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O’No, it’s O’Connell; Greg O’Connell battled a few steps from the NBA

October 30, 2014
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O’No, it’s O’Connell; Greg O’Connell battled a few steps from the NBA

By John Goralski Sports Writer Nobody must have batted an eye when Greg O’Connell strolled into the high school gym in 1962 because nobody could have seen the scrawny 13-year old as much of a physical threat. At 5-foot-9, the freshman forward didn’t turn many heads. At 118 pounds, O’Connell wasn’t going to push around…

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Knights just miss tourney; Blue Knight soccer team competes to the very end

October 30, 2014
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Knights just miss tourney; Blue Knight soccer team competes to the very end

By John Goralski Sports Writer The Blue Knights survived an 0-5 start and a season mired in injuries. They survived six overtime contests and came away with three wins and a tie. It seemed fitting that steady rains and a driving wind enveloped the field in the season finale. Even the weather seemed to be…

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Swim team is closing in on double digits

October 30, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer For only the second time this season, the Lady Knight swim team was edged by  a perennial power. For the second time this season, they rebounded with a spirited win. On Friday, Oct. 24, Southington trailed by 13 points after Berlin scored three divers against the Lady Knights’ empty lineup.…

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Dawn’s early light; Dawn Lantiere lit up the Lady Knights

October 27, 2014
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Dawn’s early light; Dawn Lantiere lit up the Lady Knights

By Jon Goralski Sports Writer Who knows what was going through that knobby kneed hitter when he trudged to the plate in the early 1980s. Scouts had little information on the tiny preteen that glared at him from the pitcher’s mound. Maybe he thought it would be easy to face a young girl on the…

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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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