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Warrior-Knights win in OT

February 17, 2016
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Caelan Booth breaks through the Newington defense for an overtime game-winner.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER A couple defenders surrounded the puck against the boards near the blue line of their territory. One of them attempted a pass up the ice, but the puck was deflected, and spinning out of control to an unguarded Caelan Booth. With no defenders in front of him and an open lane…

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Ready for the Unified season

February 17, 2016
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Andrew Gallagher passes the ball during a White Team possession during the Blue Knight Unified Sports annual scrimmage during halftime of the varsity girls basketball game on Feb. 9. The Southington High School co-ed team is ready to start their winter season, and fans were treated to an early look. Photos by BRIAN JENNINGS Click…

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Conference champions: Girls capture first CCC banner since 1997

February 17, 2016
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Senior forward Kayla Kavanagh attacks the rim during a win over Suffield. The girls wrapped up the regular season atop the CCC Central.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Lady Knights (17-3) put the final touches on their regular season on Monday, Feb. 15 with a comfortable 54-39 victory at home over Suffield (10-8). With the victory, the Knights tied Conard (17-3) for a share of the conference title. For Southington, it’s the first regular season title since 1997.…

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Knights edged in race for a conference title

February 17, 2016
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Steve Sokolowski battles for position during the 400 freestyle relay against Farmington.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Blue Knights (6-4) had an opportunity to add a conference championship to their trophy case over the past week, but just came up short when they split the week with a road win to Simsbury and home loss to Farmington. Coach Evan Tuttle said that it was bittersweet, but credited…

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Gymnasts soar after slow start; Knights win Valentine Invitational

February 17, 2016
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Rachel Williams leaps between the bars at the Valentine Invitational on Feb. 13. Williams scored 34.1 out of 40 points to pace the Lady Knights.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Lady Knights (7-0) brought home the gold on Saturday, Feb. 13 when they placed first out of six teams at the Valentine Invitational at Farmington Valley Gymnastics in Plainville. Southington posted a score of 135.4 and finished the meet with the best scores on vault, beam, and floor. The Knights’…

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Wrestlers surge past New Britain

February 17, 2016
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Josh Gravel scrambles for position during the 145 pound bout of a dual meet against New Britain.

Eight pins and two forfeits earned the Blue Knights (12-3, 6-0) a 60-19 win over New Britain (4-16, 3-3) and the CCC West Division crown in their regular season finale at home on Wednesday, Feb. 10 on senior night. The Knights mounted a 36-0 lead through the first six bouts on five pins and a…

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Rose makes it official: UConn bound

February 12, 2016
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Jasen Rose announced his intentions last fall, but on Wednesday, Feb. 3 he made it official by signing his National Letter of Intent to play football at the University of Connecticut. The former Blue Knight quarterback hopes to make an impact with the Husky offense. Photo by BRIAN JENNINGS

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Once a Knight, always a Knight

February 12, 2016
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The Lady Knights celebrated their third annual alumni game on Sunday, Jan. 31. The game was coordinated by Holly Coleman, and it featured former Lady Knight basketball players from the early 1990s through 2013. Photo by BRIAN JENNINGS

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Steve Fernandes to be inducted into the CT Wrestling Hall of Fame

February 11, 2016
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The late Steve Fernandes of Southington, a member of the first class of the Southington Sports Hall of Fame, is one of six Connecticut individuals to be inducted into the newly-formed Connecticut Wrestling Hall of Fame in April. Fernandes was a Class LL champion in 1997 and was co-captain on Southington’s 1978 Class LL championship…

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The second time around: Boys avenge earlier losses to Conard and Simsbury

February 10, 2016
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Mark Lindberg leads a fast break during a recent home game.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER A single digit win on the road and a four-point triumph at home against a top-10 Class LL team kept the Blue Knights’ (4-11) postseason hopes alive for another week. After opening the season with nine consecutive losses, Southington has been heating up. The boys have won four of their last…

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