It will be a busy two weeks for the varsity teams from Avon and Canton High as the regular season comes to a close and teams prepare for state tournament play. It begins with a full slate on Monday with three Avon vs. Canton contests. Canton hosts the Falcons in boys soccer at 3:30 p.m. at Bowdoin Field while the Avon girls host Canton at 3:30 p.m. at Fisher Meadows. To begin Spirit Week in Avon, the field hockey team hosts Canton at 5:30 p.m.
Here is a look at where the respective teams have accomplished so far and what is upcoming.
BOYS SOCCER: Canton (6-5) has won four of its last five games with Jim Spatcher scoring nine goals and Alex Davey chipping in with seven. Monday’s game against Avon is the first of six games in the next 11 days for the Warriors, who are looking to prepare for the Class S tournament. The Avon game is Canton’s regular season finale at home. The Warriors final four games will be on the road.
Avon (10-1-1, 21 pts.) is in a battle with Suffield (11-1, 22 pts.) and Ellington (10-1-2, 22 pts.) for the NCCC championship. After Monday’s game against Canton at Bowdoin Field, the Falcons battle Suffield at 5 p.m. in its Spirit Week night game at the high school with control of the league championship race hanging in the balance.
Avon will be wearing gold colored uniforms in honor of its senior co-captain Robby Brisco and pediatric cancer awareness. Proceeds from the Suffield contest will benefit the Oncology and Hematology unit at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford where Brisco has been getting treatment for the past few months.
Avon closes the regular season next Monday, Oct. 29 by hosting Ellington in its regular season finale at Fisher Meadows.
GIRLS SOCCER: Canton (3-8) has won three of its last four games after a tough start to the season. Elizabeth Graves and Zoe Van Kirk have three goals each in that span. Still, Avon will be a challenge for the Warriors in Monday’s game at Fisher Meadows in Avon.
Avon (10-1-1, 21 pts.) is battling Suffield (11-0-1, 23 pts.) for the NCCC championship and the Falcons have won nine straight since losing a 1-0 decision to Granby on Sept. 19. A win over Suffield and Canton would put Avon in a tie with Suffield for first place with two games remaining.
Avon has been receiving balanced scoring from Michala Marcus (7 goals), Hunter McCarthy (6), Catherine Jordan (5), Hannah Davey (5) and Chamlyah Rowland (5). Goalie Kaylan Conrad has six shutouts this season.
FIELD HOCKEY: Canton (2-7, 2-6 NCCC) continues to grow as a team and won its second game of the season with a 1-0 decision over Enfield last week as Kaclyn Oliver scored her third goal of the season.
Avon (7-1-1, 6-0-1 NCCC) is battling with surprising Stafford (12-1, 7-1 NCCC) for the league championship. Avon and Stafford have a showdown contest Thursday night, Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. at AHS. The Falcons won the first meeting with Stafford on Oct. 15, 1-0.
CROSS COUNTRY: The Avon High girls are looking to win its second straight NCCC championship Monday at the league championship meet at Windsor Locks High while the Avon boys are in the hunt for the boys title. Teams earn one point for each dual meet victory in the league and one point for every team they beat at the league championship meet.
The girls race kicks off at 1:45 p.m. Avon (13-0) is the overwhelming favorite to win its second straight league championship meet and earn a piece of the NCCC title for the third time in four years. Junior Rachael Rosow is the favorite to win her first conference title in cross country. Suffield (12-1), Ellington (11-2) and Bolton (10-3) should be among the top teams. Canton was 7-6 in the regular season.
The boys race at 2:30 p.m. should be much more competitive. Ellington (12-1) and Bolton (12-1) have earned 12 points so far with Avon (11-2) and defending league champion Suffield (11-2) with 11 points each. Canton (9-4), which won two league titles in 2009 and 2010, is probably too far back to legitimately contend for the title.
For Ellington, Bolton, Avon and Suffield, claiming a share of the league championship probably boils down to which team wins the championship meet. Avon doesn’t have an outstanding runner who can win the league title but they do have solid group of runners who will need to run their best races to have the Falcons in contention. Placement will be crucial.
Justin Alessio, Mike Oberhausen, Jeff Demers, Connor Wise and Dan Innes are the top runners for the Falcons. Avon has never won a NCCC championship in boys cross country, although they did win five straight Northwest Conference titles from 1980-84.
VOLLEYBALL: Avon (11-3, 9-2 NCCC) hosts Bolton on Monday night and travels to Farmington on Wednesday night before facing defending state champion Coventry Friday night on the road. The Falcons were the first team this year to win a game against the Patriots. Canton (0-13, 0-12 NCCC) closes out its first varsity season with three matches on the road.
Key games this week for the Warriors and Falcons
Monday, Oct. 22
Boys soccer: Avon at Canton, 3:30 p.m. (Bowdoin Field)
Girls soccer: Canton at Avon, 3:30 p.m. (Fisher Meadows)
Field hockey: Canton at Avon, 5:30 p.m.
Volleyball: Bolton at Avon, 5 p.m.
Cross country: NCCC championships at Windsor Locks HS. Girls varsity, 1:45 p.m.; Boys varsity, 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 23
Boys soccer: Suffield at Avon, 5 p.m.
Girls soccer: Suffield at Avon, 7 p.m.
Field hockey: Suffield at Canton, 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 24
Volleyball: Avon at Farmington
Thursday, Oct. 25
Field hockey: Stafford at Avon, 5 p.m.
Field hockey: Granby at Canton, 3:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 26
Girls soccer: Enfield at Avon
Girls soccer: Windsor Locks at Canton
Boys soccer: Avon at Enfield
Saturday, Oct. 27
Football: Housatonic/Wamogo at Avon, 6:30 p.m.
Football: Canton at Gilbert/Northwestern, 1:30 p.m.
CIAC cross country at Wickham Park, Manchester
Avon girls in Class MM championships, 3:10 p.m.
Avon boys in Class MM championships, 3:45 p.m.
Canton boys in Class SS championships, 1:35 p.m.
Canton girls in Class S championships, 11:25 a.m.
Monday, Oct. 29
Boys soccer: Ellington at Avon
Girls soccer: Avon at Ellington
Girls soccer: Somers at Canton
Field hockey: Avon at Canton