Sports Listings for May 29

Sports Calendar


PAVERS FOR POSTERITY (BLUE KNIGHT BRICKS)—The Turf Committee is offering an opportunity to purchase bricks to help defray costs for the artificial turf field at Southington High School. Bricks cost $125 and can be engraved with three lines of type (14 characters per line). Bricks will be displayed as part of a walkway and patio at the entrance to the turf field complex. Bricks can be purchased at the Southington Chamber of Commerce, the Parks & Rec Department, or at the Southington High School Athletic Department.


The following camps are not run, sponsored, or endorsed by the Southington Public Schools or the Southington Board of Education. Brochures are available at

BLUE KNIGHT FUTURE VOLLEYBALL STARS INDIVIDUAL SKILLS CAMP—Monday, June 22-Friday, June 26, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., in the SHS gym. Open to girls entering grades 4-9. Lady Knight coach Rich Heitz will direct a camp that’s focused on improving skills with individual attention in small groups based on age and ability. Cost is $154. Register online at Contact: Rich Heitz, (860) 665-2746 or (860) 621-8895.

BLUE KNIGHTS GIRLS BASKETBALL CLINIC—Monday, June 22-Friday, June 26, 8:30 a.m.-noon, at the SHS gym. Lady Knight coach Mike Forgione will direct a camp that’s designed for girls entering grades 4-9. The camp will focus on fundamentals through drills and competitions. Cost is $140 and includes a camp t-shirt. Contact: Mike Forgione, (860) 919-4991 or email at

BLUE KNIGHT SOCCER CLINIC—Monday, June 29-Thursday, July 2, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., at the SHS soccer field. Open to Southington boys entering grades 4-9. SHS coach Dave Yanosy will focus on the development of technical skills and basic tactical concepts. Cost is $100, and registration is due by Friday, June 19. Contact: Dave Yanosy, (860) 836-7741 and

LADY KNIGHTS GIRLS SOCCER CLINIC—Monday, July 6-Friday, July 10, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., at the SHS soccer fields. Lady Knight Coach Mike Linehan will direct a skills clinic for girls entering grades 6-8. This camp is designed to help prepare players for middle school soccer. Pre-registration is required by Saturday, May 30. Cost is $150. Contact: Mike Linehan,

BLUE KNIGHTS SUMMER BOYS BASKETBALL CLINIC—Session I (boys entering grades 2-5): Monday, July 6-Friday, July 10. Session II (boys entering grades 6-8): Monday, July 13-Friday, July 17. Camp runs 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Blue Knight coach John Cessario will teach the fundamentals of the game with high school coaches, players, and guest speakers. Cost is $225 per week ($200 for multiple siblings). Contact: John Cessario at


PERFORMANCE FOOTBALL ACADEMY—Saturday, June 20-Sunday, June 21, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., at Recreation Park Fields A and B. Open to boys and girls entering grades 6 to 8. Cost is $175 per player ($150 per session for both sessions if registered by May 1). Contact:

FIELD HOCKEY IN TRAINING (FHIT) CAMP—Tuesday, Aug. 11-Friday, Aug. 15, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., at Panthorn Park. Open to players entering grades 5-12 and aimed at everyone from beginners to advanced players. Cost is $120. Contact: Sue Abacherli, (860) 877-2105.


HOCC AUXILIARY GOLF TOURNAMENT—Tuesday, June 2, shotgun start at 11:30 a.m., at the Tunxis Plantation CC, Farmington. Cost is $275 per player. Tournament proceeds will go toward the Auxiliary’s $1 million pledge for the hospital’s new cancer center that opened in March. Contact: (860) 224-5567.

11TH ANNUAL WINT FILIPEK SR MEMORIAL TENNIS TOURNAMENT—Saturday, June 6-Sunday, June 14 at the Copper Valley Swim & Tennis Club, 1235 Wolf Hill Rd, Cheshire. All proceeds go to the Winton S. Filipek Sr. Scholarship Fund, Inc., which has benefited Southington High School graduates. Cost is $20 for singles ($15 for high school players and juniors) or $30 for doubles tandems and includes a tournament t-shirt, player handbook, a ticket to “Breakfast at the Championships” and tennis balls and water for every match. Prizes are awarded to 1st & 2nd place in all 22 all-level divisions, 5 high school division, and the junior boys/girls round robins. Register on-line at Contact: Wint Filipek Jr, (860) 621-5655 or at

FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH GOLF AND SOCIAL OUTING—Sunday, June 28, 1 p.m., at Hawks Landing CC. This fund raising event will help with many local charitable programs including the Southington Food Pantry, providing needed items for local youth, and sending a child to Vacation Bible School. Cost is $65 for the 9-hole event and a buffet dinner ($25 for just the dinner). Contact: Carol Paradis at

WILLIAM S THOMSON MEMORIAL GOLF SCRAMBLE—Wednesday, July 8, 9:30 a.m. shot gun start, at Southington CC. Cost is $150 per person, and includes lunch, dinner, and prizes. Cost for dinner only is $50 per person. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Southington. For more information and forms, visit

2015 WAYTON OPEN TENNIS TOURNAMENT—Friday, July 10 to Sunday, July 21 at the SHS tennis courts. Proceeds benefit the Wayton Open Scholarship Fund. Cost is $15 for singles and $30 for doubles. Each player receives a tournament t-shirt, player handbook, player schedule, tennis balls, and water for every match. Prizes are awarded to 1st and 2nd place in all divisions (Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, High School Boys, High School Girls, Men’s Doubles, and Women’s Doubles). Register online at until July 5.

SOUTHINGTON ELKS GOLF TOURNAMENT—Friday, Aug. 14, 10 a.m. shotgun start, at Hawks Landing CC. Scramble format. Register by July 31. Cost is $95 per golfer and individuals or foursomes are welcome. Cost includes a 2015 Buick hole-in-one contest, three divisions, golf, cart, lunch, beer and soda, social hour, awards buffet dinner at the Elks Lodge. Sponsorships are available. Contact: Chairman Ken Hill (860) 276-8179, or the Elks Lodge (860) 628-6682.

SOUTHINGTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CUP CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT—Wednesday, Sept. 30, registration at 9 a.m. with a 10:30 a.m. shotgun start, at Southington Country Club. Cost is $750 for a foursome. Join former Red Sox second baseman Marty Barrett, along with former Sox pitchers Luis Tiant, Bill Campbell, Steve Crawford, and Tom Burgmeier, along with Rick Miller, Eric Solderholm, Dave Stapleton, and former Red Sox and New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine. Proceeds benefit the Southington Chamber of Commerce. Contact: (860) 628-8036 or visit


Registration for the following classes and programs, unless otherwise noted, can be made at the Southington Parks & Recreation Department at (860) 276-6219. Checks should be payable to Town of Southington. To learn more check out the activity schedule at

SWIMMING LESSONS (SESSION I)—Registration on Friday June 12 (for Memorial Pool) and Friday, June 19 (for Recreation Pool), 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., in the town hall’s lower level conference room. Open to Southington residents only, ages 5 and up. Child must take swim lessons at the pool for which they have registered. Proof of residency is required (a driver’s license is sufficient). Parents should bring the child’s swim card from last year, if available, and the child’s birth certificate if they are registering for the first time. Specific lesson times will be determined at registration, but all classes will be held between 10 a.m. and noon. Cost is $55 per child ($125 for 3 children or $150 for 4 children per household). More information at

TENNIS LESSONS—Registration is underway for the annual summer instructional program open to Southington residents aged 4-18. Session I: June 22-July 2. Session II: July 6-16. Session III: July 20-30. Session IV: Aug. 3-13, at the SHS tennis courts. Each two-week session runs Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. (ages 4-6); 9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m. (ages 6-7); 11 a.m.-noon (ages 8-9); 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. (ages 10-18) with Fridays open for rain dates if needed. Cost is $65 per session, and a smaller, lightweight racquet will be provided for children aged 4-9. Class size is limited. Pre-registration and payment is required.

TENNIS MATCH PLAY—Session I: June 22-July 2. Session II: July 6-16. Session III: July 20-30. Session IV: Aug. 3-13, at the SHS tennis courts. High school students (grades 9-12) will play from 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Middle school students (grades 6-8) will play from 9:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Open to Southington residents entering grades 6-12 in the fall. These two-week programs are for experienced tennis players to play against each other in an organized setting with guidance from the Park & Rec tennis coaches. Cost is $30 per session. Space is limited. Pre-registration and payment is required.


Payment is due at registration. All trips are non-smoking and non-alcoholic. Insurance is available. Trips depart from the commuter parking lot in Plantsville. Checks should be made payable to Town of Southington. Contact the Parks & Rec Dept at (860) 276-6219.

NASCAR RACING AT DOVER DOWNS—Saturday, May 30-Sunday, May 31. Cost per person is $504 (single), $394 (double), $384 (triple/quad), or $274 (child with 2 adults). Includes transportation, 1 night at the Sheraton Suites in Wilmington, DE, 1 full American breakfast, tickets to the Nationwide Series Race, and tickets to the AAA 400 Race. A tour director will accompany this trip.

