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Hockey bests the best of Division II; Warrior-Knights challenge two top teams, first to beat East Catholic

February 2, 2013
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Hockey bests the best of Division II; Warrior-Knights challenge two top teams, first to beat East Catholic

By John Goralski Sports Writer The second period was the ultimate test for Hall-Southington defenders because East Catholic skaters seemed angry at the ice. On Wednesday, Jan. 23, the Warrior-Knights had surprised the undefeated Eagles with two goals in the first period, and the undefeated division two team threw everything they could at the DIII…

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Tix on sale for the 2013 BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Championship

February 1, 2013
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This just arrived from XL Center about the BIG EAST Championships   PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Individual session tickets for the 2013 BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Championship Presented by American Eagle Outfitters are on sale now via all Ticketmaster outlets. The Championship, returning to Hartford, Conn., for the 10th-straight year, will be played at the XL…

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Lady Knights upset Weaver, beat Newington

January 31, 2013
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Lady Knights upset Weaver, beat Newington

By John Goralski Sports Writer The most impressive numbers can’t be found in the box score. In both victories last week. You have to look betwen the lines to find it. Maeghan Chapman held Weaver’s top scorer to just three points, and she matched that feat against Newington’s go-to shooter. Sarah Mongillo and freshman Natalie…

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Embracing the challenge; Local tournament welcomes top teams in the region

January 30, 2013
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Embracing the challenge; Local tournament welcomes top teams in the region

By John Goralski Sports Writer Austin Sullivan was trailing by eight points when Coach Derek Dion made his way to the mat from another Blue Knigth bout. An in-state wrestler was slowly gaining dominance over Sullivan in the 183-pound match, and a red-faced coach bellowed from the sidelines. Sullivan reversed his opponent and planted him…

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Wildcats recognize Observer sports writer John Goralski

January 27, 2013
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Wildcats recognize Observer sports writer John Goralski

On Thursday, Jan. 17, Southington Observer sports writer John Goralski was recognized by the Lincoln College New England men’s basketball team (formerly known as Briarwood College) for almost one decade of sports coverage. Coaches and players presented Goralski with a framed Briarwood College jersey and plaque.

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The race for 140 points; Knights improve by 3 points without full lineup

January 26, 2013
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The race for 140 points; Knights improve by 3 points without full lineup

By John Goralski Sports Writer Lexi Rothstein catapulted herself off the the vault and twisted like a corkscrew before sticking her landing. Kayla Nati launched herself between the bars as if she was mad at gravity, and the Lady Knights stuck to the beam as if they had glue on their feet. On Saturday, Jan.…

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The real test; Skaters beat defending champ, clinch a postseason berth

January 26, 2013
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The real test; Skaters beat defending champ, clinch a postseason berth

By John Goralski Sports Writer Hall-Southington hockey has knocked off a division one opponent. They’ve come out on top in all but one division two game, and they’ve swept through their division three pairings without as much as a hiccup. But make no bones about it. There was only one game circled at the start…

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Knights control conference; Girls lead CCC West with wins over Simsbury, New Britain

January 25, 2013
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Knights control conference; Girls lead CCC West with wins over Simsbury, New Britain

By John Goralski Sports Writer Last year the Lady Knights had just one chance to play for double digit wins, but it was spoiled by a postseason loss. What a difference a year makes. Southington dispatched two opponents last week to improve to 10-3. A two-point victory over Simsbury at the start of the week,…

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Girls clinch postseason; Win over Farmington secures tournament bid

January 18, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Farmington players never knew what hit them. From the opening whistle, Southington defenders clamped down on their conference rival. They stepped into passing lanes. They trapped at mid-court. When the horn blew at the end of the first quarter, Farmington still hadn’t scored a single point. On Monday, Jan. 7,…

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Attacking McReaveyIndoor Track clicks at Wesleyan University;

January 18, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Joe Pappalardo was caught in a tangle of elbows and knees at the start of the 4x800m relay and was thrown to the ground in a wild stampede. As wave after wave of baton-wielding distance runners trampled him, Pappalardo fought to his feet. By the second lap, almost half of…

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