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Briggs named state player of the year; Athletes earn All-Courant recognition

Canton senior Emily Briggs, center, was named the state player of the year by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association. Briggs is with head coach Brian Medeiros, left, and assistant coach Ken Carpenter, right.

Post-season awards continue to be released from the winter campaign.

Canton senior Emily Briggs, the two-time All-State player, was named the state player of the year by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association.

Briggs, who averaged 23 points and 10.7 rebounds a game and led Canton (23-4) to a second straight Class S state championship, was named to the CHSCA’s Class S All-State team for the second consecutive season.

Briggs was also named to the Hartford Courant’s Fab 15 team as one of the top players in the Courant’s 71-town circulation area. Briggs, who finished with 1,765 career points, was also selected to be on the second team of the New Haven Register’s All-State girls basketball team.

Several Avon High athletes were name to the respective All-Courant teams as one of the top athletes in their sport in the Courant’s circulation area.

Avon’s Peter Hoffman, a defenseman for the Farmington Valley co-op hockey team, was named to the All-Courant team. Hoffman scored nine goals and had 23 assists for 32 points this season for the Generals, a co-op team consisting of players from Farmington High, Avon, Windsor and Lewis Mills.

The Generals won the CCC South title, captured a second straight CCC South Tournament title and advanced to the CIAC Division II quarterfinals.

Avon’s Eric Schweitzer was an honorable mention pick for All-Courant team in hockey.

Junior Timothy Arena (Farmington) was also named to the All-Courant team in hockey. Arena led the Generals in scoring with 48 goals and 25 assists for 73 points. Arena led the state with 48 goals.

In boys swimming, Avon’s 200-yard medley relay team earned All-Courant team honors. Senior Kyle Emery, junior Alec Traktovenko, senior Laura Pringle and sophomore Andre Richard finished second in Class M and qualified to swim at the State Open.

Max Jaremko and Adam Zapatka earned All-Courant honorable mention honors.

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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