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Crashing the net: Boys tennis looks to build on last spring

April 9, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Tony Mauro is in his ninth year as the head coach of the boys tennis team and has winning records above .500 in all of those years but one. Mauro is a big part of why the Blue Knights have had great leadership and continuous success season after season. Mauro led…

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Connecticut, Notre Dame in NCAA title game _ again

April 7, 2015
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By FRED GOODALL AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ All season it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Connecticut would play for another women’s national championship. It wasn’t as clear cut for Huskies nemesis Notre Dame. The nation’s winningest programs since 2009 are right back where they were a year ago, meeting in the…

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Boys lacrosse is ready to rebuild: Young Knights have same commitment to excellence

April 3, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Last year, the Blue Knight boys lacrosse program proved their mettle in tournament situations. The bigger the game, the bigger the performance. It was a breakout season, and Coach Ron Chase hopes that it’s just the beginning. Southington was coming off of a 10-6 (3-3) regular season when they began their…

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Queens in the conference: Girls lacrosse expects to compete in the CCC

April 3, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Lady Knights girls lacrosse team returned to the postseason last spring, and Coach Jill Pomposi hopes that the team liked the taste of success. Southington finished fifth in the CCC North last season with an 11-5 (2-4) regular season record, and returned to the state tournament as the No. 8…

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Ready for another run: Volleyball expects to compete for a state title

April 3, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Before winning their first Class L state title in 2010, the Southington Blue Knights boys volleyball team played the role of being a bride’s maid, never a bride. The spring of 2007 would feature the first championship appearance for the program, followed by consecutive appearances in 2008 and 2009. However, the…

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Keeping the streak alive: Softball is looking for another state championship

April 2, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Lady Knight softball coach Davina Hernandez yells across the high school gym during a pre-season practice. “Those aren’t short hops,” she yells between drills. “Those are high hops. You have to throw it underhand and skip it right before her glove. You don’t want that high hop at all. Don’t pull…

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Still trying to finish the job: Baseball expects another run at the state title

April 2, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog, made an appearance in Gobbler’s Knob, Pennsylvania on Feb. 2 of this year. He saw his shadow, meaning that there would be six more weeks of winter. With most of the outdoor sports facility at Southington High School looking like a muddy swamp, six more weeks of…

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Pelligrinelli named lax captain at Southern Maine

March 31, 2015
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Former Lady Knight lacrosse captain (2012) Sarah Pelligrinelli was named as captain of the 2015 University of Southern Maine women’s lacrosse team. She is a junior majoring in therapeutic recreation, and she was also recipient of the William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete Award and the Shelby Turcotte Award.

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Hockey isn’t just for the boys

March 27, 2015
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With two state titles and a New England championship, Abby Lamson proves that hockey is a girls’ game.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Although 14-year old Abby Lamson first picked up a hockey stick when she was five, it is hard to believe that a girl could have such passion for a masculine-dominant sport, labeled as one of the toughest sports around. Lamson learned to skate and prepared to play hockey for a travel…

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Barrel horse champion: Renn Abramczyk-Dubiel holds the 2015 youth 4D state title

March 27, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER She pulled gently on his reigns and he started to trot toward the barrel from the far end of the rink. He picked up speed as his trot quickly turned into a gallop. He reached the barrel and turned the corner like a speed racer on a street bike. The dirt…

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