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Sloper Relays; Fundraiser event has swelled into a cross country festival

October 2, 2014
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By John Goralski
Varsity runners sprint across the main field at the start of the Sloper Relays. This year’s event welcomed runners from 11 high schools and five middle schools.

By John Goralski Sports Writer An inflatable arch marked the finish line. Streamers traced the course at YMCA Camp Sloper, and throngs of fans chased the pack as it criss-crossed the Southington park. For four years, the annual Sloper Relays has been a welcomed break from the rigors of the varsity season. This year, it…

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Governor commemorates law to reduce concussions in youth sports

September 30, 2014
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Governor commemorates law to reduce concussions in youth sports

WESTPORT– Joined by students, lawmakers and advocates, Governor Dannel P. Malloy Monday visited Staples High School where he commemorated the enactment of legislation that requires the State Board of Education to develop a plan aimed at reducing the number of concussions and addressing the proper procedures following concussions experienced by students during school athletics. As…

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Passing the first test; Swimmers open the season with 2 wins

September 26, 2014
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By John Goralski
Ally Schroeder swims the backstroke leg of the 200 individual medley during a win over Windsor Locks-Ellington-E.Granby on Sept. 19.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington faced two rivals to start the fall campaign. Both presented different challenges. Both ended the same. The Lady Knights won easily, qualified swimmers for the postseason, and turned to exhibition races with at least two events remaining. “We’re doing it the right way,” said Southington swim coach Evan Tuttle.…

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Knights win again; Field Hockey breaks .500 barrier

September 26, 2014
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By John Goralski
Lady Knight defenseman Erin Cova clears a ball past Sheehan’s attack during a 3-1 win on Thursday, Sept. 19

By John Goralski Sports Writer Jessica Lee pushed the ball forward to Allie Abacherli, and Abacherli quickly returned the favor as the Lady Knight field hockey seemed to weave between Sheehan defenders in a mad rush for the goal. On Thursday, Sept. 18, Southington’s offense was clicking on all cylinders with give-and-go passing, feints, dodges,…

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Brutal tests; Volleyball loses to Farmington; pushes BE to 5 games

September 26, 2014
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By John Goralski
Caroline Barry attacks the net during a 3-0 loss to Farmington.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington opened the week with a 3-0 loss to Farmington. They ended the week with a five-game loss at Bristol Eastern. Nestled in between was a victory over Hall that pushed the Knights to four games. Most teams have to wait for the postseason to be pushed to their limits.…

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Stratton Brook Invitational; Girls place 3 runner in top 25; boys place 2 in top 30

September 26, 2014
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By John Goralski
Gabi Napoli crosses the bridge in the second mile of the Stratton Brook Invitational. Napoli (20th) was one of 3 Lady Knights in the top 25.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Dan Dachelet double checked the numbers and trotted up to the Southington tent with a broad grin. He called out to a varsity girl lounging on a blanket, and she turned to face her cross country coach. “We finished fourth,” he cheered. “We beat Simsbury and Hall.” The runner looked…

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Second half surge; Knights outscore Indians 28-0 after break

September 26, 2014
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By John Goralski
Alex Jamele fights for yardage after the catch during a 56-15 win over Manchester on Friday, Sept. 19.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Kyle Borawski drew his defender with a small stutter-step at the sidelines, and rolled out to the open field. Just five minutes had elapsed in the second quarter, and Borawski danced 85 yards down the sidelines to give the Blue Knights the lead for good. Manchester came out swinging on…

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A game of inches; Boys soccer still fighting for first points

September 25, 2014
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By John Goralski
Bryan Doyle sprints across midfield during a loss to Farmington on Sept. 17. The boys are still looking for their first win of the season.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Ian Powell broke through the Hall defense in the final minute of the game and blasted a shot past their keeper to knot the game at 2-2. For the second time in the second half, a comeback goal tied the game against the No. 6 team in the state. Sure,…

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Lady Knights battle; Girls soccer continues to close the gap

September 24, 2014
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By John Goralski
Lady Knight defensman Erin Angelillo beats a NW Catholic player to the ball during a 2-0 loss on Monday, Sept. 15.

By John Goralski Sports Writer In their first meeting last fall, NW Catholic dismantled the Knights for a 6-0 victory. In their second contest, Southington was shut out again. The third meeting came in the postseason, where NW Catholic ended Southington’s fall campaign with a lopsided, 7-0 decision. On Monday, Sept. 15, the Lady Knights…

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Community involvement; Apple Harvest Road Race attracts all ages & abilities

September 21, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer John Myers has already heard the rumors trickling down through running circles, and the talk never fails to bring a smile to his face. Plainville Elementary School is gearing up for their second title defense in the annual Y-Cup competition at the Apple Harvest Road Race, but other schools are…

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