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Canton blanks Tolland at Dodd Stadium, 4-0

CANTON, May 16 — Pitcher Brian Magna struck out eight and allowed just one hit as the Canton High baseball team (7-6, 5-5 NCCC) blanked Tolland, 4-0 last week at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, home of the Class AA Connecticut Defenders. The only hit that Magna gave up was a triple by Tolland’s Jamie Ferris that got up into the wind in the second inning and sailed into the outfield. Magna walked just two batters.

Tyler Plourd had a two-out, two-RBI double in the third inning while Travis Lane and Aaron Deaver each had RBI sacrifice flies.

Later in the week, four errors led to five unearned runs in an 8-0 loss to East Granby. Canton sophomore Aras Banavicous did have two singles and a walk for the Warriors. A game against East Windsor last week was moved to Thursday, May 28.

TENNIS: The Canton girls tennis team picked up a pair of victories last week with a 7-0 win over Ellington and a 6-1 victory over Windsor Locks. The Warriors (4-9) fell to Tolland, 5-2.

GOLF: The Canton girls golf team had its season-opening 10-match winning streak snapped in a three-stroke loss to Cheshire at Southington Country Club. Canton (11-1) fell by a 205-208 score. The Canton boys golf team improved to 7-3-1 and 5-2-1 in the league with a pair of victories over Coventry, 157-176, and East Granby, 162-179. Blaine Houlihan was the medalist in both victories. Houlihan had a 36 in the win over Coventry at Tower Ridge in Simsbury.

FOOTBALL: There will be no spring football in Canton this year. Given the choice of a traditional week of spring football or the addition of four days of practice in August, the Warriors chose to prepare for the 2009 season in August.

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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