs over Windsor Locks

Brock Steinfeldt (44), Dan Delos (34), Cam Daley (3) and Caiden Permenter (59) gang up on Windsor Locks' Khamri Thomas in Saturday's 37-13 Pequot Uncas victory.

Brock Steinfeldt (44), Dan Delos (34), Cam Daley (3) and Caiden Permenter (59) gang up on Windsor Locks’ Khamri Thomas in Saturday’s 37-13 Pequot Uncas victory.

WINDSOR LOCKS, Oct. 11 – The Canton High football team gave up a 77-yard touchdown run to Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby on the second play of the game. The Warriors didn’t allow much more than that. 

Undefeated Canton won its fifth straight game Saturday afternoon as Dan Delos ran for four touchdowns and a career-high 209 yards in a 37-13 win over the host Raiders. The Warriors forced six Windsor Locks turnovers as Cam Daley intercepted two passes and Canton recovered three fumbles. After the Raiders took a six-point lead in the second quarter, Canton outscored the Raiders, 30-0 and forced five turnovers. 

“Hats off to (Canton) coach (Paul Philippon). They played great,” Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby coach Jason Qua said. “They’re big up front. They have the biggest front line in the Pequot. They owned the line of scrimmage and that is how you win football games.” 

Canton (5-0) leads the Pequot Uncas Division with Avon, Ellington/Somers and Gilbert/Northwestern in second place with 4-1 records. It’s Canton’s best start since winning its first five contests in 1952. Continue Reading

Avon soccer teams battle to thrilling overtime ties with Suffield

Suffield's James Busch feels the pressure from Avon's Ian Jalbert in Friday's non-league game at Fisher Meadow in Avon.

Suffield’s James Busch feels the pressure from Avon’s Ian Jalbert (34) in Friday’s non-league game at Fisher Meadow in Avon.

Avon's Amanda Holtzman (2) and Suffield's Nicole Stryjek battle for control in Friday's NCCC contest in Avon.

Avon’s Amanda Holtzman (2) and Suffield’s Nicole Stryjek battle for control in Friday’s NCCC contest in Avon.

AVON, Oct. 10 – Because I have a camera and I am a reporter, I had one of the best seats in the house Friday afternoon at Fisher Meadows. OK, it wasn’t actually a seat. I was standing.

I was standing on the thin greystone path between the two main fields. To my left, the Avon High girls soccer team was squaring off with rival Suffield in a battle of two undefeated teams. To my right, the Avon High boys soccer team was also playing Suffield, which carried a state record 43-game winning streak into the contest.

Four of the best soccer teams in the NCCC and I was right in the middle of it – going from game-to-game like watching a tennis match.

They were both thrilling games. In the girls game, Suffield scored on a penalty kick with 10 seconds left in the first half to take a one-goal lead at intermission but Avon tied the game with 8:11 remaining when Meghan McKenna tapped a loose ball over the goal line as the Falcons battled to a 2-2 overtime tie.

In the boys game, Avon ended Suffield’s record-tying win streak with a 1-1 overtime tie. Avon took a one goal lead with 23:58 gone in the first half on a goal from Max Gorack. But the three-time defending Class M champions responded immediately, scoring 30 seconds later to tie the game.Continue Reading

Avon dominates Enfield under the lights for fourth straight win

Avon's Andrew Blackmore makes the tackle in Avon's 34-0 win over Enfield on Friday night.

Avon’s Ryan Nolan (26) makes the tackle in Avon’s 34-0 win over Enfield on Friday night.

AVON – The Avon High football team took care of business quickly on Friday night. The Falcons scored twice in the first 2:07 of the game to win its fourth straight game with a 34-0 win over Enfield under portable lights at the high school.

Teddy Allmendinger scored two touchdowns and ran for more than 170 yards. Sean Del Gallo threw a pair of touchdown passes to freshman Jordan Williams and Luke Meaney.

“Our defense stepped up,” Avon coach Jim Caouette said. “They have some decent athletes and we played good assignment football. Offensively, we executed very well.”

It was the only night game of the year at home thanks to the Avon Booster Club, which provided lights for boys soccer, girls soccer and field hockey games on campus this week. “You get to play at home under the lights, it’s a little more exciting than playing on Saturday afternoon,” Caouette said. Continue Reading

Historic win for Canton boys; Avon hosts big doubleheader with Suffield Friday

Riley Hollis and the Canton High boys soccer team have won seven straight games.

Riley Hollis and the Canton High boys soccer team have won seven straight games.

CANTON – After a three-goal loss to Avon in early September, Canton High coach Bill Phelps talked about getting his team some confidence. With some success, he felt the team could begin to roll. “The whole idea is to build up this team to compete in the Class S tournament, “he said at the time.

Canton is on a historic run. The Warriors tied a team record with their seventh straight win Wednesday with a 7-1 rout of East Windsor at home on the turf. Six different players scored for Canton, including Jacob Dupre with two goals.

This is the fourth team in the program’s 50-year history that have won seven straight games. In 1973, the Warriors won the final seven games of the season and won their first Class S championship. Canton also won seven straight in 1975 and in 1983.Continue Reading

Avon girls (13-1) remain in hunt for NCCC cross country title

Avon High senior Molly Hamel has won four dual meets this fall.

Avon High senior Molly Hamel has won four dual meets this fall.

HARTFORD, Oct. 8 – Avon senior Molly Hamel won her fourth dual meet of the fall Wednesday as the Avon High girls cross country team finished the dual meet potion of the NCCC season with a 13-1 record. 

Avon beat Granby, 17-46 and Hartford Classical, 15-50 on Wednesday at Elizabeth Park. Avon is currently second in the league behind Suffield (14-0). Teams earn one point for each team they beat during the dual meet portion of the season and one point for each team they beat at the league championship meet. 

Avon can earn a share of its fourth league championship if they can beat Suffield at the NCCC championship meet on Saturday, Oct. 18 at Windsor Locks High School. Continue Reading