Avon runners race to personal bests, break school records

Avon’s Rachel Martin, shown earlier this season, had a top 10 finish at Friday’s Haddam-Killingworth Invitational in New Haven. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

AVON – It was a busy two days for the Avon High indoor track and field program. The Falcons had athletes competing in multiple meets on multiple days this weekend as they continue to prepare for the upcoming Central Connecticut Conference championship meet.

Some participated in the NCCC Invitational at Hartford Public on Saturday while others were entered in the Haddam-Killingworth Invitational on Friday at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven.

At the Haddam-Killingworth Invitational, Avon had several top 10 performances. Senior Zach Bortoff had two top 10 finishes and set a pair of new school records.Continue Reading

In Avon, students and athletes celebrate the joy of playing basketball

Players break the huddle before Saturday’s For the Love of the Game basketball game at Avon High.

AVON, Jan. 21 – It’s becoming quite a tradition at Avon High and it’s getting a bit bigger each year.

The fourth annual For the Love of the Game contest was held Saturday afternoon with members of the Avon High boys basketball team and the Avon High girls basketball team playing a contest with fellow students who are physically or intellectually challenged.

Some graduates are returning to play in the game, too. “They’re always welcome to come back and play with us at Avon High,” game organizer Maria Mascoli said. More than 70 spectators, classmates and parents filled the stands to see the fun.

There was plenty of fast break action Saturday at Avon High.

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Canton shuts down Granby in fourth quarter to remain in first place in NCCC

Canton’s Ryan Enns (20) is pressured in Wednesday night’s victory over Granby. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

GRANBY, January 18 – The Canton High boys basketball team allowed just two field goals in the final 13 minutes of the game to remain in first place in the North Central Connecticut Conference with a 48-37 win over Granby on Wednesday night.

Ethan Burke scored a team-high 13 points while Tim Keating and Jack Mansur each had 11 points for Canton, now 8-1 overall and 7-0 in the NCCC. The Warriors maintained a one-game lead over Sport Medicine Science Academy (8-2, 6-1 NCCC) in the league championship race.

Canton led by as many as eight points early in the fourth quarter but the Bears (3-5, 2-4 NCCC) cut the lead to three points on a three-point shot from Tyler Disabella with 4:35 remaining, 40-37. But that would be the final points that the Bears scored on this evening.Continue Reading

What do people in Avon think of inauguration of Trump as president?

What do people in Avon think of the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as president on Friday? The Connecticut Mirror is in the midst of a tour of the state interviewing residents to learn about their thoughts about Trump’s election as president. The Mirror visited Avon this week.

In Avon, a feeling of unease lingers as inauguration nears

Snowflake Scramble fundraiser is January 29 at Canton High

The Snowflake Scramble is set for Sunday, January 29 at Canton High.

CANTON – Lights on Canton, the committee raising money for permanent lights around the turf football and track at Canton High, will host the first Snowshoe Scramble on Sunday, January 29, at 1 p.m. at Canton High.

The race is a gentle, rambling snowshoe walk through the woods and Mills Pond Park, or a brisk walk if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate with snow.

Hot chocolate and donuts will be waiting at the end of this outdoor activity. Sledding and snowball fights (if we have snow) are encouraged. Dogs are welcome, too.Continue Reading

Ott makes 37 saves as undefeated Boston (9-0) blanks Connecticut, 4-0

Connecticut’s Haley Skarupa had a team-high nine shots on goal in Sunday’s 4-0 loss to Boston.

NORTH BRANFORD, Jan. 15 – Boston Pride goalie Brittany Ott made 37 saves to register her league-leading third shutout of the season to lead the defending National Women’s Hockey League champion Pride to a 4-0 shutout over Connecticut at the Northford Ice Pavilion on Sunday.

Jillian Dempsey had two goals for undefeated Boston (9-0) while Alex Carpenter had a goal and two assists for the Pride. Boston, which has allowed a league-low 10 goals in nine games, shutout Connecticut for the second time this season.

