Sixth grade team from Canton goes undefeated to win summer hoop title

A team of sixth grade players from Canton went undefeated (15-0) and won a championship in the Torrington Summer Basketball League.

A team of sixth grade players from Canton went undefeated (15-0) and won a championship in the Torrington Summer Basketball League. They won the game on the Armory floor in Torrington.

CANTON – It’s been a summer tradition in Torrington for three decades now – summer basketball at the state armory in Torrington.

It’s hot. Fans sit at both ends of the gym but it doesn’t help much. Players race up and down the court, which shines under the lights.

It is the place where players want to play. The Torrington Summer Basketball League has games six nights a week in various locations around the city including the Armory, Torrington High, Torrington Middle School and the Forman School in Litchfield.

But the kids want to play on the Armory floor where Torrington High’s boys basketball team used to entertain the citizens of Torrington in the first half of the 20th century. In fact, you can still see a radio booth where the announcers had to climb up the side of the wall into a small booth to broadcast about 12 feet above the floor.Continue Reading

Avon Little League squad wins six games at tournament in Cooperstown

Members of the Avon Lasers' Little League baseball team march in opening ceremonies for Week 10 tournament at Cooperstown (N.Y.) Dream Park.

Members of the Avon Lasers’ Little League baseball team march in opening ceremonies for Week 10 tournament at Cooperstown (N.Y.) Dream Park.

AVON — For most Little League baseball teams, the season is complete when your team is eliminated from the state tournament.

Players from Avon’s Major Division All-Star team (ages 11-12) got in some bonus play earlier this month when they completed at Cooperstown (N.Y.) Dream Park tournament. Avon, which nicknamed the team the Laser Show, went 6-2 and advanced to the round of 16 in the single-elimination portion of the tournament that had over 104 teams.

Cooperstown Dream Park hosts tournament for 12 consecutive weeks. Teams can face competition from across North America, participate in a skills competition and learn about Cooperstown, home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

It’s a festival of baseball. Teams march into the Cooperstown Dream Park facility during opening ceremonies that feature a parade and skydivers. Players trade commemorative pins with players from other teams, tour Cooperstown and visit the Baseball Hall of Fame.Continue Reading

Cheerios No. 3 NASCAR show car will be in Canton, West Hartford on Saturday

The Cheerios No. 3 NASCAR show car will be in Canton on Saturday at Shop Rite.

The Cheerios No. 3 NASCAR show car will be in Canton on Saturday at Shop Rite.

CANTON — The Cheerios No. 3 Chevrolet NASCAR show car will be making a pit stop at the ShopRites of Canton and West Hartford on Saturday, August 27.

In partnership with car sponsor General Mills, Joseph Family Markets is hosting the car to bring greater visibility to the local fight against hunger and support their annual ShopRite Partners In Caring fundraising campaign.

The Cheerios car will be at the Canton ShopRite (The Shoppes of Farmington Valley) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will be in West Hartford at the ShopRite (46 Kane Street) from 3-6 p.m. Each store will host Cheerios-themed activities and offer photo opportunities with the vehicle. The events are free and open to the public.Continue Reading

Building process continues with Canton High football team

Canton head coach Mike Guy instructs his players in practice at the high school.

Canton head coach Mike Guy instructs his players in practice at the high school.

CANTON – The building process is continuing with the Canton High football team.

The Warriors soared to new heights in 2014, winning a Pequot Division Uncas Division championship, beating Avon in overtime and qualifying for the Class S tournament.

Canton fell hard in 2015. With a young, small and inexperienced team, the Warriors didn’t win a game. They scored 96 points and gave up 386 – both milestone records since the team was reborn in 2007.

Canton has a new coach this summer – Mike Guy, who coached for over a quarter century at Housatonic Valley, winning 104 games and two league championships. He took the Mountaineers to the 1990 Class S championship game.Continue Reading

Youngsters excel at Lobster Loop road race

Runners take off at the start of the 2016 Canton Lobster Loop road race. Simsbury's Solomon Davis (237) beat Kyle Heubner (91) to become the youngest winner in race history.

Runners take off at the start of the 2016 Canton Lobster Loop road race. Simsbury’s Solomon Davis (237) beat Kyle Heubner (91) to become the youngest winner in race history.

CANTON, August 21 – The high school cross country season is just a few weeks away and Sunday’s 25th annual Lobster Loop road race was a welcome break in training for many area runners.

Eight of the top 10 finishers in the 3.1-mile race will be competing on the high school circuit this fall, including 16-year-old Solomon Davis of Simsbury who pulled away in the last mile to win the race in 16:35. Simsbury High graduate Kyle Heubner was second in 17:07 with Canton’s Jake Whittingslow finishing third with a time of 17:13.

Davis, who will be a junior this fall at Simsbury High, is the youngest runner to win the race. He breaks the record set by Robert Dwyer of Winsted, who was 17 when he won the race in 1998.

