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Five Canton athletes earn All-State honors this winter

Canton’s Luke Brown is the tenth boys basketball player in school history to earn All-State honors.

CANTON – Five Canton athletes earned All-State honors for their play this winter. Fifteen Warriors earned All-North Central Connecticut Conference recognition as well.

Senior Luke Brown (boys basketball), sophomore Abby Charron (girls basketball), sophomore Peter Fuller (boys indoor track), senior Max Sparks (boys indoor track) and freshman Julia Caputo (girls indoor track) earned All-State honors.

Brown averaged a career-high 12.1 points a game this season with a career-high 48 three-point goals – the high on the team for the Warriors, who won their second straight NCCC championship. Brown had a career-high 25 point and sank six 3-point shots in a February 2 win over Somers.

He is the tenth boy basketball player in school history to earn All-State honors and the first since Cameron Lange in 2016. Brown also played in the Connecticut High School Coaches Association’s Senior All-Star Festival and scored five points.

Brown also received honorable mention recognition in selections for the New Haven Register’s All-State basketball team.

Canton sophomore guard Abby Charron is now an All-State player in two sports — girls basketball and girls lacrosse.

Charron is just the third sophomore in school history to earn All-State honors in girls basketball and the first since Sarah Benedetti in 2009. Natasha Progna also made All-State as a sophomore in 1997.

Charron averaged 12.8 points a game to help lead the Warriors to the NCCC championship. After missing the first three games of the season due to an injury, Charron got stronger as the season progressed. She averaged 17.2 points a game in the final eight games of the season, including a career-high 27 points in a win over Rockville in the NCCC Tournament.

It was the second time that Charron has earned All-State honors. She was an All-State player in girls lacrosse last spring when she scored a freshman-school record 75 goals.

Canton’s Max Sparks earned All-State honors for the third time by winning the 1,600 meters at the Class S indoor track and field championships.

Sparks became the fifth Canton athlete to win an indoor state championship with a victory in the 1,600 meters at the Class S championship meet. He finished seventh at the State Open with a season-best time of 4:38.71 and took tenth in the one-mile race at the New England championships.

Sparks earned All-State honors for the third time. He was a two-time All-State runner in cross country (2017, 2016).

Canton freshman Julia Caputo (1521) earned All-State honors in girls indoor track and field by finishing second in Class S in the 3,200 meters. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

Caputo was second in the 3,200 meters at the Class S meet – the highest ever finish for a girl at an indoor track championship meet. She had a season-best time of 11:23.38 to take sixth at the State Open. She became the first Canton girl to compete at the New England championships and was 22nd in the two-mile race.

Fuller had a school-record leap of six feet, two inches to finish second in the high jump at the Class S championships and earn All-State honors.

Peter Fuller (2), shown playing soccer with Warriors in the fall, earned All-State honors in indoor track in the high jump.

Canton High post-season awards

Boys Basketball
All-NCCC: Luke Brown and Ryan Enns
All-State: Luke Brown
Senior All-Star Game: Luke Brown
MVP: Luke Brown
Sportsmanship: Jack Mansur
Coach’s Award: Ryan Enns

Girls Basketball
All-NCCC: Abigail Charron, Lauren Eschenbrenner and Belle Magna
All-State: Abigail Charron
Senior All-State Game: Belle Magna
MVP: Abby Charron
Sportsmanship Award: Allie DelSanto
Coach’s Award: Belle Magna

Boys Indoor Track
All-NCCC: Peter Fuller, Aidan O’Donnell and Max Sparks
All-State: Peter Fuller and Max Sparks
MVP: Max Sparks
Sportsmanship Award: Andrew Obrzut
Coach’s Award: Adam Obrzut

Girls Indoor Track
All-NCCC: Maddie Archangelo, Julia Caputo, Jane Frawley, Chelsea Mitchell and Helena Winkler
All-State: Julia Caputo
MVP: Chelsea Mitchell
Sportsmanship Award: Jane Frawley
Outstanding Rookie: Julia Caputo

All-NCCC: Braydon Fluckiger and Matt Webb
MVP: Braydon Fluckiger
Sportsmanship Award: Josh Newell
Coach’s Award: Brian Connolly

2018 All-NCCC, Boys Basketball

Dion Johnson (Bolton), Luke Brown (Canton), Ryan Enns (Canton), Tyreice Woods (Classical Magnet), Robert Simmons (Classical Magnet), Danny Campbell (Classical Magnet), Marcus Goss (Ellington), James Shelansky (Granby), John Bystrowski (Granby), Roosevelt Orbe (HMTCA), Mathieu Augstin (HMTCA), Mason Resendes (Rockville), Lorenzo Percy (Rockville), Tre Bailey (SMSA), Nasir Williams (SMSA), Alex Barresi (Somers), Jared Lobo (Suffield), Chavon George (Windsor Locks), Arki Thornton Jr. (Windsor Locks)

2018 All-NCCC, Girls Basketball

Julia Hinckley (Bolton),  Brooke Damboise (Bolton),  Abby Charron (Canton),  Belle Magna (Canton),  Lauren Eschenbrenner (Canton),  Caitlin Strzegowski (East Granby),  Loren D’Agostino (East Windsor),  Lauren Keel (East Windsor),  Jessica Saponare (East Windsor), Maddee McGee (Granby),  Jalyn Brown (Granby),  Lindsey Montminy (Rockville),  Kalissa Jameson (SMSA),  Rebecca Mayer (SMSA), Julia Beebe (SMSA),  Emily Renzoni (Somers),  Marianne Dalessio (Somers), Erin Carucci (Suffield),  McKenzie Sullivan (Suffield),  Adriana Pelletier (Windsor Locks)

2018 All-NCCC, Wrestling

106: Matt Webb (Canton), 113: Tristan Julian (Stafford), 120: Tanner Lancaster (Stafford); 126: Hunter Fleminh (Granby), 132: Kacper Praczak (Coventry), 138: Addison Brazee (Stafford), 145: Hunter Adams (Suffield); 152: Cooper Fleming (Granby), 160: Jeff Suschana (Somers), 170: Tyler Perez (Granby), 182: John Vignone (Coventry), 195: Benjamin Kibby (Granby), 220: Braydon Fluckiger (Canton), 285: Dominic Zuccalo (Somers), At Large: John Nieroda (Suffield)

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 40 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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