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The Perfect 10; Kristy Dougan launched a dynasty

October 18, 2013
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The Perfect 10; Kristy Dougan launched a dynasty

By John Goralski Sports Writer steadied herself on the diving board and waited for the signal from officials. She had her back to the pool. Fans and coaches held their breath. Dougan hadn’t performed a single dive as she rehabbed her fractured ankle during the regular season, but here she was at the state meet,…

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Punt, pass, and Smick; Knights win the early battle of field position

October 18, 2013
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Punt, pass, and Smick; Knights win the early battle of field position

By John Goralski Sports Writer Kyle Smick’s first punt pinned New Britain behind their 20 yard line for their first possession of the game. His second one spanned more than 47 yards before coming to rest just outside the Hurricane 10-yard line. On Friday, Oct. 11, Kyle Smick was toying with the Hurricane’s special teams…

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Apple Harvest Road Race; Record numbers turn out despite weather conditions

October 11, 2013
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Apple Harvest Road Race; Record numbers turn out despite weather conditions

By John Goralski Sports Writer Corinne Griffin clenched her son Collin’s hand at the front door of the YMCA and watched a crowd of wet volunteers shuffling through the entrance hall with arm loads of equipment from the Apple Harvest Road Race. Her son had pre-registered for the Little Fritter Fun Runs, but they had…

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Apple Harvest Road Race results

October 9, 2013
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Apple Harvest Road Race results

Apple Harvest Road Race Sunday, Oct. 6 5 miles, 359 runners At Southington Top Male Finishers—1, Chris Rosenberg, 25:26; 2, Jim Rosenberger, 26:59; 3, Alex Dunn, 27:48. Top Female Finishers—1, Kelly Browning, 35:03; 2, Ashley Bascetta, 35:16; 3, Tori Cronin, 35:25. Dave Gworek Award (top Southington finisher)—Male: Jim Rosenberger, 26:59. Female: Jennifer Manware, 36:50.  …

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Capture the flag; Membrino wins his 3rd checkered flag to claim the SK Light title at Stafford

October 8, 2013
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Capture the flag; Membrino wins his 3rd checkered flag to claim the SK Light title at Stafford

By John Goralski Sports Writer Tony Membrino circled the track in a victory lap, drinking in the cheers from the grandstand at Stafford Motor Speedway. On Saturday, Sept. 28, a crowd spilled out of their seats to circle the black and purple car, and Membrino jumped onto the hood to get a better look through…

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Just give me the ball, coach; Lenny Clements raised the bar for scoring in the early 1960s

October 5, 2013
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Just give me the ball, coach; Lenny Clements raised the bar for scoring in the early 1960s

By John Goralski Sports Writer The year was 1962. The Southington High School football team was riding an 18-game winning streak, and Lenny Clements made a rare defensive mistake that allowed the Croft quarterback to complete a pass for a large gain. No matter how tough they might have been, the Croft linemen must have…

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Blue Knights mix it up; Cross Country shines at co-ed Sloper Relays

October 4, 2013
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Blue Knights mix it up; Cross Country shines at co-ed Sloper Relays

By John Goralski Sports Writer Parents and boosters huddle around gas grills at the edge of the pavilion, while groups of athletes stroll around the field in a wash of fall colors. On Friday, Sept. 27, YMCA Camp Sloper looked more like a fall festival than a competitive racing meet, and that’s just what officials…

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The shutout; Knights hold Simsbury to 52 yards of offense

October 4, 2013
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The shutout; Knights hold Simsbury to 52 yards of offense

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington was forced to punt on their first drive. The Knights’ second possession ended with a fumble. Moments after recovering an interception late in the second quarter, the Blue Knights coughed it back up. Quarterback Stephen Barmore left the game for one play with a sore knee, and penalties backed…

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Airing it out; The receivers set the stage, and the defense delivers

September 27, 2013
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Airing it out; The receivers set the stage, and the defense delivers

By John Goralski Sports Writer In less than two minutes, Southington scored. One minute later, they had another chance to put points on the board. Last fall the Knights needed a miracle catch on the final play of the game to end Manchester’s hopes. This year it was over before it started…and over…and over. Southington…

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Surviving the course; Perkowski, Garrison pace the Knights at Sloper

September 27, 2013
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Surviving the course; Perkowski, Garrison pace the Knights at Sloper

By John Goralski Sports Writer Lauren Perkowski emerged from the woods in a sea of red jerseys and elbowed for position as they wound their way down one of the course’s steep hills. Her teammate, Sean Garrison, had already prevailed in the boys race, outlasting all but one on Southington’s new and improved cross-country course.…

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