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Dean’s List: Head of the Class; Laurel Dean is The Observer’s Female Athlete of the Year

June 27, 2014
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Dean’s List: Head of the Class; Laurel Dean is The Observer’s Female Athlete of the Year

By John Goralski Sports Writer With every gulp of air, clawed a few inches closer to the lead. With every plunge below the surface, her kicks drove her toward the front of the pack. Her injured leg screamed in pain with every stroke. Her lungs burned with every breath, but the Lady Knight senior was…

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Maxwell’s House; Zach Maxwell is The Observer’s Male Athlete of the Year

June 27, 2014
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Maxwell’s House; Zach Maxwell is The Observer’s Male Athlete of the Year

By John Goralski Sports Writer For almost six minutes looked for any glimmer of light as he wrestled in the center ring at the 2013 state open finals. For two periods, the top ranked 195 pounder blocked every escape. Maxwell trailed, 4-0, midway through the match. He trailed, 4-2, with just a few seconds remaining.…

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Last man standing; Matt Bennett just missed NE meet

June 22, 2014
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Last man standing; Matt Bennett just  missed NE meet

By John Goralski Sports Writer Matt Bennett never complained when the heavy rains flooded across the throwing circle even though it was apparent that it cost him a return trip to the New England Championship. With the slick conditions, Bennett’s spins weren’t as crisp. With the lack of momentum, his throws weren’t as far. On…

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Building to the best;

June 20, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer A small gallery of coaches and players gathered at the fringe of the final green to watch Eric Flood chip the ball a few feet from the 18th hole. The Southington senior flashed a smile at his teammates, grabbed his putter, and sauntered onto the green elbow-to-elbow with some of…

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SHS teacher to dance for wounded veterans

June 20, 2014
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SHS teacher to dance for wounded veterans

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Southington High School teacher, army veteran, football coach and science fiction author are just a few ways one could define the accomplished . This fall, competitive dancer can be added to the list. Durbin, or the Colonel as some know him, will dance for charity in Dancing with Our Heroes,…

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Back-to-back champions; Lady Knights outlast Amity in 15-inning title contest

June 20, 2014
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Back-to-back champions; Lady Knights outlast Amity in 15-inning title contest

By John Goralski Sports Writer Coaches and fans were already noticing fatigue with the pitchers when Southington came to the plate at the bottom of the 15th inning. On Saturday, June 14, the game was already dragging toward the three and a half hour mark, and the moon was already climbing high into the sky.…

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Loss in the finals; Amity wins championship rematch

June 20, 2014
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Loss in the finals; Amity wins championship rematch

By John Goralski Sports Writer Blue Knight coach Charlie Lembo slumped against the wall as a flood of reporters engulfed him in the Middletown dugout. His Blue Knight baseball team was the last one playing at the high school during one of the most prolific springs in recent history. The Knights led early and were…

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Knights reach the finals; Young spikers charge into the championship game

June 18, 2014
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Knights reach the finals; Young spikers charge into the championship game

By John Goralski Sports Writer Ridgefield funneled the offense to their 6-foot-5 center, and the Blue Knights countered with a make-shift block. The Tigers shifted the next pass through their outsides, and Southington’s blockers shifted back to meet the charge. On Thursday, June 12, Southington’s big man sat helplessly with his ankle wrapped on the…

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Survive and advance; Baseball returns to the semis with 2 postseason wins

June 13, 2014
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Survive and advance; Baseball returns to the semis with 2 postseason wins

By John Goralski Sports Writer It looked like Southington’s postseason was over before it started, and that wasn’t the way things were supposed to be going. The Knights stormed through the regular season with a 17-3 record. They earned a bye in the first round of the Class LL championship, but Southington just couldn’t seem…

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Knights crack top 15; Bennett, Barmore advance to the state open

June 13, 2014
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Knights crack top 15; Bennett, Barmore advance to the state open

By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Colleen Roarty was actually considering scratching Stephen Barmore from the 100m finals when she saw him limping toward the starting line. The senior sprinter hobbled into the finals with one of his worst times of the season, and his chances at making the state open were dire at best.…

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