New Connecticut lacrosse team signs veteran forward Brett Bucktooth

Action from a National Lacrosse League game with Rochester and Toronto last winter. The NLL debuts in Connecticut in January. (Photo courtesy NLL via Facebook)

Action from a National Lacrosse League game with Rochester and Toronto last winter. The NLL debuts in Connecticut in January. (Photo courtesy NLL via Facebook)

UNCASVILLE – National Lacrosse League veteran Brett Bucktooth, one of the premier forwards in the sport of indoor lacrosse, will be playing home games at Mohegan Sun Arena this winter with Connecticut.

Bucktooth was signed to a one-year free agent contract today to play for the Connecticut franchise, which relocated from Philadelphia earlier in August.  An official announcement on the name of the franchise is pending.

Bucktooth, 31, has 92 goals, 131 assists and 223 points in 88 NLL games since he was selected third overall by the Buffalo Bandits in the 2006 NLL Entry Draft. Bucktooth joined the Vancouver Stealth in 2012, and had a career-high 18 goals with 25 assists and 43 points for the Stealth in 2014. Continue Reading

Avon player wins Detrick Award at basketball camp

Avon High's Dan Reagan

Avon High’s Dan Reagan (Photo by Carolyn Marshall)

AVON – Dan Reagan, a junior at Avon High, was selected as the recipient of the 2014 Detrick Award at the Connecticut Basketball School in August.

Reagan attended the week-long camp in August at Saint Thomas More in Oakdale. Connecticut Basketball School is now in its 54th season and attracts players from Connecticut and around the nation.Continue Reading

Avon gets in some work at scrimmage

Dozens of fans watch Avon's first scrimmage of the season Wednesday night at the high school.

Dozens of fans watch Avon’s first scrimmage of the season Wednesday night at the high school.

AVON – The Avon High football team participated in its first scrimmage on Wednesday night, hosting Watertown at the high school. The two teams scrimmaged for about an hour before thunder and rain cut the event short. Dozens of parents and some students watched the scrimmage from the parking lot that overlooks the practice fields.

Avon will participate in the second of its two scrimmages on Thursday, Sept. 4, when they travel to Newington.Continue Reading

Donovan gets one more game with U.S. national team in East Hartford

Landon Donovan will play his final game with the U.S. men's national team on Friday, Oct. 10 in East Hartford.

Landon Donovan will play his final game with the U.S. men’s national team on Friday, Oct. 10 in East Hartford. (Photo courtesy U.S. Soccer)

Landon Donovan will play one more game with the U.S. men’s soccer national team – in East Hartford. Donovan will make his final appearance with the Americans on Friday night, October 10, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford when the U.S. hosts Ecuador at 7 p.m. It will be broadcast live on ESPN.

The decision by national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann to leave Donovan, 32, off the U.S. team that played in the World Cup earlier this summer in Brazil was tremendously disappointing to Donovan and his supporters across the country. But his fans will get one last chance to cheer Donovan in his 157th international appearance.

Donovan announced in August that he would retire from soccer at the end of the Major League Soccer season. He holds several records for the U.S. national team, including most goals (57) and assists (58). He scored one of the most iconic goals in U.S. soccer history in the 2010 World Cup with his goal in the final seconds against Algeria to give the Americans a 1-0 victory and their first Group title since 1930. Donovan popped in a rebound of a shot by teammate Clint Dempsey.

Donovan played on three World Cup teams for the U.S. in 2002, 2006 and 2010. Continue Reading

Whaley wins 3rd state amateur title; Foster wins Mid-Amateur on home course

Golf ballWALLINGFORD, Aug. 20 – Farmington’s Kelly Whaley easily won her third Connecticut Women’s Amateur golf tournament in four years on Wednesday at the Farms Country Club. Whaley, 17, won by 14 strokes over Catherine McEvoy of Riverside. 

Whaley, a senior at the International Junior Golf Academy at Hilton Head, South Carolina, previously won the state amateur title in 2011 and 2013. She had a three-day total of 218 after rounds of 73, 70 and 75. McEvoy, who will be a junior at Greenwich High this fall, was second with a 232 with rounds of 81, 76 and 75. Continue Reading

Warriors working hard to prepare for 2014 gridiron campaign

Canton's Sam Jenkins carries the ball during a recent practice at the high school.

