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Canton Girls Are Repeat State Champions

March 18, 2017 Schools, Sports No Comments


The Canton girls varsity basketball team clinched its second straight Class S state championship Saturday morning with a 60-51 over Thomaston. The lady Warriors also took on the Golden Bears in the championship game for the last two years. After a 2015 loss, Canton won last year by a score of 64-51.

See additional coverage in the Valley Press and view the full-screen gallery at https://johnfitts.smugmug.com/Canton-Girls-BB-State-Champions-2017/

 

 

Canton Girls Playing in Championship Game at 10 a.m. Saturday

March 14, 2017 Schools, Sports No Comments

The Class S Championship Game has been set for 10 a.m. at Mohegan Sun Saturday, March 18.  
Photo by David Heuschkel

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference has officially announced that the Class S Championship girls basketball game will take place in the Mohegan Sun Arena at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 18.

Last Friday night, the Canton girls varsity team defeated Housatonic Regional 41-32 to earn their third-straight championship berth against Thomaston. After suffering defeat two years ago, the lady Warriors defeated the Golden Bears  last year by a score of 64-51.

See ticket information for this year’s game at http://ciacsports.com/site/?p=3337. Directions to Mohegan Sun can be accessed via https://mohegansun.com/about-mohegan-sun/getting-here.html. … Continue Reading

With loss, season comes to an end for Canton boys

March 13, 2017 Schools, Sports 1 Comment

Canton coach Craig Archambault congratulates his players on battling to the end as fans from Waterbury Career Academy rushed onto the floor to celebrate the win.
Photo by Dave Heuschkel

By David Heuschkel
Valley Press Sports Editor

The season for the Canton High boys basketball team ended Monday night with a 50-45 loss to Waterbury Career Academy in the Class S state tournament quarterfinals inside a packed gymnasium at Canton High School.

Canton trailed by as many as 10 points, falling behind 31-21 in the opening minute of the third quarter. The Warriors pulled to within three to start the fourth quarter and trimmed it to two, 41-39, with 3:47 remaining but never pulled even.

WCA sophomore Marquan Watson scored a game-high 19 points and Jaden Battle had 16 for the No. 23 seeded Spartans (13-10 overall), who are in their second year as a varsity program. Junior Ryan Enns had a team-high 16 for Canton. The Warriors, the No. 2 seed, finished 20-5 overall.

The Canton High girls play Thomaston in the Class S final this weekend at Mohegan Sun Arena. The date and start time of the game will be announced Wednesday.

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Canton girls hoop team heading back to the Sun

March 10, 2017 Schools, Sports 1 Comment

Senior Emily Briggs led Canton with 21 points and 14 rebounds.
Photo by David Heuschkel

By David Heuschkel
Valley Press Sports Editor

Get ready for Canton-Thomaston III.

The Canton High girls basketball team defeated Housatonic Regional 41-32 in the Class S tournament semifinals Friday night at Simsbury High School, setting the stage for the Warriors and Thomaston to play in the state championship game for the third straight year.

The final will be played on the weekend of March 18-19 at Mohegan Sun Arena.  The date and time will be announced at a later date.

Senior Emily Briggs led Canton with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Sophomore Sarah Bowman grabbed 10 rebounds and had seven blocked shots. … Continue Reading

Canton Boys Advance to Class S Quarterfinal

March 9, 2017 Schools, Sports No Comments

Canton senior Ethan Burke goes up for a short jump shot in the closing seconds that gave the Warriors a 40-38 win over Amistad.
Photo by David Heuschkel

By David Heuschkel
Valley Press Sports Editor 

The Canton High boys basketball team survived – by inches – and advanced to the Class S state tournament quarterfinal round with a hard-fought 40-38 win over Amistad of New Haven Thursday night before a spirited atmosphere at Canton High.

Canton junior Ryan Enns scored eight of his team-high 14 points in the fourth quarter and senior Ethan Burke (nine points) made a short jumper in the lane to break a tie with 2.9 seconds left.

Burke stole the long inbound pass by Amistad and was immediately fouled. Since the Wolves were not in the penalty, Canton just had to inbound the ball at midcourt to run out the clock. But Amistad sophomore Detrei Murphy stole the ball and launched a running 50-foot shot that hit the rim as time expired.

