All-Courant: The Best Of The High School Winter Sports Season

All-Courant: The Best Of The High School Winter Sports Season

The Courant presents its players of the year and All-Courant teams for the 2012-13 winter high school sports season.

The Great Granby: Bears Turned Golden With School's First State Boys Basketball Title

3:11 PM EDT, April 25, 2013

COVER STORY
The Great Granby: Bears Turned Golden With School's First State Boys Basketball Title

The day after Avon had routed Granby by 35 points in the NCCC boys basketball tournament title game, Granby coach Wally Hansen pondered what could motivate his team for the upcoming Class S tournament.

Capital Prep's Kahlil Dukes: Headed West After A Capital Career

2:13 PM EDT, April 25, 2013

BOYS BASKETBALL
Capital Prep's Kahlil Dukes: Headed West After A Capital Career

Signed a letter of intent with the University of Southern California on Nov. 14. ... Made 12 of 17 shots, scored 29 points and had four steals in 86-38 win against Windham Tech. ... Poured in 40 points in 106-79 victory over University-Hartford. ... Made the game-winning jumper with 3.2 seconds left to finish with 25 points to lift Capital Prep past Classical Magnet-Hartford, 64-62, in the CSC tournament final. ... Scored 30 in Class S second-round game against Morgan-Clinton. ... Set the school career scoring record with 2,228 points. ... Played in the JCC Schoolboy Classic on April 14.

Glastonbury's Courtney Latham: Unmistakable All-Around Talent

2:04 PM EDT, April 25, 2013

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Glastonbury's Courtney Latham: Unmistakable All-Around Talent

Helped her team win three consecutive CCC tournament championships and the Tomahawks went to the Class LL semifinals twice and the quarterfinals once during her four years. ... Averaged 17.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.4 steals and 3.7 assists for Glastonbury, which went 24-3 this season before losing to eventual Class LL champion Mercy-Middletown, 46-43, in the tournament semifinals. ¿ Scored 1,220 career points, including 1,168 over the last three years as she had an injury-plagued freshman season. ¿ Team's top defender.

Simsbury's Ryan Carpenter: A Worthy Captain

3:02 PM EDT, April 25, 2013

HOCKEY
Simsbury's Ryan Carpenter: A Worthy Captain

Helped lead Simsbury to its first postseason victory in five years with a 3-0 victory over Notre Dame-Fairfield in the first round of the Division I tournament. ¿ Was a major part of the Trojans' historic unbeaten record in the CCC North and regular season division title. ¿ Had 15 goals and 12 assists, including two postseason goals. ¿ Scored four shorthanded goals and two overtime winners.

Bloomfield's Demario Gray: Just Taking Care Of Business

2:43 PM EDT, April 25, 2013

BOYS INDOOR TRACK
Bloomfield's Demario Gray: Just Taking Care Of Business

Finished his only season of indoor track with All-American status in the high jump, and State Open titles in the long jump and high jump. ¿ Jumped 6 feet, 7 inches in the high jump at the New Balance Indoor Nationals to become an All-American; his long jump of 22-13/4 was 14th best. ... Left the New England Championships with a second-place finish in the high jump (6-9) and a fourth place in the long jump (22-4 1/2).

Northwest's Sarah Gillespie: One Runner To Remember

2:36 PM EDT, April 25, 2013

GIRLS INDOOR TRACK
Northwest's Sarah Gillespie: One Runner To Remember

Completed one of the best Connecticut girls indoor careers of the last 15 years by finishing 5th in the mile in the New Balance Indoor Nationals (4:52.53) to secure All-American status. ... Won the New England Championship in the mile (4:55.37) and the State Open title (4:56.80), just missing Meghan Owen of Killingly¿s 11-year State Open record of 4:56.66.

Southington's Erin Malone: Next Up Air Force Academy

1:49 PM EDT, April 25, 2013

GYMNASTICS
Southington's Erin Malone: Next Up Air Force Academy

Scored a 37.850 to win the all-around championship at the New England championships on March 9. ... Finished in first place in the vault and parallel bars at the New Englands. ... Tied for first place in the all-around at State Open. ... Led Southington to a Class L championship, a second place at the State Open, and a fourth at the New Englands.

Xavier's Elliott Antler: X Marks His Spot On The Program

2:49 PM EDT, April 25, 2013

WRESTLING
Xavier's Elliott Antler: X Marks His Spot On The Program

Class LL, State Open and New England champion, two-time Class LL champion, three-time Academic All-State, three-time member of the Connecticut Junior National Team. ... Has a career record of 156-18 and was 46-0 this season.

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