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New kids in town; Field hockey scores shutout in Farmington

October 17, 2014
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By John Goralski
Jess Lee sweeps a pass across the net during a recent Lady Knight game.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Erin Luddy tried to conceal her excitement as she gathered her field hockey team at the half. The Lady Knights had surged to a 2-0 lead over Farmington off a penalty corner and an all out blitz with eight minutes to go before the break. Now, Luddy said, it was…

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Crossing the line; Knights are winning in the trenches

October 17, 2014
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By John Goralski
Blue Knight running back Alessio Diana avoids a tackle during a 54-20 win over New Britain on Friday, Oct. 10.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Matt Steeves lurched forward into a mob of maroon jerseys, and Jasen Rose stood calmly behind him surveying the field. The Southington quarterback seemed to have all the time in the world as Steeves and his lineman drove back the New Britain blitz. Steeves wasn’t alone. The center was flanked…

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Rebounding; Field hockey bounces right back from each early loss

October 10, 2014
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By John Goralski
Michaela Carrera leads the attack during a recent field hockey game. The Lady Knights are off to the program’s best start.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Erin Luddy scowled as her players lined up for postgame handshakes on Tuesday. The Lady Knights battled toe-to-toe against Conard for 80 minutes but came up short in a 1-0 loss. In most years, Luddy would be celebrating another moral victory, but this isn’t most years. The coach didn’t smile.…

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Spikers clinch the postseason

October 10, 2014
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By John Goralski
Sylwia Lewkowicz scores a kill during a 3-0 win over Conard on Wednesday, Oct. 1.

By John Goralski Sports Writer When the Lady Knight volleyball team dropped the first set during games against Simsbury and Maloney, it ended up costing them a win, so now that Southington has survived their toughest stretch, coaches aren’t ready to rest on their laurels. Instead, coaches have turned up the heat for pregame workouts.…

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Still perfect at 6-0; Knights beat East Hartford, Meriden

October 10, 2014
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By John Goralski
Marisa Matthews leads the pack in the 100 freestyle during a 94-78 win over the Meriden Co-op that lifted the Lady Knights to 6-0.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Six up. Six down. With two more victories last week, the Lady Knights swim team has surged to a perfect, 6-0 start. Now, as the girls dive into the start of their powerhouse conference schedule, Coach Evan Tuttle thinks his team is ready to make some noise. “We’re as ready…

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Turning the corner; Girls soccer snaps six game losing streak

October 10, 2014
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By John Goralski
Sarah Palko races to a loose ball during a 5-0 win over Windsor. Palko scored four goals and an assist in a pair of victories last week.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington outscored opponents in every half last week. For 160 minutes in regulation, the Lady Knight soccer team held opponents off the board. Since cruising by Platt, 5-1, in the season opener, the Lady Knights have struggled with a six-game losing streak that stretches back to Sept. 12. But a…

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Refuse 2 lose; Boys soccer earns a win and a tie in 2 overtime road games

October 10, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer The Blue Knight soccer team forced overtime in New Britain with just under 30 seconds remaining in regulation. Southington capped a second half comeback on Friday with a game-winning score in the first overtime at Windsor. After dropping five straight contests to start the season, the Blue Knights have battled…

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Girls win Nonnewaug; SHS Cross Country is finding its stride

October 9, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Lauren Perkowski (20:06.72) charged into the top five at the Nonnewaug Invitational Meet. Gabi Napoli (20:36.07) broke into the top 10, and Catherine Myers (20:51.97) finished 14th, but that was expected. On Friday, Oct. 5, Coach Dan Dachelet expected his top three runners to compete against the top girls at…

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Apple Harvest Road Race; Local runners set the pace for record crowds

October 8, 2014
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By John Goralski
Sunny skies and cool temps drew record numbers to the start of the 2014 Apple Harvest Road Race.

By John Goralski Sports Writer The church bells in the center of town seemed to ring as the first runner as Nick Garcia materialized at the far end of the Town Green. Nobody else was even close at the front of the 5K event, and the former Blue Knight bounded down the street in rhythm…

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Results for the 2014 Apple Harvest Festival Road Race

October 7, 2014
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Photo by John Goralski
Chris Rosenberg, the 5 mile winner.

The following are the results from the 2014 Apple Harvest Road Race, which was held on Sunday, Oct. 6. 5 Mile Road Race 5 miles, 379 runners Top Male Finishers—1, Chris Rosenberger, 26:25; 2, Nicholai Dalidowitz, 28:37; 3, Mike Rieger, 28:39. Top Female Finishers—1,Laura Pieger, 32:05; 2, Molly Palmieri, Southington, 33:38; 3, Lindsay Shea, 34:13.…

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