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Hall of Fame: The Bristol Bomber: Russ Laribee battled his way through the minors

October 29, 2015
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Russ Laribee was an outfielder by the time he reached the Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA) in 1981. Above is Laribee’s picture on his minor league baseball card.

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR Ted Williams recognized the pitch just before it was released, and he swung around in the Pawtucket dugout to face a wide-eyed Russ Laribee. The legendary hitter began hurling a litany of questions at the Southington star, and Laribee stumbled over himself to try to get out each answer. What do you…

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Football overcomes a slow start: Lopsided score only tells part of the story

October 29, 2015
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Alessio Diana strong arms a Conard defender during a 53-29 win.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Jasen Rose took the snap deep in Southington’s zone, turned, and looked for a running back to hand the ball off to. He found himself alone in the backfield. Rose rolled out to the left as the line started to disintegrate. Red jerseys closed in on the Southington quaterback as he…

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The postseason begins: Garrison sets the pace; runners surge into the CCC

October 29, 2015
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Adam Theriault charges up the hill toward the finish line at Wickham Park in Manchester during the CCC Championship boys race.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The herd stampeded through a small opening of a gate into the fields like raging bulls in rush hour traffic, kicking up dust and scattering it throughout the air. A vast sea of spectators leaned over the fences with anticipation to see what color jersey came around the bend first. On…

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Knights keep pace for home field advantage

October 29, 2015
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Ian Lawrence makes leaping save during a 2-1 win over Avon on Oct. 22.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Southington stormed downfield as they surrounded the Falcons goal like a swarm of killer bees. The ball was batted around between offensive and defensive players, so that Avon’s goalie looked as if he was trying to escape the hive. In the midst of all the confusion, Erik Kryzanski quick touched the…

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Knights eliminated: Girls soccer edged out of postseason

October 29, 2015
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Natalie Rickard squeezes between two Avon defenders during a 4-0 road loss on Oct. 22.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Although the girls soccer team was eliminated from the postseason after an 8-0 loss at home to Glastonbury (15-0-0) on Monday, Oct. 26, Southington coach Mike Linehan said that his future graduates still enjoyed their final experience as a Lady Knight on senior night. “It was all about the seniors,” said…

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Field hockey is eliminated from tourney

October 29, 2015
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Angie Zollo leads the attack during a 4-0 loss to Farmington on Oct. 20.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Lady Knights field hockey team suffered two losses over the week, eliminated from postseason contention. Southington suffered a 4-0 loss at home to Farmington (9-2-0) on Tuesday, Oct. 20. All of Farmington’s goals came in the second half. The Knights took six shots on goal and nine penalty corners. Amanda…

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Girls volleyball continues to roll

October 29, 2015
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Morgan Raymon serves the ball during a win over Avon on Oct. 21.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Sam Lohneiss crouched, waiting for the Avon spike. When it came hurtling toward her, she joined her fists together and deflected the ball high into the ceiling. The ball floated slightly towards one of the hanging basketball hoops at the side of the gym, and fell through as if Loehneiss was…

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Swimming keeps winning

October 28, 2015
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Ally Schroeder swims her leg of the 400 freestyle relay during Southington’s 92-83 win at East Hartford.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The girls swimming and diving team spent the week on the road, but managed to return home unscathed with two wins. The Lady Knights began their week with a 92-83 conference victory at Newington on Tuesday, Oct. 20. The 200 Medley relay team of Ally Schroeder-Bethany Greenlaw-Sam Sagnella-Hannah Olsen took first…

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Plantsville college student volunteers at Hartford Marathon

October 26, 2015
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Megan Albert

Former Lady Knight Megan Albert was among a number of cross-country runners from Eastern Connecticut State University to volunteer at the Hartford Marathon on Saturday, Oct. 10. Albert served as a course marshal, assisting blind athletes and those with wheel chairs through the races. “I love to do meaningful community service projects with the team,…

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Cheshire Academy honors local

October 25, 2015
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SP Brief - McMahon Hall of Fame

On Saturday, Oct. 3, Ed McMahon of Southington was inducted into the Cheshire Academy Kevin Slaughter Memorial Hall of Fame during homecoming facilities at the Cheshire campus. McMahon, a member of the Class of 1965, played an end position on the undefeated 1964 Fighting Cats high school football team. The squad was victorious against college…

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