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Hall of Fame: Chapter One-The 1986 softball team sparked a 52-game winning streak

September 22, 2016
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The 1986 Lady Knights rallied to a perfect 24-0 record to capture a conference and state title. Front, from left, Melinda Silva, Doreen Lumbra, and Jill Pelrin. Middle, Chris Zimmer, Gina Lepito, Coleen Steinnagel, Jennifer Early, Chantelle Charamut, Cheryl Danko, Cheryl Bradley, and Pam Tycz. Back, manager Loryn Lindquist, Melodie Johnson, Tracy Ciosek, Kris Mach, Debbie Dunbar, Robbie Lipetz, Kris Wilcox, and Anne Bouchard.

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR The Lady Knights were defending a state title at the start of the 1986 spring season, but it seemed there were more questions than answers when tryouts began. Gone was the championship pitcher and a couple of key players, but even the returning players were out of the lineup in the…

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Knights keep fighting

September 22, 2016
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Joseph Colaccino wins a 50/50 ball in front of Bloomfield’s net.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Southington Blue Knight soccer team earned its first win of the season after splitting this past week with a win and a loss. Following a hard-fought season opener against Conard that ended in a 1-1 draw, the Knights suffered an overtime loss on the road, but displayed resiliency when…

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Field hockey drops 2 at home

September 22, 2016
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Lauren Graef leads a fast break during a hard-fought loss to Glastonbury.

After beginning their season with a 2-0 victory on the road at Windsor, the Lady Knight field hockey team had a rough homecoming with a pair of tough losses. The Knights hosted top-five Glastonbury in their home opener on Tuesday, Sept. 13, but were blanked, 3-0. The Tomahawks scored a pair of goals in the…

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Third game’s the charm

September 22, 2016
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Rylee Van Epps leads a rush past midfield during a loss to Simsbury.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The third time was the charm for the Lady Knights as the girls soccer team earned its first win of the season in Bloomfield. Southington lost hard-fought games to Conard and Simsbury to open the season, but Southington coach Mike Linehan said that the team is progressing as a team…

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Cross country teams split with Warriors at home opener

September 22, 2016
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Mark Murdy puts some distance between himself and the pack during a duel meet against Hall at YMCA Camp Sloper.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER There were no personal bests recorded through the humid, 80 degree dual meet, but Southington runners graced the top of the podium in both races when the Knights split with Hall at YMCA Camp Sloper on Tuesday, Sept. 13. Isabella Scalise (22:53) paced the Lady Knights to a comfortable 22-38…

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Knights steamroll Simsbury

September 22, 2016
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Vance Upham breaks through the backfield during a lopsided rout in Simsbury on Friday.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Vance Upham received the handoff as the offensive line collapsed quickly around him. A tackler tried to wrap him up in the backfield, but Upham bounced off him like a super ball. The Blue Knight running back hit the open gap and charged down the sidelines for a 75-yard score,…

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Scoreboard for the Sept. 23 edition

September 21, 2016
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These are the scores for games played between Monday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 18. For more in depth coverage, read us in print or on-line. Football Southington 56, Simsbury 7 Friday, Sept. 16 At Simsbury Southington                  42 07 00 07 — 56 Simsbury                       07 00 00 00 — 07 First Quarter SoHS—Will Barmore 1…

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Swimmers qualify for postseason at opener

September 21, 2016
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Jessica Piotrowski swims the butterfly during Southington’s win over EO Smith.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER It was pretty clear that the Lady Knight swimming and diving team was coming into the 2016 campaign with a strong combination of experienced swimmers and depth up and down the lineup, but qualifying more than one swimmer in multiple events for the Class LL meet was something Southington coach…

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Spikers are still finding their way

September 21, 2016
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Hannah Zelina goes for a kill during a victory over Conard last week.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Lady Knight volleyball team bounced back from a loss in the opener with wins in two of their three matches last week. Southington coach Rich Heitz said that size has been a challenge for the Knights at times, especially in the two losses they’ve sustained. That was noticeable during…

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Sports listings for the Sept. 23 edition

September 21, 2016
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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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