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Building blocks; Wilcats are looking for points, rebounds, and community service

November 23, 2013
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Building blocks; Wilcats are looking for points, rebounds, and community service

By John Goralski Sports Writer Preston Beverly looked back over his shoulder with quiet satisfaction as his Lincoln College New England men’s basketball team raced for the locker rooms at halftime. It wasn’t his team’s five point lead that brought a smile to the athletic director/coach. It was the swarm of kids from the Bristol…

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Medal Round; Swimmers claw their way to 3 school records, a Class LL medal, and the state open

November 22, 2013
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Medal Round; Swimmers claw their way to 3 school records, a Class LL medal, and the state open

By John Goralski Sports Writer Laurel Dean leapfrogged over three swimmers in her heat and one in a faster heat at the Yale University pool. Marisa Matthews earned the final spot at the state open but moved up one spot in the 50 freestyle standings. On Saturday, Nov. 16, the Lady Knight swimming season came…

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Seniors bowl over Bobcats; Thanksgiving Day win would secure a tourney bid

November 22, 2013
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Seniors bowl over Bobcats; Thanksgiving Day win would secure a tourney bid

By John Goralski Sports Writer If anybody thought that South Windsor was going to pose a challenge on Friday, Nov. 15, the Blue Knight football team erased all doubts in the opening minutes. Southington took the field for just 12 plays in the opening half, and it resulted in six scores. The clock began running…

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Swimmers rally to finals; Matthews powers Knights into the second round

November 15, 2013
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Swimmers rally to finals; Matthews powers Knights into the second round

By John Goralski Sports Writer There isn’t much that can wipe the smile off Evan Tuttle’s face these days. His Lady Knight swimmers have plastered a grin on the varsity coach, and the postseason has only just begun. On Saturday, Nov. 9, the Lady Knights dove into the postseason with entrants in every race at…

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Three Southington High School swimmers advance to the state open

November 15, 2013
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By John Goralski Marisa Matthews battled for a Class LL medal in the 100 breastroke as the sixth place person in the fastest heat, but Laurel Dean finished first in the second heat to break the school record with a time of 1:09.79. On Tuesday, the Lady Knights attacked the Southern Connecticut State University pool…

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Knights steamroll over East Hartford

November 15, 2013
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Knights steamroll over East Hartford

By John Goralski Sports Writer On Friday, Nov. 8, Zach Maxwell carried the ball four times in the first possession of the second half, and that resulted in a 59-yard scoring drive to give the Blue Knights a 48-point lead over East Hartford. Coach Mike Drury had seen enough. He pulled his starters, emptied his…

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Lincoln College falls to .500 in week 2

November 13, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Lincoln College New England opened their conference schedule last week with a trio of road contests in Massachusetts. The Wildcats won the first one, but were edged by a total of three points over the next two games. With the win and two losses, the Wildcats fell to .500 (2-2),…

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Opportunity Knocks; Mike Ryan blazed his own path to the NFL sidelines

November 10, 2013
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Opportunity Knocks; Mike Ryan blazed his own path to the NFL sidelines

By John Goralski Sports Writer Irv Black’s voice crackled through the speakers at Hartford Public in 1980 as the legendary track official called the play-by-play for the 1500m race at the Colonial Conference Championship. His voice melted into a rhythm with the frontrunner’s steps which included newcomer Mike Ryan. With each step, Ryan matched Black’s…

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The new Testa-ment; Joe Testa was a spark for Blue Knight soccer

November 9, 2013
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The new Testa-ment; Joe Testa was a spark for Blue Knight soccer

By John Goralski Sports Writer Few returning players even knew the name of the new Italian student in 1974 when he strolled onto the Recreation Park soccer field for an early Southington High School tryout. Tall and thin like a blade of grass, the young newcomer waited in the wings for practice to begin. He…

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Knights claim 4th in the CCC West; Dean leads the way with Southington’s first conference title since 2007

November 8, 2013
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Knights claim 4th in the CCC West; Dean leads the way with Southington’s first conference title since 2007

By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Evan Tuttle has never been busier at a conference meet, but on Friday, Nov. 1 the Southington coach never had a chance to rest. The Lady Knights sent wave after wave of swimmers across the water at Newington High School. Almost every heat of every relay had a Southington…

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