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Golfers break 150 barrier

May 8, 2014
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By John Goralski
Jake D’Alessandro puts from the fringe on Hawks Landing 7th green on May 1.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Jim DiNello had no idea what to expect when he watched his team tee off on Thursday, May 1. Torrential rains had turned the Southington course into a wet sponge. Fairways were wet. Cart paths were muddy, and greens were slower than Los Angeles traffic. Nobody would have predicted…

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Lacrosse splits week; Win over Pomperaug clinches postseason

May 8, 2014
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By John Goralski
Steven Hamel fights for a ground ball during an 8-7 loss to Xavier on Thursday, May 1.

By John Goralski Sports Writer For four quarters, the Blue Knights pummeled the Pomperaug defense. For four quarters, Southington matched Xavier’s torrid attack. Southington won the first game easily and just fell short in the second one, but it was good enough to secure their seventh win of the season to keep their postseason streak…

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Softball wins battle of unbeatens; Lady Knights hold onto the top spot in the Class LL rankings

May 8, 2014
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By John Goralski
Sydney Ferrante makes the play at shortstop during a 2-0 win over Maloney on Monday, April 28.

By John Goralski Sports Writer For three innings, Maloney’s sophomore ace was matching Southington’s veteran pitch for pitch. Close calls weren’t going Southington’s way, and it was etched on the Lady Knight faces. Coach Davina Hernandez could see frustration mounting on her players’ faces, so she huddled her team for a pep talk. “I told…

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Rolling with the punches; Shifting lineups don’t matter to the Lady Knights

May 2, 2014
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By John Goralski
Cassidy Race returns a volley during a No. 2 singles match against Rockville on April 23.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Cassidy Race slipped into the No. 2 singles position and never missed a beat. Caroline Barry moved into a vacant singles position to win her first varsity singles match. On Friday, April 23, the Lady Knight tennis team had a different lineup, but never missed a step. With a 7-0…

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Surviving spring sweeps; Boys focus on fundamentals during lopsided wins

May 2, 2014
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By John Goralski
Southington senior Nate Mullins charges the net during a recent singles match.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Luke Pfanzelt was the only one to sweep every set to capture two wins, but everyone else still won in straight sets. The Blue Knight tennis team resumed action last week with a pair of shutouts against undermatched teams. The Knights improved to 3-0 in the early season, but Coach…

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Responding to pressure; Baseball bounces back after a tough loss

May 2, 2014
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By John Goralski
Nick Calabrese tags out a runner at second base during a 1-0 loss to NW Catholic.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Joe Rivera opened the second inning with a double up the middle. Mike Rogalski drew a walk. Joe Daigle bunted them over, so that Nick Calabrese’s double cleared the bases. Adam Wilson followed with a hit. Josh Makles scored him with a double, and when the dust settled on the…

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There’s no time for practice; Volleyball sweeps through three games in three days

May 2, 2014
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By John Goralski
Nate Keen attacks the net during a 3-0 win over East Hartford on April 21.

By John Goralski Sports Writer With a 2-0 lead after two games, Blue Knight coach Lou Gianacopolos shuffled volleyball players in and out of the lineup like a Las Vegas blackjack dealer. There was no urgency in the game, but Gianacopolos was urgently shifting his rotation. With three games in as many days, Gianacopolos wasn’t…

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Boys are closing in on tourney bid

May 2, 2014
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By John Goralski
Brian Mahon protects the net during a 9-4 loss to Simsbury on Wednesday, April 23.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Jared DeFeo had just a few ticks of the clock to make a decision. Should he try to force the ball back to Southington’s scorer or take a shot himself? With 15 seconds left, the Knights crafted a set play during a timeout. The first chance failed. DeFeo’s didn’t. Southington…

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Battling the CCC West; Golfers hold their own at home and on the road

May 2, 2014
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By John Goralski
Eric Flood chips onto the seventh green during a one stroke loss to Hall on Tuesday, April 22.

By John Goralski Sports Writer The wind whistled across the front window of the clubhouse and four wind-burned Knights stared at the door, waiting for the final golfer. The senior co-captains matched NW Catholic’s top guns over nine holes. The sophomore phenoms had actually built a nice lead in the second foursome. On most days,…

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Lady Knights post an almost perfect week

May 1, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer In the bottom of the fifth inning a Lady Knight fielder misplayed the softball, and a Farmington runner raced out the ball to second. She advanced to third base on a passed ball, but that’s as far as she got. An infield ground ball and two strikeouts secured the no-hitter.…

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