With their eighth straight loss to Boston, dating back to last season, the Whale slip into last place in the NWHL with a 4-7 record. Connecticut beat Boston in their first-ever meeting in November 2015 and haven’t won since.Continue Reading

Avon ‘5’ beat New Britain for fourth win of season

Avon’s Riley Welter had 15 points to lead the Falcons to a 56-49 win over New Britain Saturday night. It is believed to the first-ever meeting between the two programs in boys basketball.

The Avon High boys basketball team knew that playing in the Central Connecticut Conference would provide challenges. On Saturday night, the Falcons squared off with New Britain – the third largest school in the state.

The Falcons saw New Britain trim a nine-point halftime lead to just three points after three quarters. But Avon (4-5) didn’t flinch in the final eight minutes to beat New Britain, 56-49 in Avon. It was Avon’s second win the last three games.

Charlie Reiss led Avon with 16 points while Riley Welter added 15. “Riley and Charlie played well for us,” Avon High coach Kris Pedra said. “Riley played aggressively offensively and played tough on defense. He took it strong to the basket throughout the game. Riley and Charlie really helped on the defensive rebounds.”Continue Reading

Mitchell helps Canton girls at Shoreline Coaches meet; Oberhausen 3rd for Avon

Canton freshman Chelsea Mitchell ran well at the Shoreline Coaches Invitational. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

NEW HAVEN, January 15 – Canton freshman Chelsea Mitchell finished second in the 55 meter dash and third in the 300 meters to lead the Canton High girls indoor track and field team to a seventh place finish at the Shoreline Coaches Invitational Saturday at the Floyd Little Athletic Complex.

Canton’s Max Sparks was second in the 1,000 meters to lead the Canton boys, who finished 18th in the field. Avon’s Christine Oberhausen was third in the 600 meters to lead the Falcons (19th). The Avon High boys squad was led by the team of Zach Bortoff, Jon Hernandez, Matt Nyklicek and Jack Stokesbury, who finished sixth in the 4×800 relay with a new school record time of 8:47.70.

Mitchell was second in the 55 meters in 7.67 seconds, just nipping Berlin’s Nikki Xiarhos, who ran a time of 7.69 seconds. Berlin’s Vanessa Reimer won the event in 7.41 seconds.

In the 300 meters, Mitchell was third with a time of 44.07 seconds behind Reimer (43.67) and Xiarhos (43.92). Mitchell set new school records in both events – the 55 and 300 meters.

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Undefeated Avon swimmers dominate Bristol for fourth victory

BRISTOL, Jan. 13 – Adam Zaptaka won two individual events and the Avon High boys swimming team won two relays in a 97-74 win over the Bristol co-op swim team on Friday in Central Connecticut Conference action.

Avon (4-0, 0-0 CCC North White) swam three of the final four events unofficially to not run up the score.

Zaptaka won the 200 and 500-yard freestyle while Brendan Downey (diving), Kyle Emery (100 free) and Maksymilian Jaremko (200 IM) each won individual events.Continue Reading

Canton rallies from 12-point deficit to beat SMSA and claim first place in NCCC

Canton’s Ethan Burke scored a career-high 21 points as the Warriors erased a 12-point deficit to beat SMSA Friday night in Hartford. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

HARTFORD, Jan. 13 — The Canton High boys basketball team erased a 12-point deficit to beat Sport Medicine Science Academy, 59-56, on Friday night and remain the only undefeated team in the North Central Connecticut Conference.

SMSA led the Warriors by 12 points, 46-34, with 3:15 remaining in the third quarter. But Canton went on a 16-4 run to take the lead for the first time since late in the first quarter. Tim Keating scored eight consecutive points for Canton in the big rally, including a three-point shot.

Canton (7-1, 6-0 NCCC) scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter to take a 50-49 lead with 6:11 remaining on a three-point shot from Ethan Burke, who scored a game-high 21 points. Burke hit a jumper to start the quarter for Canton and Jack Mansur drained a three-point shot to cut the Tigers lead to two, 49-47.Continue Reading

Babstock leads five players from Whale selected to play in NWHL All-Star Game

Connecticut’s Kelly Babstock leads the NWHL in goals (6) and points (14) and was selected to play in her first NWHL All-Star game. 

