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2013 Class LL Champions; Moquin shuts out Mercy; Softball captures 15th state title

June 14, 2013
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2013 Class LL Champions; Moquin shuts out Mercy; Softball captures 15th state title

By John Goralski Sports Writer When umpires signaled the final out, the Lady Knights exploded in screams and celebration. Coach John Bores sighed with relief, looked down at the ground, and emerged from the dugout with a wide smile as his players gathered in hugs and tears. The longest title drought in program history had…

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Knights share CCC title; Comeback secures home court advantage

June 1, 2013
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Knights share CCC title; Comeback secures home court advantage

By John Goralski Sports Writer At the end of the second game, Coach Lou Gianacopolos waved to get his setter’s attention and motioned to the net. “Did you see that?” he asked, and Alex Zajda shook his head. To fans in the Southing-ton gym, it looked like Glastonbury was just one game from sweeping the…

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Knights split the final week; Boys tennis team changes gears for the postseason

May 31, 2013
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Knights split the final week; Boys tennis team changes gears for the postseason

By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Tony Mauro has trouble hiding his disappointement when asked about the upcoming state tournament, but it has nothing to do with his team. The Blue Knight tennis team met all of his pre-season goals with a 7-0 win over Fermi and a 4-3 loss to RHAM in the final…

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First to advance; Girls Tennis opens the postseason

May 31, 2013
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First to advance; Girls Tennis opens the postseason

By John Goralski Sports Writer Fans barely had enough time to find a seat by the fence when Southington’s seniors trotted off the court with a doubles victory. A few moments later, a singles player shouted in triumph. On Sunday, May 26, New Britain tennis players fell like dominos as Southington christened the spring postseason…

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The team to beat in Class LL; Knights clinch the top seed with a pair of mercy rule wins

May 31, 2013
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The team to beat in Class LL; Knights clinch the top seed with a pair of mercy rule wins

By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach John Bores makes no apologies for the two lopsided victories in the final week of the season. He doesn’t feel bad about his team’s 13 shutouts or their nine victories by mercy rule. It can be tough to forge a championship team in the fires of a lesser conference,…

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The next level; Dave Palladino joins a growing list of college-bound Knights

May 26, 2013
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The next level; Dave Palladino joins a growing list of college-bound Knights

by John Goralski Sports Writer Dave Palladino’s game face finally cracked as he grabbed the pen and scribbled his signature across the page. The Southington catcher didn’t smile during either of his no-hitters. He didn’t smile at home plate after any of his three home runs as a senior. Palladino has become known for his…

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The eyes have it; Knights close in on the conference title and home field advantage

May 24, 2013
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The eyes have it; Knights close in on the conference title and home field advantage

By John Goralski Sports Writer A smile swept across the group of Knights as they watched Shelton warming up before the match on Wednesday, May 15. Coach Lou Gianacopolos said that the same thing happened in the early moments of Friday’s game against Farmington. It may look like the Knights are wasting valuable time when…

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Poised for their postseason push; Knights enter conference tournament on a 4-game winning streak

May 24, 2013
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Poised for their postseason push; Knights enter conference tournament on a 4-game winning streak

By John Goralski Sports Writer Tom Gallagher picked apart the Newington defense with five goals and four assists while Indian defenders hog-tied Kevin Cop at the net. On Tuesday, May 14, Southington’s offensive depth was put to the test as Newington held Cop to just one score in the regular season finale. All season, this…

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Complete game?; Knights score another ‘mercy rule’ win

May 24, 2013
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Complete game?; Knights score another ‘mercy rule’ win

By John Goralski Sports Writer With just a 3-0 lead, John Bores watched expectantly as Conard’s runner took off for second base at the crack of the bat. Third baseman Lauren Zazzaro scooped up the ball and fired it to second base. Kaitlin Paterson caught the ball and threw it to first, but Conard’s baserunner…

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Knights clinch share of CCC West

May 24, 2013
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Knights clinch share of CCC West

By John Goralski Sports Writer Andrew Goralski stepped off first base to reach for a hard line drive, but the ball skipped past him on the infield dirt. It wasn’t an error. Most defenses would have surrendered to a well-earned hit. Southington’s defense wasn’t ready to give up. Matt DiNello was already in position, sliding…

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