[Update, Nov. 17, 11:37 a.m.] Leszczynski's Winning Goal Off Freling's Free Kick Advances Avon to State Finals

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Congratulations to the following Avon High School teams that have competed in the CIAC state tournament, are still in it or are prepping for the tournament to begin.

Here is an update on how your Avon teams have fared so far and which ones are done for the season.



Whichever team wins the Farmington-RHAM game Saturday afternoon will face the Avon boys varsity soccer team in the Class L State Championship game Nov. 23 or 24, according to ciacsports.com.

That's after the Falcons defeated Daniel Hand High School 1-0 Friday in the semifinal. Daniel Leszczynski scored off a free kick from teammate David Freling with nearly 11 minutes remaining in the game, according to the Hartford Courant.

"It was truly a team effort, and our depth was a factor, as all 16 players who participated played well," assistant varsity coach David Zlatin wrote to Patch in an email Saturday morning.

He praised Stephen Dorney, Jared Rosenblatt, Jason Leaning, Leszczynski and Sean Janson for their performance. 

"After losing 10 starters from last year's team that made the finals, this is very much a team effort with different contributors every game," Zlatin said.

The Falcons won 1-0 against E.O. Smith in the first round of the Class L state tournament, 2-1 in the second against Bethel at Fisher Meadows in Avon, and 4-0 against Berlin in the quarterfinals at home. The boys concluded the NCCC with a 12-3-1 record.

The Falcons made the finals last year.


The third time to the CIAC State Championship was the charm last year when the girls varsity soccer team won the state title.

Avon has made it to the semifinal in the tournament this year and will play Pomperaug in West Haven at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

In earlier tournament games, the Falcons defeated Bethel 1-0 in the first round after double overtime, Bunnell 4-0 in the second and Joel Barlow 2-1 in the quarterfinal.

The team completed the NCCC with a 13-1-2 record.


After defeating Fermi (Enfield) 4-1 in the first round and Daniel Hand High School in the second 2-1, Wilton won 2-1 against Avon in the semifinal game on Nov. 14 in Cheshire, according to the CIAC website.


The Avon varsity volleyball team made it to the second round of the state tournament, losing 3-0 to Joel Barlow on Nov. 10.

In the first round, the Falcons defeated New Fairfield 3-0.

The girls had a strong season in the NCCC, finishing with a 12-6-0 record.

Coach Curt Burns notched his 300th career win against Bolton when the Falcons won 3-0 dring season play on Sept. 28.


The boys varsity football team is undefeated 9-0 and is currently ranked third in Class L, according to the CIAC website.

Avon's last game of the season is Saturday at Windsor Locks High School at 1 p.m. against Windsor Locks, Suffield and East Granby

The state tournament for football starts Nov. 27.



The Avon boys varsity cross country team placed seventh overall in the Class MM state championship meet on Oct. 27.

Avon's Jeff Demers was the fastest finisher for his team, placing 22nd with a time of 17:54, according to results posted on the CIAC website. Connor Wise, of Avon, came in 26th with 18:05, Justin Alessio placed 29th (18:10) and Michael Oberhausen came in 39th (18:25). 


The girls varsity runners won the Class MM state championship, placed second at the State Open Championship and advanced to the New England Championship.

Avon's top runner Rachel Rosow placed 27th at New Englands (20:01.10) in Cumberland, ME on Nov. 10 and the Falcons came in 14th out of 30 teams. Rosow won the conference and state championship races, coming in second for state opens.

Avon sophomore Molly Hamel placed 92nd (21:01.03) at the New England championship, junior Sarah Stokesbury came in 133rd (21:27.19), Madi McHugh finished in 155th (21:42.81), Ryley Higgins crossed the line in 199th (22:23.98), Kate McIntrye was close behind in 203rd (22:32.39) and Hannah Fusaro was in 224th (22:56.94).

Editor's Note: Are you, your kids or your friends playing a sport in the winter? Email Jessie.Sawyer@patch.com if you're interested in posting updates about any Avon sports and/or photos.

This article was last updated at 11:38 a.m. on Nov. 17 to reflect the outcome of the boys soccer game.

Jessie Sawyer November 19, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Congratulations to Avon boys and girls soccer, both of which are on their way to the state finals Friday! Anyone going?


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