Bangor High’s Capuano leaving, to attend prep school

Posted July 01, 2011, at 9:13 p.m.

Anthony Capuano, who hit .500 in leading the Bangor High School baseball team to a berth in the Eastern Maine Class A championship game this past season, has decided to attend prep school Avon Old Farms in Avon, Conn. beginning this fall.

Capuano, who just concluded his sophomore season, played three sports at Bangor High. In addition to being a first baseman in baseball, he was a tight end on the football team and a defenseman in hockey.

The son of New York Islanders head coach and former University of Maine All-American defenseman Jack Capuano was a key component in the Bangor team’s remarkable run to the championship game in the Senior League World Series team last season.

“This is nothing against Bangor,” insisted the younger Capuano, who has lived in his mother Donna’s (Stevenson) hometown since his sixth-grade year.

“I love it here. I’ve got a good group of friends. But this way I’ll be closer to my dad. The past couple of years, I haven’t seen him very much at all or as much as I would like to,” said the 16-year-old Capuano. “It’ll also be a good learning lesson for me. Being away from my mom and living in a dorm will force me to be responsible for taking care of myself.”

His father had been the head coach of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the American Hockey League until being promoted this past season when Scott Gordon was fired as the Islanders head coach.

Jack Capuano said leaving his home in Rhode Island to attend the Kent School (Conn.) was valuable in his development before coming to the University of Maine.

“It’s about life lessons,” said the elder Capuano. “And now he’ll be only an hour and a half away from me (during hockey season) instead of eight hours away so I can see him a lot more.”

Anthony Capuano said he will continue to play all three sports but his ultimate goal is to earn a scholarship to a big-time school for baseball.

Capuano was playing for the Bangor American Legion team this summer but broke a bone in his right hand and underwent surgery last Wednesday.

He said he will miss the rest of the Legion season but there is a chance he could return for the Senior League World Series if the Bangor team qualifies.

Capuano will repeat his sophomore year at Avon Old Farms.

He had looked at other schools but felt Avon Old Farms was the right fit for him “athletically and academically.”

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