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Hatton receives ‘Basketball for All’ grant

August 10, 2015
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From left, Amber Smith and Ryan Smith accept a $1,800 grant from Tanger Outlet General Manager John Dolishny.

Hatton Elementary School was presented with a grant from Tanger Outlets in the amount of $1,800 in mid-June. The grant was submitted by Amber Smith, who is a third grade teacher in Southington and also a parent of two boys who attend Hatton School. The TangerKIDS Grants program is designed to assist schools by providing…

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Bristol Blues are zeroing in on a division title

August 7, 2015
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Southington slugger Liam Scafariello connects with a pitch during a recent Bristol Blues home game.

With three more wins in six chances last week, the Bristol Blues are closing in on their regular season goal. The locals are only 5-5 over their last 10 games, but with seven games remaining the Blues (28-21) are enjoying at 4.5 game lead in the FCBL West Division standings. As the schedule hurtles toward…

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Hall of Fame: Hand it to Hondo: On the gridiron, hardcourt, or diamond Dave Walstrom was the one to beat

August 7, 2015
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Senior co-captain Dave “Hondo” Walstrom breaks into the backfield during a Southington High School football game in 1967.

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR A hush descended upon the crowd as a young Bobby Valentine leaned off first base in the opening round of the 1968 postseason. The Rippowan High School coach didn’t need to signal a steal. Everybody knew it was coming. After all, Valentine had out-run every young gun in the state, and he…

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Luponio goes for the gold

August 7, 2015
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Southington’s Matthew Luponio scored the gold medal in the 12-and-under division at the Nutmeg Games boys golf tournament.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Matthew Luponio walked onto the ninth green and saw that his ball was the furthest away from the hole. So that made him the first to putt. Like a surgeon under pressure, he went to work. He observed the putt and looked over it a few times, studying the breaks on…

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Shock and awe: Southington Shock win the title

August 6, 2015
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With Matt Dinello’s walk-off hit in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Southington Shock celebrated the program’s fifth title in seven years.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, Matt DiNello stepped up to the plate and Southington Shock teammate Joe Daigle inched his lead off of second base. The score was knotted, 1-1. Shadows were crawling across the field because of a power failure with the stadium lights, and…

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Sports Listings for the Aug. 7 edition

August 5, 2015
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APPLE HARVEST ROAD RACES All races are sponsored by the Southington Community YMCA. Forms are available for pre-registration (by Oct. 3 at noon) at the YMCA membership desk. All race info and on-line registration info can be found at sccymca.org/apple. Register by Sept. 23 to receive a free t-shirt. Plenty of refreshments for athletes with…

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Bristol Blues scoreboard for Aug. 7

August 4, 2015
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The Southington Public Library, 255 Main St, Southington, CT 06489.
(860) 628-0947

Bristol Blues 2, Wachusett Dirt Dawgs 0 Tuesday, July 28, 2015 Muzzy Field, Bristol DIRT DAWGS             ab             r               h              bi DiTondo, CF               4              0              0              0 Alu, 2B                      4              0              1              0 Kristoffersen, SS        4              0              2              0 Stanford, DH              3              0              0              0 Silvestro, 1B              3              0              0              0 Lefevre, C                  3              0              0             …

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Kataria Classic aims to help Southington Care Center

July 31, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Kataria family and friends will host the second annual Kataria Classic Tennis Tournament at the Southington High School tennis courts from Friday, Aug. 14 to Sunday, Aug. 16. Kunal Kataria, one of the founders and directors of the tournament, said that he started the Kataria Classic to replace the Kenny…

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All-Star Game is no break for the Blues: Local program sends 8 players and 2 coaches to FCBL All-Star Game

July 30, 2015
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Bristol Blues pitchers Troy Terzi, George Lund, Tim Cate, Rob Paccione, and Ty Robinson joined teammates Gerrad Rohan, Davis Strong, and Austin Chauvin at the inaugural Futures Collegiate Baseball League’s all-star game in Lynn, Mass. on Tuesday, July 21. Blues coaches Pat Riley and Jordan Scheiner were named to the West Division coaching staff.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Davis Strong, Davis Strong, Davis Strong. Although the Bristol Blues (25-18) struggled to build on their lead atop the West Division after going 2-2 on the week, Davis Strong made the week interesting for Blues fans and proved why he is one of the best players in the Futures Collegiate League.…

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In the director’s chair: Former Avon AD takes the helm for the Knights

July 30, 2015
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Greg Ferry, the former Athletic Director in Avon and a long time counselor at Cheshire High School, has been named as Southington’s new athletic director.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Greg Ferry paced back and forth in front of the phone, waiting for the call, and thinking about the interview and the possibilities that lay before him. “I think I wore out a good, 30-foot path in my house,” he said with a chuckle. “I was trying not to think about…

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