Falcon roundup: Avon girls hoop wins fifth straight, wrestlers extend streak

TORRINGTON, Dec. 21 — Behind 19 points from Anna Schrecengost and 12 from freshman Abby Laszewski, the Avon High girls basketball team won their fifth straight game Friday night by outlasting Torrington, 44-40. A fourth quarter surge lifted the Falcons (5-1, 3-1 NCCC) to the victory. Avon also allowed Torrington just 16 points in the second half.

For Avon, the win is its fifth straight after an opening night loss to Bolton, 52-51. Schrecengost and Laszewski have been averaging over 10 points a game for the Falcons. Avon is off through the holidays and plays again on Thursday, Dec. 27 when they host Tolland in their annual Avon Holiday Tournament.

WRESTLING: The Avon High wrestling team is 2-0 after a 75-0 decision over Enfield on Wednesday night. The Falcons have won 37 consecutive NCCC matches dating back to the 2007 campaign. The task should be more difficult on Saturday when the Falcons host Conard, Glastonbury and Trumbull at the high school beginning at 10 a.m.

ICE HOCKEY: After a big 7-0 win over Wethersfield in its opening game, the Windsor/Avon/Farmington co-op hockey team has dropped two one-goal games in a row. Windsor (1-2). East Catholic outlasted Windsor, 3-2 last Saturday night at Avon Old Farms and earlier this week, Joe Mazza scored with 8:03 left in the game to lift East Longmeadow to a 4-3 decision over Windsor.

Jeff Demers and Connor McCutcheon had two goals each in the win over Wethersfield. McCutcheon had another goal in the loss to East Catholic along with A.J. Georger.

Windsor hosts Division III finalist Northwest Catholic on Saturday night at Avon Old Farms.

BOYS BASKETBALL: The Avon High boys basketball team is 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the NCCC after the first week of play. The Falcons opened the season with a 68-41 decision over Stafford before dropping a hard-fought 53-47 decision in double overtime to Glastonbury on the next evening.

Behind 16 points from Patrick McKearney, the Falcons beat Suffield earlier this week, 64-59. Sean Herrmann chipped in with 15 points while Will DiStefano added 11.

Avon gets back into action two days after Christmas on Thursday, Dec. 27, when they travel to Bristol to take on Bristol Eastern and then off to Farmington on Saturday, Dec. 29 for the first of a home-and away series with the Indians.

BOYS SWIMMING: Charlie Anderson won the 50 yard freestyle and 100 yard freestyle and swam on two winning relay teams but undefeated Holy Cross was too deep for Avon in a 102-79 victory on Thursday night in Waterbury. Anderson also swam on the Falcons’ 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay. Riley Strassner (200 free) also won an event for Avon (0-2).

Fabrizio Rodriguez, Stephen DelGallo and Strassner swamon the 200 free relay team that finished in a tie with Holy Cross. Strassner, Sophie Greenbaum and Kristen Wall swam with Anderson on the 400 freestyle relay team.

INDOOR TRACK: Eight individuals and two relay teams from Avon High finished in the top 10 during the Bacon Academy Developmental meet at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven on Thursday night. No team scores were kept.

Caroline Rendeiro won the high jump with a leap of 4-foot-8 inches while Rachael Rosow was second in the 3,200 meters with a time of 11:43.43. Sarah Stokesbury finished fourth in the 1,000 meters in 3:14.09 while Justin Alessio was fifth in the 3,200 meters in 10:49.36.

Colin Ponzani was sixth in the 600 meters (1:33.30), Kristen Goldie was seventh in the 1,600 meters (5:59.72) and Stephanie Koo was ninth in the 300 meters in 47.16 seconds. Connor Wise was third in the 1,600 meters in 4:28.3 and seventh in the 3,200 meters in 10:52.42.

Among the relay teams, the Avon girls 4×200 relay team (Koo, Amanda Holtzman, Alex Johnson, Tara Shayler) finished second along with the Avon boys 4×400 relay team (Ben Crawford, Ponzani, Evan Edgar, Brett Holtzman).

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