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How safe are our student-athletes?; Staying ahead of the steroids a problem at Southington High School

April 27, 2013
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How safe are our student-athletes?; Staying ahead of the steroids a problem at Southington High School

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington police recently arrested a student for possession of steroids at Southington High School and, in the age of technology and tweets, it didn’t take long for the news to spread. Almost immediately questions, rumors, and fears began to surface. Are our kids safe? How big is the problem? How…

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Overwhelming wins; Knights are winning easily at early meets

April 19, 2013
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Overwhelming wins; Knights are winning easily at early meets

By John Goralski Sports Writer Can it really be this easy? Are the Knights ready to rest on their laurels? Those are the very questions that Matt Shea is trying to caution against. With a 20-point victory over Hall, the Knights have raced out to a 2-0 record against a pair of good programs. Both…

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Boys volleyball still on a roll

April 19, 2013
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Boys volleyball still on a roll

By John Goralski Sports Writer Lou Gianacopolos was  a little worried about how his team would react after their big win over Staples, so he posed them a simple question. What was the most difficult stretch ahead of them? Gianacopolos expected someone to point at upcoming games against Glastonbury, Newington, or Farmington. He expected to…

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Ahead of the curve; Three more wins for young Lady Knights

April 18, 2013
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Ahead of the curve; Three more wins for young Lady Knights

By John Goralski Sports Writer Rianna Susco strolled to the fence between sets and flashed a wide grin up to her coach. On Wednesday, April 10, the girls tennis team had already clinched their third win of the season, but Coach Robin Thompson kept that fact from her sophomore player. After all, you can’t reproduce…

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Off and running; Boys lax dispatches Cheshire and Westhill to get a 2-0 start

April 12, 2013
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Off and running; Boys lax dispatches Cheshire and Westhill to get a 2-0 start

By John Goralski Sports Writer Kevin Cop scored twice in the first four minutes of the game. On Saturday, April 6, Southington scored seven times before Westhill finally tallied, and Cop had touched every Southington score. Coach Ron Chase was a little concerned about how his team would come out in their second contest after…

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Knights beat Staples; Volleyball starts 2-0

April 12, 2013
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Knights beat Staples; Volleyball starts 2-0

By John Goralski Sports Writers Lou Gianacopolos turned his back to the scoreboard and gathered his team in a huddle. Sure, the Knights had lost the first game to their Staples nemesis, but it could have just as easily been a win. The Knights controlled the pace. Mistakes determined the outcome. The coach scanned his…

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Softball overpowers Eagles, Lancers ; Moquin scores no-hitter in opener

April 12, 2013
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Softball overpowers Eagles, Lancers ; Moquin scores no-hitter in opener

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington’s 5-0 lead shrank to three runs when a Southington error sparked a two-run rally by Bristol Eastern. Lancer batters followed with a pair of singles and a double. Southington’s once-secure lead seemed to shrink to nothing as a Lancer dropped down a bunt. But Southington’s defense jumped into gear.…

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Alexander the Great;Borofsky commits to hoops at Eastern

April 8, 2013
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Alexander the Great;Borofsky commits to hoops at Eastern

By John Goralski Sports Writer As a senior, Alex Borofsky scored almost half his shots inside the three-point arc and almost one third of his shots from beyond. Nobody scored more points in the paint. Nobody scored more on the perimeter. He led the team in assists, rebounds, and blocked shots. In his final game…

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‘Cool Cat’ Conti; Local pool hall owner and former world champ inducted into the NE Pool & Billiard Hall of Fame

March 29, 2013
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‘Cool Cat’ Conti; Local pool hall owner and former world champ inducted into the NE Pool & Billiard Hall of Fame

By John Goralski Sports Writer Sal Conti stood up to address the crowd that was packed into the pool hall annex in Providence, RI, as he stared across the room at a framed photo of him and his father. A handful of others had already spoken about their long careers in pool halls and competition,…

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Best for last; Swimmers continue to set best times at Class LL finals

March 22, 2013
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Best for last; Swimmers continue to set best times at Class LL finals

By John Goralski Sports Writer Joe Taglia trimmed more than a tenth of a second off his qualifying time in the 400 freestyle relay, and Adam Sokolowski beat his time by almost a second and a half on the very next leg. Kolton Jankowski trimmed nearly five seconds in the third leg, and Bryan Adie…

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