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Three Avon High athletes earn All-State honors

Peter Hoffman (9) battles for the puck in the Division II championship game in New Haven.

Three Avon High athletes earned All-State honors for their play this winter. Avon High senior Peter Hoffman earned All-State honors for his play with the Farmington Valley Generals ice hockey co-op team. Diver Brendan Downey and swimmer André Richard also earned All-State honors.

Twenty Avon High athletes earned All-Central Connecticut Conference honors in their respective sports.

Hoffman was one of 11 Avon High players on the Farmington Valley team that won the Division II title with a dominating 7-3 win over Guilford. The Generals, made up of players from Avon, Farmington (7), Lewis Mills (3) and Windsor (1), went 22-3-1 and won the CCC North championship.

A defenseman, Hoffman helped the Generals defense pitch three shutouts and allow just 39 goals in the regular season.

Downey finished third in diving at the Class M championship meet to earn All-State honors. He followed that by finishing fifth at the State Open, setting a new team record (11 dive competition) with a score of 451.4 points. It’s the highest finish ever by an Avon diver at the State Open.

Richard was a strong freestyle swimmer for the Falcons this year. He took third in the 50 freestyle at the Class M championships with a school record time of 22.39 seconds. He was also part of the 200 freestyle relay team (Justin Arroyo, Alec Traktovenko, Chris Chute, Richards) that was fourth in Class M and set a new school record of 1:31.58 a week later at the State Open.

Jordan Williams earned second team All-State honors in boys basketball. Williams helped lead the Falcons to the Division III championship game where they were defeated by Waterford.

Williams was also a second team selection to the New Haven Register’s All-State boys basketball team.

ALL-STATE
Connecticut High School Coaches Association

BOYS HOCKEY
Division II
Timothy Arena, forward, Farmington Valley
Peter Hoffman, defense, Farmington Valley
Division II MVP: Arena

BOYS BASKETBALL
Division III
Jordan Williams, Avon, 2nd team

BOYS SWIMMING
Class M
Brendan Downey, diving
Andre Richard, 50 freestyle

All Central Connecticut Conference
BOYS BASKETBALL
CCC West: Jordan Williams, Avon

GIRLS BASKETBALL
CCC West: Abby St. Onge, Avon

ICE HOCKEY
CCC North: Timothy Arena (Farmington), Eric Schweitzer (Avon), Peter Hoffman (Avon), Trevor Paluso (Avon), Kyle Kadziolka (Lewis Mills), Farmington Valley

BOYS INDOOR TRACK
All-CCC: Zachary Tilsch, Avon, long jump

GIRLS INDOOR TRACK
All-CCC
Haley Gens, Avon
Carly Carpino, Avon
Rhiannon Richmond, Avon

BOYS SWIMMING
CCC North
Andre Richard, Avon (50 free)
Brendan Downey, Avon (diving)
Justin Arroyo, Alec Traktovenko, Christopher Chute, Andre Richard, Avon (200 free relay)
Alec Traktovenko, Avon (100 breast stroke)
Justin Arroyo, Alec Traktovenko, Christopher Chute, Andre Richard, Avon (400 freestyle relay)

WRESTLING
CCC North
Abhi Bhadbad, Avon (106)
Jack Colman, Avon (160)
Matt Bourquin, Avon (195)
Chris Gens, Avon (220)
Henry Schrecengost, Avon (285)
Justin Meador, Avon (at large)

 

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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