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Golf: Avon girls 9th in state, Avon boys 2nd in Division IV – The Collinsville Press
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Golf: Avon girls 9th in state, Avon boys 2nd in Division IV

AVON, June 3 – In a long season, a single stroke can make a difference. In the final week of the season, the Avon High girls golf team dropped a 194-195 decision to Cheshire at Southington Country Club. That loss dropped Avon (17-7, 10-2 SCGGL) into a tie with Cheshire for first place in the Southern Connecticut Girls Golf League. Cheshire won the league title on criteria or a better scoring average.

Still, the Falcons had a strong finish to the season. Avon finished third in the 18-hole SCGGL tournament with a 381, led by senior Jackie Serruta with an 83 and Alexa Gentile with an 89.
For the fifth straight year, the Falcons were one of 15 teams in the state to qualify for the CIAC tournament. Avon was seeded 13th but finished ninth with a team score of 409, led by Serruta and Gentile who each shot 94.

Serruta earned All-SCGGL honors and was medalist five times this season. Gentile, just a sophomore, earned second team All-SCGGL honors. Senior Lauren Starr earned honorable mention recognition.

Boys golf
Falcons second in Division II
AVON, June 10 – They began the year as a young team with only two returning players. The Falcons ended up the season with the runnerup trophy in the CIAC Division II tournament. New Canaan won the championship at Fairfview Farms in Harwinton with a 298 while the Falcons had an impressive 312 for its best finish since winning a Division II title in 1985. For New Canaan, it was their fifth straight championship and seventh in the last nine years.

June Shin led the way for Avon (12-3-1, 8-2-1 NCCC) with a 75 while teammate Jack O’Brien, Dom Nistal and Cameron Ricco each had 79. The Falcons finished tied for third in the league with Canton. Justin Fishler, O’Brien, Riccio, Shin and Nastal each were medalists at least once during the regular season for AHS coach Josh Glick.

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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