Serruta finishes strong to win state women’s amateur golf championship

Autumn Serruta of the Golf Club of Avon won the Connecticut Women’s State Amateur Championship Wednesday by two strokes. (Photo courtesy Connecticut State Golf Association)

MANCHESTER, July 19 – Autumn Serruta of the Golf Club of Avon had a three-stroke lead coming into Wednesday’s third and final round of the 52nd annual Connecticut Women’s Amateur Golf Championships at the Manchester Country Club.

Serruta started off the day well with a birdie and four pars on the first eight holes before running into trouble with five consecutive bogies on holes nine through 13 and losing her lead.

But Serruta didn’t panic, sank a big putt for birdie on the 15th hole and rallied to win her first state amateur golf title with a two-stroke win over Jennifer Holland. Serruta shot a final round of six-over-par 78. It was her highest score of the tournament but it was enough to best Holland, who shot a 77 Wednesday.Continue Reading

After losing by forfeit, Avon Legion holds off Southington in game three, 4-3

Avon pitcher Justin Olson allowed just five hits and struck out nine as Post 201 eliminated Southington in game 3 of their best-of-3 state tournament series on Wednesday.

AVON, July 19 – Baseball players make mistakes all the time. It’s the nature of the game. It could be a dropped fly ball or a ground ball that scoots under your glove. Sometimes, your mistake costs your team the game.

The real test is how one reacts after making a mistake – especially one that costs you a victory.

In the sweltering 95 degree heat Wednesday, the Avon American Legion baseball team was on the verge of sweeping Southington to win their best-of-3 series and advance to Saturday’s four-team Northern Division finals at Muzzy Field in Bristol. Post 201 had an eight-run lead in the bottom of the sixth inning.

But Avon coach Donny Annicelle unknowingly put a player into a game who was ineligible. He had attended a player showcase event over the weekend. Southington manager Marc Verderame notified the umpire and they consulted with Zone 1 chair Tim Vincent of Simsbury, who was at the game sitting behind the backstop.Continue Reading

Home run in eighth inning lifts Litchfield to Tri-State win over Crushers

Jon Scippa had one of Canton’s two hits in Tuesday’s loss to Litchfield.

CANTON, July 18 – Mike Odenwaelder’s two-run home run in the eighth inning snapped a scoreless tie and lifted the Litchfield Cowboys baseball team to a 3-0 win over the Canton Crushers in eight innings Tuesday night in Tri-State League play at Bowdoin Field.

Canton hurler Jake Bryant was excellent through seven innings. He allowed just three hits and struck out five. But he ran into some trouble in the eighth inning by allowing a leadoff walk and a big home run by Odenwaelder into a tree in left field. An RBI single from Dan Hedden extended the lead to 3-0.Continue Reading

Canton Little League team opens play in state tournament on Thursday night

The Canton Little League baseball team will open state tournament play on Thursday against Prospect.

PLYMOUTH, July 19 –  For the just the fourth time, the Canton Little League baseball All-Star team will play in the Major Division (ages 11-12) state tournament beginning on Thursday night in Terryville.

Canton, which won their first District 6 championship since 1988 on Friday night over Burlington, will face District 3 champion Prospect (4-1) on Thursday night beginning at 6:30 p.m. Canton will play District 5 champion Wallingford (5-1) on Friday night also at 6:30 p.m.

Canton (6-1) is playing in the Section II tournament – a three-team bracket. The top two teams will play in the final on Saturday night for the right to advance to the four-team double elimination bracket at Guilford Middle School. That winner advances to the New England Regional championship tournament in Bristol.Continue Reading

Avon’s Autumn Serruta has lead after two rounds of women’s state amateur

Autumn Serruta of the Golf Club of Avon leads the Connecticut Women’s State Amateur championships by three strokes after two rounds. The final round begins Wednesday morning in Manchester. (Photo courtesy Connecticut State Golf Association)

MANCHESTER, July 18 –  Autumn Serruta of the Golf Club of Avon has a three-stroke lead going into the third and final round of the 52nd annual Connecticut Women’s Amateur Golf Championship on Wednesday.

Serruta shot a two-over-par 74 in the second round for a two-round total of 150 at the Manchester Country Club, three strokes better than Jen Holland of Lyman Orchards (78-75, 153) and six shots ahead of Sarah Houle of Rock Ridge Country Club (77-79, 156). Houle won the CIAC girls golf title in June playing for Newtown High. Holland won the 2008 state amateur title.

Serruta, a former golfer for Avon High and Mount St. Mary, had one birdie and just three bogeys on Tuesday. Her 74 is her best round in her last three appearances in the state amateur championship event.Continue Reading

Stellar defense and pitching lifts Avon Legion past Southington in playoff opener

Avon’s Will Thramann gets a face full of dirt but he safely gets back to first base in Tuesday night’s state tournament game in Avon. Post 201 prevailed, 3-0.

