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CHS roundup: Booters host annual night games on Saturday at Bowdoin

CANTON, Sept. 29 – Canton High hosts their annual night soccer games at Bowdoin Field on Saturday, Oct. 1. The Canton girls (1-4) will host undefeated Granby (4-0) at 6 p.m. and the Canton boys (1-4) will host the Granby boys (2-2-1) at 8 p.m.

Canton Youth Soccer and the Canton High Athletic Booster Club are sponsoring the event. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for students. Children under the age of 4 are admitted free.

It’s the 13th year that the doubleheader showcase has been held at Bowdoin Field. The boys are 4-5-3 and the girls team is 6-5-1. Granby returns as the opponent for the third time and first time since 2003.

Refreshments will include food and drink from The Meat House, Flatbread and Ben & Jerry’s.

BOYS SOCCER: Scoring has been the challenge for the Canton boys in September. Canton (1-4, 1-3 NCCC) has scored just four goals in five games, including a pair of goals from leading scorer Jeff Lochner and Alex Daily in a 2-0 win over Bolton earlier this week. The only goals came in a 2-1 overtime loss to Ellington with two seconds left in the second 10-minute overtime and a 2-1 loss to East Granby.

Goalie Michael Grisevich has been getting plenty of action, averaging 12 saves a game in the first four games of the season. But they have allowed 14 goals in five games.

GIRLS SOCCER: The Warriors are 1-4 after five games – not the start that coach Kevin McKenna was looking for. Canton’s lone win was a 3-2 win over East Granby with Emily Rodenwald, Riley Loureio and Allie Coutu scoring. Rodenwald had a goal in Canton’s 2-1 loss to Bolton earlier this week.

FIELD HOCKEY: This is another Warrior squad that has struggled to find the back of the net, scoring just three goals in five games. Canton (1-2-0-2, 1-1-0-2 NCCC) had one goal in an overtime loss to Avon and goals from Meghan David and Emily Nedderman in a 2-1 win over Stafford. For the third time this season, Canton was shutout on Thursday in a 1-0 loss to Somers on an overtime goal from Samantha Gay with 1:47 left in OT off an assist from Kayla Renaud. Goalie Kayla Fournier had eight saves for Canton.

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY: Jon Cahill continues to win races. He won his third dual meet in three tries on Wednesday in a tri-meet against Coventry, racing across the 3.1-mile course at Creaser Park in Coventry in 17:22. Peter LeDuc was fourth while Brian Fitzpatrick (7th), Jarrett Choinard  (8th) and David Benedetti  (10th) finished strong, giving Canton five runners in the top 10.

It sparked Canton (7-0, 7-0 NCCC) to wins over Coventry, 23-32, Granby, 22-36 and East Granby, 15-48. For Canton, it was their 38th straight NCCC dual meet victory dating back to 2008. It sets up a big meet on Wednesday at undefeated Suffield (9-0) with Avon and East Windsor.

The Wildcats were dominant at the Stratton Brook Invitational Small Division race in Simsbury last week with four runners in the top seven and five in the top 14. Suffield easily beat Canton to win the Small Division title, 29-100. Thomaston was third with 111 points. Cahill finished fourth in 17:33.2 while Peter LeDuc was 12th in 18:22. But the next Canton runner was Chouinard in 24th place.

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY: The Warriors (5-2, 5-2 NCCC) have a winning record after three dual meets. And they ran well in a 27-30 loss to Granby on Wednesday with six girls in the top 12. But Granby got three girls ahead of Canton’s lead runner, sophomore Eliza Chekas, who finished sixth in 23:50 and that made the difference.

It’s a young team with sophomore Leigh-Ann Rossito currently in the No. 2 slot, senior Rose Minichello at No. 3, junior Tori Frandsen at No. 4 and sophomore Emily Coleman at No. 5.

Kim Loveland, who began the season as a volunteer coach with the girls cross country team has been named as coach of the team due to the increased number of girls on the team. Bill Sarmuk, who is coaching the boys cross country team, began the season as head coach for both programs.

FOOTBALL: It’s been a tough start for the Warriors (0-2, 0-1 Pequot Uncas). They were run over by a veteran Ellington team on opening day, 53-16. In week two, Canton trailed the entire game until they scored on a 38-yard halfback option touchdown pass from freshman Sebastian Gumbs to Keith Wilson with 56 seconds remaining. But Locks marched 73 yards in 56 seconds, scoring on a 27-yard run from Trystan Cauley with no time left on the clock and adding a two-point conversion run from the eight yard line to stun the Warriors, 22-20. Cauley scored 3 TDs and ran for a game-high 180 yards on 24 carries.

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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