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Canton Girls Lacrosse Team Sees the Positive in First Loss

April 30, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

The Canton girls weren’t expected to be victorious against Fairfield Warde on Saturday afternoon and yet they couldn’t wait to take on the tougher, Class L team.

“This is a game I think that we’ve been all super excited about to just kind of see where we’re at as a program,” said coach Sean Cole. … Continue Reading

Organizers Looking Forward to Collinsville Classic 10K

April 29, 2016 Community, Sports No Comments


Organizers are greatly looking forward to the inaugural Collinsville Classic 10K on Sunday.

Hartford Marathon Foundation is producing the first-ever event, which was capped at 800 runners and sold out in early February.

“We’re quite excited about it,” said Beth Shluger, Race Director/CEO of the Hartford Marathon. She said the quick sell out, related excitement and support of Collinsville business has been great. “It’s just a real endorsement for what we thought to be a good idea.” … Continue Reading

Evening of Percussion Takes Place at Canton High School on Friday

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The 4th Annual An Evening of Percussion, a concert put on by the Canton High School Percussion Ensemble, will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday April 22, 2016 in the High School auditorium.  The concert will contain pieces across a wide range of musical styles performed by the High School Percussion Ensemble as well as featured pieces by the 7th and 8th grade percussion classes and the High School advanced percussion class.

Under the direction of Artist in Residence Bob Rush, the Canton High School Percussion Ensemble has put on An Evening of Percussion for the past 3 years, growing each year as it has attracted greater audiences to appreciate the wonders and beauty of percussion music.

This year’s program promises to accommodate practically any and all musical cravings, including some standard repertoire from composers Alexander Lepak and  Alice Gomez, as well as dual composer and mathematician Stephen Reich. The Middle School percussion classes will be featured on pieces by Ralph Hicks and a more contemporary selection by Sting as well as helping out on the evening’s Caribbean-style grand finale, “Wildwood” by Matt Bissonette.  Opposite ends of the musical spectrum round out the evening’s program with Bob Rush’s original arrangement of Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays’ “Tell It All” from First Circle, “The Rock Syndicate,” a piece for Body Percussion by Murray Houliff, and timeless classic, Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” transcribed for Marimbas.

I hope that you are able to accept this invitation and look forward to seeing you at the concert.  There will be no charge for admission at the door but be sure to arrive a little early to check out the Percussion Petting Zoo in the lobby that will represent a vast selection of percussion instruments.

Historic Moment in State Adaptive Sports Takes Place at Canton Track Meet

April 12, 2016 Photos, Schools, Sports No Comments
Janet Connolly, center with Wheelchair athletes Helen Newman, left and Stephanie Marquez. Photo by John Fitts

Janet Connolly, center with Wheelchair athletes Helen Newman, left, and Stephanie Marquez.
Photo by John Fitts

By John Fitts 

CANTON – As sports and community programs manager at Hospital for Special Care, Canton resident Janet Connolly, “couldn’t have been more proud” Tuesday to see two wheelchair athletes – and ones she knows well – compete as full members of their respective high school track and field teams.

It was the first time for such an event in the Connecticut, the 25th state to allow wheelchair athletes to compete as equals with their “able-bodied” teammates.

The two ground-breaking athletes were Granby freshman Helen Newman and Middletown resident Stephanie Marquez, a junior at Hartford-based Sports and Medical Sciences Academy. Marquez and Newman have represented the state – and Hospital for Special Care – at regional, national and international competitions. Marquez has represented her country and medaled at the Junior World Championships and this spring will also compete at the Paralympic trials.

Tuesday, however, marked the first time that they competed in a meet as members of their high-school teams.

“They have been training and racing on the same team for many, many years so this is kind of a dream coming to reality,” said Connolly.  … Continue Reading

Mandell JCC Valley Sports & Community Center Introduces Valley Sports Jams – Sports and Specialty Camps for Grades 1-12

April 12, 2016 Sports No Comments


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This summer, the new Mandell JCC Valley Sports & Community Center will introduce Valley Sports Jams; weekly sports and specialty camps for children in grades 1-12 at its facility, 310 Albany Turnpike, Canton. 

Sport-A-Palooza Jam, June 13 – August 26

Sport-A-Palooza Jam is a fun-filled week for boys and girls entering grades 1-6, packed with a variety of different sports including basketball, baseball, soccer, floor hockey, flag football and more. Campers will experience fundamental instruction in each sport with a strong emphasis on skill development, game play, sportsmanship, and fun. On Tuesdays and Thursdays campers will travel to the Mandell JCC’s summer site, The Swim & Tennis Club. Campers will have the opportunity to swim, play outdoor sports and games, and eat lunch with friends. Wednesdays, campers will take fun and interactive local field trips. Lunch will be available five days days a week. Sport-A-Palooza Jam is led by Taylor Losey, Sports Director at the Mandell JCC Valley Sports and Community Center and will be assisted by local, college-aged sports staff.

Soccer Jam Led by Evolution Soccer, June 13-17, August 1-5

 Evolution Soccer Jam will provide age appropriate player development, a fun, safe environment, and a memorable family soccer experience. Evolution Soccer coaches are well renowned for being the best in the business at delivering a program that not only caters to the technical training needs of the player, but that engages parents and families in the process. Whether a recreational or competitive player, campers will improve their game and create lasting soccer memories.

