Beauty of the river draws nearly 700 runners to inaugural Collinsville Classic

Nearly 700 runners competed at the first Collinsville Classic 10K Sunday morning.

Nearly 700 runners competed at the first Collinsville Classic 10K Sunday morning.

Collinsville ClassicCANTON, May 1 – For many of the runners in the inaugural Collinsville Classic 10K road race, it was about the water.

It wasn’t about the drizzle and light rain that fell to earth during the 6.2-mile run Sunday morning, it was was about running for four miles alongside the Farmington River on the Farmington River Trail culminating with a run across the very bridge that used to carry trains and supplies into Collinsville every day for the first half of the 20th century.

“It was beautiful,” said New Hartford’s Sue Mantie, a state-caliber cross country runner in her days at Canton High School, who won her age division. “It is so scenic. They’ve cut down a lot of the trees (along the river trail) so you can see the river now. It’s so beautiful and peaceful.”Continue Reading

Canton shows they can play with Fairfield Warde in four-goal loss

Canton's Kaelyn Oliver fights for a loose ball in Saturday's match in Canton. Fairfield Warde handed Canton their first loss with a 10-6 victory.

Canton’s Kaelyn Oliver fights for a loose ball in Saturday’s match in Canton. Fairfield Warde handed Canton their first loss with a 10-6 victory.

CANTON, April 30 – This is uncharted territory for the Canton High girls lacrosse team. The program’s first winning season came a year ago when they won a single season record 10 games.

The Warriors encountered little resistance in their first eight games – outside of a four-goal win over Granby earlier this week – as Canton moved to an 8-0 start.

But how good were they? Could they play with a team from the FCIAC, a team that has to deal with lacrosse powerhouses Darien, Wilton, Greenwich and New Canaan on a yearly basis?

Canton played well Saturday in a 10-6 loss to Fairfield Warde. Emma Charron scored four goals to lead the Warriors while Kaelyn Oliver and Grace Giancola each had an individual goal. Canton goalie Amanda Gottlieb made 15 saves in net.Continue Reading

Canton ‘9’ make too many mistakes in loss to Stafford

Canton High coach Greg Brisco, left, gives Ethan Burke a high five after Burke's solo home run in Saturday's game at Stafford.

Canton High coach Greg Brisco, left, gives Ethan Burke a high five after Burke’s solo home run in Saturday’s game at Stafford. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

STAFFORD, April 30 – The Canton High baseball team committed five errors and gave up three unearned runs in a 6-4 NCCC loss to Stafford on Saturday, snapping the Warriors’ four-game winning streak.

Canton simply made too many mistakes to earn a victory. The Warriors (5-4, 4-4 NCCC) erased a four-run deficit and tied the game at 4-4 in the fifth inning. But a pair of wild pitches from hurler Jake Schaetzel enabled Stafford to score twice in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a two-run lead, 6-4.Continue Reading

Late surge allows Avon baseball team to rally past Farmington for victory

Avon's Sean Del Gallo was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI in the Falcons' win over Farmington Friday.

Avon’s Sean Del Gallo was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI in the Falcons’ win over Farmington Friday.

AVON, April 29 – The Avon High baseball team scored seven runs and had 10 of their 12 hits in the final two innings to erase a three-run lead and rally to beat Farmington, 9-5 in a CCC Central White contest at Buckingham Field Friday.

It was the fourth straight win for Avon (7-3, 3-1 CCC Central White), which trailed 5-2 in the top of the fifth inning. It was the first-ever CCC baseball game between the two neighboring rivals.

Ian McDonald led off the bottom of the fifth inning for Avon with a double and scored on Sean Del Gallo’s RBI triple. Del Gallo scored on an error to cut the Farmington lead to one run, 5-4.Continue Reading

Falcons nip Simsbury to win Avon Invitational for first time

Golf ballAVON, April 30 – The Avon High boys golf team won the third annual Avon Invitational golf tournament for the first time Friday with a one stroke win over Simsbury, 300 to 301 at Blue Fox Run golf course. Avon’s Jake Avery was the tournament medalist with an even par 70.