AVON, July 18 – The Avon American Legion baseball team got the job done on Tuesday night against Zone 1 rival Southington in game one of the best-of-3 Northern Division series at Buckingham Park in the state tournament.

Post 201 only had four hits against Southington but made them count with a pair of clutch hits in the bottom of the sixth inning to allow a tight one-run lead swell to three runs. Avon played some outstanding defense and pitcher Connor Harris scattered five hits and struck out seven as Avon beat Southington, 3-0.

The victory gives Avon a 1-0 lead in the series. The two teams play on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at Buckingham and, if necessary, they will play game 3 at 5:30 p.m. The winner of the series advances to the four-team Northern Division finals beginning Saturday at Muzzy Field in Bristol.

“The defense was great, top-notch,” Avon coach Donny Annicelle said. “The pitching was phenominal. The hitting could have been a little better but we got the hits when we needed them.”Continue Reading

Sun’s Alyssa Thomas selected as reserve for the WNBA All-Star Game

Connecticut’s Alyssa Thomas has been named to the WNBA’s Eastern Conference All-Star team as a reserve.

UNCASVILLE, July 18 – Three Connecticut Sun players will be making their All-Star debuts Saturday at the WNBA All-Star Game in Seattle. Forward Alyssa Thomas was named as a reserve for the Eastern Conference Tuesday night. She is joining teammates Jasmine Thomas and Jonquel Jones, who were named starters for the Eastern Conference squad last week.

“I’m so happy for AT,” Sun head coach and general manager Curt Miller said. “She put a lot of work into her game in the offseason and continues to get better.

One of the most versatile forwards in the WNBA, Alyssa Thomas is in the midst of a career year. She is currently third on the team in scoring at 13.8 points per game, is second with an average of 6.5 rebound per game and is tied for the team lead in assists at 4.9 per contest.Continue Reading

With season-high 13 hits, Canton outlasts Bristol, 8-4 in Tri-State League action

Jim Spirito pitched seven strong innings to earn his first win of the season on the mound Sunday against Bristol. (Photo courtesy Lesile Dubois)

BRISTOL, July 16 – Jake Bryant, Chris Van deBogart and Taylor Riley each had three hits while veteran pitcher Jimmy Spirito pitched seven strong innings to lead the Canton Crushers baseball team to a 8-4 win over the Bristol Greeners in Tri-State League action Sunday at Bristol Central High School.

Spirito scattered eight hits and allowed just three runs to pick up his first victory of the season on the mound. Canton (5-12) had a season-high 13 hits in the game. Riley was 3-for-5 with a double and four RBI. Bryant was 3-for-5 while Van deBogart was 3-for-4 at the plate.

Taylor Landry, Sean Bahre and Heath Cotton each had hits and RBI. Bahre had a pair of singles.Continue Reading

Sun regroup at halftime and race past San Antonio for 12th victory of season

Connecticut All-Star guard Jasmine Thomas was one of three Sun players with 13 points in Sunday’s win over San Antonio.

After an good two-game road trip on the West Coast, the Connecticut Sun were lacking a little energy in the first half of Sunday’s WNBA game against the lowly San Antonio Stars in Uncasville.

Connecticut, which leads the Eastern Conference, beat Seattle on Tuesday, 83-79 behind a team-record tying seven 3-point goals from Shekinna Stricklen. The next day, the Sun got an early lead but couldn’t hold it in an 87-77 loss to defending league champion Los Angeles.

Yesterday, the Stars, who have won just two of 18 games, had a five-point halftime lead over the Sun at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

The Sun didn’t panic. They came out energized in the third quarter with a 33-10 run to grab control of the game and run away with an 89-75 victory before 6,355 fans. Every player made at least one field goal for the Sun (12-8), who were led by Courtney Williams with 15 points. Alyssa Thomas, Jonquel Jones and Jasmine Thomas each scored 13 points.Continue Reading

Thousands enjoy Collinsville HOT festival in downtown Collinsville

Fire dancers perform on the Farmington River Saturday night in Collinsville in the finale for Collinsville HOT.

CANTON, July 15 – Thousands of people from Canton, Avon and across the Connecticut flocked to Collinsville on warm, sunny Saturday to enjoy the third annual Collinsville HOT festival in downtown Collinsville. There was plenty of outstanding music, excellent food, crafts, shopping and fun for all.

We were proud to be one of the sponsors that helped bring this event to you. We snapped a few photos on Saturday. Take a minute to relive the fun. We had a great time. We hope you did, too.Continue Reading

Canton shuts out Burlington to win first D6 Little League pennant since 1988

The Canton Little League baseball All-Star team celebrates after beating Burlington, 7-0, Friday night to win the District 6 championship.

