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Serial Koeller; Jim Koeller was deadly on the Southington mound

October 4, 2014
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SP Hall of Fame Koeller

By John Goralski Sports Writer Jim Koeller’s shadow seemed to strike fear in the hearts of batters when the hard-throwing big man took the mound in 1976. Just to foul off a fastball was reason to celebrate. Koeller was as good as anybody that’s ever set foot on a Southington mound, and every credible short…

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Hockey wins 2 of 3; Lady Knights continue their torrid pace

October 3, 2014
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By John Goralski
Allie Abacherli pushes past a pair of Nonnewaug defenders during a 2-1 loss. The Lady Knights have won four of their last five contests.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Nestled between a pair of lopsided victories, the Lady Knight field hockey team battled to a one goal loss to Nonnewaug. Southington opened the scoring. The teams were deadlocked through much of the second half. The Lady Knights owned the time of possession, but Nonnewaug managed to steal two opportunistic…

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Swimmers win twice

October 3, 2014
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By John Goralski
Marisa Matthews claws through the water in the 100 breaststroke during a 92-70 win over Manchester.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Evan Tuttle gathered his team at the edge of the YMCA pool and smiled. Southington had just dispatched Manchester, an historical rival, by a wide margin, but it wasn’t the victory that Tuttle was most pleased about. The new lights at the YMCA pool were like a spotlight on his…

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Thunder & Lightning; Rookie running backs are holding their own

October 3, 2014
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By john Goralski
Vance Upham scurries for a first down during Southington’s 47-7 win over Simsbury on Sept. 26. Alessio Diana and Upham combined for 176 yards in the first half as the Knights ran away with the game.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Vance Upham bounced off two defenders on Southington’s first drive and pushed his way toward the end zone for an 18-yard touchdown run. In the waning minutes of the quarter, Upham’s six-yard plunge gave the Knights a 20-0 lead. Alessio Diana broke into the backfield at the end of the…

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Regaining momentum; Volleyball finishes key stretch with a trio of wins

October 3, 2014
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By John Goralski
Maryssa Romano scores a kill during a 3-1 win over Simsbury on Sept. 22.

By John Goralski Sports Writer At the start of the season, two weeks were circled on the schedule. Coach Rich Heitz made no bones about it. If the Knights were going to improve on last year’s season, they would have to survive this torrid stretch. A loss to Farmington began it. A five-point fall at…

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They’re baaack!!; Knights turn around season with 2 wins

October 3, 2014
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By John Goralski
Ryan Burrill attempts a free kick during a 2-1 win over Simsbury. Burrill’s converted penalty shot in the second contest was a game-winner.

By John Goralski Sports Writer The Blue Knights had the advantage in the first half with a number of scoring opportunities. Once came with a throw-in, another from a corner shot. Southington had one possession where they fought for two shots on goal, but Simsbury still clung to a scoreless tie at the break. On…

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UConn’s Calhoun joins ESPN roster of analysts

October 2, 2014
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UConn’s Calhoun joins ESPN roster of analysts

BRISTOL– Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Coach Jim Calhoun, who led the University of Connecticut to three NCAA National Championships (1999, 2004, 2011), has joined ESPN as a men’s college basketball analyst. Calhoun will provide expert insight and analysis across ESPN, including studio programming, joining select game telecasts and conducting sit-down interviews with top figures…

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Sloper Relays; Fundraiser event has swelled into a cross country festival

October 2, 2014
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By John Goralski
Varsity runners sprint across the main field at the start of the Sloper Relays. This year’s event welcomed runners from 11 high schools and five middle schools.

By John Goralski Sports Writer An inflatable arch marked the finish line. Streamers traced the course at YMCA Camp Sloper, and throngs of fans chased the pack as it criss-crossed the Southington park. For four years, the annual Sloper Relays has been a welcomed break from the rigors of the varsity season. This year, it…

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Governor commemorates law to reduce concussions in youth sports

September 30, 2014
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Governor commemorates law to reduce concussions in youth sports

WESTPORT– Joined by students, lawmakers and advocates, Governor Dannel P. Malloy Monday visited Staples High School where he commemorated the enactment of legislation that requires the State Board of Education to develop a plan aimed at reducing the number of concussions and addressing the proper procedures following concussions experienced by students during school athletics. As…

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Passing the first test; Swimmers open the season with 2 wins

September 26, 2014
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By John Goralski
Ally Schroeder swims the backstroke leg of the 200 individual medley during a win over Windsor Locks-Ellington-E.Granby on Sept. 19.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington faced two rivals to start the fall campaign. Both presented different challenges. Both ended the same. The Lady Knights won easily, qualified swimmers for the postseason, and turned to exhibition races with at least two events remaining. “We’re doing it the right way,” said Southington swim coach Evan Tuttle.…

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