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Wayton Open crowns champions: Weather helps as local tournament welcomes biggest field ever

July 23, 2015
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Luke Pfanzelt returns a volley in the Men’s B Singles final at the 2015 Wayton Open Tennis Tournament.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The 2015 Wayton Open Tennis Tournament is in the books and creator/director of the tournament Matt Wayton said the eighth year holding the tournament was by far the most successful. “This is great,” said Wayton. “Everything was on schedule this year. It only rained once during the week, so we frontloaded…

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Sports Listings for the July 24 edition

July 22, 2015
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APPLE HARVEST ROAD RACES All races are sponsored by the Southington Community YMCA. Forms are available for pre-registration (by Oct. 3 at noon) at the YMCA membership desk. All race info and on-line registration info can be found at sccymca.org/apple. Register by Sept. 23 to receive a free t-shirt. Plenty of refreshments for athletes with…

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Bristol Blues round-up for July 24

July 21, 2015
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By MICHAEL LETENDRE STAFF WRITER   BRISTOL – Once again, the Bristol Blues had a big week starting on Sunday, July 12 when the locals got by the North Shore Navigators by a 5-4 push. Here’s a look at all the past week’s action: Sunday, July 12 – Bristol Blues 5, North Shore Navigators 4…

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Hall of Fame: It takes a village to raise a banner, the 2002 Lady Knight soccer team rallied around a common goal

July 16, 2015
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The 2002 Lady Knight soccer team is the only Southington soccer team to capture a state championship. Front, from left, Kelly Walsh, Meredith Wholley, Lauren Lattanzio (captain), Lauren Forgione (captain), Lauren Dziedzic (captain), Kaitlin Quinn, Shannon McKernan. Middle, Shivan Wheeler, Corina Adaskaveg, Brandi Groglio, Kristina DiGirolamo, Meghan Butler, Megan Fuller, Erica Waltz. Back, Assistant Coach Steve Risser, Kamila Zysk, Sam Morrissey, Lorraine Mobarak, Stephanie Kowalec, Jill Cocco, Beth Meccariello, Brianna Ondriezek, and Coach Sal Penta. Missing from the photo is Assistant Coach Joe Blaszczyk.

By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR Sal Penta can still remember stopping at midfield during his first preseason soccer practice in 2002 and watching the scene unfold in front of him like a choreographed dance. Players, drenched in sweat, were shuffling through drills. An assistant coach pointed to a group of defenders sprinting toward loose balls. Another one turned…

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Wayton Open is off to a promising start

July 16, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The eighth annual Wayton Open tennis tournament kicked off at local courts on Friday, July 10, and it continues to get bigger every year. The tournament started out as a one-day competition when former Southington High School standout Matt Wayton rolled out the charity event in 2007, but it has expanded…

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Blues keep pace in the West

July 16, 2015
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Robert Schryver digs in at the plate during a recent Bristol Blues home game. The Blues sit atop the Western Division of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Davis Strong hit one, deep to right field. Racing back, Willie Allen couldn’t get it. It bounced to the wall. One run in. Two runs in. Strong, on the second pitch, added to the Blues lead making it 6-0 in the top of the seventh. The Bristol Blues (21-12) picked up…

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Sports Listings for the July 17 edition

July 15, 2015
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APPLE HARVEST ROAD RACES All races are sponsored by the Southington Community YMCA. Forms are available for pre-registration (by Oct. 3 at noon) at the YMCA membership desk. All race info and on-line registration info can be found at sccymca.org/apple. Register by Sept. 23 to receive a free t-shirt. Plenty of refreshments for athletes with…

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Locals capture lacrosse state title

July 12, 2015
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SP Briefs - Connecticut Valley Youth Lacrosse Senior Red State Champions

Three Southington Lacrosse Association teams charged into the championship game of the CVYL state tournament with the Senior Red team, above, capturing the state title. Both the Junior White and Senior White teams finished as runners-up in the state contest. Senior Red players include, Camden Brown, Garrett Brown, Chris Cox, Sean-Michael Davey, Zachary Florian, Marco…

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North champs are town champs

July 11, 2015
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SP Briefs - ASAP - North LL champion Dodgers - Town Champs

The Southington Northern Little League Dodgers (23-1) rebounded from their first loss of the season to win the rematch and the deciding game against the Southington South Angels to capture the 2015 Southington Little League Championship. The Dodgers swept through the regular season and upended the Southington Western Little League Tigers, 15-5, before suffering their…

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Tigers prey on the West

July 11, 2015
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SP Briefs - South LL champions

With a 4-1 victory over the top-seeded and defending-champion Cardinals in the championship game, the Tigers captured the title in the Southington Western Little League. The tigers were the only team to navigate the double-elimination tournament without a loss, outscoring opponents, 19-5. The Tigers survived a nine-inning bout against the Orioles, 3-2, in the opening…

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