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Sometimes nice guys finish first; Ron Wyckoff selected to the NE Auto Racing Hall of Fame

August 22, 2014
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Sometimes nice guys finish first; Ron Wyckoff selected to the NE Auto Racing Hall of Fame

By John Goralski Sports Writer Nobody expected much out of Ronnie Wyckoff when he slipped into the lineup at the Riverside Park Triple Crown Finale in August of 1980. After all, the Southington driver was supposed to be retired. How could he expect to keep pace with such a storied group of drivers in their…

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August 15, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Denise Archacki-Ingriselli’s reprieve ran out when former Lady Knight softball coach Joe Piazza signaled to his smiling outfielder halfway through her rookie season. Southington’s starting shortstop was being helped from the varsity field by her teammates with a season-ending injury, and Southington’s hopes for their first championship banner seemed to…

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The running man; Bill Schrlau endures a 24-hour test to complete an ultra marathon

August 8, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Bill Schrlau snapped awake at the sound of approaching footsteps, and he stumbled forward in a daze like a sleepwalker jerked into consciousness. Almost every distance runner can relate to the frequent stabs of pain that come with every step on swollen knees and ankles. Marathon runners can certainly understand…

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Wrestling the nation’s top talent; Murillo finishes 2nd in the nation; Bylykbashi just misses all-American

August 8, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Zac Murillo attacked his opponent’s leg in the national freestyle semifinals like a hungry crocodile attacking his prey. Murrillo latched onto his foe and began to spin him across the mat in a dizzying death roll. His all-American opponent was helpless against Murillo’s grip, and officials counted out the score…

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King of the numbers game; Stephen Daniels is the man behind Southington’s statistics

August 8, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer The argument had been dragging on for almost an hour in the high school football room before former Blue Knight coach Jude Kelly had to jump into the middle of the fray. Two assistant coaches were burning off stress with a friendly debate about former players, and it had grown…

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Hometown racing: Hearthstone Pub & Grill announces a partnership with Tony Membrino

August 1, 2014
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By JOHN GORALSKI SPORTS WRITER Tony Membrino and Dean Michanczyk banter across the table at Hearthstone Pub like a couple of old friends. Michanczyk’s eyes widen as Membrino talks about an upcoming race at Stafford Motor Speedway which will test his limits and push his endurance on the short track. Membrino smiles in appreciation as…

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Just a taste of things to come

August 1, 2014
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By JOHN GORALSKI SPORTS WRITER After seven innings Marc Verderame trudged to the mound to take the baseball out of Kyle Cole’s hands. How much more could he expect from his starting pitcher? At the start of the week Cole battled through eight innings to help the local Legionnaires advance to the finals of the…

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Don’t give up…Don’t ever give up; John Salerno was cut from his SHS team, but that was just the beginning

July 26, 2014
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Don’t give up…Don’t ever give up; John Salerno was cut from his SHS team, but that was just the beginning

By John Goralski Sports Writer John Salerno greeted opponents at Mattatuck Community College with a devilish grin and the charm of a back-alley magician. Opponents would swarm into their gym sporting brand new Nike shoes and crisp, colorful uniforms, while Salerno’s squad practiced in the same shoes they wore to class. Teams must have laughed…

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Sister-sister; Fitzgerald sisters reach Wayton Open finals; Henne wins 3 titles

July 25, 2014
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Sister-sister; Fitzgerald sisters reach Wayton Open finals; Henne wins 3 titles

By John Goralski Sports Writer Megan Fitzgerald skipped a forehand into the corner and she walked to the net in a muted celebration. Fitzgerald’s final point had clinched the championship at the Wayton Open, but there was no awkward handshake or wild cheering. Fitzgerald just met her opponent at the net and the two melted…

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Good timing; Post 72 heats up just in time for the tournament

July 23, 2014
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Good timing; Post 72 heats up just in time for the tournament

By John Goralski Sports Writer Mike Rogalski didn’t slow as he scooped up the ball in right field and fired a perfect strike across the infield. The South Windsor runner tried to miss the tag, but a diving Zac Susi pushed him off the plate to end the fifth inning threat and protect the scoreless…

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