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A quarter century of wireless

April 17, 2015
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Rick Barrows has been helping local residents with their cell phone needs for 25 years.

By LINDSAY CAREYSTAFF WRITER Rick Barrows opened “The Car Phone Store,” a cell phone franchise, in Southington in March of 1989. Today, the business known as the “Wireless Zone” is still going strong. Barrows said at the beginning of this journey, he had a business partner and the two were looking to invest in a…

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Spikers win 2 out of 3: Blue Knights open season with challenging trio

April 17, 2015
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Ian Powell scores a block during Southington’s 3-0 win over Maloney on April 8.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Although they lost a much-anticipated match to Staples Wreckers (2-0) on Saturday, April 11, they didn’t get wrecked and had three strong showings for their first three matches of the season. After finishing last season with a second-place finish in the CCC South for the second-straight year and a fourth runner-up…

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Offense struggles in the opener: Girls lacrosse opens the season with tough competition

April 17, 2015
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Jess Lee leads a Southington attack. Lee scored a goal and an assist during a 16-6 loss to Hand in the season opener.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER It wasn’t the easiest draw. The Lady Knights (0-2) entered the 2015 season with a home game against a non-conference team that had a successful year last season. The Knights started with the Daniel Hand Tigers (2-0) on Wednesday evening, April 8. The Tigers were coming off of a 2014 season…

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Knights open the season with an OT thriller

April 17, 2015
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Jacob Testa (No. 8) works the ball toward the goal during an overtime victory against Cheshire in the season opener.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Southington Blue Knights boys lacrosse team kicked off their season with a home opener that resulted in a 7-6 overtime win over the Cheshire Rams (1-2) in the freezing rain on Wednesday night, April 8. But, for most of the game, it didn’t look like the Knights stood a chance.…

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Sports Calendar for April 17

April 17, 2015
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FUNDRAISERS SHS RUGBY TEAM CAR WASH—Sunday, April 26, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Southington Auto Wash on Queen Street. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the SHS club. 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…

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Golf has their eyes on the prize: Veteran duffers could contend for first state title since 1987

April 16, 2015
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Junior Andrew Szandrocha lines up a putt at last year’s Division I golf championship. Szandrocha has led the Knights over the past two postseasons.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Spring is finally here, so it’s time to dust off the clubs and spikes. It’s time to start thinking about playing it safe or going for it all. It’s time to forget all the bad shots and mental habits, and focus on the flashes of brilliance from a season ago. It’s…

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Blue Knight basketball donates to the arts

April 12, 2015
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From left, SHS senior Mike Taylor, Mary DeCroce, chairwoman of Southington Community Cultural Arts, and Coach John Cessario.

The Blue Knight basketball team donated proceeds from its winter basketball camp to Southington Community Cultural Arts, the organization that is transforming the historic Gura Building into a visual and performing arts center. SHS coach John Cessario and members of the varsity basketball team ran the “Can’t Get Enough Hoops” winter basketball camp in December.…

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Ready to make a run: Girls Track returns good numbers from last spring

April 10, 2015
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SP Natalie Liquindoli C12

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Critics might look at last spring as a rough season for the Lady Knights. They might point to a last-place finish at the conference championship meet or an absence from the state open championships. Yet, the Lady Knights still managed to qualify 14 athletes for the state meet, which is only…

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Boys are off and running: Track reloads after losing 21 senior veterans

April 10, 2015
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SP Matt Steeves C12

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER In her second season with the Blue Knight boys track team, Colleen Roarty is excited to get back to work. The Knights are coming off one of their more successful postseasons in recent years, and the Knights are ready to make another run. Southington finished the regular season with a 4-3…

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Getting ready for some serious baseball with the Bristol Blues

April 10, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER It might have been a cold April Fools’ Day, but it was no joke that the Bristol Blues baseball organization couldn’t wait to get its inaugural season underway as they warmly greeted the press. Bristol Blues Manager Barry Lyons, Bristol Mayor Ken Cockayne, Commissioner of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League…

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