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He’s movin’ on up; Membrino prepares to make the jump to SK Modifieds at Stafford

February 8, 2014
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He’s movin’ on up; Membrino prepares to make the jump to SK Modifieds at Stafford

By John Goralski Sports Writer Tony Membrino Jr. lovingly strokes the bare chassis of his SK Modified racecar as it sits in a Bristol garage. The engine hasn’t been mounted. Hoses an array of hoses wind their way like snakes through a red skeleton frame. It looks more like a go-cart than a racecar, but…

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Gymnasts continue to roll; Lady Knights improve to 7-0 with win over Farmington

February 7, 2014
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Gymnasts continue to roll; Lady Knights improve to 7-0 with win over Farmington

By John Goralski Sports Writer It wasn’t spectacular. It wasn’t their highest score of the season, but on Saturday, Feb. 1, the Knights did what they had to do to win. Nagging injuries continued to plague the Lady Knight gymnasts. Many were tired after a night of club gymnastics just a few hours earlier, but…

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Hoops professor; The Blue Knights mourn the loss of their former basketball coach

February 7, 2014
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Hoops professor; The Blue Knights mourn the loss of their former basketball coach

By John Goralski Sports Writer If you wanted to showcase your shooting skills, Coach John Salerno was rarely impressed. The former Blue Knight basketball coach seemed to be more concerned with the little things in the games that usually go unnoticed. Salerno approached the game of basketball like a master at a chess board. So…

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Girls clinch tournament; Lady Knights still have hopes for home game

February 7, 2014
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Girls clinch tournament; Lady Knights still have hopes for home game

By John Goralski Sports Writer A Middletown defender managed to get her hands on the basketball, and it launched a Blue Dragon fast break in the waning minutes of the opening half. Middletown’s guard sprinted the length of the floor with nobody in front of her. But as she skipped toward the basket for an…

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Still something to prove; Lincoln College is riding an 8-game win streak

February 7, 2014
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Still something to prove; Lincoln College is riding an 8-game win streak

By John Goralski Sports Writer A trio of Wildcats were flirting with 10 points by the end of the first half. By the end of the game, all but two of Lincoln’s players were in double digits. The two that didn’t had scored nine points apiece. On Saturday, Feb. 1, fans packed the Bristol Eastern…

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Gaining national respect; Lincoln College is climbing the rankings in the polls

February 1, 2014
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Gaining national respect; Lincoln College is climbing the rankings in the polls

By John Goralski Sports Writer Critics beware. Lincoln College men’s basketball is no laughing matter. With wins over Springfield Tech and Bunker Hill Community College, the Wildcats are surging in the second half. The team has won four straight contests since returning from break. Their win streak has grown to six games, and it’s begun…

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Murillo, Maxwell win at Timberlane; Four Knights win in the medal round at the elite New Hampshire meet

January 31, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Two Knights finished the weekend undefeated. Two more scored medals with victories in the consolation finals. One would have been able to wrestle a fifth place bout, but tournament officials limited the medal rounds to just four places. On Saturday, Jan. 25, the Knights took only nine wrestlers to the…

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Passing the midterm exam; Swim coach hands down a midseason challenge

January 31, 2014
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Passing the midterm exam; Swim coach hands down a midseason challenge

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington never trailed as they flirted with an almost 50-point lead against Plainville. Eight Knights won, and the contest switched to exhibition races long before it was finished. Mack Golos was a double winner in the 200 freestyle (2:04.22) and the 500 free (5:46.82). Joe Taglia was a double winner…

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RHAM tough; Gymnasts break the 140 barrier

January 31, 2014
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RHAM tough; Gymnasts break the 140 barrier

By John Goralski Sports Writer Marilyn Sporbert twisted and turned through the air for a 9.25 on vault just moments after Kayla Nati secured a 9.1. Nati led the Knights on bars (8.75). Lexi Rothstein led a string of dancers across the beam (8.85), and the trio each posted nine-point-something scores on the floor. On…

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The postseason begins; Bennett, Garrison medal at conference meet

January 31, 2014
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The postseason begins; Bennett, Garrison medal at conference meet

By John Goralski Sports Writer For two weeks, Matt Bennett has tried to battle through a winter illness. His practices were limited. His strength was depleted, and the shot put seemed to weigh 300 pounds. But on Saturday, Jan. 25, Bennett tried to push it all behind him at the CCC Championship meet as he…

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