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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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Here comes the harvest; Blue Knight tennis is ready to break out this spring

April 4, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Two years ago, Tony Mauro talked about potential when his freshmen phenoms battled to a 7-9 record in the spring. Last spring, the tennis coach talked about turning the corner when the sophomores broke .500 with an 11-8 record. Now comes the harvest. “You never want to count your chickens…

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The best is yet to come; Girls Tennis hopes to build on last year’s success

April 4, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Critics watched with amused skepticism as the sophomore-heavy Lady Knights scored a couple of upsets last spring. They may have skoffed at the 15-3 regular season, but their doubts were quickly quieted. A resounding win over a lower seed was followed by a mild upset in the second round of…

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Open season for the Blue Knights; 200 freestyle relay advances to the state open championship

March 28, 2014
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Open season for the Blue Knights; 200 freestyle relay advances to the state open championship

By John Goralski Sports Writer Charlie Morelli was the first to hit the water at Yale University during the first leg of the 200 freestyle relay. He was the first one to the far wall and the first one to complete the lap. Just a few days earlier the Knights left the Class LL finals…

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Homecoming; Former Blue Knight returns to sign college letter of intent

March 27, 2014
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Homecoming; Former Blue Knight returns to sign college letter of intent

By John Goralski Sports Writer It’s been almost a year since Justin Rose wandered the halls of Southington High School between periods. It’s been two seasons since he led the gridiron defenders with 99 tackles and four sacks, but the former Knight seemed comfortable to return to his old stomping grounds on Monday, March 17.…

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