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Spring vacation; Boys Lax cruises to 3 lopsided wins

April 25, 2014
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Spring vacation; Boys Lax cruises to 3 lopsided wins

By John Goralski Sports Writer It wasn’t a good week for Southington’s starters in the second half. It wasn’t a great week to practice a last minute stand or a comeback charge. The Blue Knight lacrosse team raced out to double digit scores in all three games last week. In three lopsided victories, Southington’s starters…

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Attacking the cage; Wins are already piling up for girls lacrosse

April 25, 2014
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Attacking the cage; Wins are already piling up for girls lacrosse

By John Goralski Sports Writer Last season the Lady Knight lacrosse team didn’t get their fourth win until May. This year, it took just two weeks. Southington has come out swinging in 2014, with four straight double-digit scoring efforts and their first shutout in years. First-year coach Jill Pomposi isn’t ready to celebrate yet. Southington’s…

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Smick’s kicks; Knight kicker is far from finished

April 19, 2014
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Smick’s kicks; Knight kicker is far from finished

By John Goralski Sports Writer Kyle Smick was just fooling around with some friends when his first kick split the uprights from 40 yards. He never expected to be a high school kicker. He never expected to become one of the central figures on Southington’s charge toward a Class LL state championship. He broke records.…

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Out to a great start; Girls Lacrosse earns 2 convincing victories

April 18, 2014
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Out to a great start; Girls Lacrosse earns 2 convincing victories

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington sent wave after wave into the East Catholic zone, pinning the Eagles deep in their zone. East Catholic managed just five shots in the second half. The Lady Knights held them to just one score. It was hard to believe that it was the Southington team that was playing…

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Blue Knights cruise past Hall; Boys Track team wins easily in the season opener

April 18, 2014
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Blue Knights cruise past Hall; Boys Track team wins easily in the season opener

By John Goralski Sports Writer Stephen Barmore came just a few tenths of a second from qualifying for the postseason in three events. Matt Bennett has two qualifying distances under his belt. The Blue Knights wasted no time in their pursuit of the 2014 postseason. The 89-60 win over Hall was never in question. The…

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Searching for perfection; Softball still isn’t satisfied with 2 lopsided wins

April 18, 2014
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Searching for perfection; Softball still isn’t satisfied with 2 lopsided wins

By John Goralski Sports Writer Davina Hernandez’ voice cracked and sputtered as she greeted reporters on the mound at the end of her first week. The big smile was from a pair of lopsided victories. The broken voice was from her untiring work on the sidelines. The Lady Knight softball team exploded into the spring…

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Turning the page; Girls Lacrosse has high expectations

April 13, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer What a difference a year makes. That’s the thought that’s been swirling around Jill Pomposi’s mind as she watches her team run through their paces at a preseason practice. Last spring, she stepped up as an interim coach to navigate the beleaguered Knights during a failed run at the postseason.…

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Commitment to excellence; Boys Lax hopes to build on success

April 12, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Groups of three weave across the turf field in perfect precision, juggling lacrosse balls in an endless procession until Coach Ron Chase spies a group of freshmen struggling to complete their passes. “Again, again,” he urges, forcing them to return to the end zone to make another attempt. Chase watches…

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Daniel ‘Rudy’ Ruettiger gives a talk at the Summit at Plantsville

April 12, 2014
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Daniel ‘Rudy’ Ruettiger gives a talk at the Summit at Plantsville

By Ed Harris Editor Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger recently spoke to a small crowd at The Summit at Plantsville, talking about underwear, his large family that includes 13 brothers and sisters, trips to church and goofy thoughts. In the end, everything came together and offered tips on succeeding and getting ahead. “Get rid of your goofy…

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The first lady of softball; Hernandez becomes the 3rd coach in the program

April 11, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer It’s hard to believe that Davina Hernandez is just the third person to grab the reigns of Southington’s softball program, but the first-year coach has already settled nicely into her new position. At a preseason practice, she drives a ball deep into right field and stops the drill to give…

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