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

Fundraisers approach for Lights on Canton: Wizards basketball, commerative bricks

Tickets are available for Tuesday night’s fundraising game with the Harlem Wizards at Canton High. (Photo courtesy Harlem Wizards)

Tickets are still on sale for the benefit basketball game at Canton High on Tuesday, January 10, when the Harlem Wizards take on an all-star team of Canton teachers at 7 p.m. at the high school.

Proceeds will benefit the Lights on Canton initiative to raise $250,000 to install permanent lights around the turf field and track and field complex at Canton High. Last November, the Canton Planning and Zoning Commission approved an application to install permanent lights at the facility. Four 80-foot poles will provide the lights.Continue Reading

Avon boys put on a spirited performance in loss to No. 4 Weaver

Avon’s Jordan Williams had a game-high 25 points in Tuesday night’s game against Weaver.

AVON, Jan. 3 – The Avon High boys basketball kicked off Winter Spirit Week with a spirited performance against No. 4 Weaver High. The Falcons trailed by just two at halftime and the Beaver lead was just five after three periods.

But Weaver (6-1) was too strong in the fourth quarter, scoring 33 points to pull away and earn a 82-66 CCC Central White victory over Avon on Tuesday night.Continue Reading

Canton surges in third quarter to beat Granby for fourth victory

Canton’s Abby Charron had 12 points in Tuesday night’s NCCC victory over Granby on the road. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

GRANBY, Jan. 3 – Emily Briggs had 12 of her game-high 25 points in the third quarter as the Canton High girls basketball team won their second straight game with a 48-28 decision over Granby in North Central Connecticut Conference play on Tuesday night.

Abby Charron had 12 for the Warriors (4-2, 3-2 NCCC) while Abbe Skinner added five points. Charron had six of her 12 points in the first quarter as Canton raced out to an early 10-2 advantage.

But Granby (3-3, 2-2 NCCC) remained tough and the Bears took a two-point lead on Sam Stahl’s three-point shot with 1:25 remaining in the second quarter. Thanks to a Madeline McGee three-point shot with 29 seconds left in the first half, Granby had a 23-20 lead at halftime.Continue Reading

Plenty of memorable achievements shared in Collinsville Press in 2016

Ranomi Kromowidjojo, center, of the Netherlands won her third short course world title in the 50 free at the 2016 World Championships (25 meters). Italy’s Silvia diPietro, left, was second and Avon’s Madison Kennedy, right, was third. (Photo courtesy FINA via Facebook)

Thank you for being a part of our Collinsville family in 2016.

In the past 12 months, our traffic more than doubled. More than 114,000 visitors came to the site and viewed our stories and photos more than 706,000 times. Together, we’ve shared some great athletic moments and achievements in 2015. We look forward to sharing additional outstanding achievements in the months to come. Let’s remember a few memorable moments from 2016.


For the third consecutive year, our top story was the athletic accomplishments of Avon swimmer Madison Kennedy. That is what happens when you’re a world-class swimmer. Kennedy came within a whisker of making the U.S. Olympic team in June but fell 0.15 of a second short.Continue Reading

Briggs has a career-high 37 points to help Canton get past Kolbe

Canton’s Emily Briggs has her hand up for a pass from teammate Abby Charron (12) in Friday night’s win against Kolbe in Ansonia. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

ANSONIA, Dec. 30 – Canton All-State senior Emily Briggs had a game to remember on Friday night against Bridgeport’s Kolbe Cathedral in the Leah Rondon Basketball Classic.

Briggs had a career-high 37 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to help Canton earn a 59-54 victory over Kolbe in the second game of the benefit event. Bethel beat Windsor Locks, 44-37 in the opener.

All proceeds from the tournament will go to a scholarship fund honoring Leah, who was six when she was hit by a car playing with friends in Ansonia in August 2015 and died. Her wagon rolled into the street.

Abby Charron added 12 points for Canton (3-2) while Sarah Bowman scored four points. Gracen Kerr scored 19 for Kolbe (2-3).Continue Reading