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Commitment to excellence; Boys Lax hopes to build on success

April 12, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Groups of three weave across the turf field in perfect precision, juggling lacrosse balls in an endless procession until Coach Ron Chase spies a group of freshmen struggling to complete their passes. “Again, again,” he urges, forcing them to return to the end zone to make another attempt. Chase watches…

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Daniel ‘Rudy’ Ruettiger gives a talk at the Summit at Plantsville

April 12, 2014
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Daniel ‘Rudy’ Ruettiger gives a talk at the Summit at Plantsville

By Ed Harris Editor Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger recently spoke to a small crowd at The Summit at Plantsville, talking about underwear, his large family that includes 13 brothers and sisters, trips to church and goofy thoughts. In the end, everything came together and offered tips on succeeding and getting ahead. “Get rid of your goofy…

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The first lady of softball; Hernandez becomes the 3rd coach in the program

April 11, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer It’s hard to believe that Davina Hernandez is just the third person to grab the reigns of Southington’s softball program, but the first-year coach has already settled nicely into her new position. At a preseason practice, she drives a ball deep into right field and stops the drill to give…

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Knights reload for a title run; Baseball sports new faces; same high expectations

April 11, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington graduated almost enough baseball players to field a pair of varsity teams. The Blue Knights return only two players with double-digit at bats from last year’s Class LL runner up squad. Last year’s infield is already making plays at a handful of college programs. Why then is Coach Charlie…

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Last leg of the journey; Golf’s looking to finish what they started in 2013

April 11, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer There were no heartfelt goodbyes when Coach Jim DiNello faced his golfers for the last time in 2013. There was only a shared disappointment about their postseason finish, and a shared resolve about finishing the job. For the Southington golfers, the nine month break was more like a halftime than…

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ESPN says ratings for UConn women’s victory highest since 2004

April 9, 2014
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ESPN’s telecast of Connecticut’s 79-58 victory over Notre Dame in the NCAA Women’s National Championship on April 8 averaged a 3.1 metered market rating, making it the highest overnight rating for a women’s basketball game since 2004, a press release from the sports network in Bristol announced. The matchup between the undefeated power programs is…

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Huskies’ victory parade this Sunday in Hartford, governor announced; sponsors still sought

April 9, 2014
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Governor Dannel P. Malloy in a press release today announced that the Hartford Business Improvement District will host a victory parade and rally in Hartford on Sunday, April 13 to congratulate the University of Connecticut Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams for winning their 2014 NCAA  Basketball National Championships. The parade, which will begin and end…

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Winning at the numbers game; Boys Track has more depth than ever before

April 5, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer A large crowd of boys pack into the hallway in the basement of the school, craning their necks to hear Colleen Roarty barking out orders. The first year coach has to yell above the din of clanging metal from another pack of athletes already hard at work in the weight…

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Turning the corner; Girls look to build on postseason success

April 4, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Annie Groom drew a line in the sand at the start of last spring. Girls track is going to be a legitimate sport, she promised, and she began to deluge the girls with challenging workouts and stretched their expectations at the start of each meet. Personal records began to fall.…

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Finish what they started; New faces, same old championship goals

April 4, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Lou Gianacopolos still flinches when he’s asked about Southington’s loss in the state semifinals last spring. They were leading late in the game. They were one point from a championship berth, but somehow managed to fall. It has plagued his every thought for the past 10 months. “If you…

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