PLYMOUTH, July 14 – The boys in Canton have been playing Little League baseball for more than 60 years. In all of that time, Canton has won three district championships with the most recent appearance coming 29 years ago.

Canton is back in the state tournament. Canton won their first District 6 Major Division (ages 11-12) championship since 1988 with a 7-0 shutout win over Burlington Friday night in Terryville – their third shutout in seven games this summer. Pitcher Devin Brown improved to 4-0, striking out nine and allowing just one hit in five innings of work.

The winners had 10 hits led by Canton’s Shane LaPointe, who hit his third home run of the District 6 tournament to put Canton ahead for good in the first inning. His three-run shot over the left field fence gave Canton an early 3-0 lead.Continue Reading

Nine Canton athletes earn All-State honors; Giancola is All-State for third time

C logo, Canterbury C for CantonCANTON – Nine Canton High athletes earned All-State honors for their performances on the athletic fields this spring while several more earned All-North Central Connecticut Conference honors.

Dustin Van Kirk earned All-State honors for becoming the first Canton athlete to win the CIAC decathlon. He had top 10 finishes in seven of 10 events and finished second in the javelin with a personal-best throw. He was fourth in the 110 hurdles and fifth in the discus.

Freshman Chelsea Mitchell earned All-State honors for finishing second in the 100 and 200 meters at the Class S championships. Mitchell and teammates Sofia Langou, Maddie Archangelo and Emily Mitchell earned All-State honors for taking second in the 4×100 relay at the Class S championships.Continue Reading

After tough loss in 13, Avon shuts down Winsted to win 2nd straight Zone 1 title

The Avon American Legion baseball team won their second straight Zone 1 championship Monday night with a win over Winsted. (Photo courtesy Janet Stokesbury)

AVON, July 10 – After losing the longest game in team history on a throwing error in the 13th inning, three Avon American Legion pitchers combined to limit visiting Winsted to just two hits in a 3-0 victory Monday night to allow Post 201 to win their second consecutive Zone 1 baseball championship.

Avon (18-5) becomes just the fourth team in Zone 1 history to win back-to-back titles. Simsbury (2015) and Southington (1993) successfully defended their Zone 1 championships while Bristol, who has collected a zone-record 33 titles since 1959, has successfully defended their Zone 1 crown 24 times.

For Avon, it is their third Zone 1 championship in five years. It was nearly four pennants. In 2014, Simsbury and Avon actually tied for first place in the zone but Post 84 took home the championship by winning the season series between the two teams.

“When you have a group of talented kids like this, you need to get them into the right mindset, get them motivated and get them in the right spots to do what they know how to do,” said Avon manager Donny Annicelle.Continue Reading

Five cyclists to ride in Pan-Mass Challenge to help Dana Farber

Five area cyclists will be in the Pan-Mass Challenge in August to raise money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. (Photo courtesy Pan-Mass Challenge)

NEEDHAM, Mass. – Five local residents will cycle up to 192 miles in the upcoming Pan-Mass Challenge, which is aiming to raise $48 million for critical research and cancer care at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Avon’s Eric Rosow, Gregg Morris and Rachael Rosow are scheduled to ride along with Canton’s Michael McAvoy and Collinsville’s Robert Young. They will be among more than 6,200 cyclists from 40 states and eight countries to participate in the Pan-Mass Challenge on August 4-5.

Riders will choose 12 routes of varying mileage that run through 46 towns. Cyclists are anywhere between the age of 15 and 84 and range from seasoned triathletes to weekend warriors who trained for this event alone and everything in between. This is the 38th year of the event.Continue Reading

Sun erase 22-point lead to beat Mystics and move into first place in East

Connecticut’s Alyssa Thomas scored 11 of her 15 points in the second half of Saturday night’s win over Washington.

This isn’t the same Connecticut Sun team that the WNBA has been beating on for the past few seasons. A year ago, the Sun were 4-13 at the midway point of the 34-game season. 

Tonight, the Sun are 10-7 with four consecutive wins and are in first place in the Eastern Conference after erasing a 22-point deficit to beat the Washington Mystics, 95-92 Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in front of 6,073 fans here in Uncasville. 

It was the biggest comeback in franchise history for the Sun. Connecticut beat the Phoenix Mercury after being down by 19 points on this same date 11 years ago with an 82-77 victory. 

Washington (10-8) led by 22 points with 5:04 left in the third quarter. But Connecticut used their defense to get back into the game. The Sun went on a 10-0 run to cut the lead to 12 thanks to several key rebounds and steals from Jasmine Thomas. Connecticut had four steals in the final four minutes of the third quarter to trim a 22-point lead to eight. Continue Reading