YANKEES VS. TIGERS (YANKEE STADIUM)—Saturday, June 20 for Old Timer’s Day at Yankee Stadium through Cost is $145 per person and includes round-trip charter bus transportation, game ticket, and a cookout before the game. All game seats are in Section 234 (left field). The bus will depart from and return to the Southington Lowe’s parking lot, 500 Executive Dr. (Exit 31 off I-84). Payment is due in full within five (5) business days to hold a reservation.

YANKEES VS. RED SOX (FENWAY PARK)—Sunday, July 12 through Cost is $169 per person and includes round-trip charter bus transportation, game ticket, and a cookout before the game. All game seats are in Outfield Section 7 (right field). The bus will depart from and return to the Southington Lowe’s parking lot, 500 Executive Dr. (Exit 31 off I-84). Payment is due in full within five (5) business days to hold a reservation.

BASEBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY—Sunday, July 26. Cost is $94 (adult) and $84 (children 12 and under). Includes transportation, admission to the Baseball Hall of Fame, tickets for the induction ceremony at the Clark Sports Center (1:30 pm), and leisure time. A tour director will accompany this trip.

SARATOGA RACE COURSE—Saturday, Aug. 1. Cost is $82 per person and includes transportation, admission, reserved seating, hot dog, soda, and race program.

BOSTON DUCK TOUR & FENWAY PARK—Saturday, Aug. 22. Cost is $108 per person and includes transportation, a Boston Duck Tour, tour of historic Fenway Park, and leisure time at Quincy Market. A tour director will accompany this trip.


Registration for the following classes and programs, unless otherwise noted, can be made at the Southington Community YMCA Membership Services Desk at (860) 628-5597 or on-line at

OSTEOPOROSIS AND OSTEOPENIA FITNESS CLASSES—Southington Community YMCA is offering classes for people with Osteoporosis or Osteopenia. Classes are for all fitness levels and help improve balance, build strength, and lengthen the spine. Classes follow the Meeks Method, a safe and effective method which emphasizes the reversal of postural change. YMCA trainers work in conjunction with Community Physical Therapy. Early afternoon, evening, and weekend classes are available. For more information, please call Janice Freeman, (860) 628-5597, ext 368.

PRESCHOOL & YOUTH GYMNASTICS—For children ages 16 months and up in a state-of-the-art facility located at 26 Putnam Place, Plantsville. The programs are designed to enhance the child’s strength, flexibility, hand eye coordination, and social and listening skills. The YMCA also offers a competitive gymnastics program where participants compete in YMCA and USAG meets.YMCA instructors encourage and support children and serve as positive role models. Contact: Nancy Bauman, (203) 272-7688.

GYMNASTICS OPEN GYM—Thursdays and Fridays, 9 a.m.-10 a.m., at 26 Putnam Place, Plantsville. Open to toddlers, ages 6 months-2 years. Children are allowed to climb, swing, and jump at the gymnastics center. Contact: Christina Simms, (203) 628-5597, ext. 365 or


CHESHIRE YOUTH RUGBY—Registration through Saturday, May 30. Open to boys and girls in Southington, Cheshire, and Meriden. Four divisions, open to boys and girls from grades 1 to 8. Practices are held on Thursdays and Saturdays for seven weeks starting Saturday, June 14. Contact:

SHS TURF CONTESTS—Athletic events on the Southington High School Turf Field will be subject to ticket sales. All contests starting at 5 p.m. costs $5 (adults) or $3 (students and seniors). Football contests cost $7 (adults) or $5 (students and seniors). Contact: SHS Athletic Office, (860) 628-3229, ext. 425 daily from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. or by email at

SHS INDIVIDUAL, FAMILY & SENIOR GOLD CARD PASSES—Available at the SHS Athletic office, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Family passes for regular season contests cost $110 and includes immediate family members for boys/girls volleyball, football with the exception of the Thanksgiving game, boys/girls basketball, wrestling, and night baseball. Individual passes cost $45 ($30 for students). Senior gold cards are free for Southington residents ages 62 and over and are good for all regular season home games. Those who already have gold cards do not need new ones. Contact: SHS Athletic Office, (860) 628-3229 x 425.

THE SPEEDWAY LINE REPORT WITH GARY DANKO—Mondays, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., April-November, on WATR 1320 or on-line at The call-in radio show focuses on the world of auto racing with in-studio guests. Southington’s Gary Danko leads the discussion and provides results from local tracks and periodic vintage historical shows. Call-ins: (203) 757-1320.

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