Over 30 athletes from Avon High have been recognized for their achievements this fall with All Conference, All State and All New England honors. Combined, Avon’s seven varsity teams this fall won 91 games and lost just 25.
CREW: Avon High’s boys crew first varsity four boat won a New England championship in October at the fourth annual New England regional championship regatta in Shrewsbury, Mass. The team of Frank Campanelli, Jack Kostal, Calum Milligan and Alec Whipple along with coxswain Megan Boos won their race by 32 seconds, outlasting 12 other boats in the race.
FIELD HOCKEY: Avon High field hockey player Caroline Schaefer was named to the Southern New England All-Regional team by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association and to the All-State team. Schaefer scored six goals this season or the Falcons, who went 13-3-2 and advanced to the Class M semifinals for the third time in the last five years.
Avon won the NCCC championship for the third straight year. Schaefer, Kelsey Burton, Sarah Katherine Mascoli, Rachel Moore (5 goals) and Emily Stross (6 goals) all earned All-NCCC honors. Burton and Mascoli were named to the second team All-State squad.
FOOTBALL: The Avon High football team had two players named to the Connecticut High School Coaches Association All-State team. Senior linebackers Stephen Griffin and Jimmy Murphy were named to the Class L squad. It was Murphy’s second straight year on the All-State team. He is just the third Avon football player to be named All-State two years in a row, joining Michael D’Onofrio (2007-08) and Ross McDonald (2009-10).
Murphy was a catalyst for the Falcons (8-3, 4-2 Pequot West). He became the 11th player in school history to run for more than 1,000 yards in a single season, rushing or 1,156 yards and 18 TDs. He also caught 26 passes for 367 yards and 5 TDs. He returned eight kickoffs for 141 yards. Defensively, he was a stalwart at linebacker consistently making big plays.
Griffin was a versatile linebacker who started all four years of his career. This fall, he rushed for four TDs and 272 yards while catching 13 passes for 151 yards and three TDs. Last year, Griffin was an All-Pequot Uncas Division selection at defensive end.
Murphy, Griffin, QB Noah Hahn, WR Dylan Marquis, offensive lineman Ryan Rogers, placekicker John Burdick and defensive back Avik Vimal were named to the All-Pequot Conference Western Division All-Star team. Murphy was co-player of the year in the Western Division with Gilbert/Northwestern’s Tony Ortiz.
CROSS COUNTRY: Junior Molly Hamel earned All-State honors for Avon’s girls cross country team by finishing fifth at the Class MM championship race. Hamel. Sara Stokesbury, Christina Martin and Maddi McHugh earned All-NCCC honors as the Falcons won the NCCC championship for the third straight year and went undefeated (13-0). Junior Collin Pritchard earned All-NCCC honors for the boys cross country team, which finished 9-4.
SOCCER: Led by All-State defender Youn Jae Baek, the Avon girls soccer team finished 15-3 overall and 14-2 in the NCCC behind Class LL runnerup Suffield High, who was undefeated (16-0) in the league. Baek, juniors Hannah Davey (team-high 12 goals), Amanda Holtzman and Michaela Marcus (10 goals) were named to the All-NCCC team from the Falcons.
The Avon High boys soccer team finished 14-4 overall and 13-3 in the NCCC. The Falcons were from the state tournament by eventual Class L champion Farmington. Defender Stephen Dorney was named to the All-State team. Dorney and forwards Riley Strassner (11 goals) and Bobby Zaino (team-high 25 goals) were named to the All-NCCC team.
VOLLEYBALL: Sophomore Abby Laszewski and junior Sammy Maniatty earned All-NCCC honors for the Avon High volleyball team that was 12-4 in the NCCC and finished the year with a 15-9 record. Laszewski led the team with 218 kills and 44 blocks. She had 60 digs and 24 serving aces. Maniatty had 107 kills (second on the team), 44 aces and 180 digs. The Falcons were eliminated from the Class L tournament by runnerup Farmington in the second round.
“We continue to feel great pride in our athletes for their outstanding efforts on and off the field,” said Newell Porch, Avon’s athletic director, at a recent Avon Booster Club meeting.