Good Intentions; Knights commit to college athletics

Southington Athletic Director Eric Swallow said that he expects more college signings in the upcoming weeks, and he said that it’s a credit to the entire sports program, coaches, and student-athletes.

“This is really what it’s all about. This is the big picture,” he said. “High school is a stepping stone. College is another stepping stone. This is a positive reflection on where we’ve been able to come as an overall program.”

Swallow said that it’s easy to lose sight of academic accomplishments in the sea of sports statistics, but he pointed out that ‘student’ comes before ‘athlete’ in student-athlete. Southington has graduated a number of athletes into the top ranks of collegiate play, and he said that it serves as an inspiration for underclassmen.

“It’s not just about playing a sport for 90 days. You’ve got to make that commitment for more than 300 days,” he said. “That means off-season conditioning, hard work in the classroom, and basically putting yourself in a position to have success. That’s what it’s all about. You can’t just hope for it. You’ve got to work for it.”

That’s just what these five students have done.

To comment on this story or to contact sports writer John Goralski, email him at jgoralski@southingtonobserver.com.

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