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Conference champions; Knights are closing in on home field advantage

May 30, 2014
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Conference champions; Knights are closing in on home field advantage

By John Goralski Sports Writer Rains erased any chance of a Southington comeback in Newington on Friday, May 23, but that was just a bump in the road for the Blue Knight baseball team. Southington clinched a share of the conference title with a win over Simsbury on Thursday. Newington snapped the team’s 11-game winning…

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Finally flipping the switch; Volleyball shifts their focus toward postseason fun

May 23, 2014
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Finally flipping the switch; Volleyball shifts their focus toward postseason fun

By John Goralski Sports Writer Lou Gianacopolos had seen enough, so he motioned for a timeout and gathered his young team. “Just go out and play,” the coach said with a forced smile. “Just play to win the point…and have fun.” Just two days earlier, they fell to Newington for the second time this season.…

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Peaking for states; Knights are poised for the postseason

May 23, 2014
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Peaking for states; Knights are poised for the postseason

By John Goralski Sports Writer If you add up both opponents, they wouldn’t gave beaten the lowest Southington score. With two lopsided victories, the Blue Knight track team seems to be sprinting toward the postseason. With a 128-21 win over NW Catholic on Tuesday and a 100-50 victory over Newington on Thursday, the Knights have…

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Golfers climb D-I standings; Steve Salmon scores a hole-in-one during a JV match

May 23, 2014
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Golfers climb D-I standings; Steve Salmon scores a hole-in-one during a JV match

By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Jim DiNello heard the rumors long before he caught sight of Steve Salmon at the Hawks Landing clubhouse. News of Salmon’s drive on the 16th hole rippled through the lineup while DiNello studied his varsity golfers approaching the last green. When Salmon’s exploits reached his coach’s ears, DiNello actually…

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Searching for perfection;

May 23, 2014
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Searching for perfection;

By John Goralski Sports Writer On Wednesday, May 14, Davina Hernandez yelled back at the dugout in frustration as she swung an imaginary bat. “Like this,” she instructed as she motioned a level slap at an invisible pitch. “You’re swinging up at the ball.” Southington is cruising toward the finish line for another undefeated season.…

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The Pink Knights; Baseball wins on and off the field

May 23, 2014
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The Pink Knights; Baseball wins on and off the field

By John Goralski Sports Writer It’s easy to get caught up in the hype as two conference shutouts pushed the Blue Knight baseball team to the top of the Class LL standings. It’s easy to get lost in postseason predictions and championship dreams. That’s why Blue Knight coach Charlie Lembo draped his team in pink…

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Knights beat Mother Nature;Boys tennis survives loss and weather to clinch postseason

May 17, 2014
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Knights beat Mother Nature;Boys tennis survives loss and weather to clinch postseason

By John Goralski Sports Writer The rains were still threatening when the Blue Knight tennis team was warming up before their game with Rocky Hill. Players were still pushing water off a few courts while Coach Tony Mauro cautioned players to broadcast any slips. But Mauro was determined to see how his team was going…

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Girls Lacrosse is winning as a team

May 16, 2014
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Girls Lacrosse is winning as a team

By John Goralski Sports Writer For 13 minutes of the second half, the Lady Knight lacrosse team clung to a 7-6 lead, and South Windsor threw everything they had at the problem. They rushed from the outside. They surged up the middle, but it was Southington that would finally break the drought. With 3:03 remaining,…

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Boys are back on top

May 16, 2014
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Boys are back on top

By John Goralski Sports Writer Stephen Barmore was in perfect form when he exploded from the gate at the sound of the starter’s pistol. Conditions were perfect as he opened his stride on the first sunny meet of the season, but it was the rare sound of feet just behind him that kep Barmore pushing…

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Girls tennis clinches tourney bid

May 16, 2014
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Girls tennis clinches tourney bid

By John Goralski Sports Writer The Lady Knight tennis team shook off their first loss of the season to score back-to-back shutouts. With a 7-0 win over East Hartford on Friday, the girls improved to 8-1 overall and qualified for the state tournament. “That was goal number one, and we achieved that almost as quickly…

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