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Six Avon High athletes earn All-State honors

Six Avon High athletes earned All-State honors for their play this fall. Field hockey players Kendall Neamtz and Olivia Brown earned first team All-State honors along with Laura Funderburk (girls cross country), Will Lancaster (boys cross country) and Jocee Powers (volleyball).

Coach: Brandon Smith
Record: 5-5, 2-5 CCC Tier 3
CIAC state tournament: Did not qualify. Ninth in Class M rankings
All-CCC Tier 3: Connor Lavore, Christian Wilson, Andrzej Sielski, Toby Klafter
All-State (CHSCA): none

Coach: David Zlatin
Record: 9-6-3, 2-1-3 CCC West
CIAC state tournament: Lost to Cheshire, 6-2 in Class L second round
All-CCC West: Braeden Gilbey, Lucas Monteiro
All-State (CHSCA): Lucas Monteiro

Coach: Jim Murray
Record: 5-7-4, 1-5-1 CCC West
CIAC state tournament: Lost to Brookfield, 3-0 in Class L first round
All-CCC West: Kate Loparco

Coach: Terri Ziemnicki
Record: 9-8, 4-3 CCC South
CIAC state tournament: Lost to Guilford, 6-0 in Class M quarterfinals
All-CCC South: Kendall Neamtz, Katrina Frez, Missy Blaha, Olivia Brown
All-State (CHSCA): Kendall Neamtz, Olivia Brown
Note: Kendall Neamtz and Olivia Brown selected to play in the CHSCA Senior All-Star game

Coach: Curt Burns
Record: 6-13, 2-5 CCC West
CIAC state tournament: Did not qualify
All-CCC West: Jocee Powers, Katelyn Wankier
All-State (CHSCA): Jocee Powers
Note: Jocee Powers and Katelyn Wankier selected to play in the Class LL/L Senior All-Star game at Maloney

Coach: Cortney Fusco
Record: 4-3, 4-3 CCC West
League championship meet: 8th CCC overall
CIAC state tournament:
 6th Class MM championship
All-CCC West: William Lancaster, Thomas Armistead
All-State (CHSCA): Will Lancaster

Coach: Al Dadario
Record: 1-6, 1-6 CCC West
League championship meet: 14th CCC overall
CIAC state tournament: 5th Class MM
All-CCC West: Laura Funderburk
All-State (CHSCA): Laura Funderburk

Coach: Josh Glick
Record: 11-8, 7-7 CCC West (fourth)
League tournament: tied ninth at CCC Tournament
CIAC state tournament: 12th CIAC Division II championships (fall)
All-CCC West: none
All-State (CHSCA): none
Note: Blake Barrett was named to the GameTimeCT second team All-State team.

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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