Lewis Mills scores with 10 seconds left to beat Suffield and win state final

The Lewis Mills boys soccer team won their second state championship by beating Suffield with a goal with 10 seconds remaining. (Photo courtesy Lewis Mills Soccer via Twitter)

NEW BRITAIN, Nov, 18 – It has been 17 years since the Lewis Mills boys soccer team had played for a state championship and 20 years since they won one.

The Spartans added the second state championship in school history in dramatic fashion Saturday afternoon at Willow Brook Park. Nine-time champion Suffield scored twice to take a one-goal lead early in the second half.

But Dylan McCall scored with 10 seconds left in regulation to lift the No. 2 Spartans to a 3-2 victory and the Class M state championship. It’s the first pennant for the Spartans since 1997.Continue Reading

Carpino, Foley, Hahn sign letters of intent to play in college; Laszewski chooses Irish

Avon High seniors Carly Carpino, left, Tyler Hahn, center and Emily Foley signed Letter of Intent recently. (Photo courtesy Avon High Booster Club)

AVON – Three Avon High students recently signed National Letters of Intent to compete athletically at the collegiate level beginning next fall.

Senior Carly Carpino will be joining the track and field team at Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa., Emily Foley will run cross country at Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and Tyler Hahn will play golf at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I.

“These athletes have been leaders on and off the field here at Avon High School,” said Tim Filon, athletic director at Avon High School. “The hard work and discipline that brought them to this day is what will make them successful at the next level.”Continue Reading

Canton girls volleyball fell one victory short of playing in state tournament

Canton senior setter Erin Coleman led the Warriors with 109 assists and 73 serving aces this fall. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

CANTON – The Canton High girls volleyball team came up one victory short of playing in the Class S tournament for the third consecutive season. One season after posting the best record in team history (11-9), the Warriors dropped lost four five-game matches as they finished the year at 7-13.

Canton needed to be at least 8-12 to earn an invitation to the state tournament.

Junior Sarah Bowman led the way for Canton on the court this season with a team-high 129 kills and 131 blocks. She had 28 aces serving. Some of her most dominant performances came against New Britain-based Academy of Science and Innovation in September when she had a season-high 14 kills. She had 14 blocks in a loss to Bolton in October.Continue Reading

Canton’s Max Sparks finishes 9th to earn All-New England honors in cross country

Canton’s Max Sparks (26) runs with the leaders at Saturday’s New England championships in Belfast, Maine. (Photo courtesy New Hampshire Cross Country.com)

Canton’s Max Sparks earned All-New England honors with a ninth place finish at the 83rd New England cross country championships on Saturday in Belfast, Maine at Troy Howard Middle School.

It’s the best finish ever for a Canton cross country runner at the New England championships, topping the 11th place finish by Mike LeDuc in 2009. Sparks ran the 3.1 mile course in 16:00.81 – the best-ever time by a Canton runner at the New Englands.

State Open champion Drew Thompson of Fairfield Prep pulled away early to easily win the New England championship by 32 seconds over Riley Fenoff of Danville, Vermont. Sparks was ninth, finishing with a crowd of about five runners.Continue Reading

Kennedy wins pair of 50 meter freestyle races at Italian meets

Avon’s Madison Kennedy has won the 50 meter freestyle as two Italian meets this month. (Photo courtesy USA Swimming)

Avon native Madison Kennedy has won two events swimming in international meets in Italy this month.

At the Nico Sapio Trophy meet in Genoa, Italy this past weekend, Kennedy won the 50 meter freestyle with an outstanding meet record time of 24.33 seconds. It beat the old record of 24.39 seconds, set 17 years ago by Germany’s Sandra Volker in 2000.

Kennedy beat Kim Busch of the Netherlands, who was second in 24.67 seconds while Italy’s Erika Feraioli was third with a time of 24.68 seconds. It is the ninth fastest short course (25 meter pool) time of the season in the world.Continue Reading

Burgos runs for three TDs but Plainville scores in final minutes to beat Falcons

Avon QB Dylan Burgos ran for three TDs but Plainville scored in the final three minutes to beat the Falcons Saturday.

