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Images of Canton: Track Program Celebrates Seniors, Victories

May 4, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

The Canton High School Track and Field team celebrated its seniors and swept the competition at its final home meet on Tuesday afternoon.

The boys beat Bolton 118-32 and East Windsor 107-43. Their record this year is 9-0, with all but one of those being a conference match.

The girls defeated Bolton 112-21 and East Windsor by a score of 78-70. The girls are 8-3 overall.

The East Windsor match was a tight one that came down to the 4×400, with the team of Lucy Tanner, Jane Frawley, Abby Briggs and Amber Harraden running a season best of 4:29.5, coach Tim O’Donnell said. They had trailed most of that race Briggs took the lead with about 100m to go on the third leg.

Elizabeth Raynor set a school record in the pole vault (8’0″) and Stephen Oliver tied his school record (11’6″) in the same event, the coach added.

See more statistics and coverage from our friends at the Collinsville Press.

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LeGeyt Congratulates Championship Canton High School Girls Basketball Team

May 2, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments
Rep. Tim LeGeyt with the Canton Girls Class S Championship Basketball team. Submitted Photo

Rep. Tim LeGeyt with the Canton Girls Class S Championship Basketball team.
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HARTFORD — State Rep. Tim LeGeyt (R-Canton) congratulated the Canton High School Girls Basketball Team on their title victory to become C.I.A.C. Class S State Champions.

“It was an honor to host the Canton High School Girls Basketball Team and congratulate them on their big win,” said LeGeyt, who hosted the team and their coaches at the State Capitol.

Rep. LeGeyt arranged for and joined the team in a visit to the governor’s office where the governor was pleased to receive the players and recognize their accomplishment.

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Images of Canton: Collinsville Classic 10K

By John Fitts 

COLLINSVILLE – Mary-Lynn Currier recently ran the Boston Marathon and participates in some 20 events per year. But the former Canton resident, and one-time Canton Middle School paraprofessional, was thrilled to run in the first Collinsville Classic 10K Sunday – on a course she knows intimately.

“Every day I run it; it’s my home course,” said Currier, now of Burlington. “I was going over it in my head last night – all night long. I know every inch.” … Continue Reading

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

PercFlyerCourtesy of John Solomon

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.


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