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Complete game?; Knights score another ‘mercy rule’ win

May 24, 2013
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Complete game?; Knights score another ‘mercy rule’ win

By John Goralski Sports Writer With just a 3-0 lead, John Bores watched expectantly as Conard’s runner took off for second base at the crack of the bat. Third baseman Lauren Zazzaro scooped up the ball and fired it to second base. Kaitlin Paterson caught the ball and threw it to first, but Conard’s baserunner…

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Knights clinch share of CCC West

May 24, 2013
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Knights clinch share of CCC West

By John Goralski Sports Writer Andrew Goralski stepped off first base to reach for a hard line drive, but the ball skipped past him on the infield dirt. It wasn’t an error. Most defenses would have surrendered to a well-earned hit. Southington’s defense wasn’t ready to give up. Matt DiNello was already in position, sliding…

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The first lady; Wrinn raises the bar for rugby

May 19, 2013
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The first lady; Wrinn raises the bar for rugby

By John Groalski Sports Writer Rugby coaches humored Rachel Wrinn when she approached them in the spring of her sophomore year. Wrinn wanted to add a girls team to the burgeoning boys program, and coaches agreed to consider it if she could round up any interest. They had no idea the fire that they had…

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Sweeping with the enemy; Blue Knight spikers rally to a trio of 3-0 victories

May 17, 2013
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Sweeping with the enemy; Blue Knight spikers rally to a trio of 3-0 victories

By John Goralski Sports Writer After a string of three straight 3-2 decisions, the Blue Knight boys volleyball team earned a reprieve last week with a trio of 3-0 sweeps. Southington cruised past Bulkeley-Hartford Public in three lopsided sets. The boys went on to beat Xavier in a closer competition, but it was the 3-0…

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Kings of the CCC; Baseball avenges loss to NW Catholic to take the lead in the CCC standings

May 17, 2013
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Kings of the CCC; Baseball avenges loss to NW Catholic to take the lead in the CCC standings

By John Goralski Sports Writer The Knights have delivered three shutouts since losing to NW Catholic on April 22. Since that day in late April, Southington has won six in a row. On Friday, May 10, the Knights had their chance for retribution, and in the third inning they swung that bats like they were…

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How low can you go?; Knights set a new standard at Hawks Landing

May 15, 2013
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How low can you go?; Knights set a new standard at Hawks Landing

By John Goralski Sports Writer Jim DiNello felt his heart sink as he counted Dave Valentukonis’ fifth shot on the final hole, but the senior strolled up to the clubhouse with a wide grin to greet his coach. DiNello had seen Joe Fazzino struggle on the seventh tee, but Fazzino seemed to skip off the…

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Committing to the game; Blue Knight trio will play at the next level

May 12, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer For three years, Travis Clark has anchored the Blue Knight offensive line. For two seasons, Nick Spitz has anchored the defense. Justin Rose had just one year with the defense, but he led the team in tackles, fumble recoveries, and interrupted passes. Together, they helped lead the team back into…

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Finally, a good test; Simsbury poses a challenge as Knights extend 10-game win streak

May 10, 2013
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Finally, a good test; Simsbury poses a challenge as Knights extend 10-game win streak

By John Goralski Sports Writer A leadoff single was Southington’s only hit through three innings as Simsbury’s freshman ace picked apart Southington’s power lineup while the Trojans pushed the go ahead run over the plate in the second inning. On Monday, April 29, it took Southington hitters four innings to manufacture a run, and the…

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Looking for consistency; Knights beat Simsbury, East Catholic, New Britain

May 10, 2013
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Looking for consistency; Knights beat Simsbury, East Catholic, New Britain

By John Goralski Sports Writer On Friday, Coach Charlie Lembo slumped against the wall in the dugout as if his team had lost, while his players celebrated the 6-4 victory over New Britain. He shook his head when reporters asked him about his team’s five-game winning streak. This isn’t the sort of reaction one would…

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Accepting nothing less than perfection

May 4, 2013
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Accepting nothing less than perfection

By John Goralski Sports Writer One pitch got away from Jordyn Moquin in her first game last week, and the hit batsman cost her a perfect game. She still managed a no-hitter, but that’s nothing new. Two days later, Moquin proved that with her third no-hitter of the season. Hall managed to claw out two…

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