Collinsville Press recognized with Excellence in Journalism awards

Danny Deitz, center, celebrates after Simsbury’s win with Riley Shanley (1) after catching a touchdown pass in a win over Enfield in November 2016. It was a little over a year after receiving a heart transplant.

NEW HAVEN, May 25 — The Collinsville Press was recognized with three Excellence in Journalism awards from the Connecticut chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists at their annual awards banquet. More than 350 awards were presented to journalists across the state.

Editor Gerry deSImas, Jr., received two first place awards in the sports column and sports news categories in the hyperlocal competition. His story on an Avon mother and daughter sharing the school record in the 100 meters for a few weeks was recognized with a first place award in the sports column competition.

His story on Simsbury senior wide receiver Danny Deitz catching a touchdown pass in a football game against Enfield High a little over one year after receiving a heart transplant was recognized with a first place award in the sports news competition.Continue Reading

Third quarter surge helps Sheehan eliminate Canton in Class S lacrosse

Canton’s Matt Moraski (6) is squeezed by a pair of Sheehan defenders in Saturday’s Class S game in Wallingford. Sheehan beat Canton, 17-9. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

WALLINGFORD, May 27 – Wes Terzi and Danny James scored two goals each in the pivotal third period as the Sheehan High boys lacrosse team turned a two-goal advantage into an eight-goal lead and beat No. 18 Canton in the first round of the CIAC Class S tournament Saturday, 17-9.

No. 15 Sheehan (8-9) outscored Canton by a 7-1 margin in the third period to take a 13-5 lead. The host Titans led 6-4 at halftime but Sheehan scored the first four goals in the third quarter to take a commanding 10-4 lead.

Canton, making their second straight tournament appearance, fell behind 3-0 early on a pair of goals from Tony Lupo and a goal from Jake Smith. Matt Walzak put Canton on the scoreboard with a goal but Sheehan picked up two goals in the span of 35 seconds to take a 5-1 lead.Continue Reading

Masuk shuts down Avon and eliminates Falcons in Class M tournament, 12-3

Avon goalie David Tuggle made 15 saves in Masuk’s win in the first round of the Class M tournament Saturday.

MONROE, May 27 – Avon’s Chase Gordon scored a first period goal that cut the lead to one in Saturday’s Class M tournament game with No. 13 Masuk boys lacrosse team. But the host Panthers held the No. 20 Falcons scoreless for 36 minutes and scored nine unanswered goals to run away with a 12-3 decision.

The win enables Masuk (13-6) to get another opportunity to play No. 4 New Canaan in the second round. Mickey Zuk had five goals to lead Masuk while Seth Dyess, Michael Pieper and Ryan Shaw had two goals each.Continue Reading

Migli benefit golf tournament raises $20,000 for Avon High athletic program

From left, three of the four Migli tournament champions, Todd Donovan, Rob St. Jean and Don Annicelle pose with Steve Hahn, tournament chair and Booster Club President, Susan Rietano Davey, president of the Avon High Booster Club. Mark Olson is missing from the photo.

AVON – The 24th annual Richard Migli benefit golf tournament at the Golf Club of Avon was a tremendous success. Sponsored by the Avon High Booster Club and the family of the late Richard Migli, the tournament raised $20,000.

The funds will be put to good use funding resources and programs for Avon High athletes and two annual scholarships in Dick’s name.

The two winners of the Migli scholarships were announced at the tournament dinner. Lauren Jeandell, captain of the field hockey and girls basketball teams, and Jack Jones, captain of the football and boys lacrosse teams, were selected to receive the scholarships. They were honored for their exceptional performances on and off the field.Continue Reading

Bolton wins NCCC girls tennis tourney with Canton, Granby finishing tied for 3rd

Canton’s Kate Hynes finished second at No. 1 singles in Thursday’s NCCC girls tennis tournament. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

MANCHESTER, May 25 – League champion Bolton won three of four singles flights and the top doubles flight to win the 2017 NCCC girls tennis tournament Thursday at Magic Lincer Tennis Club. Erica, Dean, Megan Callahan and Catherine Baum won in singles for the Bulldogs while Christina McDonnell and LeeAnn Snuffer won in doubles.

Bolton, which won the NCCC championship with a 15-1 record this spring, nipped Coventry, 18-16 to win the league tournament.

