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Uncharted waters: Freshman phenom raises the bar for diving

March 17, 2016
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Chase Galayda steadies himself for a dive at the Class LL diving championships in Hamden last week. The freshman phenom finished in the top 20 during his rookie season and already holds the program record.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Chase Galayda said that he felt butterflies when he walked to the diving board at the Class LL diving trials, but he didn’t show it by his gait. The Southington freshman backed his way to the edge of the board, paused for a moment, and stretched his arms wide. With a…

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Skaters surge into the quarterfinals

March 16, 2016
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Jarod Florian leads a fast break during a first round victory over Joel Barlow on Monday, March 7.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER After getting shutout in the first round of last year’s Division III state tournament as a 14-seed, the Warrior-Knights (13-8) made more out of their trip to the tournament this time around. Hall-Southington outlasted Joel Barlow in the first round but fell to Westhill-Stamford in the quarterfinals. Warrior-Knights fly past Falcons…

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Swimmers trim times at Class LL qualifying meet

March 16, 2016
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Ben Wakefield sets the pace for his 500 freestyle heat at the Class LL Trials in Hamden. Wakefield shed almost 15 seconds from his previous best time.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Blue Knights competed for qualifying marks and better seeded times at the Class LL swimming preliminaries at Hamden High School on Saturday, March 12. Southington entered 11 swimmers into the trials, with three swimming just in relays. Seven of the eight swimmers competing in the individual events earned best times…

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Striking gold in the SYBL

March 16, 2016
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SP SYBA Team Gold

Team Gold’s buzzer-beating basket in the season finale was the perfect cap for the perfect season. The shot sealed the division title in the Grade 8-9 division of the Southington Youth Basketball League. The team battled back from a 12-point deficit at halftime to secure the win in the final seconds and capture an undefeated…

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Sports listings for the March 18 edition

March 16, 2016
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FUNDRAISERS PSYCHIC READINGS FOR RUGBY—Friday, April 29, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. (6:30 p.m. registration), at Southington High School. A group reading with medium Karen Kilmartin. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance. Proceeds benefit the SHS rugby club. Contact: hdultra73@gmail.com. PAVERS FOR POSTERITY (BLUE KNIGHT BRICKS)—The Turf Committee is offering an opportunity to purchase…

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Striking gold in the SYBL

March 14, 2016
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SP SYBA Team Gold

Team Gold’s buzzer-beating basket in the season finale was the perfect cap for the perfect season. The shot sealed the division title in the Grade 8-9 division of the Southington Youth Basketball League. The team battled back from a 12-point deficit at halftime to secure the win in the final seconds and capture an undefeated…

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Cardinals rule 2nd round: Knights have no answer for Greenwich’s size

March 9, 2016
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Natalie Wadolowski looks for an open space against Greenwich 6-foot-4 center Abbie Wolf.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The 7-seed Lady Knights’ postseason run came to an end at home on Thursday, March 3 when they fell short to No.10 Greenwich (18-3) by four points, 56-52. The Cardinals outscored the Knights 24-8 in the first quarter, as the Knights missed a total of 13 shots. But the Knights stormed…

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Overtime win earns quick trip to CCC tourney

March 9, 2016
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Jeremy Fortin beats a defender in overtime to lift the Warrior-Knights past EO Smith-Tolland in the regular season finale.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Warrior-Knights (12-7) worked hard to get into the CCC South tournament after winning their regular season finale against a well-respected opponent, but all it took was one game in the conference tournament to turn their focus towards the Division III state tournament. After an overtime win and a tough, conference…

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Gymnasts battle at the open: Knights’ season ends at the Connecticut championship

March 9, 2016
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Vicky Castillo leaps across the beam at the Class L meet. Castillo was one of three Lady Knights to compete at the state open.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Four gymnasts represented Southington at the state open at New Milford High School on Saturday, March 5. Although the Lady Knights’ season came to an end a week shorter than last year, Lady Knight coach Kaitlyn O’Donnell said her team had a great meet despite tough judging. “At the state meet,…

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Swimmers finish second at CCC meet: Ramsey, Egan capture individual conference titles

March 9, 2016
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Darius Zajac swims the 100 butterfly at the CCC championship meet.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER A second-place team finish with two individual conference champions really had the Blue Knights pumping their fists after the final race of the conference meet. Southington beat a number of perennial powers to claim the runner up position behind Farmington in a competition that wasn’t decided until the final race. Blue…

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