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Images of Canton: Girls Cross Country Team Improves to 10-1

October 11, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

Photos by John Fitts and William Sarmuk 

SIMSBURY — The Canton girls Cross Country Team improved its season record to 10-1 during its final home meet at Stratton Brook Park on Tuesday afternoon with a pair of wins over Suffield (22-34) and East Windsor (15-50).

Winning her first race for the Warriors was Belle Magna, who logged a time of 21:19 on the 3.1-mile course. Emily Briggs finished third with a time of 21:46.  … Continue Reading

Canton Girls Cross Country Team Defeats Granby, Bolton

October 5, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

Video, information courtesy of Bill Sarmuk

BOLTON — The Canton Girls Cross Country team defeated Granby by a score 31-24 Wednesday, with Emily Briggs finishing first for the Warriors with a time of 20:51.

Other top finishers for Canton included

  • Belle Magna, 4th with a time of 22:10
  • Cammy McCauley, 5th, with a time of 22:18
  • Helena Winkler, 6th, with a time of 22:19
  • Jocelyn Rossitto, 9th, with a time of 22:54
  • The girls also defeated Bolton 39-16

With Win, Canton Girls Volleyball Team Improves to 5-3

September 27, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

The Canton girls varsity volleyball team swept Metropolitan Learning Center on Monday evening to improve their record to 5-3.

The Canton girls defeated MLC 25-18, 25-13 and 25-5, winning the first three to clinch the best of five series for the evening.  … Continue Reading

Canton Field Hockey Team Wins Two in A Row

September 22, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

With a 6-0 victory over Stafford on Thursday, the girls varsity field hockey team won its second in row. Earlier in the week, the team defeated Suffield by a score of 4-1.

It was a good turn in the eyes of Canton coach Margaret Bristol. The team is 2-2 and started the season with a pair of losses to Granby and Bethel.

With the latest wins, however, Bristol feels her young squad (6 players graduated last year) is gaining confidence and learning to work together.

“We had two really hard games right at the beginning but getting these two wins has kind of brought their confidence back,” she said. “They’re realizing that they can play field hockey. They can work together as a team and they can accomplish good things.”

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Images of Canton: Girls Soccer Team Plays Granby

September 21, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

With a 0-1 loss to Granby on Wednesday, the Canton girls varsity soccer team is 1-3 for the season but coach Alex Uscilla is seeing some positive signs from her players.

“Our record is not representative of how we’ve been playing at all,” she said. “They’ve been improving a lot we’ve just got to get the ball in the back of the net.”

Uscilla said the girls need to control the ball a little better in the midfield and capitalize on their chances, which they failed to do Wednesday evening.

With the win, the Granby team improves its record to 2-0-1. Granby coach Moose Dzielak said his team is also young but building strongly.

“We’re a family,” he said.

In Canton Uscilla is also encouraged by a number of young players coming up, including 14 freshmen who tried out for the team. She’s also impressed with their attitude.

“They’re all kind to each other they want to win and get better,” she said.

With Victory over Ellington, Boys Varsity Soccer Team Improves to 2-1

September 19, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

Late-game goals from Alex Sullivan and Santiago Noriega propelled the varsity Warriors soccer team to a 2-0 victory against Ellington on Wednesday evening.

The hard-fought victory followed a tough 0-6 loss to Suffield last Friday. But head coach Bill Phelps was happy with his team’s effort Wednesday as the Warriors improved their record to 2-1. The players worked hard and had positive attitudes as Phelps shifted players around on the field.

“This is young team and they’re getting their experience,” Phelps said. “They’re starting to play well and with confidence. There are no superstars out there but there are a whole bunch of kids really stepping up and when you step up you, good things happen. Today they stepped up.”

The boys face another challenge Wednesday as they take on Granby Memorial in away action.

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Skate Park Improvements to Begin Soon

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By John Fitts 

CANTON — If all goes well, construction for an expanded skate park at Mills Pond Park will start later this month.

The town is resurfacing the current skate park area and adding a 3,000-plus square foot, concrete addition to the rear. Earlier this summer, some of the existing structures were refurbished.

Rampage, who designed the original park in 2003, was selected as the vendor for the new project. Weather permitting the company will begin set up later this week, said Joshua T. Medeiros, director of Canton Parks and Recreation.

The town’s Public Works Department will perform some of the site work and if weather and schedules permit, the hope is that construction will begin the week of Sept. 26, Medeiros added. It’s expected to take 4 to 6 weeks and the park will be closed during construction.

“I am really pleased that we are approaching the construction phase of this project and I’m hoping that our skater community will be happy with the final results,” Medeiros said. … Continue Reading

Mandell JCC Valley Sports & Community Center Offers Community Open House and New Classes, Programs and Leagues for All Ages

August 24, 2016 Community, Sports No Comments

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The community is invited to get a taste of all the new programming the Mandell JCC Valley Sports & Community Center has to offer at the Fall Open House, Wednesday, September 7, from 4:30-6:30pm. Guests can try out new classes, meet the instructors, experience the Ninja Warrior course and receive a special gift. This fall, the Mandell JCC Valley Sports & Community Center will offer new fitness classes, programs and leagues for all ages at 310 Albany Turnpike, Canton. … Continue Reading

Canton Parks and Recreation Welcomes Cedric C. Lawrence

August 22, 2016 Community, Sports No Comments
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Cedric C. Lawrence

By John Fitts 

Recreation wasn’t always the obvious career choice for Cedric C. Lawrence but he’s found the field suits him well.

Lawrence was recently hired as recreation coordinator for the town of Canton, a new, varying hours, but year-round position that includes oversight of summer camps, basketball league and various events, as well as new initiatives, such as the creation of a town after-school program.

For the past eight years, Lawrence has worked with the department of Recreation in Mount Vernon, NY. While there, Lawrence worked with programs such as summer camp, seasonal, athletic, after school and senior programs. He was even able to gather some transportation experience. … Continue Reading

Youth Dominate Annual Lobster Loop

August 22, 2016 Community, Schools, Sports No Comments
Runners take off at the start of the 2016 Canton Lobster Loop road race. Simsbury’s Solomon Davis (237) beat Kyle Heubner (91) to become the youngest winner in race history. Photo by Collinsville Press

Runners take off at the start of the 2016 Canton Lobster Loop road race. Simsbury’s Solomon Davis (237) beat Kyle Heubner (91) to become the youngest winner in race history.
Photo by Collinsville Press

It was the day of youth at the annual Lobster Loop Sunday morning as eight of the top 10 finishers were high school athletes. Canton’s Jake Whittingslow took third place with of 17:13.

The annual event benefits the Canton Middle School Parent Teacher Organization. See more from our friends at Collinsville Press here.

 

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