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Apple Harvest Road Race; Record numbers turn out despite weather conditions

October 11, 2013
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By John Goralski
On Sunday, Oct. 6, record numbers braved the weather at the start of the 2013 Apple Harvest Road Race.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Corinne Griffin clenched her son Collin’s hand at the front door of the YMCA and watched a crowd of wet volunteers shuffling through the entrance hall with arm loads of equipment from the Apple Harvest Road Race. Her son had pre-registered for the Little Fritter Fun Runs, but they had…

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Apple Harvest Road Race results

October 9, 2013
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Apple Harvest Road Race results

Apple Harvest Road Race Sunday, Oct. 6 5 miles, 359 runners At Southington Top Male Finishers—1, Chris Rosenberg, 25:26; 2, Jim Rosenberger, 26:59; 3, Alex Dunn, 27:48. Top Female Finishers—1, Kelly Browning, 35:03; 2, Ashley Bascetta, 35:16; 3, Tori Cronin, 35:25. Dave Gworek Award (top Southington finisher)—Male: Jim Rosenberger, 26:59. Female: Jennifer Manware, 36:50.  …

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Capture the flag; Membrino wins his 3rd checkered flag to claim the SK Light title at Stafford

October 8, 2013
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Tony Membrino Jr. celebrates in the winners’ circle with a victory in the Carquest Fall Final that clinched the SK Light points title at Stafford Motor Speedway on Sept. 28.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Tony Membrino circled the track in a victory lap, drinking in the cheers from the grandstand at Stafford Motor Speedway. On Saturday, Sept. 28, a crowd spilled out of their seats to circle the black and purple car, and Membrino jumped onto the hood to get a better look through…

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Just give me the ball, coach; Lenny Clements raised the bar for scoring in the early 1960s

October 5, 2013
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1963 CHRONICLE YEARBOOK COURTESY OF THE SOUTHINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Lenny Clements crashes through the defensive line during the 1962 season.

By John Goralski Sports Writer The year was 1962. The Southington High School football team was riding an 18-game winning streak, and Lenny Clements made a rare defensive mistake that allowed the Croft quarterback to complete a pass for a large gain. No matter how tough they might have been, the Croft linemen must have…

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Blue Knights mix it up; Cross Country shines at co-ed Sloper Relays

October 4, 2013
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By John Goralski
Colin Murphy races across the gravel surface at YMCA Camp Sloper during a recent Blue Knight race.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Parents and boosters huddle around gas grills at the edge of the pavilion, while groups of athletes stroll around the field in a wash of fall colors. On Friday, Sept. 27, YMCA Camp Sloper looked more like a fall festival than a competitive racing meet, and that’s just what officials…

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The shutout; Knights hold Simsbury to 52 yards of offense

October 4, 2013
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By JESSICA SCHRODER
Kyle Borawski drags three Trojan defenders during a 38-0 win over Simsbury on Friday, Sept. 27. The Knights (3-0) head into their bye week as one of five undefeated teams in the Class LL rankings.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington was forced to punt on their first drive. The Knights’ second possession ended with a fumble. Moments after recovering an interception late in the second quarter, the Blue Knights coughed it back up. Quarterback Stephen Barmore left the game for one play with a sore knee, and penalties backed…

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Airing it out; The receivers set the stage, and the defense delivers

September 27, 2013
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By JESSICA SCHRODER
Stephen Barmore scrambles for a first down during a 41-8 win over Manchester in the home opener on Friday, Sept. 20.

By John Goralski Sports Writer In less than two minutes, Southington scored. One minute later, they had another chance to put points on the board. Last fall the Knights needed a miracle catch on the final play of the game to end Manchester’s hopes. This year it was over before it started…and over…and over. Southington…

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Surviving the course; Perkowski, Garrison pace the Knights at Sloper

September 27, 2013
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By John Goralski
Lauren Perkowski paces the Knights against Conard and NW Catholic at YMCA Camp Sloper on Tuesday, Sept. 17.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Lauren Perkowski emerged from the woods in a sea of red jerseys and elbowed for position as they wound their way down one of the course’s steep hills. Her teammate, Sean Garrison, had already prevailed in the boys race, outlasting all but one on Southington’s new and improved cross-country course.…

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Chasing the lead; Membrino falls behind with one race to go

September 21, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer The see saw battle continues in the SK Light division at Stafford Motor Speedway, and Southington’s driver has one more chance to make his bid as the top driver. On Sept. 6, Tony Membrino, Jr. regained the points lead with two races to go. On Friday, Sept. 13, the tables…

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Passing the test; Scott Otis defied the odds to make the NFL

September 20, 2013
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Photo courtesy of Glenville State College
Scott Otis didn’t turn heads with his high school statistics, but his work at Glennville State College led to a postition in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Scott Otis felt a twinge of satisfaction as he stood in the shadow of Fontana Field while track officials scrambled to measure his javelin throw at a cold spring meet in 1991. For three years of varsity football, he maintained that his arm could beat most teams. This throw certainly…

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