Berlin was third with 306 in the 18-hole event while Suffield took fourth place (309) in the 15-team event. The Falcons are off to a 5-0 start in their first season in the Central Connecticut Conference including a 1-0 start in the CCC Central White division.Continue Reading

Defending state champs Tolland hand Avon girls track first loss since 2012

Carly Carpino won two individual events Tuesday against Tolland.

Carly Carpino won two individual events Tuesday against Tolland.

TOLLAND, April 26 – Avon’s Carly Carpino and Carly Regalado each won two individual events but host Tolland won nine individual events and two of three relays to hand the Avon High girls track and field team their first loss in four years with a 94-57 Central Connecticut Conference victory on Tuesday.

Avon (4-1, 1-0 CCC Central White) had won 50 consecutive dual meets since 2012 when they lost to Suffield.

Carpino won the long jump and triple jump while Regalado swept the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles for the Falcons, who also captured the 4×100 relay (Shilpa Donde, Riley Abate, Carly Carpino, Gina Lindley) in 52.38 seconds. Abate also won the 100 meters while Audrey Worth captured the pole vault.Continue Reading

Canton ‘9’ wins another one-run ballgame by holding off Windsor Locks, 6-5

Baseball ImageWINDSOR LOCKS, April 28 – The Canton High baseball team pulled out another tense contest Thursday. Reliever Jake Schaetzel struck out two batters with runners on first and third base in the bottom of the seventh inning to lead the Warriors to a 6-5 win over Windsor Locks in NCCC action.

It was the fourth straight win for Canton and third consecutive one-run victory for the Warriors. Canton (5-3, 4-3 NCCC) began the week with an 8-7 win over Granby in 10 innings on Monday followed by a 2-1 decision over Coventry on Wednesday. Canton concludes a busy week with a game at Stafford on Saturday at 1 p.m.Continue Reading

Canton’s Witzgall earns medalist honors for third time

Canton junior Ian Witzgall earned medalist honors for the third time Thursday against Coventry. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

Canton junior Ian Witzgall earned medalist honors for the third time Thursday against Coventry. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

COVENTRY, April 28 – Junior Ian Witzgall was the overall medalist for the third in four matches this spring but Coventry High was still able to beat Canton in an NCCC boys golf match Thursday at Skungamaug River Country Club.

Coventry, the two-time defending league champion, beat the Warriors by a score of 167-220. Witzgall shot a season-low 37 to earn medalist honors. He was also the medalist in a win over Stafford and a match against East Granby on Monday.Continue Reading

Hard-hitting Falcons beat Simsbury for third win in four games

Avon's Ian McDonald is tagged out trying to score at the plate in the fifth inning of Avon's 12-7 victory over Simsbury.

Avon’s Ian McDonald is tagged out trying to score at the plate in the fifth inning of Avon’s 12-7 victory over Simsbury.

AVON, April 27 – Catcher Jeremy Zarwanski hit a third inning grand slam and the Avon High baseball team had 14 hits as the Falcons beat Simsbury, 12-7 at Buckingham Field on Wednesday in Central Connecticut Conference play.

The Falcons (6-3) won for the third time in four games. Sean Del Gallo was 3-for-4 with a double and one RBI while Will Boone was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Ian McDonald had a double and a single while Matt Boone had two hits. Justin Olson ripped a two-RBI triple for the Falcons.

Three Avon pitchers combined to strike out seven and scatter seven hits. Kyle Emery pitched five innings to get the victory, striking out four and walking two.Continue Reading

Schaetzel home run is the difference in Canton’s 2-1 win over Coventry

Canton's Jake Schaetzel rounds third base before heading home Thursday against Enfield. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

Canton’s Jake Schaetzel hit a game-winning home run Wednesday. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

CANTON, April 27 – Jake Schaetzel hit a two-run home run in the first inning and pitcher Ethan Burke shutout down the visiting Patriots as the Canton High baseball team earned its third straight win with a 2-1 decision over Coventry in NCCC play at Bowdoin Field.

