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CCC Champs; Field Hockey wins conference title; on the brink of first 10-win season

October 31, 2014
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By John Goralski
Meagan Asklar fights past an EO Smith defender during a 2-0 win on Tuesday, Oct. 21. With wins over EO Smith and South Windsor, the Lady Knights clinched the CCC East title.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Allie Abacherli’s first goal was answered before the break by a pair of South Windsor scores. Abacherli’s second goal came during a 30-minute defensive stand that kept the Bobcats off the board for the entire second half. Her third goal was something special. With nine seconds left in overtime, Isabella…

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O’No, it’s O’Connell; Greg O’Connell battled a few steps from the NBA

October 30, 2014
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Greg O’Connell attacks the rim during a varsity contest in the 1960s. O’Connell went on to play and coach for almost 35 years after graduation.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Nobody must have batted an eye when Greg O’Connell strolled into the high school gym in 1962 because nobody could have seen the scrawny 13-year old as much of a physical threat. At 5-foot-9, the freshman forward didn’t turn many heads. At 118 pounds, O’Connell wasn’t going to push around…

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Knights just miss tourney; Blue Knight soccer team competes to the very end

October 30, 2014
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by John Goralski
Ryan Burrill battles for a loose ball in a rain drenched season finale on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

By John Goralski Sports Writer The Blue Knights survived an 0-5 start and a season mired in injuries. They survived six overtime contests and came away with three wins and a tie. It seemed fitting that steady rains and a driving wind enveloped the field in the season finale. Even the weather seemed to be…

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Swim team is closing in on double digits

October 30, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer For only the second time this season, the Lady Knight swim team was edged by  a perennial power. For the second time this season, they rebounded with a spirited win. On Friday, Oct. 24, Southington trailed by 13 points after Berlin scored three divers against the Lady Knights’ empty lineup.…

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Dawn’s early light; Dawn Lantiere lit up the Lady Knights

October 27, 2014
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Dawn Lantiere

By Jon Goralski Sports Writer Who knows what was going through that knobby kneed hitter when he trudged to the plate in the early 1980s. Scouts had little information on the tiny preteen that glared at him from the pitcher’s mound. Maybe he thought it would be easy to face a young girl on the…

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Senior night; Swimmers back on top

October 24, 2014
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By John Goralski
Kristen Loose swims the butterfly at a recent meet. Loose is one of 15 seniors on Southington’s roster.

By Jon Goralski Sports Writer Kristen Loose clawed through the water between a pair of underclassmen as if she was ushering them toward the finish line of the 100 butterfly. Sam Sagnella was just a few strokes ahead. Patrycja Zajac was a few strokes behind, and Loose seemed to herd them both to the finish…

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No shortcuts for Knights; Volleyball embraces late season challenge

October 24, 2014
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By John Goralski
Sylwia Lewkowicz blocks a Glastonbury hitter during a 3-0 sweep on Friday, Oct. 17.

By Jon Goralski Sports Writer Frontier Regional School was undefeated and ranked No. 3 in Massachusetts when the Lady Knight volleyball team swept two straight games at the end of the first session of pool play. In the second round, Southington split with Massachusetts’ top ranked team—Notre Dame Academy—which was ranked No. 31 in the…

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Taming the conference; Girls finish 2nd in CCC West; Boys place 4th

October 24, 2014
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By John Goralski
Sean Garrison leads a pack of runners at Wickham Park during the CCC Championship meet on Oct. 16.

By Jon Goralski Sports Writer The pain was etched across her face as Gabi Napoli clawed her way toward the finish line. Southington’s frontrunner, Lauren Perkowski, was still in her sights, and the junior runner hobbled up the final hill in hot pursuit. On Wednesday, Oct. 15, fallen runners littered the Wickham Park course when…

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Postseason bound; Field Hockey’s in uncharted waters

October 23, 2014
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By John Goralski
Meagan Asklar pushes past an East Catholic defender during a 4-0 victory on Tuesday, Oct. 14.

By Jon Goralski Sports Writer Lauren Zazzaro charged the cage. Allie Abacherli converted the goal, and Coach Erin Luddy breathed a sigh of relief. On Tuesday, Oct. 14, East Catholic’s second year program battled the Knights in a scoreless tied for more than a full quarter, but Abacherli’s goal opened the gates. Over the next…

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Redemption song; Knights blank Hall in battle of unbeatens

October 22, 2014
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By John Goralski
Blue Knight guard Tyler DiTunno clears the way for Alessio Diana during a 48-0 win over Hall on Friday, Oct. 17.

By Jon Goralski Sports Writer On the second play from scrimmage, Jasen Rose connected with Alex Jamele for a 64-yard touchdown pass. On the next play from scrimmage, Zack Spooner pounced on a loose ball deep in Hall’s zone to set up a second Southington score just two plays later. Last season, Hall spoiled Southington’s…

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