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Local cheerleaders participating in Cheer for Dana-Farber fundraiser

October 23, 2015
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Cheer for Dana-Farber

  Southington cheerleaders are participating in the third annual Cheer for Dana-Farber presented by Walmart, which supports adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The Southington Valley Midget Football League cheerleaders and Southington High School cheerleaders are fundraising until Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, Nov. 26. To participate in Cheer for…

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SYBA looks to grow basketball at the youth level

October 23, 2015
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Basketball 2

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER There is a new face in the world of Southington youth basketball, and his name is Mike DeFeo. DeFeo stepped in as the new president of the Southington Youth Basketball Association (SYBA) last April after 25 years of service from Bill Cekovsky. “I’m very passionate about the game of basketball,” said…

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Lady Knight swimmers push Hall to the limit

October 22, 2015
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Allie Schroeder swims the backstroke leg for the 200 individual medley during a tight loss to Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Kerry Buchanan clawed across the pool like a lifeguard and had a pretty decent lead by the first turn. She was out in front from start to finish. In the final leg, it wasn’t even close. Buchanan (2:11.16) won by about two lengths, and her first-place finish in the 200 freestyle…

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Hall of Fame: Lumbra-jack: Doreen Lumbra cut down opponents at every level

October 22, 2015
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Doreen Lumbra fires a throw to first base to score an out for the Lady Knights during the early 1980s. Lumbra is just the second softball position player to be inducted into the Southington Sports Hall of Fame.

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR The coach of Plainville’s all-star team gathered her players and pointed to Southington’s outfield at the small, under-aged fielder that looked out of place in a squad of teenaged all-stars. Doreen Lumbra wore her age, No. 8, on her chest like a badge of honor, but Plainville coaches saw an opportunity to…

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Knights settle for a tie

October 22, 2015
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Nick Falco splits a pair of Hall defenders during a loss on Friday, Oct. 16. With a tie earlier in the week against Simsbury, the boys keep pace in their quest for a tournament home game.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The first shot hit off of the right post about three minutes into the second half. The second came off of a corner kick that bounced off of the left post with just over four minutes left in the game. The Blue Knights soccer team had their opportunities in Friday, Oct.…

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Cross country shuts out New Britain, Hartford Public in dual meet finale

October 22, 2015
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Running

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The boys teamed defeated the Golden Hurricanes 15-50 and they also defeated the Owls by the same score. For the Knights, the regular season dual meet finale served more as a workout than any sort of challenge. Twenty-two Southing-ton runners finished the race before New Britain’s frontrunner, and 25 Knights finished…

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Here they come: Field hockey starts their signature late-season rally

October 21, 2015
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Kaylee Graef races toward the goal during a game-winning score against Hall on Friday, Oct. 16.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Jen Briscoe poised herself with the ball at the corner and waited for the whistle. She saw Kaylee Graef cross the middle of the field and flung the ball in her direction. Graef received the feed on the inside, and before she could establish possession, met up with a defender. Both…

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Marathon week for the Knights: Spikers follow tourney with win over Simsbury

October 21, 2015
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Southington libero Nicole Groll receives a serve during a 3-0 win over Simsbury on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The volleyball careened toward the home stands after a dig, and Sam Lohneiss leapt toward the bleachers. Her dig kept the Southington volley alive, as she knocked it back in play and hit the deck. Her set came off flawlessly. Kelsea Allen for a slam over the net for a point.…

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Sports Listings for the Oct. 23 edition

October 21, 2015
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EVENTS NAMING OF THE SHS TURF WALKWAY IN HONOR OF DOM D’ANGELO—Wednesday, Oct. 30, 5 p.m., at the entrance to the SHS sports complex. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held to honor the renaming of the walkway for the late Dom D’Angelo, a combat medic in World War II, serving with the 8th Armored Division…

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Hall of Fame: Second to none: Art Secondo’s love for Southington drove him in the media and on the sidelines

October 15, 2015
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Secondo calls a strike during a Parks and Recreation softball game in 2011. Secondo has been umpiring local contests since 1973.

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR When Art Secondo strolled onto the Southington football field in the late 1960s, he was hit by a wave of boos and taunts. Each time a Southington player danced into the end zone, he’d throw an angry glare at the young Southington sports writer. Secondo was pushed to the edge of the…

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