CANTON – If you’ve visited the Canton High gymnasium recently, you’ve seen the new championship banners hanging in the gym to recognize the accomplishments of Canton athletes over the past several decades.
Craig DeAngelis, the athletic coordinator at Canton High, worked with the Canton Booster Club to design and arrange for manufacture of the new banners. State championship banners are white with maroon letters while conference championship banners are maroon with white letters. The banners were hung up in the fall.
“This was a joint effort with the booster club,” DeAngelis said. “Hopefully when people walk in, they’ll feel a heightened sense of pride.” The school received a discounted price for ordering all of the banners at once.
Each sport has their own conference and/or state championship banner. There are also banners for the basketball players who have scored over 1,000 career points, athletes who have won State Open championships and New England championships.
There are banners recognizing cross country, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field and wrestlers who have won state championships.
Updates will be made at the end of the school year. The 1928 Class S state championship in basketball and the 1959 Class S title in baseball will be added to the state championship banners, DeAngelis said. The 1963 Northwest Conference title in boys basketball will also be added to the conference championship banner, he said.
The new banners replace older banners that were different colors and different sizes.