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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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Bound for the tournament; American Legion baseball rallies for 6 wins in 7 games

July 18, 2014
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Bound for the tournament; American Legion baseball rallies for 6 wins in 7 games

by John Goralski Sports Writer With a five-run rally in the third inning, Post 72 took the lead for good. With a five-run rally in the fifth inning, Wolcott signaled that they had enough. One week after falling to .500 with a double-header split at Terryville, a laid-back Southington team quietly celebrated their return to…

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Knights shine at 2014 Wayton Open

July 18, 2014
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Knights shine at 2014 Wayton Open

By John Goralski Sports Writer A small group of players huddled at the fence as a pair of former Blue Knight tennis captains scrambled across the high school courts in a heated battle in the top men’s division. Nate Mullins outlasted his first round opponent to reach the battle of Blue Knights. Mark Habek overwhelmed…

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Mandatory concussion education is set

July 18, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer School officials are making concussion education and awareness mandatory for student athletes and parents this fall. Eric Swallow, director of athletics for Southington schools, briefed the school board at a recent Board of Education meeting. The focus on concussions comes from an upcoming state mandate. “The State legislature has mandated…

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Local residents to take part in bike charity

July 14, 2014
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Local residents to take part in bike charity

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Two Southington residents will join 5,8000 cyclists in the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC), a 190 mile bike ride that raises money for the Jimmy Fund to support adult and pediatric cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. The 35th annual bike-a-thon on August 2 and 3 has a goal…

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Winning isn’t everything; The 1976 baseball team still ranks as the best that didn’t win

July 12, 2014
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Winning isn’t everything; The 1976 baseball team still ranks as the best that didn’t win

When Joe Fontana addressed his nephew’s team at the postseason banquet, even he was at a loss for words. The former athletic director had been the coach for both of Southington’s previous undefeated baseball teams. If anybody knew what it takes to win a title, it was the former baseball and football legend. So what…

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Launching a sports dynasty; 1986 SHS girls basketball team set the standard for teamwork

July 11, 2014
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Launching a sports dynasty; 1986 SHS girls basketball team set the standard for teamwork

By John Goralski Sports Writer Some might say that the Lady Knights were so angry about losing to Shelton in the 1985 state finals that they chased them across the northeast just to get a rematch. Still smarting from the overtime loss that ended the 85 winter season, the Southington girls jumped on a bus,…

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Legion has no room for error

July 11, 2014
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Legion has no room for error

By John Goralski Sports Writer As Avon’s players spilled onto the field, Marc Verderame gathered his team in a circle to lay down the gauntlet. Southington had lost four games in a row since dealing Avon their first loss of the season, but Verderame wasn’t about to give up on the summer season. The math…

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