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Streaking to a 4th title?: Softball eyes state record for straight wins

April 1, 2016
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Softball heads

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The top-seeded Lady Knights were down 4-0 to No.2 Cheshire after four innings of play in the Class LL state championship game. In the bottom of the fifth, Kaitlyn Paterson’s RBI single, a squeeze bunt by Emily Lippincott, and a two-run double by Lauren Zazzaro tied the game at 4-4. With…

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Blue Knights are poised for another run

April 1, 2016
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Garrett Gugliotti is one of just two returning players with varsity experience.
on the mound.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Blue Knight baseball team finished last year’s regular season with a 15-5 record (11-3 in division), winning the CCC West by beating out Simsbury by a game to claim the division title for the fourth time in five years. Seventh-seeded Southington qualified for the Class LL tournament for a fifth-straight…

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Missed it by two points: Spikers hope to build on last year’s close finish

April 1, 2016
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Volleyball preview

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Southington head coach Lou Gianacopolos hugged his clipboard as he paced back and forth between the two volleyball nets that were strung up in the high school gym, watching his young Blue Knights closely. No pass, no set, and no attack, escaped his gaze. But through his examination, one number was…

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Sports listings for the April 1 edition

March 30, 2016
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FUNDRAISERS PSYCHIC READINGS FOR RUGBY—Friday, April 29, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. (6:30 p.m. registration), at Southington High School. A group reading with medium Karen Kilmartin. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance. Proceeds benefit the SHS rugby club. Contact: hdultra73@gmail.com. PAVERS FOR POSTERITY (BLUE KNIGHT BRICKS)—The Turf Committee is offering an opportunity to purchase…

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If the Blues get a strikeout, Shepard Meadows will make out… for veterans

March 29, 2016
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The Bristol Blues and Shepard Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center (SMTRC) will run a season-long fund-raiser to ensure the local riding center can continue to support veterans and residents with equine therapy sessions. “Shepard Meadows is expanding our support to the veteran community and increasing number of local residents who are thriving in our riding programs,”…

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CT Impact softball team studies at UNH

March 27, 2016
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A number of Southington players from the CT Impact fastpitch softball team attended a recent mini clinic on Friday, March 18 at the University of New Haven. Partcipants, above, included Lainie Hellyar, Ava Hampton, Chelsea Crouch, Michelina Centafonti, Jenna Michaud, Liliana Murphy, Hollis Ryan, Kaitlyn Reardon, and Nasiah Martinez. Missing from the photo is Dominique…

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SHS Spring Sports Schedules

March 26, 2016
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Race 4 Chase program seeks young triathletes

March 25, 2016
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A triathlete transitions to the bike portion of the course during last year’s Race 4 Chase triathlon at Camp Sloper.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Southington kids will have an opportunity to compete in a triathlon again this summer, while honoring the memory of Chase Kowalski, a 6-year-old victim of the Sandy Hook shootings. The “Race 4 Chase” was established in 2013 in memory of Kowalski, who loved to run, swim, and bike. His parents, Rebecca and…

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Hawks Landing adds U-18 summer golf program

March 25, 2016
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Asst. golf pro James Giampaolo, left, and Dan LaPorte, right, are ready to add a new wrinkle to the Hawks Landing little league golf program with a new U-18 summer program.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Five years ago, Dan LaPorte had the idea of starting a little league for golf at Hawks Landing Country Club, and a kindergarten through sixth grade program was born. The youth program has since drawn many youngsters from across the state to take up a game that wasn’t always as popular.…

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Swimmers battle into the state open

March 23, 2016
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Austin Bull cuts through the water during the breaststroke competition at the Class LL final meet. Bull was a member of one of the two Southington relays to advance, and he qualified as an alternate for the state open championship.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER With two relays and an alternate at the state open championship and a diver that clawed his way to the Class LL finals, the Blue Knight swimming and diving team rallied for one of their best winters under Coach Evan Tuttle. When he took over the the boys swimming and diving…

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