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Roundup: Avon girls run to Nonnewaug Invitational title

WOODBURY, Oct. 15 – The Avon High girls cross country team continues to collect championship hardware. The Falcons ran tough to outlast Pomperaug, 32-43 and win the 53rd annual Nonnewaug Invitational. Avon had four of the top nine runners and five of the top 12, led by sophomores Rachael Rosow (19:21) in second place and Sara Stokesbury (19:25) in third place.

Molly Hamel (6th), Katie McIntyre (9th) and Madison Zapatka (12th) rounded out the top five for the Falcons. Pomperaug had runners finish in fourth, seventh, eighth, 11th and 13th place.

On the boys side, Jeff Demers finished nine to lead Avon to a fourth place finish. In other races, Dan Innes won the junior varsity boys race and Julia deSimas finished second in the girls junior varsity race.

BOYS SOCCER: The Falcons (9-1-1, 9-1-1 NCCC) have won eight straight matches after beginning the season with a 1-1-1 mark after three games. Drew Montano has been on fire with 22 goals in the last eight games, including four in a 4-0 win over East Granby. The Falcons have allowed just two goals in the last eight games and goalie Alex Andrews has six shutouts in that span.

GIRLS SOCCER: Caroline Smith had a goal but Ellington put an end to Avon’s seven-game winning streak by tying the Falcons 1-1 last week. Smith has scored eight goals in the seven games. Erica Primovic leads the team with 11 goals. The Falcons are 9-1-1.

FIELD HOCKEY: After its thrilling win over Granby, the undefeated Falcons (7-0, 7-0 NCCC) followed up that victory with a 4-0 shutout over Stafford. Alana Pulling, Emily Arciero, Sarah Katherine Mascoli and Kelsey Burton had goals while Maddy Riccardi added three assists.

VOLLEYBALL: Defending Class S champion Coventry snapped Avon’s seven-match winning streak with a 3-0 victory last week. The Falcons (8-4, 6-3 NCCC) had been on a roll with a 3-1 win over Newingotn, a 3-0 shutout victory over Conard and a close 3-2 decision over Bolton.

CREW: High winds cancelled most of the Head of the Connecticut Regatta Sunday in Middletown. The Falcon boys team never made it to the water. The Avon High girls varsity eight was on the Connecticut River when large waves filled the Falcon crew boat with water. No one was hurt but the race was cancelled shortly afterwards.

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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