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Volleyball eliminated in semis

November 24, 2015
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Morgan Raymond attacks the net during a Class LL semifinal loss to Greenwich on Nov. 19.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Lady Knights volleyball team returned to the semifinals of the Class LL state tournament for the first time since 2012, but came up short to the No.10-seed Greenwich (17-5), 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-18), at Trumbull High School on Thursday night, Nov. 19. Southington kept it close in the first set,…

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Surging into the state open: Fournier medals at the Class LL finals; Fournier and 400 free relay advance

November 24, 2015
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Olivia Fournier surveys the Yale pool before the start of the 100 freestyle race. The Lady Knight sophomore finished 14th at the state open.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Lady Knights concluded their 2015 season with four girls advancing into the state opens to breaking even more program records. Southington finished 36th overall (15 points) out of 49 schools at the state open on Saturday, Nov. 21 at the state open on Saturday inside of the Payne Whitney Gymnasium…

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Knights blank Hartford: Thanksgiving and Powder Puff previews

November 19, 2015
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Jasen Rose looks for an open receiver during a 48-0 win over the Bulkeley Co-op on Saturday, Nov. 14 in Hartford.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Hartford players were backed up to their 20-year line when the Blue Knight defense poured into the backfield. The Bulkeley co-op quarterback looked downfield, but nothing was open. He looked to his left and saw his running back parallel to him as an outlet. The football caught a sudden gust of…

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On to the semifinals: Girls volleyball survives a quarterfinal scare

November 19, 2015
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Kelsea Allen scores a point during a 3-2 win over Ridgefield in the second round.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Points were tossed back and forth between Ridgefield and Southington in the fifth set, and the contest was tied, 6-6. A Tiger kill bounced just inside the line on the next serve to tip the scales, and Ridgefield went on a 4-1 run that threatened to end Southington’s volleyball season. Lady…

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Survive and advance: Boys beat NFA; eliminated in 2nd round

November 19, 2015
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Erik Schneider fights off a defender during Southington’s opening round victory over NFA.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER On Tuesday, Nov. 10, the Blue Knights boys soccer team battled through the rain to snap a four-year postseason drought. On Tuesday, Nov. 10, the No. 12 Knights captured their first Class LL tournament victory since 2010 with a 3-1 win in the first round over No. 21 NFA (9-7-0). Bryan…

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Fournier paces the Lady Knights: Swimmers advance to Class LL finals

November 18, 2015
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With her second place finish at the Class LL Qualifying Meet, Lady Knight sophomore Olivia Fournier has put herself in medal contention for the finals.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Olivia Fournier trimmed more than a full second from her previous best in the 100 freestyle as the Southington sophomore leapfrogged six swimmers in the fastest heat of the Class LL Qualifying Meet in East Hartford On Saturday, Nov. 14, 10 Southington girls competed over eight events at the first stage…

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Sports listings for the Nov. 20 edition

November 18, 2015
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FUNDRAISERS 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 School. Bricks cost $125 and can be engraved with three lines of type (14 characters per line). Bricks will be displayed as part of a walkway and…

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Hit Club smacks East Shore Travel League

November 10, 2015
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Southington slugger Hunter Dombal was among the group of regional hitters to lead The Hit Club’s 13U baseball team to the title in the East Shore Travel League’s National Division Fall title on Sunday, Nov. 1 in North Branford. The Hit Club ousted the Cheshire Reds, 10-7, to cap a perfect 3-0 run through the…

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Hall of Fame: deFighting Irish: Nicole deFau battled from walk-on to team captain

November 5, 2015
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Nicole deFau, above, was Southington’s first Gatorade Player of the Year in softball.

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR It was some time during her senior year at Notre Dame when Nicole deFau found herself alone with her division one coach, and the former Southington standout could see the tears welling up in Deanna Gumpf’s eyes. DeFau was the only senior on that 2004 tournament-bound team. She had outlasted an all-American…

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Knights blank New Britain: Football scores first shutout of the year

November 4, 2015
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Jasen Rose holds off a sack to throw his second of three touchdown passes during a 35-0 shutout over New Britain on Oct. 30.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER New Britain (4-3) had possession of the ball on Southington’s 1-yard line late in the fourth quarter. The quarterback took the snap and handed the ball off to his running back, slashing right up the gut. Keanu Cummings stood back for a moment and waited patiently for the play to develop…

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