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Hockey streak at 6 games

January 21, 2016
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Paul Gambardella battles for the puck in the corner during a 1-0 victory over Rockville-Bolton-Coventry-RHAM on Jan. 16.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Andrew Mitchell received the puck at the top of the key just inside the blue line and the defense quickly closed in. Mitchell flicked the puck towards the goal, and Jacob Herz deflected it off the bottom corner of the crossbar and into the back of the net. Herz’s deflection for…

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Lady Knights get 10th win

January 21, 2016
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Janette Wadolowski takes a jump shot during a road win at top-ranked Conard.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER   The Lady Knights basketball team (10-1) knocked Conard (10-1) from the ranks of the undefeated with a 59-39 victory in West Hartford on Thursday, Jan. 14. Right from the opening tip, the Knights came out and never gave the Chieftains any room to breath. Southington built a 13-point lead by…

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Third time’s the charm: Boys push 2 games to OT before getting 1st win

January 21, 2016
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Jeremy Mercier attacks the rim at Plainville to help the Blue Knights basketball team get their first win of the season.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER With time winding down in the game and Southington trailing by one point, Nate Blitz went up for a layup and collided into a defender in mid-air. Blitz hit the floor, but the ball tapped off the glass and swished through the net. The Southington senior got up on his feet,…

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Boys still waiting for efforts to pay off on the court

January 17, 2016
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Nate Blitz attempts a lay-up during a recent game against Glastonbury.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER It is simply not a question of effort, nor is it a question of buying into the system. Southington coach John Cessario believes in his guys and appreciates the hard work they are giving him, day in and day out. Even if the final score doesn’t show it. “I think they’re…

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SVMFL collects over a ton of food for SCS

January 17, 2016
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Southington Valley Midget Football League’s third annual food drive collected 2,669 items, weighing 2,246 pounds, which will benefit the Southington Community Services food pantry. The drive, led by Shari Kohl and her son Dillon, above, ran from Sept. 7 through Oct. 10. Teams in each division competed against each other to be the drive’s “Top…

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Knights edge Wethersfield: Williams tips the scale for the Lady Knight gymnasts

January 13, 2016
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Vicky Castillo  leaps across the beam during a meet against Wethersfield on Jan. 9. Castillo led the Knights in the event with a 9.3.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Rachel Williams hopped onto the bars and gracefully swung from the low bar to the high bar. She extended into a handstand position, shifted direction with a pirouette, and switched back to the low bar. On Saturday, Jan. 9, Williams danced around the bars, flipped into a dismount, and landed softly…

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Lady Knights keep on rolling: Girls clinch a postseason berth with 8th win of the season

January 13, 2016
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Janette Wadolowski looks for an open teammate during a  56-39 win over Windsor.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Lady Knights kept rolling with two double-digit road wins, sandwiching a 17-point victory at home. At 8-1, the Lady Knights clinched a postseason berth. Southington began the week with a road trip across the Connecticut River to Glastonbury (5-2) on Monday, Jan. 4, where they won by 12 points over…

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Knights crown 2 champs: Abacherli, Calo win in Hartford

January 13, 2016
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Austin Abacherli takes down an opponent during the Greater Hartford Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 9. Abacherli was one of two division champions for the Knights.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Austin Abacherli grabbed his opponent in a bear hug and slammed him to the mat, locking onto his arms and legs to make sure that he had nowhere to go. The result was another Southington pin. Team co-captain Abacherli and freshman sensation Paul Calo made all the right moves over the…

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Knights keep on pace for the postseason: Track qualifies 5 more for the state meet; 4x800m relay breaks a school record

January 13, 2016
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Adam Dorau, above, at an earlier meet. Dorau placed third overall in the 55m hurdles at the Elm City Coaches Invitational in New Haven.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Southington indoor track and field teams returned to Hillhouse High School in New Haven for the second time this season to compete at the Elm City Coaches Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 9. The Knights had quite the day in the Elm City, qualifying five more athletes for the state meet,…

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Hockey wins fourth in a row

January 13, 2016
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Caelan Booth leads a charge during a recent Warrior-Knight contest. Booth had two assists in a 5-0 win over Trinity Catholic.

Four wins in a row spells a 5-1-0 regular season record for the Hall-Southington ice hockey team. On Wednesday, Jan. 6, the Warrior-Knights continued their momentum with a 5-0 shut out over Division III Trinity Catholic, 5-0, at Terry Conners Ice Rink in Stamford. Jarod Florian paced the attack with two goals and two assists.…

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