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Home sweet home; Knights win 2 in a row at Thanksgiving, secure first round home game

December 4, 2013
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Home sweet home; Knights win 2 in a row at Thanksgiving, secure first round home game

By John Goralski Sports Writer Cheshire runners attacked the Southington defense like a con man in a back alley shell game. They plunged up the middle clutching phantom footballs to their bellies. They swept to the outside while the real play went the other way. They disbursed from the snap in a flurry of angles…

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Southington football wins big, advances to the next round

December 3, 2013
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By Mark Jaffee Special to The Observer Team unity best describes the surging Southington High football team. When junior defensive lineman Matt Koczera was asked about his three quarterback sacks in the Blue Knights’ decisive 52-14 win over Norwich Free Academy Tuesday night in the Class LL quarterfinals, he said he didn’t have a clue…

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Wildcat momentum; Lincoln men are on a 5 game win streak

November 29, 2013
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Wildcat momentum; Lincoln men are on a 5 game win streak

By John Goralski Sports Writer After three weeks, a pair of one-possession losses in week two remain the only blemishes on Lincoln College’s schedule. The Wildcats are making some noise in 2013. With victories over three conference opponents last week, the Lincoln College men’s basketball team has improved to 7-2 overall. The Wildcats are riding…

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Knights show great intentions; Five student-athletes sign letters of intent during early signing period

November 29, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer It’s almost becoming common place to find family members and friends herded into a small conference room tucked away in the back corner of the high school while photographers are ushered into the room by coaches in suits. The NCAA opened its early signing period on Wednesday, Nov. 13, and…

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Building blocks; Wilcats are looking for points, rebounds, and community service

November 23, 2013
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Building blocks; Wilcats are looking for points, rebounds, and community service

By John Goralski Sports Writer Preston Beverly looked back over his shoulder with quiet satisfaction as his Lincoln College New England men’s basketball team raced for the locker rooms at halftime. It wasn’t his team’s five point lead that brought a smile to the athletic director/coach. It was the swarm of kids from the Bristol…

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Medal Round; Swimmers claw their way to 3 school records, a Class LL medal, and the state open

November 22, 2013
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Medal Round; Swimmers claw their way to 3 school records, a Class LL medal, and the state open

By John Goralski Sports Writer Laurel Dean leapfrogged over three swimmers in her heat and one in a faster heat at the Yale University pool. Marisa Matthews earned the final spot at the state open but moved up one spot in the 50 freestyle standings. On Saturday, Nov. 16, the Lady Knight swimming season came…

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Seniors bowl over Bobcats; Thanksgiving Day win would secure a tourney bid

November 22, 2013
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Seniors bowl over Bobcats; Thanksgiving Day win would secure a tourney bid

By John Goralski Sports Writer If anybody thought that South Windsor was going to pose a challenge on Friday, Nov. 15, the Blue Knight football team erased all doubts in the opening minutes. Southington took the field for just 12 plays in the opening half, and it resulted in six scores. The clock began running…

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Swimmers rally to finals; Matthews powers Knights into the second round

November 15, 2013
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Swimmers rally to finals; Matthews powers Knights into the second round

By John Goralski Sports Writer There isn’t much that can wipe the smile off Evan Tuttle’s face these days. His Lady Knight swimmers have plastered a grin on the varsity coach, and the postseason has only just begun. On Saturday, Nov. 9, the Lady Knights dove into the postseason with entrants in every race at…

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Three Southington High School swimmers advance to the state open

November 15, 2013
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By John Goralski Marisa Matthews battled for a Class LL medal in the 100 breastroke as the sixth place person in the fastest heat, but Laurel Dean finished first in the second heat to break the school record with a time of 1:09.79. On Tuesday, the Lady Knights attacked the Southern Connecticut State University pool…

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Knights steamroll over East Hartford

November 15, 2013
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Knights steamroll over East Hartford

By John Goralski Sports Writer On Friday, Nov. 8, Zach Maxwell carried the ball four times in the first possession of the second half, and that resulted in a 59-yard scoring drive to give the Blue Knights a 48-point lead over East Hartford. Coach Mike Drury had seen enough. He pulled his starters, emptied his…

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