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Paige Turner: Paige Kopcza proved that softball is more than pitching

August 23, 2013
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Paige Turner: Paige Kopcza proved that softball is more than pitching

By JOHN GORALSKI SPORTS WRITER The pitcher and the defense gave up just one earned run in 1983 to set a national record for ERA (0.04) that would stand for more than two decades. Their all-state pitcher was almost unhittable as Southington roared through the postseason. The offense was just as deadly with a .336…

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The Lady Knight volleyball team earns academic honors for 11th straight year

August 22, 2013
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The Lady Knight volleyball team earns academic honors for 11th straight year

LEXINGTON, KY—It might be the longest sports dynasty in the long history of Southington High School. It has spanned more than a decade. It has almost crossed generations. Girls basketball won four state titles in a row in the late 1980s, and the team rallied for six titles in eight years. Lady Knight gymnasts claimed…

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Hawks Landing launches girls golf league

August 21, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Dan LaPorte was excited when he saw more than 100 kids swarm into Hawks Landing Country Club in 2011 to register for the first year of the Hawks Landing Golf Little League. When it swelled to over 150 kids the next year, he noticed a small spike in the number…

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2013 New England Champions; Southington South LL streak ends at East Finals

August 16, 2013
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2013 New England Champions; Southington South LL streak ends at East Finals

By John Goralski Sports Writer For the second time in as many games, a South Burlington rally threatened to end Team CT’s season in Cranston, R.I. The Southington South 9-10 year olds had built a 4-0 lead in the championship game of the New England region, but a nine-run rally had all but secured Vermont’s…

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The full court press; Jim Senich championed the Knights with his pen and his golden voice

August 16, 2013
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The full court press; Jim Senich championed the Knights with his pen and his golden voice

By John Goralski Sports Writer Jim Senich still remembers the nun’s comments when he delivered his oral report to his sixth grade class. “Someday you’re going to be a radio announcer,” she said, and the velvety-voiced youngster slid back into his seat with a satisfied grin. Some boys practice last second shots in their driveways…

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SHS alumni track meet; Dozens compete at the second annual event

August 15, 2013
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SHS alumni track meet; Dozens compete at the second annual event

By John Goralski Sports Writer It’s been two decades since Chris Longo won a state competition with his throw in the shot put, but the former Blue Knight star looked at home as he paced outside the shot put area on the Southington High School track complex. With a wide smile, he bantered with a…

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Lincoln College hires Stokes; Bristol Eastern assistant named as women’s hoops coach

August 13, 2013
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by Michael Letendre Staff Writer Bristol Eastern girls basketball assistant coach Mike Stokes has been a big part of the Lancers’ program since the late 1990s. Stokes have been head coach Tony Floyd’s right hand man for years now but the career assistant was looking for a bigger challenge and a team of his own.…

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King Solomon; Brian Solomon launched a Southington wrestling dynasty

August 9, 2013
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King Solomon; Brian Solomon launched a Southington wrestling dynasty

By John Goralski Sports Writer More than three decades have passed since Gary Solomon sat at the head of his kitchen table to celebrate his second state title in wrestling, and the story of that party has become a sort of legend in the Solomon family. The high school senior had finally arrived. He’d finally…

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Volleyball event to help charities

August 9, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer What started out as a hobby for Southington residents Stephanie Johnson, Shane Quadrato, and Dan Carbone turned into an annual event that reaches out to a variety of charities. Shane and Dan were on the boys volleyball team at Southington High School. When they entered college, Shane, Dan, and Stephanie…

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Just missed; Postseason rally falls short of a state title

August 9, 2013
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Just missed; Postseason rally falls short of a state title

By John Goralski Sports Writer Two days after Southington’s Cinderella run came to an end on the Stamford baseball field, Coach Marc Verderame was found sitting by himself in the bleachers looking out at the high school field. What could he have been done differently? What more could he have asked for from his players?…

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