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Canton Girls Fall Short in Championship Bid

June 7, 2017 Schools, Sports No Comments

The Canton High girls lacrosse team’s quest to repeat as state champion ended with a 16-13 loss to New Fairfield in the Class S semifinals June 6 at Trumbull High School.

Five players on Canton did not play due to a suspension for an undisclosed reason. The Warriors finished 17-3 overall.

In 2016, the girls beat Somers 15-3 to win the Class S State Championship.

– Dave Heuschkel 

Letter to the Editor: The Ballad of Vinnie Forte

To the Editor:

We have lived in the wonderful town of Canton since 2009. My son Vincent, now 10, was just 2 years old. The town features great schools, neighbors, services, community and easy commute to my office in West Hartford. What a country.

Quickly Vinnie made friends. In fact, from 2009 to 2016 emerged a core group of buddies we started calling the “wolf pack.”

Sadly, over the last 14 months, five members of the “pack” are gone.

No, it’s nothing tragic. They all moved – three to Florida, one to Texas and, most recently, Pennsylvania. This is where I could rip into the sad economic reality of Connecticut, but that is not my point. … Continue Reading

Baseball field to be renamed in honor of the late Willem van Gemeren

May 25, 2017 Community, Sports No Comments

The late Willem van Gemeren

By John Fitts

Soon, the field used by Canton Little League will be renamed to honor both the life of a young player who died tragically at age 11 and his family, which has given so much to carry his legacy forward.

With selectmen approval Wednesday, the facility at 88 Simonds Ave., now Millennium Field, will soon be known as “Willem van Gemeren Memorial Field.” Dedication is tentatively set for June 10 and Canton Little League is funding the new sign.

In August of 2005 a plane crash in Lyme, New Hampshire took the lives of Niels Willem van Gemeren II, 11, along with his father, Niels Willem van Gemeren, 46.

Just days before his death, Willem, a star baseball player and Red Sox fan, had returned from the RBI Academy’s Trot Nixon summer baseball camp in Massachusetts. After his death, Willem’s mother Betsy began sending other Canton Little League players to the camp, which is now named after Dustin Pedroia. To date, Betsy van Gemeren has paved the way for 56 boys to enjoy the experience. The family has also provided temporary lighting for an annual night tournament and new scoreboards for the baseball field, as well as the softball field on Dyer Avenue.

Canton Little League Vice President Christopher LaPointe estimates the family donations for Little League efforts total more than $93,000. But more than dollars, are the joy and spirit they spread, he told selectmen.

“It’s not even about the money; It’s what they are doing for the community and the children (and Willem’s legacy),” he said. “There’s no better way to thank them and name the field after Willem.”

See more in next week’s Valley Press. 

Report: Boffi Named New Head Coach of Canton High Football Team

March 21, 2017 Community, Schools, Sports No Comments

Dante Boffi, at right, at a football practice last fall.
Photo by David Heuschkel

By David Heuschkel
Valley Press Sports Editor 

On Tuesday, Dante Boffi confirmed to the Valley Press that he has been named the new head coach of the Canton High football team. An official announcement is forthcoming.

Boffi previously was an assistant coach for the Warriors. He succeeds Mike Guy, who resigned in December after one season as head coach. Canton has gone 0-10 each of the past two seasons under Guy last fall and Chris Currier in 2015.

Read more about Canton’s new football coach in the March 30 edition of the Valley Press.

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.

… Continue Reading

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.

Canton Girls Advance to Quarterfinals

March 2, 2017 Schools, Sports No Comments

Emily Briggs scored 26 points and Belle Magna added 15 to lead Canton to a 70-40 win over Windham in the second round of the Class S girls basketball state tournament.
Leading 38-34 at halftime, Canton outscored Windham 32-6 in the last two quarters.
No. 3 seed Canton, the reigning state champion, hosts No. 22 Windsor Locks in the quarterfinals March 7 at 7 p.m.
See more in next week’s Valley Press.
– Dave Heuschkel

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