AVON, Nov. 11 – Plainville quarterback Frank Griffin ran for a three-yard touchdown with 2:13 remaining to lift the visiting Blue Devils to a 28-21 victory over Avon in a CCC Division III contest Saturday, spoiling Senior Day for the host Falcons.

Griffin ran for a pair of touchdowns and threw two touchdown passes as Plainville (5-4) won their fourth straight game. Griffin hit Brady Callahan with a 55-yard touchdown pass with just two minutes gone in the game.

Avon QB Ryan Burgos ran for three touchdowns for the Falcons (3-6). He had a pair of touchdown runs that gave Avon a 14-7 lead after one quarter.Continue Reading

Despite throwing for record 225 yards through the air, Rockville stops Canton

Canton QB Dugan Lloyd threw for a school-record 225 yards in Friday night’s loss to Rockville. (Photo courtesy Clark Klinkert)

VERNON, Nov. 10 – Junior quarterback Dugan Lloyd completed 11-of-24 passes for a school record 225 yards and one touchdown but it wasn’t enough as Rockville High won their first game of the season with a 42-22 Pequot Uncas decision Friday night. Lloyd also ran for two touchdowns.

Receiver Donovan Macklin caught three passes for a career-high 101 yards. Collin Macklin caught three passes for 45 yards and one touchdown while Gavin Wood caught two receptions for 43 yards. Carter Gavin caught three passes for 36 yards.

Rockville (1-8, 1-7 Pequot Uncas) led 14-7 before Nick Foley caught a 2-yard touchdown pass from QB Ben Ambro with 19 seconds left in the second quarter to take a 14-point lead at halftime. Rockville extended the lead with a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter.Continue Reading

Nieves runs for 214 yards, 2 TDs to help Simsbury win fifth straight; Granby falls

Simsbury’s Rafael Nieves ran for a team-high 214 yards and 2 TDs in Friday night’s win over Glastonbury. (Photo courtesy Michelle Wingfield-Meace)

GLASTONBURY – For the third time this fall, Rafael Nieves rushed for over 200 yards in a single game.

Nieves ran for a team-high 214 yards and two touchdowns to help the Simsbury High football team win their fifth straight game with a 24-7 CCC Division I win over Glastonbury on a frigid Friday night. One of his touchdown runs was an 84-yard run right up the middle of the defense and Nieves sprinted away from the Tomahawk defenders.

Nieves has rushed for more than 200 yards in back-to-back games. He had a career-high 224 yards against Manchester a week earlier.Continue Reading

Coventry pulls away from Canton to advance in Class S soccer tournament

On a cold, windy afternoon, Canton’s Alexander Sullivan battles for the ball in a 4-1 loss to Coventry in the Class S quarterfinals. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

COVENTRY, Nov. 10 – The Coventry High boys soccer team scored two goals in less than a minute in the final six minutes to beat No. 15 Canton in the Class S quarterfinals on a cold, brisk Friday afternoon, 4-1.

The No. 7 Patriots had a 1-0 halftime lead thanks to a goal from Mike Sisk and extended the lead to two goals on a penalty kick by Mason Danielson with 26:49 left in the game.

But a pair of goals with 5:21 and 4:13 remaining, from Dan Hendel and Zach Stoddard, iced the game for Coventry (13-5), which advances to the Class S semifinals against NCCC rival Somers (15-3), the No. 3 seed in the Class S tournament.Continue Reading

Second period surge leads Riveters past Connecticut

Whale rookie Kaycie Anderson scored early in Saturday’s game.

STAMFORD, Nov. 11 – Metropolitan’s Rebecca Russo scored two goals and had an assist to lead the visiting Riveters to a 5-1 win over the Connecticut Whale at Terry Connors Rink on Saturday night.

