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The best team ever? Commentary on the Blue Knight football title

December 19, 2014
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The best team ever? Commentary on the Blue Knight football title

By JOHN GORALSKI, EDITOR Even the big Hollywood studios know that sequels are rarely better than the original. That’s one reason why they are hyped so much before the premiere. As a business venture, there’s little risk. Audiences will flock to the second one because they loved the first one so much, but are the stories…

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Lady Knight hoopsters are off and running

December 18, 2014
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Lady Knight hoopsters are off and running

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR For 16 minutes, the Lady Knight basketball team showed the Indians why they’ve been so dominant at home over the last three seasons. The full-court defense stretched the Newington offense, and forced a series of turnovers and mistakes. The pace slowed. The Knights settled into the lead. Then, in the final…

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Blue Knights play bigger by tackling, battling, loving harder

December 18, 2014
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BY KYLE BRENNAN REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN Norwich Free Academy had a distinct size advantage over Southington on both sides of the lines in Saturday’s nightcap for the Class LL-Large title. That mattered absolutely none. The Blue Knights held one of the state’s most potent running games to just 90 yards in their 49-0 victory. NFA quarterback Jawuan…

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Knights beat NFA in lopsided game for 2nd straight title

December 17, 2014
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By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR Southington was pushed back to their own 20 yard line on the second possession of the game. A penalty had driven them back 10 yards on first down. Quarterback Jasen Rose scampered out of bounds for a 10-yard loss on the second down. Sure, the Blue Knight football team was enjoying…

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Jamele hauls in success

December 17, 2014
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Jamele hauls in success

BY ROGER CLEAVELAND REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN NEW BRITAIN—As adeptly as he eluded opposing tacklers Saturday night, Southington High senior co-captain Alex Jamele downplayed becoming the first player in state history to finish his career with 50 touchdown receptions. He modestly explained that the Blue Knights’ second consecutive state championship meant much more to him than his own…

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Vachon Named NAC Defensive Player of the Year

December 17, 2014
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Vachon Named NAC Defensive Player of the Year

CASTLETON, VT—Former Lady Knight soccer standout continues to make an impact at the next level. Castleton State College defender Allison Vachon was recently named as the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Year. This fall, Vachon spearheaded a Spartan defense which gave up just three goals in nine conference contests. The…

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Mt. Southington is open for business

December 10, 2014
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Mt. Southington is open for business

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR Snow guns have already laid a thin blanket of white crystals along some of the slopes of Mount Southington, and even the recent rains couldn’t beat back their progress. On Sunday, Dec. 7, the local resort opened its gates to winter hopefuls. Another season is underway at Southington’s winter resort. “I’m…

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Injuries continue to mount for Lady Knight hoopsters

December 10, 2014
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Injuries continue to mount for Lady Knight hoopsters

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR Still reeling from their first major injury of the season, things haven’t gotten any easier for the Lady Knights. In the days leading up to the season opener, Southington was hit with the second major injury to a projected starter. Senior co-captain Nicole Fischer suffered a fractured leg, and will miss…

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Football returns to the championship game

December 6, 2014
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Glastonbury recovered the game’s first fumble and quickly took a 7-0 lead, but that was as close as they would get to a win in the Class LL-Large semifinal match-up this afternoon. Heavy rain limited the passing attacks for both teams, but Southington’s running game was the difference. Vance Upham powered the Blue Knights with three…

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Lady Knights girls basketball preview

December 6, 2014
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Lady Knights girls basketball preview

  The screech of basketball shoes echoes through the gym as Lady Knight coach Mike Forgione shuffles his players through a preseason drill like a con artist in a shell game. The offense weaves through the sea of changing faces. The defense is drawn one way. The ball goes the other, and a smooth lay-up…

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