Five Connecticut Whale players have been selected to play in the upcoming National Women’s Hockey League All-Star game on February 12 in Pittsburgh.

Kelly Babstock, the NWHL’s leading scorer with six goals, eight assists and 14 points, was named to the team by a select group of media that follow the league. Forwards Kelly Stack (5-4, 9 points), Haley Skarupa (5-5, 10) and Dana Trivigno (3-2, 5) were also selected to play in the All-Star Game.

Whale goalie Nicole Stock (3-3, 2.41 ERA) was also selected to play.

Stack, who will be playing in the game for the second consecutive year, will play for the Amanda Kessel team along with Trivigno and Stock. Stack was the No. 1 pick by Kessel in the draft with All-Star captain Kelley Steadman. Babstock and Skarupa are playing on Team Steadman.Continue Reading

Canton girls now 7-2 after beating Coventry for fifth straight win

Canton’s Sarah Bowman (32) moves through traffic in Monday’s victory over host Somers. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

COVENTRY, Jan. 11  – The Canton High girls basketball team has had little trouble the past three games over the past six days. The Warriors had few problems in winning their fifth straight game Wednesday night with a 55-27 decision over Coventry in North Central Connecticut Conference play.

On Monday night, senior All-State forward Emily Briggs had nine of her game-high 19 points in the third quarter as Canton won their fourth consecutive game with a 55-40 win over host Somers.

Last Friday, Canton (7-2, 5-2 NCCC) closed out the second Canton Holiday Classic with a 41-29 win over Tolland in the consolation game that was originally postponed by snow.Continue Reading

Canton boys outlasts Somers to win for sixth time in seven games

Sophomore Grant Lange looks to make a pass in a win over Lewis Mills earlier this season. Canton beat Somers Monday night for its sixth win. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

CANTON – A week ago, the Canton High boys basketball team got off to a poor start in their 13-point loss to Avon. The Falcons raced out to a 14-0 lead and led 21-3 after eight minutes.

It was Canton’s first loss of the season after winning their first three games.

The Warriors seem to have learned their lesson. They won two straight games, getting off to a strong start in a win over Granby and used a strong finish to beat Somers on Monday night.Continue Reading

Two late power play goals lift Buffalo past Connecticut

Connecticut’s Dana Trivigno (17) scored her fifth goal of the season in Saturday night’s 6-5 loss to Buffalo in North Branford in NWHL action.

NORTH BRANFORD, Jan. 7 – The Connecticut Whale have had little success in scoring on the power play in the first nine games of the National Women’s Hockey League season. The Whale were an anemic two-of-27 on the power play.

On Saturday night, the Whale showed some improvement. They received a shorthanded goal from Meagan Mangene and scored on the power play as Connecticut erased a three-goal deficit.

But two costly penalties in the third period of a tied game led to a pair of power play goals in a span of 10 seconds for visiting Buffalo as the Beauts handed Connecticut their second straight loss with a 6-5 decision at the Northford Ice Pavilion.Continue Reading

Emery wins two events as Avon swimmers beat Farmington to remain undefeated

NEW BRITAIN, Jan. 6 – Avon High’s Kyle Emery won two events while the Falcons boys swimming team won seven of 12 events to beat Farmington, 95-83, in a Central Connecticut Conference meet Friday night at Central Connecticut State University.

Emery won the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke for the Falcons, who improve to 3-0 on the season. Emergy also swam on two winning relay teams. Avon’s depth helped carry the day. The Falcons swept the top three spots in the 100 freestyle and 500 freestyle and had two of the top three finishers in five other individual events.

Avon’s Brendan Downey (diving), Adam Zapatka (500 free) and Maksymilian Jaremko (100 fly) each won individual events. Sam Johnson would have won the 100 breast stroke but he swam it as an exhibition to avoid running up the team score.Continue Reading