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Turning the corner; Girls soccer snaps six game losing streak

October 10, 2014
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By John Goralski
Sarah Palko races to a loose ball during a 5-0 win over Windsor. Palko scored four goals and an assist in a pair of victories last week.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington outscored opponents in every half last week. For 160 minutes in regulation, the Lady Knight soccer team held opponents off the board. Since cruising by Platt, 5-1, in the season opener, the Lady Knights have struggled with a six-game losing streak that stretches back to Sept. 12. But a…

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Refuse 2 lose; Boys soccer earns a win and a tie in 2 overtime road games

October 10, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer The Blue Knight soccer team forced overtime in New Britain with just under 30 seconds remaining in regulation. Southington capped a second half comeback on Friday with a game-winning score in the first overtime at Windsor. After dropping five straight contests to start the season, the Blue Knights have battled…

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Girls win Nonnewaug; SHS Cross Country is finding its stride

October 9, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Lauren Perkowski (20:06.72) charged into the top five at the Nonnewaug Invitational Meet. Gabi Napoli (20:36.07) broke into the top 10, and Catherine Myers (20:51.97) finished 14th, but that was expected. On Friday, Oct. 5, Coach Dan Dachelet expected his top three runners to compete against the top girls at…

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Apple Harvest Road Race; Local runners set the pace for record crowds

October 8, 2014
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By John Goralski
Sunny skies and cool temps drew record numbers to the start of the 2014 Apple Harvest Road Race.

By John Goralski Sports Writer The church bells in the center of town seemed to ring as the first runner as Nick Garcia materialized at the far end of the Town Green. Nobody else was even close at the front of the 5K event, and the former Blue Knight bounded down the street in rhythm…

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Results for the 2014 Apple Harvest Festival Road Race

October 7, 2014
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Photo by John Goralski
Chris Rosenberg, the 5 mile winner.

The following are the results from the 2014 Apple Harvest Road Race, which was held on Sunday, Oct. 6. 5 Mile Road Race 5 miles, 379 runners Top Male Finishers—1, Chris Rosenberger, 26:25; 2, Nicholai Dalidowitz, 28:37; 3, Mike Rieger, 28:39. Top Female Finishers—1,Laura Pieger, 32:05; 2, Molly Palmieri, Southington, 33:38; 3, Lindsay Shea, 34:13.…

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Serial Koeller; Jim Koeller was deadly on the Southington mound

October 4, 2014
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SP Hall of Fame Koeller

By John Goralski Sports Writer Jim Koeller’s shadow seemed to strike fear in the hearts of batters when the hard-throwing big man took the mound in 1976. Just to foul off a fastball was reason to celebrate. Koeller was as good as anybody that’s ever set foot on a Southington mound, and every credible short…

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Hockey wins 2 of 3; Lady Knights continue their torrid pace

October 3, 2014
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By John Goralski
Allie Abacherli pushes past a pair of Nonnewaug defenders during a 2-1 loss. The Lady Knights have won four of their last five contests.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Nestled between a pair of lopsided victories, the Lady Knight field hockey team battled to a one goal loss to Nonnewaug. Southington opened the scoring. The teams were deadlocked through much of the second half. The Lady Knights owned the time of possession, but Nonnewaug managed to steal two opportunistic…

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Swimmers win twice

October 3, 2014
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By John Goralski
Marisa Matthews claws through the water in the 100 breaststroke during a 92-70 win over Manchester.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Evan Tuttle gathered his team at the edge of the YMCA pool and smiled. Southington had just dispatched Manchester, an historical rival, by a wide margin, but it wasn’t the victory that Tuttle was most pleased about. The new lights at the YMCA pool were like a spotlight on his…

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Thunder & Lightning; Rookie running backs are holding their own

October 3, 2014
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Vance Upham scurries for a first down during Southington’s 47-7 win over Simsbury on Sept. 26. Alessio Diana and Upham combined for 176 yards in the first half as the Knights ran away with the game.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Vance Upham bounced off two defenders on Southington’s first drive and pushed his way toward the end zone for an 18-yard touchdown run. In the waning minutes of the quarter, Upham’s six-yard plunge gave the Knights a 20-0 lead. Alessio Diana broke into the backfield at the end of the…

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Regaining momentum; Volleyball finishes key stretch with a trio of wins

October 3, 2014
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By John Goralski
Maryssa Romano scores a kill during a 3-1 win over Simsbury on Sept. 22.

By John Goralski Sports Writer At the start of the season, two weeks were circled on the schedule. Coach Rich Heitz made no bones about it. If the Knights were going to improve on last year’s season, they would have to survive this torrid stretch. A loss to Farmington began it. A five-point fall at…

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