Thank you for being a part of our Collinsville Press.com family in 2016.
In the past 12 months, our traffic more than doubled. More than 114,000 visitors came to the site and viewed our stories and photos more than 706,000 times. Together, we’ve shared some great athletic moments and achievements in 2015. We look forward to sharing additional outstanding achievements in the months to come. Let’s remember a few memorable moments from 2016.
For the third consecutive year, our top story was the athletic accomplishments of Avon swimmer Madison Kennedy. That is what happens when you’re a world-class swimmer. Kennedy came within a whisker of making the U.S. Olympic team in June but fell 0.15 of a second short.
Kennedy didn’t stop swimming. In December, she won her second world championship medal on the United States’ winning women’s 4×100 freestyle relay team at the World Championships in Canada. She also won her first individual medal, taking bronze in the 50 meter freestyle.
In Canton, the girls basketball team advanced to the state championship game for the second straight year at the Mohegan Sun Arena. This time, the Warriors went home to celebrate after winning the first state championship in program history over Thomaston, 64-51.
The Canton girls lacrosse team had few teams that challenged them this past spring – especially in Class S. The Warriors rolled through the tournament to win their first state title in girls lacrosse with a dominating victory over Somers.
In Avon, the Town Council continued to work on developing plans to replace the track and field facility at Avon High and lay down a new synthetic turf playing surface for football, soccer, field hockey and lacrosse. In December, the Town Council endorsed a plan to reconstruct the football and track and field complex and also install an artificial turf surface at the current field hockey field. Now, the plan goes to the Board of Education.
In the fall of 2015, Simsbury’s Danny Deitz was fighting for his life. He received a heart transplant in Boston. This year, he was back on the gridiron with his friends who had grown up playing football together. Deitz caught a touchdown pass against Enfield in an emotional evening for himself, his family and his teammates.
Over 700 runners came to Collinsville in May for the running of the first-ever Collinsville Classic 10K road race. The 6.2 mile race, the largest road race ever held in town, was sold out and featured runners from the valley and across the state.
The Avon High baseball team dropped seven of their final eight games of the regular season but never let doubt creep in. Avon won three games in the CIAC Class L tournament to earn a spot in the semifinals for the first time in 48 years (1968) with a 7-4 win over North Haven.
The Canton High boys basketball team finished 14-6 but had an exciting post-season run. The Warriors beat Hartford Classical in triple OT in the NCCC Tournament semifinals and then lost to East Windsor in the NCCC Tournament title game on a shot that banked in off the backboard at the buzzer.
Avon’s Geoff Kirk becomes the first Avon athlete to win two events in the same year at the State Open track and field championships by winning the discus and shot put. It was the first Open title for an Avon track athlete since 1994. Kirk followed that up by taking second in New England in the discus – the best ever performance by a Falcon. He wasn’t the only stellar Falcon. Kaleigh Sherman, in her first year throwing the javelin, won the Class MM girls title and finished third at the State Open.
In June, Farmington native Nick Bonino helped the Pittsburgh Penguins win the Stanley Cup. On a steamy August afternoon, thousands came to Avon Old Farms to see the Bonino and the Stanley Cup.
In terms of numbers of readers and website traffic, these are the top 10 stories presented in the Collinsville Press in 2016.
UPDATE: Four men have been arrested in connection with the case and are in jail awaiting trial.
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