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Saving the best for last; Rothstein medals on beam; Knights hit at NE meet

March 21, 2014
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Saving the best for last; Rothstein medals on beam; Knights hit at NE meet

By John Goralski Sports Writer Three gymnasts scored 9s on the vault. Two scored 9s on the beam, and one broke the barrier on floor. On Satruday, March 15, the Lady Knights shrugged off the trials and tribulations of the last two weeks and did what they do best. They quieted their nerves. They pushed…

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Battling all the way to the end; Warrior-Knights reach the Class LL quarterfinals

March 21, 2014
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Battling all the way to the end; Warrior-Knights reach the Class LL quarterfinals

By John Goralski Sports Writer Kevin Cop was knocked to the ground, but the senior forward still managed to flick the puck at the goalie. Less than a minute later, Will Amenebar reached out to catch a pass across the crease, drew the goalie out of position, and just missed the far corner of the…

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Sink or swim; 8 Knights advance in 6 events at Class LL qualifier

March 21, 2014
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Sink or swim; 8 Knights advance in 6 events at Class LL qualifier

By John Goralski Sports Writer Mack Golos was visibly upset when he emerged from the Hamden pool at the end of his 200m freestyle heat at the Class LL qualifying meet on Saturday, March 15. He had basically tied his qualifying time, but he wasn’t moving on to the finals. For most athletes that would…

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Survive and advance; Gymnasts overcome injury, place 3rd at Opens

March 14, 2014
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Survive and advance; Gymnasts overcome injury, place 3rd at Opens

By John Goralski Sports Writer As her coach counted down the final seconds of practice, Kayla Nati’s foot slipped off the beam, and she ricocheted to the floor in a tangled heap. Southington’s young gymnasts stared in horror as their only senior clutched at her foot and fought back her tears. On Saturday, March 8,…

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Murillo makes the medal round; Knights battle at NE Championship; Maxwell limited by injuries

March 14, 2014
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Murillo makes the medal round; Knights battle at NE Championship; Maxwell limited by injuries

By John Goralski Sports Writer Zack Murillo was under the radar at the start of the New England wrestling championship. Sure, the Southington junior had clawed his way up to second place at the Class LL championships. Sure, Murillo battled to fourth place at the Connecticut State Open the following week, but that didn’t put…

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Tourney tested; Ice Hockey fights to CCC title game

March 14, 2014
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Tourney tested; Ice Hockey fights to CCC title game

By John Goralski Sports Writer Bolton-Coventry-Rockville (BCR) hockey coaches were forced to call a timeout with 11:23 remaining in the CCC South championship game. Kevin Cop had given Hall-Southington the lead in the waning minutes of the opening period. Will Amenebar had just pushed the lead to 2-0, so for the second time in three…

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Masters of Trick Shot Championship; Andy ‘Magic Man’ Segal wins the world trick-shot title at Shooter’s Billiards

March 13, 2014
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Masters of Trick Shot Championship; Andy ‘Magic Man’ Segal wins the world trick-shot title at Shooter’s Billiards

By John Goralski Sports Writer Jamie ‘Sharpshooter” Gray aimed his pools stick in one hand like a dart and began stabbing at cue balls to make them jump in quick succession over a perched pool stick. Andy “The Magic Man” Segal bantered after each shot with the confidence that comes from being the top ranked…

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The Battle at Bunker Hill; Lincoln College cruises to a Region XXI championship

March 8, 2014
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The Battle at Bunker Hill; Lincoln College cruises to a Region XXI championship

By John Goralski Sports Writer The first few shots clinked off the rim as Lincoln College fell behind, 4-1, on Sunday, March 2 in the Region XXI finals at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston. Passes tipped off fingers. Open shots were contested by Springfield Tech. Coach Preston Beverly motioned to officials for an early…

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Sports injury seminar set for Tuesday

March 7, 2014
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In partnership with the Cheshire YMCA, the Physical Therapy Center, with locations in Southington and Bristol, is presenting a free seminar for parents on how to prevent and treat acute sports injuries in their child athletes on Tuesday, March 11, from 6:30-7:30pm. As the spring season approaches with great anticipation, so do a multitude of…

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Trick shot tournament this weekend; Shooter’s Billiards will host the Masters of Trick Shot Championships

March 7, 2014
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Trick shot tournament this weekend; Shooter’s Billiards will host the Masters of Trick Shot Championships

By John Goralski Sports Writer Sal Conti has been very busy since he last hosted an international championship at Shooter’s Billiards in Southington. He was inducted into the Billiards Hall of Fame. He built a billiards league in Massachusetts that swelled to hundreds of players before he sold it two months ago. He was ranked…

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