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25th annual Richard Migli benefit golf tournament raises $20,000

Winners of this year’s Richard Migli scholarship Ryan Ollestad, left, and Rachel Spivak, right, meet with Amy Migli Matsikas, the sister of the late Dick Migli, at the recent 25th annual Richard Migli benefit golf tournament. (Photo courtesy Avon High Booster Club)

AVON – The 25th annual Richard Migli benefit golf tournament raised $20,000 for athletic programs at Avon High School and scholarships for two deserving senior athletes.

The tournament is hosted annually by the Avon High Booster Club, the ALS Association and the family of Dick Migli, who died in 1993 after a courageous battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS). The event was held at the Golf Club of Avon.

This year’s winners of the Dick Migli Scholarship award were announced at the tournament banquet. Rachel Spivak, captain of the field hockey and girls lacrosse team, and Ryan Ollestead, co-captain of the baseball and football team, were named as this year’s scholarship recipients.

They were introduced at dinner where they were able to meet Amy Migli Matsikas, sister of Dick, and some of Dick’s AHS baseball teammates, who are regulars at the tournament.

Avon High Booster Club president Susan Rietano Davey, far left, stands with the team of Rob St. Jean, Mike Regan, Mark Olson and Todd Donovan won the tournament and tournament chair Steve Hahn, far right. (Photo courtesy Avon High Booster Club)

Migli was a member of the class of 1970, Migli excelled in football, basketball and baseball, earning 12 varsity letters. He had a passion for athletics and good sportsmanship.

Tournament chairman this year was Steve Hahn and the tournament was made possible by longtime title sponsor Northwest Community Bank, along with many generous business and community donors.

Some of Dick’s teammates from Avon High’s 1969 baseball team post in front of the hole in one contest. (Photo courtesy Avon High Booster Club)

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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