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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

While Thomaston is Tough Opponent, Lady Warriors Would Have it No Other Way

March 18, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

By John Fitts 

SOUTHINGTON — At the beginning of the season, the Varsity Girls Basketball team had one goal in mind – returning to Mohegan Sun to take on Thomaston, the very team that defeated Canton by two points in the Class S Championship game last year.

“We wanted to play Thomaston,” coach Brian Medeiros said at a Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference press conference and luncheon at the Aqua Turf on Wednesday. “To them if they had a shot at it, it was going to be Thomaston.”

“Hearts were broken and spirits were crushed,” senior Emma Charron said of last year during her speech at the event. “However, as it is often said, never let a loss define who you are.”

At the beginning of the season, the girls were intent on that very goal of getting back to Mohegan for this year’s championship. In the middle of the season, their faith perhaps wavered a little, especially after back-to-back loses to Bolton and Avon on Jan. 29 and Feb. 4.

“There was a lot of talk about this happening in the beginning of the year and then we dealt with some lows and got into a little bit of a slump and I think that talk kind of went away,” Medeiros said.

But following those defeats, Canton turned things around, players re-focused and the coach tried a few new strategies.

“The talk started back up again and you saw a different side of this team, and a different demeanor,” he said. “The hard work paid off and we’re back. It’s a very cool thing.” … Continue Reading

Canton Girls Headed to Class S Championship Game

March 14, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

Story and Photos by John Fitts
Video footage by John Fitts and Noah O’Leary 

It’s back to Mohegan Sun, and a rematch against Thomaston, for the Lady Warriors Varsity basketball team.

With a 43-34 win over Bolton Monday night, the team, for the second year in a row, is headed to the CIAC Class S final, set to take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mohegan Sun. Their opponent will be Thomaston, the very team that sank Canton’s championship hopes last year by a score of 52-50.

“We’ve had some up and downs this year and for them to pull through and accomplish this – there’s no words to describe it,” Coach Brian Medeiros said after Monday night’s win.

The victory was especially sweet and the girls lost to Bolton twice earlier in the season.

“We knew our defense was going to be the key to this game,” the coach said. “We stressed that all week that we had to keep them low scoring. If we got them into the low 50s, we were going to lose. We said it had to be 40s and below; we did everything we needed to do and I couldn’t be more proud.”

“That was awesome,” said junior Emily Briggs. “We came in actually really excited and nervous; we were the underdogs. Our coach put confidence in us and told us we needed big free-throws in the stretch and that’s what did it.”

“Oh my God; it’s amazing,” said senior Maggie Treacy. “I can’t describe the words.”

She agreed that the team’s defense, determination and free-throw performance late in the game were key factors.

“We knew sooner or later, shots are going to go in; we’re going to get plays; we’re going to execute better and that definitely happened in the second half, which really helped us out,” Treacy said. … Continue Reading

With Decisive Win Tuesday, Canton Girls Will Face Bolton in Class S Semifinal

March 8, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments


The Canton girls charged out of the gate Tuesday, winning 55-27 against St. Bernard in the Class S Girls State Tournament quarterfinal game.

“To got off to as great of a start as we did pretty much set the town for the rest of the game,” said coach Brian Medeiros.

Highlights of the game included 12 steals and 10 assists for Maggie Treacy. For the second game in a row, Emily Briggs was perfect from the free-throw line, going 11 for 11. Briggs had 16 rebounds and 8 steals.

The girls now advance to the semifinals and will face a tough challenge against Bolton, the team that defeated Canton 57-54 on Jan. 9 and again in the NCCC semifinals, by a score of 55-48, last month.

“They’ve been a road bump the last two times so hopefully if we play them the third time’s the charm,” Medeiros said after Tuesday evening, prior to knowing if the Warriors would face Bolton or Windsor Locks.

The game against Bolton will take place at 7 p.m. March 14 at East Catholic High School, 115 New State Road in Manchester.

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Cameron Lange Reaches 1,000-Point Milestone as Canton Defeats Putnam in First Round of State Tournament

March 7, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

By John Fitts

Cameron Lange reached the 1,000 career point mark Monday night but for the high school senior the accomplishment was secondary to the fact that the Warriors defeated Putnam 67-44 to qualify for the second round of the 2016 Class S Boys Basketball state tournament.

“More importantly we got the win tonight,” Lange said. “This is something I’ve never done in my career is move on to the second round of the state tournament. I’m just really excited to get that done. I know my teammates are excited. We’re going to go into Wednesday strong and confident.” … Continue Reading

Canton Lady Warriors Advance to Class S Quarterfinals

March 4, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments


Photos, Story by John Fitts

With a 52-32 victory again Windham Friday night, the Canton Girls Varsity Basketball team advances to the Class S Quarterfinals.

The girls started a little slowly but picked up momentum as the game went on, especially in the last quarter.

“I had a feeling tonight was going to be a struggle; Windham came in with a nice game plan,” said coach Brian Medeiros. “I thought we would have done a nice job of executing against it but we made the stops we needed to and we made the plays we needed to down the stretch. I’m happy it all worked out.”

Emily Briggs, who was 9 for 9 from the free-throw line, led the team with 25 points and 15 rebounds. Sarah Bowman had 6 blocks during the game.

Next Tuesday, the team faces St. Bernard in the quarter-final game. It takes places at 7 p.m. in the Canton High School gymnasium.

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Heartbreaking Loss for Canton Boys as East Windsor Claims NCCC Title at Buzzer

March 4, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments
Photo courtesy of Collinsville Press

Photo courtesy of Collinsville Press

The Canton boys varsity basketball team saw its hopes for the NCCC Tournament championship slip away Thursday night as East Windsor freshman Marcus Goss scored a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to log a 57-54 victory.

The teams squared off at East Granby High Thursday night, just days after the Canton team beat Hartford Classical in triple overtime.

It’s been an exciting season and the boys still have the Class S tournament ahead.

See more from our friends at Collinsville Press here.

CIS Students Top Teachers on Basketball Court

March 4, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

It was down to the wire a the annual student/staff basketball game at Canton Intermediate School Thursday night.

In the end, however, the teachers just ran out of steam as the students logged an overtime victory.

In addition to the on-court action and antics, the school collected items for the Canton Food Bank.

 

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