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Swimmers win twice

October 3, 2014
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Swimmers win twice

By John Goralski Sports Writer Evan Tuttle gathered his team at the edge of the YMCA pool and smiled. Southington had just dispatched Manchester, an historical rival, by a wide margin, but it wasn’t the victory that Tuttle was most pleased about. The new lights at the YMCA pool were like a spotlight on his…

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Thunder & Lightning; Rookie running backs are holding their own

October 3, 2014
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Thunder & Lightning; Rookie running backs are holding their own

By John Goralski Sports Writer Vance Upham bounced off two defenders on Southington’s first drive and pushed his way toward the end zone for an 18-yard touchdown run. In the waning minutes of the quarter, Upham’s six-yard plunge gave the Knights a 20-0 lead. Alessio Diana broke into the backfield at the end of the…

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Regaining momentum; Volleyball finishes key stretch with a trio of wins

October 3, 2014
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Regaining momentum; Volleyball finishes key stretch with a trio of wins

By John Goralski Sports Writer At the start of the season, two weeks were circled on the schedule. Coach Rich Heitz made no bones about it. If the Knights were going to improve on last year’s season, they would have to survive this torrid stretch. A loss to Farmington began it. A five-point fall at…

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They’re baaack!!; Knights turn around season with 2 wins

October 3, 2014
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They’re baaack!!; Knights turn around season with 2 wins

By John Goralski Sports Writer The Blue Knights had the advantage in the first half with a number of scoring opportunities. Once came with a throw-in, another from a corner shot. Southington had one possession where they fought for two shots on goal, but Simsbury still clung to a scoreless tie at the break. On…

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UConn’s Calhoun joins ESPN roster of analysts

October 2, 2014
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UConn’s Calhoun joins ESPN roster of analysts

BRISTOL– Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Coach Jim Calhoun, who led the University of Connecticut to three NCAA National Championships (1999, 2004, 2011), has joined ESPN as a men’s college basketball analyst. Calhoun will provide expert insight and analysis across ESPN, including studio programming, joining select game telecasts and conducting sit-down interviews with top figures…

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Sloper Relays; Fundraiser event has swelled into a cross country festival

October 2, 2014
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Sloper Relays; Fundraiser event has swelled into a cross country festival

By John Goralski Sports Writer An inflatable arch marked the finish line. Streamers traced the course at YMCA Camp Sloper, and throngs of fans chased the pack as it criss-crossed the Southington park. For four years, the annual Sloper Relays has been a welcomed break from the rigors of the varsity season. This year, it…

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Governor commemorates law to reduce concussions in youth sports

September 30, 2014
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Governor commemorates law to reduce concussions in youth sports

WESTPORT– Joined by students, lawmakers and advocates, Governor Dannel P. Malloy Monday visited Staples High School where he commemorated the enactment of legislation that requires the State Board of Education to develop a plan aimed at reducing the number of concussions and addressing the proper procedures following concussions experienced by students during school athletics. As…

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Passing the first test; Swimmers open the season with 2 wins

September 26, 2014
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Passing the first test; Swimmers open the season with 2 wins

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington faced two rivals to start the fall campaign. Both presented different challenges. Both ended the same. The Lady Knights won easily, qualified swimmers for the postseason, and turned to exhibition races with at least two events remaining. “We’re doing it the right way,” said Southington swim coach Evan Tuttle.…

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Knights win again; Field Hockey breaks .500 barrier

September 26, 2014
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Knights win again; Field Hockey breaks .500 barrier

By John Goralski Sports Writer Jessica Lee pushed the ball forward to Allie Abacherli, and Abacherli quickly returned the favor as the Lady Knight field hockey seemed to weave between Sheehan defenders in a mad rush for the goal. On Thursday, Sept. 18, Southington’s offense was clicking on all cylinders with give-and-go passing, feints, dodges,…

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Brutal tests; Volleyball loses to Farmington; pushes BE to 5 games

September 26, 2014
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Brutal tests; Volleyball loses to Farmington; pushes BE to 5 games

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington opened the week with a 3-0 loss to Farmington. They ended the week with a five-game loss at Bristol Eastern. Nestled in between was a victory over Hall that pushed the Knights to four games. Most teams have to wait for the postseason to be pushed to their limits.…

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