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Sports Calendar for April 17

April 17, 2015
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FUNDRAISERS SHS RUGBY TEAM CAR WASH—Sunday, April 26, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Southington Auto Wash on Queen Street. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the SHS club. PAVERS FOR POSTERITY (BLUE KNIGHT BRICKS)—The Turf Committee is offering an opportunity to purchase bricks to help defray costs for the artificial turf field at Southington High…

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Golf has their eyes on the prize: Veteran duffers could contend for first state title since 1987

April 16, 2015
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Junior Andrew Szandrocha lines up a putt at last year’s Division I golf championship. Szandrocha has led the Knights over the past two postseasons.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Spring is finally here, so it’s time to dust off the clubs and spikes. It’s time to start thinking about playing it safe or going for it all. It’s time to forget all the bad shots and mental habits, and focus on the flashes of brilliance from a season ago. It’s…

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Blue Knight basketball donates to the arts

April 12, 2015
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From left, SHS senior Mike Taylor, Mary DeCroce, chairwoman of Southington Community Cultural Arts, and Coach John Cessario.

The Blue Knight basketball team donated proceeds from its winter basketball camp to Southington Community Cultural Arts, the organization that is transforming the historic Gura Building into a visual and performing arts center. SHS coach John Cessario and members of the varsity basketball team ran the “Can’t Get Enough Hoops” winter basketball camp in December.…

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Ready to make a run: Girls Track returns good numbers from last spring

April 10, 2015
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SP Natalie Liquindoli C12

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Critics might look at last spring as a rough season for the Lady Knights. They might point to a last-place finish at the conference championship meet or an absence from the state open championships. Yet, the Lady Knights still managed to qualify 14 athletes for the state meet, which is only…

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Boys are off and running: Track reloads after losing 21 senior veterans

April 10, 2015
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SP Matt Steeves C12

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER In her second season with the Blue Knight boys track team, Colleen Roarty is excited to get back to work. The Knights are coming off one of their more successful postseasons in recent years, and the Knights are ready to make another run. Southington finished the regular season with a 4-3…

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Getting ready for some serious baseball with the Bristol Blues

April 10, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER It might have been a cold April Fools’ Day, but it was no joke that the Bristol Blues baseball organization couldn’t wait to get its inaugural season underway as they warmly greeted the press. Bristol Blues Manager Barry Lyons, Bristol Mayor Ken Cockayne, Commissioner of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League…

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Hard court, high expectations: Girls Tennis is poised for a banner season

April 9, 2015
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SP Alex Barmore C12

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Knights have been consistent in the past two seasons, having three losses in both years as well as fourth-place finishes in the CCC West. In 2013, the girls battled into the quarterfinals. In 2014, their advance was stopped one round earlier. Last spring, the girls rallied to an 11-3 regular…

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Crashing the net: Boys tennis looks to build on last spring

April 9, 2015
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SP Kunal Kataria C12

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Tony Mauro is in his ninth year as the head coach of the boys tennis team and has winning records above .500 in all of those years but one. Mauro is a big part of why the Blue Knights have had great leadership and continuous success season after season. Mauro led…

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Connecticut, Notre Dame in NCAA title game _ again

April 7, 2015
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By FRED GOODALL AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ All season it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Connecticut would play for another women’s national championship. It wasn’t as clear cut for Huskies nemesis Notre Dame. The nation’s winningest programs since 2009 are right back where they were a year ago, meeting in the…

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Boys lacrosse is ready to rebuild: Young Knights have same commitment to excellence

April 3, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Last year, the Blue Knight boys lacrosse program proved their mettle in tournament situations. The bigger the game, the bigger the performance. It was a breakout season, and Coach Ron Chase hopes that it’s just the beginning. Southington was coming off of a 10-6 (3-3) regular season when they began their…

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