Connecticut drops exhibition finale to Russian national team, 3-2

Connecticut's Kelly Babstock controls the puck despite pressure from Russia's Maria Sorokina Thursday night in Northford.

Connecticut’s Kelly Babstock controls the puck despite pressure from Russia’s Maria Sorokina Thursday night in Northford in a NWHL exhibition game.

NORTHFORD, Sept. 29  – The Connecticut Whale gave up a goal with 28 seconds gone in the game and then they played the Russian National Team even. But that early goal was enough as Russia ended its five-game tour through the National Women’s Hockey League with a 3-2 exhibition victory over the Whale at the Northfield Ice Pavilion on Thursday night.

Kelli Stack and Kelly Babstock had goals for Connecticut (1-1), which beat the Russians on Tuesday night in Northford by a 3-2 margin. Haley Skarupa and Ivana Bilic each had two assists for Connecticut, which outshot the Russians, 11-4 in the third period.Continue Reading

No. 13 Avon spikers sweep Newington for 4th straight win; SMSA outlasts Canton

Canton's Kate Mankowski hits the ball over the net in Tuesday night's loss to SMSA in Hartford. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

Canton’s Kate Mankowski hits the ball over the net in Tuesday night’s loss to SMSA in Hartford. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

AVON, Sept. 28 – Junior hitter Maddy Hart had a game-high 12 kills while Erin Sutter had five kills and three blocks at the No. 13 Avon High girls volleyball team won their fourth straight match with a 3-0 win over Newington on Wednesday, 25-12, 25-14 and 25-13 in a Central Connecticut Conference match.

The Falcons improve to 7-1 on the season. Sofia Berrio had six kills for Avon while Grace Stevens had four aces serving. Junior setter Audrey Worth had more than 30 assists for the third time this season with 31 assists in the victory. Newington falls to 3-6.

It was the second victory of the week for the Falcons, who easily took care of East Hartford (0-8) on Monday with a 25-8, 25-19, 25-11 sweep. Hart had six kills for Avon while Stevens had five kills. Victoria Abdelmalek had five aces serving. Worth had 23 assists in the victory.Continue Reading

Harvest Fest to be added to Burlington 5K Run and Walk in October

BURLINGTON – The first Whigville Harvest Festival will be held on Sunday, October 23, at the Whigville Grange at 153 South Main Street, in conjunction with the seventh annual Burlington 5K Run and Walk. The Harvest Festival will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., while the road race kicks off at 11 a.m., sharp.
 
Taking place during the height of the fall season and the foliage, there will be fun for the entire family before and after the 3.1 mile road race, such as kids’ games and activities, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, tractors on display, baked goods, local produce, a silent auction, and more.

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Canton erases 3-goal deficit to force OT, but Cougars prevail, 5-4

The Warriors celebrate after Grace Giancola's 11th goal in six games tied Monday's game at 4-4. The Warriors eventually lost to Haddam-Killingworth, 5-4 in OT.

The Warriors celebrate after Grace Giancola’s 11th goal in six games tied Monday’s game at 4-4. The Warriors eventually lost to Haddam-Killingworth, 5-4 in OT. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

HADDAM, Sept. 26 – The Canton High girls field hockey erased a three-goal deficit to force overtime but host Haddam-Killingworth was able to come up with the game-winning goal to beat the Warriors, 5-4 in a non-league contest on Monday.

Canton’s Grace Giancola scored her second goal of the game with 11:22 left in regulation to tie the game at 4-4. Canton (2-4) had trailed by three goals after H-K’s Isabella Cosenza gave the Cougars a 4-1 lead with 25:31 left in the game.

But the Warriors rallied with the three consecutive goals. Ali Bahre scored off an Abby Charron assist less than two minutes after Cosenza’s goal to cut the lead to two goals, 4-2. Elizabeth Raynor scored with 18:09 left in the game to trim the Cougar lead to one goal.Continue Reading

Games under the lights set for alumni weekend in Canton on Oct. 13-15

Canton hosted its first-ever night football game at the high school Friday night against Lewis Mills.

Canton will host Ellington under the lights on Friday, Oct. 14, as part of Spirit Week action in Canton.

CANTON – It’s Alumni Weekend at Canton High and that means the annual varsity athletic contests under the lights and the Canton High Wall of Fame induction reception on Friday evening.

Four Canton High graduates will be recognized for their achievements in their communities and professions – Jesse Anderson (Class of 1957), Gerry deSimas, Jr. (1981), Candace (Flattery) Freedenberg (1984) and Joshua Sneiderman (1993). A reception will be in the Canton Middle School cafeteria beginning at 5:30 p.m. Contact Lisa Davidson in the school office at 860-693-7707 if you want to attend. Cost is $15 for the reception.
 
