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The postseason begins; Bennett, Garrison medal at conference meet

January 31, 2014
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By John Goralski
Matt Bennett finished second in the shot put at the conference championship.

By John Goralski Sports Writer For two weeks, Matt Bennett has tried to battle through a winter illness. His practices were limited. His strength was depleted, and the shot put seemed to weigh 300 pounds. But on Saturday, Jan. 25, Bennett tried to push it all behind him at the CCC Championship meet as he…

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Area gym hosts gymnastics competition at XL Center this weekend; Alicia Sacramone appears Friday

January 29, 2014
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HARTFORD – One of the most prestigious and one of the biggest co-ed New England regional youth gymnastics events will be held in Connecticut as American Gymnastics of Southington will host the 21st annual American Invitational at the XL Center’s Exhibition Hall  in a two-day event on Friday and Saturday. There are 835 boys and…

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Area gymnasts to compete at XL Center this weekend

January 29, 2014
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HARTFORD – One of the most prestigious and one of the biggest co-ed New England regional youth gymnastics events will be held in Connecticut as American Gymnastics of Southington will host the 21st annual American Invitational at the XL Center’s Exhibition Hall  in a two-day event on Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1. There…

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Training Day; SHS trainers Sabia and Martin receive President’s Award for keeping athletes safe and sound

January 26, 2014
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Photo by John Goralski
On Jan. 10, SHS athletic trainers Laurie Martin, left, and Alex Sabia, right, were presented with Select Physical Therapy’s inaugural President’s Award for their efforts with the Blue Knight sports teams. The award was presented by Select PT’s Regional President David DeGumbia, center.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Laurie Martin and Alex Sabia entered the Mill Restaurant to a sea of friendly faces. They were expecting a short dinner with their boss. Instead, they were greeted by a small crowd of Southington High School coaches and officials. Select Physical Therapy Regional President David DeGumbia met them at the…

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Lincoln picks up where they left off; Wildcats open 2nd semester with 2 convincing wins

January 25, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Wildcat shooters converted just two three pointers in the contest, so the 55-33 surge in the second half was a testament to their fundamental play. Lincoln College New England picked right up where they started this week with a pair of lopsided victories to launch their second semester, but it…

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The Head of the Class; Knights edge Glastonbury in Class L rivalry

January 24, 2014
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Vicky Castillo clears the vault during a Lady Knight victory over Glastonbury on Jan. 18.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Fan packed into the seats alongside the beam and crowded into the spaces between mats. Spectators huddled in every open space just to catch a glimpse of the regular season rivalry between Glastonbury gymnasts and  the Lady Knights. Most pundits predict that the Class L title will come down to…

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Yale Invitational Meet; Knights take advantage of regular season finale

January 24, 2014
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Photo by John Goralski
Jami Pliego leads a group of runners during the third leg of the 4x400m relay.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Every minute, a whistle rented the air at Coxe Cage in New Haven as wave after wave of sprinters circled the Yale track. On Friday, Jan. 17, five Southington girls and six local boys were sprinkled into 28 heats of the 300m in a field of over 300 sprinters. On…

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McGreavy Invitational; Knights return to competition at Wesleyan

January 17, 2014
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By John Goralski
Noah Violette streaks across the gym during the 55m competition.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Colin Murphy looked exhausted after his leg of the race, but it was his second event of the McGreavy Invitational. Dan Parzych, Damiaen Florian, and Sean Conway looked just as tired as they finished each leg of the 4x400m relay, but the event marked the end of a long day…

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Swimmers test the waters in the first week

January 17, 2014
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By John Goralski
Matt Duszak attacks the 100 breaststroke during a 95-73 win over Platt-Maloney in Meriden on Tuesday, Jan. 7.

By John Goralski Sports Writer In every race but one, Southington scored three swimmers, and they would have swept the entire contest if it wasn’t for an opening meet mistake in an early race. On Tuesday, Jan. 7, Southington took a 10 point lead after one event and cruised to a 95-73 win. Coach Evan…

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Defending their title; Gymnasts open the season with 3 wins

January 17, 2014
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By John Goralski
Lexi Rothstein performs on beam at the gymnastics season opener against Conard. The Lady Knights began the season with three wins.

By John Goralski Sports Writer One girl slipped off the bars. Another one slipped off the beam. The vault and floor routines were about as perfect as they could be on the first competition, but Southington gymnasts picked right back up where they finished in their Class L title defense. On Wednesday, Jan. 8, the…

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