Canton, which finished tied for second place in the league with an 11-5 record, finished tied for third with Granby in the tournament. Canton’s Kate Hynes finished second at No. 1 singles while the team of Samantha Dionne and Morgan Vacca finished second at No. 2 doubles.Continue Reading

Canton continues to surge, beats Ellington to win second NCCC Tournament

The Canton High girls lacrosse team beat Ellington, 15-3, to win their second straight NCCC Tournament title.

GRANBY, May 25 – It’s a different team that defending state champion Canton will bring to next week’s Class S tournament. A year ago, it was a talented, veteran team that won the first girls lacrosse state championship in school history.

This year, the Warriors are dominated by youth. Five freshmen started in Thursday’s NCCC Tournament championship game against Ellington. Two Canton players are gone for the year with ACL injuries. Alexa Huff, the team’s leader on defense and one of the team captains, is hobbled with a knee injury and didn’t play last night.

Starting goalie Courtney LeFave made nine saves in net last night to earn the victory despite playing with a broken thumb.

Still, no one in the NCCC beat Canton this season. The Warriors (15-2, 8-0 NCCC)  became the third team in league history to go undefeated in the regular season and capture the league tournament with a dominating 15-3 win over Ellington, a squad making their first-ever NCCC final appearance.Continue Reading

Somers outlasts Granby to win the NCCC Tournament title for fourth time

Granby’s Chris Warren is ready to fire a shot on net at goalie Chris Allen in Thursday’s NCCC championship game in Granby. The shot went off the post.

GRANBY, May 25 – The Granby High boys lacrosse scored four goals in the first six minutes of Thursday night’s NCCC Tournament final against Somers, the defending Class S champions, who had won 15 of 16 games coming in.

But Somers coach Ken McCarthy wasn’t worried. Or he wasn’t showing that he was worried. He continued to quietly coach his team. He had reason to be confident.

Somers outscored Granby by a 12-3 margin to close out the first half and take command of Thursday’s NCCC Tournament championship game. Somers (16-1) rolled past Granby, 20-11, to add a tournament title to their accomplishments this season.

It was the fifth straight finals appearance for Somers and the second straight year that the Spartans have taken home the championship trophy.Continue Reading

Canton finishes season on strong note and with 11 wins for second straight year

BOLTON, May 24 – The Canton High baseball team finished the regular season on a strong note. The Warriors dropped a hard-fought game to undefeated league champion Ellington on Monday, dropping a 6-5 decision.

But on Wednesday, the Warriors had 13 hits in an 11-1 North Central Connecticut Conference victory over Bolton to conclude the regular season. Canton finishes 11-9 for the second straight year and will begin play in the CIAC Class S tournament next week.

Nate Fulham had an outstanding afternoon against the Bulldogs, going 4-for-5 with a triple, home run and five RBI. It was his second home run in less than a week. He had a home run in Saturday’s loss to Northwestern Regional.Continue Reading

Mitchell wins twice as Canton girls earn share of first NCCC title; Canton boys 4th

Canton freshman Chelsea Mitchell won two individual NCCC titles in the 100 and 200 meters at Tuesday’s NCCC championship meet in Canton. Her sister, Emily, left, finished third in the 200 meters.

CANTON, May 23 – A lot of things went right this year for the Canton High girls track and field team. They won close meets with little depth – just 18 girls. The Warriors (13-0, 12-0 NCCC) beat Suffield on the final day of the regular season to go undefeated for the first time.

Canton was just an injury or two away from a loss throughout the season.

The Warriors’ luck ran out a bit on Tuesday at the NCCC championship meet. Senior Amber Harraden got hurt in the 400 meters and didn’t finish the race. Because she hurt her calf muscle and couldn’t run, she didn’t score any points in the javelin – an event where she was a serious contender.

But the Warriors didn’t crumble. They finished second with a school record 116½ points to earn a share of their first NCCC championship. Teams earn one point for each team they beat in the dual meet season and one point for every team they beat at the league championship meet.Continue Reading

Carpino helps Avon girls win second straight division title at CCC Central meet

track graphic 2SIMSBURY, May 23 – Avon’s Carly Carpino set a new school record and won the long jump at the Central Connecticut Conference (CCC)  Central championship meet Tuesday to help the Avon High girls track and field team finish fourth overall and clinch the CCC Central White Division championship at Simsbury High. Christine Oberhausen finished second in the 400 meters and Olivia Hyun was second in the javelin.

Marek Cireniewski won the CCC Central championship in the javelin as he helped the Avon High boys track and field team finish eighth overall and third in the CCC Central White Division.

