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Sports Listings for the July 31 edition

July 29, 2015
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APPLE HARVEST ROAD RACES All races are sponsored by the Southington Community YMCA. Forms are available for pre-registration (by Oct. 3 at noon) at the YMCA membership desk. All race info and on-line registration info can be found at sccymca.org/apple. Register by Sept. 23 to receive a free t-shirt. Plenty of refreshments for athletes with…

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Blues continue to sit at FCBL summit

July 28, 2015
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Blues continue to sit at FCBL summit

By MICHAEL LETENDRE STAFF WRITER Here’s a quick look at the week that was for the first place Bristol Blues, still in first place of the West Division of the FCBL: Sunday, July 19 – Silver Knights 8, Bristol Blues 6 (from Holman Stadium) Nashua (19-18) got past the Bristol Blues (23-16) by a 8-6…

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Bristol Blues box scores for July 31

July 28, 2015
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East All-Stars 4, West All-Stars 3 Tuesday, July 21, 2015 Fraser Field, Lynn, MA WEST                        ab             r               h              bi Strom, CF                  2              0              0              0 Stanford, DH/PH         2              0              0              0 Kristoffersen, SS        2              1              1              0 Dauby, PH/SS            2              0              0              0 Rohan, 1B                  1              0              0              0 Chauvin, 1B               2              0              0              0…

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Lightning storm to their 5th title

July 25, 2015
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With a 5-0 win in the championship game, the 12u Southington Lightning 02s took home their fifth championship trophy of the season at the the Lightning Strikes 12u Pony National Qualifier at Panthorn Park. Front, from left, Kelsey Fernandez and Brianna Pearson. Middle, Lizzy Diorio, Jenna Hall, Alex Rogers, and Nikki Greco. Back, Katie Gundersen,…

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Staggered start; Bill Rodgers returns to the 2015 Apple Harvest Road Race

July 24, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The 36th annual Southington Apple Harvest Festival Road Race is set to kick off on Sunday, Oct. 4, but there are some changes to this year’s event. In previous years, the 5-mile road race and the 5K road race started at the same time. This year, however, the races will stagger…

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Going out with a laugh: Legion wraps up the season with a good time

July 24, 2015
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Coach Marc Verderame jogs home for Southington score during an off-beat finale against Unionville on July 17.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER A couple losses, a couple rainouts, and a couple laughs brought Southington’s (7-15) American Legion season to a close this past week. Post 72 was scheduled to end their season with a doubleheader against Unionville (7-17) on Friday, July 17. However, both teams agreed to do things a little differently, playing…

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8th annual GE 5K draws crowd in support of Petit family

July 24, 2015
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Dr. William Petit high-fives a runner during the 8th annual GE 5K Road Race, held in honor of the Petit Family Foundation in Plainville on July 19.

By TAYLOR HARTZ STAFF WRITER More than 1,000 runners lined Woodford Avenue in Plainville early Sunday morning, for the eighth annual GE 5K Road Race, benefiting the Petit Family Foundation. The annual race honors the memories of Jennifer, Hayley and Michaela Petit, whose lives were lost in a Cheshire home invasion in 2007. The foundation has…

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Blues still clinging to top spot: Locals struggle for 2 wins last week

July 23, 2015
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Ryan Rinsky beats the play at second base during a Bristol Blues game at Muzzy Field last week.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER With a count of 0-1 with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning, the Bravehearts’ pitcher threw the second pitch, and Austin Chauvin moved off the plate to avoid getting hit by the ball. The catcher couldn’t put his glove on it. The ball rolled…

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Hall of Fame: Uncharted Water: Matt Crispino is still making waves in his sport

July 23, 2015
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Matt Crispino explodes out of the gate during a varsity race in his senior season.

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR Matt Crispino slipped into the pool like a Navy Seal and clawed his way toward the frontrunners at the 1999 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) conference meet. All around him, scholarship swimmers were straining to find an edge in the water, but Crispino—a freshman—was matching them stroke-for-stroke. He shot into the turn as…

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Wayton Open crowns champions: Weather helps as local tournament welcomes biggest field ever

July 23, 2015
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Luke Pfanzelt returns a volley in the Men’s B Singles final at the 2015 Wayton Open Tennis Tournament.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The 2015 Wayton Open Tennis Tournament is in the books and creator/director of the tournament Matt Wayton said the eighth year holding the tournament was by far the most successful. “This is great,” said Wayton. “Everything was on schedule this year. It only rained once during the week, so we frontloaded…

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