Softball Jam Led by University of Hartford Women’s Softball, June 13-17August 1-5

The University of Hartford Women’s Softball Coaches are excited to partner with the Valley JCC to provide incredible instruction for Softball Jam campers. Monday through Thursday, campers will enjoy hitting clinics, fielding drills and games. The program will have activities both indoors and out, utilizing the Valley JCC and the Mandell JCC’s summer site, The Swim & Tennis Club, a short 20-minute bus ride from the Canton facility. At the end of the week, all their hard work will be showcased in a tournament played at the University of Hartford Softball Field. … Continue Reading

Mandell JCC Valley Sports & Community Center Announces Summer Offerings

April 4, 2016 Community, Sports No Comments


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CANTON — In summer 2016, the Mandell JCC Valley Sports & Community Center will offer a hot lineup of sports camps, specialty camps and leagues for adults and children, grades 1- 12 at its facility, 310 Albany Turnpike, Canton, CT. 

For children in grades 1-12, The Mandell JCC Valley Sports & Community Center will hold eleven weekly Sports Jams camps focusing on building athletic skills, teamwork and friendships at every level. The Sports Jams camps include Sport-A-Palooza Jam, Soccer Jam, Softball Jam, Basketball Jam, Baseball Jam, Cheerleading Jam and Volleyball Jams. Campers will be active and engaged in weeks of sports under the guidance of experienced and talented coaches such as former NBA player, Brooks Sales, University of Hartford Softball, Volleyball and Cheerleading coaches and instructors, Evolution Soccer staff and Canton High School baseball coach, Mike Scott. The camps provide full-day and half-day options, as well as before and after care. All the Sports Jams programs will place an emphasis on sportsmanship, high energy, and fun. … Continue Reading

Kyle Walker to Compete in National Championship Snowboarding Events

March 28, 2016 Community, Schools, Sports No Comments
Kyle Walker

Kyle Walker

Kyle Walker is a Canton High School junior, who has been attending Mount Snow Academy since November for snowboarding.

During the season he competed in a total of 13 USASA (United States of America Snowboard and Free Ski Association) events in the Southern Vermont Series, as well as trips to neighboring series events and Tahoe.  Kyle landed on the podium 10 out of those 13 events.

Based on his national rankings, he has qualified to compete in three events (slopestyle, rail jam, and bordercross) at the USASA National Championships at Copper Mountain, Colorado, in April.

Recently he was also named MSA Student Athlete of the year at MSA’s final recognition dinner.

Field of Dreams Fundraiser Set for Tuesday

March 27, 2016 Community, Sports No Comments
The partially finished dugout can be seen in the background during this recent scrimmage vs. Avon. Photo by John Fitts

The partially finished dugout can be seen in the background during this recent scrimmage vs. Avon.
Photo by John Fitts

By John Fitts 

CANTON – For Canton High School varsity coach Greg Brisco improvements to the baseball fields at Bowdoin and Mills Pond fields involve more than just a new façade.

Brisco, in fact, would like to see baseball fields every bit as impressive as the multi-use facility used by many other outdoor sports teams at the middle/high school.

“We certainly want to have pride in our baseball field as well,” he said.

To that end, a group of volunteers, with the help of Canton Little League, has been working on improvements to Bowdoin Field, as well as the upper diamond at Mills Pond Park, a project with an estimated cost of $10,000. On Tuesday, a fundraiser at Flatbread benefits the effort – particularly for dugouts.  … Continue Reading

Canton Youth Lacrosse To Host Community Fun Run on April 3

March 20, 2016 Community, Sports No Comments

12083839_978715448880281_2033352602_n-3Canton Youth Lacrosse is kicking off its Spring season with Community Fun Run on April 3. The event is  designed to not only raise funds for the program – and Canton High School Boys Lacrosse – but also encourage family, friends and the greater community to run or walk a mile on the track with the players.

Whether you have a young athlete enrolled in the program for the 2016 season, your athlete has participated in the program over the course of the organization’s 10 seasons, or you simply want to support the program, the organizations invites everyone to join in person at the 2016 fund-raising event, or in spirit with an online donation.

The Canton Community Fun Run is open to anyone and everyone who wants to join in on the fun, get some great exercise and support a good cause. We hope to see you on April 3, 2016!

Register at https://runsignup.com/funrun

Canton Lady Warriors Win Class S State Championship

March 19, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

Expenses related to the this story, including a lens rental, were graciously sponsored by Stoneworks, Canton Barn and GeminEye Images. Please see their business cards at the end of this story. Clicking on the images will bring you to their web sites. 

Photos by John Fitts 

Story by Kasey Charron

Video footage courtesy of Noah O’Leary

The Canton Girls High School basketball experienced a feeling of deja vu Saturday morning as the team once again competed in the Class S Girls Basketball State Championship game against Thomaston High School. Last year, Thomaston beat Canton by a score of 52-50 to secure the title. However, this year the Canton Warriors took home the plaque as they toppled the defending state champions, 64-51.

In the first half, it was a narrow match. The teams traded baskets as the score throughout the first quarter never deviated by more than three points. Both teams played aggressively, with plenty of fouls on both sides. At the end of the first half, Canton lead with a score of 22-19.

Canton surged in the second half, never leading by less than three points. Several late game baskets by Maggie Treacy and Emily Briggs secured the victory for the Warriors. In a post-game interview, Canton High School junior Abigail Briggs, twin sister of player Emily Briggs, said, “Towards the end, when we had a 10-point lead, I got excited. Then they (Thomaston) started to come back so I got really nervous. But then, with about a minute to go, I felt really confident that we were going to win.”

Senior Carly Atkinson has one explanation for their success this time around.

“At the beginning of the game there were definitely some nerves, but at the same time it was comforting knowing that we had been in this position before,” she said. “At the end of the game, I was so happy. It is one of the best moments I’ve ever experienced in my whole life especially since I was able to do it with my team. We are all so close and everyone, no matter the time they got in the game, played awesome. Each individual stepped up and did their part to make this a team win.” … Continue Reading


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