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CIAC recognizes Scholar Athletes

Eric Seltzer, left, and Molly Hamel are Avon's two Scholar Athletes for this year.

Eric Seltzer, left, and Molly Hamel are Avon’s two Scholar Athletes for this year.

SOUTHINGTON, May 3 – The CIAC held its 31st annual Scholar Athlete banquet Sunday in Southington, honoring 344 students. The program annually recognizes two high school seniors – one boy and one girl – whose academic and athletic careers have been exemplary, whose personal standards and achievements are a model to others and who possess high levels of integrity, self-discipline and courage.

Margaret Bidwell and James Treacy were the Scholar Athletes honored from Canton while tennis player Eric Selzer and runner Molly Hamel were recognized from Avon. Paige Holden and Peter Marzo were honored from Granby while Sarah Franklin and John Patrina were honored from Simsbury. Farmington’s two representatives at the banquet were Danielle Swanson and Daniel Hardiman. 

Click on this link for Scholar Athletes from around Connecticut.

ALL-COURANT: Avon’s Nate Laszewski was named to the All-Courant team for boys basketball. Laszewski, a 6-foot-6 sophomore forward, averaged 22 points and 10 rebounds a game for the Falcons. 

He was the only Avon or Canton athletes named to an All-Courant squad. The Hartford Courant selects the best athletes from the 82 schools they consider their primary circulation area. 

Several area athletes did receive honorable mention honors including Canton’s Emily Briggs and Maggie Treacy in girls basketball, Avon’s Molly Hamel in girls indoor track and field, Avon’s Riley Strassner (100 free) and Kyle Emery (100 backstroke) in boys swimming and Avon’s Gino Bonalumi in wrestling. 

Simsbury’s Keith Fernandes was named to the All-Courant team at 145 pounds in wrestling. However, the Courant mistakenly listed Fernandes as a member of Southington High team.

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.

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