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Four Avon High athletes earn All-State honors this spring

AVON – Four Avon High athletes earned All-State honors for their play on the field this past spring – runner Rhiannon Richmond, softball catcher Amanda Hasler and golfers Michael Hanratty and Collin Barrett.

Junior Rhiannon Richmond earned All-State honors by winning the Class MM championship in the 3,200 meters with a win of nearly 12 seconds over Brookfield’s Juliet Brissell.

It was Richmond’s second Class MM title. A year ago, she won a state championship in the 1,600 meters.

Richmond set the school record in the 3,200 meters at the State Open with a time of 10:51.75 and finished third. She was eighth at the New England championships.

Avon catcher Amanda Hasler hit 11 home runs this season and was named All-State as a freshman.

Hasler was part of a freshman duo that helped get the Avon High softball program back on the winning track. Hasler and freshman pitcher Jackie Pengel helped the Falcons finish 12-8 and earn their first CIAC tournament bid in since 2001.

Hasler caught Pengel in each game. Hasler also got the job done at the plate with a team-leading 11 home runs. Twice, she had a pair of home runs in a game. Against Innovation in the final regular season game of the season, Hasler hit two home runs including a grand slam. She had seven RBI in the victory.

Hasler had a home run in a 5-2 win over East Lyme in the first round of the Class L tournament. Not only was it Avon’s first-ever win in Class L, it was the first CIAC tournament win for the program since 2000.

Hanratty and Barrett helped the boys golf team win the CCC West title, finish third at the CCC championships and second at the CIAC Division II championship meet.

Hanratty led Avon at the Division II meet with a three-over-par 74, good enough to finish tied for third. Barrett was fourth with a 75. Hanratty won the CCC Tournament in a playoff with Barrett finishing seventh. Hanratty finished fifth at the State Open championships while Barrett was tied for 26th at the New England tournament.

All-Conference: Max Raha
Record: 3-17, 2-8 CCC West Patriot
CIAC Tournament: Did not qualify

Boys Golf
All-Conference: Michael Hanratty, Cole Hahn, Collin Barrett, Dan Cuyler
All-Courant: Colin Barrett, Michael Hanratty
All-State: Michael Hanratty, Collin Barrett
Record: 16-4-1, 9-2-1 CCC West
CCC Tournament: Tied for third
CIAC Tournament: 2nd Division II

All-Conference: none
All-State: none
State championship regatta: First Girls Four, 6th place; First Boys Four, 3rd place; First Boys Eight: Did not qualify for finals; First Girls Eight, Did not qualify for finals

Girls Golf
All-Conference: Julia Logan
Record: 7-9, 3-7 CCC West
CCC Tournament: Ninth
CIAC Tournament: Did not qualify

Boys Lacrosse
All-Conference: Sam Johnson, Jadon Folkwein
Record: 9-8, 2-3 CCC Central
CIAC Tournament: Lost Class M second round to Waterford, 12-6

Girls Lacrosse
All-Conference: Tori Doukas, Ann Hayes
Record: 5-11, 1-8 CCC North
CIAC Tournament: Did not qualify

All-Conference: Jackie Pengel, Amanda Hasler
All-State: Amanda Hasler
Record: 13-9, 3-7 CCC West Patriot
CIAC Tournament: Lost Class L second round to Waterford, 12-6

Boys Tennis
All-Conference: Arjun Chandra-Mohanty, Ian Stapleton, Yefim Gorodnitsky
All-Courant: John (Jack) Hogan/Ian Stapleton (Doubles); Arjun Chandra-Mohanty (singles)
Record: 8-3, 5-2 CCC West Patriot
CIAC Tournament: Tied 2nd Class M

Girls Tennis
All-Conference: SeSe Nguyen
All-Courant: SeSe Nguyen
Record: 11-4, 3-4 CCC West Patriot
CIAC Tournament: Lost Class L quarterfinals to Hand, 6-1

Boys Track and Field
All-Conference: Thomas Howard, Anish Rajaranakam, Jack Martin, Tyler Henrichs
Record: 3-3-1, 3-3-1 CCC West
Conference Tournament: 6th CCC West
CIAC tournament: 8th Class MM

Girls Track and Field 
All-Conference: Rhiannon Richmond, Alyssa Crawford
All-Courant: Rhiannon Richmond (3,200)
All-State: Rhiannon Richmond
Record: 1-6, 1-6 CCC West
Conference Tournament: 6th CCC West
CIAC tournament: 15th Class MM

Ultimate (Frisbee)
All-Conference: none
All-State: none
Record: 13-9, Division I
State tournament: 2-2 in Division I tournament

Courant Scholar Athlete for 2018-19
Avon: SeSe Nguyen, girls tennis and Justin Arroyo, swimming

CIAC Scholar Athletes for 2018-19
Avon: Huyen Nam Nguyen, girls tennis and Justin Arroyo, swimming

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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