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The new kids on the block; The young Knights continue to exceed expectations

February 28, 2014
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The new kids on the block; The young Knights continue to exceed expectations

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Maxwell claims 2nd Class LL title; 3 Knights advance to finals, 6 claim medals, 6 advance to state open

February 28, 2014
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Maxwell claims 2nd Class LL title; 3 Knights advance to finals, 6 claim medals, 6 advance to state open

By John Goralski Sports Writer Zach Maxwell was already leading, 4-1, when officials restarted his championship match after a short conference, and the Southington senior went right back to work. He circled his opponent like a cat measuring his prey. Slowly, surely, Maxwell crept around the mat, looking for another chance to attack. When he…

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Lincoln continues to roll

February 23, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Polls don’t come out until the middle of the week, but Lincoln fans were already wondering if this could be the week that the local team would finally break into the top 10. The Wildcats faced just one opponent this week, but the win over Northern Essex CC pushed their…

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Knights set best times in back-to-back meets

February 21, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Evan Tuttle knew that his team’s midseason schedule was like getting hit in the face by a 2×4. He knew that most teams would shrink from the challenge of two West Hartford schools followed by a late night meet in Simsbury. Winning? A long shot. But when his team failed…

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The perfect ending; Knights finish undefeated in the regular season

February 21, 2014
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The perfect ending; Knights finish undefeated in the regular season

By John Goralski Sports Writer Kaitlyn O’Donnell waved off the official and put an arm around her senior captain. “This will be Kayla Nati’s last floor routine at this gym,” said the Southington coach. For four years Nati has been the blue collar workhorse for the Knights. Since she was a child, she had been…

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On to New Englands; Bennett scores second place at CT state open

February 21, 2014
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On to New Englands; Bennett scores second place at CT state open

By John Goralski Sports Writer When Matt Bennett first tried his hand at the shot put, he was struggling to clear 20 feet in competition. When he clawed his way into the postseason in his first season, it seemed like the end of an impossible dream. But Bennett was just getting started. On Monday, Feb.…

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Letters of Intent; Maxwell commits to play at Army; Stephen Barmore signs with Yale

February 15, 2014
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Letters of Intent; Maxwell commits to play at Army; Stephen Barmore signs with Yale

By John Goralski Sports Writer They played together as infants, and they’ve been friends ever since. They cut their teeth together in the town’s youth leagues. They played side-by-side on a state championship high school football team and will do it again this spring for track. Over this winter, they’ve cheered each other from the…

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Class LL Championship; Bennett wins the shot put, advances to open

February 14, 2014
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Class LL Championship; Bennett wins the shot put, advances to open

By John Goralski Sports Writer By the time that Matt Bennett entered the shot put circle for the championship heat of his event, the rest of his team was huddled at the edge of the throwing surface. Everyone else had finished their day’s competition at the Class LL championship meet. Every one else had fallen…

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Hunting for a home game

February 14, 2014
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Hunting for a home game

By John Goralski Sports Writer Farmington pushed their way to a double digit lead midway through the first quarter and stretched it to a 20-6 lead by the first break. Early in the second quarter, the Indians were doubling the Lady Knights, 22-11, and were threatening to put the game away by halftime. But the…

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Lincoln gets no respect

February 14, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Massasoit Community College was coming off a victory against a top 5 school in Division II, but Lincoln College NE never wavered. On Thursday, Feb. 6, the Wildcats battled to a two-point lead at the break and overwhelmed the Warriors in the second half. It was just another example of…

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