Commentary: The best introduction to Southington sports

Kevin Roberts,
KRoberts@SouthingtonObserver.com
Phone: (860) 605-7233

My first day as a full-time sportswriter for The Southington Observer was July 2, and my short time in the Southington sports community has been very rewarding.

I did spend some time in Southington while working for another newspaper company, but July 2 was my first day focusing on nothing but coverage of the sports in this town. I am loving every minute of my time in Southington.

When describing Southington sports to an outsider, I believe passion is the best word to use. Southington residents are passionate about their teams, whether they play on a Little League field at Recreation Park, a softball diamond at Panthorn Park, or on the football field at Southington High School.

That passion was on full display on the night of Nov. 7 at the annual Southington Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville.

I was introduced to a bunch of Southington sports history while writing profiles of the Hall of Fame inductees, but it came to life for me at the dinner. Inductees beamed with pride as they were escorted up to the stage. The smiles continued while emcee Mike Prairie, Sr., read off their many accomplishments. When Prairie announced each inductee as a member of the Southington Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2018, the inductee had a medal placed around his neck. Then each inductee was showered with applause.

I was able to talk to a bunch of the inductees following the dinner, and they all had kind words for me about the stories I wrote. I appreciate all of the thank yous that I received, but I couldn’t have done it without your input. Your passion for the sports you played or coached came out in your comments in our interviews together, and my job was to share them in the best way I could.

I love the passion on display in Southington sports, and I can’t wait to see where the future takes me on this ride.

To comment on this story or to contact staff writer Kevin Roberts, email him at KRoberts@SouthingtonObserver.com.

Southington Sports Hall of Fame inducts nine new members

Hall of Fame – Southington Lightning: Heather Brousseau-Poutouves still ranks as one of Hofstra’s fastest baserunners

Hall of Fame – Mach 2: Kristine Mach came second in her family but first on the team

Hall of Fame – Having a ball; scoring at will: Lauren Lattanzio-Romanelli left it all on the soccer field

Hall of Fame – The air up there: Stacey Blumer-Evans launched herself all the way to the Olympics

Hall of Fame – Nobody can cage this Tiger: Mark LaRosa clawed his way to a College World Series victory and a professional career

Hall of Fame – Mr. Reliability: Kevin Meier was known for bringing his A-game

Hall of Fame – Leading the revolution: Hank Papale was the first general of the air raid attack

Hall of Fame – The joker’s wild: At every level, John Bores put the ‘fun’ in fundamentals

Hall of Fame – From top to bottom: The 1999 SHS baseball lineup was Fontana’s greatest ‘team’

Hall of Fame: It’s how you finish that counts: The 1999 SHS softball team overcame adversity to win a title

Southington’s hall of fame showcases athletic diversity

 

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