Auction of old Canton championship banners to raise money for lights

Lights on Canton is auctioning off 56 old athletic championship banners to raise money for permanent lights for the athletic complex at the high school.

CANTON – Canton High has donated 56 championship banners that used to hang in the high school gymnasium to Lights On Canton, the group seeking to raise $250,000 to install permanent lights at the artificial turf field and track complex at Canton High.

Lights on Canton is auctioning off the banners to the highest bidder and the auction is open now.

The banners were raised to honor athletic teams and at Canton that won league and state championships between 1973 and 2009.

There are banners honoring state championship teams in baseball, boys basketball, field hockey, boys soccer, softball and boys tennis. Additional banners honor league championship squads in those sports along with wrestling, softball, cross country, girls basketball and girls tennis.

Banners that honor wrestlers that won State Open and Class S titles are also being auctioned.

Bids begin at $50 for each of banners. The auction closes on December 20, at 10 a.m., EST. Lights on Canton has raised $108,000 so far.

New championship banners were hung in the high school gym in the fall of 2015 thanks to a coordinated effort with former athletic coordinator Craig DeAngelis and the Canton Booster Club. State championship banners are white with maroon letters while conference championship banners are maroon with white letters. 

League championship banners are also being auctioned off.

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