CANTON — Canton High is one of 15 schools to be selected as a winner of the CIAC’s Michaels Achievement Cup for the 2015-16 season.
It’s the second consecutive season that Canton has been recognized with a Michaels Achievement Cup. They were recognized for their efforts during the 2014-15 campaign.
The award is presented to recognize outstanding achievement as an overall athletic program. The Michaels Cup is based on seven distinct areas which are sportsmanship, participation, athletic scholarship, athletic personnel, equity, chemical free initiatives and athletic achievement.
It was a successful season on the field for the Warriors in 2015-16. Some of the highlights were:
- Boys soccer: The Warriors (13-5-1) earned a 10th straight Class S tournament berth and advanced to the Class S quarterfinals.
- Boys cross country: Canton (9-3) was fourth in the NCCC and second in Class SS for the second straight year.
- Girls cross country: The Warriors went 11-1, took second in the NCCC and finished third in Class SS.
- Girls volleyball: The Warriors (8-12) earned their first-ever state tournament berth.
- Field hockey: The Warriors (10-6-2) were eliminated in the Class S semifinals, dropping a 3-2 decision to eventual state champion Thomaston.
- Boys basketball: The Warriors (17-8) lost on a long bank shot at the end of regulation in the NCCC Tournament championship game and were eliminated in the second round of the Class S tournament to Westbrook.
- Girls basketball: Canton (22-6) won their first-ever state title in girls basketball with a 64-51 win over Thomaston in the championship game.
- Baseball: The Warriors (12-10) put together the first winning season since 2010 and qualified for the Class S state tournament. They were eliminated in the second round.
- Girls tennis: Canton (14-7) had their first winning campaign since 2008 and advanced to the second round of the Class S tournament.
- Boys track: Canton (14-0) went undefeated for the sixth straight season and captured their fifth NCCC championship in six years.
- Girls track: The Warriors (11-3) finished third in the NCCC – their best-ever finish in the league.
- Girls lacrosse: Canton (18-3) won their first-ever state championship in girls lacrosse with a 15-3 rout of Somers in the Class S final. The Warriors also won their first NCCC title and first NCCC Tournament championship.
- Boys lacrosse: The Warriors (8-9) had the most wins in team history and qualified for the Class S state tournament for the first time.
The 15 schools will be honored at the CIAC Sportsmanship Conference at the AquaTurf in Southington on November 17. Lewis Mills was also honored with a Michaels Cup award along with Amity, Brookfield, Cheshire, East Catholic, East Lyme, Haddam-Killingworth, Immaculate, Joel Barlow, Lauralton Hall, Ledyard, Lyman Memorial, Staples, and Valley Regional.
The criteria used by the CIAC committee to make the award includes sportsmanship (30 percent), participation (20 percent), athletic scholarship (20 percent), athletic personnel including training for coaches and a trainer (10 percent), equitable financial resources and equipment (10 percent), chemical-free initiatives (5 percent), athletic achievement (5 percent).
The Michaels Achievement Cup began in the early 1980s by Roy Michaels, owner of Michaels Jewelry in an effort to recognize outstanding athletic programs. In 2008, the CIAC took over administration of the program.
Canton previous won a Michaels Achievement Cup in 1994 and 2008 for being the top team in Class S. The Warriors were second in Class S in 1995 and 1998. Since the CIAC took over administration in 2008, two to four teams a year in each class (LL, L, MM, M, SS and S) are recognized.