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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
Cedric C. Lawrence

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.

 

Friends of Canton Football Golf Tournament is Sept. 9

August 21, 2016 Community, Schools, Sports No Comments

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The 2016 season for the Canton High School Football Warriors is almost here, with the first home game scheduled for Sept. 10  at 1 p.m. Head Coach Michael Guy came on board this spring, and his passion for teaching and coaching expertise are evident already.  There is a certain sense of excitement as the boys prepare for the season.

The Friends of Canton Football (FOCF) is an organization with a primary mission to support this team.  You see, without the funds raised by FOCF, there would not be football at Canton High School.  Twelve years ago, football was “brought back” to Canton High School thanks to the efforts of a group of parents who became FOCF.  Since then, the group continues to work hard to pay the bills so that these high school students can benefit from all that being on a football team has to offer.

The biggest fundraiser of the year is the FOCF Golf Tournament, which is held at the beautiful Simsbury Farms golf course.  The 12th annual FOCF Golf Tournament will be held on Sept. 9, 2016, beginning at 10 a.m.  For an entry fee of $135 you will enjoy… … Continue Reading

Valley Native Returns to AOF with Stanley Cup in Tow

August 11, 2016 Community, Sports No Comments

AVON — Thousands and thousands of people descended on Avon Old Farms Tuesday as Unionville native Nick Bonino returned to his old school with the Stanley Cup, the storied trophy awarded each year to the championship National Hockey League team.

Bonino, a 2007 graduate of the school, was a member of the 2016 Stanley Cup Championship Pittsburg Penguins. He scored the game-winning goal in the first game of the championship series against the San Jose Sharks.

Bonino led the Avon Old Farms team to a New England Prep School Championship in 2007 and them helped the Boston University Terriers win a national championship just a couple of years later. In the National Hockey League, he has played for the Anaheim Ducks, Vancouver Canucks and Pittsburg Penguins. … Continue Reading

Canton Teen Plays with Golf Pros at Travelers Championship 

August 9, 2016 Community, Sports No Comments
Alex Lederman

Alex Lederman

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Alex Lederman, 14, of Canton was excited to hit the course with some of golf’s elite players at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell.  Alex was one of 36 young golfers selected to participate in the Eversource PGA TOUR Player Experience for Junior Golfers at the TPC River Highlands.  In addition to playing with some of the pros, Alex and the other chosen participants attended private golf clinics, a Q&A session with the elite players and a dinner reception.

The Player Experience is part of a collaboration between Eversource, the Travelers Championship, The First Tee of Connecticut and the Connecticut Section PGA Junior Golf Association focused on bringing the game to young people, improving player development, increasing accessibility to the game, and retaining golfers for the future of the sport. The Travelers Championship has generated more than $33 million for charity since 1952 and donates 100 percent of net proceeds to those organizations.  Last year alone, the Travelers Championship generated more than $1.5 million for more than 140 charities throughout the Connecticut region.

Canton Girls Lacrosse Team Wins State Championship

June 11, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments


By John Fitts

MILFORD — In 8th grade, Emma Charron followed that time honored town tradition and wrote a letter to “older self” to open years later. Included was a goal – “win a state championship senior year, with my girls.”

On Saturday, Charron and her teammates did just that. They won the Class S State Championship with a 15-3 win over Somers in a game played at Jonathan Law High School.

“I knew we had a special team,” Charron said.

Sarah First, co-captain along with Charron, is another senior, ur – graduate, who came up through the Canton youth lacrosse program. The girls were two of the six starting seniors on this year’s team who did just that.

“That was the most incredible experience of my life with the best girls I could have possibly imaged to be with,” First said after Saturday’s win. “We’ve been waiting for this for so long and everyone just put their heart and soul out on that field today.”

“This is a special group,” added head coach Sean Cole. “It was super gratifying to see it through.”

Leading Canton in scoring was Grace Giancola with 6 goals, followed by Emma Charron with 3, Kaelyn Oliver with 3, Devon Daubert with 2 and Carly Atkinson with 1.

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Canton Girls Lacrosse Team Headed to Class S Championship

June 7, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments


SOUTHINGTON – With a 15-11 win over number 1 ranked Old Lyme on Tuesday, the Canton Girls Lacrosse team advances to the Class S final on Saturday.

In action that took place at Southington High School, the girls started strong Tuesday evening but Old Lyme soon answered. The game remained close until the final several minutes when Canton pulled ahead and stayed there. Senior goaltender Amanda Gottlieb said a willingness to change defensive strategy was key in the win.

The girls will face Somers in the Class S final on Saturday – the day after graduation. The team has faced Somers three times this year, winning two of those decisions by a 14-4 in home games on April 15 and March 26 . On May 6 Somers, playing on its field, defeated Canton 12-11 in overtime.

Saturday’s game takes place in neutral territory – at Jonathan Law in Milford. Time is TBA.

A trip to the final is special for a group of girls that have been playing together for so many years – including six starting seniors.

“We love each other so much,” Gottlieb said. “With this team especially. It’s just like no other. I can’t believe it’s happening but it is and now we have to prepare. I’m really excited.”

See more from our friends at Collinsville Press here

For a full-screen version of this and other galleries, visit https://johnfitts.smugmug.com. Prints and/or digital downloads can also be purchased at that link.

Readers can also help keep Canton Compass sustainable by donating at https://www.gofundme.com/canton-compass or via 15 Colony Road, Canton, CT 06019.

Canton Girls Lacrosse Team Advances to Class S Semifinal

June 2, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

With a 12-6 victory over Weston on Thursday, the Canton Girls varsity lacrosse team advances to the Class S semifinal.

Fourth-ranked Canton will face number 1 seed Old Lyme on Tuesday. Time and place are to be announced.

“We’re going to have to be better than we were even today to win the semifinal game,” said coach Sean Cole. “There’s no doubt about that.”

There’s no doubt, however, that the girls are ready for the challenge and Cole knows he has some key goal scorers and a team that has continually improved its defense.

The team also learned from its game against Immaculate in first-round action earlier this week. Canton won that game 14-4 but the team felt it wasn’t at its best.

“We don’t ever want to feel that feeling ever again,” said junior Grace Giancola, who scored 9 goals on Thursday, a feat that brought her past the 100-goal mark for the season.

“All day in school I was thinking about this game,” Gioncola added. “My heart was racing. I kind of felt like I was going to throw up all day honestly. This team means so much to me.” … Continue Reading

Canton Warriors Baseball Team Advances to Second Round

May 31, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

With a 15-1 victory over Public Safety on Tuesday afternoon, the Canton Warriors baseball team advances to the second round of the Class S tournament.

Coach Greg Brisco said Public Safety’s starting pitcher kept the game close until he hurt his finger. The Warriors also started sparking offense once they focused on solid base hits.

“It was nice to see the guys finally stop trying to get home runs,” Brisco said. “Then we started playing well.”

16th-ranked Canton faces a tough challenge in second round action on the road Wednesday as they face number one ranked Oxford.

“We’re excited about the challenge,” Brisco said. “We’ve been able to play well against good teams and we’re hoping it continues.”

See some game stats from our friends at Collinsville Press here.

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Readers can also help keep Canton Compass sustainable by donating at https://www.gofundme.com/canton-compass or via 15 Colony Road, Canton, CT 06019.

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