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Soccer scores win in the opener

September 17, 2015
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Eric Schneider kicks the ball downfield during a 2-0 win over Windsor in the season opener on Friday, Sept. 11.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Ryan Burrill placed the ball just outside the box as he lined up his shot. The Windsor players stood in front of him like statues, but that didn’t affect him. After taking a few steps back, Burrill charged the ball and booted a screaming shot that curled right over the Windsor…

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Girls Volleyball sweeps Warriors

September 17, 2015
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The girl’s volleyball team (1-0) jumped out to a strong start to the 2015 season with a 3-0 shutout over Windsor (0-1) on the road on Friday afternoon, September 11. The Lady Knights only dropped 26 points in the match (25-9, 25-6, 25-11). Sylwia Lewkowicz just missed a perfect offensive percentage, leading the team in…

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Girls Soccer wins on the road

September 17, 2015
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Caitlyn Krar scored the Lady Knights’ lone goal on her only shot attempt of the game in their 1-0 road win over Windsor on Friday night. Krar’s goal came on a breakaway through the middle of the field and hit the right side of the net with 8:03 to go in the first half and…

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Charge continues: Defending champions surge past Manchester in the season opener

September 16, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER With 5:06 to go in the fourth quarter, Jasen Rose hiked the ball from under center. He handed the ball off to Alessio Diana and sat back and just watched the show. Diana sidestepped two defenders and shook another loose as he streaked down the sideline for an 87-yard dash to…

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Reloading for another victory lap: Lady Knight swim team looks to build on their recent success

September 16, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Since Evan Tuttle took over the girl’s swimming and diving team as head coach in 2010, the program has been gradually improving. Over the past two seasons, the Knights have had their best performances at the Class LL meet under Tuttle with back-to-back, top 10 finishes and four swimmers advancing to…

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Hall of Fame: Captain Jack: Jack Barry anchored the Southington infield

September 10, 2015
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Jack Barry was an anchor behind the plate during Southington’s transition from Lewis High School to Southington High School. After graduation, he battled in the minor leagues.

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR   Jack Barry never did get the chance to test his arm against the fastest runner at spring training in 1952, but the Southington catcher worked his way around the four fields in Myrtle Beach, S.C., hoping for a chance to take his shot. For a few weeks in early April, the…

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Reloading for another run: Girls Volleyball has new faces, same expectations

September 10, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER   Of their three state championship appearances, the girl’s volleyball team won their only title in 2009. The last time the Lady Knights made a state championship appearance was 2011, but every year they have been inching closer to the ultimate goal. The Knights finished last season with a 15-4 regular…

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The second round: Girls soccer expects to turn the corner and aim at the postseason

September 10, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Lady Knight soccer team ended the 2014 season with a 4-11-1 record (2-11-1 in the division) and a seventh-place finish in the CCC West. Although the Knights didn’t qualify for the Class LL tournament, Coach Mike Linehan said that he still learned a lot about the high school environment in…

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Setting their sights on the tourney: Boys Soccer preview

September 10, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER   The boy’s soccer team is still in search of a Class LL championship game appearance. Coach Dave Yanosy is entering his 10th year at the helm of the Blue Knights (15th year with the program) and has had success early on in his tenure, making an appearance in the state…

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Looking to build on last year: Cross country had stellar year in 2014

September 9, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER   The girl’s cross country team is coming off of a stellar 2014 season with a record of 11-3 (11-3 in the CCC West). The team finished fifth overall (second in the West Division) at the CCC Championship Meet, finishing four in the top 50. At the Class LL State Meet,…

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