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The young Lady Knights take their cleats to the turf field of SHS

August 11, 2015
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Southington coach Mike Linehan held his Lady Knights Girls’ Soccer Clinic from July 6-10 at the high school. The clinic was broken down into four segments: technical, tactical, physical, and psychological. The technical aspects were the little things that they could do with the ball. The tactical things are the movements off of the ball.…

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The young Lady Knights take their tennis racquets to the high school courts

August 11, 2015
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Southington coach Robin Thompson held her Girls’ Tennis Skills Camp from July 6-9 at the high school for a group of about 11 girls entering grades four through nine. Thompson started the camp last year. “The purpose of this whole camp really is to introduce kids to the sport that either have zero experience or have…

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The next generation of Blue Knights sweep through the soccer fields of SHS

August 11, 2015
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Southington coach Dave Yanosy held his Blue Knights Boys’ Soccer Clinic at Southington High School from nine to eleven in the morning from June 29-July 2. “I thought it was a great outcome,” said Yanosy. “We were really pleased with how attentive the kids were in the last session. They seemed liked they were ready…

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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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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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