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Canton Girls Improve to 4-1

December 28, 2015 Photos, Schools, Sports No Comments

With a decisive 30-point win over Granby Monday night, the Canton High School girls varsity basketball team improved its record to 4-1.

“It was good to see the kids get out and play,” said coach Brian Medeiros. “Many players stepped up.”

While Maggie Treacy and Emily Briggs were again key performers, the coach said role players who showed increased confidence included Emma Charon, Carly Atkinson, Abbe Skinner, Belle Magna and Leah Eschenbrenner. … Continue Reading

Town to Seek State Funding for Proposed Lawton Road Park Project

The town is hoping a state grant will fund the first phase of this proposed park project on Lawton Road.

The town is hoping a state grant will fund the first phase of this proposed park project on Lawton Road.

By John Fitts 

The town is hoping a state grant will help further a plan to develop a recreational park on Lawton Road.

By a 3-1 vote on Wednesday, selectmen voted to seek a 2016 Small Town Economic Assistance Grant, which can be as much as $500,0000, to help fund the project – or at least a portion of it.

The parcel at 55 Lawton Road, at approximately 17 acres, has been owned by the town since the 1960s. Originally purchased with the idea of building a school, several plans over the years have identified it as a potential recreational opportunity. In 2012, the Parks and Recreation commission voted to further a plan to utilize a portion of the property for a main playing field, primarily for youth sports, two practice fields, and a parking area.

Originally estimated at $768,742, the potential project cost rose as high as $908,742 when the board of selectmen requested that irrigation and parking lot lighting be added to the master plan.

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O’Briley 5K raises $2,200 for the Canton Food Bank

November 29, 2015 Community, Nonprofits, Sports No Comments

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated the amount raised as $2,400. 

The fourth annual O’Briley 5K raised $2,200 for the Canton Food Bank, organizers said.

More than 200 people participated in this year’s Thanksgiving classic, said Michael Riley, who started the race with Colin O’Brien.

Photo by Brent Soderberg. Click on the image to see his full gallery.

“We are fortunate to have great community support in terms of those who come and support a charitable event as well as those who generously donate items to continuously make this event a success,” Riley wrote in a message to Canton Compass.

Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3th place and finisher ribbons were generously donated by Canton resident and friend, Stephanie May of Mr. Trophy, Riley added. … Continue Reading

Valley Sports Center Slated to Close

June 5, 2015 Business, Sports No Comments
Photo by John Fitts

Photo by John Fitts

Valley Sports Center, a popular Canton indoor facility that opened in April of 2011, is slated to close later this month.

Owner Mark Lange said the decision has been months in the making, and was not an easy one. However, increasing demands, including some travel, in his role for a private equity firm has made it increasingly difficult to successfully keep the center operating.

“I don’t have the ability to juggle that and give what this needs to be successful,” he said Friday evening. … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Warriors Donate $435 to Canton Food Bank

April 27, 2015 Schools, Sports No Comments
Contributed Photo

Contributed Photo

Recently, the Canton Warrior Athletic Council, in conjunction with the Canton Athletic Booster Club, hosted the spring sports kick-off. Those who participated in a dodge ball tournament that night, made a donation to the Canton Food Bank. In all $435 was raised. Shown here are members of the Canton Warrior Athletic Council.

 

Video: Canton boys Win Small Division Title at O’Grady Relays

April 26, 2015 Schools, Sports No Comments

Thanks to Bill Sarmuk for this video from Canton’s third straight Small Division title at the O’Grady Relays. See more from our friends at Collinsville Press.

Images of Canton: Lending Spring a Hand

April 3, 2015 Photos, Sports No Comments
Members of the Canton High School varsity baseball team help thin the snow and ice at Bowdoin Field on Friday.

Members of the Canton High School varsity baseball team help thin the snow and ice at Bowdoin Field on Friday.

