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Staggered start; Bill Rodgers returns to the 2015 Apple Harvest Road Race

July 24, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The 36th annual Southington Apple Harvest Festival Road Race is set to kick off on Sunday, Oct. 4, but there are some changes to this year’s event. In previous years, the 5-mile road race and the 5K road race started at the same time. This year, however, the races will stagger…

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Going out with a laugh: Legion wraps up the season with a good time

July 24, 2015
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Coach Marc Verderame jogs home for Southington score during an off-beat finale against Unionville on July 17.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER A couple losses, a couple rainouts, and a couple laughs brought Southington’s (7-15) American Legion season to a close this past week. Post 72 was scheduled to end their season with a doubleheader against Unionville (7-17) on Friday, July 17. However, both teams agreed to do things a little differently, playing…

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8th annual GE 5K draws crowd in support of Petit family

July 24, 2015
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Dr. William Petit high-fives a runner during the 8th annual GE 5K Road Race, held in honor of the Petit Family Foundation in Plainville on July 19.

By TAYLOR HARTZ STAFF WRITER More than 1,000 runners lined Woodford Avenue in Plainville early Sunday morning, for the eighth annual GE 5K Road Race, benefiting the Petit Family Foundation. The annual race honors the memories of Jennifer, Hayley and Michaela Petit, whose lives were lost in a Cheshire home invasion in 2007. The foundation has…

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Blues still clinging to top spot: Locals struggle for 2 wins last week

July 23, 2015
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Ryan Rinsky beats the play at second base during a Bristol Blues game at Muzzy Field last week.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER With a count of 0-1 with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning, the Bravehearts’ pitcher threw the second pitch, and Austin Chauvin moved off the plate to avoid getting hit by the ball. The catcher couldn’t put his glove on it. The ball rolled…

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Hall of Fame: Uncharted Water: Matt Crispino is still making waves in his sport

July 23, 2015
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Matt Crispino explodes out of the gate during a varsity race in his senior season.

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR Matt Crispino slipped into the pool like a Navy Seal and clawed his way toward the frontrunners at the 1999 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) conference meet. All around him, scholarship swimmers were straining to find an edge in the water, but Crispino—a freshman—was matching them stroke-for-stroke. He shot into the turn as…

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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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