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Defending their title; Gymnasts open the season with 3 wins

January 17, 2014
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Defending their title; Gymnasts open the season with 3 wins

By John Goralski Sports Writer One girl slipped off the bars. Another one slipped off the beam. The vault and floor routines were about as perfect as they could be on the first competition, but Southington gymnasts picked right back up where they finished in their Class L title defense. On Wednesday, Jan. 8, the…

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Just horsing around; 14-year-old Renn Abramczyk-Dubiel is the CT youth barrel horse racing champion

January 12, 2014
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Just horsing around; 14-year-old Renn Abramczyk-Dubiel is the CT youth barrel horse racing champion

By John Goralski Sports Writer The January chill was broken by thundering hooves as steered her horse TeeJay toward a barrel at the back of the Wolcott barn. The earth shook as the two raced toward the barrel, and a plume of dust filled the air as they banked into a turn. The Kennedy Middle…

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Patchwork; Wrestling team’s still filling out the roster

January 10, 2014
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Patchwork; Wrestling team’s still filling out the roster

By John Goralski Sports Writer The tournament field read like a Who’s Who with top teams from Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont crammed into the Southington High School gym. In most years, the powerhouse field would have been a welcomed challenge for Derek Dion and his Blue Knight wrestlers. But this is no typical year. Scheduling…

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Obstacle race set at Camp Sloper

January 5, 2014
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Obstacle race set at Camp Sloper

By Ed Harris Editor Southington YMCA officials are planning a Storm Sloper Trails Challenge for early next year. The race is billed as being part run, part obstacle course and part scavenger hunt. “It is very much like a Warrior Dash or Tough Mudder, but at the same time it is its own unique event,”…

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Knights shine at New Haven invite; Bennett wins the shot put; Knights qualify for state and conference meets

January 3, 2014
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Knights shine at New Haven invite; Bennett wins the shot put; Knights qualify for state and conference meets

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington qualified for the conference meet in six efforts on opening day. One girl qualified for states in two events. Two boys qualified for states in a single event, and a relay team will join them. On Friday, Dec. 20, the indoor track team opened their season at one of…

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Wrestlers grapple for tournament medals; Murillo claims 2 tournament titles; Southington athletes go 9-0 in the medal rounds

January 3, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer The scramble has already begun to overcome a late start, but Southington wrestlers have already shown a hint of what’s in store. The Blue Knights only sent eight wrestlers to the annual Lancer Tournament in Waterford as they continue to play catch-up following football’s run to a Class LL title.…

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Learning from the loss; Lady Knights battle against Suffield’s experience

January 3, 2014
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Learning from the loss; Lady Knights battle against Suffield’s experience

By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Mike Forgione’s game plan focused on Suffield guard Merideth Ouellette even though few fans in this part of the state have ever heard her name. From the opening whistle, the Lady Knights swarmed the 5-foot-6 junior. They stepped in passing lanes and waved hands in her face whenever possible.…

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Double overtime victory; Lady Knights hoopsters are off to a 3-0 start

December 27, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer These days, Coach Mike Forgione believes in karma. If he didn’t believe before Thursday’s game, he certainly does now. What else could explain it? The head coach is also an assistant coach for the football team, but he had to make a decision between teams when his winter sports contest…

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Offensive surge; Ice Hockey opens with a shutout

December 27, 2013
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Offensive surge; Ice Hockey opens with a shutout

By John Goralski Sports Writer The season was barely started, and the Warrior-Knights had already found the net. On Wednesday, Dec. 18, the Hall-Southington hockey team swarmed the Rocky Hill-RHAM-Middletown (R-M-M) net during their first shift, and it took just 45 seconds to tally their first goal. Coach Brian Cannon didn’t know what to expect…

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Double digits at the break; Lincoln beats Springfield Tech to secure 10th win

December 21, 2013
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Double digits at the break; Lincoln beats Springfield Tech to secure 10th win

By John Goralski Sports Writer With four fouls, Kyre Jackson slipped between the ball and the basket and dug in his heels. There were two minutes left on the clock, but Jackson wasn’t worried about fouling out. He was just trying to draw a charge to keep the Wildcats in the game. On Tuesday, Dec.…

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