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Follow the Lleader; Joe Llodra went from the O-line to the sideline

October 19, 2012
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by John Goralski Sports Writer Defenders knew that Southington would come out throwing in the mid-1950s, but nobody could stop them. Opponents knew that Southington’s runners would be circling around the off-balanced line, but no one could contain them. Southington’s opponents knew who they had to reach to stop the single-wing offense. The question was,…

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Midseason perfection; Knights score second shutout, improve to 5-0

October 19, 2012
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Midseason perfection; Knights score second shutout, improve to 5-0

By John Goralski Sports Writer Before the Knights even took the field against South Windsor, Glastonbury was already resting after securing their fifth win. Football fans throughout the state had already circled the Week Six match-up between the Knights and the Tomahawks, and it was already being touted as a midseason battle between undefeated programs.…

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All in the family; John Fontana’s legacy goes well beyond the wins

October 12, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer John Fontana voice caught in his throat as he began to talk about his first heart surgery and the overwhelming helplessness he felt as he scanned through channels on his tv. But a loud knocking at his front door drew his attention, and he craned his neck to see who…

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Chasing perfection; Knights improve to 4-0 with another lopsided win

October 12, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer A 30-yard field goal just missed by inches, but Southington answered with a 42-0 rally. Three long touchdown strikes coupled with a pair of touchdown runs quieted the Conard crowd, and the Knights continued their early dominance with a 42-7 win over Conard in Southington’s first scheduled home game at…

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The Blitzing Blue Bandits; Football scores shutout at home opener in Cheshire

October 4, 2012
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Southington fans cheered as they filed out of the Cheshire bleachers. The band sounded off one more anthem as the players lined up to shake hands. On Saturday, Sept. 29, Coach Mike Drury turned to the press with a wide grin. And why not? With a 35-0 win over Newington, Drury became the first Blue…

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Southington’s strongest man; Frazer Pehmoeller started with the shot put and finished with a stone

September 28, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer The thunder from 30,000 cheering fans seemed to fade into white noise as Frazer Pehmholler took his first step across the New Hampshire field. His arms strained from the 670-pound load that hung from his clenched fists. His vision narrowed to his eldest daughter in the distance as she waved…

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Safety requirements; Defense sparks the victory in New Britain

September 28, 2012
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Safety requirements; Defense sparks the victory in New Britain

By John Goralski Sports Writer What do you do when your offense can’t find the end zone? You let the defense lead the way. On Friday, Sept. 21, the Blue Knight football team was deadlocked, 7-7, after two quarters in New Britain. Both offenses were mired in penalty flags, miscues, and turnovers. Neither team seemed…

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Rising to the challenge; Girls volleyball survives a top challenge

September 28, 2012
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Rising to the challenge; Girls volleyball survives a top challenge

By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Rich Heitz had circled this two week blitz when this year’s schedule was first released. With two state powerhouses sprinkled into a conference schedule that’s already littered with top talent, Heitz knew this would be the ultimate measure. Would his girls be up for a challenge against a team…

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Soccer to raise money for veterans

September 28, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer A small group of Southington athletes will use an upcoming soccer game as a chance to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project. When the boys soccer team plays at home on Friday, Oct. 5, guests will be asked to donate $5 or more to “Headers for Heroes.” The donation…

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The Leader of the Pack; Rick Black set the pace for a cross country title

September 21, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer The Greek god Hermes was said to streak across the heavens in a barely visible blur. The Romans called him Mercury and lent his name to our fastest planet. In paintings and sculptures, he’s shown with wings upon his feet. In myths and poems, he’s described as having the wind…

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