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UConn No. 1 in women’s poll for 22nd straight week

November 19, 2014
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By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer Not much changed atop The Associated Press’ women’s basketball poll this week. UConn remained No. 1 on Monday for the 22nd straight week. That’s the fifth longest streak in Top 25 history, passing Baylor’s 21-week run in 2011-12. The only change in the first 10 was Maryland and Texas…

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Rally to the quarterfinals

November 14, 2014
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Rally to the quarterfinals

By JOHN GORALSKI SPORTS WRITER Caroline Barry served five straight points in the middle of game two as the Knights scrambled to tie the score. Maryssa Romano pounded out nine kills from the outside, and Sylwia Lewkowicz held her own in the middle with 12 kills. Southington coaches shuffled underclassmen in and out of the…

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Swimmers raise the bar for finals: Knights set 2 school records; advance 5 swimmers, 3 relays to finals

November 14, 2014
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Swimmers raise the bar for finals: Knights set 2 school records; advance 5 swimmers, 3 relays to finals

By JOHN GORALSKI SPORTS WRITER Ally Schroeder cut almost five seconds off her personal best in the 200 individual medley to claw her way into the top 30. In her final race, she climbed over eight swimmers and dropped her time by almost three seconds to break into the top 20 in the 100 backstroke.…

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Midget Football League championship games this Saturday

November 12, 2014
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Southington Valley Midget Football League will be having its championship games this Saturday at the Southington High School field.  Games are as follows: Flag, 11 a.m.; Powder Puff, 1 p.m., C Division Tackle, 3 p.m.; B Division Tackle, 5 p.m.; and A Division Tackle at 7 p.m.

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Hall of Fame: The thrill of victory

November 7, 2014
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By JOHN GORALSKI SPORTS WRITER Kristin-Wilcox Astiasaran didn’t know much about women’s sports when her grandparents dragged her to the state championship game in 1982, but she watched it unfold before her like a Hollywood film. For the first three quarters, Westhill High School deliberately constructed a 15-point lead. In the final eight minutes, the…

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Lincoln College fall to Sullivan County

November 7, 2014
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By JOHN GORALSKI SPORTS WRITER The first of three Wildcats fouled out, but not before he broke up a Sullivan County fast break. A few moments later, two Lincoln College players slid across the floor to smother a loose ball like soldiers hurling themselves on a live grenade. On Saturday, Nov. 1, Lincoln College trailed…

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Knights qualify for CCC Tournament

October 31, 2014
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Knights qualify for CCC Tournament

by John Goralski Sporst Writer With a 17-9 lead in game three, Coach Rich Heitz signaled for the curtain call. Over the next five minutes, he paraded his seniors off the court in pairs as the underclassmen finished what the upperclassmen started. Speculation about the postseason is just beginning. Questions about the upcoming CCC tournament…

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Conference champs; Penalties continue to spoil the celebration

October 31, 2014
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Conference champs; Penalties continue to spoil the celebration

By John Goralski Sports Writer Two blitzing linebackers tipped the football into the air, and Dan Williams slid underneath it for Southington’s second interception in the game. On Friday, Nov. 24, the Blue Knight football team was mired in penalties on both sides of the ball, but in between the flags, Southington players were putting…

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Class LL Championship; Garrison advances; Injured girls fall short of open

October 31, 2014
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Class LL Championship; Garrison advances; Injured girls fall short of open

By John Goralski Sports Writer The Lady Knight’s No. 2 runner was perched on crutches at the finish line as her teammates navigated the 5K course at Wickham Park. Southington’s top runner was beginning to fade into the pack. One varsity runner learned about her start just a few days before the race. All of…

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CCC Champs; Field Hockey wins conference title; on the brink of first 10-win season

October 31, 2014
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CCC Champs; Field Hockey wins conference title; on the brink of first 10-win season

By John Goralski Sports Writer Allie Abacherli’s first goal was answered before the break by a pair of South Windsor scores. Abacherli’s second goal came during a 30-minute defensive stand that kept the Bobcats off the board for the entire second half. Her third goal was something special. With nine seconds left in overtime, Isabella…

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