About Us

The Collinsville Press is a diverse community news site for the Connecticut towns of Avon and Canton. Our main focus is sports along with coverage of high school football from the Farmington Valley and regional items of interest such as the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun, national team soccer, minor league hockey and UConn athletics.

The Collinsville Press website is produced by the Collinsville Publishing Company, which produces several sports information websites including:
Connecticut Wrestling Online
Connecticut Sports Online
Canton Wrestling
Avon Football Online
Canton Football Online
Hartford Football Online
and
St. Paul Football Online (inactive)
Farmington Girls Lacrosse (inactive)

Contact Collinsville Publishing Company with questions about our websites by e-mail at CTwrestling7@yahoo.com.

Suggestions, contributions and information are always welcome.

The editor and founder of Collinsville Publishing Company is Gerry deSimas, Jr., an award-winning Connecticut sportswriter and photographer. He was sports editor of the New Britain Herald and The Herald Press Sunday newspaper from 1995-98, Torrington Register Citizen from 1989-95 and Farmington Valley Herald from 1985-86. He is a former beat writer for University of Connecticut men’s basketball, New Britain Rock Cats, Connecticut Wolves pro soccer team and New England Blizzard women’s basketball team. He has covered the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun and New York Liberty for several national publications. He covered the UFL’s Hartford Colonials for the UFL website and Fanhouse.

He is the co-editor of the Connecticut High School Football Record Book and the editor and founder of the Connecticut High School Wrestling Record Book.

Original content of Collinsville Publishing Company is copyrighted and may not be used without permission.

Other Webmasters are welcome to link to
Connecticut Wrestling Online
Connecticut Sports Online
Canton Wrestling
Avon Football Online
Canton Football Online
Hartford Football Online
Collinsville Press
St. Paul Football Online,
and Farmington Girls Lacrosse.

Recognition

Journalistic excellence

The Collinsville Press was recognized by the the Connecticut chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists with first place awards in its 2012 contest for online sports columns, online sports feature and online sports news.   

The sports news story discusses how Canton High’s Matt Graziano won the New England title in discus after a friend mistakingly took his discus and equipment home just before the event. The sports feature is about the leadership shown by Avon’s Robby Brisco with the boys soccer team despite his recent surgeries for cancer and the sports column is about the influence of the Hartford Whalers 15 years after their departure to North Carolina. The Collinsville Press also received a second place award for online sports feature.

Connecticut Wrestling Online, the state’s first and oldest high school wrestling web site, was recognized by the Connecticut chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists at its annual excellence in journalism awards banquet.

  • Connecticut Wrestling Online won first place in the General Excellence, Independent website category for its work in 2008.
  • Connecticut Wrestling Online was a finalist in the 2009 competition hosted by the Connecticut chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in the category: General Excellence, independent website.

Web’s best

  • Tom Fortunato honored Connecticut Wrestling Online with its “Web’s Best” Amateur Wrestling recognition in December 2007.

 

 

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