Sports Listings for the Oct. 9 edition

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NAMING OF THE SHS TURF WALKWAY IN HONOR OF DOM D’ANGELO—Wednesday, Oct. 30, 5 p.m., at the entrance to the SHS sports complex. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held to honor the renaming of the walkway for the late Dom D’Angelo, a combat medic in World War II, serving with the 8th Armored Division under General George Patton. He was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor when he rescued wounded soldiers trapped by deadly artillery fire. He was later part of the force that liberated the German death camp at Dachau. He served as the Director of the Southington YMCA and was an educator, coach, mentor and athletic director at Southington High School.


“SOUTHINGTON UNITED” BOYS SOCCER GAME. Friday, Oct. 16, 6 p.m., at the Southington High School turf field. The Blue Knights will take on Hall High School in a CIAC boys soccer game between two ranked teams. Tickets cost $5, and proceeds will benefit the United Way of Southington.

“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.


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

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.

SUPER SPORTS SPECTACULAR—Mondays, Oct. 26 to Nov. 16, 6 p.m.-7 p.m. (grades 1-2) or 7 p.m.-8 p.m. (grades 3-5), at Kelley Elementary School, 501 Ridgewood Rd. A new program for Southington boys and girls that is aimed at introducing multiple sports to children in a fun, safe, and active environment. Cost is $35 and 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

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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