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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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Knights dedicate the season to a fan; The Lady Knights show their support for their coach’s family

September 21, 2012
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Knights dedicate the season to a fan; The Lady Knights show their support for their coach’s family

By John Goralski Sports Writer Rich Heitz heard little bits of conversation during the junior varsity volleyball match on Friday, Sept. 14, but it didn’t sink in because he was preparing for Southington’s home opener. The coach said that he had a vague feeling that something important was happening, but he was too focused on…

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Knights sting Hornets; Defense delivers a deadly blow in opener

September 21, 2012
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Knights sting Hornets; Defense delivers a deadly blow in opener

By John Goralski Sports Writer East Hartford gained one yard on their first possession and threw away the football three plays into their second. On Friday, Sept. 14, Southington’s offense scrambled to a 37-0 lead at the end of the first half, but it was the Blue Knight defense and special teams that dictated the…

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Bill Rodgers returns; Registration is open for Apple Harvest Road Race

September 14, 2012
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Bill Rodgers returns; Registration is open for Apple Harvest Road Race

By JOHN GORALSKI SPORTS WRITER Bill Rodgers won the New York City Marathon four times. He claimed four titles at the Boston Marathon in the late 1970s. He won races in Amsterdam, Japan, and across the United States. Rodgers was the top ranked runner in the world at one time in his career, but he…

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Living here in ‘Allen’-town

September 6, 2012
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Living here in ‘Allen’-town

When a coach discovers an athlete with an extraordinary work ethic, it’s like striking gold. Finding an athlete with superior talent can be just as rare. Ask any coach what it’s like to find both in the same player, and he’ll probably shrug his shoulders and sigh. It’s a one-of-a-kind athlete for sure, and that’s…

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