Courtney Burke had four assists for Metropolitan, which improves to 3-0. Goalie Katie Fitzgerald won her third game of the season for the Riveters, making 27 saves in net. Fitzgerald has the lowest goals against average in the league (1.33) and has given up just four goals in three weeks.Continue Reading

Late goal from Granby lifts Bears past Canton in Class S; Guilford ousts Avon

Canton’s Ashley Huff, left, and Granby’s McKenzie Pedersen battle for the ball in Thursday’s Class S tournament game in Granby. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

GRANBY, Nov. 9 – McKenzie Pedersen scored with 3:50 left in regulation to lift the Granby High field hockey team to a 1-0 win over Canton in the quarterfinals of the CIAC Class S tournament on Thursday.

The NCCC champion Bears had plenty of opportunities with 13 penalty corners. Canton had just two penalty corners and just one shot on goal. Nina DeGagne earned the shutout for the No. 2 Bears, now 16-1-1 on the year.

Granby (16-1-1) advances to next week’s Class S semifinals when they will face No. 3 Immaculate-Danbury (15-1-1-1). No. 10 Canton ends the season with a 8-6-3-1 record.Continue Reading

Canton booters nip Parish Hill, 1-0 to advance; Avon blanked by E.O. Smith

Peter Fuller (2) scored his second goal of the season Wednesday as Canton advances in the Class S tournament.

CHAPLIN, Nov. 8 – The Canton High boys soccer team gets another opportunity to play Coventry again. The Warriors advanced in the Class S tournament Wednesday with a 1-0 second round victory over No. 2 Parish Hill.

The win allows No. 15 Canton (9-7-2) to move on to the quarterfinals where they will face NCCC rival Coventry (12-5) on Friday at 2 p.m. in Coventry. The two teams have split their previous two meetings this season. Coventry won the first game in early September by a 3-1 score but the Warriors won game two on October 2 with a 3-1 victory.Continue Reading

Max Sparks runs to a top 10 finish at State Open; Avon girls finish 13th

Canton’s Max Sparks earned All-State honors by finishing seventh at the State Open. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

MANCHESTER, Nov. 4 – Until Saturday, no Canton High runner had seriously challenged for a State Open championship. Canton senior Max Sparks gave it his best shot.

Sparks became the first Canton boy to finish in the top 10 at the State Open at Manchester’s Wickham Park, finishing seventh with a time of 16:21, to earn All-State honors and an invitation to run at Saturday’s New England championships in Belfast, Maine.

The Avon High girls cross country team, which won their third Class MM championship in four years a week earlier, took 13th at the State Open. They were led by Rhiannon Richmond, who finished 18th with a time of 20:41.Continue Reading

Voters make their choices in municipal elections

Municipal elections were held Tuesday in Avon and Canton. On the Town Council in Avon, four incumbents were re-elected with Republican Jeff Bernetich beating two Democratic challengers by 36 and 74 votes, respectively, to earn the fifth seat on the Council. Incumbent Democrat David Pena had the most votes with 2,738 but Republicans will hold a 4-1 advantage on the Council.

In Canton, two open seats on the five-person Board of Selectmen were won by incumbent Republican William Canny and Democrat William Volovski. Canny won the most votes among candidates for the Board of Selectmen with 1,144. Volovski was second with 1,069. Republican Larry Minichiello was not re-elected to the board, missing out by 66 votes.

Complete results from both towns are listed below.Continue Reading

Canton, Avon field hockey teams advance with a pair of 2-0 shutouts

Canton’s Emily Gabrielian (10) plays tough defense in Tuesday’s Class S tournament win over Valley Regional. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

DEEP RIVER, Nov. 7 – Emily Gabrielian scored two goals to lead the No. 10 Canton High field hockey team to a 2-0 win over No. 7 Valley Regional-Deep River on Tuesday in the second round of the Class S tournament.

Goalie Jessica Szczepanski didn’t have to make a single save in net to earn her sixth shutout of the season. The Warriors (8-5-3-1) outshot Valley by a 12-0 margin as the Canton defense didn’t give up a shot on net.

Abby Charron had the assist on the first half goal with 5:02 remaining in the half and had a second assist on the second goal with 2:20 remaining in the half.Continue Reading