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Open season for the Blue Knights; 200 freestyle relay advances to the state open championship

March 28, 2014
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Open season for the Blue Knights; 200 freestyle relay advances to the state open championship

By John Goralski Sports Writer Charlie Morelli was the first to hit the water at Yale University during the first leg of the 200 freestyle relay. He was the first one to the far wall and the first one to complete the lap. Just a few days earlier the Knights left the Class LL finals…

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Homecoming; Former Blue Knight returns to sign college letter of intent

March 27, 2014
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Homecoming; Former Blue Knight returns to sign college letter of intent

By John Goralski Sports Writer It’s been almost a year since Justin Rose wandered the halls of Southington High School between periods. It’s been two seasons since he led the gridiron defenders with 99 tackles and four sacks, but the former Knight seemed comfortable to return to his old stomping grounds on Monday, March 17.…

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Score one for the little guys; Lincoln College loses in national tournament

March 22, 2014
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Score one for the little guys; Lincoln College loses in national tournament

By John Goralski Sports Writer On Thursday, March 13, the Wildcats trailed by 22 points late in the second half when Jordan Taylor battled for two offensive rebounds before drawing a foul. That’s when Lincoln College players began to show the reason why they were one of eight teams vying for a national title. Over…

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Saving the best for last; Rothstein medals on beam; Knights hit at NE meet

March 21, 2014
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Saving the best for last; Rothstein medals on beam; Knights hit at NE meet

By John Goralski Sports Writer Three gymnasts scored 9s on the vault. Two scored 9s on the beam, and one broke the barrier on floor. On Satruday, March 15, the Lady Knights shrugged off the trials and tribulations of the last two weeks and did what they do best. They quieted their nerves. They pushed…

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Battling all the way to the end; Warrior-Knights reach the Class LL quarterfinals

March 21, 2014
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Battling all the way to the end; Warrior-Knights reach the Class LL quarterfinals

By John Goralski Sports Writer Kevin Cop was knocked to the ground, but the senior forward still managed to flick the puck at the goalie. Less than a minute later, Will Amenebar reached out to catch a pass across the crease, drew the goalie out of position, and just missed the far corner of the…

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Sink or swim; 8 Knights advance in 6 events at Class LL qualifier

March 21, 2014
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Sink or swim; 8 Knights advance in 6 events at Class LL qualifier

By John Goralski Sports Writer Mack Golos was visibly upset when he emerged from the Hamden pool at the end of his 200m freestyle heat at the Class LL qualifying meet on Saturday, March 15. He had basically tied his qualifying time, but he wasn’t moving on to the finals. For most athletes that would…

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Survive and advance; Gymnasts overcome injury, place 3rd at Opens

March 14, 2014
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Survive and advance; Gymnasts overcome injury, place 3rd at Opens

By John Goralski Sports Writer As her coach counted down the final seconds of practice, Kayla Nati’s foot slipped off the beam, and she ricocheted to the floor in a tangled heap. Southington’s young gymnasts stared in horror as their only senior clutched at her foot and fought back her tears. On Saturday, March 8,…

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Murillo makes the medal round; Knights battle at NE Championship; Maxwell limited by injuries

March 14, 2014
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Murillo makes the medal round; Knights battle at NE Championship; Maxwell limited by injuries

By John Goralski Sports Writer Zack Murillo was under the radar at the start of the New England wrestling championship. Sure, the Southington junior had clawed his way up to second place at the Class LL championships. Sure, Murillo battled to fourth place at the Connecticut State Open the following week, but that didn’t put…

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Tourney tested; Ice Hockey fights to CCC title game

March 14, 2014
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Tourney tested; Ice Hockey fights to CCC title game

By John Goralski Sports Writer Bolton-Coventry-Rockville (BCR) hockey coaches were forced to call a timeout with 11:23 remaining in the CCC South championship game. Kevin Cop had given Hall-Southington the lead in the waning minutes of the opening period. Will Amenebar had just pushed the lead to 2-0, so for the second time in three…

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Masters of Trick Shot Championship; Andy ‘Magic Man’ Segal wins the world trick-shot title at Shooter’s Billiards

March 13, 2014
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Masters of Trick Shot Championship; Andy ‘Magic Man’ Segal wins the world trick-shot title at Shooter’s Billiards

By John Goralski Sports Writer Jamie ‘Sharpshooter” Gray aimed his pools stick in one hand like a dart and began stabbing at cue balls to make them jump in quick succession over a perched pool stick. Andy “The Magic Man” Segal bantered after each shot with the confidence that comes from being the top ranked…

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