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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.

 

8th Grade Boys, Girls Win NCC Regular Season Titles

March 3, 2016 Sports No Comments

Group pic - IMG_9135Submitted by Paul Amrose 

This past weekend, Canton Youth Athletics Basketball (CYAB) hosted a pair of #1 vs #2 Travel 8th grade basketball games.  The Girls team entered the game 14-1 versus Wethersfield (13-2).  The Lady Warriors scored early and often running out to a 15 point halftime lead.  They never let go of that lead and won their game easily.  With the victory came the NCC regular season title as they completed their season at 15-1.

The Boys team with an identical 14-1 record, hosted Ellington (13-2) in a rematch last year’s 7th grade final (won by the Warriors).  The boys held a 27-20 halftime lead with Chris Tenczar knocking down an off balance three point  shot as the clock expired. The Warriors extended the lead to 10 points after three quarters and made 7 of 10 free throws in the 4th quarter to win the game by a score of 56-41.  Thomas Amrose led the team with 25 points while Jack Rose kicked in 12 points and 15 rebounds.  The boys squad finished with an identical 15-1 record and won their second consecutive NCC regular season title. … Continue Reading

Canton Girls Advance to Round 2 of Class S Tournament

February 29, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments


By John Fitts 

With a 55-20 win over the Wolcott Tech Wildcats Monday evening, the lady Warriors move on to the second round of the CIAC Class S tournament on Friday.

During the game, many of the younger Canton players had the chance to play during much of the game.

“Tonight was an opportunity to really get everybody involved,” said coach Brian Medeiros. “We knew coming in that Wolcott Tech had made a nice run to make the state tournament but we probably knew it wasn’t going to be the closest game.”

Friday night, the girls will take on Windham at 7 p.m. in the Canton High School gymnasium.

The girls are hoping to get back to the championship game at Mohegan Sun, where they lost the championship to Thomaston last year. It won’t be an easy road and the team could face some of its toughest competitors but if the girls play up to their potential, play consistently and “bring their A game,” Medeiros feels their chances are good.

“If we just take care of the ball and play like we’re capable of doing, I think we have a great chance to get back there,” he said.

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Canton Residents Can Take Advantage of Limited Discounted Tickets for Collinsville Classic 10K

February 25, 2016 Community, Sports No Comments

PrintThe Hartford Marathon Foundation is offering Canton residents a limited amount of discounted tickets for the Collinsville Classic 10K but the offer won’t last long.

The inagural event takes place May 1 and involves a run (or walk) that will start at Lake Garda Elementary School in Burlington at 9:30 a.m. and end in downtown Collinsville. Much of the route will follow the Farmington River Trail.

Canton residents can visit http://www.hartfordmarathon.com/Events/Collinsville_Classic_10K.htm and use the code CANTON2016 to get past the sold out screen and receive the $5 discount. 

Organizers said the race is nearly sold out and less than 50 of these discounted tickets remain. They will likely be released to the general public on March 1 if they are not sold by then.

See more about the event in our earlier post here.

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