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Passing the test; Scott Otis defied the odds to make the NFL

September 20, 2013
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Passing the test; Scott Otis defied the odds to make the NFL

By John Goralski Sports Writer Scott Otis felt a twinge of satisfaction as he stood in the shadow of Fontana Field while track officials scrambled to measure his javelin throw at a cold spring meet in 1991. For three years of varsity football, he maintained that his arm could beat most teams. This throw certainly…

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Nowhere to Hyde; 4th quarter run clinched the win in Week 1

September 20, 2013
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Nowhere to Hyde; 4th quarter run clinched the win in Week 1

By John Goralski Sports Writer Stephen Barmore slipped the ball into Tyler Hyde’s gut with the skill of a con man, and the Blue Knight quarterback drew one Glastonbury defender with a pantomimed pass play. Two linemen wedged through the Tomahawk front line and another crashed into a blitzing linebacker to make a hole for…

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Swimmers off to fast start; Dean, Baribault qualify for states at opening meet

September 20, 2013
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Swimmers off to fast start; Dean, Baribault qualify for states at opening meet

By John Goralski Sports Writer Laurel Dean captured two victories and qualified for the postseason in both races. Aly Baribault won twice and qualified in one event even though the meet had already gone to exhibition. On Wednesday, Sept. 11, the Lady Knight swim team opened their season with an easy 98-77 win in Plainville,…

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Membrino regains the lead at Stafford; The Southington driver is in a battle in the SK Light division with 2 races remaining

September 16, 2013
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Membrino regains the lead at Stafford; The Southington driver is in a battle in the SK Light division with 2 races remaining

By John Goralski Sports Writer Some of the point races at Stafford Motor Speedway have already been decided with such wide margins separating the top contenders. Others are locked in battles with just a few points separating the top drivers with two races remaining. None of the battles are as tight as the SK Light…

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Kid Dynamite; Luigi Camputaro will be inducted into the CT Boxing Hall of Fame

September 13, 2013
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Kid Dynamite; Luigi Camputaro will be inducted into the CT Boxing Hall of Fame

By John Goralski Sports Writer It was almost like a flashback when a figure darted from the crowd to confront Luigi Camputaro at a recent event at Mohegan Sun, and the former boxer almost broke into his stance in self-defense until he saw the smile from his old friend. A steady string of fans began…

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Protecting their turf; Field Hockey is ready for the next challenge

September 13, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Last year, the Lady Knights seemed to scowl each time the ball skipped off a tuft of grass to spark an official’s whistle. Each time an offensive rush was stalled by a string of whistles, the girls would glance longingly at the construction of Southington’s artificial turf field. It was…

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The great unknown; Girls Soccer is looking for answers

September 13, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Sal Penta pauses when a visitor asks about his expectations this fall. A puzzled expression washes across his face as he stares out at his team warming up for a preseason practice. Last year, Penta’s high expectations seemed to tumble toward the season finale when an experienced senior class…

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One common goal; Soccer expects a return to the postseason

September 13, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer It didn’t take long for the last year’s Knights to question their season goals. They lost their goaltender for almost a month. The scoring didn’t come, and the losses began to pile up. The first win came in the opening week, The second came in the season finale. Fortunately, winning…

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Founding Father; Bob Wittneben launched a program and set the standard for wrestling

September 13, 2013
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Founding Father; Bob Wittneben launched a program and set the standard for wrestling

By John Goralski Sports Writer When Bob Wittneben entered the high school in 1973, the Blue Knights were already established as a baseball and football power. Golf had already claimed its first state title, and softball was ready to launch a dynasty. Sports were already well-established in the blue collar town, but Wittneben had something…

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Team Lauryn to return to Apple Harvest Festival Road Race

September 12, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Team Lauryn will return to the Apple Harvest Road Race this year in memory of Lauryn Ossola, a former YMCA Stingray and Lady Knight’s swimmer at Southington High School who died tragically in car accident two years ago. Team Lauryn will participate in the 5K/5 mile Road Race at the…

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