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Swimmers hit the wall: Times drop as competition heats up in the pool

January 22, 2016
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Austin Bull swims the breaststroke during a loss to Avon last week.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Cheshire had built a comfortable 80-30 lead heading into the 200 freestyle relay. The second heat of the 200 freestyle relay gets up on the blocks. All of a sudden, a thunderous roar came from Southington (2-2) corner. “It’s the team keeping themselves in the meet,” said Southington coach Evan Tuttle.…

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Knights take advantage of Yale’s banked track

January 22, 2016
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Tyler Cyr, left, battles for position during a 300m race at the Yale Invitational on Jan. 15 and Jan. 16 at Coxe Cage.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Southington’s indoor track and field team spent Friday, Jan. 15 and Saturday, Jan. 16 at one of the most anticipated events on the team’s schedule. The Knights took a trip down to New Haven to compete against schools from more than a dozen different states at the 34th annual Yale Interscholastic…

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Gymnasts raise the bar in West Hartford

January 21, 2016
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Gymnastics

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Lady Knights (4-0) began the week with some stumbles, but managed to maintain their balance with wins over both West Hartford schools away from home and a season-high score. Southington opened the week on Tuesday, Jan. 12 against Hall (0-2) at Whiting Lane Elementary School in West Hartford where the…

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Hockey streak at 6 games

January 21, 2016
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Paul Gambardella battles for the puck in the corner during a 1-0 victory over Rockville-Bolton-Coventry-RHAM on Jan. 16.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Andrew Mitchell received the puck at the top of the key just inside the blue line and the defense quickly closed in. Mitchell flicked the puck towards the goal, and Jacob Herz deflected it off the bottom corner of the crossbar and into the back of the net. Herz’s deflection for…

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Lady Knights get 10th win

January 21, 2016
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Janette Wadolowski takes a jump shot during a road win at top-ranked Conard.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER   The Lady Knights basketball team (10-1) knocked Conard (10-1) from the ranks of the undefeated with a 59-39 victory in West Hartford on Thursday, Jan. 14. Right from the opening tip, the Knights came out and never gave the Chieftains any room to breath. Southington built a 13-point lead by…

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Third time’s the charm: Boys push 2 games to OT before getting 1st win

January 21, 2016
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Jeremy Mercier attacks the rim at Plainville to help the Blue Knights basketball team get their first win of the season.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER With time winding down in the game and Southington trailing by one point, Nate Blitz went up for a layup and collided into a defender in mid-air. Blitz hit the floor, but the ball tapped off the glass and swished through the net. The Southington senior got up on his feet,…

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Boys still waiting for efforts to pay off on the court

January 17, 2016
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Nate Blitz attempts a lay-up during a recent game against Glastonbury.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER It is simply not a question of effort, nor is it a question of buying into the system. Southington coach John Cessario believes in his guys and appreciates the hard work they are giving him, day in and day out. Even if the final score doesn’t show it. “I think they’re…

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SVMFL collects over a ton of food for SCS

January 17, 2016
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SVMFL

Southington Valley Midget Football League’s third annual food drive collected 2,669 items, weighing 2,246 pounds, which will benefit the Southington Community Services food pantry. The drive, led by Shari Kohl and her son Dillon, above, ran from Sept. 7 through Oct. 10. Teams in each division competed against each other to be the drive’s “Top…

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Knights edge Wethersfield: Williams tips the scale for the Lady Knight gymnasts

January 13, 2016
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Vicky Castillo  leaps across the beam during a meet against Wethersfield on Jan. 9. Castillo led the Knights in the event with a 9.3.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Rachel Williams hopped onto the bars and gracefully swung from the low bar to the high bar. She extended into a handstand position, shifted direction with a pirouette, and switched back to the low bar. On Saturday, Jan. 9, Williams danced around the bars, flipped into a dismount, and landed softly…

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Lady Knights keep on rolling: Girls clinch a postseason berth with 8th win of the season

January 13, 2016
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Janette Wadolowski looks for an open teammate during a  56-39 win over Windsor.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Lady Knights kept rolling with two double-digit road wins, sandwiching a 17-point victory at home. At 8-1, the Lady Knights clinched a postseason berth. Southington began the week with a road trip across the Connecticut River to Glastonbury (5-2) on Monday, Jan. 4, where they won by 12 points over…

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