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Avon wins third straight SCGGL title, plays in state tournament Tuesday

The Avon High girls golf team attended to lend their support to the fundraising tournament.

The Avon High girls golf team plays in the CIAC state tournament for the eighth straight year on Tuesday.

The Avon High girls golf team, which won its third straight Southern Connecticut Girls Golf League championship in late May, will play in the CIAC girls golf championship meet on Tuesday at Orange Hills Country Club in Orange.

The Falcons are seeded sixth in the field of 15 teams. Staples, Greenwich, Berlin, Farmington and Simsbury are seeded ahead of Avon. The best ever finish for Avon at the CIAC championship meet was sixth in 2007.

“We are excited for the state tournament,” first-year head coach Eric Hoffman said.

Avon (19-3, 11-1 SCGGL) is led by two-time All-State golfer Marissa Grillo, who will be playing at Boston College next spring. Grillo, the two-time defending SCGGL Tournament champion, has been medalist 13 times this spring. 

However one person doesn’t make a team. Anna Grant, Melissa Horovitz and Christine Bae have been steady all season long. Leezy Lavrova, Anastasia Perry, Gia Reyes and Giselle Reyes have been key contributors this season.

Canton (7-6, 6-5 SCGGL) didn’t qualify for the state tournament but had a winning record for the second time in three seasons. The Warriors are graduating four seniors – Erin Detorie, Kendall McCauley, Dana Nelson and Zoe Van Kirk.

Canton achieved its team goal of breaking 200 strokes in the regular season finale, dropping a hard-fought 195-199 decision to Hand at the Madison Country Club. Detorie had a hole-in-one in the match and led the Warriors with a 40. Nelson had 49 followed by Van Kirk (52), Cassetta (52) and McCauley (55).

It was much better than the match about two weeks earlier at Canton’s home course at Tower Ridge in Simsbury. Hand won that match by 32 strokes with Nelson leading the way for the Warriors with a 55.

Canton also had nice wins over Northwest Catholic by 10 strokes and Mercy by eight strokes in early May. While Canton didn’t qualify for the state tournament, they do have one more chance to play.

The SCGGL league tournament was rained out last Friday and is rescheduled for Friday at Hawks Landing in Southington.

2014 Southern Connecticut Girls Golf League
                              SCGGL  Overall
x-Avon                        11-1     19-3
Hand                          10-2     15-2
Mercy                           7-4       8-6
Canton                         6-5       7-6
Sacred Heart Acad.      4-6       4-6
Cheshire                    2-10      6-12
Suffield/E. Granby      0-12      0-14
Compiled with results from the CIAC website

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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