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Avon field hockey tops Hall for 2nd straight win

AVON, Sept. 25 – Olivia Mason, Emily Arciero and Maddy Riccardi had individual goals as the Avon High field hockey team won its second straight game with a 3-0 win over Hall-West Hartford on Saturday. Sophomore goalie Nicole Andrew earned the shutout in net for Avon.

“We played with much more intensity than the last two games which is something I was pleased about,” Avon coach Terri Ziemnicki said. After dropping a 3-2 decision in overtime on opening day, the Falcons beat Suffield, 2-0 earlier this week.

It’s a young team for the Falcons (2-0-0-1) with just four starters returning from last year’s NCCC championship squad. Arciero and Sidney Hagan returned at midfield with defenders Julia Plourd and forward Elle Crane.

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY: Avon freshman Rachael Rosow finished ninth in the Large School race at the 30th annual Puma/Stratton Brook Invitational in Simsbury on Saturday with a time of 21:44 on the 3.1 mile course. Junior Sarah Cotton of Hand (19:46) easily defended her championship, beating Hall’s Elena Jay (20:37) by nearly a minute. Avon Senior Emily Kelly was 28th in 23:22 while freshman Madison Zapakta was 31st in 23:44. Avon took sixth in the Large Division race.

In dual meet action this week, the Avon girls improved to 5-0 with 15-50 shutout wins over East Windsor and Stafford at East Windsor Reservoir. Roscow won her third straight dual meet with a convincing win in 19:13. Kelly, Sam Silverman, Zapatka and Emily Hebb rounded out the top five. Avon had the first nine runners in the race.

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY: Chris Carlson was 21st to lead Avon at the Stratton Brook Invitational on Saturday. Carlson ran a time of 18:29 over 3.1 miles to lead the Falcons, who finished eighth. In dual meet action during the week, the Falcons took the top seven spots to sweep East Windsor and Stafford, 15-50 at East Windsor Reservoir and improve to 5-0 in the league. Jeff Demers won the race in 17:10, nipping Carlson by a second. Jeff Wang, Matt Mascoli and Mike Oberhausen rounded out the top five.

2010 Stratton Brook Invitational results

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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