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Blocked by Amity: Spartans squash Knight hopes…again

June 18, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Five runs in the top of the second inning of the Class LL semifinal game put the No.7-seed Blue Knights’ (18-6) hopes of making a third-straight finals appearance out of reach. No.14-seed Amity (18-7) defeated the Knights, 6-3, under the lights at Muzzy Field in Bristol on Wednesday night, June 10.…

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Lady Knights are champs…again

June 17, 2015
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Bella Russo stares down the ball during a 15-pitch at bat that helped spark Southington’s four-run comeback rally.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER STRATFORD—With her teammates pressed against the fence behind her, Lauren Zazzaro strolled up to the plate with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning. Her shallow pop fly barely made it into the grass between the infield and outfield, but it was enough. Cheshire’s right fielder, Mairaide O’Reilly, made…

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Cheshire Academy athletes playing at next level

June 14, 2015
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Nearly 30 Cheshire Academy seniors and postgraduate students have signed letters of commitment to play college sports at competitive schools ranging from Duke University to the University of Delaware and Salve Regina University. With sports ranging from baseball to lacrosse, soccer to tennis and football to basketball, the Academy’s student athletes will continue to reach…

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Lightning strikes out cancer

June 13, 2015
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SP Brief - Southington Lightning 12Us win Pony Qualifier

The 12u Southington Lightning 02s won the 6th Annual Strike Out Cancer 12u Pony Qualifier softball tournament on May 24 at Panthorn Park. The girls went 6-0 for the weekend and out-scored opponents, 66-6. Front, from left, Kelsey Fernandez, Lizzy Diorio, and Nicole Greco. Middle, Kristen Rose, Brianna Pearson, Alex Rogers, and Callie Gendron. Top,…

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Kataria brothers advance into the third round

June 12, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER NEW HAVEN – Kunal Kataria and his brother, Rohan Kataria made it as far as the third round of the Class LL Boys Tennis Tournament in doubles, making it the farthest that any Southington boys’ tennis player(s) have advanced in the tournament under Southington coach Tony Mauro. The second round of…

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Track sets personal bests at Class LL Meet: Garrison and girls 4x800m advance to open

June 12, 2015
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Gabi Napoli battles for position at the Class LL championship during the 1600m race. Napoli won her heat and medaled at the meet.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER NEW BRITAIN—The Knights qualified a relay team and an individual athlete for the Open Championship meet when they competed in the Class LL State Meet on Tuesday, June 2 at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Willow Brook Park in New Britain. The girls (9) finished 19th out of 22 schools and the…

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Tourney loss can’t damper Knight success: Girls Tennis sends 6 players to the state open

June 12, 2015
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Angela Baloing returns a volley during her postseason win. Balaoing was the only Knight to win during the 6-1 loss to New Canaan.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Lady Knights girls tennis team’s (17-1) spring season came to a close on Wednesday, June 3 with a 6-1 loss at home to No.14-seed New Canaan (11-5) in the first round of the Class L Tournament. New Canaan defeated No.19-seed North Haven, 7-0, in the qualifying round. The Knights received…

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Volleyball upsets Staples, falls to Darien

June 12, 2015
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Jack Dietz goes up for a block during a 3-1 upset of Staples in the opening round of the Class L tournament.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Blue Knights boys volleyball team (12-7) didn’t just lose to Darien (18-2) in the quarterfinal of the Class L Tournament, they barely lost, by two points in the fifth set. The No.10-seed Knights took the No.2-seed to five sets on Thursday night, June 4 at their place after winning the…

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Golfers place in the top 10: Southington was still in the hunt at the final green

June 11, 2015
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Jake D’Alessandro chips onto the 18th green at the Connecticut Division I championships at Timberlin Golf Club in Kensington.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The boys in gray, blue, and white battled and stayed in contention on the links all the way to the 18th hole at the Division I Boys’ Golf State Championship on Monday, June 8 at Timberlin Golf Club in Berlin. Southington (320) came into the clubhouse ranked eighth out of 20…

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The Knights Cup: Local athletes turn out to compete at youth track event

June 11, 2015
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A group of Southington runners race across the Southington High School track during a 100m race at the Knights Cup Track Summer Series.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The first ever Knights Cup was held at Southington High School’s track and field facilities this past week. The event is a community-wide track and field series for only elementary and middle school athletes that was hosted by the YMCA and Southington High School track and field teams. To ensure a…

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