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Shamrock Run in Bristol on March 22, pasta supper on March 21

March 4, 2014
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The Shamrock Pasta Supper will be held on Friday, March 21 at the St Gregory CCD Center, 1043 Stafford Ave, Bristol from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-12, 5 and under are free. Food will be prepared by Emily’s Catering. Tickets will be available at the door.…

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Tennis tourney coming to area in June; participants sought

March 4, 2014
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The largest community tennis tournament in New England is here in Connecticut. The Wint Filipek Sr. Memorial Tennis Tournament is scheduled for June 7 to 15 at the Copper Valley Swim & Tennis Club, Cheshire. This is a non-profit event. All proceeds benefit the Winton S. Filipek Sr. Scholarship Fund, Inc., which has awarded $67,500…

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The new kids on the block; The young Knights continue to exceed expectations

February 28, 2014
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By John Goralski
Emily Bonomi shoots over a defender during senior night activities.

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Maxwell claims 2nd Class LL title; 3 Knights advance to finals, 6 claim medals, 6 advance to state open

February 28, 2014
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By John Goralski
Zach Maxwell (195) dominates his opponent during his Class LL finals bout. Maxwell scored his second straight Class LL title and was named as the tournament’s outstanding wrestler.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Zach Maxwell was already leading, 4-1, when officials restarted his championship match after a short conference, and the Southington senior went right back to work. He circled his opponent like a cat measuring his prey. Slowly, surely, Maxwell crept around the mat, looking for another chance to attack. When he…

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Lincoln continues to roll

February 23, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Polls don’t come out until the middle of the week, but Lincoln fans were already wondering if this could be the week that the local team would finally break into the top 10. The Wildcats faced just one opponent this week, but the win over Northern Essex CC pushed their…

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Knights set best times in back-to-back meets

February 21, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Evan Tuttle knew that his team’s midseason schedule was like getting hit in the face by a 2×4. He knew that most teams would shrink from the challenge of two West Hartford schools followed by a late night meet in Simsbury. Winning? A long shot. But when his team failed…

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The perfect ending; Knights finish undefeated in the regular season

February 21, 2014
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By John Goralski
Kayla Nati performs her final regular season floor routine during a victory over North Haven.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Kaitlyn O’Donnell waved off the official and put an arm around her senior captain. “This will be Kayla Nati’s last floor routine at this gym,” said the Southington coach. For four years Nati has been the blue collar workhorse for the Knights. Since she was a child, she had been…

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On to New Englands; Bennett scores second place at CT state open

February 21, 2014
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By John Goralski
Matt Bennett throws the shot put during the Class LL competition. Bennett was the only Blue Knight to advance in the postseason.

By John Goralski Sports Writer When Matt Bennett first tried his hand at the shot put, he was struggling to clear 20 feet in competition. When he clawed his way into the postseason in his first season, it seemed like the end of an impossible dream. But Bennett was just getting started. On Monday, Feb.…

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Letters of Intent; Maxwell commits to play at Army; Stephen Barmore signs with Yale

February 15, 2014
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By John Goralski
It’s official. On Thursday, Feb. 6, Stephen Barmore and Zach Maxwell kicked off the NCAA winter signing period with a pair of high profile commitments. Barmore, left, expects to make an impact as a Yale quarterback. Maxwell, right, will battle in the trenches at Army.

By John Goralski Sports Writer They played together as infants, and they’ve been friends ever since. They cut their teeth together in the town’s youth leagues. They played side-by-side on a state championship high school football team and will do it again this spring for track. Over this winter, they’ve cheered each other from the…

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Class LL Championship; Bennett wins the shot put, advances to open

February 14, 2014
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By John Goralski
Dylan Sperry runs a leg of the 4x800m relay.

By John Goralski Sports Writer By the time that Matt Bennett entered the shot put circle for the championship heat of his event, the rest of his team was huddled at the edge of the throwing surface. Everyone else had finished their day’s competition at the Class LL championship meet. Every one else had fallen…

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