On the woman’s side, Avon’s Sara Leavens became the youngest woman to win the race by finishing 18th with a time of 20:32. Leavens beat Barkhamsted’s Sue Mantie, a three-time winner of the race, who finished with a time of 20:55.Continue Reading

New start for Avon High football team under Cintorino in 2016

Senior Leon Asberry takes the handoff from assistant coach Peter Bourquin during preseason workouts at Avon High.

Senior Leon Asberry takes the handoff from assistant coach Peter Bourquin during preseason workouts at Avon High.

AVON, August 16 – It’s a new year and the Avon High football team will be taking a path that the Falcons haven’t taken for a long, long time.

The Falcons began preparations for the fall campaign on Monday under new head coach Sal Cintorino. Many of the players will be new as well. Avon graduated 17 seniors from last year’s squad that went 8-2 and won the CCC Division III Eastern Division championship.

“It’s going well,” said Cintorino, who brings 19 years of head coaching experience to the Falcons. He led Central Connecticut State University for nine years and was the head coach at Newington High and Bristol Central for five years each.

“We didn’t have spring practice so everyone is like a sponge here,” he said. “It’s all about absorbing information. We’re taking it one day at a time but we’re excited how hard the kids worked in the summer and in the weight room.”Continue Reading

Canton’s Liucci earns top 7 finish at Connecticut state amateur tournament

Canton's Nikki Liucci

Canton’s Nikki Liucci

SOUTHBURY, Aug. 17 — Defending champion Catherine McEvoy will be heading to Michigan State shortly as the two-time Connecticut Women’s Amateur golf champion.

McEvoy fired a final round 71 for a three round total of 218 (-1) and a six stroke victory at the 51st Connecticut Women’s Amateur golf tournament. The state’s most prestigious women’s amateur championship was contested over 54-holes at Heritage Village Country Club.

McEvoy, who lives in Greenwich, made headlines in Tuesday’s second round with a remarkable four under-par round of 69 that catapulted her from five strokes behind to six strokes ahead.

Canton’s Nikki Liucci was third after the first and second round after shooting 77 on consecutive days. She finished tied for seventh after a third round 85. A few bad holes slowed down Liucci in the tournament.Continue Reading

Liucci recovers with pair of birdies to remain third in state amateur

Canton's Nikki Liucci

Canton’s Nikki Liucci

SOUTHBURY, Aug. 16 – Canton’s Nikki Liucci nearly stumbled at the end of the second round of Tuesday’s Connecticut Women’s Amateur golf championship at the Heritage Village Country Club.

Liucci had an eight on the par-four 16th hole Tuesday. But she recovered with birdies on the 17th and 18th holes to finish with a three-over par 77 for the second day in a row.

Liucci, representing Farmington Woods Golf Club, and 14-year-old Maisie Fuller are each tied for third place with 154, seven shots behind the leader, defending champion Catherine McEvoy, who shot a four-under-par 69 to take the lead. McEvoy leads by six strokes over Ellen Nighbor, who shot an 80 and has shot 153 over two days.

The third and final round begins Wednesday morning in Southbury. The tournament is the state’s most prestigious women’s amateur tournament.Continue Reading

Nick Bonino shares Stanley Cup with thousands on the AOF campus

Farmington native Nick Bonino carries in the Stanley Cup to Thursday's event at Avon Old Farms.

Farmington native Nick Bonino carries in the Stanley Cup into Thursday’s event at Avon Old Farms.

AVON – He’s not the first Avon Old Farms graduate to win the Stanley Cup. But Farmington native Nick Bonino is the first to bring it on campus. Bonino, a 27-year-old center, is a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who beat the San Jose Sharks in six games in the Stanley Cup finals in June.

Tradition allows every member of the championship team a day with the Cup to do as they please. One of Bonino’s wishes was to share the Cup with as many people as possible.

An estimated 4,000 to 5,000 fans came to Avon Old Farms on a sweltering afternoon to have their photo taken with Bonino and the Stanley Cup. The first person in line was on campus at 8:45 a.m. for the event that began at 1:30 p.m.

Bonino patiently smiled and posed with fans for two hours and when the time was up, he carried the Cup around the Brown Center gymnasium so the hundreds of fans still in line could touch it and perhaps snap a quick photo.Continue Reading

Simsbury umpire works at Little League World Series in California

Simsbury's Mitch Gross calls a runner out at the Little League Intermediate 50/70 World Series in California last week. (Photo courtesy eLivermore.com)

Simsbury’s Mitch Gross calls a runner out at the Little League Intermediate 50/70 World Series in California last week. (Photo courtesy eLivermore.com)

SIMSBURY – Mitch Gross has been volunteering as a Little League umpire for 20 years. This year, he earned an invitation to be an umpire at one of the nine Little League World Series championship tournaments.

Gross, a Simsbury resident, was selected to be an umpire at the Intermediate 50/70 World Series tournament in Livermore, California, just a short drive away from San Francisco. He was one of three umpires from District 6, where Canton, Avon and Simsbury compete in Little League baseball and softball, to be selected for a World Series assignment.

