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Defending their title; Gymnasts open the season with 3 wins

January 17, 2014
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By John Goralski
Lexi Rothstein performs on beam at the gymnastics season opener against Conard. The Lady Knights began the season with three wins.

By John Goralski Sports Writer One girl slipped off the bars. Another one slipped off the beam. The vault and floor routines were about as perfect as they could be on the first competition, but Southington gymnasts picked right back up where they finished in their Class L title defense. On Wednesday, Jan. 8, the…

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Just horsing around; 14-year-old Renn Abramczyk-Dubiel is the CT youth barrel horse racing champion

January 12, 2014
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By John Goralski
Renn Abramczyk-Dubiel practices atop her horse, TeeJay, at Hillside Equestrian Meadows in Wolcott.

By John Goralski Sports Writer The January chill was broken by thundering hooves as steered her horse TeeJay toward a barrel at the back of the Wolcott barn. The earth shook as the two raced toward the barrel, and a plume of dust filled the air as they banked into a turn. The Kennedy Middle…

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Patchwork; Wrestling team’s still filling out the roster

January 10, 2014
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By John Goralski
Zach Maxwell forces his opponent to his back during the 195 pound bout against Danbury at the SHS Duals on Saturday, Jan. 4. The Knights battled to a 2-2 record as they continue to catch up after their late winter start.

By John Goralski Sports Writer The tournament field read like a Who’s Who with top teams from Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont crammed into the Southington High School gym. In most years, the powerhouse field would have been a welcomed challenge for Derek Dion and his Blue Knight wrestlers. But this is no typical year. Scheduling…

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Obstacle race set at Camp Sloper

January 5, 2014
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The natural beauty at YMCA Camp Sloper will provide some of the obstacles in the Storm Sloopers Trails Challenge later this year.

By Ed Harris Editor Southington YMCA officials are planning a Storm Sloper Trails Challenge for early next year. The race is billed as being part run, part obstacle course and part scavenger hunt. “It is very much like a Warrior Dash or Tough Mudder, but at the same time it is its own unique event,”…

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Knights shine at New Haven invite; Bennett wins the shot put; Knights qualify for state and conference meets

January 3, 2014
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By John Goralski
Matt Bennett throws the shot put at a varsity meet last year. Bennett picked right up where he left off this winter with a victory at the New Haven Invitational.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington qualified for the conference meet in six efforts on opening day. One girl qualified for states in two events. Two boys qualified for states in a single event, and a relay team will join them. On Friday, Dec. 20, the indoor track team opened their season at one of…

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Wrestlers grapple for tournament medals; Murillo claims 2 tournament titles; Southington athletes go 9-0 in the medal rounds

January 3, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer The scramble has already begun to overcome a late start, but Southington wrestlers have already shown a hint of what’s in store. The Blue Knights only sent eight wrestlers to the annual Lancer Tournament in Waterford as they continue to play catch-up following football’s run to a Class LL title.…

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Learning from the loss; Lady Knights battle against Suffield’s experience

January 3, 2014
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By John Goralski
Kaitlin Paterson drives toward the basket during a win over Conard on Monday, Dec. 23.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Mike Forgione’s game plan focused on Suffield guard Merideth Ouellette even though few fans in this part of the state have ever heard her name. From the opening whistle, the Lady Knights swarmed the 5-foot-6 junior. They stepped in passing lanes and waved hands in her face whenever possible.…

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Racing to the new year: Girls Basketball at 5-0

January 2, 2014
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Kaitlin Paterson scores a rebound during a 64-39 win over Bristol Central.

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR For the first eight minutes, the Lady Knights tormented Bristol Central ball handlers. They stepped in the lanes. They batted passes. They seemed to climb around the Rams like a swarm of puppies, and the pressure forced 11 turnovers during the first eight-minute stretch. Still, it took the Knights a full quarter…

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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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