Despite Loss to UConn, Canton’s Benedetti Shines During Playoff Game

March 22, 2015 Schools, Sports No Comments
Canton’s Saran Benedetti of St. Francis Brooklyn (14) battles for position with UConn’s Morgan Tuck in Saturday night’s NCAA Division I tournament game in Storrs. Photo by Gerry DeSimas/Collinsville Press

Canton’s Saran Benedetti of St. Francis Brooklyn (14) battles for position with UConn’s Morgan Tuck in Saturday night’s NCAA Division I tournament game in Storrs.
Photo by Gerry DeSimas/Collinsville Press

The UConn lady Huskies may have solidly won the first round contest in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament Saturday night but it was still a dream-come-true evening for St. Francis player and Canton High School graduate Sarah Benedetti.

Benedetti led her team in scoring with 13 points, include three 3-pointers.

Our friends at the Collinsville Press covered the story, which is available here.

Benedetti has received a lot of press lately and the UConn game corresponded perfectly with a trip by the Canton girls basketball team to the Class S State Championship game Saturday morning.

Canton Compass wrote about the excitement earlier last week.

Photos and video from the Class S game, which Canton lost 50-52, can be found here.

In addition to the Collinsville Press story, many media outlets covered Benedetti’s story on Saturday, including the New York Times. Read their feature here.

Images of Canton: The Road to Mohegan

March 21, 2015 Schools, Sports No Comments

Although they desperately hoped for a different outcome, hundreds of Canton students, parents and basketball fans traveled to cheer on the girls varsity squad in the Class S State Championship game at Mohegan Sun Saturday morning.

After falling behind for much of the game, the Canton girls nearly staged a historic comeback but fell short, losing to Thomaston by a score of 50-52.

The enclosed video and photos showcase some moments from the championship game and events leading up to it, including a Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference press event and luncheon on Wednesday and an early Saturday morning sendoff at Canton High School. Also included below are highlights from CPTV.

For more about the game itself, see this story from our friends at The Collinsville Press.

It’s a Full-Court Press for Canton Girls Basketball This Weekend

March 18, 2015 Schools, Sports No Comments
The Canton Girls Basketball team at the the CIAC Press Conference Wednesday morning.  Photo by John Fitts

The Canton Girls Basketball team at the the CIAC Press Conference Wednesday morning.
Photo by John Fitts

As Canton High School graduate Sarah Benedetti prepares for the game of her life, she won’t be able to catch the Lady Warriors as they take on Thomaston in the Class S Finals at Mohegan Sun Saturday morning. However, she’ll be there in spirit.

“It is an incredible opportunity for them, one that the Canton Girls’ Basketball program has not had in a very long time,” Benedetti said. “It is a very exciting time, and a memory that they will never forget. The girls are very deserving of the chance to play at Mohegan and regardless of the outcome, should be proud of everything they have accomplished.”

Of course, Benedetti, a 2011 CHS graduate and senior forward at St. Francis Brooklyn has just a bit of her own basketball excitement Saturday.  Her team is set to take on the UConn lady huskies in the opening round of the 2015 NCAA Division 1 tournament.

In the span of less than 12 hours, many fans of Canton girls basketball will witness two of the biggest events to ever happen for the program.

Sarah Benedetti in the NEC Championship Game.  Courtesy of St. Francis Brooklyn Women's Basketball

Sarah Benedetti in the NEC Championship Game.
Courtesy of St. Francis Brooklyn Women’s Basketball

“I think Canton girls basketball at this point in time is really on the map,” said Canton Athletic Director Craig DeAngelis. He also praised the girls and the coaches for their hard work and perseverance this season.

The excitement is certainly building. On Wednesday, the current Canton Girls varsity team participated in a special Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference press conference and luncheon for the team participating in this weekend’s State Girls Basketball Tournament.

The girls traded their uniforms for heels and fine dresses, talked to the media, enjoyed lunch and expressed excitement both for their upcoming game.  and the UConn- St. Francis Brooklyn matchup as well. Junior Emma Charron also represented her team during the program.

Several of the Canton players are also going to Storrs Saturday night.

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