Sports listings for the Sept. 9 edition

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All races are sponsored by the Southington Community YMCA. Forms are available for pre-registration (by Oct. 1 at noon) at the YMCA membership desk. All race info and on-line registration info can be found at Register by Sept. 19 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, Sept. 30 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 1 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the YMCA. Contact: John Myers for specific questions, (860) 621-8737.

**Proceeds from the race benefit the YMCA’s annual campaign.

5 MILE ROAD RACE—Sunday, Oct. 2, 8:30 a.m., beginning on Columbus Blvd. Race divisions: 10-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+, and Military. Awards will be presented for the first Southington male and female (Dave Gworek Memorial Award) and the first SHS soccer player (Chris Sanchez Memorial Award). Cost is $22 ($27 on race day). Discounted price for active military members is $17.

5K ROAD RACE—Sunday, Oct. 2, 8:45 a.m., beginning on Columbus Blvd. Race divisions: 8-10, 11-13, 14-16, 17-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+, and Military. Cost is $22 ($27 on race day). Discounted price for active military members is $17.

2 MILE WALK—Sunday, Oct. 2, 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. 2, 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. 2 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.


GAIL DEPAOLO-BUTKUS GOLF TOURNAMENT—Wednesday, Sept. 14, 8:30 a.m., at Hawk’s Landing CC. The 9-hole tournament is dedicated to the memory of Gail DePaolo-Butkus, a longtime member of the Hawk’s Landing CC golf league. Cost is $75 for golfers ($30 for lunch only). Sponsorships still available at $25, $50, $100, or $500. Register by Sept. 2.

ST JUDE HOSPITAL GOLF TOURNAMENT—Saturday, Oct. 1, 12:30 p.m. shotgun start at Hunter Golf Club. Cost is $100 per player. Hole sponsorships available for $75. Profits go to St. Jude Children’s research Hospital. Contact: Pete Montana, (860) 276-9018.


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 info, please call Janice Freeman, (860) 628-5597, ext 368.


SOCCER COACH WANTED—Southington Catholic School is looking for a volunteer to coach the middle school soccer team. This coed team is available after 2:15 p.m. to prepare for the season. For more information, contact Southington Catholic School at (860) 628-2485.

SOUTHINGTON SPORTS HALL OF FAME INDUCTION DINNER—Wednesday, Nov. 9, 6 p.m., at the Aqua Turf, Plantsville. The Southington Sports Hall of Fame will induct 6 athletes, one coach, one booster, and two teams as the Class of 2016. Athletes include Andy Liseo, Kim Lynch, Lisa Matukaitis, Ted Wallace, Jessica Gianatti, and Jimmie Savage. Former SHS coach Pete Sepko, and Southington booster Doug Topshe will be inducted, along with the 1986 SHS softball team and the 1994 SHS baseball team. Cost is $50. Contact: Jim Verderame, (860) 628-7335 or Val DePaolo at (860) 620-9640, ext. 104.

SHS FALL ATHLETES (MANDATORY YELLOW CARDS)—Mondays-Fridays, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., in the Southington High School nurse office. Nurse is accepting sports physicals. Yellow card sports packets are available in the nurse’s office and in the athletic office. Packets must be filled out completely and returned to the nurse who will then hand out a yellow card with a copy of the parent permission and concussion signature page in order to try out for sports.

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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