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Avon boys earn another trip to the state tournament

Golf ballAVON – The Avon High boys golf team will be playing in the CIAC state tournament Wednesday for the 22nd consecutive season – an impressive accomplishment.

In golf, there are no teams that won 40 percent of their games in the post-season. Even teams with winning dual meet records can be left on the sideline. The calculations are cold and based on the average difference of strokes from the average rating of courses the teams played on.

The top 20 teams in Division I, II, III and IV earn a spot in the CIAC boys tournaments. 

Avon will be competing in the tough Division II tournament at Fairview Hills in Harwinton. The field includes a pair of defending state champions – Pomperaug, which won the Division I title last spring and Hand, which won the Division II championship. Avon was tied for fourth in Division II a year ago with its team score of 312 – its lowest team score in the program’s history.

“Our goal is to have fun, compete and try to win,” Avon High coach Josh Glick said. “Hopefully, we’ll all play well and we’ll see what happens. No matter what happens, this has been a great group of golfers to be around all year.”

Seniors Marcus Husted and Matt Bergman were named to the All-NCCC team. Husted won the individual championship at the NCCC Tournament for the second consecutive season with a 73 at Twin Hills in Coventry.

Six different players earned medalist honors in matches this season, led by Husted with seven. Bergman was medalist three times while Jordan Levine and Zach Mateja were each medalist twice. Jake Avery and Alden Piper were each medalist once this spring.

Avon (14-3, 10-2 NCCC) finished third in the league this season behind  Suffield (12-1, 11-1) and Coventry (19-3, 12-0) At the NCCC Tournament, Avon finished second with a 309, six strokes behind Suffield. Husted has a 73 while Mateja shot a 77. Bergman shot a 79 and Avery shot an 80.

Avon took third in its own Avon Invitational Tournament with 325 strokes, behind Glastonbury (308) and Newington (312).

2014 NCCC boys golf
                           Lg        Pts.    Overall
Suffield              11-1      57      12-1
Coventry            12-0      54      19-3
Avon                  10-2      52      14-3
Canton                8-4      44       11-5
Granby                9-3      43      11-4
Ellington              7-5      33      11-5-1
Somers                5-7      29        6-10
Enfield                 6-6      28        7-9
Windsor Locks    4-8      20         6-12
Stafford             2-10     12         2-15
Bolton               2-10      10        2-13
East Granby      2-10       8        2-12
SMSA                0-12       0        5-15
Standings compiled from results reported to the CIAC. Teams earn three points for a dual meet win and two points for each team they beat at the league tournament.

Standings compiled from results reported to the CIAC.

2014 NCCC Tournament
At Coventry

Team results – 1. Suffield 303, 2. Avon 309, 3. Canton 311, 4. Coventry 312, 5. Granby 325, 6. Somers 341, 7. Ellington 343, 8. Enfield 358, 9. Windsor Locks 364, 10. Stafford 384, 11. Bolton 387, 12. East Granby 395, 13. SMSA 430

Individual results – 1. Marcus Husted, Avon and Hunter Byram, Coventry 73 at Twin Hills in Coventry, 3. Riley Hollis, Canton and Tom Durkin, Suffield 74, 5. Drew Brennan, Ellington, A.J. Ouimet, East Windsor, Austin Repp, Suffield 75; 8. Sam Roy, Enfield and Matt Stafford, Suffield 76; 10. Zach Mateja, Avon and Allan Andrews, Coventry 77; 12. Josh Stack, Stafford, 78; 13. Matt Bergman, Avon, Logan Anderson, Canton, Parker Lyons, Canton, Alex Oiker, Canton, Connor Brown, Granby 79

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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