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Roundup: No. 10 Canton win 8th straight; Suffield, Somers runners take NCCC titles

Canton’s Ethan Lindquist (1232) battles for position in Wednesday’s NCCC cross country championship meet in Bolton. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

CANTON, Oct. 19, 2022 – Gabby DelSanto and Emma Foy each had goals as the No. 10 Canton High girls field hockey team won their eighth straight game with a 2-0 win Wednesday afternoon over Westbrook/Old Lyme on the turf field. Canton goalie Lyla O’Connor had five saves to earn her eighth shutout of the season.

Canton 2, Westbrook/Old Lyme 0
At Canton

Westbrook/OL (6-5-2)           0  0  0  0  — 0
Canton (9-2)                            0  1  1  0  — 2
Goals: Gabby Delsanto (C), Emma Foy (C); Saves: Lyla O’Connor (C) 5

CROSS COUNTRY
Suffield, Somers win NCCC championship meets
BOLTON, Oct. 19, 2022 — Suffield had five runners in the top 15 as the Wildcat boys cross country team won the North Central Connecticut Conference championship meet Wednesday night at Bolton High. The Wildcats topped host Bolton, 37-52 with Somers finishing third with 71 points.

Suffield’s Griffin Mandirola won his second consecutive league championship with a time of 16:19 over the 3.1 mile course, 50 seconds ahead of Rockville’s John Glidden.

Ethan Linquist led Canton with a 16th place finish in 18:54. The Warriors finished sixth in the race.

With the win at the championship meet, Suffield won a share of the NCCC championship for the sixth time in the last seven years. There was no overall league champion in 2020 thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Canton’s Morgan Babbitt (1226) runs in Wednesday’s NCCC championship race in Bolton. (Photos courtesy Bill Brewster)

In the girls race, Somers had five runners among the top seven finishers to easily beat Ellington, 19-69 to win the league championship meet for the third time in the last four years. There was no leaguewide championship meet in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, just a NCCC West and NCCC East race.

Bolton was a distant third in Wednesday’s race with 85 points. Somers’ 19 points was the fewest scored by the league champion since E.O. Smith scored 17 points in 1997 and 1998.

Somers’ Stephanie Burzynski won the NCCC title with a time of 20:10 over 3.1 miles, beating Ellington’s Karla Greenwood by 24 seconds.

Canton has just one girl running cross country this fall. Morgan Babbitt earned All-NCCC honors with her 14th place finish in 22:10. The top 14 finishers are named to the All-NCCC team.

2022 NCCC championships
At Bolton
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Team results – 1. Suffield 37, 2. Bolton 42, 3. Somers 71, 4. Granby 91, 5. Ellington 159, 6. Canton 177, 8. Rockville 190, 9. Stafford 223, 10. Coventry 236, 11. East Windsor 249
Top 10 runners – Griffin Mandirola, Suffield, 16:19.3, for 3.1 mile at Bolton, 2. John Glidden, Rockville 17:09.2, 3. Ben Campion, Somers, 17:22, 4. Shepard Livingston, Bolton 17:31, 5. Silas Gourley, Bolton, 17:37, 6. Keller Tobey, Suffield, 17:56, 7. Andrew Organ, Suffield, 17:56, 8. Daniel Owen, Granby, 18:14, 9. Jake Breton, Somers 18:17, 10. Samuel Brudz, Botlon 18:20
Canton runners: 16. Ethan Linquist 18:54, 30. Garrett Dolin 20:04, 40. Ethan Newell 20:20, 45. George Redford 20:48, 47. Cooper Glasgow 20:54, 49. Aedan Lane 20:55, 50. Logan Orschel 21:34

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Team results – 1. Somers 19, 2. Ellington 69, 3. Bolton 85, 4. Rockville 108, 5. Suffield 110, 6. Stafford 143, 7. East Granby 193, 8. Granby 202
Top 10 runners – Stephanie Burzynski, Somers, 20:10.2 for 3.1 miles at Bolton, 2. Karla Greenwood, Ellington, 20:44.9, 3. Ella Campion, Somers, 20:46, 4. Alexandra Magrey, Coventry, 20:48, 5. Julia Settevendemie, Somers 21:42, 6. Gracie Flynn, Somers 21:25, 7. Sara St. Germain, Somers 21:29, 8. Isabel Cintron, Rockville, 21:31, 9. Julia Goric, Ellington 21:13, 10. Anna Carini, Bolton, 21:41
Other Canton runners: 14. Morgan Babbitt 22:10

Complete 2022 NCCC cross country championship results

VOLLEYBALL
Platt High 3, Avon 1
AVON, Oct. 19, 2022 – Olivia Evanko had 22 assists and 10 digs but the Platt High girls volleyball team was too quick in a 3-1 victory over the Falcons. Platt (12-5) prevailed by scores of 21-25, 26-24, 25-22, 25-22). Jocee Powers had 33 digs for Avon (5-10) while Ainsley Evans had seven kills and 13 digs. Katelyn Waniker had 10 kills for the Falcons.

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