There will be several games under the temporary lights on the turf field or gym.

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With third straight shutout, Tolland beats Avon; Hall rallies to beat Simsbury

Simsbury QB Riley Shanley completed 11 of 20 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown in Friday night's loss to Hall at Holden Field.

Simsbury QB Riley Shanley completed 11 of 20 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown in Friday night’s 22-18 loss to Hall at Holden Field. He also ran for a touchdown.

TOLLAND, Sept. 23 – The Tolland High football team still hasn’t given up a point this season. The Eagles pitched a shutout for the third consecutive game Friday night with a 16-0 win over Avon in a CCC Division III East contest.

Tolland (3-0, 2-0 CCC Div. III East) has scored 90 points on the season. They beat Plainville and RHAM in the first two weeks by scores of 37-0. Against the Falcons (0-3, 0-1 CCC Div. III East), Tolland took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.

It was Tolland’s first victory over Avon since 2006, snapping a three-game losing streak.

Avon coach Sal Cintorino could see the progress of his team. They made some stops on defense and had a few big plays on offense. They just couldn’t string enough plays together to score.Continue Reading

Newtown girls cross country slips past Avon to win Winding Trails Invitational

FARMINGTON, Sept. 24 – It was all decided in a few seconds at the fifth annual Winding Trails Invitational Saturday. The Avon and Newtown girls cross country teams were battling it out for the Large Division championship.

In a span of nine seconds, eight runners came across the finish line and in the end, it was Newtown with a slim 38-43 decision over Avon in the Large Division race.

Avon’s Christina Martin (20:16) and Sara Leavens (20:17) finished ninth and tenth, respectively. But Newtown’s Madison Findley (20:17, 11th) and Camille Johnson (20:18, 12th) were able to slip in front of Avon’s Rachel Martin (20:19, 13th). Avon’s Caroline Luby (20:21, 15) beat Newtown’s Lauren Russo (20:22, 16) by a second but it wasn’t enough.Continue Reading

Record performance from Ciccarelli leads Lewis Mills past Canton, 28-0

Lewis Mills' Michael Ciccarelli set a new school record for most yards rushing in a game and longest TD run in Saturday's 28-0 win over Canton.

Lewis Mills’ Michael Ciccarelli set a new school record for most yards rushing in a game and longest TD run in Saturday’s 28-0 win over Canton.

BURLINGTON, Sept. 24 – Two penalties against the Canton High football team Saturday wiped out two carries for Lewis Mills senior running Michael Ciccarelli, denying him 92 yards and a touchdown.

There were no worries. Ciccarelli ran for a school record 226 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries to lead Lewis Mills to a 28-0 Pequot Conference West Division victory over a young Canton squad on sunny afternoon with wisps of clouds filling the air.

“He’s our big impact player,” Lewis Mills head coach Jose Santana said. “He’s our horse and our go-to player when we run the ball.”

Ciccarelli also intercepted a pass as the Spartans (2-1, 1-1 Pequot West) won their second straight game. Mills played its first game on its new grass surface that was recently installed at the high school.Continue Reading

Volleyball: No. 7 Coventry snaps Canton’s three-game winning streak

Canton's Amber Harraden (11) bumps a pass toward the net in Friday night's loss to Coventry. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

Canton’s Amber Harraden (11) bumps a pass toward the net in Friday night’s loss to Coventry. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

COVENTRY, Sept. 23 – After three straight victories, the Canton High girls volleyball had its winning streak snapped with a 3-0 NCCC loss to defending league champion Coventry on Friday night.

Undefeated Coventry (6-0, 4-0 NCCC) swept the Warriors in three games, prevailing 25-17, 25-11 and 25-6. The Patriots, ranked No. 7 in the latest state coaches poll, haven’t lost a game yet this season.

Katie Mankowski led the way for Canton (3-3, 1-3 NCCC) with five kills while Sarah Bowman had three kills. Erin Coleman had six assists while Rachel Falzone had 12 digs.Continue Reading

No. 11 Avon rallies to beat Conard in a tough five-game victory

The Avon High girls volleyball team celebrates after fighting off two match points and beating Conard in game five to win the match, 3-2.

The Avon High girls volleyball team celebrates after fighting off two match points and beating Conard in game five to win the match, 3-2.

AVON – The Avon High girls volleyball team played with determination Friday night against Conard of West Hartford in a Central Connecticut Conference contest.

After three games, Conard led the best-of-3 match, 2-1. In the decisive game five, the Chieftains erased an three-point Avon lead and had two match point opportunities. But the Chieftains couldn’t close out the bout.