Canton’s Sam Jenkins carries the ball during a recent practice at the high school.

CANTON – Practice is underway for the 2014 Canton High football team. The Warriors, under third-year head coach Paul Philippon, will be trying for a historic third straight winning season.

Canton has never put together three consecutive winning seasons. Three times, Canton had two straight winning seasons in 2012 and 2013, 1951 and 1952, 1948 and 1949.

The Warriors will open the season at Dillon Stadium in Hartford on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 5:30 p.m. against SMSA/University. Canton opens at home with its first full season on its new multi-purpose playing surface on Saturday, Sept. 27 against Ellington/Somers. Continue Reading

Robaczynski pulls away to win another Lobster Loop road race

Marc Robaczynski takes the early lead over Cullen McHale at the Lobster Loop road race Sunday morning in Canton.

Marc Robaczynski takes the early lead over Cullen McHale at the Lobster Loop road race Sunday morning in Canton.

CANTON – Runner Marc Robaczynski lived in New Hartford for years. “I’m still used to running those hills,” he said Sunday morning, referring to running up Route 219, West Hill Road, Gillette Road or South Road. 

Robaczynski used that training to pull away from Burlington’s Cullen McHale on Hill Street to win the 23rd annual Lobster Loop road race in Canton. Robaczynski tied a race record by winning the event for the eighth time in 16 minutes and three seconds for an 18-second win over McHale. 

Robaczynski, who now lives in Avon, last won the race in 2010. Canton’s Mary Lynn Currier won the women’s race eight times. Continue Reading

Canton’s Bob Barnes umpires at Little League Junior Softball World Series

Canton's Bob Barnes discusses a call with a coach at the Little League Junior Softball World Series in Kirkland, Wash. (Photo by Dale Garvey, courtesy of Little League Junior Softball)

Canton’s Bob Barnes discusses a call with a coach at the Little League Junior Softball World Series in Kirkland, Wash. (Photo by Dale Garvey, courtesy of Little League Junior Softball)

KIRKLAND, Wash. — Canton’s Bob Barnes has spent the past week in Kirkland, Washington working as an umpire at the Little League Junior Softball (ages 13-14) World Series. It is Barnes’ first appearance at the World Series. The event concludes on Saturday.

Learn more about Bob’s World Series assignment in our story earlier this month. Continue Reading

Still time to make comments about proposed turf athletic complex

Town-owned property on Thompson Road where an athletic complex could be built.

Town-owned property on Thompson Road where an athletic complex could be built.

AVON – Residents in Avon still have several opportunities to comment on a proposed athletic complex on Thompson Road. Architects hired by the town to draw a proposal met with the Town Council and provided an status report earlier this week. 

The Town Council asked the architect, BSC Group, to return at the Council’s next regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 7:30 p.m., at Town Hall to provide an update on the proposal. Residents will be able to comment on the athletic complex proposal at the meeting. 

The proposed athletic complex that could include a multi-use, synthetic turf field, lights and bleachers. The field could be used by Avon High’s football, soccer, field hockey and lacrosse teams and other groups. The proposed complex would be on a 15-acre, town-owned site on Thompson Road where M.H. Rhodes, who manufactured timers, switches and horsepower motors, was once located. 

Town residents can also make comments on the proposed design at two upcoming Recreation and Park meetings on Tuesday, Aug. 19, and Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the selectman’s chambers at the Town Hall. Continue Reading

Lots of energy as Avon football team begins practice for new season

Avon High football coach Jim Caouette helps lead a defensive drill on the first day of conditioning workouts for the Falcons.

Avon High football coach Jim Caouette helps lead a defensive drill on the first day of conditioning workouts for the Falcons.

AVON – Avon High football coach Jim Caouette is already thinking about the fourth quarter of an October game. 

Caouette was full of energy on day one of conditioning workouts for the 2014 Falcons football team. As his players ran conditioning drills early Thursday evening, he reminded them – loudly, crisply and enthusiastically – that their hard work and sweat would pay off later this season. 

A year ago, Avon was 8-3 in Caouette’s first season. This year, he wants to get the Falcons into the playoffs and into a state championship game. The season opener is Saturday, Sept. 13, when Avon hosts Ellington/Somers at 1:30 p.m. at the high school. Continue Reading

23rd Lobster Loop road race kicks off Sunday morning in Canton

Runners take off at the start of the 2013 Lobster Loop road race in Canton.

