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Roundup: Impressive wins for Canton in track; Canton girls dominate Granby; Avon lax too strong for Farmington

Canton's Jane Frawley and Emily Briggs run in the lead pack in Friday's NCCC meet in Coventry. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

Canton’s Jane Frawley and Emily Briggs run in the lead pack in Friday’s NCCC meet in Coventry. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

COVENTRY, April 8 – In an early-season showdown, the Canton High boys track and field team earned a pair of impressive season-opening victories Friday with an 88-62 win over Coventry and an 89-61 win over Ellington, a team that had captured the NCCC indoor track and field championships in February.

Canton’s William Briggs and John Solomon won three events each to lead the Warriors (2-0, 2-0 NCCC) while Stephen Oliver (pole vault), Max Sparks (3,200) and Dustin Van Kirk (300 hurdles) also came home with individual victories.

On the girls side, Ellington swept a pair from Canton, 90-49 and Coventry, 86-60. The Warriors earned a split with a 76-70 decision over the host Patriots. Mia Tucillo (discus), Emily Mitchell (100) and Lucy Tanner (300 hurdles) earned individual victories. Canton’s 4×800 and 4×100 relay teams also finished first in their respective events.

Briggs swept the shot put, discus and javelin events while Solomon was a winner in the 110 hurdles, 200 meters and high jump. Solomon was also third in the 400 meters. Canton’s depth in the field events helped the Warriors earn the victory.

William Carlson was second in the shot and javelin while Chris Ho was second in the discus. Charley Batan was third in the pole vault with Cameron Lange taking third in the high jump and triple jump. Patrick Lagonigo tied Lange for third in the high jump.

Van Kirk was second in the 110 hurdles and triple jump while Sparks took second in the 1,600. Jesse Waite (300 hurdles) and Aidan O’Donnell (3,200) finished third in their respective events.

In the girls competition, Tanner was second in the 100 hurdles and third in the triple jump for Canton (1-1, 1-1 NCCC). Mitchell was third in the 200, Sofia Langou was third in the 100 and Emily Briggs was second in the 3,200 meters.

Jane Frawley, Emily Briggs, Cameron McCauley and Abby Briggs ran on the winning 4×800 relay team with Elizabeth Raynor, Amber Harraden, Mitchell and Tanner running on the winning 4×100 relay.

The Warriors return to the track on Tuesday when they host former league rival Avon, SMSA and Granby at 3:45 p.m. at the high school. It will be the season-opening meet for Avon.

Canton's Max Sparks bears down in Friday's NCCC meet with Ellington and Coventry. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

Canton’s Max Sparks bears down in Friday’s NCCC meet with Ellington and Coventry. Sparks finished second in the 1,600 meters behind Coventry’s Connor Ratte, left. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

Canton 12, Granby 3
GRANBY, April 8 – Grace Giancola and Kaelyn Oliver each had three goals to lead the Canton High girls lacrosse team to a convincing 12-3 win over defending Class S champion Granby Friday night under the lights.

Canton goalie Amanda Gottlieb made eight saves in net to earn the win. Emma Charron and Devon Daubert had two goals each for the Warriors (2-0, 1-0 NCCC) while Ali Bahre and Emily Gabrielian also scored. Granby (1-1) received goals from Amanda Rackliff, Sam Bates and Katie Martel.

New Fairfield 13, Avon 3
NEW FAIRFIELD, April 8 – It’s been a challenging start for the Avon High girls lacrosse team. The Falcons dropped their opener last weekend to Joel Barlow, 16-1. On Friday, Avon (0-2, 0-0) was able to score three goals but it wasn’t enough in a loss to New Fairfield, 13-3. Avon travels to Conard on Thursday in search of their first win of the season.

Avon 14, Farmington 8
FARMINGTON, April 8 – Brendan Brown had two goals while four other Falcons had two goals each as the Avon High boys lacrosse team won its Central Connecticut Conference Central White Division opener with a 14-8 victory over Farmington.

Chase Gordon, Dan Magrini, Nick Skowronski and Quinn Haines had two goals each for Avon (2-0, 1-0 CCC Central White). Nick Baldwin and Luke Meaney also scored for Avon. Drew Duarte had 10 saves to earn the win in net for Avon.

Ellington 7, Canton 0
Ellington swept the Warriors on Friday in the first match of the season for both squads.

Ellington 7, Canton 0
At Ellington
Singles: Micah Fox (E) def. Joe Bowman, 6-3, 6-0; Alex Panek (E) def. Liam Connolly, 6-3, 6-4; Kyle Johnson (E) def. Brendan Shephard, 6-0, 1-6, 6-0; Jack Zuffelato (E) def. Rowan Cookman, 6-2, 7-6.
Doubles: Max Weiner-Lucas VanDeventer (E) def. Cole Glasgow-Brian Barger, 8-0; Sam Deforge-Nate Welton (E) def. James Vetro-Leon Chin, 8-0; Ben Heyman-Alex Gervin-Cole Dunn-Mike Dupre, 8-0.
Records: Ellington, 1-0; Canton 0-1

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