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Week 5 roundup: Avon baseball wins 11th straight game

Avon roundup week 5: May 4-9
AVON, May 4 – The Avon High baseball team continues to roll on. The Falcons improved to 11-0 with a 10-2 win over Coventry in six innings on Tuesday. T.J. Stolzenberg was 4-for-4 with three triples and four RBI. Avon takes on Ellington, Tolland and Enfield this week with two of three games at home (Ellington on Monday and Enfield on Friday).

TRACK & FIELD: John Drago won three individual events and was part of the winning 4×800 relay team on a rainy Thursday afternoon but the Falcons boys track and field team suffered their first loss of the season, losing by 11 to Coventry, 76-65. The meet was delayed twice by lightning and was held despite steady rain that sometimes was very heavy.

Avon (5-1, 4-1 NCCC) did beat Stafford and Bolton. Drago won the 1,600 meters, the 800 meters and 3,200 meter race. He was part of Avon’s winning 4×800 relay team. Eric Stevens qualified for the Class M championships in the high jump

On the girls side, the Falcons (5-1, 4-1) beat Stafford and Bolton but also lost to Coventry, 80-69. TiTi VanRiel qualified for the Class M championship meet in June in her fifth individual event with a strong performance in the long jump.

SOFTBALL: Earlier in the season, the young Falcons were spanked by Northwest Catholic by a 15-1 score. Last week, the Falcons played the NWC tough in a 3-1 loss in West Hartford. Avon (4-8) limited Northwest to just three runs on five hits.

BOYS LACROSSE: A key NCCC contest with Granby was rained out on Friday and rescheduled for May 27. It could be the match that decides the league championship. The Bears beat the Falcons earlier this year, 10-3 but Avon (6-2, 4-1 NCCC) has won its last four NCCC matches.

GIRLS LACROSSE: J.J. Gower had three goals while Lindsay Horbatuck added three assists to lead Avon (7-1, 4-0 NCCC) to its fourth straight victory in a 11-4 decision over Suffield last week.

TENNIS: The Avon boys (5-3, 5-1 NCCC) split a pair of matches last week, shutting out Enfield, 7-0 and dropping a 7-0 decision to Glastonbury. The Avon girls tennis team (12-0, 12-0 NCCC) remained undefeated with a 6-1 win over Tolland and a 7-0 shutout over East Granby.

GOLF: Keegan Johnson and Jack O’Brien earned medalist honors in separate meets last week as Avon (6-1) beat Suffield and Windsor Locks in meets. Johnson had a 35 at the Ranch in Southwick, Mass., in Avon’s close one stroke win, 152-153, over Suffield. Later in the week, the Falcons beat Windsor Locks, 159-194 as O’Brien led all golfers with a 38 at Blue Fox Run.

The Avon girls (4-5) split a pair of matches last week. Demi Perry had a 45 at Blue Fox Run to lead all golfers in Avon’s 203-244 win over Hall. But a day later, Mercy outlasted the Falcons, 221-229 at Lyman Orchards in Middlefield.

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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