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The great unknown; Girls Soccer is looking for answers

September 13, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Sal Penta pauses when a visitor asks about his expectations this fall. A puzzled expression washes across his face as he stares out at his team warming up for a preseason practice. Last year, Penta’s high expectations seemed to tumble toward the season finale when an experienced senior class…

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One common goal; Soccer expects a return to the postseason

September 13, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer It didn’t take long for the last year’s Knights to question their season goals. They lost their goaltender for almost a month. The scoring didn’t come, and the losses began to pile up. The first win came in the opening week, The second came in the season finale. Fortunately, winning…

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Founding Father; Bob Wittneben launched a program and set the standard for wrestling

September 13, 2013
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Founding Father; Bob Wittneben launched a program and set the standard for wrestling

By John Goralski Sports Writer When Bob Wittneben entered the high school in 1973, the Blue Knights were already established as a baseball and football power. Golf had already claimed its first state title, and softball was ready to launch a dynasty. Sports were already well-established in the blue collar town, but Wittneben had something…

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Team Lauryn to return to Apple Harvest Festival Road Race

September 12, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Team Lauryn will return to the Apple Harvest Road Race this year in memory of Lauryn Ossola, a former YMCA Stingray and Lady Knight’s swimmer at Southington High School who died tragically in car accident two years ago. Team Lauryn will participate in the 5K/5 mile Road Race at the…

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Lincoln College builds athletic department; Deena Martinelli hired as cheerleading coach; Gina Prentiss as information director

September 7, 2013
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Lincoln College builds athletic department; Deena Martinelli hired as cheerleading coach; Gina Prentiss as information director

SOUTHINGTON—Director of Athletics Preston Beverly has been busy since his hiring last spring as Lincoln College of New England continues to build its athletic department. In recent years, the NJCAA Division III school has shown promise with their men’s basketball team, and the women’s basketball team has had varied levels of success. Former Bristol Eastern…

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2013 road race registration begins;

September 7, 2013
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2013 road race registration begins;

By John Goralski Sports Writer When John Myers took over as the Apple Harvest Road Race director, the annual 5-mile race attracted about 500 runners and a handful of workers. Over the last decade, that number has tripled. With armies of runners winding down by the finish line and legions of Little Fritters circling the…

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Back to the Future; Football has sights set on the postseason

September 6, 2013
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by John Goralski Sports Writer Gridiron officials released this year’s schedule and Coach Mike Drury was immediately deluged by a flood of voice mail and text messages. Opening day always brings excitement, but nothing like this. Last year, the Blue Knights spoiled Glastonbury’s bid for a perfect season with a miracle comeback in week six.…

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It’s still business as usual; Girls Volleyball isn’t worried about rebuilding

September 6, 2013
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by John Goralski Sports Writer The Lady Knight volleyball team surged through the playoffs, picking off top seeds in a Cinderella romp that fell just one game short of the championship game. The offense didn’t falter in hostile gyms against a pair of top teams. The defense stayed poised as they held off attacks from…

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The numbers game; The Lady Knight swim team is bigger and better than ever

September 6, 2013
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by John Goralski Sports Writer It was just four years ago that Evan Tuttle struggled through a preseason interview making apologies for his team’s lack of swimmers at a preseason practice. He boasted just 20 girls on his varsity roster as he begged and pleaded throughout the school for divers and warm bodies. That might…

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Battle of the sexes; The Lady Knights are setting the pace for local runners

September 6, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Wrtier The Lady Knights had a lot to cheer about when they cracked the top 15 at last year’s Class L championship race. It marked the first time that the girls team out-shadowed the boys at the finish line. It marked a shift in the program’s expectations and fulfilled the prediction…

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