It was the second straight CCC Central White crown for the Avon girls (6-1, 5-0 CCC Central White). Carpino won the long jump with a record-leap of 17 feet 7½ inches, breaking her own mark of 17-1 set in late April against Southington. She beat Glastonbury’s Selina Soule (16-6½) by more than a foot.Continue Reading

Few bad innings lead to back-to-back losses for Avon to finish regular season

SOUTHINGTON, May 23 – A few bad innings led to a pair of losses to conclude the regular season for the Avon High baseball team.

On Monday evening, Avon scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a one-run lead but Farmington scored one in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extra innings and beat the Falcons with one-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning, 7-6.

On Tuesday night, CCC Central Blue Division champion Southington scored five runs in the fourth inning on the way to a 6-0 decision over Avon at John Fontanta Field

Avon finished the season at 13-7 overall and 5-5 in the CCC Central White Division. Now, the Falcons await the pairings for the CIAC Class L tournament which begins next week. A year ago, Avon advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 1968 – a run they hope to repeat again.Continue Reading

Robaczynski, Jones each win Avon Road Race for fourth time

Avon’s Marc Robaczynski leads the pack at the 13th annual Avon Road Race Sunday. Robaczynski and Marisa Jones (339) each won the race for the fourth time.

AVON, May 21 – Avon’s Marc Robaczynski and Marisa Jones are establishing a tradition at the Avon Road Race. Both runners won the 3.1-mile race for the fourth time Sunday morning with Robaczynski winning by 44 seconds and Jones winning by 4:52.

More than 250 runners completed the 13th annual race that begins and ends at Avon’s Pine Grove School. It is a fundraiser for the Pine Grove Elementary School PTO. The race was followed by a Kids’ Fun Run at Pine Grove.

Robaczynski won with a time of 16:32.6, beating Adam Gootnick, who was second in 17:16. Jones finished third overall in the race with a race record time of 17:19.8. Jones, 35, broke her own race record that she set a year ago with a time of 17:32.Continue Reading

Avon baseball team share their love of the game with their classmates

Players thank each other for a good game after the Love of the Game baseball game Sunday at Buckingham Field. (Photo courtesy Maria Mascoli)

AVON, May 21 – For the past four years, members of the Avon High basketball program have played contests with fellow students who are physical or intellectually challenged. It started with the boys basketball team and grew to include the girls basketball squad as well.

On Sunday, members of the Avon High baseball team hosted a game at Buckingham Field with their peers, too. It was another opportunity for the Falcons to share their love for athletics and baseball with their fellow students.

Maria Mascoli, who began organizing the basketball games in 2014, also helped organize the baseball game with Falcon head coach Jon Yolles.Continue Reading

Canton ties game in final minute, beats St. Paul in OT to earn Class S invitation

Canton’s Matthew Moraski (6) carries the ball upfield in Saturday’s overtime win over St. Paul to earn a spot in the upcoming Class S tournament. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

BRISTOL, May 20 – Junior Harry Mitchell took a pass from Chris Giancola with 1:24 left in overtime and scored to lift the Canton High boys lacrosse team to a 14-13 win over St. Paul and into the CIAC Class S tournament for the second straight year.

Jake Sullivan scored all three Canton goals in the fourth quarter including two in the final 1:54 of the contest to help erase a two-goal St. Paul lead and force overtime.

Canton (6-9) won three of their final four games to earn an invitation to the Class S tournament. On Wednesday, the Warriors beat Windsor, 15-4 and last week, Canton scored a school-record 21 goals in a 21-8 win over Wamogo-Litchfield.Continue Reading

Granby races out to a quick lead and dominates Avon in a 17-9 victory

Avon’s Will Avery (1) is closely guarded by Granby’s Mike Spence in Saturday’s non-league lacrosse contest at Buckingham Field.

AVON, May 20 – The Avon High boys lacrosse team was been moving in the right direction.

About 10 days ago the Falcons outlasted Hall, 5-1 in a tough contest. They lost to Simsbury on Monday night but scored 11 goals in a 15-11 loss. On Wednesday, the Falcons rolled over Southington by a 13-4 margin to clinch a spot in the four-team CCC Central post-season tournament.

On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, Granby came out on fire and quickly took Avon out of the game in the first quarter in a 17-9 non-league victory. The visiting Bears (9-6, 5-3 NCCC) led 6-1 after one quarter and the Falcons never got any closer than four goals the rest of the way.Continue Reading