Sports

Southington Observer Sports Section

Conference champs; Penalties continue to spoil the celebration

October 31, 2014
By
Conference champs; Penalties continue to spoil the celebration

By John Goralski Sports Writer Two blitzing linebackers tipped the football into the air, and Dan Williams slid underneath it for Southington’s second interception in the game. On Friday, Nov. 24, the Blue Knight football team was mired in penalties on both sides of the ball, but in between the flags, Southington players were putting…

Read more »

Class LL Championship; Garrison advances; Injured girls fall short of open

October 31, 2014
By
Class LL Championship; Garrison advances; Injured girls fall short of open

By John Goralski Sports Writer The Lady Knight’s No. 2 runner was perched on crutches at the finish line as her teammates navigated the 5K course at Wickham Park. Southington’s top runner was beginning to fade into the pack. One varsity runner learned about her start just a few days before the race. All of…

Read more »

CCC Champs; Field Hockey wins conference title; on the brink of first 10-win season

October 31, 2014
By
CCC Champs; Field Hockey wins conference title; on the brink of first 10-win season

By John Goralski Sports Writer Allie Abacherli’s first goal was answered before the break by a pair of South Windsor scores. Abacherli’s second goal came during a 30-minute defensive stand that kept the Bobcats off the board for the entire second half. Her third goal was something special. With nine seconds left in overtime, Isabella…

Read more »

O’No, it’s O’Connell; Greg O’Connell battled a few steps from the NBA

October 30, 2014
By
O’No, it’s O’Connell; Greg O’Connell battled a few steps from the NBA

By John Goralski Sports Writer Nobody must have batted an eye when Greg O’Connell strolled into the high school gym in 1962 because nobody could have seen the scrawny 13-year old as much of a physical threat. At 5-foot-9, the freshman forward didn’t turn many heads. At 118 pounds, O’Connell wasn’t going to push around…

Read more »

Knights just miss tourney; Blue Knight soccer team competes to the very end

October 30, 2014
By
Knights just miss tourney; Blue Knight soccer team competes to the very end

By John Goralski Sports Writer The Blue Knights survived an 0-5 start and a season mired in injuries. They survived six overtime contests and came away with three wins and a tie. It seemed fitting that steady rains and a driving wind enveloped the field in the season finale. Even the weather seemed to be…

Read more »

Swim team is closing in on double digits

October 30, 2014
By

By John Goralski Sports Writer For only the second time this season, the Lady Knight swim team was edged by  a perennial power. For the second time this season, they rebounded with a spirited win. On Friday, Oct. 24, Southington trailed by 13 points after Berlin scored three divers against the Lady Knights’ empty lineup.…

Read more »

Dawn’s early light; Dawn Lantiere lit up the Lady Knights

October 27, 2014
By
Dawn’s early light; Dawn Lantiere lit up the Lady Knights

By Jon Goralski Sports Writer Who knows what was going through that knobby kneed hitter when he trudged to the plate in the early 1980s. Scouts had little information on the tiny preteen that glared at him from the pitcher’s mound. Maybe he thought it would be easy to face a young girl on the…

Read more »

Senior night; Swimmers back on top

October 24, 2014
By
Senior night; Swimmers back on top

By Jon Goralski Sports Writer Kristen Loose clawed through the water between a pair of underclassmen as if she was ushering them toward the finish line of the 100 butterfly. Sam Sagnella was just a few strokes ahead. Patrycja Zajac was a few strokes behind, and Loose seemed to herd them both to the finish…

Read more »

No shortcuts for Knights; Volleyball embraces late season challenge

October 24, 2014
By
No shortcuts for Knights; Volleyball embraces late season challenge

By Jon Goralski Sports Writer Frontier Regional School was undefeated and ranked No. 3 in Massachusetts when the Lady Knight volleyball team swept two straight games at the end of the first session of pool play. In the second round, Southington split with Massachusetts’ top ranked team—Notre Dame Academy—which was ranked No. 31 in the…

Read more »

Taming the conference; Girls finish 2nd in CCC West; Boys place 4th

October 24, 2014
By
Taming the conference; Girls finish 2nd in CCC West; Boys place 4th

By Jon Goralski Sports Writer The pain was etched across her face as Gabi Napoli clawed her way toward the finish line. Southington’s frontrunner, Lauren Perkowski, was still in her sights, and the junior runner hobbled up the final hill in hot pursuit. On Wednesday, Oct. 15, fallen runners littered the Wickham Park course when…

Read more »