Torrington’s Dan Cisowski was selected to be an umpire at the Big League softball (ages 16-18) World Series in Delaware and Torrington’s Linn Baranowitz was chosen to be an umpire at the Junior League softball (ages 13-14) World Series in Kirkland, Washington.

It’s the highest honor for a Little League umpire to work a World Series.Continue Reading

Three area golfers participates in PGA Tour Player Experience for Junior Golfers

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Avon’s Adelina Cirikovic

CROMWELL — When Avon’s Adelina Cirikovic first started playing golf last year she didn’t know how to swing a golf club. But she is learning. Her hard work and dedication earned her the opportunity to play on the varsity and junior varsity golf teams at Avon High as a freshman.

The 15-year-old was one of three area golfers who received some special experience last week at the Travelers Championship at the TPC-River Highlands. Cirikovic, Avon’s Logan Frame and Canton’s Alex Lederman were some of the 36 young golfers selected to participate in the Eversource PGA Tour Player Experience for Junior Golfers.

Some of the professional golfers provided tips and advice in a golf clinic to the youngsters attending the afternoon session on a sunny afternoon. The young golfers also played a few holes of golf with the professionals on First Tee Connecticut’s four-hole practice course.Continue Reading

Bonino bringing Stanley Cup to Avon Old Farms on Thursday afternoon

Farmington native Nick Bonino celebrates with the Stanley Cup in June. (Courtesy Nick Bonino via Twitter)

Nick Bonino celebrates with the Stanley Cup in June. (Courtesy Nick Bonino via Twitter)

AVON — For the second time in three years, the Stanley Cup is coming to the Farmington Valley.

In 2013, Avon native Ben Smith brought the Cup to Simsbury and the Westminster School after the Chicago Blackhawks won the NHL championship. On Thursday, the Cup is returning to the valley with Farmington native Nick Bonino, who played hockey at Avon Old Farms.

The Stanley Cup will be available to the public for pictures on Thursday, August 11, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Avon Old Farms School, courtesy of Bonino, the Pittsburgh Penguins center.Continue Reading

Furyk shoots a record 58 at Travelers while Knox wins tourney with putt at 18

CROMWELL, August 7 — History was made in multiple ways at the Travelers Championship on Sunday. Jim Furyk broke the PGA Tour single-round scoring record after shooting a 12-under-par 58.

Six players in PGA Tour history have shot 59, including Furyk, who was the last man to do it, in 2013. But by making 10 birdies and an eagle, hitting all 18 greens in regulation and needing only 24 putts at TPC River Highlands, Furyk now stands alone in the scoring record book.

“There’s  a lot of rounds by a lot of great players ahead of me that have never reached 58,” Furyk said. “I know a young gentleman just did it on the Web.com, but to hold it here on the PGA Tour is phenomenal. To have a little small place in history is simply a dream.”

Furyk didn’t win the tournament; that honor went to Russell Knox, a 31-year-old from Scotland who broke free from a three-player tie for the lead on the back nine with birdies at No. 13 and 14. Knox closed with a 2-under-par 68, winning by one shot over former University of Hartford golfer Jerry Kelly after making a 12-foot putt for par on the 18th hole. It’s the second career tour win for Knox and the second this season.Continue Reading

Enns gets the save as Torrington wins fifth straight to earn final playoff berth

Chris Enns got the save Saturday night as Torrington clinched the sixth and final spot in the FCBL playoffs.

Chris Enns got the save Saturday night as Torrington clinched the sixth and final spot in the FCBL playoffs.

TORRINGTON, Aug. 6 – Canton left-hander Chris Enns got another opportunity with the Torrington Titans of the Futures’ Collegiate Baseball League Saturday at Fuessenich Park.

This time, he got the job done. Enns pitched two innings of relief and earned the save to help the Titans clinch a berth in the FCBL playoffs with a 4-2 decision over the Bristol Blues. It was the fifth straight win for Torrington (24-29), which clinched the sixth and final spot in the playoffs with the victory.

The Titans will be in Nashua, N.H., on Sunday for a one-game playoff with the Silver Knights (34-21). The winner advances to the best-of-3 league semifinals.Continue Reading

With a 62, Berger charges into the lead at Travelers’ Championship

CROMWELL, Aug. 6 — In the third round of the 2016 Travelers Championship, Daniel Berger makes a brilliant run up the leaderboard posting an 8-under 62 to take a three-shot lead heading into Sunday. He has a three-shot lead over Russell Knox, Tyrone Van Aswegen and Russell Henley. Berger’s 62 was one shot shy of the course record set by Phil Mickelson (2001), Kirk Triplett (2000) and Dana Quigley (1982).

“I think I made a ton of putts, and that’s been a big key for me,” Berger said. “I’ve been putting really good the last couple months or so. It was just a great day, and I feel like the group really got off to a hot start on the back nine, and we just kind of carried it into the last hole.”Continue Reading