Sports Listings for the July 10 edition

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 & Recreation 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 KNIGHTS SUMMER BOYS BASKETBALL CLINIC—Session I (boys entering grades 2-5): 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


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.

HAWKS LANDING JUNIOR GOLF ACADEMY—Monday, July 13-Thursday, July 16 (Session I), or Monday, July 27-Thursday, July 30 (Session II), or Monday, Aug. 3-Thursday, Aug. 13 (Session III), 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Hawks Landing CC. Cost is $225 per session, and daily lunch is included. Children will rotate through stations for putting, chipping, pitching, and full swinging and will receive a swing lesson from CT PGA Teacher of the Year, John Vitale. Contact:


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.

MEMORIAL GOLF OUTING—Saturday, Sept. 26, 12 p.m.-12:45 p.m. registration with a 1 p.m. shotgun start, at North Ridge Golf Club, Southington. Cost is $100 per person, and includes hot dogs/burgers at the turn, a buffet dinner, awards, and door prizes. Proceeds benefit St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital. For more information, visit Contact: Pete Montana, (860) 757-3118 or (860) 634-4258 or at

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

SOUTHINGTON POOL HOURS—The Southington Town Pools at Memorial Park and Recreation Park are open for the season. Pools will be open from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and noon to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. Hours are subject to change based on weather conditions. Town Pools are open to Southington residents only; however, each resident may bring one non-resident guest. Proper ID and proof of residency is required to gain entry to the pools. Admission is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. More information at

SLAMMA JAMMA MULTI-SPORT CAMP—Monday, July 13-Friday, July 17 (Session II), 8:45 a.m.-noon, at Recreation Park. Open to boys and girls aged 4-9. Directed by Matt Craig, basketball coach at Wolcott High School. Cost is $130. Contact: Bob Ruderman, (203) 996-7852 or

TENNIS LESSONS—Registration is underway for the annual summer instructional program open to Southington residents aged 4-18. 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 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.

TENNIS LESSONS FOR ADULTS—Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 21-Aug. 6, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., at the Panthorn Park tennis courts. Cost is $65 per person, and class size is limited to 15 participants on a first come, first served basis. Participants must bring their own racquet and water bottle.

SLAMMA JAMMA BASKEBALL CAMP—Monday, July 27-Friday, July 31, 8:45 a.m.-noon, at Recreation Park. Open to boys and girls aged 7-12. Cost is $130 with group and family rates available. Directed by Matt Craig (Wolcott High School) and Marc DiDominzio of (Plainville High School). Contact: Bob Ruderman, (203) 996-7852 or at


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.

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

FREE LIVESTRONG AT THE YMCA FITNESS FOR CANCER SURVIVORS—Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 28-Dec. 16, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. The Southington Community YMCA is offering a free Livestrong at the YMCA Program, a 12-week, small group fitness program designed for adult cancer survivors 18 and over under the guidance of specially trained health and wellness staff. Participants do not need to be a current member of the YMCA or need to be a Southington resident. The class format consists of cardio, strength and flexibility segments and is tailored to fit each individual’s needs. Each participant is given a free 12 full YMCA membership and may use any of the Southington Community YMCA facilities during their hours of operation. Space is limited. Contact: Linda Prus, (860) 426-9531.

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


SOUTHINGTON SPORTS HALL OF FAME INDUCTION DINNER—Wednesday, Nov. 11, 6 p.m., at the Aqua Turf, Plantsville. The Southington Sports Hall of Fame will induct 9 athletes, one coach, one booster, one member of the press, and two teams as the Class of 2015. Athletes include Matt Crispino, Russ Laribee, Doreen Lumbra, Ed Fernandes, Jack Barry, Dave Walstrom, Chris Walsh, Nicole DeFau, and Pete Mongillo. Columnist and former sports writer Art Secondo, Former St. Thomas and SHS coach Kathy Conway, and Blue Knight supporter Gerry Massarelli will be inducted, along with the 1984 SHS boys cross country team and the 2002 SHS girls soccer team. Cost is $50. Contact: Jim Verderame, (860) 621-1841 or 7335 or Val DePaolo at (860) 620-9640.

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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