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Gymnasts leap into winter competition

January 7, 2016
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Taryn Meenan leaps across the beam during the Lady Knights’ 18-point victory over South Windsor in the season opener.

Taryn Meenan leaps across the beam during the Lady Knights’ 18-point victory over South Windsor in the season opener. By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Lady Knights (1-0) stepped into the new year with new faces and new hopes, looking to continue building on the success they achieved last season. The girls opened with a 132.3-114.7…

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Girls split back-to-back games

January 7, 2016
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Lady Knights basketball team (4-1) split the week out on the road by picking up their fourth conference victory before suffering a loss to a state championship contender. Southington began their journey at New Britain (3-3) on Tuesday, Dec. 29 where they outlasted the Golden Hurricanes by 13 points, 54-41.…

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Track continues to qualify for the postseason

January 7, 2016
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Southington’s indoor track and field teams competed at Hartford Public High School for the second straight weekend and the third time this season on Saturday, Jan. 2 when they qualified more athletes for the state meet in the CCC Developmental meet. Allie Brown, Rylee Van Epps, Natalie Verderame, and Kate Kemnitz…

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Knights still looking for their first win

January 7, 2016
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Joe Koczera charges past an Amity defender during a loss on Dec. 29.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Blue Knights basketball team (0-4) dropped its fourth straight game in their second home game of the season when they fell short to Amity (3-1), 46-27, on Tuesday, Dec. 29. Southington’s offense struggled, as they only put up just four points in each of the first three quarters, finding themselves…

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Hockey heats up

January 6, 2016
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Jared Florian leads a fast break during a 2-0 win over the Fermi-Enfield co-op on Saturday, Jan. 2.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER An overtime win on the road and a shutout at home over the week catapulted the Hall-Southington hockey team into second place in the Division III CIAC rankings, behind Westhill-Stamford (4-0-1). The Warrior-Knights started their week on Wednesday, Dec. 30 with a thrilling 5-4 overtime victory over Wethersfield-Rocky Hill-Middletown (1-4-0) at…

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Mount Southington opens for the season

January 6, 2016
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Mount Southington Ski Area
396 Mt Vernon Rd, Plantsville, CT 06479
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Mount Southington opened its ski area to the public on Tuesday, Jan. 5 from 3pm to 10pm. Just three trails (Northstar, Boomerang, and Avalanche) and two lifts were opened, but Dom’s Way is scheduled to open, along with other trails and lifts on Wednesday, as long as the weather stays cold…

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Wrestlers survive marathon week

January 6, 2016
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Jason Calvi-Rogers (160) scores a 45-second pin during Southington’s victory over Ridgefield at the annual Blue Knight Duals.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Blue Knights wrestling team (4-2) kept busy over the week, wrestling in two tournaments, while gaining exposure and experience for the state meet…as well as a few bumps and bruises along the way. Southington wrestled some of the best talent in New England when they competed in the 49th annual…

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Covering four decades of sports champions: The Blue Knights have kept us busy

December 31, 2015
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The 1976 Blue Knight baseball team, above, was the first of 80 Southington High School teams that The Observer followed into a championship contest.

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR Southington already had a long, successful sports legacy when the first Observer rolled off the presses in December of 1975. The town’s history goes back to the fall of 1910 when Lewis High School was one of three new teams to join the 16 established programs in Connecticut. Southington football teams rallied…

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Reloading for another run: Swim team returns a strong core of veterans

December 31, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Sixth year coach Evan Tuttle stood behind the blocks with his hands on his hips, surveying each lane like a hawk as his young swimmers glided by one another in perfect synchronization. After finishing a set of laps, swimmers grabbed kickboards that were left outside of the pool at the blocks.…

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Gymnasts ready for another title defense

December 31, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER One can argue that Southington saw its best gymnastics team yet when they won their first four Class L state titles consecutively from 2005 to 2008. One might also argue that Southington may have seen their first state open title during that time too, if high school gymnastics started competing at…

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