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Lincoln College falls to .500 in week 2

November 13, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Lincoln College New England opened their conference schedule last week with a trio of road contests in Massachusetts. The Wildcats won the first one, but were edged by a total of three points over the next two games. With the win and two losses, the Wildcats fell to .500 (2-2),…

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Opportunity Knocks; Mike Ryan blazed his own path to the NFL sidelines

November 10, 2013
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Opportunity Knocks; Mike Ryan blazed his own path to the NFL sidelines

By John Goralski Sports Writer Irv Black’s voice crackled through the speakers at Hartford Public in 1980 as the legendary track official called the play-by-play for the 1500m race at the Colonial Conference Championship. His voice melted into a rhythm with the frontrunner’s steps which included newcomer Mike Ryan. With each step, Ryan matched Black’s…

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The new Testa-ment; Joe Testa was a spark for Blue Knight soccer

November 9, 2013
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The new Testa-ment; Joe Testa was a spark for Blue Knight soccer

By John Goralski Sports Writer Few returning players even knew the name of the new Italian student in 1974 when he strolled onto the Recreation Park soccer field for an early Southington High School tryout. Tall and thin like a blade of grass, the young newcomer waited in the wings for practice to begin. He…

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Knights claim 4th in the CCC West; Dean leads the way with Southington’s first conference title since 2007

November 8, 2013
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Knights claim 4th in the CCC West; Dean leads the way with Southington’s first conference title since 2007

By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Evan Tuttle has never been busier at a conference meet, but on Friday, Nov. 1 the Southington coach never had a chance to rest. The Lady Knights sent wave after wave of swimmers across the water at Newington High School. Almost every heat of every relay had a Southington…

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Wildcats topple No.2 in opener

November 6, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Wildcat coaches couldn’t have been too disappointed when their Lincoln College NE basketball team trailed the No. 2 team in the NJCAA division III rankings nine points at the half, but on Saturday, Nov. 2 the Wildcats were just getting started. Jordan Taylor led the locals with 20 points, 15…

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Senior night celebration; Lady Knights score a big upset in season finale

November 2, 2013
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Senior night celebration; Lady Knights score a big upset in season finale

By John Goralski Sports Writer On Friday, Oct. 25, Lady Knight volleyball coach Rich Heitz stood, stunned, at the bench while his team swarmed the center of the court in celebration. The single number etched across the gym wall for senior night festivities drove home the point that Southington is still a young and up-and-coming…

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November 1, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Lauren Perkowski elbowed her way up the final hill at Wickham Park at the end of the front group of runners. As the sophomore neared the finish line, a crowd of blue jerseys appeared at the bottom of the hill. In 2010, the Southington girls limped into finish line in…

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Conard pays the price; Knights rebound from loss with a 49-point surge against Conard in the opening half

October 31, 2013
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Conard pays the price; Knights rebound from loss with a 49-point surge against Conard in the opening half

By John Goralski Sports Writer For seven days, the Knights stewed about the little mistakes that cost them a perfect season. They boiled about the blown coverages. They steamed about the missed opportunities. In the week of practices since losing to Hall, the Knights grew more and more angry, more and more dissatisfied, and more…

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All for one

October 25, 2013
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By JOHN GORALSKI SPORTS WRITER Ryan Glasper shied away from the Massachusetts press in 2006, so one newspaper had to run a photo taken through a fence when they highlighted the strong safety in an early November issue. Glasper didn’t want any credit for the resurgence of the Boston College defense, but fans were quick…

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The Mighty Mackie

October 25, 2013
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By JOHN GORALSKI SPORTS WRITER Scott Mackie tossed the bat toward the dugout and sprinted to the outfield as if he was trying to beat a throw to first base. You couldn’t tell by the look on his face that the Southington batter was hitless for the day. You couldn’t see any stress on his…

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