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Gymnasts survive the fall; Knights are shaky, but still claim back-to-back titles

March 7, 2014
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By John Goralsk
Vicky Castillo leaps between the bars at the Class L meet on Saturday, March 1.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington scored two falls on vault and one on the bars. Lady Knight gymnasts fell twice off the beam and twice on the floor. On Saturday, March 1, Southington athletes stumbled at times in the spotlight of the Class L Championship meet, but they never gave up. It might not…

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Bennett scores top 20 in NE

March 7, 2014
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By John Goralski
Matt Bennett finished in the top 20 for the shot put at the New England Championships in Boston on March 1.

By John Goralski Sports Writer The top ranked athlete in the shot put fell more than three feet in the final rankings, but it was still good enough to win. The 20th ranked thrower bested his personal record by more than four feet. So much can go right or wrong at the New England Championship…

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2 down, 1 to go; Maxwell wins 2nd state open title; Bylykbashi reaches the final round

March 7, 2014
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By John Goralski
Zach Maxwell tangles up his opponent during an early match at the CT State Opens. With his victory in the 195 pound division, Maxwell became Southington’s first two-time winner at the State Open.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Derek Dion didn’t have a lot to smile about during the regular season. A football championship delayed the start to his winter season, and his wrestlers battled through early losses as they scrambled to get into fighting shape. But that has all changed in the postseason. For the second…

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Shamrock Run in Bristol on March 22, pasta supper on March 21

March 4, 2014
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The Shamrock Pasta Supper will be held on Friday, March 21 at the St Gregory CCD Center, 1043 Stafford Ave, Bristol from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-12, 5 and under are free. Food will be prepared by Emily’s Catering. Tickets will be available at the door.…

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Tennis tourney coming to area in June; participants sought

March 4, 2014
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The largest community tennis tournament in New England is here in Connecticut. The Wint Filipek Sr. Memorial Tennis Tournament is scheduled for June 7 to 15 at the Copper Valley Swim & Tennis Club, Cheshire. This is a non-profit event. All proceeds benefit the Winton S. Filipek Sr. Scholarship Fund, Inc., which has awarded $67,500…

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The new kids on the block; The young Knights continue to exceed expectations

February 28, 2014
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By John Goralski
Emily Bonomi shoots over a defender during senior night activities.

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Maxwell claims 2nd Class LL title; 3 Knights advance to finals, 6 claim medals, 6 advance to state open

February 28, 2014
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By John Goralski
Zach Maxwell (195) dominates his opponent during his Class LL finals bout. Maxwell scored his second straight Class LL title and was named as the tournament’s outstanding wrestler.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Zach Maxwell was already leading, 4-1, when officials restarted his championship match after a short conference, and the Southington senior went right back to work. He circled his opponent like a cat measuring his prey. Slowly, surely, Maxwell crept around the mat, looking for another chance to attack. When he…

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Lincoln continues to roll

February 23, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Polls don’t come out until the middle of the week, but Lincoln fans were already wondering if this could be the week that the local team would finally break into the top 10. The Wildcats faced just one opponent this week, but the win over Northern Essex CC pushed their…

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Knights set best times in back-to-back meets

February 21, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Evan Tuttle knew that his team’s midseason schedule was like getting hit in the face by a 2×4. He knew that most teams would shrink from the challenge of two West Hartford schools followed by a late night meet in Simsbury. Winning? A long shot. But when his team failed…

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The perfect ending; Knights finish undefeated in the regular season

February 21, 2014
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By John Goralski
Kayla Nati performs her final regular season floor routine during a victory over North Haven.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Kaitlyn O’Donnell waved off the official and put an arm around her senior captain. “This will be Kayla Nati’s last floor routine at this gym,” said the Southington coach. For four years Nati has been the blue collar workhorse for the Knights. Since she was a child, she had been…

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