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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

Images of Canton: Wizards Come to Town

By John Fitts 

Assistant Editor

CANTON — With a host of antics, slam dunks, dancing and even a little football, the Harlem Wizards and local teachers took to the court and helped raise $7,500 toward an effort for permanent lights at the Canton High School track and field facility. 

The committee is working to raise some $250,000 for permanent lights at Canton High School track and field facility. Next up is a Snowshoe Scramble, sponsored by Lights on Canton and Canton Parks & Recreation Department, and set for 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29. It is designed to be a gentle snowshoe, or walking event through the woods with refreshments at the end. Cost is $25 per person or $75 for a family of four.  More details, updated course information and online registration can be found at the Canton Parks & Recreation website, www.cantonrec.org/info/activities. (NOTE EVENT CANCELED) 

The committee has also announced several other initiatives. Please see this week’s Valley Press for the complete story. 

Lights on Canton Announces $5,000 Donation

December 16, 2016 Community, Schools, Sports No Comments
The Canton Youth Soccer Association board.  Submitted Photo

The Canton Youth Soccer Association board.
Submitted Photo

Lights On Canton has received its first donation from the Canton Youth Soccer Association.

“This generous $5000 donation kicks off the Lights On Canton committee’s “Be A Beacon” giving campaign for organizations, families and businesses,” Lights on Canton c0-chair Kimberly Marze announced in a recent email. “Their leadership and dedication to the Lights On Canton project has been incredible and hopefully serves as example (or a “beacon”) to other organizations who may be inspired by their generous gift.”

Permanent Lights for the Canton High School track and field facility were approved by the Canton Planning and Zoning Commission in November. Some neighbors had expressed concern, especially about noise, and the commission did put several conditions on the approval.

Lights on Canton, a subcommittee of the Canton Athletic Booster Club, advocated for the lights and has committed raise some $250,000 for the lights and related costs. They expect it to take 12 to 18 months.

“Lights on Canton”  can be found on facebook. Their first fundraising event is a game between the Harlem Wizards vs. Canton Schools teachers on Jan. 10, 2017 at 7 p.m.  Tickets start at $15 and are available at http://www.harlemwizards.com/schedule-tickets/  or at JCC Mandell Valley Sports Center in Canton.

 

O’BRiley 5K Turkey Trot Raises More Than $15,000 for St. Jude

November 24, 2016 Community, Sports No Comments

By John Fitts

COLLINSVILLE — From its humble beginnings with less than a couple dozen participants, some 400 people participated in the 5th annual O’BRiley 5K Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.

And thanks to a matching grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb, the event raised more than $15,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“(We’re) unbelievably humbled at this time,” co-founder Colin O’Brien said prior to the start of the race Thursday.  “I cannot believe how this event has grown in 5 years from 20 people to 400.” … Continue Reading

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