AVON, May 30 – Three Avon High teams have earned league championships this spring.
The Falcon baseball team won a share of its third straight title while the girls lacrosse team won its fourth straight NCCC championship. The girls tennis team went 20-0 to win the NCCC title for the second straight year and the boys golf team won a championship.
BOYS GOLF: A balanced effort helped the Falcons have Avon capture the NCCC championship. Avon (20-2-1, 10-1-1 NCCC) beat Bolton in its final NCCC bout.
Senior tri-captains Nick Martinez, Keegan Johnson and Alec Freling are the top three golfers with juniors Jack O’Brien and June Shin rounding out the top five. Johnson was medalist five times this spring. Freling, O’Brien and Martinez each earned medalist honors with O’Brien earning top honors four times. Martinez has done it twice.
In a big three-stroke win over Canton two weeks ago, Martinez led Avon with a 38 while O’Brien had a 39. Freiling had a 40 with Shin scoring a 43. After losing to Farmington by 12 strokes on May 13 at Blue Fox, the Falcons rallied to earn a win over the Indians six days later at Farmington Country Club. Avon had a 158 to Farmington’s 166 led by Martinez with a 37, O’Brien and Johnson with a 40 and Freling with a 41.
BASEBALL: Two spectacular pitching performances denied Avon (16-3, 11-2 NCCC) sole possession of the NCCC championship this spring. Avon shared the title with Ellington (16-3, 11-2). Still, it was Avon’s third straight NCCC title. The Falcons won it outright a year ago and shared it in 2007.
Stafford’s Matt Purnell limited Avon to just three hits in a 4-1 victory last week, striking out 10 and walking two. He also had two hits, scored two runs, had an RBI and stole a base. Ellington’s Brian Francolini struck out four and scattered four hits in a 3-2 Purple Knight victory on May 11 to hand Avon its first loss after 12 straight wins to open the season. Avon had four errors in the game.
GIRLS LACROSSE: Avon won its fourth straight NCCC championship with a perfect 8-0 record after beating Granby, 13-12. J.J. Gower had eight goals and two assists as the Falcons (13-1, 8-0 NCCC) won their 13th straight game.
The 13 wins in 14 games is the best season in team history. The 2006 team went 13-3 in the regular season finished at 15-4 after losing in the Division I quarterfinals.
TENNIS: The Avon girls tennis went undefeated (20-0) to win the NCCC championship and earn the top seed in the Class M tournament. The girls have won 40 straight regular season matches. The Avon boys tennis team was 10-4 with one doubleheader left to complete against lowly Ellington.