Sports

Southington Observer Sports Section

Hall of Fame: deFighting Irish: Nicole deFau battled from walk-on to team captain

November 5, 2015
By
Nicole deFau, above, was Southington’s first Gatorade Player of the Year in softball.

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR It was some time during her senior year at Notre Dame when Nicole deFau found herself alone with her division one coach, and the former Southington standout could see the tears welling up in Deanna Gumpf’s eyes. DeFau was the only senior on that 2004 tournament-bound team. She had outlasted an all-American…

Read more »

Knights blank New Britain: Football scores first shutout of the year

November 4, 2015
By
Jasen Rose holds off a sack to throw his second of three touchdown passes during a 35-0 shutout over New Britain on Oct. 30.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER New Britain (4-3) had possession of the ball on Southington’s 1-yard line late in the fourth quarter. The quarterback took the snap and handed the ball off to his running back, slashing right up the gut. Keanu Cummings stood back for a moment and waited patiently for the play to develop…

Read more »

Soccer surges toward tourney

November 4, 2015
By
Joe Colaccino squares off against a defender during a 5-1 win over Hartford Public in the regular season finale.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Blue Knights soccer team concluded their successful 2015 regular season by going 1-1 on the week as they prepare to compete in the Class LL state tournament. On Thursday, Oct. 29, Southington hosted Hartford Public (2-14-0) for a 5-1 win. Erik Schneider pulled out the hat trick with back-to-back goals…

Read more »

Knights advance to Open: Girls and boys teams qualify for the state meet

November 4, 2015
By
Gabi Napoli set the pace with a 16th place finish at the Class LL race in Manchester on Oct. 31. The race marked the first time that Southington girls advanced to the state open as a team.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Conner Leone was trailing behind a pack of runners as he made his way up the hill to the home stretch of the race. He saw the spectators leaning over the fence, cheering the runners on. He also saw his teammates and coach cheering him on. “I saw his eyes as…

Read more »

Swimmers beat Berlin in finale

November 4, 2015
By
Patrycja Zajac swims the 100 breaststroke during an 87-78 win over Berlin in the regular season finale on Oct. 28.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Lady Knights swimming and diving team is poised for the postseason after putting a lid on their 2015 regular season with an 87-78 home victory over Berlin on Wednesday’s senior night, Oct. 28. Southington finished the regular season with an 8-2 record, 3-2 in the division in third behind Conard…

Read more »

Knights edged in CCC showdown: Volleyball hangs with perennial state powerhouse

November 4, 2015
By
Sylwia Lewkowicz scores on of her 17 kills against RHAM in a CCC showdown on Oct. 30.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The match was tied 9-9 in the fifth set, and both sides were putting on a show of great volleyball in front of a packed Walt Lozoski gymnasium. On Friday, Oct. 30, the Lady Knights built momentum at the start of the set, built a lead of at 9-5, but RHAM…

Read more »

Field hockey finishes on a strong note

November 4, 2015
By
Field Hockey 1

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Despite a late run, the Lady Knights field hockey team came up just short of a state tournament bid, missing the postseason by one victory. Southington rebounded from a 0-6 start to the season to finish.500 down the stretch. The Knights finished the season just short of the six wins needed…

Read more »

Southington Sports listings for the Nov. 6 edition

November 4, 2015
By
If you would like to your event announced in The Observer, please e-mail information to jgoralski@southingtonobserver.com. The Observer reserves the right to edit for content and space.

FUNDRAISERS PAVERS FOR POSTERITY (BLUE KNIGHT BRICKS)—The Turf Committee is offering an opportunity to purchase bricks to help defray costs for the artificial turf field at Southington High School. Bricks cost $125 and can be engraved with three lines of type (14 characters per line). Bricks will be displayed as part of a walkway and…

Read more »

Dom’s Way

November 4, 2015
By
Photo by BRIAN JENNINGS

On Friday, Oct. 30, Dom D’Angelo Way was officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony in front of the entrance to Southington High School’s turf field. A rock with a plaque containing a passage of D’Angelo’s life was also unveiled. Members of D’Angelo’s family and the Southington board of education were present at the event.…

Read more »

Hall of Fame: The Bristol Bomber: Russ Laribee battled his way through the minors

October 29, 2015
By
Russ Laribee was an outfielder by the time he reached the Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA) in 1981. Above is Laribee’s picture on his minor league baseball card.

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR Ted Williams recognized the pitch just before it was released, and he swung around in the Pawtucket dugout to face a wide-eyed Russ Laribee. The legendary hitter began hurling a litany of questions at the Southington star, and Laribee stumbled over himself to try to get out each answer. What do you…

Read more »