The Warriors, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, will host No. 23 Waterbury Career Academy on Monday, March 13, with the winner advancing to the semifinals. The tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Canton girls team have advanced to the Class S semifinal and will take on Housatonic at 7 p.m. Friday night. That games takes place at Simsbury High School.

See more in next week’s Valley Press.

Images of Canton: Finding Success on the Stage

Canton Music Theatre will present “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” March 17-19.

Shows take place at 7 p.m. Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 19. Pre-sale tickets are $8 for seniors and students and $12 for adults. At the door, the prices are $10 and $15. The production is in conjunction with Music Theatre International. For tickets, call 860-693-7707, or log on to cantonmusictheatre.org. Also, see more in this week’s Valley Press.

School Board Looks to Reduce Proposed Cuts to Non-Certified Staff

March 8, 2017 Schools No Comments

While the Board of Education on Tuesday reduced Superintendent Kevin D. Case’s budget proposal, it also looked to reduce the impact on non-certified staff members.

Earlier this year, Case introduced his budget proposal of $25, 629,086, which would have represented a 1.84 percent increase in spending. In that budget, Case said he had made the very difficult decision to reduce 12 Full-time equivalent non-certified staff positions  – ones that cover such positions as tutors and paraprofessionals.

On Tuesday, the Board of Education voted to pass along to the Board of Finance a proposal of $25,466,086, a 1.19 percent increase. The board found savings in line items such as professional development, custodial supplies, technology, a proposed .25 Capstone (senior projects) coordinator. However, the board added back in three non-certified staff positions.

Later this month, the Board of Finance, will begin looking at school and town government budgets. The finance board will be grappling with ways to deal with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposal for drastic cuts in state aid.

The Board of Selectmen will be discussing the town side budget Wednesday night.

Residents Air Opinions on Trump Chant to Canton Board of Education

March 8, 2017 Community, Schools No Comments

Canton plays Classical earlier this year (This is not the night of the alleged incident).

By John Fitts 

Several parents spoke out Tuesday about the “Trump” chant controversy, while superintendent Kevin D. Case disclosed that additional comments were made during the recent basketball game.

On Tuesday, Feb. 28 Hartford-based Classical Magnet School visited Canton High School and squeaked out a 48-47 win in the NCCC Tournament semifinal.

During the game, according to school administrators, a small group of student spectators chanted “Trump, Trump, Trump” while Classical players were on the free-throw line.

School administrators quickly condemned the action, and particularly the tone of the comments, as being divisive and crossing a line.

At the Board of Education Tuesday, several parents continued the debate over the context of such comments.  … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Songs of the Continents

The Canton Public Schools Music Department recently presented “Songs of the Continent.” The March 2 concert, held at Canton High School, featured the freshman chorus, concert choir and chamber singers. Brett Gottheimer directed the performances with Diana Lawler as accompanist. See http://www.cantonmusic.org for upcoming concerts

‘Modified’ Code Yellow at Two Canton Schools Friday

March 3, 2017 Community, Schools No Comments

Two Canton schools have been placed on a “Modified Code Yellow” Friday. The issue is related to the controversy – and fallout – following a controversial incident at a Canton High School basketball game earlier this week when some students yelled “Trump, Trump, Trump” while an opposing team was on the foul line.

School officials said the tone used in the comments made it inappropriate. The incident, and reaction to it, have stirred much controversy in town and well beyond.

The incident also resulted in social media posts some parents took as threatening to Canton schools and case said outdoor recess was canceled at Cherry Brook and Canton Intermediate to allay fears.

“With the concern many parents have, I want to be sure all students are in a safe environment,” Case told Canton Compass in a message.

For more on the incident, see our previous story and next week’s Valley Press, which will include other perspectives.

Following is Case’s email to parents.

“I am writing this message to you as a follow-up to my message to you last evening. As I wrote last evening, there are no credible threats against any of our schools. As a safety precaution, however, I wanted you to know that I placed Cherry Brook Primary School and Canton Intermediate School in a modified Code Yellow status this afternoon which means that there is no outdoor recess.

Parents are free to enter and leave the building as normal.

As always, we want our students to feel safe and secure in our schools. Student safety is our top priority.

Have a good afternoon and a good weekend.

Sincerely,

Kevin D. Case

Superintendent of Schools”

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