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Ready for Round 2: Gymnasts return everyone from New England meet

January 2, 2014
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Marilyn Sporbert, Captain

portfolio_slideshow id=8007 By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR It still brings a smile to Kaitlin O’Donnell’s face when she’s asked about last year’s performance by her Lady Knight gymnasts at the New England championship meet. She remembers the wide-eyed expressions as her young team gathered around her during warm-ups, and the team’s only senior perching helplessly on crutches…

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Double overtime victory; Lady Knights hoopsters are off to a 3-0 start

December 27, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer These days, Coach Mike Forgione believes in karma. If he didn’t believe before Thursday’s game, he certainly does now. What else could explain it? The head coach is also an assistant coach for the football team, but he had to make a decision between teams when his winter sports contest…

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Offensive surge; Ice Hockey opens with a shutout

December 27, 2013
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By John Goralski
Jarod Florian looks for a pass during an opening day victory over Rocky Hill-RHAM-Middletown at Veteran’s Rink in West Hartford on Wednesday, Dec. 18.

By John Goralski Sports Writer The season was barely started, and the Warrior-Knights had already found the net. On Wednesday, Dec. 18, the Hall-Southington hockey team swarmed the Rocky Hill-RHAM-Middletown (R-M-M) net during their first shift, and it took just 45 seconds to tally their first goal. Coach Brian Cannon didn’t know what to expect…

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Double digits at the break; Lincoln beats Springfield Tech to secure 10th win

December 21, 2013
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By John Goralski
First-year coach Preston Beverly has led the Wildcats to a 10-5 record at the break.

By John Goralski Sports Writer With four fouls, Kyre Jackson slipped between the ball and the basket and dug in his heels. There were two minutes left on the clock, but Jackson wasn’t worried about fouling out. He was just trying to draw a charge to keep the Wildcats in the game. On Tuesday, Dec.…

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Girls are off and running; Lady Knights rally for 2 wins on opening week

December 20, 2013
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By John Goralski
Freshman point guard Maggie Meehan drives toward the basket during a 48-37 win over Manchester on opening day.

By John Goralski Sports Writer With six seconds left, freshman Maggie Meehan skipped the basketball to a junior on the wing. With four seconds left, Kaitlin Paterson fed Sarah Mongillo the ball in the paint. Mongillo missed her first shot, but she crashed the boards to get her own rebound. With just over one second…

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Knights capture Class LL title

December 19, 2013
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By John Goralski
Stephen Barmore scrambles for a first down during a Blue Knight comeback at the Class LL championship game. Southington trailed by 14 points at the half, but out-scored Fairfield Prep 38-6 in the second half.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Matt Maxwell leapt into the air to bat down a pass in the final minute of the half. Zach Maxwell thundered through the Fairfield Prep linemen two plays later to drag the Jesuit quarterback down for a loss of two yards. It didn’t seem like much at the time when…

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The winter games; Delays to football’s title game are already impacting winter sports

December 18, 2013
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By John Goralski
Southington quarterback Stephen Barmore talks to reporters during a CIAC championship press conference on Wednesday, Dec. 11, but the Blue Knights are still waiting to play the Class LL championship game.

By John Goralski Sports Writer When CIAC officials kicked off the football championship luncheon at the Aqua Turf on Wednesday, Dec. 11, they were already contemplating the weather. Games might be moved, they told the group of coaches, players, and press in attendance, but they have to be finished by Sunday night or they won’t…

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Lincoln snaps 3 game skid; Wildcats are closing in on 10 wins at the break

December 14, 2013
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By John Goralski
Wildcat guard Kojo Lockhart takes a free throw during a recent home game.

By John Goralski Sports Writer The Wildcats edged past Bristol Community College for a two-point victory on Saturday, Dec. 7 to snap a three game losing streak—their longest of the early season. With one game remaining before the winter break, Lincoln College is in striking distance of the program’s 10th win. The local team is…

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Knights hope to add girls golf team; School officials scramble for potential start this spring season

December 13, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer For years, Dan LaPorte has been focusing his efforts on youth golfers with a number of developmental leagues at Hawks Landing Country Club. For just as long, Eric Swallow has been focusing his attention toward the development of high school athletes in his role as Southington’s athletic director. Whenever they…

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Knights cruise to championship game; Jamele breaks state records to lead Knights over Ridgefield in semis

December 13, 2013
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By John Goralski
Tyler Hyde fights for extra yardage during a 45-0 win over Ridgefield in the Class LL semifinals. Hyde has run for 309 yards and 6 touchdowns in two postseason contests.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Late in the third quarter, Zach Maxwell leapt into the backfield and tipped the pass into the air. The senior linebacker dove for the loose football, but the interception attempt ricocheted off the ground. Maxwell broke up Ridgefield’s pass attempt, but the near-interception might have been the only play that…

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