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A season on the brink; Legion is one win away from the state finals

July 31, 2013
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A season on the brink; Legion is one win away from the state finals

By John Goralski Sports Writer Marc Verderame didn’t try to conceal his grin as reporters swarmed around his players at Fuessenich Field in Torrington. He laughed as one player tried to interrupt his teammate’s post game interview with a good natured joke. He nodded his head with satisfaction as he listened to the interview unfold…

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Southington’s all-American boy; Zac Murillo places 2nd at national wrestling meet in Fargo, ND

July 28, 2013
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Southington’s all-American boy; Zac Murillo places 2nd at national wrestling meet in Fargo, ND

By John Goralski Sports Writer Zac Murillo grabbed hold of his first opponent, drove him into the mat, and rolled him over and over like an alligator in a death spiral. In each of his first four bouts in the national spotlight the Southington wrestler rolled, flipped, and turned his opponent as officials tried to…

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Another walk down memory lane; The Southington Sports Hall of Fame announces the Class of 2013

July 27, 2013
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SOUTHINGTON—The wait is over. The list is out, and the Southington Sports Hall of Fame selection committee is already championing the Class of 2013. Once again, it features professional players, college all-Americans, and Southington High School record holders. Once again, it reads like a Who’s Who of Southington sports. They represent 10 different sports and…

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Extending the play; Wayton Open spills into a 3rd week of competition

July 26, 2013
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Extending the play; Wayton Open spills into a 3rd week of competition

By John Goralski Sportswriter Matt Wayton slumped in a canvas chair and stared out at the empty courts. Nobody was in the bleachers. Nobody was warming up. The women’s doubles finalists were already making their way back to their cars, and his three weary volunteers were already breaking down tables and taking down signs. On…

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Wayton Open holds court; Local tennis tournament attracts hundreds in 2013

July 19, 2013
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Wayton Open holds court; Local tennis tournament attracts hundreds in 2013

By John Goralski Sports Writer When Matt Wayton opened registration for the 2013 Wayton Open tennis tournament, he wasn’t ready for anything that followed. Within a few days, he was deluged with entries. Over the next few weeks, they flooded into his home office in an endless stream of emails and phone calls. “It was…

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Legion falls short of Zone I title; Post 72 gets edged by Avon in the final week of the season

July 19, 2013
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Legion falls short of Zone I title; Post 72 gets edged by Avon in the final week of the season

By John Goralski Sports Writer The first game against Avon was an extra-inning contest that began on July 3 and ended on July 12. The second contest saw a 3-0 Southington lead evaporate in a flurry of miscues and errors. Southington posted an 8-4 victory in the third game, but it was too late. American…

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The Gold Medal Gang; The 2005 Lady Knight gymnasts were the best in school history

July 19, 2013
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The Gold Medal Gang; The 2005 Lady Knight gymnasts were the best in school history

By John Goralski Sports Writer When the Lady Knights entered the Milford gym for the 2005 Class L championship meet, a hush descended upon the crowd. Gymnasts stopped their practice routines to get a better look at the team that had a stranglehold on the state’s sports headlines. Coaches stared. Officials laid down their pens…

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First Tour-de-Southington bike race set for Saturday

July 17, 2013
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By Alexa Gorman Correspondent The Southington Lions Club is sponsoring its first-annual “Tour-de-Southington” bicycle race this Saturday, July 20. Proceeds will be donated to the local food pantries and the Bread for Life program, which serves lunch daily. The races will start and end at YMCA’s Camp Sloper, on East Street. Riders can compete in…

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Chasing the checkered flag; Tony Membrino has high expectations at Stafford Motor Speedway

July 6, 2013
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Chasing the checkered flag; Tony Membrino has high expectations at Stafford Motor Speedway

By John Goralski Sports Writer Tony Membrino shadowed the two front cars over the last three laps looking for any sliver of light to make his move. Ahead of him, the two leaders raced shoulder-to-shoulder as if they were trying to work together to keep the Southington driver out of the winner’s circle. On Friday,…

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2 out of 3 ain’t bad; Legion win streak ends with Simsbury

June 28, 2013
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2 out of 3 ain’t bad; Legion win streak ends with Simsbury

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington played four games last week, and three were against the Simsbury American Legion baseball squad. One was a comfortable win. The second was a comeback victory, and the third…well…the third was forgettable. “When you’re trying to beat a team three times in a week, it can be hard,” said…

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