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Possessing a new style;Boys Soccer is turning up the heat this fall

September 12, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Two points. That was all how close the Blue Knight soccer team came to the postseason in 2013. If they could have pulled out one more win or manufactured a couple of ties, Southington could have made a run in postseason play. It wasn’t that the locals weren’t competitive. Only…

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Home field advantage; Field Hockey has raised the bar for 2014

September 12, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer For years, Erin Luddy boasted that an artificial turf field would level the playing field for her Lady Knight team. For years, she manufactured late rallies in a frenzied game of catch-up, while turf teams cruised into the postseason. Last season, she finally had her chance to prove it. Glastonbury…

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Dizzy Poryzdy; Greg Poryzdy made opponents’ heads swirl at every level

September 5, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Greg Poryzdy seemed almost embarrassed as he poured through his career statistics on a small table in his backyard. More than three decades have passed since he scored his last basket for the Blue Knight basketball team. Although his name still hangs on a banner in the Wesleyan University gym,…

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A New Direction; Girls soccer takes aim at the postseason

September 5, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer First year coach Mike Linehan hustled between two groups of girls soccer players during a pre-season possession drill. He barked encouragement over one shoulder as an offensive unit navigated the ball past a crowd of defenders. He turned back to critique the defenders in the other group when they missed…

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Kataria Classic; Blue Knight captain organizes a local charity tournament

August 29, 2014
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Kataria Classic; Blue Knight captain organizes a local charity tournament

By John Goralski Sports Writer Kunal Kataria listened to his classmates talking in excited bursts at a teammate’s graduation party last spring. The high school season had just wrapped up a few days earlier. Still smarting from their losses, the underclassmen were already looking ahead to next year’s campaign. The debate grew heated. Will this…

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Sometimes nice guys finish first; Ron Wyckoff selected to the NE Auto Racing Hall of Fame

August 22, 2014
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Sometimes nice guys finish first; Ron Wyckoff selected to the NE Auto Racing Hall of Fame

By John Goralski Sports Writer Nobody expected much out of Ronnie Wyckoff when he slipped into the lineup at the Riverside Park Triple Crown Finale in August of 1980. After all, the Southington driver was supposed to be retired. How could he expect to keep pace with such a storied group of drivers in their…

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August 15, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Denise Archacki-Ingriselli’s reprieve ran out when former Lady Knight softball coach Joe Piazza signaled to his smiling outfielder halfway through her rookie season. Southington’s starting shortstop was being helped from the varsity field by her teammates with a season-ending injury, and Southington’s hopes for their first championship banner seemed to…

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The running man; Bill Schrlau endures a 24-hour test to complete an ultra marathon

August 8, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Bill Schrlau snapped awake at the sound of approaching footsteps, and he stumbled forward in a daze like a sleepwalker jerked into consciousness. Almost every distance runner can relate to the frequent stabs of pain that come with every step on swollen knees and ankles. Marathon runners can certainly understand…

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Wrestling the nation’s top talent; Murillo finishes 2nd in the nation; Bylykbashi just misses all-American

August 8, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Zac Murillo attacked his opponent’s leg in the national freestyle semifinals like a hungry crocodile attacking his prey. Murrillo latched onto his foe and began to spin him across the mat in a dizzying death roll. His all-American opponent was helpless against Murillo’s grip, and officials counted out the score…

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King of the numbers game; Stephen Daniels is the man behind Southington’s statistics

August 8, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer The argument had been dragging on for almost an hour in the high school football room before former Blue Knight coach Jude Kelly had to jump into the middle of the fray. Two assistant coaches were burning off stress with a friendly debate about former players, and it had grown…

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