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Three Canton athletes earn All-State honors; team awards distributed

Canton's Emily Briggs leads her sister Abby in a recent race in Granby.

Canton’s Emily Briggs leads her sister Abby in a recent race in Granby.

CANTON – Three Canton High athletes earned All-State honors for their play on the field this past fall. Junior runner Emily Briggs earned All-State honors in cross country for her 11th place finish in the CIAC Class SS championships, helping the Warriors finish third.

In field hockey, defender Sarah First earned All-State honors. First helped the Warriors advance to the Class S semifinals where they were eliminated by eventual state champion Thomaston, 3-2.

In boys soccer, midfielder Rieley Hoffman was named to the All-State team. Hoffman scored seven goals this season for Canton (13-5-1), which advanced to the Class S quarterfinals. He had 15 goals in his first three seasons with the Warriors.

Canton senior Rieley Hoffman was one of five players to score in Tuesday's 5-1 win over Holy Cross in the Class S tournament.

Canton senior Rieley Hoffman was one of five players to score in Tuesday’s 5-1 win over Holy Cross in the Class S tournament.

Avon's Abbey Hagan tries to make a pass despite the defensive efforts of Canton's Sarah First.

Avon’s Abbey Hagan tries to make a pass despite the defensive efforts of Canton’s Sarah First.

Hoffman, First and runner Jake Whittingslow  earned All-Courant honors. They were selected as the best in their respective sports among athletes from the 82 schools that the Hartford Courant considers part of their primary circulation area. Several Canton athletes earned honorable mention honors in All-Courant balloting including Josh Frigo (soccer), Maggie Treacy (soccer), Emily Briggs (cross country)and Grace Giancola (field hockey)

Several Canton players earned All-NCCC honors. The team coaches handed out most valuable, most improved and the coach’s award at the recent fall sports banquet. Those honors are listed under each respective sport.

Boys Cross Country
MVR: Jacob Whittingslow
Most Improved Award: Cameron Neeley
Coach’s Award: Zachary Oliver
All-NCCC: Jake Whittingslow, Ethan Porter, Zach Oliver

Girls Cross Country
MVR: Emily Briggs
Most Improved Award: Helena Winkler
Coach’s Award: Cameron McCauley
All-NCCC: Emily Briggs, Abigail Briggs, Belle Magna, Cameron McCauley, Helena Winkler
All-State: Emily Briggs

Field Hockey
MVP: Sarah First
Sportsmanship Award: Kaelyn Oliver
Coach’s Award: Emma Charron
All-NCCC: Sarah First, Grace Giancola, Emma Charron, Natalie Nardello
All-State 1st team: Sarah First
All-State 2nd team: Grace Giancola

Football
MVP: Will Carlson
Sportsmanship Award: Benjamin Robinson
Coach’s Award: Will Carlson
Most Improved Award: Charles Parchen
All-Pequot Conference West: Matt Bangs, Will Carlson

Boys Soccer
MVP: Colin Madigan
Sportsmanship Award: Christopher MacBain
Coach’s Award: John Graziano
All-NCCC: Rieley Hoffman, Josh Frigo
All-State: Rieley Hoffman

Girls Soccer
MVP: Margaret Treacy
Sportsmanship Award: Devon Daubert
Coach’s Award: Ashley Potter
Most Improved Award: Hannah Moore
All-NCCC: Margaret Treacy

Volleyball
MVP: Amber Harraden
Sportsmanship Award: Sophia Pelehach
Coach’s Award: Emma Plourd
All-NCCC: Amber Harraden

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