Sports Listings for the Sept. 11 edition

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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.


LADY KNIGHT SOCCER CAR WASH—Sunday, Sept. 13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Southington Auto Wash, 245 Queen St. Proceeds benefit the SHS Lady Knights soccer booster club. Contact: Anita Shafran at (860) 518-5835 or at or Mary Palinkos at (860) 302-1505 or at

“A TREAT A DAY” OCTOBER GIVE-AWAY—Through October. Proceeds benefit the SHS Lady Knights soccer booster club. Each day in the month of October, the booster club will award a prize with values from $25 to $200. A drawing will be held every day for the prize listed on that day. Each entry has 31 chances to win. Cost is $10 for a full calendar of chances. Contact: Anita Shafran at (860) 518-5835 or at or Mary Palinkos at (860) 302-1505 or at

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.


KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS ANNUAL SOCCER CHALLENGE—Sunday, Sept. 13, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. registration, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. competition, at Recreation Park soccer fields. Free event, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Open to Southington boys and girls born between Sept. 1, 2001 and Aug. 31, 2006. Each participant is given 15 shots with scoring based on position and distance. Divisions based on gender and age. Highest scorer from each division will advance to district competition. In the event of a tie, a tie breaking competition will be held (Time/date TBD). Rain date is Sunday, Sept. 27.

39TH ANNUAL KIELBASA OPEN—Sunday, Sept 13, 8 a.m. shotgun start, at Southington Country Club in Southington. Sponsored by the Southington Polish Falcons. Cost is $140 per player and includes lunch, beer, soda, bottled water, and a full course steak dinner at the Falcons Club after play (approximately 1:30 p.m.). Payment should be made by Sept. 1. Contact: Don Kopcza, (860) 961-3373 or Jeff Jalowiecki, (860) 302-2792.

HAWKS LANDING GOLF RALLY FOR THE CURE—Wednesday, Sept. 16, 8:30 a.m. shotgun start, at Hawks Landing CC. The 15th annual tournament, held in memory of Gail DePaolo-Butkus, is organized by the Hawks Landing Ladies Golf League. All proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure CT Affiliate for breast cancer research, screening, and treatment. Cost is $75, and includes lunch and a subscription to a leading magazine for women. Cost is $30 for luncheon only. Sponsorships ($25-$500) are still available. Contact: Janice Sanderford, (860)-583-3984, Grace Terry, (860) 628-5761 or the Hawks landing Pro Shop at (860) 793-6000.

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

RECREATION PARK END OF SEASON POOL HOURS—Open through Sunday, Sept. 13. Hours of operation are 3:30 p.m.-7 p.m. on Sept. 11; and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Sept. 12-13. More information at

ADULT BEGINNER’S YOGA CLASSES—Tuesdays, Sept. 29-Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m., at the Strong Elementary School gym, 820 Marion Ave., Plantsville. Cost is $50. Class size is limited. Pre-registration and payment is required.

NIA TECHNIQUE FITNESS CLASSES—Thursdays, Oct. 1-Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., in the community room at Strong Elementary School, 820 Marion Ave., Plantsville. Cost is $70. Nia classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music using movements from the martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. Pre-registration and payment is required.

ZUMBA CLASSES FOR ADULTS—Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 5-Dec. 21, 6 p.m.-7 p.m. (Session I) or 7:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m. (Session II), in the Plantsville Elementary School gym, 70 Church St. Cost is $70. Pre-registration and payment is required.

ZUMBA KIDS CLASSES—Mondays, Oct. 19-Nov. 30, 5 p.m.-5:45 p.m., at the Bliss Dance & Wellness Center, 991 South Main St., Plantsville. Designed exclusively for kids, these classes are high-energy fitness parties with specially choreographed kid-friendly routines. No experience needed. Cost is $35. Pre-registration and payment is required.


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) 620-9460.

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, 9 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 or at

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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