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Wayton Open is off to a promising start

July 16, 2015
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Wayton Open [2015]

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The eighth annual Wayton Open tennis tournament kicked off at local courts on Friday, July 10, and it continues to get bigger every year. The tournament started out as a one-day competition when former Southington High School standout Matt Wayton rolled out the charity event in 2007, but it has expanded…

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Blues keep pace in the West

July 16, 2015
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Robert Schryver digs in at the plate during a recent Bristol Blues home game. The Blues sit atop the Western Division of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Davis Strong hit one, deep to right field. Racing back, Willie Allen couldn’t get it. It bounced to the wall. One run in. Two runs in. Strong, on the second pitch, added to the Blues lead making it 6-0 in the top of the seventh. The Bristol Blues (21-12) picked up…

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Sports Listings for the July 17 edition

July 15, 2015
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APPLE HARVEST ROAD RACES All races are sponsored by the Southington Community YMCA. Forms are available for pre-registration (by Oct. 3 at noon) at the YMCA membership desk. All race info and on-line registration info can be found at sccymca.org/apple. Register by Sept. 23 to receive a free t-shirt. Plenty of refreshments for athletes with…

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Locals capture lacrosse state title

July 12, 2015
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SP Briefs - Connecticut Valley Youth Lacrosse Senior Red State Champions

Three Southington Lacrosse Association teams charged into the championship game of the CVYL state tournament with the Senior Red team, above, capturing the state title. Both the Junior White and Senior White teams finished as runners-up in the state contest. Senior Red players include, Camden Brown, Garrett Brown, Chris Cox, Sean-Michael Davey, Zachary Florian, Marco…

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North champs are town champs

July 11, 2015
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SP Briefs - ASAP - North LL champion Dodgers - Town Champs

The Southington Northern Little League Dodgers (23-1) rebounded from their first loss of the season to win the rematch and the deciding game against the Southington South Angels to capture the 2015 Southington Little League Championship. The Dodgers swept through the regular season and upended the Southington Western Little League Tigers, 15-5, before suffering their…

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Tigers prey on the West

July 11, 2015
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SP Briefs - South LL champions

With a 4-1 victory over the top-seeded and defending-champion Cardinals in the championship game, the Tigers captured the title in the Southington Western Little League. The tigers were the only team to navigate the double-elimination tournament without a loss, outscoring opponents, 19-5. The Tigers survived a nine-inning bout against the Orioles, 3-2, in the opening…

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Bristol Blues box scores for July 10

July 10, 2015
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Marthas Vineyard Sharks 6, Bristol Blues 2 Tuesday June 30, 2015 Muzzy Field, Bristol   Sharks                      AB    R      H      BI J.Roberts, 2B             5      1      1      0 R.Kelly, CF                 5      1      1      0 B.Campbell, LF           5      2      3      0 J.Mayer, C                 4      1      1      1 D.Casey, RF               4      0      1     …

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Legion woes continue: Forfeit and extra inning loss plagues locals

July 10, 2015
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Justin Makles gets ahold of a pitch during a 5-4 extra-inning loss in Terryville on Sunday, July 5.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Southington American Legion baseball team has been improving throughout the summer as they dive into the latter part of the season. Southington went 2-2 this past week, improving their overall regular season record to 4-8. Southington currently sits in Sixth place of the 19U Division, seven and a half games…

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Hall of Fame: Going the distance and taking the hill, the 1984 cross country team put Southington at the top of the running world

July 9, 2015
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The 1984 cross country team, above, still stands as the only Blue Knight team to capture the Class LL and CT State Open titles. Front, from left, Marty Burns (captain) and Tim Theriault (captain). Second row, Joe Carta, Art Mitchell, Jeff Cavaliere, Rick Black, Jerry Cavaliere, Mike Early, Mike Krar, and Ed Beaupre. Third row, Tom Mullaney, Bill Lesler, Tom Fusciello, Kristen Stanek, Mario Malpica, Bruce Vagts, Bart Lipetz, and Coach Wayne Nakoneczny. Back, Jeff Brunoli and Alex Becking. Missing from the photo: Sean Boyle.

By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR Queen Street drivers must have been skeptical in the fall of 1984 to see the Blue Knights gather at the base of the Loper Street hill for the start of cross country practice. The runners would flock around their coach for final instructions before being ushered into formation. At his signal, they’d take…

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Blues are the team to beat: Locals take a game and a half lead in the division

July 9, 2015
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Bristol Blues closer Robert Paccione hurls a strike on Sunday, July 5 during a 4-1 win over the Pittsfield Suns at Muzzy Field in Bristol. Paccione leads the bullpen this summer with a 0.54 ERA.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER After coming off of their longest winning streak on the season thus far, the Bristol Blues (16-10) kept up their hot play with four more wins and only two losses this past week, remaining in first place of the West Division by going 8-2 in their last 10 games. The Blues’…

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