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Fernandes to be inducted into CCSU hall of fame

December 10, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER On Thursday, Dec. 3, Central Connecticut State University announced its Alumni Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2016. Among the seven former student-athletes that were chosen was Ed Fernandes, who was just recently inducted into the Southington Sports Hall of Fame in November. “We are very excited to announce this class…

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Knights are still going: Cross country teams compete at Nike nationals

December 9, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Members of the Southington Blue Knights cross country team traveled to Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls, N.Y. on Saturday, Nov. 28 to compete against some of the best runners in the northeast at the 2015 Nike Cross Country Nationals Northeast Regional. States represented at the meet included Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New…

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Knights fall short of 3rd title game: Ousted by Darien in semifinals; winning streak ends at 31 games

December 9, 2015
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Jasen Rose scrambles to elude a sack during a 49-7 loss to Darien in the Class LL semifinals in Stamford on Dec. 7.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The road to a third straight Class LL title reached its final destination for the Blue Knights football team on Monday, Dec. 7 at Boyle Field in Stamford when No.3 Southington fell to No.2 Darien (11-0), 49-7, in the Class LL semifinals. The Knights received the opening kickoff, but the Blue…

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Sports listings for the Dec. 11 edition

December 9, 2015
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FUNDRAISERS PAVERS FOR POSTERITY (BLUE KNIGHT BRICKS)—The Turf Committee is offering an opportunity to purchase bricks to help defray costs for the artificial turf field at Southington High School. Bricks cost $125 and can be engraved with three lines of type (14 characters per line). Bricks will be displayed as part of a walkway and…

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Southington Knights’ cheerleaders heading to nationals in Fla.

December 4, 2015
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  The Southington Knights Travel Football and Cheer program is part of American Youth Football and Cheerleading and its competitive cheer program consists of 43 girls on 2 squads. This year, both squads have had the opportunity to compete at the state, regional and national level. On Oct. 17, the program competed in the association’s…

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Blue Knight duo competes at 2015 Senior Bowl

December 4, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER A couple of Blue Knights represented Southington at the Connecticut Soccer Coaches Association Senior Bowl on Sunday, Nov. 22 at Middletown High School. Senior captain and defenseman Ryan Burrill and senior forward Bryan Doyle played for the Region II team. “To have Ryan and Bryan selected to play in the Senior…

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Rising to great Heitz: Lady Knight coach inducted into CT volleyball hall of fame

December 4, 2015
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Lady Knight volleyball coach Rich Heitz, left, displays his induction plaque from the Connecticut Scholastic Women’s Volleyball hall of Fame, along with presenter and former SHS athletic director Dr. Robert Lehr.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER On Tuesday, Nov. 24, Southington coach Rich Heitz was inducted into the Connecticut Scholastic Women’s Volleyball Hall of Fame. Former Southington athletic director, Dr. Robert Lehr, presented Heitz’s award to him in front of his wife, daughter, family, and friends at the eighth annual induction ceremony and dinner, which was held…

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Crean commits to Southern N.H.: St. Paul right-hander signs National Letter of Intent for baseball

December 3, 2015
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Southington’s Connor Crean committed to baseball at Southern New Hampshire University next year during a ceremony at St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER St. Paul Catholic High School pitcher Connor Crean was surrounded by his family, teammates, and coaches at the Bristol school on Tuesday, Nov. 24 when he signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his baseball career at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), a Division II school that sits right on…

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The great escape: Knights survive Rams on Thanksgiving, improve to 10-0

December 2, 2015
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Jasen Rose leapfrogs a defender during a first half touchdown drive. The Knights trailed late in the game but capped a 10-0 regular season with a 36-29 win over Cheshire in the annual Apple Valley Classic.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER With just under two minutes left in the game, the two-time state champion Knights were trailing a sub-.500 team. Southington was mired in penalties throughout much of the first half. The top-ranked Knights coughed up the ball an unprecedented five times, but Southington still managed to dominate the first three quarters…

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Knights split the annual powder puff series: Girls rebound from New Britain loss with a win over Cheshire

December 2, 2015
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Kelsea Allen plunges into the Cheshire secondary during the second game in the annual powder puff football series. Southington was shut out by New Britain in the first game but bounced back with a 10-0 win.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER It was still a scoreless game in the beginning of the second half and the stadium was getting restless. Southington received a Cheshire punt on their own 38-yard line with just over two minutes remaining in the third quarter. After a loss of one yard on first down, Allen decided to…

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