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Results for the 2014 Apple Harvest Festival Road Race

October 7, 2014
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Results for the 2014 Apple Harvest Festival Road Race

The following are the results from the 2014 Apple Harvest Road Race, which was held on Sunday, Oct. 6. 5 Mile Road Race 5 miles, 379 runners Top Male Finishers—1, Chris Rosenberger, 26:25; 2, Nicholai Dalidowitz, 28:37; 3, Mike Rieger, 28:39. Top Female Finishers—1,Laura Pieger, 32:05; 2, Molly Palmieri, Southington, 33:38; 3, Lindsay Shea, 34:13.…

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Serial Koeller; Jim Koeller was deadly on the Southington mound

October 4, 2014
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Serial Koeller; Jim Koeller was deadly  on the Southington mound

By John Goralski Sports Writer Jim Koeller’s shadow seemed to strike fear in the hearts of batters when the hard-throwing big man took the mound in 1976. Just to foul off a fastball was reason to celebrate. Koeller was as good as anybody that’s ever set foot on a Southington mound, and every credible short…

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Hockey wins 2 of 3; Lady Knights continue their torrid pace

October 3, 2014
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Hockey wins 2 of 3; Lady Knights continue their torrid pace

By John Goralski Sports Writer Nestled between a pair of lopsided victories, the Lady Knight field hockey team battled to a one goal loss to Nonnewaug. Southington opened the scoring. The teams were deadlocked through much of the second half. The Lady Knights owned the time of possession, but Nonnewaug managed to steal two opportunistic…

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Swimmers win twice

October 3, 2014
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Swimmers win twice

By John Goralski Sports Writer Evan Tuttle gathered his team at the edge of the YMCA pool and smiled. Southington had just dispatched Manchester, an historical rival, by a wide margin, but it wasn’t the victory that Tuttle was most pleased about. The new lights at the YMCA pool were like a spotlight on his…

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Thunder & Lightning; Rookie running backs are holding their own

October 3, 2014
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Thunder & Lightning; Rookie running backs are holding their own

By John Goralski Sports Writer Vance Upham bounced off two defenders on Southington’s first drive and pushed his way toward the end zone for an 18-yard touchdown run. In the waning minutes of the quarter, Upham’s six-yard plunge gave the Knights a 20-0 lead. Alessio Diana broke into the backfield at the end of the…

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Regaining momentum; Volleyball finishes key stretch with a trio of wins

October 3, 2014
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Regaining momentum; Volleyball finishes key stretch with a trio of wins

By John Goralski Sports Writer At the start of the season, two weeks were circled on the schedule. Coach Rich Heitz made no bones about it. If the Knights were going to improve on last year’s season, they would have to survive this torrid stretch. A loss to Farmington began it. A five-point fall at…

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They’re baaack!!; Knights turn around season with 2 wins

October 3, 2014
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They’re baaack!!; Knights turn around season with 2 wins

By John Goralski Sports Writer The Blue Knights had the advantage in the first half with a number of scoring opportunities. Once came with a throw-in, another from a corner shot. Southington had one possession where they fought for two shots on goal, but Simsbury still clung to a scoreless tie at the break. On…

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UConn’s Calhoun joins ESPN roster of analysts

October 2, 2014
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UConn’s Calhoun joins ESPN roster of analysts

BRISTOL– Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Coach Jim Calhoun, who led the University of Connecticut to three NCAA National Championships (1999, 2004, 2011), has joined ESPN as a men’s college basketball analyst. Calhoun will provide expert insight and analysis across ESPN, including studio programming, joining select game telecasts and conducting sit-down interviews with top figures…

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Sloper Relays; Fundraiser event has swelled into a cross country festival

October 2, 2014
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Sloper Relays; Fundraiser event has swelled into a cross country festival

By John Goralski Sports Writer An inflatable arch marked the finish line. Streamers traced the course at YMCA Camp Sloper, and throngs of fans chased the pack as it criss-crossed the Southington park. For four years, the annual Sloper Relays has been a welcomed break from the rigors of the varsity season. This year, it…

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Governor commemorates law to reduce concussions in youth sports

September 30, 2014
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Governor commemorates law to reduce concussions in youth sports

WESTPORT– Joined by students, lawmakers and advocates, Governor Dannel P. Malloy Monday visited Staples High School where he commemorated the enactment of legislation that requires the State Board of Education to develop a plan aimed at reducing the number of concussions and addressing the proper procedures following concussions experienced by students during school athletics. As…

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