Burke and reliever Nate Fulham limited Coventry (5-2, 5-2 NCCC) to just three hits and one run. Burke fanned six and walked just two in 6 1/3 innings of work. Fulham got two outs to earn the save. The victory snapped a four-game winning streak for Coventry.Continue Reading

Bees win in front of sellout crowd; Yard Goats win 7th straight game

Southington's Nick Greenwiood struck out seven Friday night.

Southington’s Nick Greenwood improved to 2-0 Wednesday.

NEW BRITAIN, April 27 – The kids loved the Bees Thursday morning. The first sellout crowd in team history saw New Britain beat the visiting Long Island Ducks, 5-2 in the initial “Baseball in Education” game. More than 3,500 school children from New Britain, Plainville and Meriden were among the sellout crowd of 6,253 that began at 10:30 a.m.

Southington’s Nick Greenwood tossed six scoreless innings to earn the victory for New Britain. The former major league hurler allowed just five Long Island hits, struck out five and walked two to earn his second Atlantic League victory of the season.

Offensively, the Bees (4-4) were led by Norberto Susini, who drove in two runs in his first start of the season, including an RBI double, with James Skelton and Jon Griffin adding doubles of their own.Continue Reading

Despite the cold and rain, Canton boys extend record winning streak to 74

Track logo DSC_1740CANTON, April 26 – It was cold and raining Tuesday afternoon when the Canton High boys and girls track and field teams hosted Hartford Classical and Enfield.

Canton’s baseball team didn’t play. Neither did softball or tennis. But the track athletes were out competing in the elements. Why? Because at the upcoming CIAC championship meets at the end of May, the event is on rain or shine. Only lightning stops the action.

Last year, the Warriors competed in a torrential downpour in the Class S championships. They had to compete. So, Tuesday’s three-team meet was a good test for a potential miserable weather day at the state championship meet.Continue Reading

Granby softball extends Canton’s winless streak

Canton outfielder Megan Hall quickly grabs the ball to limit Granby's Jessica Storch to a single. (Photo courtesy Bill Stewart)

Canton outfielder Megan Hall quickly grabs the ball to limit Granby’s Jessica Storch to a single. (Photo courtesy Bill Stewart)

GRANBY, April 25 – It’s been a challenging year for the Canton High girls softball team. The Warriors are still learning to hit and don’t have the dominant pitching they’ve had in previous years.

On Monday, Canton had just four hits in a 7-0 loss to Granby. The Warriors (0-8, 0-7 NCCC) have had four or fewer hits in six of eight games. Three times, they’ve had just one hit.Continue Reading

Avon hires veteran coach Sal Cintorino as its next football coach

Sal Cintorino is the new head football coach at Avon High. In 2014, he was an assistant at Canton.

Sal Cintorino is the new head football coach at Avon High. In 2014, he was an assistant at Canton.

AVON, April 19 – Veteran football coach Sal Cintorino has been named the ninth football coach in school history at Avon High School.

Cintorino was the head coach for nine years at Central Connecticut State University and also was the head coach at Newington High and Bristol Central for five years each. 

“Sal is a veteran coach whose past experiences have a great history of player development and program success,” said Tim Filon, athletic director at Avon High. “We were looking for a coach who had previous varsity experience that could come in and keep our program moving forward in a positive manner. I’m confident that Sal will be a great addition to our program and community.”Continue Reading

Three Canton basketball players earn All-State honors

CP basketball graphicCANTON – It was a fine season for the Canton High basketball programs this winter.

The boys basketball team won 17 games and lost the NCCC Tournament championship game on a 40-foot shot at the buzzer that banked off the backboard and in. The girls basketball won their first-ever state championship in March with a win over defending champion Thomaston.

Three players earned All-State honors. For the first time, two Canton girls – Maggie Treacy and Emily Briggs — made the All-State team in the same season Cameron Lange also earned All-State honors becoming the first Canton boy since Andrew Crowley in 2010 to earn All-State honors. Thirteen Canton players earned All-NCCC honors for their play in the athletic arena.Continue Reading