Runners take off at the start of the 2013 Lobster Loop road race in Canton.

CANTON – The 23rd annual Lobster Loop road race will be Sunday at 8:30 a.m. at the Town Green in Canton. Race day registration for the 3.1 mile road race begins at 7:30 a.m. The fee is $25. 

Over 500 runners participated in last year’s race, which was won by Farmington’s Chris Chisholm, 52, for the third time and Goshen’s Sami Glass, now 18. The field is generally full of runners from Canton and Avon. Race proceeds benefit the Canton Middle School’s Parent Teach Organization (PTO). The race generated nearly $10,000 last year.

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With 4th in 50 free, Kennedy earns 3 top 10 finishes and national title in 400 free relay

Madison Kennedy before the 50 freestyle final. (Courtesy U.S. Swimming)

Madison Kennedy before the 50 freestyle final. (Courtesy U.S. Swimming)

IRVINE, Calif. – Avon’s Madison Kennedy swam the second fastest time in the 50 meter freestyle in her career Sunday at the U.S. national championship finals. It was good enough to earn her a fourth place medal in the 50 free.

Simone Manuel swam the fastest time of the year by an American, finishing strong to win the national title in the 50 free with a time of 24.56 seconds. Ivy Martin was second in 24.72 seconds with Madeline Locus third in 24.81.

It was a close race. The entire field finished within 0.51 of a second of each other. Kennedy took fourth with a time of 24.83 seconds. She cut 0.13 off her qualifying time of 24.96 seconds, which earned her the fourth spot in qualifying. Continue Reading

Kennedy, SwimMAC teammates win national title in 400 freestyle relay

Avon's Madison Kennedy won her second national championship medal in the 400 freestyle relay Wednesday.

Avon’s Madison Kennedy won her second national championship medal in the 400 freestyle relay Wednesday.

IRVING, Calif. – For the second time, Avon’s Madison Kennedy has won a gold medal at the U.S. national championship race in a freestyle relay.

Late Wednesday night at the end of day 1 of the 2014 U.S. national swimming championship meet, Kennedy and her teammates from SwimMAC Carolina won the 400 meter freestyle relay by 0.01 a second in a thrilling race.

SwimMAC Carolina won the national championship race in 3:44.31, just ahead of surging California Aquatics A in 3:44.32. Continue Reading

Kennedy finishes 10th in 100 freestyle at U.S. nationals

Avon's Madison Kennedy (Photo courtesy of New Wave Sports Marketing)

Avon’s Madison Kennedy (Photo courtesy of New Wave Sports Marketing)

IRVING, Calif. – Avon’s Madison Kennedy finished in the top 10 in the 100 meter freestyle at the 2014 U.S. national swimming championships Wednesday. Kennedy finished 10th with a time of 54.86 seconds in the B final. It was her best-ever finish in the 100 free at the U.S. national championship meet.

Kennedy’s preparations will now turn toward the 50 freestyle on Sunday where she is seeded No. 1, thanks to her career-best time of 24.78 seconds at the Charlotte Grand Prix in May.

Kennedy was seeded 11th in the 100 freestyle. She finished 10th in the qualifying heats with a time of 54.72 seconds. She was 0.07 of a second away from swimming in the championship final. Continue Reading

Canton umpire selected to work at Little League softball World Series

Canton umpire Bob Barnes will be working at the Little League Softball World Series in August.

Canton umpire Bob Barnes will be working at the Little League Softball World Series in August.

CANTON — For the second straight season, an umpire from Canton will on the diamond at the Little League Softball World Series in Kirkland, Washington. 

A year ago, Canton native Michael Comeau was one of 12 umpires selected to work at the World Series. This year, Canton resident Bob Barnes has been recognized and selected to work at the World Series. 

It’s the highest honor that Little League baseball and softball can bestow on an umpire and the selection means that the umpire is considered among the best in the world. Barnes was nominated by officials from Connecticut’s District 6 and the Eastern Region. 

Barnes will umpire at the Junior Division Softball World Series on August 10-16. Teams include players who are 13 and 14 years old. Continue Reading