No. 11 Avon, led by junior Maddy Hart with a match-high 24 kills, scored the final four points of the match to win game five, 16-14 and earn a hard-fought 3-2 decision over the Chiefs. The Falcons (5-1) captured game one, 25-16 only to see Conard win the next two games, 26-24 and 24-20. Avon won game four, 25-16.Continue Reading

Neighbors question use of lights, turf for field hockey at proposed AHS facility

From left, Avon High's Natalie Grillo, Hannah Deppe, Paige Deppe and Lauren Jeandell spoke in favor of installing a synthetic turf on the current field hockey field at Avon High.

From left, Avon High’s Natalie Grillo, Hannah Deppe, Paige Deppe and Lauren Jeandell spoke in favor of installing a synthetic turf on the current field hockey field at Avon High.

AVON – The Avon Town Council and Board of Education got a look at the recommended proposal to install a new synthetic turf field and track and field facility at Avon High in a special joint meeting Thursday night at the Avon Senior Center.

Town residents also commented on a $4.04 million proposal to replace the current football field with a synthetic turf field, a refurbished eight-land track and lights. The proposal would also include bleachers to seat 1,000 fans, a press box, a storage building and sports-related equipment, such as hurdles, nets, pads and goals.

An eight-person subcommittee of the town’s Recreation and Park Committee met seven times this summer to come up with the proposal.

An optional proposal to install turf on the field currently used by the field hockey program was estimated to cost $1.13 million.Continue Reading

Canton runners pick up pair of victories in Stafford

Canton's Emily Briggs, right, and Abby Briggs race toward the finish in Wednesday's cross country race in Stafford. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

Canton’s Emily Briggs, right, and Abby Briggs race toward the finish in Wednesday’s cross country race in Stafford. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

STAFFORD, Sept. 21 – Canton’s Max Sparks beat teammate Ethan Porter to win his first dual meet of the season as the Canton High boys cross country team swept a pair of meets with Windsor Locks, 18-45 and host Stafford, 18-41 on Wednesday.

The Warriors (3-2, 3-2 NCCC) had six runners in the top 10. Sparks won the race with a time of 17:48 over 3.1 miles.

In the girls race, Canton’s Emily Briggs beat her sister, Abby, by three seconds to capture the individual race in 21:23. Teammate Beth Magna was fourth and Cameron McCauley finished sixth. Canton (4-1, 4-1 NCCC) beat Stafford and Windsor Locks by scores of 15-50.Continue Reading

Canton girls get a goal against Ellington but fall to Purple Knights

Canton senior Sofia Langou scored her 10th career goal in Tuesday's loss to Ellington in NCCC play. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

Canton senior Sofia Langou scored her 10th career goal in Tuesday’s loss to Ellington in NCCC play. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

ELLINGTON, Sept. 20 – Goals have been hard to come by for the Canton High girls soccer team against Ellington. Prior to Tuesday’s NCCC contest in Ellington, Canton had been outscored by Ellington, 15-0 in the last four seasons.

But the Warriors put an end to that dry spell when Sophia Langou scored off an assist from Allison Celmer with 21:45 left in the first half. That goal tied the game at 1-1. The Knights (1-1-1) took a one-goal lead with 1:04 left in the opening half off a goal from Emma Johnson.

Ellington added two more goals in the second half to beat the Warriors, 4-1 on Tuesday. Goalie Abigail Treacy made 14 stops in net for the Warriors.Continue Reading

Town Council, BOE to learn about proposal for upgraded facilities, turf field

The Avon High football and track and field complex.

The Avon High football and track and field complex.

AVON – The proposal to build upgrade the track and field facilities at Avon High and install a new synthetic turf field will be presented to the Avon Town Council and the Board of Education in a special joint meeting on Thursday, Sept. 22, beginning at 7 p.m., in the Community Room of the Avon Senior Center.

An eight-person subcommittee of the town Recreation and Park Committee will be presenting their recommendation to build a $3.43 million complex that includes the synthetic turf field, a refurbished eight-lane track and lights.

Inclusion of bleachers seating 1,000 fans, a press box, a storage building and sports-related equipment such as hurdles, nets, pads and soccer and lacrosse goals would raise the cost of the proposal to $4.04 million.Continue Reading

Canton native re-enlists in Navy riding a wakeboard

Canton High graduate Patrick Collier re-enlisted in the Navy on a wakeboard in a South Carolina lake recently. (Photo courtesy Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicole Johnson)

Canton High graduate Patrick Collier re-enlisted in the Navy on a wakeboard in a South Carolina lake recently. (Photo courtesy Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicole Johnson)

CANTON — Patrick Collier, who grew up in Canton and graduated from Canton High in 2003, has re-enlisted in the U.S. Navy after nearly five years of service to his country.

Collier chose a unique location to swear his oath of enlistment – on a South Carolina lake riding a wakeboard.Continue Reading