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Senior night; Swimmers back on top

October 24, 2014
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Senior night; Swimmers back on top

By Jon Goralski Sports Writer Kristen Loose clawed through the water between a pair of underclassmen as if she was ushering them toward the finish line of the 100 butterfly. Sam Sagnella was just a few strokes ahead. Patrycja Zajac was a few strokes behind, and Loose seemed to herd them both to the finish…

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No shortcuts for Knights; Volleyball embraces late season challenge

October 24, 2014
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No shortcuts for Knights; Volleyball embraces late season challenge

By Jon Goralski Sports Writer Frontier Regional School was undefeated and ranked No. 3 in Massachusetts when the Lady Knight volleyball team swept two straight games at the end of the first session of pool play. In the second round, Southington split with Massachusetts’ top ranked team—Notre Dame Academy—which was ranked No. 31 in the…

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Taming the conference; Girls finish 2nd in CCC West; Boys place 4th

October 24, 2014
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Taming the conference; Girls finish 2nd in CCC West; Boys place 4th

By Jon Goralski Sports Writer The pain was etched across her face as Gabi Napoli clawed her way toward the finish line. Southington’s frontrunner, Lauren Perkowski, was still in her sights, and the junior runner hobbled up the final hill in hot pursuit. On Wednesday, Oct. 15, fallen runners littered the Wickham Park course when…

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Postseason bound; Field Hockey’s in uncharted waters

October 23, 2014
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Postseason bound; Field Hockey’s in uncharted waters

By Jon Goralski Sports Writer Lauren Zazzaro charged the cage. Allie Abacherli converted the goal, and Coach Erin Luddy breathed a sigh of relief. On Tuesday, Oct. 14, East Catholic’s second year program battled the Knights in a scoreless tied for more than a full quarter, but Abacherli’s goal opened the gates. Over the next…

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Redemption song; Knights blank Hall in battle of unbeatens

October 22, 2014
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Redemption song; Knights blank Hall in battle of unbeatens

By Jon Goralski Sports Writer On the second play from scrimmage, Jasen Rose connected with Alex Jamele for a 64-yard touchdown pass. On the next play from scrimmage, Zack Spooner pounced on a loose ball deep in Hall’s zone to set up a second Southington score just two plays later. Last season, Hall spoiled Southington’s…

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Seven in a row; Swimmers sink Farmington

October 17, 2014
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Seven in a row; Swimmers sink Farmington

By John Goralski Sports Writer Farmington swimmers battled for first place in the opening relay, but it was already clear that Southington was the team to beat. The Indian anchor tipped the wall at the end of the medley relay, but there were Lady Knight swimmers on either side of her at the finish. Sure,…

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Second time around; Volleyball loses to Farmington in rematch

October 17, 2014
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Second time around; Volleyball loses to Farmington in rematch

By John Goralski Sports Writer The best thing about the Farmington loss is that Southington won’t see them in the postseason. On Wednesday, Oct. 8, the Indians dismantles the Knights again, with a three-game sweep for the second time this season. Of course, that’s nothing new. Farmington hasn’t lost a single game this season, but…

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Knights are closing in on the goal; Win over Farmington keeps Southington’s tournament hopes alive

October 17, 2014
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Knights are closing in on the goal; Win over Farmington keeps Southington’s tournament hopes alive

By John Goralski Sports Writer Eric Schneider hurled the ball from the sidelines in the opening minute of the game, and Southington players scrambled to the net. On Wednesday, Oct. 8, the Knights were hungry to kickstart the scoring, but nobody could have predicted this. NW Catholic’s goaltender snatched the ball out of the air,…

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New kids in town; Field hockey scores shutout in Farmington

October 17, 2014
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New kids in town; Field hockey scores shutout in Farmington

By John Goralski Sports Writer Erin Luddy tried to conceal her excitement as she gathered her field hockey team at the half. The Lady Knights had surged to a 2-0 lead over Farmington off a penalty corner and an all out blitz with eight minutes to go before the break. Now, Luddy said, it was…

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Crossing the line; Knights are winning in the trenches

October 17, 2014
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Crossing the line; Knights are winning in the trenches

By John Goralski Sports Writer Matt Steeves lurched forward into a mob of maroon jerseys, and Jasen Rose stood calmly behind him surveying the field. The Southington quarterback seemed to have all the time in the world as Steeves and his lineman drove back the New Britain blitz. Steeves wasn’t alone. The center was flanked…

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