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Second half surge; Knights outscore Indians 28-0 after break

September 26, 2014
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By John Goralski
Alex Jamele fights for yardage after the catch during a 56-15 win over Manchester on Friday, Sept. 19.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Kyle Borawski drew his defender with a small stutter-step at the sidelines, and rolled out to the open field. Just five minutes had elapsed in the second quarter, and Borawski danced 85 yards down the sidelines to give the Blue Knights the lead for good. Manchester came out swinging on…

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A game of inches; Boys soccer still fighting for first points

September 25, 2014
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By John Goralski
Bryan Doyle sprints across midfield during a loss to Farmington on Sept. 17. The boys are still looking for their first win of the season.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Ian Powell broke through the Hall defense in the final minute of the game and blasted a shot past their keeper to knot the game at 2-2. For the second time in the second half, a comeback goal tied the game against the No. 6 team in the state. Sure,…

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Lady Knights battle; Girls soccer continues to close the gap

September 24, 2014
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By John Goralski
Lady Knight defensman Erin Angelillo beats a NW Catholic player to the ball during a 2-0 loss on Monday, Sept. 15.

By John Goralski Sports Writer In their first meeting last fall, NW Catholic dismantled the Knights for a 6-0 victory. In their second contest, Southington was shut out again. The third meeting came in the postseason, where NW Catholic ended Southington’s fall campaign with a lopsided, 7-0 decision. On Monday, Sept. 15, the Lady Knights…

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Community involvement; Apple Harvest Road Race attracts all ages & abilities

September 21, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer John Myers has already heard the rumors trickling down through running circles, and the talk never fails to bring a smile to his face. Plainville Elementary School is gearing up for their second title defense in the annual Y-Cup competition at the Apple Harvest Road Race, but other schools are…

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Shattering pool records; Girls Swimming returns with high expectations

September 20, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Records seemed to fall every time that a Southington swimmer hit the water last fall. A senior broke her own record in the 100 breaststroke, and she snapped another record in the 100 freestyle. A freshman broke the 50 freestyle record, and a four-person relay shattered the 200 freestyle mark.…

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Knights rebound; Field hockey isn’t slowed by loss

September 19, 2014
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By John Goralski
Lauren Zazzaro leads the charge during a 4-0 win over Newington.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Jess Lee fed Allie Abacherli in a blitzkrieg assault in the opening minutes of the game. Just a minute and a half later, Abacherli fed Lee to give the Lady Knight field hockey team a 2-0 advantage. On Friday, Sept. 12, Southington didn’t look like a team that had just…

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Girls sweep; Volleyball opens with 3 victories

September 19, 2014
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By John Goralski
Morgan McCarthy sets Kelsea Allen during a 3-0 win over Lewis Mills on Sept. 10.

By John Goralski Sports Writer In the first game, Southington fought off a pesky conference opponent on the road. The next day, they avenged a loss from last season. On Friday, the girls overwhelmed their third opponent by dominating at the net. There’s still a lot of volleyball to be played before Southington’s annual postseason…

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Not so special teams; Blue Knights survive five turnovers and two botched punts to beat Glastonbury

September 19, 2014
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By John Goralski
Alessio Diana fights for a first down during Southington’s 41-38 win over Glastonbury. Vance Upham and Diana combined for 223 rushing yards in the win.

By John Goralski Sports Writer On the second play of the game, a Blue Knight interception gave Glastonbury the ball inside the 50-yard line. On Southington’s second possession, a punt from their own end zone careened out of bounds in the red zone. With 10 minutes elapsed in Southington’s season opener, the defense had only…

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Off and runningBoys win at Blue Dragon Invite; Girls finish 2nd at season opener

September 19, 2014
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Southington runners gather with their medals after a the Blue Dragon Invitational Meet in Middletown. The Knights won the boys race and finished second in the girls competition.

By John Goralski Sports Writer There was a swagger to Southington’s boys cross country team as they gathered for a photo with their medals after the first race of the season. There was a confidence in the faces of the girls team as they mingled for the celebration shot. On Friday, Sept. 12, the Knights…

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A true team player; Pete Meade put winning before glory

September 13, 2014
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COURTESY OF SOUTH CAROLINA ATHLETICS
Pete Meade was a three-sport captain for the Blue Knights in the mid-1980s, and he went on to pitch at South Carolina University.

By John Goralski Sports Writer For two years Pete Meade paid his dues as a backup quarterback while the Blue Knights clawed their way to .500 records. Fans were looking forward to seeing Meade behind the center when Southington stormed onto the field in the fall of 1984, but the senior co-captain had other plans.…

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