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Legion woes continue: Forfeit and extra inning loss plagues locals

July 10, 2015
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Justin Makles gets ahold of a pitch during a 5-4 extra-inning loss in Terryville on Sunday, July 5.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Southington American Legion baseball team has been improving throughout the summer as they dive into the latter part of the season. Southington went 2-2 this past week, improving their overall regular season record to 4-8. Southington currently sits in Sixth place of the 19U Division, seven and a half games…

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Hall of Fame: Going the distance and taking the hill, the 1984 cross country team put Southington at the top of the running world

July 9, 2015
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The 1984 cross country team, above, still stands as the only Blue Knight team to capture the Class LL and CT State Open titles. Front, from left, Marty Burns (captain) and Tim Theriault (captain). Second row, Joe Carta, Art Mitchell, Jeff Cavaliere, Rick Black, Jerry Cavaliere, Mike Early, Mike Krar, and Ed Beaupre. Third row, Tom Mullaney, Bill Lesler, Tom Fusciello, Kristen Stanek, Mario Malpica, Bruce Vagts, Bart Lipetz, and Coach Wayne Nakoneczny. Back, Jeff Brunoli and Alex Becking. Missing from the photo: Sean Boyle.

By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR Queen Street drivers must have been skeptical in the fall of 1984 to see the Blue Knights gather at the base of the Loper Street hill for the start of cross country practice. The runners would flock around their coach for final instructions before being ushered into formation. At his signal, they’d take…

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Blues are the team to beat: Locals take a game and a half lead in the division

July 9, 2015
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Bristol Blues closer Robert Paccione hurls a strike on Sunday, July 5 during a 4-1 win over the Pittsfield Suns at Muzzy Field in Bristol. Paccione leads the bullpen this summer with a 0.54 ERA.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER After coming off of their longest winning streak on the season thus far, the Bristol Blues (16-10) kept up their hot play with four more wins and only two losses this past week, remaining in first place of the West Division by going 8-2 in their last 10 games. The Blues’…

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Sports Listings for the July 10 edition

July 8, 2015
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FUNDRAISERS PAVERS FOR POSTERITY (BLUE KNIGHT BRICKS)—The Turf Committee is offering an opportunity to purchase bricks to help defray costs for the artificial turf field at Southington High School. Bricks cost $125 and can be engraved with three lines of type (14 characters per line). Bricks will be displayed as part of a walkway and…

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Lightning thunders through Rhode Island invite

July 5, 2015
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The Southington Lightning 02’s went 6-0 over the weekend of June 12-14 and outscored opponents, 68-6, to capture the title at the 2015 Cranston Ravens Invitational in Rhode Island. The championship marked the team’s fourth tournament title in seven attempts with a pair of runner-up finishes. Front, from left, Lizzy Diorio, Jenna Hall, Brianna Pearson,…

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Pirates plunder the junior Little Leagues

July 5, 2015
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SP Briefs - Pirates win town title

With a 14-10 win over the Northern Little League Phillies on June 7, the Pirates, champions of the Southington South Little League, captured the Southington junior division town title. Front, from left, Zach Doty, Matt Cahill, Jack Ringrose, Caleb Chesanow, and Niko Sophroniou. Back, Assistant Coach Jim Ringrose, Assistant Coach Bill Rodman, Nate Zmarlicki, Sam Johnson,…

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The future Lady Knights storm the court at SHS

July 3, 2015
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About 50 girls gathered at the Southington High School gym to take part in their last day of the Lady Knights Basketball Camp on Friday, June 26. From hot pink windbreaker pants to matching highlighter sneakers, socks, and shorts, the campers ranged in age from third grade to incoming high school freshmen. The camp started…

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A simple pastime became an obsession: Sue Graziano has a passion for golf, 2 holes in one, and a lifetime of memorabilia

July 3, 2015
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Sue Graziano displays her collection of golf memorabilia from pictures to golf balls she collected, mainly from the Traveler’s championship at TPC Highlands in Cromwell where she has been volunteering for over a decade.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER It started as a phone call about a hole-in-one and then led to something more. The TV is on in the living room and it’s Sunday, but it’s not just any old Sunday. It’s Masters Sunday. She sat at the table in one of her many red, Traveler’s collared shirts drinking…

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Bristol Blues continue their hot hand: Locals finish the week with a four-game winning streak

July 2, 2015
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Ryan Rinsky being greeted by team after scoring the go-ahead winning run in the in the bottom of the eighth on a RBI single by Tyler Packanik.tif

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER A four-game winning streak this past week shot the Bristol Blues (12-8) into first place in the West Division. After a two-day break, the Blues hit the road for Fraser Field in Lynn, Mass. on Tuesday, June 23 where they suffered their only loss of the week to the North Shore…

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Legion baseball is off to a rocky start

July 2, 2015
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Kyle MacLean circles third base during an 11-4 loss to Wolcott on Wednesday, June 24.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Southington’s American Legion baseball team (2-6) may have lost four-straight games over the past week, but the big question is, where did all of the Southington players go? American Legion baseball has always been known as a source for great baseball talent at a highly competitive level during the summer. However,…

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