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Dawn’s early light; Dawn Lantiere lit up the Lady Knights

October 27, 2014
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Dawn Lantiere

By Jon Goralski Sports Writer Who knows what was going through that knobby kneed hitter when he trudged to the plate in the early 1980s. Scouts had little information on the tiny preteen that glared at him from the pitcher’s mound. Maybe he thought it would be easy to face a young girl on the…

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Senior night; Swimmers back on top

October 24, 2014
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By John Goralski
Kristen Loose swims the butterfly at a recent meet. Loose is one of 15 seniors on Southington’s roster.

By Jon Goralski Sports Writer Kristen Loose clawed through the water between a pair of underclassmen as if she was ushering them toward the finish line of the 100 butterfly. Sam Sagnella was just a few strokes ahead. Patrycja Zajac was a few strokes behind, and Loose seemed to herd them both to the finish…

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No shortcuts for Knights; Volleyball embraces late season challenge

October 24, 2014
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By John Goralski
Sylwia Lewkowicz blocks a Glastonbury hitter during a 3-0 sweep on Friday, Oct. 17.

By Jon Goralski Sports Writer Frontier Regional School was undefeated and ranked No. 3 in Massachusetts when the Lady Knight volleyball team swept two straight games at the end of the first session of pool play. In the second round, Southington split with Massachusetts’ top ranked team—Notre Dame Academy—which was ranked No. 31 in the…

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Taming the conference; Girls finish 2nd in CCC West; Boys place 4th

October 24, 2014
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By John Goralski
Sean Garrison leads a pack of runners at Wickham Park during the CCC Championship meet on Oct. 16.

By Jon Goralski Sports Writer The pain was etched across her face as Gabi Napoli clawed her way toward the finish line. Southington’s frontrunner, Lauren Perkowski, was still in her sights, and the junior runner hobbled up the final hill in hot pursuit. On Wednesday, Oct. 15, fallen runners littered the Wickham Park course when…

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Postseason bound; Field Hockey’s in uncharted waters

October 23, 2014
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By John Goralski
Meagan Asklar pushes past an East Catholic defender during a 4-0 victory on Tuesday, Oct. 14.

By Jon Goralski Sports Writer Lauren Zazzaro charged the cage. Allie Abacherli converted the goal, and Coach Erin Luddy breathed a sigh of relief. On Tuesday, Oct. 14, East Catholic’s second year program battled the Knights in a scoreless tied for more than a full quarter, but Abacherli’s goal opened the gates. Over the next…

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Redemption song; Knights blank Hall in battle of unbeatens

October 22, 2014
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By John Goralski
Blue Knight guard Tyler DiTunno clears the way for Alessio Diana during a 48-0 win over Hall on Friday, Oct. 17.

By Jon Goralski Sports Writer On the second play from scrimmage, Jasen Rose connected with Alex Jamele for a 64-yard touchdown pass. On the next play from scrimmage, Zack Spooner pounced on a loose ball deep in Hall’s zone to set up a second Southington score just two plays later. Last season, Hall spoiled Southington’s…

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Seven in a row; Swimmers sink Farmington

October 17, 2014
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By John Goralski
Ashley Christensen competes in the 200 freestyle during a 95-73 win over Farmington on Monday, Oct. 6.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Farmington swimmers battled for first place in the opening relay, but it was already clear that Southington was the team to beat. The Indian anchor tipped the wall at the end of the medley relay, but there were Lady Knight swimmers on either side of her at the finish. Sure,…

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Second time around; Volleyball loses to Farmington in rematch

October 17, 2014
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By John Goralski
Lady Knight libero Nicole Groll reaches for a dig during a 3-0 win over NW Catholic on Monday, Oct. 6.

By John Goralski Sports Writer The best thing about the Farmington loss is that Southington won’t see them in the postseason. On Wednesday, Oct. 8, the Indians dismantles the Knights again, with a three-game sweep for the second time this season. Of course, that’s nothing new. Farmington hasn’t lost a single game this season, but…

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Knights are closing in on the goal; Win over Farmington keeps Southington’s tournament hopes alive

October 17, 2014
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By John Goralski
Francesco Ricigliano delivers a shot on goal during a 2-0 win over NW Catholic last week. The Blue Knights need just two more wins to clinch the postseason.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Eric Schneider hurled the ball from the sidelines in the opening minute of the game, and Southington players scrambled to the net. On Wednesday, Oct. 8, the Knights were hungry to kickstart the scoring, but nobody could have predicted this. NW Catholic’s goaltender snatched the ball out of the air,…

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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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