Sports Listings for the July 31 edition

Sports Calendar


All races are sponsored by the Southington Community YMCA. Forms are available for pre-registration (by Oct. 3 at noon) at the YMCA membership desk. All race info and on-line registration info can be found at Register by Sept. 23 to receive a free t-shirt. Plenty of refreshments for athletes with music on the course. Race day registration from 7 a.m.-8 a.m. Pre-race packages will be available on Friday, Oct. 2 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 3 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the YMCA. Contact: John Myers for specific questions, (860) 621-8737.

5 MILE ROAD RACE—Sunday, Oct. 4, 8:30 a.m., beginning on Columbus Blvd. Race divisions: 10 to 15; 16 to 19; 20 to 29; 30 to 39; 40 to 49; 50 to 59; 60 to 69; 70 to 79; 80 & over. Awards will be presented for the first Southington male and femal (Dave Gworek Memorial Award) and the first SHS soccer player (Chris Sanchez Memorial Award). Cost is $22 ($27 on race day).

5K ROAD RACE—Sunday, Oct. 4, 8:45 a.m., beginning on Columbus Blvd. Race divisions: 8 to 10; 11 to 13; 14 to 16; 17 to 19; 20 to 29; 30 to 39; 40 to 49; 50 to 59; 60 to 69; 70 to 79; 80 & over. Cost is $22 ($27 on race day).

2 MILE WALK—Sunday, Oct. 4, 8:30 a.m., on the Southington rail trail. Walk starts in front of the YMCA. Cost is $10 ($15 on race day).

THE Y CUP—Sunday, Oct. 5, 8:45 a.m., beginning on Columbus Blvd. Three-member relay teams for the 5K race is open to boys and girls in grades 4 and 5. Registration will be available at Southington elementary schools in September.

LITTLE FRITTER FUN RUNS—Sunday, Oct. 5, immediately following the road race, at the Town Green. Variety of kids (2 to 7 years old) races run around the town green. Cost is $10 ($15 on race day).

MUSIC/VOLUNTEERS ON THE COURSE—Interested in providing music on the course for the athletes? Interested in volunteering in another way? Contact John Myers at the YMCA for details. Volunteers receive a free t-shirt.


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.


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.


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

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

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.

MEET THE CAST OF TRUTV’S ‘THE HUSTLERS’—Saturday, Aug. 8, 7 p.m.-9 p.m, at Shooters Billiards, 50 Queen St. You have seen them on TV now meet them in person. Shooters will be hosting a meet and greet with the cast of truTV’s “The Hustlers,” including William Finigan, Mike Dechaine, Gary O’Callaghan, Scotty Simonetti, and Jennifer Barretta, along with the president of the APA, Renee Lyle.

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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