AROUND THE HORN: Local gridders First Team in Commonwealth Conference; SC & Carr eliminate Endicott

SOUTHINGTON — Four football players from Southington were named First-Team All-Conference in the Division III Commonwealth Coast Conference after finishing the season among league leaders.

Eric Langland, a senior tackle at the University of New England, was named the CCC’s Offensive Lineman of the Year. He played his high school ball at St. Paul.

Also named All-Conference were Southington High graduates Joshua Vitti, Dillon Kohl and Shane LaPorte.

Vitti, a junior wide receiver at Nichols College, was the CCC’s top pass catcher in 2022. He piled up 59 receptions for 828 yards. Both numbers were league highs.

Kohl, a junior running back at Western New England, gained 516 yards on 129 carries. That ranked him fourth in the CCC in rushing. His 10 touchdowns were No. 2.

As for LaPorte, he did a little bit of everything in his sophomore year at the University of New England. Actually more than just a little. LaPorte caught 36 passes for 466 yards and accumulated 626 return yards. He also handled the punting for the Nor’easters and averaged 35.7 yards a kick.

SC tops Endicott

in ‘reunion game’

BEVERLY, Mass. — Springfield College knocked off previously unbeaten Endicott College 17-14 on Saturday in a first-round NCAA Division III Tournament game.

The game featured five players with area ties, including Springfield junior linebacker Billy Carr of Southington. Named to the All-NEWMAC First Team this week, Carr chalked up six tackles Saturday, including one behind the line of scrimmage.

Junior offensive tackle T.J. Dipasquale of Wallingford and freshman wide receiver Austin Studley of Meriden also play for Springfield, which improved to 9-2 and advances to face Ithaca College in the second round next Saturday.

Endicott, which suits up junior defensive back Johnny Carreiro of Southington and sophomore kicker Jaden Myles of Meriden, closed the season at 10-1.

Turkey Day tickets selling in advance

Tickets are being sold in advance for all three Thanksigiving Day high school football games.

In Meriden, tickets to the Stoddard Bowl are on sale online at

Advance tickets are $8 now through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23. At midnight, ticket price increase to the game-day rate of $11. Cash sales will be available at the gate.

Platt and Maloney kick off Thanksgiving morning at Falcon Field at 10:30 a.m.

In Wallingford. tickets to the Carini Bowl go on sale at Sheehan and Lyman Hall starting Monday.

Prices are $8 for adults, $5 for students and senior citiizens. All game-day tickets sold at the gate are $10.

Sheehan hosts this year’s game. Kickoff is 10 a.m.

In Cheshire and Southington, Apple Classic tickets can be purchased at the athletic departments at both schools during school hours.

Pre-game prices are $8 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens. Adult tickets rise to $10 on game day. Student and senior citizen tickets remain $5.

Cheshire hosts this year’s game. Kickoff is 10 a.m.


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