Sports listings for the May 26 edition

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The following camps are not run, sponsored, or endorsed by the Southington Public Schools or the Southington Board of Education. Brochures are available at


LADY KNIGHTS GIRLS MIDDLE SCHOOL SOCCER CAMP—June 19-23, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., at Southington High School. Camp directed by Lady Knight soccer coach Mike Linehan and Southington Soccer Club president Walt Swanson. Open to Southington girls in grades 6-8 at DePaolo or Kennedy middle schools or Southington Catholic School. Cost is $150. Registration open until June 16. More info at or


BLUE KNIGHT FUTURE VOLLEYBALL STARS INDIVIDUAL SKILLS CAMP—June 26-30, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., in the SHS gym. Open to girls entering grades 4-9. Lady Knight coach Rich Heitz will direct a camp that’s focused on improving skills with individual attention in small groups based on age and ability. Cost is $159. Register online at Contact: Rich Heitz, (860) 665-2746 or (860) 621-8895.


BLUE KNIGHTS SUMMER BASKETBALL CLINIC—June 26-30 (Session I) or Aug. 7-11 (Session II), 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., in the SHS gym. Open to boys entering grades 2-8. 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


BLUE KNIGHTS GIRLS BASKETBALL CLINIC—July 10-14, 8:30 a.m.-noon, in the Southington High School gym. Open to all girls entering grades 4-9 this fall. SHS coach Mike Forgione and his varsity players will on skill development with individual and group drills and games based on age and ability. Cost is $155. Register by Friday, June 30. Contact: Mike Forgione at or (860)919-4991.



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.



BEN WAS HERE 5K AND KIDS FUN RUN—Sunday, June 4, 9 a.m. (5K race) or 10 a.m. (kids fun run), at the lower Woodtick Recreation Area in Wolcott. Cost is $25 ($15 for 12 and under; $40 family entry). Kids run is free. Proceeds benefit Ben Was Here foundation. Register at Contact:



WAYTON OPEN TENNIS TOURNAMENT—July 7-July 16 at the Southington High School tennis courts. All proceeds benefit Thank Dog Rescue. Cost is $20 for singles and $30 for doubles. Divisions: men’s A or B singles, men’s over 45, men’s A or B doubles, women’s singles, women’s doubles, mixed A or B doubles, high school boys or girls singles.

Each player receives a t-shirt, wristband, tennis balls, and water for every match. Register by July 3 at


WINT FILIPEK SR. MEMORIAL TENNIS TOURNAMENT—June 3-June 11 at Copper Valley Swim & Tennis Club, 1235 Wolf Hill Rd., Cheshire. Proceeds benefit the Winton S. Filipek Sr. Scholarship Fund. Cost is $20 (singles), $30 (doubles), or $15 (high school divisions). A free kids and high school clinic and fun day available by registration. Register at Questions, contact Wint Filipek Jr. at (860) 621-5655 or


STEVE MCCARTY MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT—Monday, June 12, beginning at 9 a.m., at Hawk’s Landing CC, 201 Pattonwood Dr. Cost is $150 per golfer ($600 per foursome) and includes luncheon. Proceeds benefit Southington Care Center. Contact: Erika Stinson, (860) 378-1283.


SOUTHINGTON ELKS LODGE GOLF TOURNAMENT—Friday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m. start, at Hawk’s Landing CC. Registration deadline is July 31. Cost is $100 per golfer and includes coffee and donuts, lunch, beer on the course, social hour, and awards buffet dinner at Elks Lodge. Cost is $20 for dinner only. Sponsorships are available. Contact: Ken Hill, (860) 276-8179.


WOUNDED VETERANS GOLF TOURNAMENT—Thursday, Sept. 14, 9 a.m. registration and breakfast, 10 a.m. shotgun start, at Southington Country Club, 150 Savage St. Cost is $155 per golfer and includes dinner and 2 hour open bar ($50 for dinner and bar). Sponsored by Crystal Restoration Services of New England. Contact: Kim DeMarco, (203) 410-1617.


ST JUDE CHILDREN HOSPITAL GOLF TOURNEY—Saturday, Sept. 30, 12:30 p.m. shotgun start at Hunter Golf Club, Meriden. Cost is $105 per player, includes hot dogs/ burgers before tee off and buffet dinner. Profits benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital. $100 hole sponsorships available. Contact: Pete Montoya, (860) 634-4258 or



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


BEN’S FUN RUN (FREE)—Saturday, May 27, 8 a.m. sign-in, at YMCA Camp Sloper. One-mile race to commemorate the life of Benjamin Buckley. Open to boys and girls in grades 3-6 (YMCA members and non-members welcome). Donations accepted for trail improvements at YMCA Camp Sloper. Register at Race schedule is: boys grades 5-6 (8:30 a.m.) or grades 3-4 (9 a.m.); girls grades 5-6 (8:45 a.m.) or grades 3-4 (9:15 a.m.). To volunteer with the race, contact Kristen Curley at: More info, contact race director Bob Lasbury at


OSTEOPOROSIS AND OSTEOPENIA FITNESS CLASSES—Southington Community YMCA is offering classes for people with Osteoporosis or Osteopenia. Classes are for all fitness levels to 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. Contact: Jolene Miceli, (860) 426-9589 or



OPEN TRYOUTS FOR AMERICAN LEGION POST 72 BASEBALL TEAM—One day try-outs on the Southington High School baseball field are tentatively scheduled for the day after the Southington High School baseball season/postseason concludes. If it’s a weekday, tryouts will be at 6 p.m. If a weekend, tryouts will be at 1 p.m. The rain date would be the following day. For more info or questions, contact Bob Kalvinek, (860) 621-9616.


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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