Harris fans 17 as Avon beats Bulldogs at impressive Dunkin’ Donuts Park

HARTFORD, April 27 – Earlier in the month, the Avon High baseball team opened the 2017 season by playing Windsor under the lights on Champion Field in Orlando, Florida, the spring training home of the Atlanta Braves. But when the Falcons stepped into Dunkin’ Donuts Park on Thursday afternoon prior to their Central Connecticut ConferenceContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Avon’s Madison Kennedy wins Jax 50 Dual Challenge for second time

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 23 – Avon native Madison Kennedy looked sharp in winning the TYR Jax 50 Dual Challenge for the second time in four years with the fourth best time in her career in the 50-yard freestyle. Kennedy swam the 50-yard freestyle in 21.76 seconds to easily beat University of Tennessee swimmer Kira ToussaintContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Briggs named state player of the year; Athletes earn All-Courant recognition

Post-season awards continue to be released from the winter campaign. Canton senior Emily Briggs, the two-time All-State player, was named the state player of the year by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association. Briggs, who averaged 23 points and 10.7 rebounds a game and led Canton (23-4) to a second straight Class S state championship, wasContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Undefeated Canton boys extend win streak to 83; Canton girls open with four victories

GRANBY, April 20 – The Canton High boys track and field team have won the last seven North Central Connecticut Conference championships. The Warriors have captured six of the last seven NCCC Championship meet crowns and they have a school-record win streak dating back to the 2011 season. The Canton boys (4-0, 4-0 NCCC) extendedContinue ReadingContinue Reading

O’Donnell to be honored as CHSCA coach of the year in cross country

CANTON – Canton’s Tim O’Donnell will be among 23 coaches who will honored as an Outstanding Coaching of the Year by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association (CHSCA) at its 53rd annual recognition dinner on Thursday, May 11, at the Aqua Turf in Southington. O’Donnell, who has coached cross country, indoor track and outdoor track andContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Avon’s Madison Kennedy talks about upcoming races, weddings

Avon native Madison Kennedy is always an energetic interview. There are plenty of smiles and interesting conversation. She spoke with SwimSwam after Friday’s 50 meter freestyle final at the Arena Pro Series in Mesa, Arizona. Kennedy finished second with a time of 24.99 seconds – her fastest time of the season. She finished behind OlympicContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Energy, excitement crackles as baseball and Yard Goats return to Hartford

HARTFORD, April 13 – As time marches on, we change. Our cities change. Our state changes. Once upon a time, there was a major league baseball team in Hartford – the Dark Blues who played two seasons in the National League in the late 19th century. For 14 years, an Eastern League called Hartford home withContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Thousands come to see Dunkin Donuts Park in Hartford for themselves

HARTFORD, April 11 – It was 3 a.m. on Tuesday morning and Ellington’s Bob Olinatz was awake. And he couldn’t get back to sleep. Dunkin Donuts Park was on his mind. And he couldn’t put it aside. “I woke up thinking about and couldn’t wait to get here. I’ve been dying to get in hereContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Defending state champion Canton dominates undermanned Avon, 17-7

CANTON, April 8 – Avon High’s second-year girls lacrosse coach Kyle Kramek is optimistic about the upcoming season. His Falcons had a rough season a year ago with a young team and a challenging schedule resulting in just three wins in 15 outings. “We’re so excited,” he said Saturday after Avon’s season opening game againstContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Plenty of baseball experience returns for Avon High baseball team

AVON, April 6 – In the past few years, there has been some good baseball played in Avon. A year ago, the Avon High baseball team finished the regular season — its first year in the Central Connecticut Conference — on a five-game losing streak and having lost seven of their final eight games. But theContinue ReadingContinue Reading